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The spectacular Live Aid took place on this day in 1985

Held on July 13, 1985 at simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England and at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, U.S. Live Aid 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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The singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega celebrates 65 today

With a career spanning over four decades, Vega continues to be a vital and relevant voice in the music industry, and her memorable song “Luka,” about child abuse told from the perspective of a young boy, that received widespread acclaim and charted internationally, continues as relevant today as it was when first released in 1987

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Soft Cell singer Marc Almond turns 67

Marc Almond might still be best remembered for Soft Cell’s smash hit “Tainted Love” in 1981, but the singer has had a fulfilling and creative solo career since 1984, releasing until now 26 albums. He turns 67 today

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Beck celebrates 54 today

Beck’s breakout moment came with the release of the single “Loser” in 1993 that became an unexpected hit and quickly propelled him into the spotlight gaining attention for his innovative and lo-fi recordings, which combined elements of folk, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music

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Remembering the Depeche Mode co-founder and keyboardist Andy Fletcher

As a co-founder and member of one of the world’s most popular and influential bands, Depeche Mode, Andy Fletcher’s career was filled with countless hit songs including “Just Can’t Enough”, “Strangelove”, “Enjoy The Silence”, “Personal Jesus”, “Dream On”, “Master and Servant” and “Everything Counts”. Fletcher was born on this day 63 years ago.

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Singer Joan Osborne turns 62 today

Joan Osborne is best remembered by her 1995 hit “One Of Us”, despite not been able to duplicate the success she had with that song, she continues to release new music and keeps active on the music business

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Huey Lewis celebrates 74 today

The band Huey Lewis and the News are known for their infectious blend of rock, pop, and rhythm and blues and scored several hits during the 1980’s including “I Want a New Drug,” “The Power of Love” and “Stuck With You”

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Chris Isaak turns 68 today

Musician, singer and actor, Chris Isaak, gained worldwide projection also due to his hit songs such as “Wicked Game” and his extensive collaboration with David Lynch throughout the years. He turns 68 today

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George Michael 61st Anniversary Special

The Pop icon and legend George Michael would had turned 61 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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Pop icon Cyndi Lauper turns 71 today

Singer, actress and LGBT activist, Cyndi Lauper is one of the 1980’s absolute Pop icons, with her colorful and eccentric looks, she gained worldwide fame with songs such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. Time flies when girls are having fun, today she turns 71

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies turns 80

With The Kinks, Ray Davies sung and played on some of the most memorable songs of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The band, “outsiders” on the British Invasion music scene, influenced important music movements such as Punk Rock and Britpop and remain relevant ever since their hit “You Really Got Me” played for the first time. Ray Davies turns 80 today

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Lionel Richie turns 75

Lionel Richie popularity remains untouchable since he first became famous as the lead singer for the Commodores back in the 1970’s. He co-wrote “We Are The World” and some of the most memorable Pop anthems of the 1980’s, today he turns 75

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Paula Abdul celebrates 62 today

In the mid-1980s, Abdul choreographed music videos for prominent artists such as George Michael and Janet Jackson and transitioned sucessfully into a singing career in 1988 with her debut album, “Forever Your Girl” that included several global hits such as “Straight Up”

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The Paul McCartney Top 25 Beatles Songs

Paul McCartney’s songwriting partnership with John Lennon while in The Beatles during the 1960’s, it’s the most famous in Pop and Rock music history. Celebrate Paul McCartney’s 82nd birthday, with the Top 25 Beatles songs featuring him on lead vocals

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The Paul McCartney Top 15 Songs

Paul McCartney is one of the very few people on the planet that barely needs any introduction. The former Beatle turns 82 today and we celebrate it with his Top 15 best non-Beatles related songs

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Thinking of Françoise Hardy

If France Gall was the ultimate wind-up doll, Sylvie Vartan the fun-loving girl about town and Sheila the good-natured girl next door, then Françoise was the older, wiser sister, happy to let her (long, straight) hair down when the time was right but otherwise content to watch the world, standing (in the latest fashionable attire) slightly apart, off to one side, looking on as the parade passed by

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Singer-songwriter Nilsson was born on this day in 1941

With the 1969 “Midnight Cowboy” movie theme “Everybody’s Talking” Nilsson scored his first big hit. During the 1970’s, he became one of the most popular singer-songwriters while at the same indulging in excess together with John Lennon. Nilsson was born 83 years ago

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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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Françoise Hardy 1944-2024

