GregLake

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Dies at 69

The death has been confirmed of Greg Lake, the widely-travelled British rock musician and former member of prog giants Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson. He was 69, and had been suffering from cancer.

Greg’s manager Stewart Young has written on Facebook: “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart for ever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”

Many of Lake’s friends and colleagues have taken to Twitter to share their sympathy at the news of his passing, which comes only nine months after Emerson’s death. Rick Wakeman wrote: “Another sad loss with the passing of Greg Lake…you left some great music with us my friend & so like Keith, you will live on.”

His former King Crimson bandmate John Wetton wrote: “And now, I’m so sad to hear of the passing of a musical giant in my genre. Yesterday, my dear friend Greg Lake died from cancer. RIP.” Steve Hackett added: “Music bows its head to acknowledge the passing of a great musician and singer, Greg Lake.”

Greg Lake was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1947 and befriended Robert Fripp at school and in 1969 he became a founder member of King Crimson, playing bass on their classic debut album, In The Court of the Crimson King, and he also had an involvement in writing lyrics for the album as well as producing it after their original producer walked out.

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Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger Welcomes Eighth Child

This gives new meaning to “Papa was a Rolling Stone.” At 73, Mick Jagger is a father for the eighth time with his 29-year-old American ballerina girlfriend, his publicist has confirmed. Melanie Hamrick gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday.

Jagger and Hamrick announced the pregnancy in July. The pair have been dating since 2014.

“Mick was at the hospital for the arrival,” says Jagger’s publicist via a statement. “Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”

December has been an eventful month for Mick Jagger: aside from expanding his family, Mick and the Rolling Stones released Blue & Lonesome, their first studio album in over a decade.

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John-Lennon

75 Facts You Didn’t Know About John Lennon

Responsible for 25 number-one Billboard US Hot 100 chart singles, having been named Rolling Stone‘s 5th greatest singer of all-time and ranked 8th in the BBC‘s 100 Greatest Britons poll, John Lennon was more than just a singer. The legend was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, not once, but twice; firstly, in 1988, as a member of the Beatles, and, secondly, as a solo artist, in 1994.

The Beatles would’ve not become the most commercially successful band in pop music history had it not been for co-founders John Lennon and Paul McCartney; the two were largely appraised for their songwriting partnership and took pride in writing many of the Beatles various hits. Though extremely hard to believe, it is a reality: there was a time when rock n’ roll did not exist, and though it may be wrong to credit the Beatles for the birth of the popular genre as they often incorporated pop and psychedelia elements into hard rock, they definitely merit large amounts of credit, particularly Lennon and McCartney.

Today marks 36 years since the death of John Lennon. In memory of the legend and icon, we present you 75 fun-facts you likely didn’t know about the Beatles co-founder:

1. Lennon frequently stated he’d rather be a member of Monty Python than the Beatles.

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2. While on tour, he enjoyed playing Monopoly.

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BestOf2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Of 2016

2016 was such a whirlwind year for new releases.

From the return of The Rolling Stones to blues covers on a new studio album to what might be the final record from The Tragically Hip, there was plenty of fresh music to keep our stereo speakers happy.

Heading into the holiday season, we’re highlighting ten must-have titles released in 2016:

The Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome 12″ Vinyl

The Tragically Hip: Man Machine Poem

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Tom Waits

10 Fun Facts About Tom Waits

Today marks Tom Waits‘ 67th birthday!

The legendary singer has won both an Oscar and Grammys throughout his career. His constantly evolving style has confused record label executives, but he has never disappointed fans with a steady outpouring of fantastic music.

Here are 10 fun facts to celebrate Tom’s legacy. Enjoy your day, Tom!

1. His favourite sound is bacon in a frying pan.

2. His favourite contemporary artist? Missy Elliott!

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