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22nd August 2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase "Elvis has left the building" died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis Presley convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and […]

22nd July 1973, David Bowie released the single ‘Life On Mars’, which peaked at No.3 on the UK chart. The track which was first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The line “Look at those cavemen go” is a reference to the song “Alley […]

Happy birthday to Todd Rundgren, born on 22nd June 1948. American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer . Member of Nazz and Utopia. Had the solo 1972 US No.16 & 1973 UK No.36 single ‘I Saw The Light’. Rundgren engineered / produced many notable albums for other acts, including The Band’s Stage Fright (1970), Badfinger’s […]

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 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. […]

22nd April 1950, Born on this day, British-American rock musician Peter Frampton who with The Herd, had the 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’, with Humble Pie, the 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. As a solo artists he scored the 1976 UK No.10 single ‘Show Me The Way’ […]

22nd February 1987, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed the Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico ‘peeled banana’ album cover and The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album cover. Read it here

22nd February 1981, One Hit Wonder Joe Dolce was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shaddap You Face,’ famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, Vienna, off the UK No.1 slot. ‘Shaddap You Face’ was Number 1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies. More […]

22nd February 1975, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). Singer Steve Harley said the lyrics were vindictively directed at the former band members, whom he felt had abandoned him. Read it here

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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