He was a founding member of and is the former keyboardist / singer / songwriter / producer of Styx. He is Dennis DeYoung and he is celebrating his 71st birthday today. He wrote and sang lead on six of the band’s seven top 10 Billboard Hot 100-ranked hits. The six DeYoung penned-and-performed Billboard hits, in […]

12th February 2000, American singer, songwriter, musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died aged 70 after emergency surgery for an aneurysm. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, fathered over 30 children, spent two years in jail and was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He […]

Happy Birthday to Carole King, born on 9th February 1942, US singer, songwriter who wrote many songs with Gerry Goffin including the 1962 UK No.3 & US No.22 single, ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’. Her 1970 US No.1 album ‘Tapestry’ has sold over 15 million copies and became a Grammy award winner in […]

8th February 1990, Suffering from depression American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self inflicted gunshot wounds. He scored the 1961 UK and US No.1 single ‘Runaway’, plus nine US and 12 other UK Top 40 singles. In 1963, he became the first American to record a cover version of a song by the Beatles: […]

1st February 2013, American singer, songwriter and record producer Cecil Womack died of unknown causes in Johannesburg, South Africa aged 65. He had success both as a songwriter and recording artist, notably with his wife Linda as Womack & Womack. In 1988, their single ‘Teardrops’, taken from their fourth album Conscience, became a major international […]

1st February 1937, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter Don Everly, from The Everly Brothers who had the 1958 UK & US No.1 single ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. Other hits include: ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ ‘Bird Dog,’ ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ ‘Walk Right Back’ and ‘Crying in the Rain’. The music of the […]

28th January 2016, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, Paul Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier. He was known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, the leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial […]

25th January 1915, Born on this day, Folk singer, songwriter, socialist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer Ewan MacColl, who was the composer of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ a hit for Roberta Flack in 1971 for which he won a Grammy. MacColl died on 22nd October 1989. He was the father […]

25th January 1931, Born on this day, Swedish songwriter, producer and ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson. He co-wrote some of ABBA’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. During the 1960s he was one of Sweden’s most prolific songwriters, producing more than 3,000 published titles. Anderson died of […]

24th January 1947, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter Warren Zevon. During the early 1970s, Zevon toured regularly with the Everly Brothers as keyboard player, band leader, and musical coordinator. During his career recorded over 15 solo albums. He is best known for his 1978 single ‘Werewolves Of London’ taken from his third studio […]

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