Posts tagged: Singers

Harry Styles Biography: New!

He’s one-fifth of the boy band One Direction, and Harry Styles is in our files.

Happy Birthday, Ruben Studdard!

As the American Idol winner turns 35, I found myself wondering, “what the heck is Ruben Studdard up to these days?”

Helen Reddy Biography: New!

Why a sudden bio of a 1970s pop star? Because I heard that weird song “Angie Baby” the other day.

Andy Williams is Dead

 Singer and television star Andy Williams has died at the age of 84 from cancer.

Name This Chest From 1992

We mean “whose chest is this?” — not “I think I’ll dub that chest ‘President Mitt Romney’.”

Country Star Kitty Wells is Dead

She was the first woman to have a top hit in country music. Now Kitty Wells has died in Nashville at the age of 92.

Happy Birthday, Dean Martin!

 Happy birthday to Dean Martin, born 7 June 1917. Dino passed away in 1995. Ah, but his music lives on… with video!

This Is The Day Nico Died

Singer and model Nico died on this day in 1988. She was only 49 years old when she died. Nico was made famous in the late 1960s, thanks to her association with Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground.She was riding a bike on the island of Ibiza when she had a heart problem that caused her to fall and hit her head. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage. That’s what got Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marcus Garvey and WIlla Cather.

Happy Birthday, Linda Ronstadt

Today is singer Linda Ronstadt’s birthday. She is 65 years old.
She has a great voice. I’ve liked some of her songs over the years, but her career has never quite been on my radar screen. I know that Philip K. Dick thought she was the cat’s pajamas.
Here she is with the Stone Poneys, singing “Different Drum” in 1967:

Paul McCartney’s Video Contest

Anybody can have a YouTube channel. Even singer Paul McCartney, who was once a member of the group The Beatles, and who has since been crowned a Lord High Bannister Earl of The Court Order for the Empire (by Queen Elizabeth himself). So now we call him Sir Paul McCartney.

Dusty Springfield’s Groovy Video

Today would have been the birthday of Dusty Springfield, who died in 1999 at the age of 59. The singer’s real name was Mary O’Brien. Here she is singing her biggest hit, “Son of a Preacher Man.”
Check out those groovy hand motions.

Kurt Cobain, In Memoriam

Yesterday was the anniversary of the discovery of Kurt Cobain’s body, in 1994. He’d been dead a few days, due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound (they say).
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were at the height of rock and roll success at the time. Then Kurt was dead and we were left with his grievous widow, Courtney Love, some poorly-recorded live performances and an eternity of the Cult of Kurt Cobain.