Vicki Blue (The Runaways, Spinal Tap)

American film producer, director, writer, musician and photographer Victory Tischler-Blue was born September 16, 1959. She was raised in Newport Beach, California. Tischler-Blue began working in the entertainment industry at age 17, using the name Vicki Blue as the bassist in the American all-girl teenage rock band The Runaways after bassist, Jackie Fox, left the band in the summer of 1977. Vicki Blue did well in her audition and became The Runaways’ new bassist. Vicki played bass on The Runaways fourth studio album, Waitin’ for the Night, and toured with them from fall of 1977 to late 1978. Vicki left the band before they started recording And Now… The Runaways, however, she was credited for playing bass on that album.

After the demise of the band, Vicki sang back up vocals on Girlschool’s album Play Dirty released on 1983 and was cast as Cindy by director Rob Reiner in This Is Spinal Tap. and herself in The Return of Bruno.

Vicki loves filmmaking so much that most of her career after The Runaways has consisted of producing, directing, and writing movies. Her best known release is Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways. Vicki worked with former bandmate Lita Ford, by producing Lita’s music video for her new single “Mother”. In 2004, Tischler-Blue released Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways. Which was based on Tischler-Blue’s tenure in The Runaways and was picked up by Showtime Networks. A 2010 film about The Runaways was also made, starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon cites Tischler-Blue’s Edgeplay as an inspiration for elements of the film.


Colin Newman (Wire)

English musician, record producer and record label owner Colin Newman was born born 16 September 1954 in Salisbury, Wiltshire and moved to London when he was 21 after finishing art school. In 1976 Newman formed the band Wire which he served as main songwriter, singer and guitarist. At start the band was considered a part of London’s Punk rock scene but later reached critical acclaim for their massive influence on Post-punk, New wave and Alternative rock. When the band temporarily split in 1980, Newman pursued a solo career. His first solo album, A-Z, was released in 1980 on the Beggar’s Banquet record label. The album veered from extremely skewed pop to more mainstream numbers, such as “Order for Order”. A track from the demos for this LP (but not included on the original vinyl release), “Not Me”, was covered by This Mortal Coil on their It’ll End in Tears LP; This Mortal Coil then covered the A-Z track “Alone” on their second album Filigree & Shadow. Newman’s second LP, the entirely instrumental Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish, in which all the tracks were titled for numbered fish, was released on the 4AD Records label in 1981. A third LP, Not To, which along with original compositions reworked a number of tracks originally written for Wire, was released in 1982 on 4AD.

Newman travelled to India to collect sound recordings. Wire reformed in 1984. In 1986 another solo LP, Commercial Suicide was released on the Crammed Discs label. A massive change in style for Newman, the album is reflective and highly orchestrated. His next LP, It Seems, followed a similar path, albeit with far more use of sequencers – something Newman would continue to work with for a number of years. Both Crammed albums featured Malka Spigel who has been included in all subsequent solo & collaborative work. In the 1990s Newman released Bastard, an almost entirely instrumental release with tracks largely built from guitar loops and samples. Released on his own label, Swim ~, the first pressing of the album was packaged with a free copy of Newman’s four track Voice EP. These releases, along with several others on Swim ~, are essentially collaborative efforts with his wife and musical partner, Malka Spigel.

Colin Newman’s song “Alone” was also used in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs in a scene in which Buffalo Bill is sewing in a basement. This song was also covered by This Mortal Coil on their Filigree & Shadow LP. Newman has produced, arranged and mixed various other artists. These include Virgin Prunes, Parade Ground, Minimal Compact, Alain Bashung, Silo & Lobe on the production and arrangement side and Hawkwind, Dead Man Ray, Fennesz, Polysics and Celebricide on the mix side. He has also mixed all new Wire releases since 2000. Since 2004, Newman has worked with Githead, a quartet composed of Newman and long-time collaborator Malka Spigel, as well as Max Franken and Robin Rimbaud. Newman has run the Pinkflag label for Wire since 2000.

The Bellamy Brothers

Best known as one half of American pop and country music duo The Bellamy Brothers, the musician David Bellamy was born 16 September 1950. The Bellamy Brothers (David and Homer Howard Bellamy) both hail from Darby, Florida, United States And had considerable musical success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976, a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100″

Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty Number One singles and more than fifty hits overall on the country charts. To date, they have released more than fifty albums, primarily on Curb Records. They have also enjoyed success in Continental Europe, with a compilation album topping the Norwegian charts in 2011 and with over two dozen hit songs that were released outside the US market. In 2013, their album Bellamy Brothers & Friends: Across the Sea landed at No. 5 in the Swiss Music Chart and took the top spot in album sales for weeks in Switzerland It was their third major release in Europe in three years. Their album Mermaid Cowgirl, recorded in Switzerland and released in 2014, won them Gold Record status in Switzerland. They also recorded four albums in Germany with Ralph Siegel for release to the European Market.

