Rod Stewart

British Rock singer/songwriter Sir Roderick Rod” Stewart, CBE was born 10 January 1945 in London. He attended Highgate Primary School and then attended the William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School in Hornsey. Stewart’s main hobby was railway modelling and his family was mostly focused on football. Stewart’s father had played in a local amateur team and managed some teams as well, and one of Stewart’s earliest memories were the pictures of Scottish players such as George Young and Gordon Smith. Stewart was the most talented footballer in the family and was a strong supporter of Arsenal F.C.And also became captain of the school football team and also played for Middlesex Schoolboys as centre-half.

The family were also great fans of the singer Al Jolson and would sing and play his hits, collect his records and see his films, which would later influenced Stewart’s performing style and attitude towards his audience. His introduction to rock and roll was hearing Little Richard’s 1956 hit “The Girl Can’t Help It” and seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert. His father bought him a guitar in January 1959; the first song he learned was the folk tune “It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song” and the first record he bought was Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody”.In 1960, he joined a skiffle group with schoolfriends called the Kool Kats, playing Lonnie Donegan and Chas McDevitt hits. Stewart left school at age 15 and worked as a silk screen printer, with ambitions to become a professional footballer, so In summer 1960, he went for trials at Brentford F.C. Stewart also worked in the family shop and as a newspaper delivery boy, then as a labourer at Highgate Cemetary and at a North Finchley Funeral Parlour and a Sign Writer. Stewart began listening to British and American topical folk artists such as Ewan MacColl, Alex Campbell, Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and especially Derroll Adams and the debut album of Bob Dylan.

In 1962 he met folk singer Wizz Jones and began busking with a harmonica in Leicester Square. Stewart and Jones also busked in Brighton Barcelona and Paris, but were deported for Vagrancy. Stewart, was also briefly considered as singer for the Kinks and adopted the Mod lifestyle, adopting the spiky rooster hairstyle which become his trademark. After seeing Otis Redding perform in concert he began listening to rhythm and blues and soul music and joined A Rhythm & blues group called The Dimension as Harmonica player and vocalist. They were hired by musician Jimmy Powell and became known asJimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions, Performing at the famed Studio 51 club in London, where The Rolling Stones often headlined. In October 1963 he joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist, then in 1964 he joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars as singer after seeing them at Eel Pie Island and earned the nickname Rod the Mod for his spiky hairstyle making his recording début on “Up Above My Head”in 1964. Long John Baldry and the All Stars then changed its name to The Hoochie Coochie Men and Rod signed a solo contract, releasing his first solo single, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and a solo album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album) in 1969. His early albums were a fusion of his distinctive raspy singing voice together with rock, folk music, soul music and R&B. Stewart enjoyed beatnik attitudes and left-wing politics, and lived in a houseboat at Shoreham-by-Sea. Stewart was an active supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Stewart played solo dates withthe Southampton R & B outfit The Soul Agents. After The Hoochie Coochie Men broke up, Baldry and Stewart made up and legendary impresario Giorgio Gomelsky assembled Steampacket, featuring Baldry, Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Micky Waller, Vic Briggs and Ricky Fenson. Steampacket were conceived as a white soul revue, similar to The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, with multiple vocalists and styles ranging from jazz to R & B to blues. They supported the Rolling Stones and Stewart was featured in a television documentary titled “An Easter with Rod” that portrayed the Mod scene. he also released “The Day Will Come”, and a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Shake”. Stewart departed from Steampacket in 1966, and joined Shotgun Express as lead vocalist alongside Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green (who would go on to form Fleetwood Mac). Shotgun Express released the song “I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round”.

In 1967 Guitarist Jeff Beck recruited Stewart for his new post-Yardbirds venture The Jeff Beck Group as vocalist, where he played alongside Ronnie Wood and In 1968 Stewart released the solo single “Little Miss Understood”. The Jeff Beck Group toured Western Europe and the United States in 1968 and released the album Truth. In July 1969, Stewart left, following his friend Ronnie Wood’s departure. The group’s second album, Beck-Ola, was released in 1969 and the group split. Then guitarist and singer Steve Marriott left The Small Faces, Ronnie Wood replaced him and Stewart followed. Joining existing members Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones, who soon decided to call the new line-up Faces.

