Kim Deal (Pixies, Breeders)

American singer-songwriter and musician. Kimberley Ann Deal was born June 10, 1961 in Dayton, Ohio. Her father was a laser physicist who worked at the nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Kim and her identical twin sister Kelley were introduced to music at a young age; the two sang to a “two-track, quarter-inch, tape” when they were “four or five” years old, and grew up listening to hard rock bands such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. When Deal was 11, she learned Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” on the acoustic guitar. In high school, at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, she was a cheerleader and often got into conflicts with authority.

As a teenager, she formed a folk rock band named The Breeders with her sister. She then became a prolific songwriter, as she found it easier to write songs than cover them. Deal later commented on her songwriting output: “I got like a hundred songs when I was like 16, 17 … The music is pretty good, but the lyrics are just like, OH MY GOD. We were just trying to figure out how blue rhymes with you. When I was writing them, they didn’t have anything to do with who I was.” The Deals bought microphones, an eight-track tape recorder, a mixer, speakers, and amps for a bedroom studio. According to Kelley, they “had the whole thing set up by the time we were 17”. They later bought a drum machine “so it would feel like we were more in a band” Following high school, Deal went to seven different colleges, including Ohio State University, but did not graduate from any of them. She eventually received an associate degree in medical technology from Kettering College of Medical Arts and took several jobs in cellular biology, including working in a hospital laboratory and a biochemical lab.

Kim Deal became the bassist and backing vocalist for the Pixies in January 1986 after answering an advertisement for a Bass player in the Boston Phoenix Even though her main instrument was guitar. She borrowed her sister Kelley’s bass guitar to use in the band. she also suggested they hire David Lovering as drummer, a friend of her husband, whom she met at her wedding reception. She played Bass on The Pixies first recording Come on Pilgrim and their second album Surfer Rosa on Which Deal sang lead vocals on the album’s only single, “Gigantic”, which she co-wrote with Black Francis. The Pixies next album Doolittle followed a year later, with Deal contributing the song “Silver” and appearing on slide guitar.

Sadly tensions began to develop between her and Francis, with bickering and standoffs between the two marring the album’s recording sessions. This led to increased stress between the band members. However During a 1988 post-Surfer Rosa tour of Europe with Throwing Muses as part of The Pixies, Deal began to write new material and discussed possible side-projects with Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donnelly. Following Doolittle the Pixies took a break. During which Deal formed The Breeders with Tanya Donelly, Josephine Wiggs, and Britt Walford. Deal named the band The Breeders, after the folk band she formed with Kelley as a teenager, and they recruited Carrie Bradley, violinist and vocalist in Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, to record a short demo tape. Breeders allowed Deal to become more active in songwriting, and their debut album, Pod (1990), containing mostly Deal-written songs, was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland by Steve Albini. However Tanya Donelly left and was replaced by Kim’s twin sister Kelley Deal.

Deal returned to the U.S. after finishing recording Pod in Edinburgh, but was then fired from The Pixies. However the other members changed their mind and the four of them began recording the band’s next album, Bossanova. The Pixies final studio album Trompe le Monde was released in 1991. The recording sessions were fractious, as the band were hardly ever together during the process. Deal sang on a cover of Neil Young’s “I’ve Been Waiting for You” and “Alec Eiffel”.

The Pixies broke up in early 1993, and a year later The Breeders, released the platinum-selling album Last Splash in 1993, which went onto great success. The Breeders released the hit singles “Cannonball”. ” “Safari”, “Divine Hammer,” and “Saints.” The band also released the vinyl-only “Head to Toe” 10″ EP during the summer of 1994, when they appeared on the main stage of Lollapalooza.

