January 27, 2015
Greek singer Demis Roussos has died:
The star’s daughter confirmed he passed away at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece over the weekend after battling an undisclosed illness.
Roussos, real name Artemios Ventouris Roussos, was born and raised in Egypt before his parents relocated to Greece.
He launched his career when he joined progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child in 1967 before enjoying a hugely successful solo career through the 1970s. . .
January 15, 2015
Trevor Ward-Davies, a member of the 60s band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, has died .
Ward-Davies – ‘Dozy’ in the British band – passed away on Tuesday following a short illness.
The bassist was a founding member of the group, which enjoyed hits with ‘Hold Tight!’, ‘Bend It!’, ‘The Legend of Xanadu’, and ‘Zabadak!’ in their 1960s heyday before breaking up in 1972 following the departure of frontman Dee three years earlier. . .
December 17, 2014
Sol3 Mio has beaten Lorde to the top of the charts again:
. . . In the New Zealand Albums chart Sol3 Mio and Lorde finished number one and number two respectively, for the second year in a row.
On the overall album charts Sol3 Mio’s self-titled record managed to come in second only to Ed Sheeran’s hugely popular X.
“Sol3 Mio don’t get radio play, but they are quite clearly stars. Their live performance translates into the record, and word of mouth is enormously popular in this country,” says Mr Vaughan.
Sol3 Mio’s record is now seven times platinum. . .
I don’t think this takes into account digital downloads and So3 Mio’s win could reflect the age of their fans who might be older and more likely to buy a CD or DVD than download music on the internet.
Though, I number myself among their fans and am more comfortable with discs than digital versions but I did download their album.
December 3, 2014
Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys has died.
. . . The musician had been battling liver disease cirrhosis in recent months, and was forced to pull out of the ‘Brown Sugar’ hitmakers’ tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in October.
The Texas native began his music career as a teenager, touring with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee as a teenager. He befriended the Rolling Stones in 1964, and was later recruited to play on their 1969 album Let It Bleed.
Keys was a mainstay on the British band’s albums until 1974, and reunited with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and pals in 1980 for their Emotional Rescue project. He remained a key player on all subsequent albums, including 2005’s A Bigger Bang. . .
November 30, 2014
Happy St Andrew’s Day to all Scots and those like me with tartan blood.
One of our uncles gave us a record player when my brothers and I were kids and a whole lot of 78s among which was one with Andy Stewart singing Donald Where’s Your Troosers?
Happy name day to Andrei too.