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Monday, 18 June 2012

Happy 70th Birthday, Sir Paul!

 Today we congratulate a man who, accompanied by three comrades, shaped the musical world of the Sixties like almost nobody else and has been inspiring young and old till this day as one of the last remaining relics of that time. Together with his arguably coequal partner John Lennon, he created the songs that fascinated and thrilled an entire generation and made mass hysteria a general phenomenon. Whereas Lennon was more of a rascal who used cunning lyrics full of puns and cheeky ways of playing to write the more unpolished and stirring material of the Fab Four, the unmatched feeling for melodies and sophisticated, catchy harmonies of today’s birthday child helped to create the elegant and euphonious counterpart to Lennon’s work, which made the Beatles become the exciting song machine that they were. Last but not least, he caused a dramatic turning point in the musical history of the Beatles, if not of the entire Sixties music scene, by conceptualising the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which was worked out almost exclusively by himself. Today we say “Thank You” for the music that came to stay and his contributions to the history of music in its entirety …

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

A happy barthday, ol’ pal..


John Lennon: The Moldy Moldy Man
(In His Own Write, 1964)

I’m a moldy moldy man
I’m moldy thru and thru
I’m a moldy moldy man
You would not think it true.
I’m moldy till my eyeballs
I’m moldy til my toe
I will not dance I shyballs
I’m such a humble Joe.

dear john, a humble 71st birthday… we still miss you.

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Congratulations to a Genius


happy 70th birthday, jon lord!

he wasnt only one of the founding members of the group that came to life as ’roundabout’ and evolved into deep purple in early 1968, he was one of the creative initiators behind the whole concept. jon shared a flat with the searchers ex-drummer chris curtis around 1967, who had the idea of a group with constantly fluctuating members, like the cars in a roundabout. auditions were held to recruit members, and when the first lineup (referred to as MK I) was complete the ’roundabout’ concept soon was dropped, so was the name.
in 1968 and 69 deep purple MK I released three albums (‘shades of deep purple’, ‘the book of taliesyn’ and ‘deep purple’ – the latter of which is my favourite) that show the brilliant results of the (then) fruitful collaboration between rod evans as a songwriter and singer and jon as a composer (being the only band member who enjoyed a classical training in music) and pianist/keyboarder. especially on their third album there are really beautiful compositions that you could perhaps best describe as melodic art rock – for instance ‘blind’, ‘chasing shadows’ and the incredible masterpiece ‘april’. …

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The 70th Bob-day


happy birthday, mr. dylan!

the voice of a generation – well, maybe not literally, but he sure is one of the most important songwriters, poets, philosophers and public figures of the 20th century. virtually everyone knows his name, and the number of his fans speaks for itself.
born in duluth, minnesota on the 24th may 1941 as robert allen zimmerman, his parents abram and beatrice additionally gave him the hebrew name shabtai zisel ben avraham. when he became 18 years old he first called himself bob dylan, with reference to the welsh poet dylan thomas.
just like the typical 1950s teenager he first listened to rock n roll, reportedly elvis, little richard and chuck berry. soon he found folk music to be more interesting – more serious and not as superficial as rock n roll. his favourite singer/songwriter became woody guthrie, and he learned to play all his songs.
dylan then went to new york and released his first lp in early 1962, which was simply titled ‘bob dylan’ and only contained two self-penned songs. his next album would provide the 1960s pacifist hymn, or maybe even his most famous song over all: ‘blowin …

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Way Down in New Orleans…


happy birthday to eric burdon, who is 70 today.

though rather short in physical appearance, this man is one of the biggest living legends on music history, most notably of course in the british invasion. mostly known for his early years with the animals, of whom he was the singer and a founding member, he continued to be successful with his band war – a 180 degrees turn from the style of the animals.
he still tours today and i was lucky enough to see him live last summer, and witness that he hasnt lost any of his bold personality or his amazing voice.
but for now an all time classic, a song that is stuck in my head all day today. and to this day the animals version of this traditional folk song is the most well-known one: house of the rising sun. incredible how such a deep and rich voice could come out of such a (then) boyish young man… listen and get goosebumps:

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Sunshine Superman

its the 65th birthday of donovan philips leitch (‘mellow yellow’, ‘universal soldier’, ‘colours’, and other hits) today, and to celebrate the famous scottish singer-songwriter, below you find a live performance of his evergreen 1968 hit atlantis (also one of my own favourites ;)). this is a song that takes you away like on the waves of the ocean, perfect to listen to if youre near the sea or at a shore or beach. listen closely to his luvly scottish accent in the spoken intro of this song, its nice.

