All posts tagged August

Jimmy Webb

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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Mark Knopfler

Born this day (12 August) in 1949, Mark Knopfler British songwriter, guitarist, singer with Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’, 1985 world-wide No.1 album ‘Brothers In Arms’).

Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, and James Taylor.

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Today (10 August) we remember, US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes who died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65 in 2008.

Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft; he was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park.

Isaac Hayes was married four times and had 12 children.

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The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

On this day (8 August) in 1969, the photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios.

Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic.

The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.

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