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Fifty-one years ago today, the Rolling Stones played their first featured gig at the famed Marquee Club, a popular jazz haunt in London. That night, the Stones lucked out when the regular house band, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated (whom Stones lead singer Mick Jagger often performed with), forewent their usual set at Marquee to appear   Read More …

This day in 1943 saw the birth of the great Florence Ballard, founding member of the legendary Motown group the Supremes and inspiration for the character Effie White in Dreamgirls. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ballard always seemed destined for the spotlight, performing as a child in her local church choir and in talent   Read More …

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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorised in the United States as a British Invasion band, the Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. Their music was influenced by a wide   Read More …

Categories: Stories of artists

Long after I left the concert venue, I was keep hearing in my head the sound of the ocarina solo in “Wild Thing”. When I woke up the next morning, the ocarina still persisted in my mind. The Troggs have a special way of making things last over the decades – their music, their energy,   Read More …

1. Einstein & Charlie Chaplin 2. Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury: 3. Paul Rudd & Paul McCartney: 4. Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash 5. Aretha Franklin & Sam Cooke 6. Chuck Berry & Mick Jagger Source: Buzzfeed.com

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Firstly, I thought The Beatles were the best Liverpool could offer. Later on, I discovered The Merseybeats, whose soft-spoken voices and delicate tunes bewitched me instantly. The more songs I discovered, the more I began to appreciate them. “Don’t Turn Around”, “I Think Of You” or “Wishin’ And Hopin’” could be easily listed among the   Read More …

Quite nervous, I entered the backstage door of the Woking theatre hall, looking for Mike Pender. After three wrong doors and asking, step by step, five people, I found Mike Pender in his room, resting between the two concerts. It was fascinating to find him besides his wife, May, who turned out to be the   Read More …