Monday, 11 January 2016



David Bowie's family have confirmed the death, aged 69, of the London-born superstar following an 18-month fight with cancer. Bowie released 25 studio LPs in his career. Many of them changed the face of rock'n'roll forever more.

David Bowie at Glastonbury 2000

RIP David Bowie. 1947-2016.

John "Brad" Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, has died at the age of 62. The ska group tweeted the news: "It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world's greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP." Bradbury joined The Specials in 1979, and continued with the The Special AKA, who had a top 10 hit with "Free Nelson Mandela". Bradbury took part in The Specials reunion tour in 2009. He also headed up a band called JB Allstars.

Natalie Cole, the multiple Grammy wining singer and daughter of Nat King Ciole  has died of heart failure aged 65. Natalie shot to stardom with her debut album, "Inseparable", in 1975. Subsequently she experienced the extremes of huge commercial success and debilitating periods of illness and drug addiction, and the predictable slump in her career as she battled addiction. However Cole overcame her demons and her greatest success came with her 1991 album, "Unforgettable... With Love", which paid tribute to her father with reworked versions of some of his best-known songs, including "That Sunday That Summer", "Too Young" and "Mona Lisa". In 2009 she enjoyed one of the biggest hit albums of her career with "Still Unforgettable", which won her the last of her nine Grammy Awards. The singer had recently cancelled a series of performances, including one on New Year's Eve. She is survived by her son from her first marriage, Robbie Yancy, a professional musician.

Robert Stigwood, who managed the Bee Gees at the height of their fame, produced and released Cream’s self-titled debut, and guided Eric Clapton’s successful solo career while producing musicals for the stage and screen, has died aged 81. Stigwood also produced the groundbreaking film of the Who’s rock opera "Tommy", and the iconic "Saturday Night Fever", which introduced disco music and a young John Travolta to audiences around the world, while propelling the Bee Gees to global stardom. The announcement of the Australian-born Stigwood's death was made on Facebook by Spencer Gibb, son of Bee Gees band member Robin Gibb.  “I would like to share the sad news with you all, that my godfather, and the longtime manager of my family, Robert Stigwood, has passed away,” Gibb wrote, describing Stigwood as a “creative genius with a very quick and dry wit” and saying “I would like to thank Robert for his kindness to me over the years as well as his mentorship to my family. `Stiggy’ you will be missed”. 

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