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Happy birthday to Linda Ronstadt, born on 15th July 1946, American singer who had the 1975 US No.1 single ‘You’re No Good’, and the 1989 UK No.2 single with Aaron Neville, ‘Don’t Know Much’ plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of […]

12th July 1979, American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’ gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for […]

It became an American institution. One of the great parts of a generation and growing up in the USA. On July 9, 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. He took over from Bob Horn, who had been charged with driving while intoxicated during a highly-publicized police […]

Happy birthday to Roy Bittan, “The Professor”, born on 2nd July 1949, American keyboardist with Bruce Springsteen E Street Band which he joined on August 23, 1974. He has also worked with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger. Read it here

29th June 1979, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Lowell George died of a heart attack. The Little Feat front man was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. George joined Zappa’s Mothers of Invention as rhythm guitarist in 1968, played guitar on John Cale’s 1973 album Paris 1919, Harry Nilsson’s Son […]

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 Nils Lofgren, born on 21st June 1953, American musician. He joined Neil Young’s band aged 17, playing piano on the album After the Gold Rush. From 1971 to 1974 he recorded four albums with his own band, Grin. He had the 1976 solo album, ‘Cry Tough’. Joined Bruce Springsteen E Street Band […]

21st June 2001, John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits with ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Dimples’ and ‘I’m In The Mood’. His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. […]

Happy birthday to Brian Wilson, born on 20th June 1942, American singer, songwriter with The Beach Boys who scored the 1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘Good Vibrations’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles. The 1966 classic album Pet Sounds is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music […]

14th June 1943, Born on this day, Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician, organist, best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He played on many hits including, Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin (Respect,, Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally) and […]


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