Big Brother UK

A new series of Big Brother UK started 14 September on channel 5. It is hosted by Emma Willis, narrated by Marcus Bentley with Rylan Clark-Neal hosting Channel 5’s spin-off show Bit on the Side.

It started in 2000 with good intentions as a so-called interesting social experiment, however it soon deteriorated as desperate “wannabes” enrolled and turned it into a bit of a circus with their unsavoury antics. The situation was not helped by Big Brother socially engineering dangerous situations such as the Bedsit wherein two former housemates were hidden and listened to everyone talk about them until being reintroduced into the house whereupon a massive punch up broke out. Now Having caused large amounts of controversy and outrage and been something of a poisoned chalice for many of the the housemates, Producers have finally had enough and it has been announced that, following falling ratings, this would be the final series, however i’m sure some other masochistic Freeview channel is bound to pick it up.

This series has already courted controversy when it was revealed that current housemate Ellis Hillon had already been removed from the Big Brother house after it was revealed that she had allegedly posted offensive, racist and inappropriate tweets on her Twitter account. However Ellis’s sister denied the allegations. The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother also made headlines after Roxanne Platt, a former Emmerdale star, quit the house after claiming eventual winner Ryan Thomas “punched” her “repeatedly, unprovoked, and completely deliberately”. Human Ken Doll’ Rodrigo Alves was also removed by producers in the most recent celebrity Big Brother after he received a final warning for using the n-word twice.

The first series of Big Brother aired in 2000 and was hosted by Davina McCall and saw 11 housemates stuck together for 64 days, attracting an average audience of 4.5 million. The series’ popularity lasted until 2008, viewers slowly dropping off towards the end of the show’s run on Channel 4. Channel 5 picked up the series in 2011 but failed to bring viewers back, an average 1.6 million people tuning into the 12th series. The first series of Celebrity Big Brother aired in 2001, featuring such famous faces as Jack Dee, Chris Eubank and Vanessa Feltz.

In 2000 contestantNick Bateman attempted to cheat in the game and pass notes between contestants to sway nominations. Until He was confronted by eventual winner Craig Phillips. The second series was won by Brian Dowling. However School teacher Penny Ellis came under fire in the outside world after she was seen showering in the nude on-screen. Season three aired in 2002 it was won by Kate Lawler, from Beckenham, London who went on to enjoy success on the outside world as she forged a career as a DJ, glamour model and enjoying further reality work – including an appearance in the original version of Love Island in 2005. However it was the introduction of Jade Goody from Essex to UK TV screens which caused viewers to cringe, and they cringed even more when In 2007, Jade returned to the house in Celebrity Big Brother 5 and became embroiled in one of the most shocking reality TV rows of all time. Jade along with her housemates Jo O’Meara and Danielle Lloyd were accused of racism against their Bollywood actress co-star Shilpa Shetty. Jade passed away in 2009 from cervical cancer. Season four aired in 2003 and was won by devoutly Christian fish traderCameron Stout, from Stromness, Orkney.

Season five aired in 2004 and was won by: Nadia Almada, from Ribeira Brava, Madeira, Portugal, who was the only even transgender winner of Big Brother. This series featured a host of shocking moments, including the moment Emma and Michelle Bass re-entered the house after a false eviction landed them in ‘The Bedsit’, where they watched on as their housemates bitched about them. Predictably Upon their return all hell broke loose, Nadia slapped Jason Cowan, Emma and Michelle confronted Victor and guards were called in to break up the fight. Season six which aired in 2005 was equally controversial when eventual winner Anthony Hutton and co-star Makosi Musambasi had a boozy night in the pool, and 48 hours after the incident she claimed she was pregnant with his child. half Polish, half Kuwaiti market researcher Kinga Karolczak also caused a stir after she found a rather novel use for a wine bottle. Contestant Maxwell Ward was also given a warning by Big Brother for throwing a glass of water over co-star Kemal Shahin’s head and putting scabs into Kieron “Science” Harvey’s food. Season Seven aired in 2006 and was won by Pete Bennett who has Bennett’s Tourette’s syndrome and had originally auditioned for the fifth season of Big Brother. Outrageous star Nikki Grahame stole the show with her temper tantrums which left the others bemused. Season Eight aired in 2007 and was won by ditzy but loveable Brian Belo. Controversy came when housemate Emily Parr was removed for using the n-word while talking to housemate Charley Uchea.

