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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 […]

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 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 Graham Gouldman, born on 10th May 1946, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, who was a member of High Spots, The Crevattes and 10cc who had the 1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’, plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including 2 No.1’s. As a member of Wax he […]

13th April 1945, Born on this day, American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, Lowell George from Little Feat who had two Top 40 albums during the 70s. Their best-known songs are ‘Dixie Chicken’ and ‘Sailin Shoes’. George was once a member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention. Lowell died from a heart attack on 29th […]

11th April 1958, Born on this day, Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson. He formed The Skids, who had a 1979 UK No.10 single with ‘Into The Valley’ then Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single with ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. On 26 November 2001, Adamson […]

6th April 1937, Born on this day, Merle Haggard, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US […]

AC/DC’s lead guitarist / songwriter Angus Young is celebrating his 63rd birthday today. Yet, he is still wearing his school boy clothes. And is still a legendary guitarist. If you were with Angus today and he said he would play you just one guitar riff from an AC/DC song, which riff would you ask for? […]


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