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2 August 2022
Lee Anthony Mavers was born on 2 August 1962 in Liverpool.
Happy 60 to the voice/face/songwriter of one-time heroes THE LA’S
who scored an instant classic with their self-titled debut LP filled with
timeless guitar-pop melodies in 1990.
Afterward, the drugs took over and the band collapsed. A few lazy
attempts were made to restart the motor, but without soul or spirit.
Anyway, happy birthday. to Lee.
There he goes…
Bio – Discography
15 July 2022
John Anthony Genzale was born 70 years ago today in Queens, New York. His mother was of Italian descent, and his father was of Italian, Russian-Jewish, and German-Jewish ancestry.
Before he joined (1971) the New York Dolls, the coolest glam and glitter gang in rock ‘n roll history, he had a couple bands of his own. He was a fanatic fan of Keith Richards. He copied his guitar style and his poses, while his sister styled his hair like Keef.
After 2 albums Johnny left to jump on the punk train and
formed The Heartbreakers with Richard Hell, who left soon.
Eventually, he started a solo career. He assembled a cast of ’70s punk and rock stars – Chrissie Hynde, Phil Lynott, Peter Perrett, Steve Marriott, and Pistols Paul Cook, and Steve Jones, among others – for his debut solo LP So Alone, released in 1978.
His masterstroke single You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
was/is certainly his most memorable achievement.
After years of drug abuse, the rock guitar hero collapsed and died in 1991. R.I.P.
Three great Thunders moments
– NEW YORK DOLLS –
– THE HEARTBREAKERS –
– SOLO –
JOHNNY THUNDERS: Bio – Discography
1 July 2022
Angela Trimble aka the ultimate pin-up pop queen Debbie Harry
was born in Miami on 1 July 1945. Happy 77 to Blondie‘s first lady.
Picture this: a Sunday Girl with a Heart Of Glass always Hanging On
The Telephone, one way or another, causing Rapture when the Tide Is
High and always Dreaming of Denis who Ripped Her To Shreads. Please
Call Me, Debbie, In The Flesh.
Three top Debbie moments…
– SUNDAY GIRL –
– DENIS –
– HEART OF GLASS –
DEBBIE HARRY: Bio
(photo on top: Cover of Debbie/Blondie book called ‘Picture This’)
26 June 2022
Michael Geoffrey Jones was born
on 26 June 1955 in Wandsworth, London.
Happy 67 to The Clash guitar legend (1976-1983), who
started dance-orientated band Big Audio Dynamite (1984-1997)
a year after Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon fired him.
– SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO –
He had to go in 1983
– RUSH –
MICK JONES: Bio
20 June 2022
Two days after Paul McCartney another music genius who doesn’t need
an introduction celebrates his 80th birthday. BRIAN DOUGH WILSON was
born 80 years ago in Inglewood, California.
The man with the golden ears for layers of harmonies and architect of symphonic pop orchestrations, co-founded The Beach Boys with 2 of his brothers (Carl and Dennis) and his nephew Mike Love in 1961. They were the pioneers of the surf sound. They fabricated 29 studio LPs between 1962 and 20212 (That’s Why God Made The Radio) and tons of Number One hits. Wilson’s best known compositions were/are covered by countless artists.
Between 1973 and 1982 Wilson had some severe mental problems.
He stayed in bed for most of the time and consumed drugs and alcohol
on a daily basis. He went from rehab to rehab. It took him years to recover.
I was taking some drugs and I experimented myself right out of action. … I’d sometimes go and record. But basically I just stayed in my bedroom. I was under the sheets and I watched television.
Fortunately he survived those dark years and afterward he joined the band
now and then at concerts before starting a solo career in 1988 and making
8 albums (so far). He still tours this very day.
Three big Brian Wilson moments
– GOOD VIBRATIONS –
– GOD ONLY KNOWS –
– LOVE AND MERCY –
SUMMER 2022 – TOUR DATES HERE
BRIAN WILSON: Discography – Website
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18 June 2022
JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY was born on 18 June 1942. Happy 80 to the songsmith genius who needs no introduction whatsoever. I wonder how many people never heard of Macca. The ones who lived/live on Mars?
In those 80 years the Liverpool icon has made 12 LPs with The Beatles, 7 albums
with Wings, 18 solo and several collaborative records. Lots of Hard Day Night work.
For this occasion, my wake-up song is this smoking live
version of his heaviest rock song ever HELTER SKELTER.
And not done yet…
MACCA: Instagram – Website
(Image on top: cover of his best of album ‘Pure’)
5 June 2022
Experimental musician LAURIE ANDERSON was born on 5 June 1947 in Illinois.
Happy 75 to the avant-garde artist who released 7 studio albums between
1984 and 2010, with Homeland as her most recent one. She collaborated
with countless artists too.
Laurie and late legend Lou Reed were partners for 21 years, they
married in 2008, five years before her husband passed away, in 2013.
Her best-known album Big Science was released 40 years ago (April 1982).
Three great Laurie Anderson moments.
– O SUPERMAN-
– LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS –
From her 1986 LP Home Of The Brave
– HANG ON TO YOUR EMOTIONS –
A Reed song from his 1996 album Set the Twilight Reeling
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1 June 2022
Ronald David Wood, better known in the rock and roll world as RONNIE WOOD,
was born in Hillingdon, London on 1 June 1947. Happy 75 to one of the most
respected and prolific guitar players in music history.
He started his career in 1964 with English R & B band The Birds (1964-1966),
then switched to The Jeff Beck Group for 2 years, and 2 albums (as bass player).
Thereafter he joined the Faces after Steve Marriott left (then named ‘Small Faces‘),
made 4 LPs with the Rod Stewart fronted lads, before joining The Rolling Stones
He’s now gearing up with Jagger and Keef to go on tour to celebrate their
60th birthday. In between making 11 albums with The Stones, he found
time for 7 solo longlayers.
To celebrate Wood’s 75th birthday I woke up with a classic cracker
called Stay With Me, co-written with Rod The Mod for the Faces in 1971.
Stay with me, stay with me
For tonight you’d better stay with me, oh yeah
Stay with me, stay with me
For tonight you’d better stay with me
RONNIE WOOD: Story
29 May 2022
(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)
Noel Thomas David Gallagher was born in Manchester on 29 May 1967.
Happy 55 to the superlative songwriter who wrote a series of unforgettable
world hits with Oasis (1991–2009), one of my all-time favorite bands (on record
and on stage). He went solo – with his High Flying Birds – 13 years ago, after the
umpteenth fight with his brother Liam.
3 big Noel moments…
– DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER –
– THE MASTERPLAN –
– HOLY MOUNTAIN –
(From his third solo album)
NOEL GALLAGHER: Facebook
27 May 2022
Susan Janet Ballion, best known of course as SIOUXSIE SIOUX
the voice and face of her band The Banshees was born on
27 May 1957 in London.
Happy 65 to the Goth queen of punk. One of the most
charismatic and drop-dead gorgeous rock stars ever.
With The Banshees she recorded/released 11 studio albums.
With her husband Budgie, she made two LPs under the moniker
of The Creatures. And in 2007 she released her only criminally
underrated, solo longplayer Mantaray.
Three magic Siouxsie moments…
– HONG KONG GARDEN –
– KISS THEM FOR ME –
– SLOWDIVE –