1980’s Danish sex symbol Brigitte “Amazon” Nielsen turns 56

For better or worst, Brigitte Nielsen’s image still sells and movies where she starred, such as “Red Sonja” and “Cobra” are now absolute cult classics. Today she turns 56 and we look back at her controversial life and career

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In 1986 Madonna peaks to No.1 once again with her hit song “Papa Don’t Preach”

The controversial lyrical subject of “Papa Don’t Preach” caused Madonna’s first conflict with the Vatican, as it dealt with teenage pregnancy and abortion. It remains one of the 1980’s absolute classics and a all time fan favorite

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The spectacular Live Aid took place on this day in 1985

The spectacular Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985 at simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England and at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, U.S. It featured a never before seen parade of Pop and Rock artists including Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Madonna, Wham!, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Bob Dylan among many many others

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For the first and last time, The Police scores a No.1 at the US Hot 100 with their hit “Every Breath You Take” in 1983

First released in 1983, The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” remains so popular today that in 2010 was estimated to generate between a quarter and a third of Sting’s music publishing income

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The day Led Zeppelin played their final concert together

On July 7, 1980, Berlin, Germany saw the final act of the gigantic 1970’s band. Led Zeppelin played for the very last time together just a few months before drummer John Bonham died

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Clive Jackson of Doctor and The Medics turns 58 today

Today, Clive Jackson is a name that doesn’t immediately rings a bell, but many of us still remembers his band Doctor and The Medics who had a big hit in 1986 with their cover of the 1969 Norman Greenbaum’s song “Spirit in the Sky”. He turns 58 today

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The Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum is 56 today

Roddy Bottum helped to develop and create the Faith No More’s signature sound during the 1980’s, an essential part of the band, Roddy turns 55 today, we look back at his life and career

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The Top 10 Blondie songs on the iconic Debbie Harry birthday

Debbie Harry wrote her name in the history of Rock as one of the most charismatic and popular female Rock singers of all time. With Blondie she had an impressive string of hit singles that remain timeless. Today, the iconic singer turns 74 and we look back at Blondie’s Top 10 songs

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On this day in 1986 Wham! wrote the final chapter on their history

“I think it should be the most amicable split in pop history.” said George Michael announcing the break up of Pop duo Wham!. On the same day of their farewell concert at Wembley Stadium, their final single “The Edge Of Heaven” also peaked to No.1 on the UK singles charts

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George Michael 56th Anniversary Special

The Pop icon and legend George Michael would had turned 56 today. To celebrate his life, we’ve put together six articles previously published including album reviews, a quiz, a photo gallery and an intimate look

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George Michael: A style and fashion icon in photographs

During four decades George Michael influenced not just music but also fashion and style, Pop Expresso put together some of George’s best and most iconic photographs to celebrate his life and contribution to Pop Culture

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Aerosmith founding member and drummer Joey Kramer turns 69 today

Joey Kramer has been with Aerosmith since the band was formed. He has scored an impressive string of Rock hits over the years, making him one of the most influential Rock drummers in the scene. Today he turns 69

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Boys on film: Top 15 Duran Duran songs and music videos with John Taylor who turns 59 today

John Taylor is one of the most successful figures to come out of the 1980’s New Wave and New Romantic movement, good looks aren’t everything, but for Duran Duran allied with their talent, certainly helped them to rule the 1980’s as the most popular New Wave band in the world with a string of hit songs and music videos. John Taylor turns 59 today

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Revisiting the heavier than heaven debut Nirvana album “Bleach”

Proudly recorded by $606.17, “Bleach” it’s perhaps the only legitimate Grunge album Nirvana did. Released on June 15, 1989 on Sub Pop, the record features a selection of Grunge songs that approaches the style used by some of their Seattle peers, such as The Melvins, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden or TAD, a slow, sludgy and heavy Grunge Rock with influences of Punk and 70’s Heavy Metal blend in together. We look back at this now historical Rock album

