Born This Day 16 September in 1984, Katie Melua, UK singer, songwriter, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘Call Off The Search’, 2004 UK Top 10 single ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’, 2007 UK No.1 single ‘What a Wonderful World’ with Eva Cassidy).
Born This Day 14 September 1983, Amy Winehouse UK singer, songwriter. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys.
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
Born this day 13 September in 1944, Peter Cetera, singer, Chicago (1976 US & UK No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’), solo (1986 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Glory Of Love’).
On this day (10 September) in 2006, Scissor Sisters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, the American’s band first UK No.1. The song was co-written with Elton John, who also played piano on the song.
On this day (10 September) in 2005, The Beatles track ‘A Day In The Life’ from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was voted the best British song of all time by music experts.
The survey by Q magazine called the track “the ultimate sonic rendition of what it means to be British”. The Kinks’ song ‘Waterloo Sunset’ came second in the poll and ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis was voted in third place.
Born on this day (10 September) in 1984, Matthew Followill.
Lead guitarist, Kings of Leon, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Because Of The Times’, 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’, 2008 UK No.1 album ‘Only By The Night’).
Born on this day in 1958, Belinda Carlisle, singer.
The Go-Go’s, (1982 US No.2 single ‘We Got The Beat’, 1982 UK No.47 single ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’) and solo, (1987 US & UK No.1 single ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’).
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On This Day (17 August) in 2008, Jackson Browne was suing US Republican presidential candidate John McCain for using one of his songs without permission.
Browne claimed the use of his song Running on Empty in an advert was an infringement of copyright and would lead people to conclude he endorses McCain. Browne was seeking more than $75,000 (£40,000) in damages.
Today we remember Elvis Presley who died on 16 August 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
“Before Elvis there was nothing” – John Lennon
“Elvis was religion to me” – John Lennon
On this day (15 August) in 1969, the Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people.
The event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker.
During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.
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Born on this day (15 August) in 1946, Jimmy Webb American singer, songwriter who wrote the 1968 hit for Richard Harris ‘MacArthur Park’, plus ‘Galveston’, for Glen Campbell (and other hits for Campbell), and ‘Up Up and Away’, a hit for 5th Dimension.
According to BMI, his song ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 and 1990.
Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.
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