Posts Tagged "rock and roll"

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This Day In Music History: 1983 – Rebel Yell is Released

William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member…

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This Day in Music History: 1982: Prince Releases “1999”

Prince Roger Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, a major figure in popular music for over three decades. Prince is renowned as an innovator and is widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant…

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This Day in Music History: 1959 : “Weird Al” Yankovic is Born

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his comedic parody songs that jests about popular culture, original songs that are style pastiches of the work…

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This Day in Music History: 1940 – John Lennon is Born

John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular…

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This Day in Music History: 1996 – “That Thing You Do” (Song) is released

The song was written by Adam Schlesinger, the bassist of the alternative rock group Fountains of Wayne. Performers include Mike Viola on vocals with Schlesinger on backup vocals. The song was released as a single, it peaking at #41 on…

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This Day in Music History: 1949, Bruce Springsteen is Born

Springsteen had been inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and growing up hearing fellow New Jersey singer, Frank Sinatra, on the radio. Sinatra also inspired…

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This Week in Music History: 1985 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Opens

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and others…

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This Day in Music History: 1909, Leo Fender is Born

From an early age, Fender showed an interest in tinkering with electronics. When he was 13 years old, his uncle, who ran an automotive-electric shop, sent him a box filled with discarded car radio parts, and a battery. The following…

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This Day in Music History: Chubby Checker Performs the Twist on Tv for the First Time

Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941, is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard’s R&B hit “The Twist”. Checker introduced his version of “The Twist” at the age of 18 in July 1960 in Wildwood, New…

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This Day in Music History: Aretha Franklin Makes Her Television Debut

This Day in Music History: Aretha Franklin Makes Her Television Debut

Aretha Louise Franklin, born March 25, 1942, is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father’s church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording…

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