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Celebrate the Pop icon Boy George anniversary with Top 10 Culture Club songs

One of Pop’s most controversial figures, the unique and iconic Boy George turns 58 today. With Culture Club he scored the biggest music hits of his career and we look back at it through a musical and visual journey with the Top 10 Culture Club songs

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Boy George: A Pop Chameleon in Photos

Boy George emerged during the early 1980’s from the Post-Punk movement named New Romantic, through his music and looks he broke down barriers and destroyed prejudice. Take look back at his influential and inspiring career in photographs

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The Milli Vanilli’s Rob Pilatus was born 54 years ago today

Rob Pilatus “sold” his soul to the devil when he agreed to serve as a public face to another singer, after a quick rise to international success he found an even more quick decline that contributed to his untimely death at age 32. He was born on this day in 1965

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Remembering the legendary music genius Prince with his Top 20 songs

Prince Rogers Nelson was born 61 years ago, one of the absolute pop music genius of all times, he left behind a diverse and enormous body of work. We remember Prince with the list of his 20 best and most popular songs

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The Top 12 Rolling Stones songs with Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1974, he was the third full-time guitarist in the band after founding member Brian Jones and Mick Taylor. We’ve put together the Top 12 Rolling Stones songs with Ronnie Wood today that he turns 72

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Top 10 songs of the unique Stevie Nicks

Being as part of Fleetwood Mac or as a solo artist, Stevie Nicks, with her distinctive vocals, charisma, and charm, have been gracing the music world over the last 40 years. We celebrate the “gold dust woman’s” birthday with her Top 10 songs

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Celebrate the legendary Bob Dylan anniversary with his Top 20 songs

Bob Dylan is one of the most important and respected musicians, songwriters and poets of all time, a “voice of a generation” with countless songs that influenced generations of bands and artists including The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Today, he turns 78 and we’ve put together what we consider to be his Top 20 songs by order of influence and popularity.

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12 Bob Dylan inspirational and thoughtful quotes

Bob Dylan, poet, and songwriter, was awarded the Literature Nobel Prize in 2016. The influential, iconic and legendary figure is a man of few words when in public, and we’ve compiled some of his best ones on these 12 quotes

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The Top 10 Morrissey songs

Controversial, influential and talented, with The Smiths, Morrissey defined the British Alternative Rock scene of the 1980’s with songs that remain timeless, but he has been leading a very successful and influential solo career of his own for 30 years now. We list what we think are his 10 best songs to celebrate his 60th birthday

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David Bowie invites the world to dance in 1983 when he tops the charts with the single “Let’s Dance”

The 1980’s weren’t overall the best David Bowie period, creatively blocked, the influential artist, was still able to pull one of his career best selling and most popular songs with the 1983 “Let’s Dance”

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Starship tops the charts worldwide in 1987 with the “Mannequin” theme “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

By the 1980’s, several once popular artists from the 1960’s had either vanished, died or simply lost their popularity for good, but that wasn’t the case for Grace Slick who got another No.1 in 1987 with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

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The timeless genius of Orson Welles: 6 essential movies

One of Hollywood’s first rebels, Orson Welles turned his back on the movie industry during the late 1940’s, disappointed by the lack of artistic freedom given to directors and actors

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The Electronic Pop music genius Giorgio Moroder turns 79 today

Giorgio Moroder’s career has been filled with hit upon hit, he has been awarded Oscars, Grammys and even Golden Globes and, he is responsible for some of the most memorable Electronic Pop music songs ever. We look back at his impressive career

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Erasure’s singer Andy Bell turns 55 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 60 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 60 today

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Iggy Pop: The 9 Lives Of The Iguana

Iggy Pop is a survivor, a warrior of Rock music that we must be grateful for still being able to witness on his ongoing legendary career. Today he turns 72 and we look back at his life and career

