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The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs is celebrating her birthday today. Susanna started out wanting to be an dancer, but when she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley, she attended the final Sex Pistols show at Winterland and a Patti Smith concert. Exposure to punk rock changed her career goal from dancer to musician […]

15th Jan 1972, Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and […]

The 2nd Miami Pop Festival of 1968 started on Dec. 28th of that year. “Miami Pop Festival” was the name of two different music festivals that took place in May and December 1968 at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing track in Hallandale, Florida, just north of Miami. Apart from the venue, the two events were […]

When The Beatles hit the scene, some kids started to wear their hair a little longer. When The Rolling Stones came along with long hair, it became the standard for just about all the teenagers in the UK. There were some barbers / hairdresser there that had been pretty vocal about the hair style hurting […]

12th Dec 1970, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tears Of A Clown’. It was the group’s 26th Top 40 hit and first No.1, and also a No.1 hit in the UK. The song was written by Stevie Wonder in 1966, and his […]

It has now become a Christmas standard. It started out really as a protest song. On Dec. 1, 1971, the single “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” was released in the US by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. It was the seventh single release by John Lennon outside of his work […]

30th Nov 1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the […]

It started out as a sketch on Saturday Night Live…. On Nov. 28, 1978, The Blues Brothers released their debut album “Briefcase Full of Blues”. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum. Two singles were released, “Rubber Biscuit”, which reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Soul Man,” […]

26th Nov, Happy birthday to Tina Turner, born on this day in 1939. American singer, songwriter who with Ike & Tina Turner had the 1966 UK No.3 single ‘River Deep Mountain High’, 1971 US No.4 single ‘Proud Mary’, and 1973 ‘Nutbush City Limits and solo hits with the 1984 US No.1 single ‘What’s Love Got […]

He started playing piano at 6 years old and eventually got a degree in aerospace engineering….. With that said… Styx founding member and guitarist / singer / songwriter James “J.Y.” Young has 68 candles on his birthday cake today. JY is the only original member of the band that has played on every album they […]


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