Grace Jones

May 19th 1948, Born on this day, Grace Jones, singer, model, (1985 UK No.12 single 'Slave To The Rhythm').


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Chris Cornell

Very sad to hear that Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died aged 52. Cornell, who had been on tour, died on Wednesday night in Detroit after he had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night. 


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Albert Hammond

May 18th 1942, Born on this day, Albert Hammond, Gibraltarian singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1966 Hammond co-founded the British vocal group the Family Dogg, scoring a UK Top 10 hit with "A Way of Life" in 1969. As a solo artist he scored the 1972 US No.5 single 'It Never Rains In Southern California', and the 1973 UK No.19 single 'Free Electric Band'. Other hits Hammond has written with collaborator Mike Hazlewood include "Little Arrows" for Leapy Lee, "Gimme Dat Ding" for the Pipkins and "The Air That I Breathe" which was a hit for the Hollies.


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Simple Minds

May 18th 1985, Simple Minds were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't You Forget About Me', (a No. 7 hit in the UK). Written by Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for "Flashdance... What a Feeling") and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band, the track was featured in the 1985 American teen drama film The Breakfast Club.


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The Beatles

May 18th 1967, The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 'summer of love' and The Beatles' sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to 'keep it simple'.


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Pink Floyd

An embossed ticket was issued for the 1989 concert in Verona, Italy...


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Bill Bruford

May 17th 1948, Born on this day, Bill Bruford, English drummer. He was the original drummer for the progressive rock group Yes, from 1968–1972, and then joined King Crimson. He worked as the touring drummer for Genesis in 1976 and U.K. in 1978.


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Taj Mahal

May 17th 1942, Born on this day, Taj Mahal, US multi-instrumentalist, composer of film soundtracks. In the early 60's he formed The Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, one of the first interracial bands of the period. Mahal has worked with Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of The Band, and Muddy Waters.


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Donna Summer

May 17th 2012, Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits 'Hot Stuff', 'Love to Love You, and 'Baby' and 'I Feel Love'.


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Johnny Guitar Watson

May 17th 1996, US blues guitarist Johnny Guitar Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he collapsed mid guitar solo. His last words were "ain't that a bitch."


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Elton John

May 17th 1975, Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP 'Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy', the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release.

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Bob Dylan

17th May 1964, Bob Dylan made his first major concert UK appearance when he played at the Royal Festival Hall in London with an afternoon show listed as a ‘Folksong Concert’. Dylan's 18-song set included the live debut of Mr. Tambourine Man and took place on a Sunday afternoon. In the interval, Dylan received a telegram from John Lennon seeking a meeting which never materialised.

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Jonathan Richman

May 16th 1951, Born on this day, Jonathan Richman, guitar, vocals, The Modern Lovers, (1977 UK No.5 single 'Egyptian Reggae' & 1977 UK No.11 'Roadrunner'). Appeared in the films Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary.


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Darrell Sweet

May 16th 1947, Born on this day, Darrell Sweet, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single 'Broken Down Angel' 1976 US No. 8 single 'Love Hurts'). Died on 30th April 1999 after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana.


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Robert Fripp

May 16th 1946, Born on this day, Robert Fripp, King Crimson, (1969 UK No.5 album, 'In The Court Of The Crimson King'). He has also worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Brian Eno, Porcupine Tree, Slow Music, The Travis, The Humans, Jakko Jakszyk and many others.


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Billy Cobham

May 16th 1944, Born on this day, Billy Cobham, jazz drummer, worked with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, James Brown, Santana and Soundtrack to the film 'Shaft'.


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Ronnie James Dio

May 16th 2010, Ronnie James Dio, singer with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio died after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Dio’s career began in 1957 with The Vegas Kings, which later changed to Ronnie and the Rumblers, then Ronnie and the Redcaps, then in 1961, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. In 1967, Dio and Prophets guitarist Nick Pantas formed the Electric Elves, which shortened its name to Elf. The band’s success eventually landed them an opening slot for Deep Purple which exposed Dio’s voice to Deep Purple’s guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who later recruited Dio and other members of Elf for his new band Rainbow.


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