Francis Albert ‘Frank’ Sinatra (December 12, 1915 Hoboken, New Jersey - May 14, 1998 Los Angeles, California), was one of the greatest and most influential vocalist of the 20th century. As well as being a successful singer, who recorded over sixty albums, he was also a successful actor and starred in more than fifty motion pictures. Sinatra won an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of Private Angelo Maggio in
Roderick David Stewart was born on 10th January 1945 in Highgate, London. The youngest of the family, Rod has two older brothers and sisters. Apart from Mum who was a Cockney, father and Rod’s siblings were all born in Scotland. Rod was spoilt as the youngest but showed interest in singing and was very much influenced by Al Jolson.
When you meet Sonya Madan, you are first struck by her understated beauty reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn, but behind this exterior lies a talented musician who was the front-woman for acclaimed 90’s ‘Britpop’ band Echobelly.
I like the Friends of Luca Brasi... it would be fair to say I like them a lot; so much so that after catching them live and kicking at a crowded out 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street one Friday night a while ago (I actually reviewed that gig for ZANI - go to: www.zani.co.uk/music/26-friends-of-luca-brasi)
In between Glam Rock and Punk, was a band called Jook, who visually distinguished themselves by donning the popular at the time ‘terrace culture’ look. This was an adaptation of the skinhead look of the late 60’s, but the trousers were slightly more flared, wore at times half-mast, and length had returned to the hair,
Before Rock ‘n’ Roll became a worldwide sensation and a commodity in the mid-fifties, there were girl vocal groups; I am not referring to female instrumental bands, but fine young looking ladies who sang harmonic and melodic songs. Early pioneers were the Three X Sisters; Pearl Hamilton