Author: Jon Kutner

The 35 best debut albums of all time according to….

A couple of months ago, The Independent printed a list of the The 35 best debut albums of all time but didn’t actually saying according to whom. It seems they were picked by Roisin O’Connor, hmm, an ‘interesting’ list. What do you think?

Rank Artist Title Year
35 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not 2006
34 Please Please Me The Beatles 1963
33 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell 2003
32 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand 2004
31 Oasis Definitely Maybe 1994
30 Lady Gaga The Fame 2008
29 Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d City 2012
28 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 1969
27 The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy 1985
26 Jeff Buckley Grace 1994
25 Eminem The Slim Shady LP 1999
24 The Who My Generation 1965
23 The Strokes Is This It 2001
22 Run-DMC Run-DMC 1984
21 Roxy Music Roxy Music 1972
20 Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt 1996
19 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath 1970
18 Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols 1977
17 The Clash The Clash 1977
16 Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction 1987
15 Daft Punk Homework 1996
14 The Doors The Doors 1967
13 Kanye West The College Dropout 2004
12 Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
11 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 1998
10 Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner 2003
9 Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill 1986
8 The Notorious BIG Ready to Die 1994
7 Ramones Ramones 1976
6 NWA Straight Outta Compton 1988
5 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967
4 Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? 1967
3 Patti Smith Horses 1975
2 Illmatic Nas 1994
1 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures 1979

Born Slippy (Underworld)

How could you describe this week’s choice? Personally, I would go with a 90s dance anthem with an infectious hook and a hard beat best heard on the dancefloor with some alcohol inside you. One of the two men behind the track described it in an interview with Uncut magazine as, “A map of a journey that starts at the Ship on Wardour Street, goes to Tottenham Court Road tune and gets the late-night train back to Romford.” Yep, Karl Hyde’s take on his biggest hit Born Slippy. But what is it about? Let’s find out.

Hyde’s explanation in isolation doesn’t mean a lot, but an interview with The Guardian in 2006 gives it a little more context, “We used to go out drinking in Soho and I ended up in the Ship on Wardour Street. All the lyrics were written on that night. A drunk sees the world in fragments and I wanted to recreate that. I was inspired by Lou Reed’s New York album and Sam Shepard’s Motel Chronicles. I was into flash photography as well, so I was walking around Soho with a notebook and camera, just observing things. In those days I’d open the book whenever a musical idea inspired me. Rick [Smith] came up with a rhythm and I started singing over it. The vocals were done in one take. When I lost my place, I’d repeat the same line; that’s why it goes, ‘lager, lager, lager, lager.’ The first time we played it live, people raised their lager cans and I was horrified because I was still deep into alcoholism. It was never meant to be a drinking anthem; it was a cry for help. Now I don’t mind,” Karl Hyde said. It was after the drinking session in London that he struggled to get a late-night bus home to Romford.

Underworld are Karl Hyde, Rick Smith and Darren Emerson who came together in Romford in 1981. Emerson was a member from 1991-2001. Originally a funk band, but within a couple of years their sound turned to trance and techno. Their debut hit, as Underworld, was the double A-sided track Spikee and Dogman Go Woof, but it’s not the first time they had graced the chart. Before changing their name to Underworld in 1987, they were called Freur, which, long before Prince, was depicted as the symbol  and charted one hit, Doot Doot which stalled at number 59 in 1983, but  it did make number one Italy. Born Slippy was originally released in 1995 and that too fell short when it stiffed at number 52. Within 14 months it was a much bigger hit all thanks to a re-mix and a film.

In an interview with Q magazine, Karl explained what happened after he and Rick made several re-mixes of the track and re-released on CD and two 12″ singles, “The record comes out and it’s the biggest selling 12” we’ve ever had. Then we get the call that some geezer called Danny Boyle who wants to put the track in the film version of Trainspotting. Myself and Rick weren’t part of a druggy culture, we didn’t see the association with our music. So, we said no to the request as we didn’t like the analogy that we thought was being made. That’s the last time we’ve ever said no Danny Boyle! He convinced us to go to the edit suite and we realised it was the opposite of glorification. It perfectly put the song back into context. The first time we played it live my heart sank cos loads of people were holding cans of lager aloft. The film redressed the balance, gave the song resonance.”

The title of song bears no resemblance to any of the lyrics, so why is it called Born Slippy? Karl’s simple answer is, “We saw a greyhound running at Romford dog track, I bet on it and won money.” obviously!!

