13 October 2021
Paul Frederic Simon was born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey.
Happy 80 to an outstanding singer/songwriter and graceful pop voice. He started
his brilliant career with Art Garfunkel back in 1956 – 65 years ago! They scored hit
single after hit single and several million-selling LPs. They split in 1970, both starting
a solo journey.
He recorded 14 solo studio albums, with In The Blue Light (2018) as his most recent
one. His 2006 longplayer Surprise was co-produced by Brian Eno who also took care
of electronics on all, but one track.
Three (hard to choose) memorable Simon moments…
– SOUNDS OF SILENCE –
(Soul-stirring live version from the duo’s historic
1981 concert in Central Park, New York)
– STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS –
(Gripping live version)
– YOU CAN CALL ME AL –
No, three songs are not enough to honor the legend.
So let’s play his Greatest Hits on this festive day…
PAUL SIMON: Biography – Facebook
(Image on top: Cover of his ultimate collection album)
11 October 2021
Daryl Franklin Hohl was born on 11 October 1946. Happy 75! With John Oates, he was
a hit machine in the 80s. A great soul voice respected by many other artists such as King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp who worked several times with Hall, who’s still active solo. His latest album Laughing Down Crying came out in 2011.
To celebrate the star’s birthday, here’s one of his
greatest scores I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)…
DARYL HALL: Facebook
9 October 2021
Polly Jean Harvey, artistically known as PJ Harvey, was born in Bridport, Dorset, England on 9 October 1969. Happy 51 to a remarkable singer-songwriter with a remarkable career scoring several masterly albums. Three of Turn Up The Volume‘s favorites: Second album Rid Of Me (1993), third LP To Bring You My Love (1995), fourth longplayer Is This Desire? (1998).
PJ always did only what she wanted to do (and will continue to follow her own path), exploring herself and her art from different angels. With every album (a total of 9,
so far) she surprised and she triumphed. Not many can claim the same. One of the
most compelling artists of her generation. Hands down.
Three big Polly moments…
– SHEELA-NA-GIG –
(From debut LP Dry – top live version)
– THE WIND –
((From Is This Desire?)
– DOWN BY THE WATER –
(From To Bring You My Love)
7 October 2021
American singer-songwriter/painter/actor/film director JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP celebrates his 70th birthday today. He was born in Seymour Indiana on 7 October 1951. He started his successful career back in 1976, made 23 studio albums so far. His 24th LP Strictly a One-Eyed Jack arrives next year.
The late great Johnny Cash once said: “Mellencamp is
among our greatest living singer songwriters.”
3 great Mellencamp moments…
– JACK & DIANA –
(No 1 hit in the US in 1982)
– SMALL TOWN –
(Live version 1985)
– WASTED DAYS –
(First Mellencamp/Springsteen duet – 2021)
JOHN MELLENCAMP: Facebook
5 October 2021
Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof was born in Dublin, Ireland on 5 October 1951.
Happy 70 to the man best known for being the driving force behind the gigantic
Live Aid concerts in 1985 (UK & USA) to raise funds for relief of the devastating
1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia.
Also many know him as the frontman of Irish rockers The Boomtown Rats , but
only for their blockbuster hit I Don’t Like Mondays. But the band scored their best
work with their first two albums, the self-titled debut LP (1977) and Tonic For The Troops (1978) when Geldof was a young ambitious loudmouth looking for number one.
Three great Bob moments…
– LOOKIN’ AFTER No 1 –
(Ace single from debut LP – 1977)
– THE GREAT SONG OF INDIFFERENCE –
(From his 2nd solo album – 1990)
– LIVE AID –
(Final all-together chant – 1985)
BOB GELDOF: History
(image on top: cover of his solo album ‘Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere’ – 1986)
23 September 2021
No introduction is needed for this living legend. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
was born in Long Branch (New Jersey) on 23 September 1949. Happy 72 to The Boss.
He already hit the scene in 1964 and has made 20 studio albums so far, with the 2020 top LP Letter To You as his most recent one. He became a worldwide bona fide rock star with million-seller longplayer Born In The USA in 1984, but my favorite still is the tremendously passionate Darkness On The Edge Of Town (actually along with the equally brilliant Nebraska).
Three big (live) Springsteen moments…
– PROMISED LAND –
(From ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’)
– THE RIVER –
(From the same-titled 1980 LP)
– BORN TO RUN –
And my favorite Bruce album…
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Career – All Albums
22 September 2021
My wife and I wish you a fantastic 64th birthday
and on this occasion we want to thank you once
again for writing our wedding song. The lyrics
reflected exactly what we felt then, and still
Mr. and Mrs. Turn Up The Volume
Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history, baby
Every time you come around
21 September 2021
Mad for it rock ‘n’ roll star LIAM GALLAGHER
was born this day in 1972. Happy 49!
And this Thursday – 23 September – sees the premiere of
OASIS KNEBWORTH 1996. A rockumentary about the two
historic concerts Oasis played at Knebworth in the UK 25
years ago, on 10 and 11 August 1996.
More info & tickets here.
To make all fans already drooling right now here’s previously unseen
performance footage of Champagne Supernova – part of the movie –
featuring The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire with commentary from
Noel Gallagher & Bonehead.
Happy birthday, Liam
Happy birthday, Knebworth…
Happy 49!! (photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2018)
11 September 2021
Richard Paul Ashcroft was born on 11 September 1971 in Wigan, UK. Happy 50 to the former madman maestro of THE VERVE with whom he scored a classic masterpiece LP
in 1997 with Urban Hymns. But the band had more fights than albums, so after a couple of splits and reunions, it was over (well, you never know with these guys).
Ashcroft delivered 5 solo albums so far with Natural Rebel (2018) as his most recent one.
Here come 3 big RA moments to celebrate the loudmouth’s birthday…
– BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY –
(awesome live rendition)
– THIS IS MUSIC –
– THIS IS HOW IT FEELS –
RICHARD ASHCROFT: Career
Don’t forget to have your vaccinations, Richard …
7 September 2021
Christine Ellen Hynde was born on 7 September 1951
in Akron, Ohio, US. Happy 70 Chrissie! Forever young!
She formed world-famous pop/rock band the Pretenders in 1975 and became their primary singer-songwriter, guitarist and their gorgeous face. After all these years the band’s still going strong. So far they released 11 studio albums with Hate For Sale (2020)
as the most recent one.
Her flamboyance, her outspokenness, her huge pop songwriting skills
and her don’t mess with me rock chick girl appearance is still intact, she’s
just a little bit older. Coolness in motion.
Turn Up The Volume picked these
3 top Chrissie moments to celebrate
the eternal Riot pop grrrl’s birthday.
– BRASS IN POCKET –
– 2000 MILES –
– BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –
(Striking live performance)
CHRISSIE HYNDE: Career
(photo: from the front cover of her solo album ‘Stockholm’)