Ron Blair (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Best known for being the bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the American musician Ron Blair was born September 16, 1948 in San Diego, California. Blair’s father was a Navy man, so the family relocated every few years throughout the U.S. as well as within Japan and Hong Kong. As a teenager in Japan, Ron was in a locally famous rock band. But it was the music scenes in Macon, Georgia, and Gainesville, Florida, where Blair felt most at home. In Gainesville, Blair was a member of the band RGF. His sister is Janice Blair, a singer who was once married to Gregg Allman. Married in 1973 and divorced in 1975.

Blair eventually moved to Los Angeles, and there teamed up with fellow Gainesville musicians Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Stan Lynch. Campbell and Tench, along with Tom Petty, had been members of the popular Gainesville band Mudcrutch. Mudcrutch had relocated from Gainesville to Los Angeles, but subsequently broke up.

After the breakup, Tench recruited Campbell, Blair and Lynch to record demos in the hopes of getting a new record deal. After observing one of their sessions, Petty asked if they would like to assume his current recording contract with Shelter Records and start a band. (Denny Cordell, president of Shelter, seeing Petty’s potential, had kept him under contract while releasing the other members of Mudcrutch). Blair went on to play with the band through its first four albums, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, You’re Gonna Get It!, Damn the Torpedoes and Hard Promises, although he was occasionally replaced with other bassists, including Donald “Duck” Dunn, on his last two albums; particularly Hard Promises. Blair was already pondering leaving the band and was not always available. He then rejoined the Heartbreakers on March 18, 2002, to perform at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The reunion led to Blair’s return to the group for its 2002 summer tour. He helped finish The Last DJ album and has been present for all subsequent albums and tours following the death of his replacement Howie Epstein, creating a seamless transition.

Aside from the Heartbreakers, Blair has designed albums for Barbara Morrison and Carlos Zialcita. He has also played on albums by Kirstin Candy, Stevie Nicks, Del Shannon, Slobberbone and The Tremblers. Blair was also part of the original lineup of The Dirty Knobs, Mike Campbell’s side-project band. Blair has been seen with many basses (including a Rickenbacker 4001 and a Höfner Club bass, both owned by Petty), but is best known for playing the Fender Jazz Bass, having used a black Jazz Bass in his early years with the Heartbreakers and a white Jazz Bass since his return to the band.

The Hollies

Best known for playing bass guitar and keyboards with The Hollies from 1966 until 1981. Bernard Calvert was born 16 September 1942, Brierfield, Lancashire, England) . He worked with several rock and roll groups during the early 1960s, most notably Rickie Shaw and the Dolphins, where he worked with future Hollies Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott. Originally a pianist, Calvert, on Hicks’s suggestion, switched to bass.

The Hollies are best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s (231 weeks on the UK singles charts during the 1960s; the 9th highest of any artist of the decade) and into the mid 1970s. It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962 as a Merseybeat type music group in Manchester, although some of the band members came from towns north of there. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.

The Hollies enjoyed considerable popularity in many countries (at least 60 singles or EPs and 26 albums charting somewhere in the world spanning over five decades), although they did not achieve major US chart success until 1966 with “Bus Stop”. The Hollies had over 30 charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, with major hits on both sides of the Atlantic that included “Just One Look”, “Look Through Any Window”, “I Can’t Let Go”, “Bus Stop”, “Stop Stop Stop”, “On a Carousel”, “Carrie Anne”, “Jennifer Eccles”, and later “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress”, and “The Air That I Breathe”. The Hollies are one of the few British groups of the early 1960s, along with the Rolling Stones and the Who, that have never disbanded and continue to record and perform. In recognition of their achievements, the Hollies were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

After the break-up of the Dolphins, Calvert played in a number of semi-professional outfits. However, unable to advance his musical career, Calvert took a factory job until he was asked to substitute for Hollies’ then bassist, Eric Haydock, in a tour of Scandinavia. After the tour, Calvert played on an Everly Brothers album, and on the Hollies’ single, “Bus Stop”, before returning to his factory job. Shortly after that, he was invited to join the Hollies permanently in 1966. Calvert was friends with Mama Cass Elliot from The Mamas & the Papas.