The stand-out lyrics from the song are the repetitive ‘lager, lager, lager, which gets mentioned 19 times in the radio edit version of the song, but not many people will have noticed that the word ‘boy’ features heavily too. That crops up no less than 41 times.

Now just a duo, the pair love playing various festivals; they’ve done the Reading festival, Japan’s Fuji Rock and Glastonbury twice, in 1998 and again in 2016. It’s the song that secure their future and retirement and they love playing it very often using it as the set closer. Hyde reflected again, “Born Slippy was never meant to be a drinking anthem – it was a cry for help.”

Bob Geldof

bob Geldof is 70 this week. The Bommtown Rats’ outspoken frontman made song fine songs and raised a lot f money for good causes. Let’s remember this Rats hit, the follow-up to their second chart topper, I don’t Like Mondays, this is Diamonds Smiles. Oh, can you spot the Radio One (at the time) DJ in the video?

October births and deaths

October 1

Births

1933    Richard Harris
1934    Geoff Stephens – vocals New Vaudeville Band
1935    Julie Andrews
1939    Scott McKenzie
1942    Herb Fame – vocals Peaches and Herb
1943    Jerry Martini – saxophone Sly and Family Stone
1943    Juan Martin – Spanish guitarist
1944    Barbara Parritt – vocals Toys
1945    Donny Hathaway
1945    Carrie Lucas
1945    John Tebb – vocals Casuals
1947    Rob Davis – guitar Mud
1947    Martin Turner – bass Wishbone Ash
1947    Mariska Veres – vocals Shocking Blue
1957    Andy Walton – drums Kenny
1957    Howard Hewitt – vocals Shalamar
1958    Martin Cooper – saxophone OMD
1959    Youssou N’Dour
1974    Keith Duffy – vocals Boyzone
1982    Ross Copperman – US singer/songwriter
1985    Dizzee Rascal

Deaths

1975    Al Jackson – drums Booker T’s MG’s
1992    Harry Ray – vocals Moments
1999    Lena Zavaroni
2008    Nick Reynolds – guitar Kingston Trio
2014    Lynsey De Paul
2018    Charles Aznavour

October 2

Births

1939    Lolly Vegas – vocals/guitar Redbone
1945    Don McLean
1949    Richard Hell – bass Television
1950    Mike Rutherford – bass Genesis/Mike and The Mechanics
1951    Sting
1952    John Otway
1955    Phil Oakey – vocals Human League
1956    Freddie Jackson
1960    Robbie Nevil
1969    Puff Daddy
1971    Tiffany
1972    Samantha Janus
1973    Lene Nykstrom – vocals Aqua
1974    Proof – rapper D-12
1975    India Arie

Deaths

2012     Big Jim Sullivan
2017     Tom Petty

October 3

Births

1936    James Darren
1938    Eddie Cochran
1940    Alan O’Day
1941    Chubby Checker
1945    Antonio Martinez – guitar Los Bravos
1946    P.P. Arnold
1949    Lindsey Buckingham – guitar Fleetwood Mac
1950    Ronnie Laws – US jazz saxophonist
1950    Phyllis Nelson
1954    Stevie Ray Vaughan – US blues guitar/singer
1955    Allen Woody  – bass Allman Brothers
1961    Tommy Lee – drums Motley Crue
1962    Robbie Jaymes – percussion Modern Romance
1969    Gwen Stefani – vocals No Doubt
1972    Kevin Richardson – vocals Backstreet Boys
1977    Matt Rubano – bass Taking Back Sunday
1978    Jake Shears – vocals Scissor Sisters
1980    Ashlee Simpson
1981    Jimmy Ray
1985    Shontelle

Deaths

1967    Woody Guthrie – US folk singer
2000    Benjamin Orr – bass Cars

October 4

Births

1929    Leroy Van Dyke
1944    Marlena Easley – vocals Orlons
1947    Jim Fielder – bass Blood Sweat and Tears
1957    Barbara Kooyman – vocals Timbuk 3
1959    Chris Lowe – keyboards Pet Shop Boys
1963    Jon Secada
1965    Neil Sims – drums Catherine Wheel
1968    Andy Parle – drums Space
1973    Craig Young – vocals Deuce
1985    Lena Katina– vocals t.A.T.U.
1991    Leigh-Anne Pinnock – vocals Little Mix

