07/11/2017

Johnny Rivers

November 7th 1942, Born on this day, Johnny Rivers, US singer, songwriter, (1966 US No.1 single 'Poor Side Of Town' plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits).

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Joni Mitchell

Happy birthday to Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson), born on 7th Nov 1943, Canadian singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single 'Big Yellow Taxi', 1974 US No.7 single ‘Help Me’. She wrote 'Both Sides Now' a hit for Judy Collins and 'Woodstock' a hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Mitchell's work is highly respected by critics, and she has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres. 

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06/11/2017

Craig Goldy

Happy birthday to a great rock guitarist Craig Goldy (born November 6, 1961) an American guitarist, most notably of the band Dio.Goldy was born in San Diego, California. Before Dio, he played in the bands Vengeance, Rough Cutt, and Giuffria. He replaced Jake E. Lee in Rough Cutt and was himself replaced by Amir Derakh. While with Rough Cutt, Goldy played on demos produced by Ronnie James Dio.
Shortly after leaving Rough Cutt, Goldy would join Giuffria, the eponymous band of former Angel keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria. Performing on Giuffria's self-titled debut album, released in 1984, Goldy is heard on the band's biggest hit, "Call to the Heart," which hit #15 on the Billboard charts in early 1985.
Goldy performed on the Dio album Dream Evil, but this first stint with the band was short lived and he left due to unknown reasons. In 2000 Goldy returned to Dio and helped record Magica, but shortly thereafter left again due to family commitments. Doug Aldrich replaced him for the album, Killing the Dragon.
Goldy temporarily left the group for the third time in 2005, after suffering a hand injury on a tour through Russia. He was then replaced by Doug Aldrich again for the duration of the tour.
Goldy was featured in Hear 'n Aid - Stars project while still in Giuffria, alongside other players such as Adrian Smith and Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brad Gillis and others.
Goldy was the original guitarist of a supergroup consisting of himself, singer Rob Rock, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Tommy Aldridge. But before recording Project Driver, he left the group to join Dio and was subsequently replaced by Tony MacAlpine.
He also is currently the guest guitarist of heavy metal pioneers Budgie.
Goldy co-wrote the song "Lady Luck" with David Lee Roth on the latter's 1991 album A Little Ain't Enough.

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George Young

November 6th 1947, Born on this day, George Young, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single 'Friday On My Mind').

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Doug Sahm

November 6th 1942, Born on this day, Doug Sahm, Tex Mex Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Sir Douglas Quintet, (1965 US No. 13 single ‘She’s About A Mover’). Died 18th November 1999.

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Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker

November 6th 1982, Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker started a three week run at No.1 on the US with a song taken from the film 'An Officer And A Gentleman', 'Up Where We Belong'.

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The Steve Miller Band

November 6th 1976, The Steve Miller Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rock 'n' Me', the group's second US No.1, a No.11 in the UK.

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Joe Cocker

November 6th 1968, Joe Cocker was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with his version of The Beatles song 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. The song was also a UK No.1 for Wet Wet Wet in 1988 and Pop Idol duo Sam and Mark in 2004.

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The Beatles.

6th Nov 1967, Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’. Due to the radio feed used in ‘I Am the Walrus’ being recorded in mono, the song changes from stereo to mono at the line "Sitting in an English garden".

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05/11/2017

Mike Score

November 5th 1957, Born on this day, Mike Score, A Flock Of Seagulls, (1982 UK No.10 single 'Wishing, If I Had A Photograph Of You'). mike-score-flock-of-seagulls-2013.jpg

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Bryan Adams

November 5th 1959, Born on this day, Bryan Adams, guitarist, singer, songwriter, first UK single 'Run To You', 1985 UK No.11. 1991 UK & US No.1 single '(Everything I Do)', I Do It For You', 16 weeks UK No.1, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles and 3 UK No.1 albums).

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Peter Hammill

November 5th 1948, Born on this day, Peter Hammill, singer, guitar, keyboards, Van Der Graff Generator. (1968 album 'The Aerosol Grey Machine').

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Art Garfunkel

November 5th 1941, Born on this day, Art Garfunkel, singer, actor, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Trouble Water',' 1970 album Bridge Over Trouble Water spent 307 weeks on the UK chart), solo, 1979 UK No.1 single 'Bright Eyes').

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Ike Turner

November 5th 1931, Born on this day, Ike Turner, singer, (1966 UK No.3 single with Tina Turner, 'River Deep Mountain High', 1971 US No.4 single 'Proud Mary'). Turner died on 12th Dec 2007.

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Link Wray

November 5th 2005, Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing 'fuzz' guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single 'Rumble' which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare feat for a song with no lyrics.

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Sheryl Crow

November 5th 1994, Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when 'All I Wanna Do' entered the charts at No.4. The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album 'Tuesday Night Music Club'.

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04/11/2017

The Monkees

5th Nov1966, The Monkees were top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group’s early recordings. 

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The Last Waltz

November 4th 1977, The Last Waltz, the movie of The Bands final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young,Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton.

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Johnny Nash

November 4th 1972, Johnny Nash started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can See Clearly Now', his only US chart topper, it made No.5 in the UK.

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David Bowie

November 4th 1969, David Bowie released his third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World the first with the nucleus of what would become the "Spiders from Mars", backing band.

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