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Born 17th July

Best known for The the hilariously bizarre 70’s comedy TV  series The Goodies and the radio series I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue, the English comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor, was born 17th July 1940
Finnish trance DJ,Darude, who is probably best known for the splendidly awesome techno tune Sandstorm was born 17th July 1975


These people were also Born 17th July
Canadian actor Donald Sutherland in 1935, the British musician and lyricist with heavy metal band Black Sabbath Terence “Geezer” Butler in 1949, and the American actor and musician, David Hasselhoff, who is best known for Baywatch and the original Night Rider was born 17th July 1952

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Kraftwerk & John Cooper

Wolfgang Flür, German musician  with pioneering German Electronic band Kraftwerk was born 17th July 1947, so I thought I would mark the occasion

Kraftwerk , (meaning power plant or power station) are an influential electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. The group was formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970, and was fronted by them until Schneider’s departure in 2008. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation.

The group’s simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. and they are considered pioneers in the field of electronic music/synthpop and were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music during the 70′s when their distinctive sound was considered revolutionary

Kraftwerk’s inspirations continue to be contemporary.  They are always revisiting previous songs and revamping and overhauling them in order to keep them sounding fresh. Today Kraftwerk remain as popular as ever and their influence has had a long lasting effect across many genres of modern music and has paved the way for many of todays electro/Techno bands and their influence can often stll be heard in much of today’s music and thanks to the ongoing popularity of  songs like The RobotsAutobahnTour De FranceTrans Europe Express and Computer Love they still remain relevent today

frontman Ralf Hütter also revealed recently that they they have almost finished new material and will be releasing a new album “soon”. which will be their first LP since 2003′s Tour de France. Their next LP will be their 11th studio album and their first without Florian Schneider, who left the group three years ago.

The well renowned English race car Designer, and creator of such classic racing cars as The Cooper Climax,  John Cooper was Born 17th July 1923, So I thought I would pay tribute. His surname became synonymous with sporty cars and was used on many classic cars such as The Original Mini Cooper, which became a highly  effective rally car during the 1960’s in the hands of drivers such as Paddy  Hopkirk and Raono Aaltonen (sic) winning thee Monte Carlo Rally on many occasions, thanks to it’s short wheelbase & front wheel drive. It was also used during a thrilling  and rather memorable car chase through the gridlocked streets of Turin in the original Italian Job