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29th Dec 1947, Born on this day, English rock drummer Cozy Powell, who worked with The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell and Black Sabbath. Powell scored the 1973 solo UK No. 3 hit single ‘Dance With The Devil’. Powell was killed in a car crash […]

29th Dec 1980, American singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ (covered by Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Four Tops, Leon Russell, Small Faces, Robert Plant and Bob Seger,) and ‘Reason To Believe’, (covered by Rod Stewart). Hardin appeared at the […]

28th Dec 1983, Having made two successful dives below a friend’s yacht to find items he’d drunkenly thrown off his own boat three years before, The Beach Boys Dennis Wilson took one last dive into the Pacific and never returned from the boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California. With the help of President Reagan […]

27th Dec 1931, Born on this day, Scotty Moore, guitarist, whose first group was Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers. He played on the first Sun Studios session with Elvis Presley and went on to a lengthy career with Presley, playing on many of his most famous recordings including ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, […]

26th Dec 1939, Born on this day, Phil Spector, producer, ‘The Spector Wall Of Sound’. Spector was a member of Teddy Bears, who had the 1958 US No.1 single ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’. He went on to produce many classic songs including; Ben E King, ‘Spanish Harlem’, The Crystals, ‘Da Doo Ron […]

26th Dec 2007, Amy Winehouse’s second album ‘Back to Black’ was named as the biggest-selling album of the year. Released at the end of 2006 the album had now sold more than 1.5m copies in the UK, achieving five platinum sales awards, Winehouse was also nominated for six Grammys including song of the year. Leona […]

25th Dec 1982, David Bowie had a No.3 UK hit with a duet with Bing Crosby, ‘Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy.’ The single became one of Bowie’s best selling in his career, with total estimated sales over 400,000 in the UK alone. The Christmas song was written in 1941, while the ‘Peace on […]

Happy birthday to Annie Lennox, born on 25th Dec 1954, singer, The Tourists, (1979 UK No.4 single ‘I Only Want To Be With You’). Eurythmics, (1983 US No.1 single ‘Sweet Dreams’, 1985 UK No.1 single ‘There Must Be An Angel’). Solo, (1995 UK No.2 single ‘No More I Love You’s’). Do you have a favourite […]

24th Dec 1945, Born on this day, Lemmy, English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motorhead. Lemmy played in several rock groups in the 1960s, including the Rockin’ Vickers and worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and the Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1971, singing […]

22nd Dec 2014, Joe Cocker died of lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado aged 70. The Sheffield-born singer was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs of varying genre. Cocker had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including his cover of The Beatles’ ‘With […]


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