Alvin Lee was an English singer and guitarist, best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the blues rock band Ten Years After. He attended the Margaret Glen-Bott School in Wollaton, he began playing guitar at the age of 13. In 1960, Lee along with Leo Lyons formed the core of the band Ten Years After, he was influenced by his parents' collection of jazz and blues records, but it was the advent of rock and roll that sparked his interest. Lee's performance at the Woodstock Festival was captured on film in the documentary of the event, his'lightning-fast' playing helped catapult him to stardom. Soon the band was playing stadiums around the globe; the film brought Lee's music to a worldwide audience, although he lamented that he missed the lost freedom and spiritual dedication with his earlier public. Lee was named "the Fastest guitarist in the West", considered a precursor to shred-style playing that would develop in the 1980s. Ten Years After had success, releasing ten albums together, but by 1973, Lee was feeling limited by the band's style.
Moving to Columbia Records had resulted in a radio hit song, "I'd Love to Change the World", but Lee preferred blues-rock to the pop to which the label steered them. He left the group after their second Columbia LP. With American Christian rock pioneer Mylon LeFevre, along with guests George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and Mick Fleetwood, he recorded and released On the Road to Freedom, an acclaimed album, at the forefront of country rock. In 1973 he sat in on the Jerry Lee Lewis double album The Session... Recorded in London with Great Artists recorded in London featuring many other guest stars including Albert Lee, Peter Frampton and Rory Gallagher. A year in response to a dare, Lee formed Alvin Lee & Company to play a show at the Rainbow in London and released it as a double live album, In Flight. Various members of the band continued on with Lee for his next two albums, Pump Iron! and Let It Rock. In late 1975, he played guitar for a couple of tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock'n' Roll all-star album.
He finished out the 1970s with an outfit called "Ten Years Later", with Tom Compton on drums and Mick Hawksworth on bass, which released two albums, Rocket Fuel and Ride On, toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. The 1980s brought another change in Lee's direction, with two albums that were collaborations with Rare Bird's Steve Gould, a tour with the former John Mayall and Rolling Stones' guitarist Mick Taylor joining his band. Lee's overall musical output includes more than twenty albums, including 1987's Detroit Diesel, 1989's About Time, recorded in Memphis with producer Terry Manning, the back to back 1990s collections of Zoom and Nineteen Ninety-Four. Guest artists on both albums included George Harrison. In Tennessee, recorded with Scotty Moore and D. J. Fontana, was released in 2004. Lee's last album, Still on the Road to Freedom, was released in September 2012. Lee died on 6 March 2013 in Spain, he died from "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure" to correct an atrial arrhythmia.
He was 68. His former bandmates lamented his death. Leo Lyons called him "the closest thing I had to a brother", while Ric Lee said "I don't think it's sunk in yet as to the reality of his passing". Billboard highlighted such landmark performances as "I'm Going Home" from the Woodstock festival and his 1971 hit single "I'd Love to Change the World". Official website Alvin Lee on IMDb ALVIN LEE & TEN YEARS AFTER Paytress, Mark. "Ten Years After". Record Collector: 84–89
Robert Fripp is an English guitarist and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present, he has worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters, Brian Eno, David Sylvian and contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His complete discography lists more than seven hundred releases over five decades, he is ranked 62nd on Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time after having been ranked by David Fricke 42nd on its 2003 list. Tied with Andrés Segovia, he is ranked 47th on Gibson's Top 50 guitarists of all time, his compositions feature unusual time signatures, which have been influenced by classical and folk traditions. His innovations include Frippertronics and new standard tuning. Robert Fripp was born in Wimborne Minster, England, the second child of a working-class background family.
His mother Edith hailed from a Welsh mining family in. On Christmas Day 1957, aged 11, he got a "very cheap" guitar from his parents, saying "almost I knew that this guitar was going to be my life". Fripp took guitar lessons with teachers Kathleen Gartell and Don Strike, which advanced his skills: at 11 years of age, he was playing rock, moving on to traditional jazz at 13 and modern jazz at 15. At this time he was influenced by such jazz players and composers as Charlie Parker and Charlie Mingus. Despite his jazz inclinations, Fripp's first band was a rock band called The Ravens, formed in 1961 when he was 15 and featuring schoolmates Graham Wale, Gordon Haskell, Tino Licinio. In 1962 The Ravens split as Fripp concentrated on his O-level studies and joined his father's firm as a junior negotiator, at this point planning to study estate management and take over his father's business. By 1964, aged 17, Fripp made the decision to become a professional musician. For a while, Fripp played guitar in the Chewton Glen Hotel with a jazz band called The Douglas Ward Trio.
