On This Day

Born on this day 30 July in 1958, Kate Bush, UK singer, songwriter, who had the 1978 UK No.1 single ‘Wuthering Heights’ (at the age of 19). Her 1985 UK No.1 album ‘Hounds Of Love’ spent 52 weeks on the chart. In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002 an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.

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Born this day 29 July in 1946 Neal Doughty is an American keyboardist, best known as a founding member of the rock band REO Speedwagon  (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’)  As of 2017, Doughty is the last original member still playing with the band.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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