1949: Rick Wakeman (Yes)
1949: William Wallace (The Guess Who)
1950: Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo)
1954: William Goulden a.k.a. Wreckless Eric
1956: Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil)
1958: Victoria (Toyah) Wilcox
1961: Russell Senior (Pulp)
1967: Martin Duffy (Primal Scream / The Charlatans)
1975: Jack Johnson
1967: Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write “See Emily Play” by the “looning about” of Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.
1980: Death of singer, Ian Curtis of Joy Division [aged 23].
1993: Alan McGee attended a gig by Oasis and signed them to his label, Creation Records.
1999: Death of reggae musician, Horace Swaby a.k.a. Augustus Pablo [aged 44].
2004: Death of jazz drummer, Elvin Jones [aged 76].
2017: Death of singer / songwriter / guitarist, Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog & Audioslave. [aged 52].
Happy Birthday, Rick!!! Yes, Mr. Wakeman celebrates his 70th today. The photo above was taken on 7 October, 2012, when I met him (for the fourth time) after his concert in Auckland. In case you are wondering, Rick’s shirt says “No Job, No Money, No Car… But I’m In A Band!”. For me, nobody comes close to Rick on the keyboards.