Singer

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 […]

15th June 1996, US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook’ was the first of eight “Songbook” sets. Appeared in the TV […]

10th June 2004, US singer, songwriter Ray Charles died aged 73. Glaucoma rendered Charles blind at the age of six. He scored the 1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ plus over 30 other US Top 40 singles and the 2005 US No.1 album ‘Genius Loves Company.’ Charles who was married […]

Happy birthday to Tim Burgess, born on 30th May 1968, singer, songwriter with English indie rock band The Charlatans who had the 1990 UK No.9 single ‘The Only One I Know’. In the UK, all of the band’s thirteen studio albums have charted in the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart, three of them […]

Happy birthday to Noel Gallagher born on 29th May 1967, English singer, songwriter and guitarist from Oasis. First single was the 1994 UK No.31 single ‘Supersonic’, followed by the 1994 UK No.1 album Definitely Maybe which became the fastest selling UK debut album ever. Their third studio album, Be Here Now (1997), became the fastest-selling […]

26th May 1940, Born on this day, Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band. He died of throat cancer aged 71 on 19th April 2012. Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (Ronnie Hawkins’s backing group), who then became known as The Band […]

Happy birthday to Paul Weller, born on 25th May 1958, English singer, songwriter, musician who with The Jam had the 1980 UK No.1 single ‘Going Underground’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. With The Style Council the 1983 UK No.3 single ‘Long Hot Summer’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). As a […]

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. […]

Happy birthday to Pete Townshend, born on 19th May 1945, musician, singer, songwriter with The Who. Had the 1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ and the 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & […]


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