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‘Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) has 70 candles on his birthday cake today. Steven has changed his name to Yusuf Islam, although when he is performing or recording he just uses the name “Yusuf”. But you will best known him by his former stage name Cat Stevens. He has had many hits songs including […]

Happy birthday to Carlos Santana, born on 20th July 1947, Mexican and American rock guitarist. Santana had the 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’, and their 1999 US No.1 single ‘Smooth’ spent eleven weeks at No.1, (also No.1 in the UK). He won eight Grammy Awards for his Supernatural album at the 2000 awards. […]

18th July 1929, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter, musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, fathered over 30 children, spent two years in jail and was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He recorded ‘I Put A Spell […]

Happy birthday to Linda Ronstadt, born on 15th July 1946, American singer who had the 1975 US No.1 single ‘You’re No Good’, and the 1989 UK No.2 single with Aaron Neville, ‘Don’t Know Much’ plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of […]

Happy birthday to Roger McGuinnm born on 13th July 1942, guitar, vocals, The Byrds, (1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’). He was the only member of The Byrds to play on the hit, the others being session players. He toured with Bob Dylan in 1975 and 1976 as part of Dylan’s Rolling […]

Steppenwolf released their single “Born To Be Wild” during the first part of July in 1968. There are some sites that say it was released on July 13th of that year. “Born To Be Wild” first appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Chart on July 13, 1968 at #70, so we know it was out […]

Happy birthday to Wilko Johnson, born on 12th July 1947, English singer, guitarist, who with Dr Feelgood had the 1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’ and a founding member of Solid Senders. Wilko stated in early 2013 that he had terminal cancer and was given just 10 months to live, and aptly announced he […]

5th July 1943, Born on this day, Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocals. He joined The Hawks in 1962 who became know as The Band. Bob Dylan and the Hawks toured the United States throughout 1965 and a world tour the following year. As a songwriter, Robertson is credited for […]

Happy birthday to Roy Bittan, “The Professor”, born on 2nd July 1949, American keyboardist with Bruce Springsteen E Street Band which he joined on August 23, 1974. He has also worked with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger. Read it here

1st July 1915, Born on this day, Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, ‘the poet laureate of the blues’. Credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘You Shook Me’, ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Major influence on The Rolling […]


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