Already 3 Years Today – R.I.P. KEITH FLINT (The Prodigy)

4 March 2022

Keith Charles Flint was born on 17 September 1969 in Redbridge, London.

He started his musical career in 1990 as a dancer for Liam Howlett‘s techno-punk
project The Prodigy. He became the flamboyant co-vocalist in 1996 with the band’s
third LP The Fat Of The Land and the group’s eccentric and heated performer
on stage along with Maxim.

Three years ago today, on 4 March 2019, he took his own life.
Only 49. Sad, really sad. Rest in peace.

Three great Keith Flint moments…

– NO GOOD (Start The Dance)
(Keith as the long-haired dancer)

– FIRESTARTER –
(Punked-up star)

– BREATHE –
(Live)

THE PRODIGY: Story

Happy 80 To Rolling Stone BRIAN JONES

28 February 2022

Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was born on 28 February 1942,
in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. He would have
celebrated his 80th birthday today.

Jones was the founder (in 1962) of one of the biggest rock groups ever,
for which he also invented the name (I wonder if there’s anybody on this
planet who has never heard of The Rolling Stones).

He was a multi-instrumentalist, always hungry for new instruments and
also the creative stone who wanted the band to take a more adventurous
way.

Unfortunately, he lost himself in a destructive amount of drugs and alcohol.
He drowned, under the influence of damaging stuff, in his pool in 1969. He
was only 27.

Three great Brian Jones moments…

– PAINT IT BLACK –
With Jones on sitar

– AROUND AND AROUND –
Jones playing his iconic VOX Teardrop Guitar

– Short docu about HIS GUITARS

BRIAN JONES: Biography

(Image on top: Cover of 2020 documentary Life and Death of Brian Jones)

Happy Birthday To Ocean Child YOKO ONO

18 February 2022

YOKO ONO was born as oʊnoʊ (pronounced OH-noh in English and romanized
Ono Yōko), on 18 February 1933), in Tokyo, Japan. Happy 89 to the multimedia and performance artist, singer-songwriter, and peace activist.

For millions of people, she’s only known as John Lennon‘s widow and for being, allegedly, responsible for The Beatles break-up in 1970, although she made 14 solo albums (with the fascinating Warzone LP as the most recent one, released in 2018) and 8 LPs with husband John Lennon.


Front cover of the tribute album

She received lots of critically praise on a regular basis for her musical exploits and today, on her birthday, several famous artists (David Byrne, Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, and more) pay tribute to Yoko with an album of mesmerizing covers, called Ocean Child: Songs Of Yoko Ono .

Here’s one of the highlights…

Stream full album here…

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YOKO ONO: Story – Discography – Instagram

(Photo on top: Cover of tribute LP ‘I’m A Witch’ 2007)

Happy 80 To GRAHAM NASH

2 February 2022

Singer-songwriter GRAHAM NASH (also a published photographer) was born in
Blackpool, UK on 2 February 1972, 80 years ago. The golden voice had his greatest successes as a member of CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG. But the first time he
came in the picture was with the British ith pop group THE HOLLIES (1963-1968).

After he left the band he moved to Los Angeles. In 1968 CSN started a long and triumphant journey with the masterpiece 1970 Déja Vu (with Neil Young as fourth
member) as their most famous work. During that era and afterward Nash
made several solo LPs.

After his first marriage broke up he had a love/hate relationship with legendary folk songstress Joni Mitchell. Nash wrote Our House on piano, in an hour, at their love
nest, in Hollywood Hills, LA. He’s still active as a solo artist. His most recent longplayer
This Path Tonight came out in 2016. Next month the legend starts a new tour.

Three big Graham Nash moments…

– ON A CAROUSEL –
(With The Hollies – 1967)

– OUR HOUSE –
(On Déja Vu – 1970)

– CHICAGO –
(His debut solo single – 1970)

GRAHAM NASH: Discography – Facebook

Happy 77 To One Of The Original Singer-Songwriters ROBERT WYATT

28 January 2021

Singer-songwriter ROBERT WYATT (real name Robert Wyatt-Ellidge) was born
on 28 January 1945. Happy 77 to the man who formed Soft Machine (1966)
and Matching Mole (1971). He became paraplegic following an accidental fall
from a window in 1973.