Bilinda Butcher (My Bloody Valentine)

Bilinda Butcher, British singer with epicly noisy band My Bloody Valentine was born 16th September 1961. My Bloody Valentine are perhaps best known for the album Loveless which has gone on to become something of a classic to some. One of the most recognizable aspects of Shields’ music is his thick and dreamy guitar sound, associated with his later recordings with My Bloody Valentine. When creating My Bloody Valentine’s album Loveless, Shields became a relentless perfectionist and attributed the time involved to both their lack of resources (money to get their guitars in shape was one example noted) and simply not recording when there was no inspiration to guide them. So many mistook the main guitar track for ten to fifteen layered guitars. Although Most tracks ultimately were done in one or two takes with one or two main guitar tracks. The most notable exception is “To Here Knows When” which took months to create and even longer to mix. He went through 18 recording engineers before finishing Loveless.

After releasing the album Loveless Bloody Valentine signed on with the major label Island Records. Island ended up empty handed after financing the band for several years (finally spending approximately £500,000 according to Shields). Island cut off finances in 1997; however, Shields was still legally tied to the label until 2001 when the contract was finally terminated. In the meantime, Shields wrote many songs but never released them. The only work to come out of this period was two covers: We Have All the Time in the World (Louis Armstrong) on the 1993 Peace Together compilation; and a Wire cover on the 1996 tribute album Whore.Shields got work remixing and producing various musical acts. He has also played sporadically with Primal Scream since 1997. In 2003, he contributed music to the motion picture Lost in Translation, and was nominated a BAFTA for his efforts. Rolling Stone included Shields at number 95 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarist of all time in 2003. More recently, Shields had provided musical accompaniment to Patti Smith’s reading of her book The Coral Sea. In 2007, Shields expressed interest in a reunion and releasing a new album with My Bloody Valentine and announced that My Bloody Valentine had reunited and were recording new material and On 2 February 2013, they released the splendidly noisy MBV, their first album in over 20 years.

Kenney Jones (Small,Faces, the Who)

Kenney Jones, English musician (The Small Faces Faces; The Who) was born 16 September 1948. The Who were formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend, John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion). They became known forenergetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. The Who rose to fame in the UK with a series of top ten hit singles, boosted in part by pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline, beginning in January 1965 with“I Can’t Explain”. The albums My Generation, A Quick One and The Who Sell Out followed, with the first two reaching the UK top five. They first hit the US Top 40 in 1967 with “Happy Jack” and hit the top ten later that year with “I Can See for Miles”.Their fame grew with memorable performances at the Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Isle of Wight music festivals. The 1969 release of Tommy was the first in a series of top ten albums in the US, followed by Live at Leeds, Who’s Next, Quadrophenia, The Who by Numbers, Who Are You, and The Kids Are Alright. Saldy though Keith Moon tragically died at the age of 32 in 1978, after which the band released two studio albums, the UK and US top five Face Dances and the US top ten It’s Hard, with drummer Kenney Jones, before disbanding in 1983.

However they re-formed at events such as Live Aid and for reunion tours such as their 25th anniversary tour and the Quadrophenia tours of 1996 and 1997. In 2000, the three surviving original members discussed recording an album of new material, but their plans temporarily stalled upon Entwistle’s death at the age of 57 in 2002. Townshend and Daltrey continue to perform as The Who, and in 2006 they released the studio album Endless Wire, which reached the top ten in the UK and US.The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility; the display describes them as “Prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World’s Greatest Rock Band.” Time magazine wrote in 1979 that “No other group has ever pushed rock so far, or asked so much from it.” Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Who complete the holy trinity of British rock.” They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. In 2008 surviving members Townshend and Daltrey were honoured at the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honours. That same year VH1 Rock Honours paid tribute to The Who and Jack Black of Tenacious D called them “the greatest band of all time. The Two surviving members of the Who also performed towards the end of the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony in London, after much persuasion.

Kenney Jones was also a member of the Small faces which formed after The Jeff Beck group split in 1969, he was joined by former members Ronnie Wood and lead vocalist Rod Stewart who had departed to join former Small Faces members Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones in a new group, dubbed the Faces. the Faces found great success in the UK and mainland Europe And released their debut album, First Step, in 1970. The group went on to release Long Player and A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse in 1971. Their last LP, entitled Ooh La La, was released in 1973. After which the group sadly split.