39 years ago today, David Bowie released a single which – despite being a fantastic track – seemed designed not to charm listeners but to sonically assault them.
Taken from the 1977 album HEROES, “Beauty and the Beast” was composed by Bowie, who also co-produced the track with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. Robert Fripp of King Crimson serves as the song’s lead guitarist, and he’s joined by Brian Eno on synthesizer, along with Bowie’s regular rhythm section: George Murray (bass), Dennis Davis (drums), and Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar).
28 years ago today, Phil Collins landed atop the Billboard 200 with his fourth solo album.
33 years ago today, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt – the duo known collectively as Everything But the Girl – made their live debut.
38 years ago today, the music world lost one of the coolest cats ever to hold a double bass.
81 years ago today – yeah, let that sink in for a second – Billboard Magazine published its first ever pop music chart.
Birthday boy Bernard Sumner has fronted a few different bands in his time, most notably Joy Division and New Order, but also Electronic and Bad Lieutenant. Beyond those outfits, though, Sumner’s distinctive voice has also been heard in several other songs over the years, and we’ve pulled together a six-pack of tracks that spotlights some of the higher-profile gigs he’s taken on.
You know today’s birthday boy from his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, and his solo efforts, but what you may not know are how many high-profile individuals Stephen Stills has performed with as a sideman. Fortunately, we can fix that for you, so read on and prepared to get educated.
You know today’s birthday boy best for his work as the bassist for Led Zeppelin, but John Paul Jones had been around the block more than a few times before he joined forces with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham, and after the band dissolved in the wake of Bonham’s death, Jones didn’t just rest on his laurels, he kept making music. To celebrate his birthday, we’ve compiled a six pack of tracks which Jones had a hand in, whether it was through playing or simply arranging.