Deaths

1970    Janis Joplin
1989    Graham Chapman – vocals Monty Python
2005    Mike Gibbins – drums Badfinger
2014    Paul Revere

October 5

Births

1937    Abi Ofarim
1942    Richard Street – vocals Temptations
1943    Steve Miller
1944    Brian Connolly – vocals Sweet
1947    Brian Johnson – vocals Geordie & AC/DC
1950    Eddie Clarke – guitar Motorhead
1951    Bob Geldof
1952    Harold Faltermeyer
1953    Russell Mael – vocals Sparks
1957    Lee Thompson – saxophone Madness
1960    Paul Heard – keyboards M People
1961    David Bryson – guitar Counting Crows
1969    Eric Benet
1975    Kate Winslet – UK actress/singer
1975    Kele Le Roc
1985    Nicola Roberts – vocals Girls Aloud

Deaths

1992    Eddie Kendricks
2005    Shirley Ellis
2010    Norman Wisdom
2011    Bert Jansch – guitar Pentangle
2016    Joan Johnson – vocals Dixie Cups

October 6

Births

1942    Neil Korner – bass New Vaudeville Band
1945    Robin Shaw – bass White Plains
1945    Hume Paton – guitar Poets
1946    Millie Small
1949    Bobby Farrell – vocals Boney M
1950    Thomas McClary – guitar Commodores
1951    Gavin Sutherland – vocals/bass Sutherland Brothers
1951    Kevin Cronin – vocals/piano REO Speedwagon
1960    Richard Jobson – vocals Skids
2000    Bars

Deaths

1985    Nelson Riddle – US orchestra leader
2007    Eric McCredie – bass Middle Of The Road
2015    Billy Joe Royal
2018    Montserrat Caballe
2019    Ginger Baker – drums Cream
2020    Eddie Van Halen

October 7

Births

1927    Al Martino
1939    Colin Cooper – saxophone Climax Blues Band
1941    Martin Murray – guitar Honeycombs
1941    Tony Sylvester – vocals Main Ingredient
1945    Kevin Godley – drums 10cc
1949    Dave Hope – bass Kansas
1950    David Taylor – bass Edison Lighthouse
1951    John Cougar Mellencamp
1953    Tico Torres – drums Bon Jovi
1964    Sam Brown
1967    Toni Braxton
1967    Luke Haines – vocals Auteurs
1968    Thom Yorke – vocals Radiohead
1969    Leroy Thornhill – dancer Prodigy
1974    Michelle Robinson – vocals N’Tyce
1974    Nicole Appleton – vocals All Saints
1978    Alesha Dixon – vocals Mis-Teeq
1996    Lewis Capaldi

Deaths

1959    Mario Lanza
1966    Johnny Kidd
1966    Smiley Lewis    – US R&B singer

October 8

Births

1941    George Bellamy – guitar Tornados
1941    Dave Arbus – violin East Of Eden
1942    Jackie Dennis
1942    Buzz Clifford
1945    Ray Royer – guitar Procol Harum
1947    Sheila Ferguson – vocals Three Degrees
1947    Tony Wilson – bass Hot Chocolate
1948    Johnny Ramone – guitar Ramones
1949    Harry Bowens – vocals Was Not Was
1949    Hamish Stuart – vocals AverageWhite Band
1950    Robert Bell – bass Kool And The Gang
1967    Teddy Riley – vocals Guy/Blackstreet
1985    Bruno Mars
1991    Bakermat

Deaths

2021    Everett Morton – drums Beat

October 9

Births

1940    John Lennon
1944    John Entwistle – bass the Who
1944    Peter Tosh
1948    Jackson Browne
1949    Rod Temperton – Keyboards Heatwave
1957    Ini Kamoze
1967    Matt Osman – bass Suede
1968    Vicky Perks – vocals Fuzzbox
1969    P.J Harvey
1976    Sian Evans – vocals Kosheen`
1977    Aaron Cooper – vocals Worlds Apart
1978    Nicky Byrne – vocals Westlife
1980    Beverley Fullen – vocals Hepburn
1985    Frankmusik

Deaths

1978    Jacques Brel – French singer
1990    Cliff Gallup – vocals Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps
2007    Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge – Psychic TV

