A happy 81st birthday to Tina Turner. Yes, the singer with the greatest legs in showbusiness (compliment courtesy of Prince Charles) was born on this day in 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee.
On this day in 1996, a statue of Freddie Mercury, designed by Irena Sedlecka, was erected in Montreux, Switzerland. Standing almost 10 feet high, it was unveiled by Mercury's father and opera singer Montserrat Caballé, with Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance. pic.twitter.com/UEv1k4S3gD
On this day in 1984, the biggest stars of the 80s descended on Sarm West Studios in London’s Notting Hill to record Do They Know It's Christmas?. The song would be released on 3 December and become the fastest selling single in UK chart history.
A very happy 65th birthday to the eternally youthful @clem_burke. He’s been the sticksman in Blondie since their formation in 1975, and also drummed for the Ramones for a brief time in 1987, performing under the memorable moniker of "Elvis Ramone".
Eurythmacs, Björn Again, Queen Rocks, Duran, True Order, The Clone Roses… It’s easy to mock some tribute acts, but the good ones offer up a great live experience for a fraction of the ticket price. What’s been the best tribute act you’ve seen live? youtu.be/49fN7_0dAjM
On this day in 1991, Freddie Mercury issued a statement confirming he had AIDS and called for help in fighting the disease. "I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me," he wrote. Mercury would die the next day. pic.twitter.com/DWeyVc6BYI
On this day 57 years ago, the first episode of Doctor Who was screened. Delia Derbyshire’s innovative arrangement of Ron Grainer’s theme would prove massively influential on a generation of electropop musicians.
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