Happy 55 To Original Voice And Compelling Songwriter MARK LANEGAN…

25 November 1964

MARK LANEGAN was born in Ellensburg, Washington, 25 November 1964. Happy 55 to an original voice and a most compelling songwriter. His musical career began as vocalist with grunge rockers Screaming Trees in 1985. When the band called it a day Lanegan followed his own successful path with countless collaborations with various other artists and with his, by now impressive canon of 11 solo records. His latest longplayer, one of his best to my ears, Somebody’s Knocking appeared last month.

To celebrate this authentic rock troubadour’s
birthday I picked these three big moments…

– HALO OF ASHES –
(Live Screamming Trees performance on British TV show 1996)


– WEDDING DRESS –

(Live version / from his 2004 ‘Bubblegum’ LP)

– NIGHT FLIGHT TO KABUL –
(From his new 2019 LP Somebody’s Knocking)

MARK LANEGAN: Website – Facebook

(photo on top: FB Mark Lanegan)

Happy 69 To Legend… GRAHAM PARKER

18 November 2019

GRAHAM PARKER was born on 18 November 1950 in London. Happy 69
to a genuine, uncompromising but also underrated heart and soul singer-
songwriter. He is best known for his work with The Rumour in the late
1970s, early 1980s but Mister Parker released several stirring solo albums
too and still does (check his last year’s winsome LP  ‘Cloud Symbols’).
An original singer/songwriter survivor with a most gripping voice.

Here are three gems to celebrate the man’s birthday…

– THE NEW YORK SHUFFLE – (From 1977 album: ‘Stick To Me’)

– NOBODY HURTS YOU – (From 1979 masterpiece album ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’)

– GIRL IN NEED – (From his 2018 solo LP ‘Cloud Symbols’ )

GRAHAM PARKER: Discography – Website – Facebook

Happy 56 to JOHNNY MARR!

31 October 2019

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 56 to Johnny, whose productivity and creativity got an enormous boost since
he decided to go solo in 2013. Yes, he was the legendary electrifying force behind 80s
indie icons The Smiths fronted by that non-stop moaning right-wing nationalistic fool Mozzer but to celebrate my own Marr‘s birthday party I prefer to pick three songs of
his solo LP’s. Here we go…

– UPSTARTS –
(from The Messenger album – 2013)

– EASY MONEY –
(from Playland album – 2014)

– HI HELLO –
(from Call The Comet album – 2018)

JOHNNY MARR: Facebook

(photos, top & below, by Turn Up The Volume!)

Happy 73 To FLEETWOOD MAC Legend PETER GREEN

29 October 2019

Happy 73 to blues legend PETER GREEN – real name Peter Allen Greenbaum – who
co-founded blues band FLEETWOOD MAC in 1967 (along with current members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie). He was born 29 October 1946. Despite being only 3 years
in the group the exceptional gifted singer/songwriter and awesome guitarist wrote a
series of brilliant, timeless classics, therefore he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall
Of Fame
in 1998. He left the band in 1970 due to severe mental health problems. In 1979 he returned to the scene, collaborating with various artists, releasing solo records and playing live. Peter Green is still active today (see his FB-Page at the bottom).

Here are three timeless pearls to celebrate this outstanding musician’s birthday…

– OH WELL Part 1 –

– ALBATROSS –

– BLACK MAGIC WOMAN –

PETER GREEN: Facebook


Happy 73!…

Happy Birthday To Flamboyant Funk Junk BOOTSY COLLINS…

26 October 2019

Flamboyant funk legend WILLIAM EARL ‘BOOTSY’ COLLINS was born on 26 October, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Happy 68 to a fabulous artist who worked with several other
F Giants like George Clinton and sex machine James Brown. He was inducted in the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, along with 15 members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Here are two big ones to celebrate the icon’s birthday…

– DISCIPLES OF FUNK –
(From his 1990 Jungle Bass EP with his Bootsy’s Rubber Band)

– STRETCHIN’ OUT –
(From the 1976 debut LP Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band
– here’s a smoking live extravaganza performance)

BOOTSY COLLINS: Facebook – Website

(photo on top: FB Bootsy Collins)

Happy Birthday To LUX INTERIOR…

21 October 2019

LUX INTERIOR (birth name Erick Lee Purkhiser), the charismatic and gloriously eccentric frontman of iconic garage band THE CRAMPS, was born on 21st October 1946. He would have turned 73 today. Unfortunately he passed away 10 years ago.

Here’s that big freakish Cramps classic to celebrate the man’s birthday…

Lux Interior about meeting his love and The Cramps guitarist Poison Ivy for the first time…

THE CRAMPS: Facebook Fanpage – Biography – All Albums

(Photo on top: AP Press / Cramps)

Happy 74 To BRYAN FERRY

26 September 2019

Happy 74 to legendary singer/songwriter, performer, crooner, lady killer and fashion dandy BRYAN FERRY. He was born on 26 September 1945 in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England and made an unforgettable mark with his fabulous glam art-rock band ROXY MUSIC scoring 3 Number One Albums between 1972-1982. The band split for a while, came back and split again and for several years now FERRY is continuing his long career, solo. To celebrate this most remarkable artist’s birthday here are three of Turn Up The Volume‘s favourite Roxy Music knockouts and their equally cool clips…

– VIRGINIA PLAIN –

– DO THE STRAND –

– LOVE IS THE DRUG –

BRYAN FERRY: Facebook

(photo on top: Getty Images / Photoshoot solo album ‘Bête Noire’)

KEITH FLINT – 17 September 1969 / 4 March 2019

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17 September 2019

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KEITH FLINT, the flamboyant, charismatic and 100% full-blooded frontman of techno legends THE PRODIGY, was born on 17 September 1969. He would have turned 50 today. Unfortunately the troubled artist took his own life this year, on the 4th of March. A
truly sad loss for his family, friends and fans!

Let’s not forget this outstanding performer. Happy 50, Keith, wherever you are!
Here are four rip-roaring electro shock firecrackers to celebrate your birthday…

– NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) –
1994

– BREATHE – 1997

– FIRESTARTER – 1997

– THE DAY IS MY ENEMY – Live in Russia, 2017

photo on top: Insta / FB The Prodigy –