For over a decade Thin Lizzy was one of the most successful rock bands in the world. The trio of Phil Lynott (bass player), drummer Brian Downey and a string of flamboyant lead guitarists including Scott Gorham, Gary Moore and Snowy White, gave the world a taste of Celtic Rock, long before U2 were to braze a similar trail. Their mystique was fashioned upon a combination of romantic Celtic imagery and tough macho cool, both superbly crafted by the front man, Phil Lynott. Labeled progressive rockers, they broke with tradition and released an updated arrangement of a traditional Irish folk song "Whiskey in the jar" (1973).
During the swinging sixties, Sinatra’s Mafia connections returned to haunt him, with regard to his friendship with Salvatore ‘Mooney Sam’ Giancana, head of the Chicago Mafia syndicate. During the 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy was running against the sitting Republican vice president, Richard Nixon.
Otis Redding Jr was born in 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. When he was three the family moved to Macon where his father was a minister. He grew up in the Tyndall Heights Housing Project young and learned to sing in the church choir. Otis became a member of a gospel group at school and learned to play the drums. His hero was Little Richard (Richard Penniman) and he soon learned to play piano doing impromtu impressions of Little Richard.
When the forties ended, Sinatra’s career went into free fall and his popularity waned. As he moved into his thirties, his appeal to the teen audiences declined. He appeared on the Lucky Strike’s radio show ‘Hit Parade’, where he had to sing the top ten records of the day. During the late sixties, I picked up a couple of bootlegs of these shows, and one of the tunes he sang was ‘The Woody Woodpecker Song’, which was a big hit in 1948.
In the second half of the 1960s funk became a recognised musical genre, spearheaded with acts like James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone, the Meters, and Dyke & The Blazers the music became a dance craze popular with audiences tired of guitar solos and boogie rhythms.
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