Suggs (Madness)

Suggs, A.K.A Graham McPherson the singer with ska band Madness was Born 13th January 1961. Originally from Camden Town, London, Madness formed in 1976 and became One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members.Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid 1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986).

The core of the band formed as The North London Invaders in 1976, and included Mike Barson (Monsieur Barso) on keyboards and vocals, Chris Foreman (Chrissy Boy) on guitar and Lee Thompson (Kix) on saxophone and vocals.[6] They later recruited John Hasler on drums and Cathal Smyth (better known as Chas Smash) on bass guitar. Later in the year, they were joined by lead vocalist Dikron Tulane.This six-piece line-up lasted until part way through 1977, when Graham McPherson (better known as Suggs) took over the lead vocals after seeing the band perform in a friend’s garden. Smyth, who left after an argument with Mike Barson, was replaced by Gavin Rodgers, Barson’s girlfriend’s brother.McPherson was kicked out of the band for too often choosing to watch Chelsea instead of rehearsing. Thompson left the band after Barson criticised his saxophone playing. By 1978, the band had allowed McPherson to return, after filling in temporarily for Hasler (who had taken over vocals when McPherson was removed). Thompson returned after patching things up with Barson, and Daniel Woodgate (Woody) and Mark Bedford (Bedders) also joined the band, on drums, replacing Garry Dovey, and bass guitar, replacing Gavin Rodgers, respectively. After briefly changing their name to Morris and the Minors, the band renamed itself as Madness in 1979; paying homage to one of their favourite songs by ska/reggae artist Prince Buster. The band remained a sextet until late 1979, when Chas Smash rejoined and officially became the seventh member of Madness as a backing vocalist and dancer.

In 1979, the band recorded the Lee Thompson composition “The Prince”. The song, like the band’s name, paid homage to their idol, Prince Buster.That debut album, One Step Beyond…included a re-recording of “The Prince” and its B-side “Madness”, and the band’s second and third singles: “One Step Beyond” and “My Girl”. The band also released an EP featuring one album track and three new tracks. The result was the Work Rest and Play EP, which was headlined by the song “Night Boat to Cairo”, from the One Step Beyond album. In 1980, the band released their second album, Absolutely,which spawned some of the band’s biggest hits, most notably “Baggy Trousers”, “Embarrassment” and “Return of the Los Palmas 7”.In 1981, the band released their third studio album, 7,containing “Grey Day”, “Shut Up” and “Cardiac Arrest”. Madness also released one of their most recognised songs: a cover of Labi Siffre’s 1971 hit “It Must Be Love”. In 1982, Madness released their only number 1 hit to date, “House of Fun”. In November 1982, they released their fourth studio album, The Rise & Fall, which included “Our House”. In 1983, they released the single “Wings of a Dove” , followed by “The Sun & The Rain” and the album, Keep Moving. In October 1983, Mike Barson left the band in June 1984, following the release of “One Better Day”. The six remaining members left Stiff Records and formed their own label, Zarjazz Records, which was a sub-label of Virgin Records. In 1985, the label released the band’s sixth album, Mad Not Mad. While The band were recording their next album, “musical differences” arose between band members, and in September 1986, the band announced that they were splitting and released a a farewell single, “(Waiting For) The Ghost Train”.

In 1991, “It Must Be Love” was re-released followed by a Singles collection called Divine Madness.They then announced plans for a reunion concert, Madstock!, which was held at Finsbury Park, during which The original lineup reunited, performing together for the first time since Barson left the band in 1984. Over 75,000 fans attended the weekend festival, and the dancing of the boisterous crowd seemingly caused an extraordinary event of ground-shaking proportions (during “One Step Beyond”, according to the legends) and an earthquake was reported in North London during the concert. Subsequent to the Finsbury Park comeback, a live album was released, and the associated single, “The Harder They Come” (a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s 1973 song.The band continued to reunite for annual UK Christmas season tours and held three more Madstock! festivals. in 1998, Madness returned to America for their first tour there since 1984. The live album Universal Madness was recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre in L.A. In 1999, Madness released their first studio album since 1986, entitled Wonderful. From 28 October 2002 to 16 August 2003, a musical based on Madness songs, Our House, ran at the Cambridge Theatre in London. Madness played a role in the executive production of the show, and Suggs played a role in the production for a period of time, playing the central character’s father.It won an Olivier Award for best new musical of 2003, and the performance was released on DVD on 1 November 2004. There was also a previous musical based on Madness songs, One Step Beyond!,whichhad a brief run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1993 and a run at Putney Arts Theatre, London in 2012.

