Bob Marley (1945 – 1981)
Bob Marley in concert, 1980.
|Birth name||Nesta Robert Marley|
|Also known as||Tuff Gong|
|Born||6 February 1945
Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica
|Died||11 May 1981 (aged 36)
|Genres||Reggae, ska, rocksteady|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, percussion|
|Labels||Beverley’s, Studio One, Wail’n Soul’m, JAD, Upsetter, Tuff Gong, Island|
|Associated acts||Bob Marley and the Wailers|
Nesta Robert Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a profound sense of spirituality.
Rose at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in January 2010
|Birth name||William Bruce Rose, Jr.|
|Also known as||W. Axl Rose, William Bruce Bailey|
|Born||February 6, 1962 (age 51)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar, synthesizers, keyboards, percussion|
|Labels||Geffen, UZI Suicide|
|Associated acts||Guns N’ Roses, Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire|
W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.; raised as William Bruce Bailey; February 6, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal range and energetic live performances, Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Rose moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, where he became active in the local hard rock scene and joined several bands, including Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns. In 1985, he co-founded Guns N’ Roses, with whom he enjoyed great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their first album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide, and is the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. with 18 million units sold. Its full-length follow-ups, the twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991), were also widely successful; they respectively debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on theBillboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide. Following the conclusion of their two-and-a-half-year Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns N’ Roses released “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993), their last studio album release until 2008, and the last with the Use Your Illusion line-up.
After 1994, Rose disappeared from the public eye for several years, while the band disintegrated due to personal and musical differences. As its sole remaining original member, he was able to continue working under the Guns N’ Roses banner because he had legally obtained the band name. In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N’ Roses at Rock in Rio 3, and subsequently played periodic concert tours to promote the long-delayed Chinese Democracy (2008), which undersold the music industry’s commercial expectations upon its release. In 2012, Rose was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses, though he did not attend the event and requested not to be included.
Cole in May 2013
|Birth name||Natalie Maria Cole|
|Born||February 6, 1950 (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, soul, pop, soft rock, jazz,quiet storm, adult contemporary|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, pianist, actress|
DMI / ATCO (2008–2010)
|Associated acts||Nat King Cole, The Independents|
Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Cole rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as a R&B artist with the hits “This Will Be“, “Inseparable” and “Our Love“. After a period of failing sales and performances due to a heavy drug addiction, Cole reemerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album, Everlasting, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “Pink Cadillac“. In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable… with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
Anita Cochran (right)
|Birth name||Anita Renee Cockerham|
|Born||February 6, 1967 (age 46)|
|Origin||South Lyon, Michigan, USA|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, Dobro, banjo,mandolin|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Nashville|
|Associated acts||Steve Wariner, Terri Clark|
Anita Renee Cockerham (born February 6, 1967 in South Lyon, Michigan), known professionally as Anita Cochran, is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. Signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1997, she made her debut on the U.S. country charts that year with the release of her first album Back to You. It produced the hit single “What If I Said“, a duet with country music artist Steve Wariner, which reached Number One in early 1998, producing not only Anita’s first Number One overall, but also Wariner’s first Number One since 1989. Although she never entered the Top 40 on the country charts again, she recorded a second album for Warner Bros. before being dropped in 2004.
Astley performing in Santiago de Chile, in 2009.
|Birth name||Richard Paul Astley|
|Born||6 February 1966 (age 47)
Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England
|Genres||Pop, blue-eyed soul|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums,keyboards|
|Labels||RCA, Polydor, Cruz|
Stock Aitken Waterman
Richard Paul “Rick” Astley (/ˈrɪk ˈæstli/; born 6 February 1966) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. He is known for his 1987 song, “Never Gonna Give You Up“, which was a #1 hit single in 25 countries. Astley holds the record for being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK and by retirement in 1993 had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.
After retiring from the music industry in 1993, Astley made a comeback in 2007 when he became an Internet phenomenon, as his video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” became part of a popular Internet meme known as “rickrolling“. Astley was voted “Best Act Ever” by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.