Stewart’s first solo album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down was released in 1969 and established the template for his solo sound: a heartfelt mixture of folk, rock, and country blues, inclusive of a British working-class sensibility. It featured the songs “Cindy’s Lament”, “Dirty Old Town” and “Handbags and Gladrags”. The backing band on the album included Ronnie Wood, And Keith Emerson. The Faces released their début album First Step in 1970. Stewart released his second album, Gasoline Alley in 1970. Stewart then toured America with the Faces and sang guest vocals for the Australian group Python Lee Jackson on “In a Broken Dream”. Stewart’s next solo album Every Picture Tells a Story featured the hits “Reason to Believe”,and “Maggie May”, which was named in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, alongside “Mandolin Wind”, “(I Know) I’m Losing You”,”Tomorrow Is a Long Time”, and “Every Picture Tells a Story”.

The second Faces album, Long Player, was released in early 1971 and “Stay With Me” from their third album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…To a Blind Horse was released in late 1971. In 1972 Stewart released his next album featuring the songs “You wear it Well and “Twisting the Night Away”. The Faces toured extensively in 1972 with growing tension in the band over Stewart’s solo career enjoying more success. Stewart released the album Never a Dull Moment featuring the songs “You Wear It Well” and “Twisting the Night Away”. The Faces released their final album Ooh La La in 1973 featuring the song “Pool Hall Richard”. In 1974, Stewart released the album Smiler featuring “Farewell” and “Mine for Me”.

In 1975, Stewart moved to Los Angeles and released the album Atlantic Crossing featuring “Sailing” and “This Old Heart of Mine” Stewart also covered The Beatles’ song “Get Back” for the musical documentary All This and World War II. Stewart then released A Night on the Town featuring “Tonight’s the Night”,”The First Cut Is the Deepest”and “The Killing of Georgie (Part 1 and 2)”. Rod Stewart’s next album Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977) featured Stewart’s own band, the original Rod Stewart Group – Carmine Appice, Phil Chen, Jim Cregan, Billy Peek, Gary Grainger and John Jarvis and contained the songs “You’re in my Heart”,”Hot Legs”,”I was only Joking”. Stewart’s next album was1978’s Blondes Have More Fun…or do they?, featuring “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” In 1980 Stewart released the album Foolish Behaviour featuring the song, “Passion” and In 1981, Stewart released the album Tonight I’m Yours. Featuring “Tonight I’m Yours and”Young Turks”. Between 1982 and 1988 Stewart released the singles “Young Turks”,”Some Guys Have All the Luck”, “Infatuation” “Love Touch” “Every Beat of My Heart” and “Baby Jane” and A reunion with Jeff Beck covered Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”. In 1988, He released the album Out of Order, featuring “Lost in You”, “Forever Young”, “Crazy About Her”, and “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” in 1989 he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for Forever Young.

In 1990 Stewart released a four-CD compilation set called Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990 containing Stewart’s cover of Tom Waits “Downtown Train”. In 1991 Stewart Released, Vagabond Heart featuring “It Takes Two” with Tina Turner, “Rhythm of My Heart” and”The Motown Song”. At the 1993 Brit Awards in London, Stewart picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music and brought back the Faces on stage for an impromptu reunion and also recorded “All For Love” with Sting and Bryan Adams for the soundtrack to the movie The Three Musketeers. he also reunited with Ronnie Wood to record an MTV Unplugged special that included “Handbags and Gladrags”, “Cut Across Shorty”, and four selections from Every Picture Tells a Story plus an acoustic version of Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately”, and “Reason to Believe” which resulted in the Unplugged…and Seated album. In 1994 Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck and played in front on 3.5 million people on Copacabana beach in Rio, breaking Guinness World Record for staging the largest free rock concert attendance in history In 1995, Stewart released A Spanner in the Works containing , “Leave Virginia Alone” and the 1996 album If We Fall in Love Tonight. In 1998 he released When We Were the New Boys, featuring versions of songs by Oasis and Primal Scream. Stewart also recorded the song “Faith of the Heart”, for the film Patch Adams. In 2001, he released the album Human featuring single “I Can’t Deny It” and The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart, a greatest hits album compiled from his time at Warner Bros. In June 2002, Stewart performed “Handbags and Gladrags” at the Party at the Palace held at Buckingham Palace Garden, a concert which celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II and featured stars from five decades of music. After 2002, Stewart concentrated on singing 1930s and 1940s pop standards from the Great American Songbook, written by songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin.