Season Nine aired in 2008 and was won by actress and model Rachel Rice, from Pontypool, Wales who is now a fully-qualified at Abersychan Comprehensive School. The runner-up was Michael Hughes. Lisa Appleton and Mario Marconi became the first couple to enter the house. Housemate Dennis McHugh was ejected from the house for spitting in Mohamed ‘Mo’ Mohamed’s face during an argument. Season 10 aired in 2009 and was won by Sophie Read a buxom blonde glamour model from Cheshire. Season 11 aired in 2010 and was won by Josie Gibson, from Bristol. After the show she enjoyed huge success as a fitness guru and has just had her first child.

Season 12 aired in 2011 and was won by Contract Manager Aaron Allard-Morgan, from Weston-super-Mare. Since the show he has enjoyed success elsewhere with various TV appearances and opened a bar. This series featured an appearance by Pamela Anderson and Big Brother threw a party for previous stars Paddy Doherty, Bobby Sabel, Lucien Laviscount, Nikki Grahame and Imogen Thomas. Hollyoaks actors Kieron Richardson and Bronagh Waugh, singer Michelle Heaton and reality star Katie Price also appeared (I think they were getting desperate by this stage to keep Big Brother going). Season 13 took place in 2012 and was won by Luke Anderson, a South African chef from Flintshire who became the second transgender contestant to win after Nadia. Controversy was caused by housemate Aaron Frew who repeatedly flashed and made unwanted sexually-charged advances towards fellow housemate Joel Williams until he was removed from the house for ‘inappropriate behaviour’. Season fourteen aired in 2013 an was won by Sam Evans, from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Housemate Jemima Slade caused offence after making offensive comments towards fellow housemate Gina Rio and was issued a formal warning by Big Brother. Season 15 aired in 2014 and was won by Helen Wood, from Bromley Cross, Bolton who had previously been involved in a threesome with married footballer Wayne Rooney. Elsewher Housemates Steven Goode and Kimberly Kisselovich got together in the Big Brother house,However, just a few weeks after they shared their first kiss and moved their relationship on to a sexual level, Kimberly had to leave the house on Day 44 because of ‘illness’ which was later revealed to be pregnancy. Sadly Kimberly miscarried due to an ectopic pregnancy. However Steven later proposed to Kimberly in the Big Brother house.

Season sixteen aired in 2015 and was won by office administrator Chloe Wilburn from Doncaster. Former winner Helen Wood also appeared but caused controvery when she described another former winner, Brian Belo, as ‘looking like a murderer and rapist’. Then During the 2015 series of Celebrity Big Brother Tila Tequila was kicked out of CBB mere hours after arriving, when pictures emerged of her dressed as a Nazi concentration camp guard. Season 17 aired in 2016 and was won by 45 year old the property developer and salon owner Jason Burrill from Brighton. Controversy was caused by Housemate Laura Carter, who previously claimed to have bedded Justin Bieber, when she had an on-screen romp with Marco Pierre White Jr. Season 18 aired in 2017 and was won by Isabelle Warburton from Warrington. Contorversy was caused by fellow housemate Ex On The Beach star Kayleigh Morris who was kicked out of the house for making ‘violent threats’ against fellow EOTB star Chanelle McCleary. Later in an epic Instagram outburst, she criticized Big Brother, Geordie Shore cast members and the general culture of reality TV. Housemates for this season of Big Brother are

  • 23 year old Customer Service Agent mobile gaming company CIAN CARRIGAN from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
  • 31 year oldSpiritual Adviser ANAMÉLIA SILVA from London (born in Brazil)
  • 27 year old Bartender LEWIS FLANAGAN from Stockton-on Tees
  • 24 year old Call Centre Worker KENALEY AMOS-SISSONS from Nottingham
  • 31 year old cleaner TOMASZ WANIA from London (born in Poland)
  • 18 year old video Blogger CAMERON COLE from Norwich
  • 25 year old Waitress SÎAN HAMSHAW from Barnsley
  • 19 year old fast food worker ELLIS HILLON from Glasgow
  • 23 year old former footballer/ club promoter ISAAC JAGROOP from Birmingham
  • 21 year old Freelance graphic designer BROOKE BERRY from London
  • 26 year old Training consultant AKEEM GRIFFITHS from the Rhondda Valley
  • 32 year old Artist KAY LOVELLE from London
  • 31 year old Carer ZOE JONES from Halifax
  • 26 year old Bricklayer LEWIS GREGORY from London