In 1994 The Breeders went into hiatus after her sister Kelley entered drug rehabilitation. During the band’s hiatus, Deal adopted the stage name Tammy Ampersand and formed the short-lived rock band The Amps, recording a single album, Pacer in 1995. After her own stint in drug rehabilitation, Deal eventually reformed The Breeders with a new line-up for the two more albums, Title TK in 2002 and Mountain Battles in 2008. During that time she would also return to Pixies when the band reunited in 2004. In 2013, Deal announced she was leaving Pixies to concentrate on making new material with The Breeders, after the band’s most famous line-up (Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson had rejoined the band for the first time since 1995) had reunited for a new series of tours celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s hit album Last Splash. In 2018, The Breeders released their fifth album All Nerve, the first album to reunite the band’s most famous line-up (Kim and Kelley, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson) since the release of 1993’s Last Splash

Kim Deal has also produced music for other groups, most notably fellow Dayton band Guided by Voices (one of the songs on Pacer, “I am Decided,” was written by the band’s lead singer, Robert Pollard). Deal has contributed her voice to numerous projects, including This Mortal Coil’s 1991 version of Chris Bell’s “You and Your Sister” (a duet with Tanya Donnelly); the 1995 Sonic Youth single “Little Trouble Girl”; and The For Carnation’s “Tales (Live from the Crypt)” in 2000.

In 2004, Deal returned to a newly reunited The Pixies and toured North America with them. The song “Bam Thwok” was also released in 2004. The Pixies also played the Coachella Festival in 2004 and headlined Lollapalooza in 2005 at Chicago’s Grant Park. The Pixies also toured the UK and headlined at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. In 2008, the Breeders released their fourth full-length studio album, Mountain Battles. In April 2009, The Breeders released their third EP, Fate to Fatal. On June 14, 2013, it was announced that Deal had left The Pixies

Kim Deal began writing solo material and In 2012, Kim Deal played a solo set at the All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” festival in the UK, debuting several new songs including her first solo single, “Walking with a Killer,” releasing more songs throughout 2013 and 2014. In 2013, 4AD released LSXX, a 20th anniversary edition of The Breeders album Last Splash. Deal reunited with Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson for a Last Splash anniversary tour of North America, Europe, and Australia. A new single, “Wait in the Car”, was released in 2017 And in, 2018, the reunited Breeders lineup released All Nerve. The Breeders also collaborated on multiple tracks of Courtney Barnett’s May 2018 album Tell Me How You Really Feel, with Kim and Kelley singing backing vocals on the singles “Nameless, Faceless” and “Crippling Self-Doubt and a General Lack of Confidence”.

Joey Santiago (Pixies)

Joey Santiago The Guitarist with alternative band The Pixies was born 10 June 1965. The Pixies were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). The Pixies formed after Joey Santiago and Black Francis (born Charles Thompson IV) first met when they lived next to each other in a suite while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Alhough Santiago was worried about distractions, he noticed Francis played music and the pair began to jam together. Francis then embarked on a student exchange trip to Puerto Rico to study Spanish. Six months later, he returned to Amherst and dropped out of the university. Francis and Santiago spent 1984 working in a warehouse, with Francis composing songs on his acoustic guitar and writing lyrics on the subway train.

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In January 1986 Bass player Kim Deal joined Santiago and Francis after responding to a classified advertisement seeking a female bass player who liked both folk music icons Peter, Paul and Mary and the Hüsker Dü. the trio started rehearsing in Deal’s apartment. After recruiting Deal, the band tried unsuccessfully to get her sister, Kelley Deal, to join as its drummer. Kim’s husband suggested they hire drummer David Lovering, whom Kim had met at her wedding reception.The group arrived at a name after Santiago selected the word “pixies” meaning mischievous little elves? Once the band had settled on a name and stable line-up, They began to play shows at bars in and around the Boston area. While the Pixies were playing a concert with Throwing Muses, they were noticed by someone in the music business and.The band produced a 17-track demo at Fort Apache soon afterwards, known to fans as “The Purple Tape” funded by Francis’ father at the cost of $1000, the recording session was completed in three days. Local promoter Ken Goes became the band’s manager, and he passed the demo to Ivo Watts-Russell of the independent record label 4AD. Watts-Russell signed them at the persuasion of his girlfriend. eight tracks from the Purple Tape were selected for the Come On Pilgrim mini-LP, the band’s first release which also contained the songs “Vamos” and “Isla de Encanta “I’ve Been Tired”,”Nimrod’s Son” and “The Holiday Song”. Come On Pilgrim was followed by, Surfer Rosa. The album was recorded by Steve Albini ,completed in two weeks, and released in early 1988. Surfer Rosa gained the Pixies acclaim in Europe; both Melody Maker and Sounds gave Surfer Rosa their “Album of the Year” award. American critical response was also positive yet more muted. They also support Throwing Muses on the European “Sex and Death” tour. British producer Gil Norton produced the Pixies second full album, Doolittle, which was recorded in the last six weeks of 1988 and seen as a departure from the raw sound of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa. Doolittle had a much cleaner sound, And featured the songs “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” .

