Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington.
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A talented, troubled performer, Kurt Cobain became a rock legend with his band Nirvana in the 1990s. Growing up in a small logging town, Kurt showed an interest in art and music. He excelled at drawing, so much so that his talents were even apparent in kindergarten. He also learned to play piano by ear and enjoyed a kiddie drum kit his parents had given him. He also received, from his uncle Chuck, a guitar. Although the instrument was fairly beat up, it inspired Cobain to learn to play and it offered him a respite from his unhappiness at home.
He started the grunge band Nirvana, with Krist Novoselic, in 1987.
Nirvana, which included lead singer and guitarist Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Chad Channing, recorded their first album "Bleach" in 1989. The album created quite some buzz and they were snapped up by the corporate label Geffen.
By the time they recorded their second album, "Nevermind", they were joined by a new drummer - Dave Grohl - as Channing left the band.
With the release of "Nevermind" in 1991, the band became even more popular. They then attained international success with song like "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
Cobain married fellow singer Courtney Love in February, 1992 and had a child, Frances Bean Cobain.
Unfortunately, he battled substance abuse problems all his life and found it difficult to deal with his fame. Around this time he began overdosing on substances like heroin, which he believed gave him relief from his stomach pain that he suffered from for years.
Then, on April 8, 1994, three days after being reported missing, Kurt Cobain was found dead with a gunshot wound, at his Seattle residence.
Every year on February 10th, we must take a moment to remember Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986), one of the greatest bassist in heavy metal history, Without Cliff there would be no Metallica.
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The world lost a great bassist on September 27, 1986, when Metallica's tour went off the road in a rural area of Southern Sweden, sending him out the window before rolling on top of him. The band and crew tried to save Burton, and were actually able to lift the bus a little, but succumbed to the weight and dropped it before they could get him out. Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Metallica on April 4th, 2009.
Cliff was born February 10, 1962 in Castro Valley, California. His interest in music was sparked at a young age when his father introduced him to classical music and he began taking piano lessons. As a teen, Burton developed an interest in rock, classical, and eventually heavy metal music. He began playing the bass at age 13.
His body was cremated and his ashes scattered at the Maxwell Ranch. In October 2006, a memorial stone was place at the site of the bus crash.
John Graham Mellor (August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002) better known as Joe Strummer, was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash, The Mescaleros and (temporarily) The Pogues, in addition to his own solo music career.
The former Clash frontman died today, 15 years ago, at his home in Somerset, victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. His estate was valued at just under £1 million, and he left all the money to his wife Lucinda. His body was cremated, and his ashes were given to his family.
U2 singer Bono called the Clash "the greatest rock band" and said they "wrote the rule book" for later acts.
Billy Bragg said Strummer was the driving force who helped give punk its "political edge".
Writer Jon Savage said: "In 1977, the Clash did one of the best live shows I've ever seen. Joe Strummer in particular gave it his all - and thereby inspired a whole generation."
Born in Ankara, Turkey and the son of a diplomat, Strummer, whose real name was Mellor, was middle class and public school educated but became a hugely admired figure as the musical voice of rebellion.
The Clash scored 16 top 40 hits including Rock the Casbah, Bankrobber and I Fought the Law. Should I Stay or Should I Go? reached number one after the group split up when it was used in a Levi's ad.
The group's third album London Calling was named the greatest album of the 80s by Rolling Stone magazine - even though it was released in 1979.
Below a gallery of Joe's photos.
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Born on December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, was an American rock singer and songwriter. He studied film at UCLA, where he met the members of what would become the Doors. The band, combining Jim's darkly poetic lyrics and outlandish stage presence with their unique and eclectic brand of psychedelic rock music, released a flurry of hit albums and songs. "Light My Fire" remains The Doors' most popular song, and still is in the list of the greatest rock songs ever recorded.
In December 1967, they released their sophomore album, Strange Days, which featured the smash hit "Love Me Two Times" as well as "People are Strange" and "When the Music's Over." Months later, in 1968, they released a third album, Waiting for the Sun, highlighted by "Hello, I Love You," "Love Street" and "Five to One." They went on to record three more popular and groundbreaking albums over the next three years: The Soft Parade (1969),Morrison Hotel (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971).