In 2004, the band played a series of low-key concerts as The Dangermen, performing covers of classic reggae and ska songs. This led to the release of the album The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1. In 2007 The six remaining original members of Madness then began working on their first original album in seven years & the non-LP single Sorry was released. A new Madness song NW5 (then still titled NW5 (I Would Give You Everything) and a re-recorded version of It Must Be Love were featured in the German film Neues vom Wixxer in. In June 2008 the group showcased the majority of their new album The Liberty of Norton Folgate which was released on 18 May 2009. . The band also played various festivals, including Pinkpop, Splendour, and Glastonbury. On 27 September 2009, the band also played a free concert on a closed-off Regent Street in association with Absolute Radio. Madness played the Rock en Seine festival near Paris, on the same night where Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher engaged in a physical altercation, resulting in the split of the band. As Oasis cancelled their headlining slot, Madness, even though having played earlier in the evening, were asked to replace them. Madness accepted the invitation and both of their sets during festival were said to have been extremely well received.As in previous years, the band embarked on a Christmas tour of the UK Some members of the band also appeared in Catherine Tate’s Nan’s Christmas Carol. In September 2010, Madness were awarded the ‘Idol award’ at the Q Awards in London and toured the UK throughout November and December 2010 with their final show at London’s Earl’s Court.In June 2011, the band performed at Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall & In April 2012 the band appeared at the Coachella festival and made a number of concert appearances across California and in Las Vegas.The summer of 2012 saw two notable performances. In June, the band performed “Our House” and “It Must Be Love”at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert from the roof of Buckingham Palace. . Later, in August, the band were the first to perform at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games and Madness’ latest studio album Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da was released on 29 October 2012.

Trevor Rabin (yes)

Yes -Fly From Here

Yes -Fly From Here

usician Songwriter and Film composer Trevor Charles Rabin was born 13 January 1954 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was Educated at Parktown Boys’ High School in Johannesburg, he took formal piano training before discovering the guitar at age 12. He joined one of his first bands, The Other, when he was 13.His parents encouraged his talents toward rock music, although Rabin would maintain his interest in classical music throughout his career. Rabin also briefly studied orchestration at the University of Johannesburg and trained to be a conductor;he later arranged and conducted for many artists in South Africa.Rabin’s early influences included Arnold Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. He also dabbled with progressive and heavy rock with his first band, The Conglomeration, as well as joining the prominent anti-apartheid rock band Freedom’s Children and became a session guitarist and bassist, playing with many jazz bands in South Africa.

Rabin formed his first major recording group, Rabbitt, along with Neil Cloud (drums), Ronnie Robot (bass guitar), and Duncan Faure (keyboards, guitar, vocals). Rabbitt evolved from The Conglomeration. Gaining popularity in 1975 after appearing at Johannesburg’s “Take It Easy” club. Their first single, released in 1972, was a cover of Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” Followed by their debut album, Boys Will Be Boys in 1975. Rabbitt’s second album, A Croak and a Grunt in the Night, was released in 1977. Rabin went on to win a South African Sarie music award and won a Sarie for Best Contemporary Music Artist in 1976 and 1977.Rabin left Rabbitt who went on to record the album, Rock Rabbitt without Rabin before disbanding in 1978.

Yes_Wonderous+StoriesRabin recorded his first solo album Beginnings in 1977 & also fronted various disco-oriented studio projects, including Disco Rock Machine, which released two albums Time To Love and Disco Rock Machine 2, The Tee Cee’s and Slang, acting as producer, arranger, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player. Rabin also began working as a producer and released the album Wolf, co-produced with Ray Davies of The Kinks in 1981 with contributions from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band members Chris Thompson and Manfred Mann In 1982 Rabin auditioned with the prog-rock supergroup Asia and considered joining a proposed supergroup with future Asia members John Wetton and Carl Palmer and also ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Rabin then met bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, longtime members of The band Yes, and soon Rabin, Squire and White began collaborating under the name Cinema, they were later joined by original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye to complement their live performances and Trevor Horn. Rabin had written several songs for what became 90125 including “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. Squire then met longtime Yes vocalist Jon Anderson inLos Angeles and Anderson joined as vocalist. Both “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Leave It” became major hits. Yes also received a Grammy award in 1984 for the instrumental “Cinema” and toured Europe and America. Rabin contributed his acoustic guitar solo, “Solly’s Beard” and played on Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s debut album Welcome to the Pleasuredome.

