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Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:40

A Short Biog of King Curtis (1934 - 1971)

Curtis Ousley was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1934. He learned to play the saxophone and was influenced by alto sax players; Earl Bostic and Louis Jordan; and tenor sax players; Illinois Jacquet, and Arnett Cobb. He started his professional career playing sax with Lionel Hampton before moving to New York City in 1953. Curtis worked under his own name and played tenor sax with Horace Silver’s jazz group.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:32

A Short Biog of Steve Harley- Cockney Rebel

Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice was born in 1951 in Lewisham, London. He grew up in London’s New Cross area and as a child learned to play the violin, when he was 10 his parent gave him his first guitar and Stephen played in the school orchestra. By the age of 12 years, he contracted polio and spent the next four years in hospital.
Monday, 11 December 2017 18:48

A Short History of Procol Harum

Robin Trower (lead guitarist), Gary Brooker (vocals) and Chris Copping (bass) played in an r &b group called The Paramounts in Southend. The group had a minor hit with a cover version of Leiber and Stollers Poison Ivy in 1964.
The Hollywood Bowl, California opened in 1922 and was designed as a modern amphitheatre to be used for public performances. The natural cavity upon which the structure was built is called “the bowl" and was a traditional Cahuenga Indian ceremonial ground. Prior to the present building the site had been a natural amphitheatre formerly known as the Daisy Del.

The Melody Maker was always considered the serious music paper in the UK and catered for "minority" interests like folk and jazz as well as regularly including detailed reviews of musical instruments. The publication was aimed at musicians and was often used as a credible source of advertisements for professional musicians. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:53

Music Press: The Mersey Beat (1960 - 1964)

The Mersey Beat was a fortnightly newspaper started by Bill Harry and his partner in 1960. The purpose of the broadsheet was to cover the emerging beat scene of the sixties in Liverpool. An early “Gig Guide” the Mersey Beat was full of information about the groups, photographs and who was appearing and where.

Monday, 21 August 2017 18:50

A Short Biog of Sam Cook

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, he joined the gospel group, Soul Stirrers and stayed with them for the next six years. During this time they recorded "Nearer to Thee" and "Touch the Hem of His Garment."
Coffee Clubs had their origin in the old Coffee Houses introduced to England in 1652.
Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:00

A Short History of The Supremes on ZANI

Florence Ballard was a student at junior high school in the Detroit housing projects and became friends with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks,
Saturday, 06 May 2017 13:48

A Short Biog of Petula Clark

Petula Sally Olwen Clark was born in 1932 in Epsom, Surrey. Her unusual name Petula was said to be a combination of two of her father’s old girl friends.
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