January 23, 2016
Alec Wishart, frontman for Hogsnort Rupert’s Original Flagon Band, later rebranded as Hogsnort Rupert, has died.
Karl du Fresne pays tribute to a lovely man and born entertainer.
I’m not sure I could have named any members of the band but their music is etched in my memory.
My brothers and I saved up to buy our father a record of his favourite song Pretty Girl for a birthday or Christmas and we often danced to it.
Aunty Alice Brought Us This was another one which got our toes tapping.
One Christmas morning the church organist was playing a medley of carols as we waited for the service to begin when she suddenly stopped mid-bar and giggled. The tune that started as a carol had morphed in to Aunty Alice.
January 21, 2016
I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations. – Placido Domingo who celebrates his 75th birthday today.
January 11, 2016
David Bowie has died:
David Bowie was one of the most influential musicians of his time, constantly re-inventing his persona and sound, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke to his later incarnation as a soulful rocker.
Where before, artists and groups either evolved their musical style and appearance or remained unchanging, David Bowie seemed to be in permanent revolution. . .
November 27, 2015
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. – Jimi Hendrix who was born on this day in 1942.
November 3, 2015
When I’m singing, it’s like I’m at home. And music is a great healer. I think I’d have been a basket case if I hadn’t been a singer. – Lulu who turns 67 today.
August 3, 2015
Cilla Black has died.
. . . Born Priscilla White in Liverpool, Black changed her name to launch a singing career with hits such as Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World.
Her career focus shifted to television in 1968, when she was given her own BBC One primetime series, and she went on to host a number of shows for ITV.
Black’s journey to stardom began at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, where she started work as a part-time cloakroom attendant.
It was there she met her husband-to-be Bobby Willis and went on to perform alongside such acts as The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
She was soon brought to the attention of manager Brian Epstein and released her first single, Love of the Loved, in September 1963.
The following year she released the ballads You’re My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart, both of which went to number one. . . .