The first album from the songbook series, It Had to Be You: the Great American Songbook, contained The track “These Foolish Things” and”They Can’t Take That Away From Me”. The second series album, As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2, contained “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, a duet with Cher and “Time After Time”. A musical called Tonight’s The Night, featuring many of Stewart’s songs, also opened in 2003 at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. It is written and directed by Ben Elton, who also did, We Will Rock You, with music by Queen. In 2004, Stewart reunited with Ronnie Wood for concerts and a Rod Stewart and the Faces best of album, Changing Faces, Five Guys Walk into a Bar…, a Faces box set compilation, was also released. In 2004, Stardust: the Great American Songbook 3, was released featuring His version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”, with Stevie Wonder, and Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Dolly Parton Stewart won his first ever Grammy Award for this album. In 2005 Stewart released a fourth songbook album, Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook 4; featuring duets with Diana Ross and Elton John. In 2006, Stewart released Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time, featuring rock and southern rock milestones from the last four decades, including a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” In 2007, Stewart performed at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London,Singing “Sailing”, “Baby Jane” and “Maggie May” and also performed for the first time at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Coliseum in front of HRH Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, singing another Cat Stevens number, “Father and Son”, and Bonnie Tyler’s song “It’s a Heartache”.

In 2009, Stewart performed “Maggie May” on the grand finale of American Idol season 8 and a 4-CD, 65-track compilation entitled Rod Stewart Sessions 1971–1998 was released; composed of previously-unreleased tracks and outtakes from the bulk of his career. In 2009, Stewart released the album Soulbook featuring covers of soul and Motown songs. In 2010, Rhino records released Stewart’s Once in a Blue Moon, a “lost album” featuring ten cover songs including the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday”, Bob Dylan’s “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar” and Stevie Nicks’ “Stand Back”, Tom Waits’ “Tom Traubert’s Blues” and also released another edition of his Great American Songbook series titled Fly Me to the Moon…The Great American Songbook Volume V. In 2011, Stewart performed with Stevie Nicks on their Heart & Soul Tour and headlined the Sunday show at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling Festival on 26 June in London’s Hyde Park. Stewart signed on to a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Performing his greatest hits, plus selected tracks from his upcoming, untitled blues album. Stewart’s autobiography titled Rod: The Autobiography was also released in 2012. Stewart also performed “Auld Lang Syne” from his Christmas album and his hit “Sailing” at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen during the 100th Royal Variety Performance, singing “When You Wish upon a Star”. Rod Stewart also released a Christmas album, titled Merry Christmas, Baby, featuring “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and was a guest singer on Michael Bublé’s television Home for the Holidays Christmas special.

In 2013, Stewart was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in the International Album of the Year category for his album Merry Christmas, Baby. He also released the album Time. Stewart also presented Elton John with the first Brits Icon award in a special show at the London Palladium, before they performed a duet on stage. In 2015, Stewart released “Another Country.” Featuring the song “Love Is”. Stewart recorded vocals with Joe Walsh on the upcoming Frankie Miller album Frankie Miller’s Double Take,

Carroll Shelby

1966 Shelby AC CobraBest known for creating the awesome AC Cobra and the Shelby Mustang, the American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman Carroll Shelby was born 11th January 1923 in Leesburg, Texas . Shelby honed his driving skills with his Willys automobile while attending Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas, Texas). He graduated from Wilson in 1940. He was enrolled at The Georgia School of Technology in the Aeronautical Engineering program. However, because of the war Shelby did not go to school and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, serving in World War II as a flight instructor and test pilot. He graduated with the rank of staff sergeant pilot.

Starting out as an amateur, he initially raced a friend’s MG TC. He soon became a driver for the Cad-Allard, Aston Martin, and Maserati teams during the 1950s. Driving for Donald Healey, in a streamlined and supercharged, specially-modified, Austin-Healey 100S, he set 16 U.S. and international speed records. Teamed with Roy Salvadori, and driving for Aston Martin, he won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. He drove in the Mount Washington Hillclimb Auto Race in a specially prepared Ferrari roadster, to a record run of 10:21.8 seconds on his way to victory in 1956.He was Sports Illustrated’s driver of the year in 1956 and 1957 and competed in Formula One from 1958 to 1959, participating in a total of eight World Championship races and several non-championship races.The highlight of his race driving career came in 1959, when he co-drove an Aston-Martin DBR1 (with Englishman Roy Salvadori) to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. During this race he noted the performance of an English GT car built by AC Cars, known as the Bristol. Three years later, the AC Bristol would become the basis for the AC Cobra.

