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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 […]

Happy birthday to Bernie Taupin, born on 22nd May 1950, English lyricist, poet, and singer and Elton John’s long-time song writing partner. Rod Stewart, Cher, The Motels, John Waite, Starship and Alice Cooper have all recorded his songs. In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement placed in the UK music paper New Musical Express by Liberty […]

Happy Birthday to Stan Lynch, born on 21st may 1955. American musician, songwriter and record producer who was the original drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, (1977 single ‘American Girl’, 1989 UK No.28 single ‘I Won’t Back Down’, 1991 UK No.3 album ‘Into The Great Wide Open’). He partnered with longtime friend Don Henley […]

Happy birthday to Morrissey born on 22nd may 1959. English singer, songwriter from The Smiths, who scored the 1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles’. As a solo artist he scored the 1988 UK No.5 single ‘Suedehead’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. […]

Happy birthday to Rick Wakeman, born on 18th May 1949, English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter. As a session musician his early sessions included playing on “Space Oddity”, for David Bowie and songs by Junior’s Eyes, T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. Wakeman became a member of Strawbs and then the classic line-up […]

Happy birthday to Pete Townshend, born on 19th May 1945, musician, singer, songwriter with The Who. Had the 1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ and the 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & […]

11th May 1888, Born on this day, American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin who is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He was the composer of many pop, stage show and film hits. He emigrated from Siberia to New York as a child. He was the composer of ‘White Christmas’, ‘There’s […]

Happy birthday to Burt Bacharach, born on 12th May 1928, American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer . With Hal David he wrote many classic songs including, ‘Close To You’, ’24 Hours From Tulsa’, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. He won two Oscars for the film score […]


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