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Sad to hear the news that Spencer Davis, one of the key figures of the 1960s beat scene, has died at the age of 81. The Welsh guitarist was the driving force behind The Spencer Davis Group, who scored transatlantic hits with ‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me’. The band, which also featured a… […]

30 Sept 1977, Mary Ford died from cancer after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days. One-half of the husband-and-wife musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits; in 1951 alone, they sold six million records. https://youtu.be/pKNDmF7u59w Les Paul & Mary Ford – “How High […]

24 Sept 1957, The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It became his ninth US number one single and stayed on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video. https://youtu.be/HZJTgYzf9FE Elvis Presley – Jailhouse […]

15 Sept 1956, Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the US charts with 'Don't Be Cruel'. The track went on to become Presley's biggest selling single, with sales over six million by 1961. This “double-sided hit” which had 'Hound Dog' on the B side, became the most successful on Billboard’s Hot 100 […]

Happy 78th birthday to Roger McGuinn, born 13 July 1942 guitar, vocals, The Byrds, (1965 US & UK No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). He was the only member of The Byrds to play on the hit, the others being session players. He toured with Bob Dylan in 1975 and 1976 as part of Dylan's Rolling […]

26 June 1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, drummer Hal Blaine who played on the track also played on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. https://youtu.be/fUSeJtqHIKE Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds Stereo HiQ […]

25th March 2019, Scott Walker singer with The Walker Brothers died age 76. The US star found fame as a teen idol in The Walker Brothers, scoring hits with 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' and 'Make It Easy On Yourself'. He lived in the UK from 1965 and became a British citizen in 1970. […]

20th February 1950, born on this day, Walter Becker, bass, guitar, vocals, songwriter with American group Steely Dan who had the 1973 US No.11 single 'Reeling In The Years' and nine other US Top 30 hits. Steely Dan's 'Two Against Nature' won a Grammy in 2001 for Album of the year. Becker has produced records […]

6th Nov 1946, Born on this day, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer George Young. With The Easybeats he had the 1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single 'Friday On My Mind'. After the band broke up in 1969, Young and fellow member Harry Vanda embarked on a songwriting career that saw the […]

28th August 1939, Born on this day, Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’). The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. Cattini has featured on a record 44 different UK No.1 singles, from artists such as Tom Jones, T. Rex, The Seekers, Bay City Rollers, […]


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