After retiring from driving in October 1959 for health reasons, he opened a high-performance driving school and the Shelby-American company.He obtained a license to import the AC Cobra (often known in the USA as the Shelby Cobra,) a successful British Sports racing car manufactured by AC Motors of England, which AC had designed at Shelby’s request by fitting a Ford V8 to their popular AC Ace sports car in place of its standard Ford Zephyr engine. Shelby continued on to be influential with Ford manufactured cars, including the Daytona Coupe, GT40, the Mustang-based Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500. After parting with Ford, Shelby moved on to help develop performance cars with divisions of the two other Big 3 American companies, Dodge, and Oldsmobile. The most memorable of these cars was the Dodge Viper.Ford provided financial support for AC’s Cobras from 1962 through 1965 and provided financial support for the Ford GTs, first with John Wyer’s Ford Advanced Vehicles in 1963 and then with Shelby American from 1964 through 1967.In the intervening years, Shelby had a series of ventures start and stop relating to production of “completion” Cobras — cars that were allegedly built using “left over” parts and frames. In the 1960s, the FIA required entrants (Shelby, Ford, Ferrari, etc.) to produce at least 100 cars for homologated classes of racing. Shelby simply ordered an insufficient number of cars and skipped a large block of Vehicle Identification Numbers, to create the illusion the company had imported large numbers of cars. Decades later in the 1990s, Carroll alleged that he had found the “left over” frames, and began selling cars which were supposedly finally “completed”. After it was discovered the cars were built from scratch in collaboration with McCluskey, Ltd., they were re-termed “continuation” Cobras. The cars are still built to this day, known as the current CSX4000 series of Cobras.He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992. He will be inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame on March 2, 2013.

In 1989, Shelby was inducted into Woodrow Wilson High School’s Hall of Fame when it was created during the celebration of the school’s 60th Anniversary.In 2003, Ford Motor Co. and Carroll Shelby mended ties and he became technical advisor to the Ford GT project. In that same year, he formed Carroll Shelby International, Inc. Shelby began working with Dodge at the request of Chrysler Corporation chairman, Lee Iacocca. Iacocca had previously been responsible for bringing Shelby to the Ford Mustang. After almost a decade of tuning work, Shelby was brought on board as the “Performance Consultant” on the Dodge Viper Technical Policy Committee made up of Chrysler’s executive Bob Lutz, Product Design chief Tom Gale, and Engineering Vice President François Castaing. Shelby was used for his wealth of experience to make the Viper as light and powerful as possible. In 2008 Shelby was awarded the 2008 Automotive Executive of the Year Award, he also established the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation to pay the medical bills of children who have heart disease but cannot afford treatment. In 2009, Shelby was Grand Marshal of the Parade for Woodrow’s 80th Anniversary Celebration. Sadly Shelby died on May 10, 2012 at the age of 89, after suffering from a serious heart ailment for decades. Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, said that “we are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll’s family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry. There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that.

Nicholas Steno

Often considered the father of geology and stratigraphy, Danish Catholic bishop and scientist Blessed Nicolas Steno was born 11 January in 1638 in Copenhagen. His pioneering research in both anatomy and geology has led to a greater understanding in both, and he was also beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988. He was the son of a Lutheran goldsmith who worked regularly for King Christian IV of Denmark, but grew up in isolation during his childhood, because of an unknown disease. In 1644 his father died, after which his mother married another goldsmith. Across the street lived Peder Schumacher (who would later offer Steno a post as professor in Copenhagen). After completing his university education, Steno set out to travel through Europe, In the Netherlands, France, Italy and Germany he came into contact with prominent physicians and scientists. These influences led him to use his own powers of observation to make important scientific discoveries. At a time when scientific questions were mostly answered by appeal to ancient authorities, Steno was bold enough to trust his own eyes, even when his observations differed from traditional doctrines.