He started a long and much-acclaimed solo career which ended in 2014 when
he retired with this message: “Here is a pride in stopping, I don’t want the music
to go off.”

To celebrate his birthday here’s the tremendously beautiful pearl Shipbuilding.
A song about the Falklands War. Clive Langer composed the music and Elvis Costello
wrote the lyrics as Wyatt wasn’t happy about his own words. Released as a single in
1982, re-released a year later.

What a wonderous voice

ROBERT WYATT: Biography

(photo on top: from the cover of his ‘Different Every Time’ album)

R.I.P. MEAT LOAF – “Like A Bat Out Of Hell I’ll Be Gone When The Morning Comes”

21 January 2022

Singer/musician Marvin Lee Aday aka MEATLOAF
was born 74 years ago in Dallas, Texas. Yesterday
evening came the sad news that he passed away.

This statement was published on his Facebook page:

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed
away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda
and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours. His amazing
career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide
and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show
and Wayne’s World.

‘Bat Out of Hell’ remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. We know how
much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support
as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful
man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From
his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!” ”

A cause of death is not yet known.

Meat Loaf released 12 albums between 1977 and 2016. His debut Bat Out Of Hell
with its massive blockbuster hit Paradise By The Dashboard Light made him an
instant superstar. His theatrical rock swagger, his appetite for bombastic epicness,
his sturdy appearance, it all made him the worldwide legend he was/is. R.I.P.

Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes
When the night is over, like a bat out of hell, I’ll be gone, gone, gone
Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes

MEAT LOAF: All Albums – Facebook

New York Doll JERRY NOLAN Passed Away 30 Years Ago

14 January 2022

Drummer JERRY NOLAN joined the infamous gang NEW YORK DOLLS in 1972
after their first drummer Billy Murcia died after a failed attempt to revive him from
a drug overdose. Nolan himself left the Dolls in 1975 together with the late guitar
hero Johnny Thunders to form The Heartbreakers.

Nolan was treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia in late 1992.
He suffered a stroke, went into a coma, and never woke up again. He was only 45.
Rest in peace.

JERRY NOLAN: Bio

Christmas Message From KATE BUSH

25 December 2021

With nearly two years of Covid, are any of us the same people
we were before? It’s left everyone confused and uncertain of the future.

It’s been a terrible time of loss for so many. I want to say a big thank you to all the people on the front line and in the NHS. I have such huge respect for all the nurses and doctors who’ve already been working flat out for nearly two years. These caring people are showing such extraordinary acts of kindness to others. Let’s hope they get the pay rises they rightly deserve.

I’d like to mention something that happened a few weeks ago on a walk; stopping to look
at the view, I noticed something moving in a tree right beside me. It was a Goldcrest – the smallest bird in Europe, even smaller than a wren. I stood still, hoping not to frighten it away.

Its colouring is beautiful – a peacock’s eye on each wing and a striking yellow streak on its tiny head. This gorgeous little ball of fluff flew away after ten minutes or so. I’ve only ever seen one once before and very briefly. It made my day. In these strange times, I really hope you can get the chance to stop for a moment and feel nature around you.

Please stay safe. Wishing you a restful Christmas
and hoping 2022 is a happier year for everyone.

With love”

KATE BUSH: Website

(image on top: cover of ‘The Other Sides’ compilation

GEORGE HARRISON Passed Away 20 Years Ago Today – He Was Only 58

Rest in peace

29 November 2021

The Beatles guitarist and occasionally songwriter GEORGE HARRISON
passed away 20 years ago today in Los Angeles due to lung cancer.
He was only 58.

Harrison was both lucky and unlucky to be in The Beatles. Lucky as the Fab Four
fame helped when he started his solo career, and unlucky as the Lennon/McCartney
tandem prevented him to write far more songs, in the band, than he was worthy of
which he proved the most on his lauded and best-known (triple) album All Things
Must Pass
in 1970. The sitar-loving musician and Hare Krishna devotee had ups and
downs regarding his solo discography.

Three obvious but still 24 Carat Harrison pearls

– WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS –

– HERE COMES THE SUN –

– SOMETHING –

GEORGE HARRISON: Facebook

(photo on top: Cover of his 1979 self-named solo LP)