Bilinda Butcher (My Bloody Valentine)

Bilinda Butcher, British singer with epicly noisy band My Bloody Valentine was born 16th September 1961. She was born and raised in London and later relocated with her parents and older sister Jo-Anne (of whom Bilinda speaks extremely highly of). Butcher and her family were relocated in Golden Valley, Derbyshire a small hamlet in the countryside. Her forename is an alternate spelling of Belinda and was chosen by her grandfather. According to Butcher, “if I’d been a guy I would have been named Bill, but since I was a girl it became Bilinda”. During one of his radio shows, BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel once said Butcher was “being pretentious and tried to be special by spelling name differently”.

Butcher has said that growing up in Golden Valley was difficult as it was “very conservative”. She has said that she was considered “a weirdo” as she wore clothes based on 1920s fashion and listened to records on a portable gramophone. Butcher stated: “My mother thought I was up in my butts. I never watched the news or read the papers; it was like I lived in another era. Everybody was into punk and I was living in the 20s and 30s.”At age sixteen, Butcher moved back to London and began studying dance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance but dropped out after nine months due to developing a case of cystitis caused by a chronic urinary infection. She developed a serious liver disease as a result of mistreatment by doctors.

After dropping out of Trinity Laban, Butcher worked as a nanny for a French family in London for six months and later moved to Paris for another six months with her partner. The pair moved back to London, squatting in Brixton, and had a child, Toby. Describing the experience, Butcher said: “it didn’t feel that great to stay in the squat, there was a lot of heroin and it’s not ideal that a drug user’s needle could sting your baby. Toby’s dad was flipping out because of all the acid he took and I just wanted to get away from all the madness. We tried to live together but he was in too bad a state so it didn’t work”.

Butcher was recruited as a vocalist for My Bloody Valentine in April 1987. She replaced original vocalist David Conway and shared vocal duties briefly with Joe Byfield. Butcher, whose prior musical experience was playing classical guitar as a child and singing and playing tambourine “with some girlfriends for fun”, learned that the group needed a backing vocalist from her partner, who had met drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig on a ferry from the Netherlands. At her audition for the band, she sang “The Bargain Store”, a song from Dolly Parton’s 1975 album of the same name. One of the most recognizable aspects of My Bloody Valentines music is Kevin Shields 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.;

Butcher was featured as co-vocalist and co-guitarist on My Bloody Valentine’s non-album single, “Strawberry Wine”, and the band’s second mini album, Ecstasy, both of which were released in 1987 on Lazy Records. She performed vocals and guitar on all further My Bloody Valentine releases, until the band’s second studio album Loveless (1991)—on which her guitar duties were performed by co-vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields. She contributed a third of the lyrics to Isn’t Anything (1988) and Loveless, as well as other releases including You Made Me Realise (1988), Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991). My Bloody Valentine attempted to record a third studio album after signing with Island Records in October 1992 for a reported £250,000 contract. The band’s advance went towards the construction of a home studio in Streatham, South London, which was completed in April 1993. Several technical problems with the studio sent the band into “semi-meltdown”, according to Shields, and Butcher left the band in 1997, leading to an indefinite hiatus. .

During My Bloody Valentine’s hiatus, Butcher collaborated with two major bands. She performed lead vocals on two tracks—”Ballad Night” and “Casino Kisschase”—on the hip hop band Collapsed Lung’s album Cooler (1996), and performed backing vocals on the Dinosaur Jr song “I Don’t Think” from Hand It Over At Primavera Sound 2013, Butcher also performed with The Jesus and Mary Chain, providing vocals on “Just Like Honey”.

In 2007, Kevin Shields expressed interest in a reunion and releasing a new album with My Bloody Valentine. My Bloody Valentine reunited in 2007, and released their third album, m b v, in 2013 Which was their first album in 20 years.

