August 1, 2021

Ephemeris of popular music, April 27

1942.
Born Jim Keltner, in Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States). Drums, session musician. He has worked with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jerry García, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger …

1947.
Born Peter Ham, in Swansea (United Kingdom). Guitarist for the Beatles-sponsored pop band Badfinger. He died in 1975.

1947.
Born Ann Peebles, in St. Louis (United States). Soul singer attached to the sound of Memphis, where she recorded her best works in the seventies, including the sublime “Straight from the heart”, from 1972.

1951.
Born Ace Frehley (real name Paul Daniel Frehley), in the Bronx, New York (United States). Guitarist of Kiss until 1983.

1959.
Born Sheena Easton (real name Sheena Shirley Orr), in Bellshill (UK). Pop singer who decided to domesticate himself and fall into the most banal networks, but his debut, with the title of the same name and published in 1981, we recommend it with unprejudiced and post-New Wave enthusiasm.

1976.
Born Isobel Campbell, in Glasgow (United Kingdom). Composer and indie pop performer. He was a member of Belle & Sebastian. He made his solo debut with “Amorino” (2003). He has also recorded with Mark Lanegan.

2009.
Country singer-songwriter dies Vern Gosdin, aged 74, due to a heart attack, in Nashville.

2009.
The discs of Morrissey “Southpaw Grammar” (1995) and “Maladjusted” (1997), with new covers, new order of songs, Morrissey notes and unreleased songs.

2015.
go dead Jack Ely, singer of the original lineup of the garage group The Kingsmen, after a long illness, in Oregon. He was 71 years old. Ely and her childhood friend Lynn Easton formed The Kingsmen in 1959, in Portland. The band released a version of Richard Berry’s ‘Louie Louie’ in 1963, which was a worldwide hit and became a garage rock classic. A legal dispute with Lynn Easton over ownership of the group’s name led Ely to found another band, The Courtmen. In recent years he lived on a farm in central Oregon raising horses, after having had serious drug problems. He also embarked on defending the rights of interpreters. In his case, not being the author of ‘Louie Louie’, he never received money from the radio stations that programmed the song.

2015.
Martin Gore, member of Depeche Mode publishes his second solo album, “MG”. It contains 16 instrumental cuts of electronic music and is released under the pseudonym MG, which Gore already used in the VCMG project, along with Vince Clarke, from Erasure.

2018.
Willie Nelson publishes the album “Last Man Standing”, two days before his 85th birthday.

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