Soon afterwards, he formed a roll band called The League of Gentlemen. In addition to Fripp on guitar, the lineup of the 1964 League of Gentlemen included his former Ravens bandmates Gordon Haskell and Tino Licinio, plus Stan Levy and Reg Matthews. Still keeping his options open, Fripp left The League of Gentlemen in 1965 in order to study for A-levels at Bournemouth College, where he studied economics, economic history and political history, writing a special paper on social conditions of the mid-to-late 19th century, he subsequently spent three further years playing light jazz in the Majestic Dance Orchestra at the Bournemouth Majestic Hotel. At age 21, going back home from college late at night, Fripp tuned on to Radio Luxemburg where he heard the last moments of "A Day in the Life". "Galvanized" by the experience, he went on to listen to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Béla Bartók's string quartets, Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony, Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.
Many years Fripp would recall that "although all the dialects are different, the voice was the same... I knew I couldn't say no". Seeking to develop a more creative musical career, Fripp responded to an advertisement placed by Bournemouth brothers Peter Giles and Michael Giles, in which they hoped to recruit a singing organist. Despite being neither of these things, Fripp auditioned for the brothers: the trio subsequently relocated to London and formed Giles and Fripp. Though unsuccessful as a live act, the band gained some attention following the release of two singles as well as an album. Despite the recruitment of two further members - singer Judy Dyble and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald - Fripp felt that he was outgrowing the eccentric pop approach favoured by Peter Giles and the band broke up in 1968. Fripp, McDonald and Michael Giles formed the first lineup of King Crimson in mid-1968, recruiting Fripp's old Bournemouth College friend Greg Lake as lead singer and bass player, McDonald's writing partner Peter Sinfield as lyricist, light show designer and general creative consultant.
King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was released in late 1969 to great success: drawing on rock and European folk/classical music ideas, it is regarded as one of the most influential albums in the history of progressive rock. The band was tipped for stardom but broke up at the end of its first American tour in 1969. A despondent Fripp offered to leave the group if it would allow King Crimson to survive. During the reco
Southport is a large seaside town in Merseyside, England. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 90,336, making it the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England. Southport is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary; the town is 16.7 miles north of Liverpool and 14.8 miles southwest of Preston. Part of Lancashire, the town was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house at what is now the south end of Lord Street. At that time, the area, known as South Hawes, was sparsely populated and dominated by sand dunes. At the turn of the 19th century, the area became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal; the rapid growth of Southport coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. Town attractions include Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles, Lord Street is an elegant tree-lined shopping street. Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles from Woodvale to the south of the town.
The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a Ramsar site. Local fauna include the Sand lizard; the town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere. A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting; this was one of the conditions required by the Hesketh family when they made land available for development in the 19th century. Hesketh Park at the northern end of the town is named after them, having been built on land donated by Rev. Charles Hesketh. Southport today is still one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK, it hosts various events, including an annual air show on and over the beach, the largest independent flower show in the UK and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast and has hosted the Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. There have been settlements in the area now comprising Southport since the Domesday Book, some parts of the town have names of Viking origin.
The earliest recorded human activity in the region was during the Middle Stone Age, when mesolithic hunter gatherers were attracted by the abundant red deer and elk population, as well as the availability of fish and woodland. Roman coins have been found at Halsall Moss and Crossens, although the Romans never settled southwest Lancashire; the first real evidence of an early settlement here is in the Domesday Book, in which the area is called Otergimele. The name is derived from Oddrgrimir meaning the son of Grimm and is linked to the Old Norse word melr meaning sandbank; the Domesday Book states that there were 50 huts in Otergimele, housing a population of 200. The population was scattered thinly across the region and it was at the northeast end of Otergimele, where blown sand gave way to alluvial deposits from the River Ribble estuary, that a small concentration of people occurred; the alluvium provided the river itself stocks of fish. It was here, it seems, that a primitive church was built, which gave the emerging village its name of Churchtown, the parish being North Meols.
A church called. With a booming fishing industry, the area grew and hamlets became part of the parish of North Meols. From south to north, these villages were South Hawes, Little London, Higher Blowick, Lower Blowick, Rowe-Lane, Marshside and Banks; as well as Churchtown, there were vicarages in Banks. Parts of the parish were completely surrounded by water until 1692 when Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall cut a channel to drain Martin Mere to the sea. From this point on, attempts at large-scale drainage of Martin Mere and other marshland continued until the 19th century, since when the water has been pumped away; this created a booming farming industry. In the late 18th century, it was becoming fashionable for the well-to-do to relinquish inland spa towns and visit the seaside to bathe in the salt sea waters. At that time, doctors recommended bathing in the sea to help cure pains. In 1792, William Sutton, the landlord of the Black Bull Inn in Churchtown and known to locals as "The Old Duke", realised the importance of the newly created canal systems across the UK and set up a bathing house in the uninhabited dunes at South Hawes by the seaside just four miles away from the newly constructed Leeds and Liverpool Canal and two miles southwest of Churchtown.
