Friday, 21 May 2010

Tony Sheridan

Tony Sheridan was born on May 21st 1940 in Norwich (Norfolk), England. This English guitarist and composer is best known for his collaborations with the Beatles.

Tony's real name is Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity and he made his first successes when he toured with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent in early 1960. By luck or fate he was not on the tour bus on April 17, 1960 when Cochrane was killed and Vincent badly injured.

Between 1960 & 1963 he frequently appeared in the Kaiserkeller and Indra Club in Hamburg, and it is there that he met the Beatles (John, Paul, George, Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe). Together they also recorded an LP (Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers) and it was the single "My Bonnie" that first attracted the attention of Brian Epstein to the Beatles.

Monday, 17 May 2010

1980 NME Awards

It was 30 years ago today (at the end of 1980) that New Musical Express published its annual music awards


Best Group: The Jam
Best New Act: UB40
Best Male Singer: Paul Weller
Best Guitarist: Paul Weller
Best Drummer: Rick Buckler
Best Songwriter: Paul Weller
Best Bassist: Bruce Foxton
Best Keyboardist: Dave Greenfield
Best Other Instrumentalist: Saxa
Best Single: The Jam - 'Going Underground'
Best Album: The Jam - 'Sound Affects'
Best Dressed Sleeve: The Jam - 'Sound Affects'
Best Disc Jockey: John Peel
Best Dressed Person: Adam Ant
Haircut Of The Year: Eugene Reynolds
Most Wonderful Human Being: Paul Weller
Creep Of The Year: Margaret Thatcher
Event Of The Year: Death Of John Lennon
TV Programme: 'Not The Nine O'Clock News'
Movie Of The Year: 'The Elephant Man'