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“We Are The World” by USA For Africa, went No.1 on the US Hot 100 on this day in 1985

The all-star group of singers and musicians USA For Africa, was the American response to the British Band Aid. Their iconic and memorable song “We Are The World” peaked to No.1 on this day in 1985

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Blondie calls for No.1 in 1980 with the “American Gigolo” movie theme “Call Me”

Written by Debbie Harry and Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder, “Call Me” was specifically composed to be used as the theme for the 1980 movie “American Gigolo”, and, originally offered to another singer by Moroder

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In 1988 “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” peaks to No.1 and marks the end of Billy Ocean’s 1980’s string of Pop hits

Billy Ocean had a very successful career throughout the 1980’s decade and some of his songs remain popular to this day. In 1988, he released he peaked No.1 on the US Hot 100 for the last time with “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”

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Serge Gainsbourg: A Life Dedicated to Music, Poetry, Art, Women and Controversy

Serge Gainsbourg was born on April 2, 1928, 91 years ago. He lived a lifetime dedicated to life’s best things, with high dosages of scandal and controversy mixed along with his unique genius for writing poetry and music. We look back at the life and career of this French icon.

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We salute Angus Young on his 64th birthday with a Top 10 AC/DC songs

Angus Young is one of Rock’s biggest legends and has influenced and inspired generations of guitarists. He co.-founded AC/DC with his brother Malcolm Young in 1973, today he turns 64 and we celebrate his life and career with the Top 10 AC/DC songs

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Celebrate Eric Clapton’s 74th Birthday with his Top 10 Songs

To make a Top 10 list of Eric Clapton’s best songs it’s a hard task, and perhaps for some will never possible. To celebrate the Rock Legend Eric Clapton we picked 10 of some of his very best songs solo or with the several bands he had been in.

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Folk singer and artist Tracy Chapman turns 55 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 55

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The best 20 Elton John songs

Controversial, talented and a world class entertainer, Elton John turns 72 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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The “Fame” and “Flashdance…What A Feeling” singer Irene Cara turns 60 today

Irene Cara had an exciting and successful career during the early 1980’s that included being awarded an Academy Awards and Grammy’s, but today she’s mostly remembered as the voice of the worldwide hits “Fame” and “Flashdance…What A Feeling”

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Heart singer and guitarist Nancy Wilson turns 65 today

Together with her sister Ann, they became the first women to front a Hard Rock band. With Heart, Nancy Wilson scored several hits that are now regarded as Rock classics such as “Barracuda”, “Crazy on You”, “Alone”, “These Dreams” and “What About Love” among others. She turns 65 today

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Terence Trent D’Arby turns 57 today

Terence Trent D’Arby had a string of hit singles during the late 1980’s including “Sign Your Name” with his acclaimed debut album “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby”, today, the singer that has changed his name to Sananda Francesco Maitreya, turns 57

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The influential and legendary John Cale turns 77 today

Ever since he formed The Velvet Underground back in the 1960’s, that John Cale has had a long and productive career contributing immensely to the Alternative and Art Rock music scene. Today he turns 77

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Kurt Cobain 52nd Anniversary Special

A talented artist, songwriter, musician and a passionate advocate for women’s and gay rights, Kurt Cobain left the earthly plan by his own hand on April 8, 1994 at age 27, but today we celebrate his life. We’ve put together a special feature that includes 6 articles to remember Kurt Cobain check them out

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The Later Years 1992-1994: Kurt Cobain his life and style in photos

Kurt Cobain, that sung on the song “Stay Away” the line “Rather Be Dead Than Cool/ Fashion Stinks, Fashion Style”, end up developing a personal style reflected on his clothes and hair that remains trendy and copied by many around the world

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The Early Years 1967-1992: Kurt Cobain his life and style in photos

Kurt Cobain, that sung on the song “Stay Away” the line “Rather Be Dead Than Cool/ Fashion Stinks, Fashion Style”, end up developing a personal style reflected on his clothes and hair that remains trendy and copied by many around the world

