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14th June 1943, Born on this day, Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician, organist, best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He played on many hits including, Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin (Respect,, Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally) and […]

15th June 1941, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, who had the 1972 UK & US No.1 single with his version of The Badfinger song ‘Without You’, and the 1969 US No.6 single ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ from the film Midnight Cowboy’. The Monkees, Three Dog Night & Ronettes all covered his songs. He died […]

13th June 1934, Born on this day, Uriel Jones, session drummer for Motown Records’ in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & […]

9th June 1915, Born on this day, guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar who also had a 1953 UK No.7 single with ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and the US No.7 single ‘Hummingbird’ with Mary Ford featuring his multi-layered recording techniques. He also pioneered ‘close miking’ and echo delay recording. He broke his […]

Happy birthday to Ian Hunter, born on 3rd June 1939, vocals, guitar with Mott The Hoople, who had the 1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’ which was written for them by David Bowie. Other hits include, ‘All the Way from Memphis’ and ‘Roll Away the Stone’. As a solo artist […]

Happy birthday to Tim Burgess, born on 30th May 1968, singer, songwriter with English indie rock band The Charlatans who had the 1990 UK No.9 single ‘The Only One I Know’. In the UK, all of the band’s thirteen studio albums have charted in the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart, three of them […]

Happy birthday to Noel Gallagher born on 29th May 1967, English singer, songwriter and guitarist from Oasis. First single was the 1994 UK No.31 single ‘Supersonic’, followed by the 1994 UK No.1 album Definitely Maybe which became the fastest selling UK debut album ever. Their third studio album, Be Here Now (1997), became the fastest-selling […]

26th May 1940, Born on this day, Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band. He died of throat cancer aged 71 on 19th April 2012. Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (Ronnie Hawkins’s backing group), who then became known as The Band […]

Happy birthday to Stevie Nicks, born on 26th May 1948, American singer-songwriter from Fleetwood Mac who scored the 1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’ and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’, taken from the world-wide No.1 album Rumours. She scored the solo, 1981 US No.1 & UK No.11 album Bella Donna, and the 1989 hit single […]

Happy birthday to Paul Weller, born on 25th May 1958, English singer, songwriter, musician who with The Jam had the 1980 UK No.1 single ‘Going Underground’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. With The Style Council the 1983 UK No.3 single ‘Long Hot Summer’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). As a […]


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