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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 […]

23rd January 1978, American musician and songwriter Terry Kath, best known as the original guitarist, and founding members of the rock band Chicago accidentally shot himself dead. After a party at roadie and band technician Don Johnson’s home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, Kath picked up a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and, leaning back […]

15th Jan 1994, American singer songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep of heart failure after spending the previous day in the recording studio. He recorded ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ from the film Midnight Cowboy and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees. Had the UK & US No.1 single with his version of the […]

13th Jan 1979, American soul and gospel singer, songwriter Donny Hathaway committed suicide falling from a 15th floor New York hotel window. At the height of his career Hathaway was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was known to not take his prescribed medication regularly enough to properly control his symptoms. He scored the 1972 UK […]

Happy Birthday to Rod Stewart, born on 10th Jan 1945. Singer, songwriter, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, Shotgun Express, Jeff Beck Group, The Faces (UK No.6 & US No.17 single ‘Stay With Me’). Solo, (1971 UK & US No.1 single ‘Maggie May’, plus five other UK No.1’s & over 35 Top 40 hits). His 1971 […]

10th Jan 2016, English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, and actor David Bowie died from liver cancer at his New York home two days after releasing the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday. His first UK Top 40 single was the 1969 ‘Space Oddity’ which became a UK No.1 in 1975, plus over 50 […]


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