Kennney Jones (the Small Faces, The Who)

English musician Kenney Jones, was born 16 September 1948. Throughout his musical career Jones has been a member of The Small Faces Faces and The Who. Having previously been in a band with Ronnie Lane, Jones was one of the founding members of the English rock group, the Small Faces which formed after The Jeff Beck group split in 1969, alongside former members Ronnie Wood and lead vocalist Rod Stewart. The Small Faces were part of the Mod revolution of the 1960s. Their hits included “All or Nothing”, “Sha-La-La-La-Lee”, “Itchycoo Park” and “Tin Soldier”. After the departure of lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott in 1969, the group recruited singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood to replace Marriott. Both were formerly from the Jeff Beck Group. The band changed its name to the Faces, as the original name was associated with the small stature of its members, and Stewart and Wood did not fit the description. 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, was entitled Ooh La La, and was released in 1973. Jones remained with the band until its dissolution in late 1975, recording four studio albums and a live album with them.

In November 1978, Jones was invited by guitarist Pete Townshend and manager Bill Curbishley to join The Who, replacing their original drummer Keith Moon, who had died on 7 September 1978 of a Heminevrin overdose at the age of 32. 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 for their energetic 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 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 surviving members of the Who also played a barn-storming set at the Glastonbury Festival.

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.

The Observer listed the Small Faces’ 1968 release Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake one of the “top British albums of all time”. In 2007, the Small Faces were honoured by Westminster Council with a commemorative plaque placed at what was Don Arden’s offices in Carnaby Street, the band’s “spiritual home”. Jones himself unveiled the plaque. In a BBC interview, Jones said: “To honour the Small Faces after all these years is a terrific achievement. I only wish that Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane and Don Arden were here to enjoy this moment with me”. Since the death of Ian McLagan in December 2014, Jones is the sole surviving member of the Small Faces Small Faces have been cited as a major influence on musicians for the past 35 years, including Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher.

B. B. King

Legendary American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist B B. King was born September 16, 1925 and grew up singing in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. At the age of 12, he purchased his first guitar for $15.00, although another source indicates he was given his first guitar by Bukka White, his mother’s first cousin (King’s grandmother and White’s mother were sisters). In 1943, King left Kilmichael to work as a tractor driver and play guitar with the Famous St. John’s Quartet of Inverness, Mississippi, performing at area churches and on WGRM in Greenwood, Mississippi. In 1946, King followed Bukka White to Memphis, Tennessee. White took him in for the next ten months. However, King shortly returned to Mssissippi, where he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit, and returned to West Memphis, Arkansas, two years later in 1948. He performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program on KWEM in West Memphis, where he began to develop a local audience for his sound. King’s appearances led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a ten-minute spot on the legendary Memphis radio station WDIA. King’s Spot became so popular, it was expanded and became the Sepia Swing Club.Initially he worked at WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, gaining the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, which was later shortened toBlues Boy and finally to B.B.It was there that he first met T-Bone Walker.

In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King’s early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. Before his RPM contract King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single “Miss Martha King” (1949), which did not chart well. “My very first recordings [in 1949] were for a company out of Nashville called Bllet, the Bullet Record Transcription company,” King recalls. “I had horns that very first session. I had Phineas Newborn on piano; his father played drums, and his brother, Calvin, played guitar with me. I had Tuff Green on bass, Ben Branch on tenor sax, his brother, Thomas Branch, on trumpet, and a lady trombone player. The Newborn family were the house band at the famous Plantation Inn in West Memphis.”Performing with his famous guitar, Lucille King assembled his own band; the B.B. King Review, under the leadership of Millard Lee. The band initially consisted of Calvin Owens and Kenneth Sands (trumpet), Lawrence Burdin (alto saxophone),George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Floyd Newman (baritone saxophone), Millard Lee (piano),George Joyner (bass) and Earl Forest and Ted Curry (drums). Onzie Horne was a trained musician elicited as an arranger to assist King with his compositions. By his own admission, he cannot play chords well and always relies on improvisation. This was followed by tours across the USA with performances in major theaters in cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis, as well as numerous gigs in small clubs and juke joints of the southern US states.