October 10

Births

1813    Giuseppe Verdi
1940    Anita Humes – vocals The Essex
1943    Dennis D’Ell – vocals Honeycombs
1945    Alan Cartwright – bass Procol Harum
1945    Jerry LaCroix – saxophone Blood Sweat and Tears
1946    Chris Tarrant
1947    Phil Cash – rhythm guitar Applejacks
1949    Gary Richrath – guitar REO Speedwagon
1953    Midge Ure
1955    David Lee Roth – vocals Van Halen
1959    Kirsty MacColl
1960    Al Connolly – guitar Glass Tiger
1961    Martin Kemp – bass Spandau Ballet
1961    Curtis Hairston – US singer
1963    Jim Glennie – bass James
1963    Jonny Male – guitar Republica
1973    Scott Morriss – bass Bluetones
1975    Melissa Ashley Graham – vocals Solid Harmonie
1976    Richard Oakes – guitar Suede
1976    Kuniva – rapper D-12
1978    Darren Keating – vocals Skandal
1979    Mya
1981    Una Healy- vocals The Saturdays
1983    Jack Savoretti
1992    Gabrielle Aplin – UK singer

Deaths

2007    Art Todd – vocals US duo Art and Dotty Todd
2008    Dave Wright – guitar Troggs
2009    Stephen Gately – vocals Boyzone
2010    Solomon Burke – US soul Singer
2015    Jim Diamond

October 11

Births

1918    Ray Martin – UK orchestra leader
1919    Art Blakey – US jazz drummer
1932    Billie Anthony
1932    Dottie West – US country singer Country Singer
1946    Bo Kirkland
1948    Daryl Hall
1956    Boring Bob Grover – trumpet Pirhanas
1957    Blair Cunningham – drums Haircut 100
1962    Andy McCoy – guitar Hanoi Rocks
1970    MC Lyte
1972    George Philippou – vocals Universal
1973    Brendan Brown – vocals/guitar Wheatus
1973    Charli Baltimore
1980    Paul Brown – drums Blueskins

Deaths

1963    Edith Paif – French singer
1992    Lennie Peters – vocals Peter and Lee
1993    Andy Stewart
2008    Russ Hamilton
2008    Neal Hefti

October 12

Births

1935    Luciano Pavarotti – Italian tenor
1935    Sam Moore – vocals Sam and Dave
1942    Melvin Franklin – vocals Temptations
1948    Rick Parfitt – guitar/vocals Status Quo
1956    Dave Vanian – vocals Damned
1965    Phil Creswick – vocals Big Fun
1967    Jorinde Williams – vocals Oceanic
1969    Martie Siedel – vocals Dixie Chicks
1972    Tony Borowiak – vocals All-4-One

Deaths

1971    Gene Vincent
1985    Ricky Wilson – guitar B-52’s
1997    John Denver
2011    Paul Leka – vocals Lemon Pipers

October 13

Births

1934    Nana Mouskouri
1940    Chris Farlowe
1941    Paul Simon
1944    Robert Lamm – piano/vocals Chicago
1946    Dorothy Moore – US singer
1947    Sammy Hagar – vocals Van Halen
1947    Joe Dolce
1948    Peter Spencer – drums Smokie
1951    John Ford Coley
1958    Cherrelle
1959    Marie Osmond
1962    Rob Marche – guitar Joboxers
1962    John Fugler – synthesizer Fluke
1981    Kelechukwu Rowland Okereke – vocals/guitar Bloc Party

Deaths

1977    Shirley Brickley – vocals Orlons
2001    Peter Doyle – vocals New Seekers
2009    Al Martino
2010    General Johnson – vocals Chairmen Of The Board

October 14

Births

1926    Bill Justis
1930    Robert Parker
1940    Cliff Richard
1942    Billy Harrison – guitar Them
1944    Peter Moules – vocals/guitar/banjo Unit 4+2
1946    Justin Hayward – vocals Moody Blues
1946    Dan McCafferty – vocals Nazareth
1948    Marcia Barrett –vocals Boney M
1948    Ivory Tilmon – vocals Detroit Emeralds
1952    Chris Amoo – vocals Real Thing
1958    Thomas Dolby
1959    A.J. Pero – drums Twisted Sister
1965    Karyn White
1974    Natalie Maines – vocals Dixie Chicks
1975    Shaznay T Lewis – vocals All Saints
1978    Usher
1981    Akon