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Controversial and multi-faceted Rapper, Rocker and Actor Ice-T turns 60 today

Ice-T had a troubled early life but emerged as an influential artist during the 1980’s Hip Hop music scene. From Rap to Hip Hop, to Rock and Metal, Hardcore Punk to Pop, Ice-T it’s one of the most eclectic musicians and also an awarded actor. Today he turns 60

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Original Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor turns 58 today

With Duran Duran, Andy Taylor reached the pinnacle of his success during the 1980’s, but the guitarist has had also a successful solo career collaborating with many other artists and with Power Station back in the 1980’s. Look back at Taylor’s life and career on the day he turns 58

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The creative Peter Gabriel was born on this day in 1950

The Genesis founder and former lead singer Peter Gabriel has had a very successful solo career since the 1970’s and won a big place on Pop Culture’s imagery through his creative music videos. Today he turns 69

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Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan turns 57 today

Founding Bon Jovi member, the keyboardist David Bryan also co-wrote many of the band’s songs. Watch Bon Jovi Live at the Rock In Rio Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008 to celebrate his birthday

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Rick Astley turns 55 today

Rick Astley became popular during the late 1980’s with songs such as “Never Gonna Give You Up” produced by the famous team Stock Aitken Waterman. Though in recent years he’s more famous for the “rickrolling”, his career has been much more than that

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Former Sonic Youth guitarist and co-founder Lee Ranaldo turns 63

Together with Sonic Youth, Ranaldo released many influential Alternative Rock albums ever since their beginning during the early 1980’s in the New York Underground music scene. The guitar sound of Lee Ranaldo played a key role on the band’s signature sound. Lee Ranaldo turns 63

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Faith No More’s amazing frontman Mike Patton turns 51

Mike Patton is one of the most versatile and diverse musicians, throughout his career he has sung and played several musical styles, and since he joined Faith No More in 1989 also became one of the most influential Rock singers multiplying himself through several side projects. Celebrate his 51st anniversary by watching two amazing Faith No More concerts

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The Sigue Sigue Sputnik “Space Cowboy” Martin Degville turns 58 today

The provocative and eccentric Martin Degville came to prominence during the 1980’s as the lead singer and mastermind of the British Electronic/Space Pop band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. We look back at his life and career on the day he turns 58

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The Punk Rock mastermind Malcolm McLaren was born 73 years ago

His Portuguese grandmother used to tell him “To be bad is good… to be good is simply boring”, and Malcolm McLaren followed those words throughout his life. He was responsible to bring Punk to England and help to spread it around the world. The creator and mastermind behind the Sex Pistols was born on this day in 1946.

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The KISS Starchild Paul Stanley turns 67 today

Much has been written about Paul Stanley, he’s the Starchild, one of the most iconic alter-egos and characters in Rock music. With KISS, Paul Stanley has led a career that has earned him millions of followers around the globe. The pinnacle of his success was back in the 1970’s but today, Stanley remains one of the biggest Rock Stars in the world

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Iconic TV star Betty White of the popular 1980’s sitcom “The Golden Girls” turns 97 Today

Betty White has been in show business since the 1950s. In these 70-odd years, White has appeared in sitcoms, on game shows, and, on “Saturday Night Live” as the host, after a Facebook-fueled effort to get her to host the show

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Influential photographer Francesco Scavullo was born on this day in 1921

One of the most influential photographers of all time, Francesco Scavullo captured dozens of iconic celebrities and artists throughout decades such as Madonna, Christopher Reed, Sting, Janis Joplin, Joe Dallesandro, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol among others. We’ve put together a gallery with some of his most iconic photographs

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The Bangles founder and guitarist Vicki Peterson was born on this day in 1958

Vicki Peterson founded The Bangles together with with her sister Debbi Peterson, and Susanna Hoffs and during the 1980’s enjoyed a worldwide wave of success with songs such as “Manic Monday”, she was born on this day in 1958