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Monday, 3 January 2011

Happy 65th Birthday… John Paul Jones!

another birthday of a well-known rock musician: today john paul jones of led zeppelin is 65 years old.
now hes vintage…

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy 65th Birthday, Chick!

the first birthday post on TFR in 2011!! today its chick churchill, keyboard player of ten years after who is celebrating his 65th birthday.
to share it with you now, heres a link to his 1973 solo album :

You & Me


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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Mighty Morris Ten!

look at that cool guy in his cool chequered pants… its his 65th birthday today!!! did you recognize him? yep, it is roger glover, bassist of deep purple (first in mk II and also in the current line-up), and early band mate of ian gillan. they had been in the pop/rock/mod band episode six, of which glover was a founding member and for which he wrote several songs (among them: thats all i want, mighty morris ten, sunshine girl (on this one he is also singing!!), when i fall in love, wide smiles, mr universe). at one point he told his friend ian gillan, who first was very reluctant in songwriting, that he would not talk to him again until he had written a song. well, it seems like it worked – but nevertheless glovers creative input has proved to be essential for deep purples success in rock history.

however, roger glover is not the only one celebrating today. it is also the 66th birthday of ten years after bassist leo lyons, woodstock hero and on the road for almost fifty years. happy birthday!
catching up with other events, on saturday it was the …

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

65 Years – a ‘Good Old Boy’!

as a tribute to one of my favourite rock bands, lets celebrate the 65th birthday of nick simper – who most of you most likely wont know. he was a founding member of deep purple and their bass player until being replaced by roger glover in summer 1969. but even before that he wasnt unknown in englands music scene of the 1960s. after playing in several rock & roll bands in the early 60s he joined johnny kidd and the pirates in 1966, just shortly before kidd died in a car crash on 7th october. nick himself had been in the car when the accident occured, but survived injured. he kept playing with the pirates until 1967, when he joined the flower pot men and their garden, where he met jon lord with whom he joined deep purple in early 1968.
after recording three albums with the group he was thrown out alongside singer rod evans in mid 1969. in 1970 he teamed up with screaming lord sutchs “heavy friends” (among others those were: ritchie blackmore, noel redding, matthew fisher, carlo little and keith moon) for an all-star show that was recorded live and released two years …

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A Happy Birthday goes down to Middle-Earth!

now be honest – would you have recognized him on this photo? well ok, add a moustache and think of woodstock!
now thats 41 years ago, an today ric lee, the drummer of ten years after celebrates his 65th birthday.
once often overshadowed by the popularity of their former guitarist alvin lee, the other three members still show their fantastic technical skills in tremendous live performances around the globe, supported by the young and energetic joe gooch who joined in 2003.
especially their marvelous solos still rock – making early fans remember great times, and also acquiring a lot of new fans from a generation that hasnt experienced woodstock and the 60s, but is discovering their music as something totally new – just as overwhelming as in the good ol days.
now talking about solos and of course about ric lee (to those who might think that his family name is related to alvin lee – no, thats not true. in fact its sort of the other way around: “lee” is rics real last name, and alvins birth name is graham barnes), one spectacular event that is never missing in any TYA show of …

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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Cliff Richard’s 70!

what did i tell you yesterday… many many birthdays – now its cliff richards (born harry rodger webb by the way) turn, as he turned 70 today. but this is just a funny coincidence, i dont think he and chris farlowe will have a party together.
and now to celebrate the birthday of one of the first great british rock & rollers of the 60s, heres a real classic with the shadows:

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

All Or Nothing – Chris Farlowe is 70 today!

another birthday today – what a busy month! today is the 70th birthday of chris the voice farlowe, a great artist and fantastic singer that i could witness live already (2009 at the herzberg hippie convention). he gave such a stunning performance that one just has to wonder how he managed to keep his voice sounding exactly like it did over fourty years ago. despite that his outward appearance has changed a little, he hasnt aged a bit.
unfortunately i couldnt find any videos of the performance that i saw, but heres a video from the same year and with the same band that he appeared with at the herzberg festival: clem clempson & the hamburg blues band:

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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Happy Birthday, Large John Saliver…

everyone knows this guy, even people who perhaps havent heard of the beatles (how impossible that may ever seem) may have heard of john lennon. its his 70th birthday today (or would be, as everyone very well knows as well hes no longer with us), the birthday of a musician, a beatle of course, but also a rebel, a philosopher, artist, avantgardist, revolutionist, demolitionist, political critic, social critic, critic of everything, self-denier, egocentric, poet, writer, sound creator, song inventor, mad-mind and genius… just ask yourself: what can you think of that he wasnt?
he never really was the neat pop crooner that he appeared like when beatlemania began and the hearts of millions of little girls sighed for him. perhaps he never even really was a beatle, when his teenage hunger for rock n roll and freedom of mind, that first had driven him to music, once again pushed him forward to pursue – more. not only self-realization in a different kind than the beatles provided him, but turning his inside longing for peace within his mind to the outside, and together with his soulmate and second half protesting against war – in a non-violent way that …

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Starry, Starry Night… Happy Birthday, Don McLean!

many kids today think it was madonna who wrote ‘american pie’ – a real shame concerning the amazing original by don mclean, who celebrates his 65th birthday today.
new rochelle, new york folk singer-songwriter mclean wrote his most famous song in 1971, singing about the plane crash that killed buddy holly, big bopper and ritchie valens, and it became an immortal evergreen in music history.
his other big success was his 1972 ballad about the dutch painter vincent van gogh (1853-1890), simply titled ‘vincent’, but mainly remembered by the first line: “starry, starry night…”. the song isnt only deeply poetic, sophisitcated and wonderfully clearly sung, its sheer beauty still gives me goosebumps everytime i listen to it. it is one of the twenty songs that id take with me on a deserted island, it really means a lot to me. best listened to in a dark room only lit by candles – but its also great without special ambience.
for those who dont know this song yet, and those who love it as much as i do and want another listen, heres don mclean singing it live in 1972 for ‘sounds for saturday’:

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