When a widow from Wigan built a cottage nearby in 1797 for seasonal lodgers, Sutton built a new inn on the site of the bathing house which he called the South Port Hotel, moving to live there the following season. The locals thought him mad and referred to the building as the Duke's Folly, but Sutton arranged transport links from the canal that ran through Scarisbrick, four miles from the hotel, trade was remarkably good; the hotel survived until 1854, when it was demolished to make way for traffic at the end of Lord Street, but its presence and the impact of its founder are marked by a plaque in the vicinity, by the name of one street at the intersection, namely Duke Street, by a hotel on Duke Street which bears the legacy name of Dukes Folly Hotel. Southport grew in the 19th century as it gained a reputation for being a more refined seaside resort than its neighbour-up-the-coast Blackpool. In fact Southport had a head start compared to all the other places on the Lancashire coast because it had easy
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring. Although his first single, "Gypsy"/"Misty Mountain" was released in 1972, Otway shot to fame on the back of punk rock and a gymnastic performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test, his sixth single, the half-spoken love song "Really Free" reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977. It would be his greatest success for some time; the song earned him a five-album deal with Polydor Records, who viewed him as a punk rather than an eccentric. His first album, recorded with Wild Willy Barrett, was produced by Pete Townshend but sold only fitfully; the follow-up singles fared no better despite some imaginative promotion, which included an offer for Otway to come to a buyer's house and perform the 1979 single, "Frightened And Scared", if their copy was one of only three copies from which the vocal had been omitted. Otway's and Barrett's only other UK chart success came in July 1980 with "DK 50/80", a modest No. 45 hit.
When Otway turned solo, his audience remained loyal despite poor record sales, because of the possibility of physical injury during renditions of songs such as "Headbutts". In the mid 1980s, he appeared on Vivian and Ki Longfellow-Stanshall's showboat, the Old Profanity Showboat, in Bristol's Floating Harbour, he appeared as the musical guest in the final episode of the British sitcom The Young Ones, "Summer Holiday". His 1990 autobiography, Cor Baby, That's Really Me was a study in self-deprecation, his touring continued to sustain him. In the 1990s, he toured as "Headbutts and Halibuts", with Attila the Stockbroker with whom he wrote a surreal rock opera called Cheryl. In 1992 Otway appeared at GuilFest. In 1993 he was able to draw 2,500 fans to a gig in London and, in 1998, 4,000 celebrated his birthday with him at the Royal Albert Hall, coinciding with the release of Premature Adulation, his first album of new material for over ten years. By Otway had realised he could use his fanbase, who were in on the joke, to engage in minor publicity stunts.
A grassroots campaign saw his "Beware of the Flowers Cause I'm Sure They're Going to Get You Yeah" voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll. In 2002, when asked what he wanted for his 50th birthday, he requested "a second hit". A concerted drive, including a poll to select the track, saw "Bunsen Burner" — with music sampled from the Trammps song "Disco Inferno" and lyrics devised to help his daughter with her chemistry homework – reach number nine in the UK Singles Chart on 6 October, earned Otway an appearance on Top of the Pops, BBC Television's flagship popular music programme. To encourage fans to buy more than one copy each of the single, he released three different versions; the flip-side of "Bunsen Burner – The Hit Mix" was a cover of "The House of the Rising Sun" recorded at Abbey Road Studios and featuring 900 of his fans on backing vocals, each of whom was credited by name on the single's sleeve. Thanks to this second hit. Commenting on the fact that the title of this album is now in the plural, Otway said that he was proud of it, having "finally got it on the right side of Hit".
Buoyed by the success of the hit campaign, Otway planned an ambitious world tour in October 2006. Otway proposed hiring his own jet to take his band, 300 of his fans, to some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House. Despite over 150 fans signing up, the tour was cancelled as the costs of the plane spiralled. Otway is still touring in various formats. In 2009, he was re-united with Wild Willy Barrett for a UK tour, the duo now perform together and recorded a new album in 2011 called 40-Odd Years of Otway and Barrett consisting of re-workings of old songs and a new unrecorded song "The Snowflake Effect". Otway tours as a solo act. In October 2012, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Otway booked the Odeon Leicester Square to show the documentary of his life. Titled Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie, the screening saw cinematic history made with the final scenes of the movie being filmed from the red carpet on the morning of the film.