Deaths

1977    Bing Crosby
1990    Leonard Bernstein

October 15

Births

1937    Barry McGuire
1938    Marv Johnson
1938    Chris Andrews
1945    Richard Carpenter – keyboards Carpenters
1948    Chris De Burgh
1953    Tito Jackson – guitar Jackson 5
1956    Chris Lacklison – keyboards Kenny
1966    Douglas Vipond – drums Deacon Blue
1966    Dave Stead – drums Beautiful South
1971    Andy Cole – UK R&B singer
1971    Jonathan Butler – South African singer
1975    Ginuwine

Deaths

1964    Cole Porter
1999    Josef Locke – Irish Singer
2020    Dave Munden – drums Tremeloes

October 16

Births

1922    Max Bygraves
1923    Bert Kaempfert
1937    Emile Ford
1938    Nico – vocals Velvet Underground
1942    Dave Lovelady –drums Fourmost
1943    Joe Dolan – Irish singer
1943    Fred Turner – bass Bachman Turner Overdrive
1943    Trevor Morias – drums Peddlers
1947    Bob Weir – guitar Grateful Dead
1953    Brinsley Forde – vocals Aswad
1959    Gary Kemp – guitar Spandau Ballet
1962    Michael Balzary – bass Red Hot Chili Peppers
1965    Simon Bartholomew – guitar Brand New Heavies
1969    Chynna Phillips – vocals Wilson Phillips
1977    John Mayer – US singer
1983    Loreen – Swedish Eurovision winner 2012
1994    Amelia Lily – X-Factor contestant

Deaths

1973    Gene Krupa – US jazz drummer

October 17

Births

1933    Singing Nun
1934    Rico Rodriguez – trombone Specials
1941    Alan Howard – bass Tremeloes
1941    Jim Seals – guitar/saxophone Seals and Croft
1942    Gary Puckett
1946    Jim Tucker – guitar Turtles
1958    Alan Jackson – US country singer
1960    Bernadette Nolan – vocals Nolans
1967    Rene Dif – vocals Aqua
1968    Ziggy Marley
1971    Chris Kirkpatrick – vocals N’Sync
1972    Wyclef Jean
1972    Eminem
1974    Burton – keyboards Him
1989    Karis Anderson – vocals Stooshe
1991    Alex Andre – Dvbbs

Deaths

1991    Tennessee Ernie Ford
1996    Chris Acland – drums Lush
2008     Levi Stubbs – vocals Four Tops
2014    Mick Burt – drums Chas and Dave

October 18

Births

1926    Chuck Berry
1938    Ronnie Bright – vocals Coasters
1947    Laura Nyro – US folk singer
1948    Keith Knudson – percussion Doobie Brothers
1949    Joe Egan – keyboards Stealers Wheel
1954    Ramona Wulf – vocals Silver Convention
1956    Dick Crippen – bass Tenpole Tudor
1956    Timmy Mallet
1957    Denise Dufort – drums Girlschool
1958    Precious Wilson – vocals Eruption
1971    Mark Morriss – vocals Bluetones
1977    Simon Rix – bass Kaiser Chiefs
1978    Ne-Yo

Deaths

1999    Tony Crombie – UK drummer
2000    Julie London
2008    Dee Dee Warwick

October 19

Births

1944    Sue Wilkinson
1944    George McCrae
1945    Jeannie C. Riley
1945    Divine
1947    Wilbert Hart – vocals Delfonics
1950    Patrick Cowley
1956    Sharon Redd
1957    Karl Wallinger – keyboards/bass Waterboys
1960    Jennifer Holliday
1960    Woody – drums Madness
1964    Sinitta
1967    Troy Dixon – rapper Heavy D and The Boyz
1972    Pras Michel – vocals Fugees

Deaths

1989    Alan Murphy – guitar Level 42
1995    Don Cherry
1997    Glen Buxton – guitar Alice Cooper
2013    Noel Harrison
2014    Raphael Ravenscroft – saxophone on Baker Street
2014    John Holt
2020    Spencer Davis – guitarist Spencer Davis Group

October 20

Births

1937    Wanda Jackson – US rockabilly singer
1938    Kathy Kirby
1939    Ray Jones – bass Dakotas
1944    Clive Hornby – drums Dennisons
1945    Ric Lee – drums Ten Years After
1947    Martin Baggott – lead guitar Applejacks
1950    Tom Petty
1953    Phil Kennemore – bass Y&T
1958    Mark King – bass/vocals Level 42
1964    Jim Sonefeld – drums Hootie and The Blowfish
1964    David Ryan – drums Lemonheads
1965    Norman Blake – vocals/guitar Teenage Fanclub
1970    Dannii Minogue
1972    Snoop Doggy Dogg
1977    Nick Hodgson – drums Kaiser Chiefs
1978    Denise van Rijswijk– vocals Vengaboys
1989    Jess Glynne

