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© Words - Val Weedon
Ian McLagan was a keyboard player best known as a member of the Small Faces and Faces. He sadly died on December 3rd following complications from a stroke.
© Words - Angeline Wilcox
There can’t be many pop songs that make reference to “my poor rheumatic back” or “tea and toasted, buttered currant buns”, but then again, there aren’t many pop groups like The Kinks. These lyrics from their delightfully quirky “Autumn Almanac”, released in 1967, typify the quintessentially English perspective, humour and appeal of the group that dominated the charts throughout the 1960s.
© Barry Cains
Sting was always the epitome of cool.
He was never a punk and The Police were never a punk band, although they dabbled with it at the start of their career. They never embraced that punk ethos like that other trippy trio The Jam, and those Woking class wonderboys weren't punks either.
"Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers;
And they've been known to pick a song or two.
Lord they get me off so much.
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how about you?"
"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was the resident band at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama. Like the Wrecking Crew in Los Angeles, and the Funk Brother at Motown, they were the backing band on dozens of gold and platinum hits. The four founding members were Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger G Hawkins (drums), David Hood
©Words - Cameron K's
The Trogglodytes formed in 1964 in Andover, Southern England. They shortened their name to Troggs when they signed for Larry Page in 1965. The original line up was Reg Ball (now Presley) on lead vocals, Chris Britton (Lead Guitar), Pete Staples (bass), Ronnie Bond (drums). Despite being signed to Page One Records their manager leased them to CBS for debut single "Lost Girl." The single failed to impact.
© - Toby Walker
Born in May 1928, in Kansas City, Burt Bacharach studied cello, drums and piano as a child, and was later relocated to New York City by his father, a media columnist.
His parents were Irma M. Freeman and Mark Bertram Bacharach.
As a youngster he grew up in the Forest Hills section of New York City.
Burt played in several jazz bands during the 1940's.
Ron Mael was born 1949 and his brother Russell in 1951. They grew up in LA and their parents put them to stage school. Later the teenagers went to UCLA to study film, graphics and English. By 1968 the Mael brothers along with John Mendelson (drummer) and Earle Mankey (guitar) formed the band Halfnelson.
© Words Siane Daley
Dave Barbarossa’s Mediterranean good-looks are still very evident; the once curly dark hair has been replaced by a shaved head, but the dark penetrating, intelligent eyes remain the same. He looks impossibly young for a man in his early fifties, but his eagerness and passion for music remains undaunted. Dressed in a smart black shirt with red collars, trousers and smartly polished shoes, Dave has an interesting tale to tell about his many music incarnations from “Adam and the Ants”, “Bow Wow Wow”, “Beats International, “Chicane”, “Republica”, “Driza Bone”, “The Horse Brothers” and his current-band “Cauldronated”.
©Words - Cameron K's
Blues is based on the use of the minor pentatonic scale with and added blue note. The blue note is a semi tone sharper than the third note of the pentatonic scale that is used depending on key. Major scale is 3 semi tones lower than minor and phrasing of country would be played normally on a major pentatonic scale and blues vocals and accompaniment (melody) are generally
Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931. One of five boys and three girls, his father was Rev. Charles and mother, Annie Mae Cook. In 1933 the Cook family joined the great migration and moved to Chicago. Young Samuel featured as vocalist in his church choir before teaming up with three of his siblings in a quartet dubbed the Soul Children. Sam became a member of the gospel group the Highway QCs. In 1950,
Wilson Pickett was born in 1941, in Prattville, Alabama and the fourth of 11 children. The family moved to Detroit in his mid teens and he sang in several Baptist church choirs. His forceful, passionate style of singing was developed between the sacred and the secular whist singing on the streets with the other kids. Wilson was a wild child with a fascination for guns but his love of singing kept him grounded. In 1955 he joined the Violinaires and sang gospel-harmony for four years. In 1959 he became lead singer of the Falcons, singing soul. The line-up of the group included Eddie Floyd (Knock on wood), Joe Stubbs (brother of Levi Stubbs) and songwriter, Mack Rice (Mustang Sally and Respect yourself).
Born Don Vliet was born in 1941 in Glendale, California. He was a gifted child and began painting and sculpting at the age of three. Aged nine, he was declared a child prodigy by the Portuguese sculptor, Augustinio Rodriguez. Despite his obvious talent his parents did not encourage him and moved to Lancaster in the Mojave Desert, outside Los Angles, Don was 13. According to the artist he was offered an art scholarship to study in
Graham Dee -The Thirteenth Man & Don Ellis The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground/Don Ellis At Fillmore Reviewed on ZANIWritten by Nick Churchill
© Nick Churchill
Graham Dee -The Thirteenth Man
I flatter myself that anyone should notice, but before we go any further I must declare an interest here – I have a songwriting credit on this album, generously bestowed on me for providing the title of track three, Emily Nuthin.
Charles Hardin Holley was born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. The youngest of four children, Buddy grew up in a modest environment. The Holleys were a musical family and Buddy started the piano when he was 11 years of age. After nine months of lessons he went onto the guitar and violin. Buddy met Bob Montgomery when he was thirteen. at Hutchinson Junior High School and they teamed up as the duo, "Buddy and Bob".