On This Day In Music: Chris Cornell Was Born

On July 20, 1964 Chris Cornell, vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave, was born. Sadly, he died on May 18, 2017 aged 52.

He was among the most important figures in modern American rock, helping to forge the grunge movement in Seattle with Soundgarden and also performing with Temple of the Dog, his tribute to Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood. As a solo artist he released four albums, most recently ‘Higher Truth’ in 2015, and later in his career fronted Audioslave alongside members of Rage Against The Machine.

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On This Day In Music: Beastie Boys Get Nasty At #1

On July 18, 1998 the Beastie Boys scored a UK #1 album when ‘Hello Nasty’, their fifth studio LP, which was led by the single Intergalactic, reached the top of the chart.

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On This Day In Music: Farewell To A Rock Giant

On July 16, 2012, Jon Lord died aged 71. As a founding member of Deep Purple, he helped shape heavy music in the UK and beyond, his organ playing coming to define many of the band’s classic songs. Later, he would embellish the hard rock of Whitesnake during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and delve into classical music, while his session work included the Kinks’ classic You Really Got Me. Lord was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and died the following year. In April 2014, his former Deep Purple bandmates were joined by the likes of Paul Weller and Bruce Dickinson at London’s Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his work.

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On This Day In Music: Joy Division’s Ian Curtis Was Born

On July 15, 1956 Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was born. He committed suicide on May 18, 1980 aged 23. Today would have been his 62nd birthday.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday To Bastille’s Dan Smith!

On July 14, 1986 Bastille founder and frontman, Dan Smith, was born. Happy birthday Dan!

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On This Day In Music: Bryan Adams Hits #1 With (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

On July 13, 1991 Bryan Adams hit #1 on the UK singles chart with (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, which featured on the soundtrack for one of our editor’s favourite Kevin Costner films, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It stayed at the top of the chart for a whopping 16 weeks!

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Wilko Johnson!

On July 12, 1947 Wilko Johnson, solo artist and former member of Dr Feelgood, was born. Happy birthday Wilko!

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On This Day In Music: David Bowie Releases Space Oddity

On July 11, 1969, David Bowie released Space Oddity, a matter of days before Apollo 11 set off for the moon. With Rick Wakeman of Yes contributing Mellotron, the iconic song, which detailed the mission of Major Tom, was recorded at London’s Trident Studios and included on Bowie’s second album. The single reached #1 after being re-released in 1975, while astronaut Chris Hadfield paid tribute to Bowie with a rendition during his stay on the International Space Station in 2013.

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