Deaths

1977    Ronnie Van Zandt – vocals Lynyrd Skynrd
1977    Steve Gaines – vocals Lynyrd Skynrd
1977    Cassie Gaines – vocals Lynyrd Skynrd
1990    Barry Wilson – drums Procol Harum
2007    Paul Raven – bass Killing Joke
2009    Liam Maher – vocals Flowered Up
2010    Ari-Up – Slits
2015    Cory Wells – Three Dog Night

October 21

Births

1917    Dizzy Gillespie – US jazz trumpeter
1936    Shirley Jones – vocals Kaye Sisters
1937    Norman Wright – vocals Del-Vikings
1940    Manfred Mann – piano Manfred Mann
1941    Steve Cropper – guitar Booker T’s MG’s
1941    Dickie Pride – UK singer
1942    Elvin Bishop
1942    Yvonne Fair
1943    George Gallcher – vocals Poets
1945    Kathy Young – US singer
1946    Lux Interior – vocals Cramps
1951    Tony Mitchell – bass Sherbet
1953    Charlotte Caffey – guitar Go-Go-s
1953    Eric Faulkner – guitar Bay City Rollers
1957    Julian Cope
1957    Steve Lukather – guitar Toto
1970    Tony Mortimer – vocals East 17

Deaths

1965    Bill Black – bass Jordanaires
1995    Shannon Hoon – vocals Blind Melon
1995    Maxine Andrews – vocals Andrews Sisters
1997    Henry Vestine – guitar Canned Heat
2003    Elliott Smith – US singer
2009    Clinton Ford

October 22

Births

1942    Bobby Fuller
1946    Eddie Brigati – vocals Young Rascals
1957    Pete Evans – drums House Of Love
1965    Paul Lekakis – US singer
1968    Shaggy
1968    Shelby Lynne
1974    Warren Morris – vocals Northern Line
1983    Plan B – UK rapper
1985    Zac Hanson – drums Hanson
1985    Tamara Nicole – vocals Marvin and Tamara

Deaths

1969    Tommy Edwards
2007    Paul Fox – guitar Ruts
2017    George Young – guitar Easybeats

October 23

Births

1939    Ellie Greenwich
1939    Charles Foxx – US singer/songwriter
1940    Freddie Marsden – drums Pacemakers
1943    Barbara Ann Hawkins – vocals Dixie Cups
1947    Greg Ridley – bass Humble Pie/Spooky Tooth
1948    Richie Bull – bass Kursaal Flyers
1949    Wurzel – guitar Motorhead
1953    Pauline Black
1956    Dwight Yoakam – US country singer
1957    Kelly Marie
1963    Michael Mertens – keyboards Propaganda

Deaths

1950    Al Jolson
1976    Leonard Lee – vocals Shirley and Lee
2001    Cliff Adams
2003    Tony Capstick
2016    Pete Burns – vocals Dead or Alive

October 24

Births

1927    Gilbert Becaud
1930    Big Bopper
1936    Bill Wyman
1937    Santo Farinia – steel guitar Santo and Johnny
1944    Ted Templeman – vocals/trumpet Harper’s Bizarre
1946    Edgar Broughton – vocals Edgar Broughton Band
1946    Jerry Edmonton – drums Steppenwolf
1946    Rob Van Leeuwen – guitar Shocking Blue
1948    Paul Ryan – songwriter
1948    Barry Ryan
1948    Dale Griffin – drums Mott The Hoople
1954    Hammy Howell – vocals Darts
1954    Perry Lee Tavares – vocals Tavares
1959    Weird Al Yankovic
1962    Debbie Googe – bass My Bloody Valentine
1969    Rob Green – drums Toploader
1970    Alonzo Bevan – bass Kula Shaker
1970    Eds Chesters – drums Bluetones
1970    Milroy Nadarajah – vocals Three Amigo’s
1979    Ben Gillies – drums Silverchair
1980    Monica
1983    Adrienne Bailon – vocals 3LW
1986    Drake
1997    Raye

