Jimi Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, Guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Jimi Hendrix delighted audiences in the 1960s with his outrageous electric guitar playing skills and his experimental sound. His final album as part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968), was released and featured the hit “All Along the Watchtower,” which was written by Bob Dylan. Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, from drug-related complications. While this talented recording artist was only 27 years old.
Jon Bon Jovi was born on March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He is frontman of rock band Bon Jovi. Together with his band he had released two solo albums and twelve studio albums and sold over 130 million albums worldwide. He was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. Popular songs: “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Runaway” and “Bad Medicine”. Favorite book: “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”.
John Lennon (John Winston Lennon) born on 9 October 1940. He was member of the rock band the Beatles, which is one of the most successful bands of all time. He left group in 1970 and started a solo career. Popular songs (apart songs released with Beatles): “Imagine”, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, “Mother” and “Jealous Guy”. John Lennon died on 8 December 1980.
Frank Sinatra (Francis Albert Sinatra) was born on December 12, 1915. He was a singer, actor, director, and producer. Frank Sinatra was very successfull as a solo artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time. He also was a good actor and even won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (movie “From Here to Eternity”). Popular songs: “Summer Wind”, “Night and Day”, “My Way” and “Strangers in the Night”. Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998.
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935, on the outskirts of Modena in north-central Italy, made his operatic debut at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961. Pavarotti became even better known throughout the world in 1990 when his rendition of the aria “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot was taken as the theme song of BBC’s TV coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Pavrotti performed “Nessun Dorma” during his last major performance, at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, in February 2006. Pavarotti’s participation in the Three Tenors with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras was hugely successful. Pavarotti died in Modena on September 6, 2007, at the age of 71.
Bob Marley (Robert Nesta Marley) was born on 6 February 1945. He was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist and one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Bob Marley started with the group the Wailers. He begin his solo career. Bob Marley is known as pioneer of reggae music. Popular songs: “No Woman, No Cry”, “Redemption Song”, “Buffalo Soldier” and “Is This Love”. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981.
Elton John (Sir Elton Hercules John) was born on 25 March 1947. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and record producer. He sold more than 300 million records and is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. His single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”/”Candle in the Wind 1997” is the best-selling single of all time. Popular songs: “Crocodile Rock”, “Rocket Man”, “Please” and “I’m Still Standing”.
Mick Jagger (Sir Michael Philip Jagger) was born on July 26 1943, better known as Mick Jagger, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and one time actor, best known as the lead singer and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger’s career has spanned over 50 years, and he has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”. Jagger has 7 children with four women. Jagger is an avid supporter of the England national football team and has regularly attended FIFA World Cup games, appearing at France 98, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.
Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) was born on 2 October 1951. He is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Sting was lead singer, and bassist for rock band The Police and 1983 started solo career. He received 16 Grammy Awards. Sting was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Popular songs: “Desert Rose”, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”, “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and “Fortress Around Your Hear”.
Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherley) was born on 17 April 1940. He was a very popular singer from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. Popular songs: “Jealousy”, “Once Upon a Dream”, “It’s Only Make Believe” and “Halfway To Paradise”. Billy Fury died on 28 January 1983. On 10 April 1983 a tribute concert was performed for Billy Fury in Hayes, Middlesex.
Engelbert Humperdinck (Arnold George Dorsey) was born in Madras, India, on May 2, 1936, singer Engelbert Humperdinck scored several hits during the 1960s. In 1967, Humperdinck hit it big with the single “Release Me.” The song thrust Humperdinck into the spotlight and put a permanent end to any fears about failing to make it in show business. At one point, the single sold 80,000 copies a day. “Release Me” also became a Top 10 song in the United States. In 1996, Humperdinck showed that he had a sense of humor about both himself and his easy-listening style by recording a track for the animated film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8th, 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Presley was successfully in three popular music genres: country and western, rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm and blues. Presley became the first-ever inductee into 3 music halls of fame when it was announced that he would be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on November 27, 2001, in Nashville, Tennessee. He won 3 Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42. Forbes named Presley as the 2nd top earning dead celebrity with $55 million as of 2011.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, to an African-American working-class family. Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. Jackson became the first music artist in history to have a top 10 single in the Billboard Hot 100 in 5 different decades when “Love Never Felt So Good” reached number 9 on May 21, 2014. Jackson travelled the world attending events honouring his humanitarianism and in 2000, the Guinness World Records accepted him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer. “Scream” (the most expensive music video ever made, costing $7 million to produce) got Michael and Janet a Grammy Award for Best Music Video. He won 13 Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, including a Grammy Legend Award. Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest.
Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) was born on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He is British singer-songwriter and producer, best known as the main vocalist of the rock band Queen. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004, and the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. Including future bandmates, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May, they met up with bassist John Deacon in 1971, and the quartet—who Mercury dubbed Queen—played their first gig together that June. Mercury wrote the song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a seven-minute rock operetta. Mercury died of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia on November 24, 1991, at age 45.