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One of the biggest music festivals in the world, Rock In Rio, kicked off 34 years ago today

The first ever edition of Rock In Rio took place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on January 11th, 1985, and for 10 days a parade of Rock stars such as Queen, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne or Rod Stewart among others played for a crowd of an estimated 1.4 million people

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David Bowie Birthday Special

A visionary since the very beginning of his career, David Bowie was the legit Pop and Rock chameleon, he was Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke and so many others, his influence can be be heard, seen and felt in every artistic expression. To celebrate his 72nd anniversary we’ve put out a special feature

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The Style And Fashion Of David Bowie: The Next Day 1980’s-2010’s

David Bowie was during his lifetime one of the most influential musicians and songwriters but he also was an icon for style, visual and fashion that understood from an early stage of his career the importance of both the music and visual worlds

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The Style And Fashion Of David Bowie: Sound And Vision 1970’s – 1980’s

David Bowie was during his lifetime one of the most influential musicians and songwriters but he also was an icon for style, visual and fashion that understood from an early stage of his career the importance of both the music and visual worlds

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The influential and unique Michael Stipe turns 59 today

Michael Stipe was pivotal in the development of the Alternative Rock music and remains to this day a huge influence singers,  songwriters and artists in general . He formed R.E.M. with guitar player Peter Buck in 1979 and the band was one of the first to successfully cross the boundaries of Indie music to the mainstream. Today Michael Stipe turns 59

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Mötley Crüe’s bass boss Nikki Sixx turns 60 today

Nikki Sixx has been one of the most famous bass players in Rock for over 30 years, as a part of Mötley Crüe he scored several hits and lead the Hair Metal movement during the 1980’s, he was born on this day in 1958

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Roy Orbison passed away 30 years ago today

The influential singer and songwriter Roy Orbison left a more than thirty years legacy of absolute music classics such as “Crying”, “In Dreams”, “Oh Pretty Woman” and “You Got It”. On December 6th, 1988 Orbison passed away suddenly at the age of 52. We recap his life and career

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Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was released on this day in 1984

During the 1980’s Christmas songs made by modern Pop music artists reached a new level when on December 3rd the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid was released featuring some of the biggest Pop stars at the time such as Bono, George Michael, Duran Duran and Boy George among many others

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In 1985 Wham! “Make It Big” twice

In 1985 Wham! were one of the biggest pop bands (or duo) in the world and after a discreet debut with their first album “Fantastic” released in 1982, they went on to release their best selling and worldwide success “Make It Big” that included some of the 1980’s most memorable Pop music

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Starship goes No.1 on the Hot 100 with “We Built This City” in 1985

Born from the ashes of the 1960’s Psychedelic Rock greats Jefferson Airplane and from Jefferson Starship, the band Starship music was opposite worlds away from it’s previous incarnations but despite it, they made some memorable 1980’s songs that everyone knows and still remembers

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Understanding modern horror: revisiting Wes Craven’s masterpiece “A Nightmare On Elm Street”

Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare On Elm Street” remains one of Horror’s most influential and popular movies, and Freddy Krueger, an immortal character that still haunts many of our dreams

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Actor Jeff Goldblum Turns 66 Today

Jeff Goldblum is a film, TV, and stage actor known for his roles in work like ‘The Fly,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Will & Grace’, and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ turns 66 today

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Legendary Tina Turner tells it all to CBS’s Gayle King

Queen of Rock Tina Turner agreed to give an interview to CBS which aired recently. After years of speculation, the star finally tells it all on her and explains the motives that took her to withdraw from the public eye

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The short life of Punk Icon Darby Crash

Darby Crash still may not be as famous as Sid Vicious, but both Punk Rockers were connected by a dysfunctional and controversial life that was cut too short. We remember the Los Angeles Punk Rock icon and look back at his life and career

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