In late 1985, Yes began recording its next album with Trevor Horn, but the production became bogged down due largely to personal differences among Anderson, Squire and Horn. Eventually, Rabin assumed control of the project, with Horn resigning as producer well before recording was complete. Rough tape demos have emerged with Trevor Rabin singing lead vocals on “Final Eyes” and “Rhythm of Love.” Yes’s next album Big Generator emerged in late 1987, with songs “Love Will Find a Way” Final Eyes “Shoot High,Aim Low” and “Rhythm of Love.” Anderson left Yes and formed Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Rabin also completed his fourth solo album “Can’t Look Away” released in 1989. Tcontaining the anti-apartheid ballad “Sorrow (Your Heart)” & “Something to Hold on To”, Which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Short Form Music Video and topped the AOR charts for two weeks. Trevor Rabin toured with drummer Lou Molino III, fretless bassist Jim Simmons and keyboardist-composer Mark Mancina on the Can’t Look Away tour which was recorded as 2003’s Live in LA, and featured interpretations of ’80s Yes material, as well as highlights from his Wolf album. Rabin submitted three songs to Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe’s second album “Lift Me Up”, “Saving My Heart” and “Miracle of Life”.

Both Yes line-ups worked on the next album Union separately and Rabin wrote the songs”Lift Me Up” and “Saving My Heart. Sadly Both Steve Howe and Bill Bruford left, then Wakeman. Trevor Rabin produced Yes’s next album Talk, featuring the songs “Endless Dream”,”The Calling” and “Walls” Which was a collaboration between Rabin and Roger Hodgson, (Supertramp). However Rabin left Yes after the tour. He next collaborated with Wakeman, on the song “Never is a Long, Long Time,” from Wakeman’s album Return to the Centre of the Earth in 1999, he has also composed many soundtracks and may be working with Anderson and Wakeman on a new Anderson-Wakeman-Rabin album. In 1996, Rabin performed Yes and Rabbitt songs during the Prince’s Trust Concert in South Africa and also released demo versions of pre-90125 Yes compositions and solo work, entitled 90124, as well as Live in LA, recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles in late 1989. In 2004 Rabin also performed in aid of the Prince’s Trust with Yes at the Wembley Arena in London.

Trevor Rabin has scored over three dozen films which include: Bad Company, Con Air, Homegrown, Armageddon, Jack Frost (in which Rabin appeared onscreen in two scenes), Deep Blue Sea, Gone in 60 Seconds, Remember the Titans, The 6th Day, The Banger Sisters, Kangaroo Jack, Bad Boys II, The Great Raid, Exorcist: The Beginning, National Treasure, Coach Carter, Glory Road, Snakes on a Plane, The Glimmer Man, Flyboys, Gridiron Gang, Hot Rod, The Guardian, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, 12 Rounds, G-Force, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Along with several Grammy nominations and one Grammy win, Trevor Rabin also has received eleven BMI film score awards, and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Temecula Film Festival. His composition “Titans Spirit” from Remember the Titans has been frequently featured in NBC’s closing montage and credits for their Olympics coverage. It was also played following United States President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech upon winning the 2008 US Presidential Election, and served as the backdrop for the ensuing celebration. Rabin also composed the theme for TNT’s coverage of the National Basketball Association in 2009 and the theme for NCAA’s March Madness in 2011.He composed the score for Disney’s Mission: Space attraction at Epcot. In 2011 Rabin was awarded at the 26th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards in the Top Box Office Films category for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In 2012 he released the all-instrumental solo album Jacaranda and was presented with the Henry Mancini Award at the 27th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards in 2012 and is currently working on a new solo album.