Archive for the ‘70’s Singers’ Category

Deborah Allen

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Birth name Deborah Lynn Thurmond
Born September 30, 1953 (age 62)
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, US
Genres Country, country-soul, Pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, producer, publisher, author, actress
Instruments Vocals
Acoustic Guitar
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Daniel Boone (Singer)

Daniel Boone (also known as Peter Lee Stirling, born Peter Charles Green, 31 July 1942, Birmingham, England) is an English pop musician who became a one-hit wonder in the US with the single “Beautiful Sunday” in 1972. The song was written by Boone and Rod McQueen and sold over two million copies worldwide. It peaked at number 15 on The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 1972, having already reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart earlier that same year. In 1972, Boone was the recipient of the “Most Likeable Singer” award from Rolling Stone magazine.

Peter Green (later to become Peter Lee Stirling) started his career as the guitarist and vocalist with a band called the Beachcombers that played gigs in the Birmingham area during the period from 1958 to 1962. Their fortunes changed when they encountered Tommy Bruce, who had a number 3 hit in 1960 with “Ain’t Misbehavin”. This, and some subsequent releases, had been attributed to ‘Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers’, despite the fact that the instrumental backings were provided by session musicians at EMI. Bruce’s account of the meeting was as follows:

“I met them up in Birmingham. They were working at the Plaza club. I was gigging there. They were great. Vocal, backing, the lot. Especially Pete (Peter Green) on lead guitar. He was magnificent. I said ‘how would you like to become The Bruisers?’ They jumped in and loved it. Peter “Mac” McGinty was on bass (born Peter Julian McGinty, 16 August 1941, Birmingham, Warwickshire), Donald McGinty was on drums (born 23 June 1946, Birmingham, Warwickshire), Bobby Coral, (born John Ship, 1 September 1940, Birmingham, Warwickshire), was on backing vocals with Pete Green”.

The Bruisers started their recording career at EMI with Bruce and his manager Barry Mason, who later became a famous songwriter. Peter Green released a solo recording of a song called “My Heart Commands Me” under the name ‘Lee Stirling’ in March 1963. Mason and (the now renamed) Stirling then collaborated on what was for both of them their first songwriting effort. Mason recalls this as follows:

“The first person I wrote with was Peter Lee Stirling, who later became Daniel Boone and was originally Peter Green. He was with a group called The Beachcombers, who became The Bruisers, who backed Tommy Bruce! And my first chart thing ever was a thing called “Blue Girl” for The Bruisers, which I wrote with Peter”.

“Blue Girl” was released on 11 July 1963, and entered the UK charts on 8 August, eventually reaching number 31. On the strength of this hit, the band appeared on the Thank Your Lucky Stars television show on 26 October, performing the follow up “I Could If I Wanted To”. This was probably the only TV appearance of the Bruisers as a group, although Peter Lee Stirling appeared solo on later editions of the programme, and also on Ready Steady Go!. “I Could if I Wanted To” and the subsequent releases, “Your Turn To Cry” and “I Believe”, were unsuccessful. The first use of the full name ‘Peter Lee Stirling’ was in 1964 on “Sad, Lonely and Blue”, but none of the eight records issued between 1964 and 1970 under this name entered the UK chart. However, Stirling went on to write or co-write “I Think of You” and “Don’t Turn Around”, both of which were hits for The Merseybeats, and co-wrote “I Belong” for Kathy Kirby, which came second in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965.

The Bruisers broke up in 1967 and Stirling became the co-owner, with Bernard Mattimore, of a recording studio in London’s Whitechapel Road, which specialised in covering contemporary chart material. He subsequently joined the studio band ‘Hungry Wolf’ for one album, and when they became ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ he worked with them for a further two albums. He also wrote musical scores for the films Groupie Girl and Goodbye Gemini.

In 1971, Peter Green joined Larry Page’s Penny Farthing record label (Penny Farthing Records) as a singer/songwriter and changed his stage name from Peter Lee Stirling to Daniel Boone, after the American folk-hero. His first release for the label was a ballad called “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”, written by Geoff Stephens and Peter Callander and it rewarded him with his first, and only, top-twenty hit in the UK, peaking at number 17. Boone then collaborated with Rod McQueen, another songwriter working for Penny Farthing, to produce the follow up. The result was “Mamma”, which failed to make any impact on the charts.

What happened next is explained by Terry Noon who, at that time, was the managing director of the Penny Farthing Publishing Company:

“The two writers, Daniel Boone and Rod McQueen, had been signed to us for some time, and one morning they came into my office saying, “We’ve written this great song”. And I said, “Sure, fine sit down and have a cup of tea”. And they said, “No, really, we’ve got to play you this song”. So I buzzed Larry Page and he said, “I’m coming up”. Now we used to have a little room with a piano in it, and it really was little. The four of us went into this room and it was crowded. And Daniel Boone sat down at the piano and started thumping out this tune and they both sang, although some of the lyrics weren’t finished, and Larry was just standing there and when it was finished he said, “That’s a hit, I’m going to record that next week”. And he turned to me, and I said, “Yeah, I think it’s a smash”. And I really did. It was the excitement of the whole thing. We were in a tiny confined space; Daniel was really banging away at the piano. They were singing out really loud. You could tell it, you could feel it, the little hairs on the back of your neck were standing out. And there was the speed of the whole thing. We’d heard it one week and it was recorded the following week. Then Larry decided to rush it out”.

The record was “Beautiful Sunday”. It was released in March 1972 and rose to number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. It fared rather better in the US peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also made the charts in Australia and New Zealand (gold record), Argentina, Belgium, France, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Germany. Boone became particularly popular in Germany, and released versions of “Beautiful Sunday” and the follow up, “Annabelle”, in German. “Beautiful Sunday” held the number one position in Germany from May to late June 1972.

