Author: Pop Expresso

The Amazing Miss Grace Jones

Over the last 40 years, many were the artists that were pointed as Queens of Pop, but despite never having scored strings of hits and sold millions of records, the amazing Grace Jones is the righteous Queen and turns 76 today

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Five of the Best Dennis Hopper movies

One of the most influential actors of all time, Dennis Hopper left a valuable and timeless film legacy as an actor, writer and director. We look back at five of his best movies on the 88th anniversary of his birth

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Janet Jackson celebrates 58 today

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jackson released a string of groundbreaking albums and hit singles that turned her together with her older brother Michael on the two most successful solo artists of the Jackson family

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Top 12 Krist Novoselic’s Nirvana Songs

Nirvana revolutionized Alternative Rock during the early 90’s and while Cobain is still remembered as the engineer of Nirvana’s sound, Novoselic’s bass guitar also played an important part in Nirvana’s songs, giving it a solid and distinct beat. He celebrates 59 today.

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The Cult’s frontman Ian Astbury turns 62 today

With his distinctive voice and charismatic stage presence, Astbury has carved out a legacy as one of rock’s most influential figures serving as the frontman for The Cult and by adding his own unique flair to the classic Doors repertoire while fronting The Doors of the 21st Century

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Ten of the Best Stevie Wonder songs

With a career that has spanned for over 60 years, Stevie Wonder has composed some of Soul, Funk and Pop best songs. The once Motown child prodigy and one of the biggest music composers turns 74 today

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Top 10 Songs by The Animals

The Animals, part of the “British Invasion” alongside The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who, owned a distinctive sound that defined and became influential throughout the rest of the 1960’s. The band’s frontman Eric Burdon celebrates 83 today

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The Legend Of Sid Vicious: Live Fast, Die Young

Sid Vicious perhaps remains the most important Punk Rock icon of all time, but the price he paid for his immortality came earlier when he passed away from an overdose on February, 2nd 1979 in New York, aged only 21. We look back at his life and career on the 67th anniversary of his birth

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Steve Albini 1962-2024

His work as a producer yielded some of the most iconic albums in alternative music history, among them are Nirvana’s “In Utero,” Pixies’ “Surfer Rosa,” and PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me”

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Bob Seger turns 79 today

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Seger enjoyed a string of commercial successes, propelled by hit songs like “Night Moves,” “Against the Wind,” and “Old Time Rock and Roll”

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The singer Frankie Valli turns 90 today

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Valli and The Four Seasons dominated the airwaves with songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” earning widespread acclaim and establishing themselves as one of the most successful vocal groups of all time

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Comedian and television host Jay Leno celebrates 74

In 1992, Leno’s dream became a reality when he was chosen to succeed Carson as the host of “The Tonight Show.” Over the next two decades, Leno’s affable demeanor, quick wit, and impeccable comedic timing endeared him to millions of viewers across the country and the world

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The Spanish actress Penélope Cruz celebrates 50 today

Throughout her career, Cruz has collaborated with some of the most celebrated directors in the industry, including Pedro Almodóvar, Woody Allen, and Ridley Scott, among others. Her performances have garnered widespread acclaim and numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Erasure’s singer Andy Bell turns 60 today

Andy Bell formed Erasure together with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke in 1985, and since then, the group has gained cult status among fans of Pop and Electronic Pop music due to hits such as “Sometimes”, “Give A Little Respect” or “Stop!” He was born on this day in 1964

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The Cure’s Robert Smith turns 65 today

The Cure scored several hit songs throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s with their unique blend of Post Punk, Goth Rock and Pop music. They are still as relevant and popular today as they were back then. Robert Smith, co-founder and lead singer turns 65 today

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On this day in 1992 The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert takes place in a crowded Wembley Stadium, featuring an all star line up

In 1992, a few months after Freddie Mercury’s untimely death caused by AIDS, Queen and a group of legendary artists and musicians including David Bowie, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, George Michael, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi and Robert Plant among many others, gathered to pay tribute to the Queen legend in order to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity organization

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Mark Volman of The Turtles turns 77 today

During the late 1960’s Volman scored hits as a member of The Turtles with songs such as “Happy Together” and “Eleanore” and later became also a member of Frank Zappa’s The Mothers Of Invention. Today he turns 77