In 1949, King played at a dance hall in Twist, Arkansas Sadly During a performance, a brawl resulted in the hall bursting into flames, which triggered an evacuation. Once outside, King realized that he had left his guitar inside the burning building. He entered the blaze to retrieve his beloved guitar, a Gibson hollow electric. Two people died in the fire. The next day, King learned that the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille. King named that first guitar Lucille, as well as every one he owned since that near-fatal experience, as a reminder never again to do something as stupid as run into a burning building or fight over women. King also toured the entire “Chitlin’ circuit”, with 342 concerts booked during 1956. He also founded his own record label, Blues Boys Kingdom, with headquarters at Beale Street in Memphis, he produced artists such as Millard Lee and Levi Seabury. In the 1950s, B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music, amassing an impressive list of hits including “3 O’Clock Blues”, “You Know I Love You,” “Woke Up This Morning,” “Please Love Me,” “When My Heart Beats like a Hammer,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “You Upset Me Baby,” “Every Day I Have the Blues”, “Sneakin’ Around,” “Ten Long Years,” “Bad Luck,” “Sweet Little Angel”, “On My Word of Honor,” and “Please Accept My Love.”

During 1956 King made 342 appearances and 3 recording sessions. In November 1964, King recorded the Live at the Regal album at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois and won a Grammy Award for “The Thrill Is Gone”; which is 183 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. He gained further visibility among rock audiences as an opening act on The Rolling Stones’ 1969 American Tour. King’s mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like “To Know You is to Love You” and “I Like to Live the Love”.

In the 1980’s King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and appeared on numerous television shows and performing 300 nights a year. In 1988, King reached a new generation of fans with the single “When Love Comes to Town”, a collaborative effort between King and the Irish band U2 on their Rattle and Hum album. Also that year King played for the 1988 Republican National Convention at the behest of the notorious Republican operative Lee Atwater. King has remained friendly with the Bush Family ever since and in 1990 was awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts by George H.W. Bushand the Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2008. In 2000, King teamed up with guitaristEric Clapton to record Riding With the King. In 1998, King appeared in The Blues Brothers 2000, playing the part of the lead singer of the Louisiana Gator Boys, along with Clapton, Dr. John, Koko Taylor and Bo Diddley.

In 2006, King played at Hallam Arena in Sheffield, England supported by Northern Irish guitarist Gary Moore, with whom King had previously toured and recorded, and on June 28, 2009 King returned to Wembley arena with British blues icon John Mayall. In July King went back to Europe, playing twice at the Zürich at the Blues at Sunset and the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival where he jammed with Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, David Sanborn, Gladys Knight, Lella James, Andre Beeka, Earl Thomas, Stanley Clarke, John McLaughlin, Barbara Hendricks and George Duke. In November and December, King played six times in Brazil. .”In June 2006, King was present at a memorial of his first radio broadcast at the Three Deuces Building in Greenwood, Mississippi, where an official marker of the Mississippi Blues Trail was erected. The same month, a groundbreaking was held for a new museum, dedicated to King. in Indianola, Mississippi. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center opened on September 13, 2008. In late October 2006, he recorded a concert CD and DVD entitled B.B. King: Live at his B.B. King Blues Clubs in Nashville and Memphis. which was his first live performance recording in 14 years.On July 28, 2007, King played at Eric Clapton’s second Crossroads Guitar Festival with 20 other guitarists to raise money for the Crossroads Centre for addictive disorders. Performing in Chicago, he played “Paying the Cost to Be the Boss”, “Rock Me Baby” and “Thrill is Gone” ( with Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan and Hubert Sumlin. Also in 2007, King accepted an invitation to contribute to Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard Records). With Ivan Neville’s DumpstaPhunk, King contributed his version of the title song, “Goin’ Home”.