Deaths

2001     Kim Gardner – bass Ashton Gardner and Dyke
2016     Bobby Vee
2017     Fats Domino

October 25

Births

1825    Johann Strauss – classical composer
1941    Helen Reddy
1944    Jon Anderson – vocals Yes
1944    Kathy Danoff – vocals Starland Vocal Band
1946    Stephan Remmler – keyboards Trio
1947    John Hall – drums Equals
1948    Glen Tipton – guitar Judas Priest
1950    Chris Norman – vocals Smokie
1956    Bert Reid – Saxophone Crown Heights Affair
1959    Christine Amphlett – vocals Divinyls
1962    Chad Smith – drums Red Hot Chili Peppers
1963    John Leven – bass Europe
1964    Nicole – German Eurovision singer
1964    Nick Thorp – bass Curiosity Killed The Cat
1968    Speech – vocals Arrested Development
1970    Ed Robertson – vocals/guitar Barenaked Ladies
1976    Lisa Armstrong – vocals Deuce
1983    Gyptian – Jamaican singer
1984    Sara Lumholdt – vocals A*Teens
1984    Katy Perry
1985    Ciara

Deaths

1992    Roger Miller
1993    Vincent Price
1993    Howard Blauvelt – bass Ram Jam
2002    Richard Harris – Irish actor/singer
2010    Gregory Isaacs
2014    Jack Bruce – bass Cream

October 26

Births

1911    Mahalia Jackson – US gospel singer
1929    Neal Matthews –vocals Jordanaires
1940    Eddie Henderson – US trumpeter
1946    Keith Hopwood – guitars Herman’s Hermits
1952    David Was – Was Not Was
1953    Keith Strickland – drums B-52’s
1963    Natalie Merchant
1964    Sven Vath
1975    Sunshine Anderson – US singer
1976    T-Seven – vocals Mr President
1978    Mark Barry – vocals BBMAK
1983    Anthony Scott-Lee – vocals 3SL

Deaths

1966    Alma Cogan
1991    James Reese – guitar Bobby Fuller Four
1994    Wilbert Harrison – US singer
2005    David Townsend – vocals Surface
2012    Natina Reed – vocals Blaque Ivory
2012    Jo Dunne – bass Fuzzbox

October 27

Births

1924    Bonnie Lou
1933    Floyd Cramer
1941    Don Partridge
1942    Lee Greenwood – US country singer
1951    Ken Downing – guitar Judas Priest
1956    Hazell Dean
1958    Simon Le Bon – vocals Duran Duran
1964    Paul Speed – drums River City People
1967    Scott Weiland – vocals Stone Temple Pilots
1978    Sabrina Washington – vocals Mis-Teeq
1978    Vanessa-Mae
1982    Keri Hilson – US rapper

Deaths

1980    Steve Peregrine-Took – percussionist T-Rex
1999    Hoyt Axton – US country singer
2013    Lou Reed

October 28

Births

1927    Cleo Laine
1929    Mitchell Torok
1936    Charlie Daniels
1937    Graham Bond – keyboards Graham Bond organsation
1939    Curtis Lee
1941    Hank Marvin
1945    Wayne Fontana
1948    Thelma Hopkins – vocals Dawn
1958    William Reid – guitar Jesus And Mary Chain
1959    Neville Henry – saxophone Blow Monkeys
1979    Natina Reed – vocals Blaque Ivory
1987    Frank Ocean– US rapper

Deaths

2007     Porter Wagoner – US country singer
2012     Terry Callier – US jazz musician
2015     Diane Charlemagne – vocals Urban Cookie Collective
2018     Babs Beverley

October 29

Births

1922    Neal Hefti
1939    Eugene Daughtry – vocals Intruders
1944    Denny Laine – guitar Moody Blues/Wings
1945    Melba Moore
1946    Peter Green
1946    Oliver Bendt – vocals Goombay Dance Band
1951    David Paton – vocals Pilot
1954    Steve Luscombe – synthesizer Blancmange
1961    Randy Jackson – vocals Jackson 5
1965    Steven Sweet – drums Warrant
1965    Matt James – drums Gene
1969    Roni Size
1970    Toby Smith – keyboards Jamiroquai
1973    Maurizio Lobina – vocals Eiffel 65
1983    Amit Paul – vocals A*Teens
1987    Fleur East

