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/Ian Patrick Mac McLagan - Val Weedon
© Words - Val Weedon

Ian McLagan was a keyboard player best known as a member of the Small Faces and Faces.  He sadly died on December 3rd following complications from a stroke.  
The Kinks - Dave Davies - Ray Davies.
© Words - Angeline Wilcox

There can’t be many pop songs that make reference to “my poor rheumatic back” or “tea and toasted, buttered currant buns”, but then again, there aren’t many pop groups like The Kinks. These lyrics from their delightfully quirky “Autumn Almanac”, released in 1967, typify the quintessentially English perspective, humour and appeal of the group that dominated the charts throughout the 1960s.
Sting - Englishman - New York - Queen Mary 1.
© Barry Cains

Sting was always the epitome of cool.

He was never a punk and The Police were never a punk band, although they dabbled with it at the start of their career. They never embraced that punk ethos like that other trippy trio The Jam, and those Woking class wonderboys weren't punks either.
/The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section -The Swampers.
"Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers;
And they've been known to pick a song or two.
Lord they get me off so much.
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how about you?"
"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was the resident band at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama. Like the Wrecking Crew in Los Angeles, and the Funk Brother at Motown, they were the backing band on dozens of gold and platinum hits. The four founding members were Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger G Hawkins (drums), David Hood
/The Troggs - Wild Thing

©Words - Cameron K's


The Trogglodytes formed in 1964 in Andover, Southern England. They shortened their name to Troggs when they signed for Larry Page in 1965. The original line up was Reg Ball (now Presley) on lead vocals, Chris Britton (Lead Guitar), Pete Staples (bass), Ronnie Bond (drums). Despite being signed to Page One Records their manager leased them to CBS for debut single "Lost Girl." The single failed to impact.
Burt Bacharach -Young - writing.
© - Toby Walker

Born in May 1928, in Kansas City, Burt Bacharach studied cello, drums and piano as a child, and was later relocated to New York City by his father, a media columnist.
 
His parents were Irma M. Freeman and Mark Bertram Bacharach.
   
As a youngster he grew up in the Forest Hills section of New York City.
    
Burt played in several jazz bands during the 1940's.
 
/sparks - morrissey

Ron Mael was born 1949 and his brother Russell in 1951. They grew up in LA and their parents put them to stage school. Later the teenagers went to UCLA to study film, graphics and English. By 1968 the Mael brothers along with John Mendelson (drummer) and Earle Mankey (guitar) formed the band Halfnelson.


Dave Barbarossa - adam and the ants
© Words Siane Daley


Dave Barbarossa’s Mediterranean good-looks are still very evident; the once curly dark hair has been replaced by a shaved head, but the dark penetrating, intelligent eyes remain the same. He looks impossibly young for a man in his early fifties, but his eagerness and passion for music remains undaunted.  Dressed in a smart black shirt with red collars, trousers and smartly polished shoes, Dave has an interesting tale to tell about his many music incarnations from “Adam and the Ants”, “Bow Wow Wow”, “Beats International, “Chicane”, “Republica”, “Driza Bone”, “The Horse Brothers” and his current-band “Cauldronated”.
-Brief history - Delta Blues.
©Words - Cameron K's


Blues is based on the use of the minor pentatonic scale with and added blue note. The blue note is a semi tone sharper than the third note of the pentatonic scale that is used depending on key. Major scale is 3 semi tones lower than minor and phrasing of country would be played normally on a major pentatonic scale and blues vocals and accompaniment (melody) are generally
Sam Cooke 1.
Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931. One of five boys and three girls, his father was Rev. Charles and mother, Annie Mae Cook. In 1933 the Cook family joined the great migration and moved to Chicago. Young Samuel featured as vocalist in his church choir before teaming up with three of his siblings in a quartet dubbed the Soul Children. Sam became a member of the gospel group the Highway QCs. In 1950,
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