In 2004 King was awarded the international Polar Music Prize, in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music and In 2007 he performed “One Shoe Blues” on the Sandra Boynton children’s album Blue Moo, In June 2008, King played at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee; he was also the final performer at the 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 8, 2008, and at the Monterey Blues Festival, following Taj Mahal. King was also inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame alongside Liza Minnelli and Sir James Galway.In July 2008, Sirius XM Radio’s Bluesville channel was renamed B.B. King’s Bluesville. On December 3, King was the closing act at the 51st Grammy Nomination Concert, . On December 30, 2008, King played at The Kennedy Center Honors Awards Show; his performance was in honor of actor Morgan Freeman.European Tour 2009, Vienna, July 2009In Summer 2009, King started a European Tour with concerts in France, Germany, Belgium, Finland and Denmark.In March 2010, King contributed to Cyndi Lauper’s album Memphis Blues. King performed at the Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, In 2010 and played the pyramid stage at The Glastonbury Music Festival in 2011 . He embarked on a European tour starting at The Royal Albert Hall, London, supported byDerek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Ronnie Wood, Mick Hucknall and Slash.Barack Obama and B.B. King singing “Sweet Home Chicago”. in 2012, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama hosted, “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues”, a celebration of blues music held in the East Room of the White House and B.B. King was among the performers. Later on that night, President Obama, encouraged by Buddy Guy and B.B. King, sang part of “Sweet Home Chicago”. In 2012, King played a concert at the Chicago House of Blues, where Benson made a guest appearance and both King & Benson held a jammin’ session for over 20 minutes, it was also the celebration of Benson’s birthday.King performed on the debut album of rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T., who also hails from Mississippi.On July 5, 2012, King performed a concert at the Byblos Festival, Lebanon.

B. B. King sadly passed away 14 May 2015 however during 64 years, King played in excess of 15,000 performances. A feature documentary about B.B. King narrated by Morgan Freeman, was released In 2012. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of Blues”, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King). Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatst guitarists of all time , and he was ranked No. 7 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. Throughout his musical career King performed tirelessly, appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. Over the years, King developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, he has inspired thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. King has mixed blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound.

W. O. Bentley

Bentley 3 Litre

English Engineer Walter Owen Bentley, MBE was born 16 September 1888. in Hampstead, London, His father was retired businessman Alfred Bentley, and mother was Emily, née Waterhouse. He was as privately educated at Clifton College in Bristol from 1902 until 1905, when at the age of 16 he left to start work as an apprentice engineer with the Great Northern Railway at Doncaster in Yorkshire for five years . Here he learnt to design complex railway machinery and gained practical experience in the technical procedures to cast, manufacture, and build it. After completing his apprenticeship he left Great Northern in 1910 and began racing Quadrant, Rex, and Indian motorcycles. He competed in two Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races, on a Rex in 1909 and as a member of Indian’s factory team in 1910.

4.5 litre “Blower” Bentley

After studying theoretical engineering at King’s College London, he took employment with the National Motor Cab Company, where his several duties included overseeing the maintenance of the fleet’s 250 Unics. He was fascinated by the cabbies’ ingenuity at fiddling the meters. In 1912 he joined his brother, H. M. (Horace Millner) Bentley, in a company called “Bentley and Bentley” that sold French DFP cars. To improve performance Bentley designed Aluminium Alloy pistons and a modified crankshaft for the engines which went onto break several records at Brooklands in 1913 and 1914. During World War I Bentley used aluminium alloy pistons in military applications to benefit the national interest: as they improved power output and ran cooler, allowing higher compression ratios and higher engine speeds. He was Commissioned in the Royal Naval Air Service, and shared his knowledge and experience with various manufacturers. The company’s first aero engine, named the Eagle, was designed with pistons of aluminium instead of cast-iron or steel and the same innovation was also used in all Sunbeam’s aero engines. The Navy gave him a team to design his own aero engine at the Humber factory in Coventry. Designated the BR1, Bentley Rotary 1, And The bigger BR2 followed in early 1918. In recognition, Bentley was awarded the MBE. the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors also awarded him £8,000.

Bentley R-Type

After the war, in early 1919, W. O. and his brother founded Bentley Motors Limited in Cricklewood and turned his aero engines business into one of car production. In a group that included Frank Burgess (Humber) and Harry Varley (Vauxhall), they designed a high quality sporting tourer for production under the name Bentley Motors and Engine designer Clive Gallop helped develop their 3,000 cubic centimetres (180 cu in) straight-4 engine. The 3-litre engine ran for the first time in New Street Mews, Baker Street, London. W.O.’s first complete Bentley 3 Litre car began road tests in January 1920 and the first production version arrived in 1921. W.O.’s motto was “To build a good car, a fast car, the best in class.” His cars raced in hill climbs and at Brooklands, and the lone 3 Litre entered by the company in the 1922 Indianapolis 500 mile race and driven by Douglas Hawkes finished thirteenth at an average speed of 74.95 mph. In 1922 Bentley entered a team of his new 3-litre modified and race-prepared cars in the 1922 Tourist Trophy driving himself in Bentley III. Jean Chassagne (later himself a ‘Bentley Boy’) on a 1921 Grand Prix Sunbeam winning outright. Bentleys set many records at the Le Mans 24-hour races, with “Bentley Boy” Woolf Barnato winning three times. In 1923 Bentley attended the inaugural Le Mans race, he saw John Duff and Frank Clement’s private entry take fourth place. ABentley 3 Litre won at Le Mans in 1924. However neither of the two Bentleys entered in the 1925 race finished it, but subsequent models won again in 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930, Prompting. Ettore Bugatti to comment that W.O. made “the fastest lorries in the world.”


