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Artists who died in a different country from where they were born

Here is a list of 20 charting musicians who were born in one country and died in another. I’ve only use one example from each combination.

Artist Country of birth Country of death
Joe Strummer Turkey UK
Winifred Atwell Trinidad Australia
Robert Palmer UK France
Aaliyah USA Bahamas
Falco Austria Democratic Rupublic of the Congo
Meri Wilson Japan USA
James Last Germany USA
Stephen Gately Ireland Spain
Freddie Mercury Zanzibar UK
Steve Strange UK Egypt
Max Bygraves UK Australia
Al Jolson Lithuania USA
Kirsty MacColl UK Mexico
Bob Marley Jamaica UK
Demis Roussos Egpyt Greece
Alex Harvey Scotland Belgium
Gene Pitney USA UK
Joe Cocker UK USA
Eve Boswell Hungary South Africa
Waldo de los Ríos Argentina Spain
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Hits written by one-hit-wonders

Here is a list of 15 UK number one hits that were written or co-written by an artist who only had one UK hit as an artist.

Song Artist One Hit Wonder Writer Their Only UK Hit
Sugar Sugar Archies Andy Kim Rock Me Gently
Living Doll Cliff Richard Lionel Bart Happy Endings
Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel Mike Batt Summertime City
The Day The Rains Came Jane Morgan Gilbert Becaud A Little Love & Understanding
Running Bear Johnny Preston Big Bopper Chantilly Lace
You’re My World Cilla Black Umberto Bindi Il Nostro Concerto
Don’t Turn Around Aswad Albert Hammond The Free Electric Band
The Tide Is High Blondie / Atomic Kitten John Holt Help Me Make It Through The Night
Ring My Bell Anita Ward Frederick Knight I’ve Been Lonely For So Long
Under The Moon Of Love Showaddywaddy Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Sad Sweet Dreamer Sweet Sensation David Parton Isn’t She Lovely
Woodstock Matthews Southern Comfort Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
Sorry Justin Bieber Julia Michaels Issues
Cinderella Rockafeller Esther & Abi Ofarim Mason Williams Classical Gas
Osmonds love Me For A Reason Johnny Bristol Hang On In There Baby
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Top 20 greatest blues artist of all time

Over the two months leading up to Christmas, the national DAB station Planet Rock asked their listeners to vote for their favourite blues artist of all-time and this was the result:

Rank Artist
20 Johnny Winter
19 Robert Johnson
18 Jimmy Page
17 John Mayall
16 Beth Hart
15 Janis Joplin
14 Buddy Guy
13 Howlin’ Wolf
12 Muddy Waters
11 John Lee Hooker
10 Joanne Shaw Taylor
9 Peter Green
8 Jimi Hendrix
7 B.B. King
6 Eric Clapton
5 Walter Trout
4 Stevie Ray Vaughan
3 Joe Bonamassa
2 Gary Moore
1 Rory Gallagher
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Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia
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