The film was funded by fans becoming producers who, as with the Hit campaign, were all individually credited in the movie credits. Following the success of the producers' premiere, 2013 saw Otway take the completed movie to the Cannes Film Festival. Resourceful and still with an eye for a publicity stunt, Otway and 100 of his fans travelled down the Promenade de la Croisette to the red carpet; the film had its theatrical release at Glastonbury Festival in June 2013, before going on a national cinema tour in the summer. Otway now has a motorcycle club of fans called Beware of the Flowers MCC, he delivers occasional lectures on the theme, "Making Success Out of Failure", the sequel to his autobiography, I Did It Otway was published in May 2010. The book was designed by John Haxby who has designed Otway's album sleeves over the past 15 years. At Christmas 2014 Otway attempted to crack the Christmas market with the EP A John Otway Christma5, the lead track "OK Father Christmas" basing a new lyric on top of the earlier single "DK 50/80".
During 2016 Otway set up an online Kickstarter campaign for'A New Album of Otway Songs'
Radio Futura was a Spanish pop rock group. They rose to become one of the most popular bands in Spain during early 1990s. In 1989 they were voted the best Spanish act of the 80s. In 1979, amateur singer and synthesizer experimenter Herminio Molero approached some of his acquaintances in order to form a pop-rock band; the final selection included the Auserón brothers and Santiago, Enrique Sierra and percusionist Javier Pérez Grueso. They got their name Radio Futura from an Italian independent radio station. Herminio Molero contributed with his fusion of electronic and traditional music to the style of the group while Enrique Sierra added a punk touch; the band soon became one of the iconic images of. After months of rehearsing and some live performances they published -helped by Molero's contacts in the music industry- their first album Música Moderna in 1980, which yielded them an unexpected success with their single Enamorado de la moda juvenil Molero and Pérez soon abandoned the group due to disagreements on the concept of their music, which left the band as a trio formed by Santiago Auserón, Luis Auserón and Enrique Sierra.
These three completed the line up in 1981 by recruiting drummer Carlos Velázquez, known as Solrac, who had participated in the first album. After what had been a rather impromptu and amateur record, the new line up decided to take on a professional approach in their music career and get rid of their initial aura of "media pampered one hit wonder boys". In 1981 they recorded the single La estatua del jardín botánico, whose music video was one of the first produced in Spain, soon followed by Dance usted, the former gave them a cult hit which still remains in the Spanish indie music subconscious, with the latter they introduced what they described as a "funky-punky" sound unknown in Spain by that time; the band had to strive to get rid from their contract with their original record company, Hispavox since it desired to keep for their second album the same whimsical or mainstream touch of their first record, while the band's new line up had decided to break free from the fad and amateuresque touch of their first record, devote themselves to developing a long term career.
They reached an agreement with their former record company and got signed for Ariola. During these months they had built a repertoire of several songs, which they played live, waiting for the record deal to release their second album; this was possible in 1984, when La ley del desierto, la ley del mar, a double album, came out. A few years had passed from their first release and this interim helped the band to leave behind the echoes of their impromptu and whimsical, yet successful, debut album. At the same time, the hiatus allowed the band to work intensively on their new songs, which they self produced; this their second album, whose sound was different from their debut, became another unexpected commercial success, with the hit single Escuela de calor. Tracks included in this record such as Semilla Negra introduced the first hints of what would soon become their signature contribution: Latin rock based on a intellectualized basis but, aimed at the streets and addressed to the general populace.
Since the tour of La Ley del Desierto, La Ley del Mar had taken place before its actual release, it only took them one year to finish, in 1985, their next record De un país en llamas, a risky and somewhat baroque new studio album recorded in London. The album reads close to a concept album. De un País en Llamas represented a big leap from its predecessor: it revolved around a punk attitude but, at the same time, it saw the band leaving behind their amateur times, their record company provided a decent budget for the recording sessions, which allowed a state-of-the-art production and, with it, technical innovations and music effects new to the Spanish musical scene back handled by producers Duncan Bridgeman and he, to become their longtime musical companion and, in Santiago Auserón's words, some sort of a fourth band member in the dark: Jo Dworniak. They remixed their previous Semilla Negra, increasing its Latin cadence and creating another cult pop song; the band was willing to explore a more Latin style in the fashion of songs like their own El Tonto Simón and drummer Solrac, who opposed this direction, abandoned the group in 1986.
By 1986 the band was looking for new textures for their music, more clear arrangements and a rhythm section leaning towards Latin sounds while keeping a rock attitude. Once the drummer position was filled with Carlos Torero, an additional fifth member was recruited: Pedro Navarrete, at the keyboards, innovating this position in the band; this new 3 core members plus 2 session musicians li