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The talented singer-songwriter Linda Perry turns 59

Linda Perry rose to fame during the 1990’s with the Alternative Rock anthem “What’s Up” unique songwriting talent, led her to write and produce songs for an impressive number of artists from many different genres including Pink, Courtney Love and even Enrique Iglesias

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Billy Dee Williams turns 87 today

Billy Dee Williams was born on April 6, 1937, in New York City. Williams became a blockbuster sci-fi legend with his role as Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” & “Return of the Jedi”

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Remembering actor Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins was born in New York City, on April 4, 1932, most well-known part as innkeeper Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ (1960). Perkins died on September 12, 1992, in Hollywood, California due to AIDS-related pneumonia.

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Robert Downey Jr. turns 59 today

Actor Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City, the son of the avant-garde filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., who is best known for the film “Putney Swope” (1969). The actor is known for roles in a wide variety of films, including ‘Iron Man,’ (2008) ‘The Avengers,’ (2012) ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ (2009) and ‘Chaplin’ (1992).

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Remembering the Prince Of Soul, Marvin Gaye

The legendary Marvin Gaye was pivotal in taking Soul music to the mainstream during the 1960’s. He released several memorable songs such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology”), “What’s Going On” and “Sexual Healing” among others. His life was cut short at the age of 44 by his own father. We look back at his career on what would had been his 85thbirthday

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In his own words: 15 Quotes by Serge Gainsbourg

The iconic Serge Gainsbourg had a way with the words, never comfortable with the establishment, throughout his life he wrote beautiful memorable songs and poems that continue to influence and inspire new generations of musicians, poets and artists around the world. To celebrate his anniversary we’ve gathered together 15 memorable quotes by the man himself

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Marvin Gaye’s last hours

On April 1, 1984, Marvin was fatally shot by his father in their Los Angeles home. On the day of the murder, Marvin and Marvin Sr were arguing about a misplaced insurance policy document. At this point, the relationship between Marvin and his father was as heated as ever- Marvin’s sister had moved out of the house just to avoid the conflict.

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The 45 rpm Single turns 75

In 1949 RCA Victor introduced the first 45 rpm single. Nowadays, in music, the word single does not refer to vinyl only, but with the vinyl records resurgence in recent years, the original single format has made a comeback

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Stop! It’s MC Hammer’s birthday

“Stop! Hammertime” became one of the most popular and used expressions ever in Pop Culture, all credit goes to MC Hammer when he first used it on his smash hit “U Can’t Touch This”. The artist that brought Rap to the worldwide masses and had one of the quickest risings and falls in the music industry turns 61 today. We look back at his career

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Folk singer and artist Tracy Chapman turns 60 today

Tracy Chapman’s beautifully crafted modern folk songs marked the difference back in the 1980’s. She put Folk and simple songs back in the charts just like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez had made it back in the 60’s. We look back at her career today that she turns 60

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The best 20 Elton John songs

Controversial, talented and a world class entertainer, Elton John turns 77 years old, to celebrate it, look back at 20 of his very best songs, from his 70’s classics, to the shift into 80’s modern pop beats and throughout his return during the 1990’s and 21st century to the classic formula that first made him famous

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German singer Nena turns 64 today

As the lead singer for the German new wave band Nena, she had a string of hits during the 1980’s, even topping the US Hot 100 to No.2 with the smash hit “99 Red Balloons”. We look back at her life her career on the day she turns 64

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Remembering the acting legend William Hurt

One of the most acclaimed contemporary actors of all time, he played memorable roles in films such as “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, “Children of a Lesser God” and “The Big Chill” among several others. He was born on this day in 1950

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60’s sex symbol Ursula Andress turns 88

Former actress, model, and sex symbol Ursula Andress was born on March 19, 1936, in Ostermundigen, Switzerland. Andress is best known for her breakthrough role as Bond girl Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, “Dr. No” in 1962.

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Actor Patrick Duffy turns 75 today

Patrick Duffy is best known for playing Bobby Ewing on the long-running television series “Dallas”. He also starred on the TV shows “Man from Atlantis” and “Step by Step,” among other roles.

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