Helen Folasade Adu
Born: 16 January 1959
Singer with a velvet voice, best known for "Smooth
|Sam the Sham
Best known for "Little Red Riding Hood"
One-hit wonder from the late 70s, her hit was
"Emotion", written by Barry and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.
Early 60s punk/garage. Still commands a strong cult
Born: 21 May 1948
Musician, singer-songwriter, entertainer.
Born: 20 July 1957
Founding drummer for groundbreaking UK punks the
Damned, the first punk band to record, to chart, and to tour the
USA. Rat Scabies played with the London SS, then played with the
Damned from 1976-1977. He then rejoined with his old bandmates
(without guitarist Brian James) as the Doomed in 1979 until James
relinquished the old band's name. He earned his name as a result of
suffering from a skin complaint.
Ronald Belford Scott
Born: 9 July 1946
Died: 19 February 1980
Bon Scott briefly became a member of The
Spektors, and recorded an album with pop group The Valentines and
another with rock band Fraternity. He became AC/DC's second lead
vocalist (after Dave Evans) in September of 1974. He went on to
record and co-write six albums with AC/DC, including the huge
international hit "Highway to Hell" in 1979 with producer Mutt
Lange. Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980 in London from choking
on his own vomit, left unconscious in a friend's car after drinking
Born: 29 June 1978
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Singer, songwriter, dancer. Best known for being a member of "The Pussycat Dolls" from 2003-2010.
|Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Born: 18 July 1929
Died: 12 February 2000
R&B singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins began a long
recording career which spanned several record companies in 1952.
Although he had very little in the way of charting hits, his song
"I Put A Spell On You" sold over a million, largely because of
controversy over the song's "suggestive and cannabalistic" tone
which earned it a ban from radio. Although he had great talent, and
many say an near-operatic voice, he instead worked a stage with
shrunken heads, skulls, and snakes, and often started his concerts
in a coffin, which limited his credibility. He continued to record
and tour into the late 1990s, until his death from an aneurysm
following intestine surgery on February 12 2000 in
Henry Olusegun Olumide Samuel
Born: February 19th, 1963
Seal initially lent his vocals to UK house/techno
musician Adamski in 1990, on the dance hit "Killer". After this,
Seal was signed to ZTT, Trevor Horn's record label. In 1991, Seal
put out his first album, titled Seal, which featured the huge song
"Crazy". In 1994, he put out his second album, also titled Seal,
which garnered him 3 Grammy awards and featured his biggest hit to
date, "Kiss From a Rose", which spent 12 weeks at #1. His third
album, Human Being, came out in 1998.
Chris Curtis - Christopher
Born: 26 August 1941
Drummer in UK 60s group.
Mike Penda - Michael Prendergast
Born: 3 March 1942
Lead guitarist "The Searchers".
Born: April 16, 1971
Lake Jackson, Texas
A Tejano singer who was starting to break into the
English-speaking market when she was killed by her fan club
president, March 31, 1995. Later her story became the movie
"Selena" starring Jennifer Lopez.
Charles Weedon Westover
30 December 1934
Died: February 1990
Best known for "Runaway", "Little Town Flirt", "Hats
Off to Larry", "Handy Man", "Keep Searching". Included a string of
hits from 1960 to his death by suicide in 1990 after a long
struggle with drugs and alcohol.
Born: 26 February 1947
Discovered by Adam Faith. Hits such as "Always
Something There to Remind Me", "Puppet On a String".
|Dee Dee Sharp
Dione La Rue
Born: 9 September 1945
Back up singer and hits include novelty "Mashed
Potato Time" and later minor hits in soul genre.
Anthony Sheridan McGinty
Born: 21 May 1940
Mildly successful 50s and 60s and still enjoying
certain cult status. Moved to Germany and converted tothe Sannyasan
religion and now calls himself Swami Probhu Sharan.
Chaim Witz, and later Eugene
Born: 25 August 1949
Vampiresque bassist of the band KISS, who he formed
in 1972 with Paul Stanley. Gene has a Bachelors Degree in Education
and speaks four languages fluently. His childhood plan was to
become a Rabbi. His hordes of groupies rival those of anyone on the
planet, he has reportedly slept with a number approaching four
thousand women. He had a widely publicised relationship with
Cher and Diana Ross.
See also Peter
Criss , Paul Stanley and
Ace Frehley , Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John and Eric Singer.
Francis Albert Sinatra
Born: 12 December 1915
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Died: 14 May 1998
Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes, and mega-star.
Thought to be stillbon at birth until his grandmother doused him
with cold water. Left his wife and three children to marry Ava Gardner, he romanced
Elizabeth Taylor, Judy
Garland and later married to Mia Farrow, 30 years his
junior. His mob connections and membership of the exclusive "rat
pack" that included Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and many other
"hangers on", ensured that Sinatra was never far from the media's
Born: 12 May 1958
Drums and backing vocals with KISS, joining the band
after Eric Carr passed away from heart cancer. Eric Singer has
recorded with Alice Cooper.
Singer quit KISS after they announced the reunion tour with the
See also Peter
Criss , Paul Stanley and
Ace Frehley , Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John and Gene Simmons.