Sadly Bentley Motors Ltd. encountered financial difficulties, And Kimberley diamond magnate Barney Barnato’s heir Woolf Barnato purchased the business’s assets and became chairman. W. O. continued his design work as Barnato’s employee. The racing version of the W.O.-designed six-cylinder Speed Six—the road car was introduced in 1928—proved to be the most successful Bentley in competition, and won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930. In 1929, a supercharged, “Blower” version of the 1927 4½ Litre was developed sadly though it was not a success. Although Barnato continued racing Bentleys with distinction, and even though the company sold a hundred of its 8 Litre model, which was launched as a grand car for the ultra-rich in October 1930 (Bugatti sold three of his equivalent model, the Royale), the Great Depression took its toll and By July 1931 Barnato’s financial support had dwindled, and Bentley Motors went into voluntary liquidation with a Receiver appointed to the company.

Aston Martin DB2

Rolls-Royce eventually bought the company in 1931 and production of the Bentley 8 Litre, which competed directly with the Rolls-Royce Phantom II, was terminated and production switched to Rolls-Royce premises in Derby and, postwar, Crewe. Rolls-Royce also acquired the Bentley showrooms in Cork Street, the service station at Kingsbury, the whole establishment at Cricklewood and Bentley himself and Barnato was invited to become a director of the new Rolls-Royce subsidiary, Bentley Motors (1931) Limited, Bentley also joined Rolls-Royce under a contract extending from 1 May 1932 to the end of April 1935 and Work began on The new Derby 3 1⁄2-litre. Although Bentley admired Rolls-Royce’s achievements he left Rolls-Royce at the end of April 1935 with a sense of freedom. Then after A Lagonda M45R Rapide with a Meadows engine won at Le Mans in June 1935 W. O. joined The Lagonda board of directors as technical director, with the majority of the Rolls-Royce racing department staff following him to Lagonda, including Frank Stark, Reg Ingham, Donald Bastow and Stewart Tresilian, who was Chief designer of the 4480 cc 180 Bhp V12 project launched in 1937 which could go from 7 to 105 mph in top gear and to rev to 5000 rpm. However Tresilian left in early 1938 for a Hawker Siddeley subsidiary and V12 development was abandoned.

Armstong Siddeley Sapphire

During the Second World war W. O. worked on armaments at Lagonda. towards the end of the war he began work on a new straight-6 engine as Lagonda’s V12 was too extravagant, so he developed a modern 2580 cc dual overhead cam straight-6 engine producing 105Bhp. In 1947 production of the Lagonda 2.6 litre motorcar designed by Mr W. O. Bentley, was cancelled. However this Lagonda specification was bought by David Brown & Sons (Huddersfield) Limited, gear-wheel manufacturer, along with Aston Martin to gain Bentley’s engineering expertise, and placed The under the bonnet of The Aston Martin DB2 and was used until 1959. Bentley remained as an engineer at Aston Martin-Lagonda until moving to Armstrong Siddeley, where he designed another twin-overhead-cam 3-litre engine for the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire before retiring.W. O. married three times. In 1914 he married Leonie Gore, the daughter of the ninth baronet, who tragically died in 1919 . He then married Poppy (Audrey Hutchinson) in 1920. a fun-loving society woman who disliked factories, whereas Bentley, a homely modest man loved to spend his time in the workshop and they divorced in 1931. He married Margaret Roberts Hutton née Murray in 1934 and she survived him. He had no children. Bentley died at Woking, Surrey, Friday 13 August 1971, shortly before his 83rd birthday, revered patron of The Bentley Drivers’ Club. His widow, Margaret, survived him and died in 1989.