He studied anatomy focusing again on the Lymphatic system and discovered a previously undescribed structure, the “ductus stenonianus” (the duct of the parotid salivary gland) in sheep, dog and rabbit heads. Steno’s name is associated with this structure. Within a few months Steno moved to Leiden, where he met the students Jan Swammerdam, Frederik Ruysch, Reinier de Graaf, Franciscus de le Boe Sylvius, a famous professor, and Baruch Spinoza. At the time Descartes was publishing on the working of the brain, and Steno did not think his explanation of the origin of tears was correct. Steno studied the heart, and determined that it was an ordinary muscle.

He later travelled to Saumur and Montpellier, where his work was introduced to the Royal Society. In Pisa, Steno met the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who supported arts and science. Steno was invited to live in the Palazzo Vecchio, he also went to Rome and met Alexander VII and Marcello Malpighi. As an anatomist in the hospital Steno focused on the muscular system and the nature of muscle contraction. He also became a member of Accademia del Cimento in Florence. Like Vincenzio Viviani, Steno used geometry to show that a contracting muscle changes its shape but not its volume.

Steno also dissected a sharks head and noted that the shark’s teeth bore a striking resemblance to certain stony objects, found embedded within rock formations. at the time these were known as glossopetrae or “tongue stones” by Ancient authorities, such as the Roman author Pliny the Elder, who had suggested in his book Naturalis Historia that these stones had fallen from the sky or from the Moon, while Others thought, that fossils grew natuarally in the rocks. Fabio Colonna, however, had already shown in a convincing way that glossopetrae were shark teeth and Steno added to the discussion on the differences in composition between glossopetrae and living sharks’ teeth, arguing that the chemical composition of fossils could be altered without changing their form, using the contemporary corpuscular theory of matter.

This led him to the question of how any solid object could come to be found inside another solid object, such as a rock or a layer of rock. The “solid bodies within solids” that attracted Steno’s interest included not only fossils, as we would define them today, but minerals, crystals, encrustations, veins, and even entire rock layers or strata. He published his geologic studies in De solido intra solidum naturaliter contento dissertationis prodromus, or Preliminary discourse to a dissertation on a solid body naturally contained within a solid in 1669. Steno was not the first to identify fossils as being from living organisms; his contemporaries Robert Hooke and John Ray also argued that fossils were the remains of once-living organisms.

Steno, in his Dissertationis prodromus is credited with three of the defining principles of the science of stratigraphy: the law of superposition, the principle of original horizontality and the principle of cross-cutting discontinuities. These principles were applied and extended in 1772 by Jean-Baptiste L. Romé de l’Isle. Steno’s landmark theory that the fossil record was a chronology of different living creatures in different eras was a sine qua non for Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Despite Having been brought up in the Lutheran faith, Steno also questioned its teachings, and After making comparative theological studies, and by using his natural observational skills, he decided that Catholicism, rather than Lutheranism, provided more sustenance for his constant inquisitiveness. Steno converted to Catholicism. In 1675 Steno was ordained a priest. Athanasius Kircher expressly asked why Steno had left science and became one of the leading figures in the Counter-Reformation.

In 1684 Steno moved to Hamburg and became involved in the study of the brain and the nerve system with an old friend Dirck Kerckring. Steno was invited to Schwerin. To test his theory Steno dressed like a poor man in an old cloak and drove in an open carriage in snow and rain. Living four days a week on bread and beer, he became emaciated. When Steno had fulfilled his mission, he wanted to go back to Italy. Sadly though Steno died whilst in Germany on 5th December 1686, His corpse was shipped by Kerckring to Florence and buried in the Basilica of San Lorenzo close to his protectors, the De’ Medici family. In 1953 his grave was discovered, and the corpse was reburied after a procession through the streets of the city.

The Steno Museum in Århus, Denmark, is named after Steno, and holds exhibitions on the history of science and medicine, and also has a planetarium and a medicinal herb garden. Impact craters on Mars and the Moon have also been named in his honour. In 1950 the “Niels Steensens Gymnasium”, a Catholic preparatory school, was founded on a Jesuit monastery in Copenhagen. The Steno Diabetes Center, a research and teaching hospital dedicated to diabetes in Gentofte, Denmark, was also named after Nicolas Steno and The Istituto Niels Stensen, in Florence, is also dedicated to his memory.

Tony Kaye (yes)

YesTony Kaye, British piano and organ player with Progressive Rock Band Yes was born 11th January 1946. Yes achieved worldwide success with their progressive music, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, live stage sets and symphonic style of rock music. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre. They were Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and Bill Bruford and released two albums together but began to enjoy success after the release of The Yes Album and Fragile,which featured new arrivals Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman. They achieved further success with the albums Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans.

