Singer

10th Dec 1967, American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near […]

5th Dec 1938, Born on this day, JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter. Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include ‘After Midnight’ by Eric Clapton, Phish and Jerry Garcia, ‘Cocaine’ by Eric Clapton, ‘Clyde’ by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook, and ‘Call Me the Breeze’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, […]

Happy birthday to Randy Newman, singer, songwriter, born on 28th Nov 1943. Composer of ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’, ‘Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear’, 1977 US No.2 single ‘Short People.’ Film soundtracks including ‘Ragtime.’ Once hailed as the greatest songwriter alive by Paul McCartney. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as […]

27th Nov 1942, Born on this day, Jimi Hendrix guitarist, singer, songwriter who had the 1967 UK No.6 single ‘Hey Joe’, the 1970 UK No.1 single ‘Voodoo Chile’, and the 1968 US No.1 and UK No.6 album ‘Electric Ladyland’. Hendrix who is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history made appearances at […]

Singer David Cassidy, who found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s teen pop idol, has died aged 67. He became a star playing Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family – a 1970s sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock and roll band. The show spawned […]

Happy birthday to Björk born on 21st Nov 1965. Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and DJ. Björk. Was a member of The Sugarcubes whose 1987 single ‘Birthday’ was a hit on US and UK indie stations. Björk embarked on a solo career in 1993 and several of Björk’s albums have reached the top 20 […]

Happy birthday to Joe Walsh, born on 20th Nov 1947, guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of The James Gang, he then joined The Eagles in 1976, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus five US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). […]

She wanted to be a singer, so she took a job in the cloakroom of the (now legendary) Cavern Club in Liverpool. It worked. She got to get up and sing a song every now and then. John Lennon and Paul McCartney liked what they heard. They introduced her to their manager Brian Epstein, they […]

22nd Oct 1942, Born on this day, Bobby Fuller singer, The Bobby Fuller Four. (1966 US No.9 single ‘I Fought The Law’ written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets). Fuller died on 18th July 1966 mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked in a car outside his apartment. More on Bobby Fuller: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/bobby_fuller Read it […]

24th Oct 1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary ‘Live At The Apollo’ album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. More on James Brown: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/james_brown_dancing Read it here


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