Cameron K

Declan Patrick MacManus was born in 1954 in London and his father, Ross MacManus was a musician and bandleader. Declan grew up in Twickenham and like his father had strong musical leanings. In 1971, he moved with his mother to Birkenhead, Cheshire, to finish his schooling. Aged 17, he formed a folk duo called Rusty, with Allan Mayes.

Monday, 26 October 2020 19:50

A Short Bio of The Carpenters

Richard and Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) were both born in New Haven, Connecticut. Richard Lynn was born in 1946 and Karen Anne followed in 1950. From an early age they both loved to listen to music and because Richard had shown an aptitude his parent moved to LA to be closer to the industry.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 13:35

A Short Biog of Canned Heat

The band formed in 1965 in Northbridge, California by Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (bottleneck guitar) and Bob “The Bear” Hite (vocals). The boys were blues fanatics and started a jug band with drummer Frank Cook and they would appear at the odd gig around LA. Canned Heat were dedicated to revive the Blues and to that extent would compare favourably to John Mayall in the UK.

In the years prior to music videos, live TV programs had a problem when artists were unable to appear. The viewers needed something to take their visual attention while the record was being played and producers decided to use ‘Go Go Girl’ dancers fashionably dressed in mini-skirts and high boots. In the UK, Top of the Pops (BBC 1) was the premier pop chart program and used a girl dance troupe called The Go-Jos, They were formed by Jo Cook in 1964 and she also was the choreographer.

Tuesday, 06 October 2020 17:14

A Short Biog of Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jean Jackson was born in 1937 in Maud, Oklahoma. Her father taught her to play the piano and guitar. After winning a talent contest the teenager was given her own radio program in Oklahoma City (a 15-minute daily show on KLPR).

Thursday, 01 October 2020 08:14

The Humblebums (1965 -1971)

Billy “The Big Yin" Connolly was born in Glasgow in 1942. He started off as a folk sing and played banjo. His first band was an old time country music group called The Skillet Lickers and was formed in the 1960s. Later he joined a novelty musical group called The Acme Brush Company.

Sunday, 20 September 2020 15:39

A Short Biog of Shirley Bassey

 Shirley Veronica Bassey was born in 1937, in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. Her father was a Nigerian seaman and her mother came from Yorkshire. Tiger Bay was a tough neighbourhood and Shirley was the youngest of seven children. At age two her mother was left a single parent.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 10:47

Lulu – A Brief Profile on ZANI

Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie was born in 1948 in Lennox Castle, Lennoxtown, Scotland, the daughter of a butcher. Marie grew up in Dennistoun, Glasgow, where she attended Thomson Street Primary School and Onslow Drive Junior School.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:42

A Brief Biog of The Four Tops

The Four Tops came from Detroit and started as a high school band called The Four Aims (1954). The lineup was lead singer and Jackie Wilson‘s cousin, Levi Stubbs (1936 -2008) , Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson (1936 – 2005), and Lawrence Payton (1938 – 1997) and signed to Chess Records in 1956.

The Temptations formed in 1961 and were made up of singers from several doo-wop groups. The Cavaliers (1955-57), The Primes (1957 -1960), The Siberians/The El Domingoes (1958 -1959), Otis Williams & The Distants (1959 -1960), and The Elgins (1959 - 1960). The Elgins re-christen themselves, The Temptations before signing with Miracle Records, a subsidiary of Motown Records in 1961.

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