Deaths

1963    Michael Holliday
1971    Duane Allman – guitar Allman Brothers Band
2011    Jimmy Savile – Radio DJ

October 30

Births

1939    Grace Slick
1939    Eddie Holland – songwriter Holland/Dozier/Holland
1946    Chris Slade – drums Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
1947    Timothy B. Schmidt – bass/vocals Poco
1949    Otis Williams – vocals Temptations
1960    Joey Belladonna – vocals Anthrax
1962    Geoff Beauchamp – guitar 8th Wonder
1963    Jerry De Borg – guitar Jesus Jones
1967    Gavin Rossdale – vocals Bush
1967    Stefan Dennis
1969    Snow
1972    John Alford
1973    Lazy Dee – vocals Mr President
1980    Ashanti
1989    Jay Perry Asforis – vocals S Club Juniors
1989    Vanessa White – vocals The Saturdays

Deaths

2002     Jam Master Jay – DJ Run DMC
2007     Robert Goulet – US actor/singer

October 31

Births

1923    Guy Marks – US singer
1926    Jimmy Savile – Radio DJ
1946    Japp Eggermont – Dutch drummer & producer
1947    Russ Ballard – guitar Argent
1952    Bernard Edwards – bass Chic
1953    Johnny Clegg – vocals/guitar Sivuka
1961    Larry Mullen – drums U2
1963    Johnny Marr – guitar Smiths
1964    Colm O’Ciosoig – drums My Bloody Valentine
1965    Annabelle Lwin – vocals Bow Wow Wow
1966    Adam Horowitz – rapper Beastie Boys
1967    Vanilla Ice
1967    Adam Schlesinger – vocals Fountains of Wayne
1968    Alistair McErlaine – guitar Texas
1968    Al MacKenzie – keyboards D:Ream
1970    Linn Berggren – vocals Ace Of Base

Deaths

1990    Carl Belew – US country singer

Top 50 most popular instrumentals

Last month, on the Bank Holiday Monday, Boom radio broadcast the top 50 most popular instrumentals as voted for by their listeners. At least it was a proper poll where you had some suggestions on their website but you could also add your own suggestions which other radio stations don’t do. Some interesting and unusual choices as well as a few obvious ones. Here is the list. Not a bad radio station. If you’ve not come across it, check it out here https://www.boomradiouk.com

Rank Title Artist
50 Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes
49 On The Rebound Floyd Cramer
48 Magic Fly Space
47 Diamonds Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
46 Rise Herb Alpert
45 Foot Tapper Shadows
44 I Will Return Springwater
43 In The Mood Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
42 Music Box Dancer Frank Mills
41 The Hustle Van McCoy
40 Morning Dance Spyro Gyra
39 Cast Your Fate To The Wind Sounds Orchestral
38 Tubular Bells (Opening Theme) Mike Oldfield
37 Mozart 40 Waldo De Los Rios
36 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat
35 Oxygene Part IV Jean-Michel Jarre
34 Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy
33 Song For Guy Elton John
32 Birdland Weather Report
31 The Eve Of The War Jeff Wayne
30 The Persuaders Theme John Barry
29 A Walk In The Black Forest Horst Jankowski
28 Sleep Walk Santo And Johnny
27 Nut Rocker B. Bumble & The Stingers
26 Aria Acker Bilk
25 Chi Mai (Theme From The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George) Ennio Morricone
24 Jessica Allman Brothers
23 A Touch Of Velvet – A Sting Of Brass Mood Mosaic
22 Eye Level (Van Der Valk) Simon Park Orchestra
21 Love’s Theme Barry White
20 Atlantis The Shadows
19 Let There Be Drums Sandy Nelson
18 Take Five Dave Brubeck
17 Arrival ABBA
16 Fanfare For The Common Man Emerson Lake And Palmer
15 Groovin’ With Mr Bloe Mr. Bloe
14 Green Onions Booker T. & The M.G.s
13 Time Is Tight Booker T. & The M.G.s
12 Sylvia Focus
11 Samba Pa Ti Santana
10 Man Of Action Les Reed Orchestra
9 Because They’re Young Duane Eddy
8 Soul Coaxing Raymond Lefevre
7 Classical Gas Mason Williams
6 Telstar The Tornados
5 Theme from A Summer Place Percy Faith
4 Stranger On The Shore Acker Bilk
3 Wonderful Land The Shadows
2 Apache The Shadows
1 Albatross Fleetwood Mac