28 November 2023
RANDY NEWMAN, one of the most famous and lauded singer-songwriters ever was
born named Randall Stuart Newman on 28 November 1943 in Los Angeles. Happy 80!
He recorded/released 15 studio LPs, with Dark Matter from 2017 as the most recent
one. He also scored the soundtrack for multiple movies such as Ragtime, Awakenings (with Robert De Niro and the late Robin Williams), A Bug’s Life and all 3 Toy Stories.
He won several Awards: 3 Emmys, 6 Grammy Awards,
and was added to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2002.
Early this year a European tour was planned, but due
to illness, it was postponed. No further news since then.
RANDY NEWMAN: Instagram – Bio – Discography
23 November 2023
Amsterdam 2016 – photo by Turn Up The Volume
I’m a devoted THE KILLS fan and a devoted fan
of the charismatic ALISON MOSSHART voice/face.
She was born on 23 November 1978 in
Vero Beach, Florida. Happy 45, Alison!
Jamie + Alison
The duo released their 6th LP, titled GOD GAMES.
Unquestionably, one of their best works.
NME: “A maxed-out, fresh return.” 4/5.
THE KILLS: All Albums – Instagram
21 November 2023
Iceland‘s musical elf Björk, full name Björk Guðmundsdóttir , was born in Reykjavik
on 21 November 1965. Happy 58 to a singular artist whose work got more and
more adventurous and innovative over the years, sonically as well as visually with
her spectacular artwork, outfits and videos.
Today (not a coincidence I guess) she dropped a song named ORAL. It’s actually a previously unreleased 25-year-old song of hers, performed with famous songstress Rosalia.
Bjôrk announced the news yesterday on her social media.
BJÖRK: Facebook – Instagram
Dr. John was born named Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.
on 20 November 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Happy 81 to the flamboyant blues/jazz/soul
legend who recorded/released countless LPs.
He passed away in 2019 following a heart attack.
Joe Walsh was born Joseph Fidler on 20 November 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Happy 76 to the guitar hero, best known for being a member for a number of years of the Eagles, his own band James Gang, his solo work and playing on multiple albums of multiple artists. Here’s his greatest solo hit (more than 66 million streams on Spotify).
Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. on 20 November 1946.
Happy 77 to the blues guitarist, the founder and
original leader of The Allman Brothers (1969–1976).
He died at the age of 24 in a motorcycle crash
Norman Greenbaum was born on 20 November 1942 in Malden, Massachusetts.
Happy 81 to the psych rocker and one-hit wonder with his 1969
Spirit In The Sky classic (more than 460 million streams on Spotify).
19 November 2023
JASON PIERCE was born in Rugby, England on 19 November 1965.
Happy 58 to the psychedelic soul artist who started his career with fellow
space cowboy Sonic Boom in Spacemen 3 (1982-1991) and then went on his
solo crusade with the Spiritualized moniker.
So far Pierce released 9 studio LPs with Spiritualized. Last year’s Everything Was Beautiful is the most recent one. He not only fabricates spellbinding longplayers, Spiritualized concerts are magical events, as I’ve witnessed 3 times before.
Sonic spiritualism in motion.
Spiritualized – Paradiso Club, Amsterdam – 2015.
photos by Turn Up The Volume
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re floating in space
And the next song is, eh…
This was not a gig, it was a spiritual experience
EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL
Spiritualized: Instagram – Bio – Discography
12 November 2023
Living rock legend NEIL YOUNG
was born on 12 November 1945 in
Happy 78 to the imperishable singer-songwriter. He released about a thousand albums since 1963. He worked solo, he regularly recorded with his pals Crazy Horse and played a couple of years, a long time ago, with three other memorable voices, Crosby Stills & Nash and with Buffalo Springfield.
And he’s not finished yet. His Archives seem
to be inexhaustible. And he still performs live.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world, Neil.
NEIL YOUNG: Bio – Discography – Instagram
7 November 2023
Canadian-American folk/singer-songwriter legend JONI MITCHELL was
born named Roberta Joan Anderson on 7 November 1943 in Alberta, Canada.
When she moved to the US she acquired the American nationality.
Happy 80 to a truly remarkable and influential artist from the 1960s folk music
scene. She incorporated pop and jazz elements in her work and was known for her wayward and outspoken lyrics and singular voice. She won 10 Grammy Awards and
was internationally lauded and still widely respected as a genuine performer. She
was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
She recorded/released 19 studio LPs with her fourth one BLUE from 1977 still
regarded as her magnum opus. She wrote the album just after her breakup with
Graham Nash and during an intense relationship with James Taylor.
AllMusic/Jason Ankeny: “The quintessential confessional singer/songwriter
album. Raw nerves, tales of love and loss etched with stunning complexity.”
Mitchell playing Coyote at The Band’s Last Waltz concert in 1976
JONI MITCHELL: Instagram – Bio – Discography
(Image on top: Cover of her 1976 Hejira album)
5 November 2023
Renowned British singer-songwriter PETER HAMILL was born named
Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill on 5 November 1948 in London.
Happy 75 to the co-founder of experimental prog-rockers Van Der Graaf Generator (1967–1972, 1975–1978, 2005–present) with whom he recorded/released 13 LPs, so far.
The most recent Do Not Disturb appeared in 2016.
In between his long career with VDG he released
far more albums than with the band.
‘Wondering‘ from their 1976 LP World Record
‘Flight’ from his 1980 LP A Black Box.
PETER HAMILL: Bio – Discography
DVG: Bio – Discography
(Photo on top: cover of his solo album Over)
3 November 2023
ADAM ANT, real name Stuart Leslie Goddard, was born on 3 November 1954 in London.
Happy 69 to the legendary singer/songwriter who released 3 albums with his Ants and
6 solo longplayers. With the Ants he scored 3 top No 1 hit singles in the UK, including the title track of his 1981 Prince Charming LP (#2 in the UK). He has also worked as an actor, appearing in many films and television episodes.
ADAM ANT: Instagram – Bio – Discography
31 October 2023
Singer/songwriter and one of the most inspiring and genial guitarists of his generation JOHNNY MARR was born as John Martin Maher in Manchester on 31 October 1963.
Happy 60 to the musical maestro of indie legends The Smiths (1982-1987).
After playing/collaborating with multiple artists (Bryan Ferry, Chrissie Hynde,
Electronic, Modest Mouse, The The, The Cribs and many more) his productivity
and creativity got another enormous boost since he decided to go solo in 2013.
So far he released 4 solo LPs.
2013 – #10 in the UK
2014 – #9 in the UK
Call The Comet
2015 – #7 in the UK
Fever Dreams Pts 1-4
2022 – #4 in the UK
It’s gonna be a Marr Halloween.
I’ll start with these 3 solo gems.
– UPSTARTS –
From The Messenger album – 2013
– EASY MONEY –
From Playland album – 2014
– SOMEWHERE –
A new track that will feature
on his upcoming ‘Best Of’ LP,
out this Friday, November 3
He also has a brand new book
out, titled Marr’s Guitars.
JOHNNY MARR: Instagram – Bio – Discography
Live photos by Turn Up The Volume – Belgium, 2016.