“Beautiful Sunday” remains the biggest selling single by an international artist on the Japanese Oricon chart (coming in 19th on the all-time singles sales list with almost two million copies sold).The song was recorded in Brazilian Portuguese by the Brazilian singer Angelo Maximo,under the title: Domingo Feliz (Happy Sunday) and also was recorded by the Brazilian pop band Renato e seus Blue Caps, Angelo Maximo became a smash hit, but Renato E seus Blue Caps did not chart, also Daniel Boone never was released in Brazil. The song was translated into Russian and covered by the Russian pop group Чиж и Ко, becoming a hit on the Russian Music Charts in 1996.

It has also become a popular song among fans of Scottish football club Dundee United. Boone is known to be a lifelong Dundee United fan, and has tried to invest in the club on several occasions. Boone and McQueen also wrote “Blue Is The Colour”, the football anthem for Chelsea.

Boone has continued his career as a composer and, in 1992, he collaborated with Larry Page to provide The Troggs with two songs for their Athens Andover album (“Tuned into Love” and “Hot Stuff”).

In 2016 Boone was arrested at his home for illegally subletting a council property, using false identities for more than 20 years, as part of filming for the BBC tv series “Council House Crackdown.” Boone was evicted and the property returned to public use shortly after.

Annie Lennox

Birth name Ann Lennox
Born 25 December 1954 (age 61)
Origin Aberdeen, Scotland
Genres
Pop pop rock rock soul blue-eyed soul new wave R&B synthpop electronica adult contemporary jazz
Occupations
Singer songwriter activist humanitarian ambassador
Instruments
Vocals piano

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La Toya Jackson

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Jackson on December 7, 2011
Born La Toya Yvonne Jackson
May 29, 1956 (age 60)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Other names Toy
Occupation
Singer songwriter actress activist model author celebrity businesswoman television personality
Years active 1972–present
Children
Oché Jackson
Website Official Site
Musical career
Genres
Pop R&B dance
Labels Polydor, Epic, CBS / Columbia, RCA, Pump / Dino / WMG, Bungalo / Universal Records
Associated acts
The Jackson 5 Michael Jackson Janet Jackson Rebbie Jackson USA for Africa Andy Madadian
La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956) is an American singer, songwriter, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. She maintained a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs “Just Wanna Dance” and “Free the World”. An EP called Starting Over was released on June 21, 2011.

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Yoyoy Villame

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Catholic Man

Birth name Roman Tesorio Villame
Born November 18, 1932
Calape, Bohol, Philippine Islands
Died May 18, 2007 (aged 74)
Las Piñas, Metro Manila,Philippines
Genres Novelty music
Occupations Singer-songwriter, comedian, actor, politician
Instruments Vocals, Bandurria
Years active 1972–2004
Associated acts Max Surban
Roman Tesorio Villame (November 18, 1932 – May 18, 2007), better known as Yoyoy Villame, was a Filipino singer, composer, lyricist and comedian. Villame was a native of Calape, Bohol and was the father of singer Hannah Villame. He died of cardiac arrest at the Las Piñas Medical Center in Manila on May 18, 2007.

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The Beatles 2002/2004

I’m disappointed with Paul McCartney, because he wrote a song about John Lennon when he died, but nothing for George Harrison.

I know Ringo Starr doesn’t have the the talent of writing songs like the others, but he could have done something, so I’m disappointed in him as well.

The Beatles are dead Rest In Peace !!!

The Beatles 2000/2002

George Harrison is dead (Thursday, November 29, 2001) and now if Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr ever get together, then they can’t be called The Beatles.

Their was hope the three remaining Beatles can continue, since all three The Anthology double CD’s all went to number one, it might continue with recordings of John Lennon.

I’m sorry, I still wish that The Beatles would continue, and I felt shellfish, for keeping them together in my mind.

They have their own lives and I know that, and their families must grief for their lost, but I still miss them, and I still have their recordings and I lived through it and now I must move on to The Rolling Stones, for their nothing more to text about.
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Randy Travis

Birth name Randy Bruce Traywick
Born May 4, 1959 (age 57)
Marshville, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres
Country gospel
Occupations
Singer-songwriter musician actor
Instruments
Vocals guitar
Years active 1978–2013
Labels
Warner Bros. Nashville DreamWorks Nashville Word Curb
Website www.randy-travis.com
Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number-one hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. He is known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.

By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records for DreamWorks Records and changed his musical focus to gospel music. Although the career shift produced only one more number-one country hit “Three Wooden Crosses”, Travis went on to earn several Dove Awards, including Country Album of the Year five times. In addition to his singing career, he pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series, including The Rainmaker (1997) with Matt Damon, Black Dog (1998) with Patrick Swayze, Texas Rangers (2001) with James Van Der Beek, and seven episodes of the Touched by an Angel television series.

Travis has sold over 25 million records, and has earned 22 number-one hits, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, six CMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Beatles 1998/2000

Every performer and every musical group has a greatest hits album, many times over, but The Beatles never had one. I know that The Red Album and The Blue Album is supposed to be that, but it really wasn’t. Not until 1 came out was there an official greatest hits CD of The Beatles, I wonder why it took so long to be made, but I’m not complaining because it’s great and I’m happy to have it !!!

The Beatles 1996/1998

I’m so happy that two more double CD’s of The Beatles Anthology came out as well as the video version of The Beatles Anthology. I bought them all, before anyone else that I knew got it.

John Lennon Anthology came out in 1997, but I’m waiting for the other three Anthologies to come out, I wish it was soon !!!

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