Jim spent nearly the entirety of his adult life with Pamela Courson, and although he briefly married a music journalist named Patricia Kennealy in a Celtic Pagan ceremony in 1970, he left everything to Pam in his will.
In 1971 Morrison left the Doors to write poetry and moved to Paris, where he died of heart failure.
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Below a gallery with some pictures of Jim.
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Born in Dunston, Gateshead, England. After the death of Bon Scott, in 1980, he became lead singer of AC/DC.
It's never easy to replace a founding member of a band who dies tragically, but Brian fit in with the Australian hard rocking band perfectly, and was accepted immediately by the group's fans. His powerful yet grave voice proved to be the perfect foil for AC/DC's high-energy, hard-hitting rock, as the band has continued to churn out best-selling albums and sold-out tours.
On September 27, 1986 Clifford Lee “Cliff” Burton bass guitarist for Metallica, was tragically killed at the age of 24 in a bus accident in Sweden.Read Now
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The Doors were touring Europe in the summer of 1968 with Jefferson Airplane. On Sept. 15, they were scheduled to play the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. During the Jefferson Airplane’s set The Canned Heat singer Bob Hite gave Jim Morrison a lump of hashish which he decided to swallow and, as a consequence, in a few minutes he collapsed.
Fleetwood Mac is the tenth album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975. It was the band's second self-titled album; the first was their 1968 album. To avoid confusion, it is often referred to as "The White Album", in reference both to the album's artwork and to The Beatles' own self-titled albumThis is the first Fleetwood Mac album to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist, after Bob Welch departed the band in late 1974. The album was also the group's last to be released under the Reprise label until 1990's Behind the Mask (the group's subsequent albums until then were released through Warner Bros. Records, Reprise's parent company).
Waiting for the Sun is the third studio album by the American rock band The Doors. It was released in July 1968 and became the band's first and only number one album, spawning their second US number one single, "Hello, I Love You." It also became the band's first hit album in the UK, where it peaked at #16 in the chart. With the exception of two songs, the material for this album was written after the band's initial songs from the formation of the group had been recorded for their debut album and second album, Strange Days. The centerpiece of this album was supposed to be the lengthy theatrical piece "Celebration of the Lizard," but in the end only the "Not to Touch the Earth" section was used. The album has sold over 9 million copies
The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx, released on July 7, 1977. It launched the band to stardom, spawning the hit singles "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself", and selling over three million copies in the US.
According to keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, the album's theme was the struggle to overcome self-deluding superficiality in order to affirm one's genuine value. This theme was reflected in the lyrics of the album's title track:
So if you think your life is complete confusion'cause your neighbor's got it madejust remember that it's a grand illusionand deep inside we're all the same The title of The Grand Illusion had been considered dating back to the 1975 album Equinox.
Going for the One is the eighth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 7 July 1977 on Atlantic Records. The album was recorded in Switzerland after their extended break for each member to release a solo album and their 1976 tour of North America. It marks the departure of keyboardist Patrick Moraz and the return of Rick Wakeman, who left over differences surrounding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) to pursue his solo career. Formed of five tracks with no unifying theme or concept, Going for the One saw Yes produce their shortest songs since Fragile (1971). It closes with the fifteen-minute track "Awaken".
The Game is the eighth studio album by British rock band Queen released on 30 June 1980. It was the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US and became their best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold to date, tying News of the World's US sales tally. The album received very favourable reviews. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven "Another One Bites the Dust" and the rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", both of which reached #1 in the US. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser (an Oberheim OB-X).
The Game features a more pop sound than its predecessor, Jazz. The album's style would be augmented on Queen's next release Hot Space, and future Queen albums. At approximately 35 minutes 39 seconds, The Game is the second shortest of Queen's studio albums, with their subsequent soundtrack for the film Flash Gordon being shorter by 39 seconds. It is estimated to have sold twelve million copies worldwide, including over 4.5 million copies in the US.