The French singer, songwriter, and actress Françoise Hardy has passed at age 80. Her career took off in the early 1960s with her debut single, “Tous les garçons et les filles” which became an instant hit, selling over a million copies estabilishing Hardy as a prominent figure in the yé-yé movement and a 1960’s icon

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Bonnie Tyler turns 73 today

Bonnie Tyler’s signature song remains the 1983 “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”, but the husky voice singer scored several other hit songs throughout the decades. Today she turns 73

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Tom Jones turns 84 today

Tom Jones career has now spanned six decades, and he has literally done everything in the music business, from hit singer to Variety shows to Las Vegas appearances and even as a coach in The Voice on recent years. Today the “Delilah” singer turns 84

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Pop music icon Kylie Minogue turns 56

The singer and actress Kylie Minogue started her career while still a teenager during the 1980’s, scoring No.1 hits with the penned Stock Aitken Waterman’s “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Got To Be Certain”. Today she turns 56

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Lenny Kravitz turns 60 today

The successful Kravitz’s blend of retro and contemporary sounds have produced major hits including “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over”

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Lauryn Hill celebrates 49 today

In the 1990’s together with Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel she formed the hip-hop group the Fugees that scored worldwide hits including an unique version of the song “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

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Remembering Peggy Lee on her birthday

Lee’s versatility extended beyond singing and she made significant contributions to the film industry, most notably by providing the voice for several characters and co-writing songs for Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

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Guess the Lyrics: Cher

The iconic Cher turns 78. Since the 1960’s that she has recorded some of Pop music’s most memorable songs, alongside with her acting skills. How well do you know the Pop Diva lyrics? Do the quiz and find out!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Celebrated New Orleans-based singer songwriter Lynn Drury is releasing her 10th album of original songs, High Tidevia NolaAmerica on CD, digital download and streaming.

High Tide showcases Drury’s songwriting talents and is further proof that she is in prime form and far from ready to be put out to pasture. Captivating, edgy and sweet, her distinct voice and melodies get in your head and under your skin – sultry, hot and funky, they stick to you and with you like a long night out on the town. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in her catchy tunes.

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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 praise of Michel Polnareff

A superstar in his native land for nearly sixty years, a colossal star in Japan, but despite living for many years in the United States, Michel Polnareff is disappointingly little-known in the English-speaking world.

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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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Terence Trent D’Arby turns 62 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 62

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Quincy Jones turns 91 today

Quincy Jones is mostly known famous for producing Michael Jackson’s best selling albums including “Thriller”, but there’s much more to his six decades career than his contributions to Pop music

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Bobby McFerrin turns 74 today

Bobby McFerrin was born March 11, 1950, in New York, NY. He is best known for his song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” which reached No.1 in the U.S Hot 100 on September 24th, 1988

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Eddy Grant turns 76 today

The Guyanese-British vocalist and musician Eddy Grant delivered smash hits throughout his career including “Baby Come Back” (with the Equals) and “Electric Avenue”

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Original Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor turns 63 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 63

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Remembering the artist and politician Sonny Bono on his birthday

Sonny Bono helped to launch Cher’s career with their successful duo Sonny & Cher back in the 1960’s, with a string of hits such as “I Got You Babe” or “The Beat Goes On”. But he also wrote many songs for other artists and had an active acting career and later in his life, also as a politician. Look back at Sonny Bono’s life

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Roxette’s Per Gessle turns 65 today

Roxette had an impressive string of hit songs during the late 80’s and early 90’s, the Swedish duo consisting on Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, ruled the airwaves around the globe during that period, today, Per turns 65

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David Bowie releases “Sound And Vision” in 1977

On February 11, 1977, one of David Bowie’s most revolutionary and famous songs, “Sound And Vision” was the first single to be released from the album “Low”, the Experimental Electronic-Rock adventure of the Berlin period. The back vocals on the song were done by a very special singer

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Rick Astley turns 60 today

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

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Shakira turns 47 today

Shakira has one of the most impressive music careers of the last 20 years, the hot Colombian singer became worldwide famous during the early 2000’s with the song “Whenever, Wherever” and ever since she’s unbeatable. We look back at her career and some interesting facts about Shakira, on the day she turns 47

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Phil Collins turns 73 today

Phil Collins first came to prominence during the 1970’s as the drummer, and later the lead singer, for Prog-Rock band Genesis, achieving a notorious and successful solo career in the 1980’s with a string of hit songs

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Remembering Robert Palmer

During the 1980’s Robert Palmer embraced the new MTV trend and went on to make some of the 1980’s most iconic music videos which earned him a new exposure to a younger audience including the famous one for the song “Addicted To Love”

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