5 March 2021
The late genial word’smith’,
mega ego and lager junkie
MARK E. SMITH would
have turned 64 today.
Happy B. Mark E.
Let’s go to the basement to celebrate…
00:00 – Is This New
02:30 – Wolf Kidult Man
07:51 – Fifty Year Old Man
13:28 – Latchkey Kid
23 February 2021
On 29 March 1871, the legendary and majestic ROYAL ALBERT HALL
in London opened its doors. The iconic monument & multi-culture-event
venue will soon celebrate its 150th anniversary.
To start the festivities the RAH shared a short, 90-seconds, tribute clip
featuring legendary moments in music history, alongside appearances
from artists, athletes and activists, narrated by Sir Mick Jagger.
So much more to come! But first Mick…
ROYAL ALBERT HALL: History
Just one of the countless live albums recorded at the Royal Albert Hall (Deep Purple – 1970)
13 February 2021
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
If there’s one bass player you always recognize when he pulls his strings it’s PETER HOOK also known as HOOKY. The man who created a sound that was fundamental and essential for Joy Division as well as for New Order. The man who plays his beloved instrument as if it has six strings instead of four. Hooky‘s resonance is unique and ageless as he still proves, for years now, with his band The Light, on stages around the globe.
Today is his 65th birthday! Happy B. Hooky!
Let’s celebrate with these four standouts…
– LOVE WILL TEAR US APART –
(Joy Division classic)
– ATMOSPHERE –
(Joy Division classic – with awesome soul voice Rowetta)
– TEMPTATION –
– ARIES –
(A superb song by Gorillaz with Hooky here on vocals instead of
Damon Albarn. It’s on their new Song Machine album)
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT: Facebook
4 February 2021
Vincent Damon Furnier aka Alice Cooper
was born on 4 February 1948, in Detroit.
Happy 73, Alice!
And still kicking…
He’ll tell and sing stories about his hometown on his new 13th album, featuring Detroit heroes Wayne Kramer (MC5 guitarist), Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (drummer for The Detroit Wheels), Paul Randolph (Detroit jazz and R&B bassist who’s worked with Amp Fiddler and Jazzanova) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians.
DETROIT STORIES out 26th February via EarMusic
Here’s lead-single ‘ROCK & ROLL’…
ALICE COOPER: Facebook
Top singles from the past…
3 February 2021
Artist: DAVE DAVIES
Along with his brother Ray he was part
of one of the most iconic bands ever
in British pop music history
Age: 73 today – born 3 February 1947
in Fortis Green, London
Single: Death Of A Clown
Released: 7 July 1967
My makeup is dry and it cracks ’round my chin
I’m drowning my sorrows in whisky and gin
The lion tamer’s whip doesn’t crack anymore
The lions, they won’t bite and the tigers won’t roar
So let’s go and drink to the death of a clown
Won’t someone help me to break up this crown?
Let’s all drink to the death of a clown…
DAVE DAVIES: Facebook
29 January 2021
Singer-songwriter ROBERT WYATT (real name Robert Wyatt-Ellidge) was born
on 28 January 1945. Happy 76 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 cover of his ‘Different Every Time’ album)
24 January 2021
Neil Leslie Diamond was born in New York on 24th January 1941. Happy 80 to one
of the greatest pop songwriters ever. With his warm, passionate, and awe-inspiring
voice he charmed/charms millions of devoted fans. He produced 34th studio albums, multiple live LPs, compilations, and music for movies since he debuted back in 1962.
He sold over more than 100.000.000 records.
In January 2018, Diamond told the world that he retired from
touring due to having been diagnosed with Parkinson‘s disease.
He wrote a series of timeless hits (37 top 40 hits). To celebrate the living
legend’s 80th birthday Turn Up The Volume picked these 3 masterstrokes…
– I AM I SAID –
– SWEET CAROLINE –
– CRACKLIN’ ROSIE –
A best of
NEIL DIAMOND: Biography – Discography – Facebook
(images: covers of Neil Diamond albums)
22 January 2021
Artist: SAM COOKE (Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.)
Known as the King Of Soul. He was
born on 22nd January 1931. Happy 90!
He passed away on 11 December 1964, only 33.
Single: WONDERFUL WORLD
Written by Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, and Sam Cooke
Released: 14 April 1960
Score: No 2 in the USA
What a wonderful world this would and could be…
SAM COOKE: Bio
13 January 2021
Graham McPherson, better known as SUGGS, the nutty frontman of nutty
ska heroes MADNESS was born on 13 January 1961 in Hastings, Sussex, UK.
He’ll probably have his
anniversary party in his house
in the middle of the street.
Let’s sing along for Suggs!…
And back soon…
(photo on top: cover solo LP ‘The Lone Ranger’)
18 December 2020
Only 19 and already a mega superstar.
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell
was born on 18 December 2001 in
Los Angeles. Happy Birthday.
She appeals to millions of young fans for the right reasons…
1. She was hardly 15 when she released her promising debut single Ocean Eyes.
2. Her smashing hip-pop debut LP When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
was a blockbuster success.
3. She has a cool attitude, cool appearance, cool personality, and utterly cool looks.
4. Live she’s a fab-tastic entertainer.
Isn’t thrilling, honest, refreshing, and inspired music, as proved for ages,
mostly made by thrilling, honest, refreshing, and inspired artists when they
were/are young (from The Beatles to Lana Del Rey)? You bet. Check this…
Her top-notch debut LP
Her sensational live act
Her recent Beatles cover, really something
BILLIE EILISH: Facebook