Frank Carlton Serafinl Ferrano
Born: 11 December 1958
San Jose, California
Bass guitarist with Motley Crue. Officially died of
heroin overdose (but was revived). All the band members lived a
life of excess, the Baywatch cast have turned up in the band's
marriages and relationships, Nikki Sixx married Donna D'Erico (now
split), Tommy Lee married
Pamela Anderson and Vince Neil
had a fling with Pamela Anderson. See also Mick Mars (who has not had a fling with
Born: 23 July 1965
Guitarist with heavy metal group Guns N'Roses, whose
lead singer is Axl Rose.
Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette
Born: 16 April 1939
Died: 2 March 1999 (breast cancer)
White soul/pop singer. Started career with the Lana
Sisters, then with brother Tom (Dion O'Brien) and Tim Field into
the Springfields. Solo in late 1963 resulted in the classic "I Only
Want to be with You". Her career was a roller-coaster with her
battles with booze, pills and sexuality. But her work with the Pet
Shop Boys and re-birth of her career she remained an iconic diva
worshipped and adored by straights and gays.
23 August 1949
Never achieved much in the way of artistic
credibility, but entertained millions in the 80s with his
accessible brand of mainstream pop-rock and frequent acting roles.
Hit single with "Jessie's Girl" and earned a Grammy for the song.
he is multi-talented, having acted in the soap "General Hospital"
and "Suddenly Susan", his lastest triumph is bringing rock 'n roll
to the stage in the acclaimed production of "EFX". Throughout his
career he has sold more than 18 million records.
|Mark St John
Born: 7 February 1956
Lead guitar with KISS, replacing Vinnie Vincent after
he was fired. Mark developed a form of arthritis makding it
impossible to play guitar, Mark was replaced by Bruce Kulick.
See also: Peter
Criss , Ace Frehley ,
Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer.
|Crispian St Peters
Robin Peter Smith
Born: 5 April 1943
His "Pied Piper" hit was only overshadowed by his
immodest boast "I am going to make Presley look like the Statue of
Liberty" and "I'm sexier then Tom
Stanley Harvey Eisen
Born: 20 January 1952
Queens, New York
Formed KISS with Gene Simmons in 1972. Rythm Guitar
and Vocals, he is the starred eye and shiny red lips that seem
locked in a perpetual rock-star pout.
See also: Peter
Criss , Ace Frehley ,
Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John and Eric Singer.
Born: 21 January 1942
Minor hits "Agent Double-O-Soul", "25 Miles" and US
#1 hit "War".
Born: 7 July 1940
Drummer with "The Beatles". First drummed in the band
"Rory Storm and the
Hurricanes". It was Rory who suggested that he change his name to a
flashier stage moniker. Because of his penchant for wearing rings
on his fingers, his name evolved into "Rings" which quickly morphed
into "Ringo", Starkey became shortened to Starr. He played with
"The Beatles" for the first time ever on 18 August 1962... and the
rest as they say, is history!
Also known as Shane Foster. Derived Alvin from Elvis
Steven Demetre Georgiou
Originally began recording under the name of Steve
Adams, became one of the world's greatest stars in the 70s.
Abandoned his musical career, and turned his life to the Muslim
religion, and is now called Yusuf Islam.
Born: 24 January 1941
Novelty/country/pop/writer/singer of "Misty",
"Gitarzman" (a spoof on the Tarzan movies) and "I Need Your Help,
Barry Manilow". Was the
first artist to record Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday
Morning Coming Down". "Everything is Beautiful" was his first #1
hit and won him a Grammy as Male Vocalist of the Year. I would have
changed my name too, Ray.
Gordon Matthew Sumner
Born: 2 October 1951
Sting played bass and sang lead for "The Police" in
the 1970s. After the band split Sting became a superstar in his own
right. He has also acted in the movies "Dune" and "Storm Monday".
He has written sound tracks for many movies, most famously "Leaving
Las Vagas" (1996). Had a guest role on the hit TV show "Ally
McBeal" in 2001.
Died: 28 September 1972
Best known for The Hurricanes, mildly successful UK
group in the 60s. His death by accidental overdose of alcohol and
medication did not revive his career and sadly his mother, grief
stricken, committed suicide on discovering his body.
Barbara Joan Streisand
Born: 24 April 1942
Brooklyn, New York
One of the biggest stars of our time. Multi-talented
Ms Streisand is well known for her aversion to performing in
public. Probably better known for her singing. Refused to have the
nose job studio bosses thought would further her career, it seems
that her decision may have paid off. Starred with Kris Kristofferson in "A Star
is Born". Previously married to Elliot Gould, now married to
John Graham Mellor
Born: August 21, 1952
Joe Strummer was the guitarist and principal songwriter for the
Clash, arguably the most significant British punk rockers, from
1976 to 1986. In 1986 he wrote songs with Clash singer Mick Jones
on Jones' new band, Big Audio Dynamite. Later, Strummer worked on
soundtracks, did some acting, and released a solo record in 1989.
He briefly joined the Pogues as a touring guitarist, In 1999, he
released a record with his band, Joe Strummer and the
Born: 13 January 1961
Popular lead singer of the 80s British band Madness,
now a TV presenter. The name 'Suggs' came about after all his
friends had nicknames and he opened an old jazz book and picked one
LaDonna Andrea Gaines
Born: 24 December 1948
Boston, MA, USA
The undisputed Queen of 70s Disco. Reached her peak
in 1979 with the lead role in "It's Finally Friday", her most
popular album "Bad Girls", and the duet "Enough is Enough" with
Born: 23 February 1958
Formed the cult band "Japan" in 1974.