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A consummate musical chameleon, David Bowie has been a folksinger, androgyne, alien, decadent, blue-eyed soul man, art-rocker and a modern pop star, with each persona spawning a new league of imitators. His late-Seventies collaborations with Brian Eno made Bowie one of the few older stars to be taken seriously by the new wave. In the Eighties Bowie followed the mainstream pop smash Let’s Dance (Number One, 1983) with numerous attempts to keep up with current trends. In the Nineties, that meant embracing grunge, industrial rock, rap and dance music, to varying degrees of success. But by then Bowie’s place in…

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The Day The Music Died….

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On this day in English music English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, actor and all round legend, David Bowie passed away from liver cancer at his New York home two days after releasing the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday. The cliché about David Bowie is that he was a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there’s no denying that Bowie demonstrated a remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the ’70s. After spending several years in the late ’60s as a mod and as an all-around music…

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David Bowie ‘Black Star’ FOTF Album Of The Year

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One of the first albums of 2016 was David Bowies ‘Black Star’ released January 8th 2016 It’s equally surprising and rewarding to find that David Bowie’s 25th studio album in 49 years is of such finesse and cutting edge. Even though his passing seemed inevitable, there are no signs of letting up on this parting record, conceding to mediocrity or touching on former glories in order to remind you once more of his greatness. The man who fell to earth has already achieved all of that and now, returning to whence he came, he leaves us with an oddity as…

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Sculptor ‘Andrew Sinclair’ Has Been Chosen To Design A Statue of Singer David Bowie

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Bowie unveiled two albums and his Ziggy Stardust persona during a series of gigs at Aylesbury’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s. Story from the BBC Sculptor Andrew Sinclair has promised that the Buckinghamshire memorial will be “something special”. Fundraising for the statue is still under way and it is not yet known when designs will be revealed. Mr Sinclair has admitted he is under a lot of pressure to get his Bowie design right. He said: “He was there all my life. He was like a friend. ‘Holding a microphone’ “I wanted to create something that encompasses his…

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On This Day | 9th May…

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1964, Louis Armstrong went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello Dolly’ making him the oldest artist to hit No.1 at the age of 62. In 2011, 85 year-old Tony Bennett broke this record when his Duets album topped the US album chart. 1965, During a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience. 1966, The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue’s house band. 1969, Beatles guitarist…

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On This Day | 27th March…

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1958, CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard. 1964, The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart. 1965, The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love.’ 1966, During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the…

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On This Day | 21st March…

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A busy day in the world of music. john Squire leaves The Stone Roses, Beatles first gig at The Cavern + more…  1956, Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats. 1961, The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, supporting The Swinging Bluegenes, (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans). 1976, After a David Bowie concert at the Community…

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On This Day | 18th March…

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1965, The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place, following an incident that had taken place at a petrol station after a gig at the ABC Theatre in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their fifth UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers. 1965, John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd. 1972, Paul Simon scored his first…

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On This Day | 8th March…

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Image Credit: © Markus Werner. Gaz Coombes 1965, David Bowie made his TV debut with The Manish Boys on a UK program called ‘Gadzooks! It’s All Happening’ when they performed their current single ‘I Pity The Fool.’ 1965, Bob Dylan’s single Subterranean Homesick Blues was released in the US. The lead track from his Bringing It All Back Home album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. Subterranean Homesick Blues is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first ‘modern’ promotional film clips. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in…

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On This Day | 1st March…

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1958, Buddy Holly played the first of 25 dates on his only UK tour at the Trocadero, Elephant & Castle, London. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra. 1961, Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis. During his career, Elvis made over feature films 1967, at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture,…

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On This Day | 26th Feb…

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1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78’s. 1958, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No.1 for eight weeks. 1965, Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’ in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals. 1966, David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn…

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David Bowie Honoured In Spectacular Fashion At The BRIT Awards 2016

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David Bowie was honoured in spectacular fashion at the BRIT Awards 2016 on Wednesday night. And the late music icon’s son Duncan Jones has spoken out in support of Lorde’s moving performance of his hit Life On Mars as part of the ceremony’s tribute to the star whom Annie Lennox hailed ‘the embodiment of the word “icon”‘ in her introductory speech. The English film director took to Twitter to praise and thank the 19-year-old singer – whom David had previously said is the future of music – for her performance, branding it ‘beautiful’.

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