Wakeman was replaced by Patrick Moraz, who played on Relayer (1974). Wakeman returned on Going for the One (1977) and Tormato (1978). Anderson and Wakeman left the group due to musical differences amongst the band in 1980, and both went on to pursue solo careers. Their replacements, Trevor Horn and Steve Downes, featured on Drama (1980) and its supporting tour before disbanding in 1981. Howe and Downes went to form Asia.

Yes_Wonderous+StoriesYes reformed in 1982 after Squire and White were joined by the returning Jon Anderson and T0ny Kaye, with the addition of guitarist Trevor Rabin. They adopted a pop rock sound and released the number one single “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and 90125 (1983), their best-selling album to date, followed by Big Generator (1987). Anderson left and co-formed the side project Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe with the named members in 1989. Following a legal battle amongst both Yes groups, they formed an eight-man band to perform on Union (1991) and its supporting tour. Rabin and Kaye featured on Talk (1994) before leaving, while Wakeman and Howe returned with Keys to Ascension (1996) and Keys to Ascension 2 (1997). Wakeman wasthen replaced by Igor Khoroshev, who was featured on Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Ladder (1999) along with guitarist Billy Sherwood. The release of Magnification (2001) marked the first album since 1970 to feature an orchestra.

In 2002, Wakeman returned for the band’s 35th anniversary tour. The band ceased to tour in 2004, partly due to health concerns regarding Anderson and Wakeman. Following a hiatus, Yes restarted in 2008 with keyboardist Oliver Wakeman and singer Benoît David. After the release of Fly from Here (2011), which saw Downes returning on keyboards, David was replaced by Jon Davison, lead singer of progressive rock band Glass Hammer, on vocals. The band’s current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, bassist Chris Squire,guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes, and they continue to perform to this day, more than 40 years since their formation.

Terry Williams (Dire Straits)

imageTerry Williams, the second drummer with Rock group Dire Straits was born 11 January 1948. Formed in 1977 by Brothers Mark (lead vocals and lead guitar)and David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), and friends John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals, and Pick Withers (drums and percussion), they recorded a five-song demo tape which included their future hit single, “Sultans of Swing”, as well as “Water of Love”, “Down to the Waterline”, “Wild West End” and David Knopfler’s “Sacred Loving”.

The group released their first album, “Dire Straits” and toured with Talking heads. The first song “Sultans of Swing” became one of Dire Straits biggest hit. The group’s second album, Communiqué, was released in 1979 And featured the single “Lady Writer”, and Once Upon a Time in the West”. In 1980, Dire Straits were nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Sultans Of Swing. Their third album. Making Movies featured longer songs with more complex arrangements, as well as many of Mark Knopfler’s most personal compositions including “Romeo and Juliet. Dire Straits’ fourth studio album Love Over Gold, was also filled with lengthy, experimental arrangements like “Private Investigations” and “Industrial Disease. Dire Straits also released a four-song EP titled ExtendedancEPlay featuring “Twisting By the Pool” and embarked on a world tour resulting in The double album Alchemy Live, a recording of two live concerts of the group at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

Dire Straits next album was the classic Brothers in Arms, which was released in 1985 and contained the songs “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms” And become the best-selling album of 1985 in the UK, “Money for Nothing” was also among the first videos ever to be played on MTV in Britain and featured guest vocals by Sting, who is credited with co-writing the song with Mark Knopfler, although in fact, it was just the inclusion of the melody line from “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”. Brothers in Arms was among the first albums recorded on digital equipment due to Knopfler pushing for improved sound quality The album’s title track is reported to be the world’s first CD single. The album is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records

The Dire Straits sound Was influenced by jazz, folk, blues, beat music and Rock’n’Roll which contrasted with punk and they have became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. making them One of the world’s best selling music artists. their fifth album, Brothers in Arms, has won many accolades. In November 2009, Dire Straits were honoured by the new PRS for Music Heritage Award. A blue plaque was erected at Farrer House, Church Street, Deptford in south London, where the original group, Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers once shared a council flat. Dire Straits have also won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. The band’ most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, Walk ofLife, Money for NothingRomeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Private Investigations” . Sadly Dire Straits disbanded in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full time as a solo artist. His album Privateering is described as “Delta Blues meets the Tyne”.