Sadly following the release of Doolittle tensions between Deal and Francis came to a head and Deal was almost fired from the band when she refused to play at a concert in Frankfurt. The band became increasingly tired during the post-Doolittle “Fuck or Fight” tour of the United States and fighting among members continued. After the tour’s final date in New York, the band was too exhausted to attend the end-of-tour party the following night and soon announced a hiatus. During this time, Santiago and Lovering went on vacation, while Francis performed a short solo tour, made up of a number of concerts to generate gas money as he traveled across the country. Deal formed a new band, The Breeders, with Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses and bass player Josephine Wiggs of Perfect Disaster. Their debut album, Pod, was released in 1990. Black Francis wrote much of the Pixies next album Bossanova which was released 1990 and featured the singles “Velouria” and “Dig for Fire”, the Pixies also released a cover of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “Born in Chicago” on the compilation album Rubáiyát: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary.VThe band continued to tour and released Trompe le Monde in 1991, their final album before their break-up. The album included “U-Mass” and also featured a cover of “Head On” by The Jesus and Mary Chain.Also that year, the band contributed a cover of “I Can’t Forget” to the Leonard Cohen tribute album I’m Your Fan,and began an international tour on which they played stadiums in Europe and smaller venues in the United States. They then embarked on an uncomfortable tour supporting U2 on their Zoo TV Tour in 1992.Tensions rose between band members, and, at the end of the year, the Pixies went on sabbatical and focused on separate projects.

In early 1993, the Pixies broke up, and the four members embarked on separate projects. Black Francis renamed himself Frank Black, and released several solo albums, including a string of releases with Frank Black and the Catholics. Deal returned to The Breeders, who scored a hit with “Cannonball” from that group’s platinum-selling Last Splash in 1993, and released two more albums several years later. Deal also formed and released one album with The Amps. Santiago played lead guitar on multiple Frank Black albums. He wrote theme music for the show Undeclared on Fox television and for Crime and Punishment in Suburbia. He formed a band called The Martinis with his wife, Linda Mallari, who released an album in 2004. In2004, he also played lead guitar on the album “Statecraft” by the novelist and musician Charles Douglas.Lovering went on to become a magician and made occasional appearances as “The Scientific Phenomenalist”, performing experiments on stage and occasionally opening for Frank Black and The Breeders. Lovering continued to do some drumming, playing with the band Cracker,as well as on one of Tanya Donelly’s solo albums,and on the Martinis’ song “Free”, which appeared on the Empire Records soundtrack.v4AD and Elektra Records continued to release Pixies material in the band’s absence. They released the best-of album Death to the Pixies (1997), the Peel-session compilation Pixies at the BBC (1998), and the Complete ‘B’ Sides compilation (2001). Then, in 2002 material from the band’s original 17-track demo tape was released as an EP, Pixies, on Cooking Vinyl in the U.K.and SpinArt Records in the U.S.; Black has also used these labels to release solo work and albums with The Catholics. In the 11 years following the break-up, Frank Black also began to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with The Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago in his solo work and Lovering’s magic show as an opening act to concerts.

In February 2004, the Pixies reunited and toured and tickets for nearly all the initial tour dates sold out within minutes.t band’s four-night run at London’s Brixton Academy was the fastest selling in the venue’s 20-year history. The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004, at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band also toured Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S won the Act-of-the-Year award in the 2004 Boston Music Awards. In June 2004, the band released a new song, “Bam Thwok” and 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, along with a companion DVD, entitled Pixies. The band also contributed a rendition of “Ain’t That Pretty At All” to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. In 2005, the band made appearances at festivals including Lollapalooza,”T on the Fringe”,and the Newport Folk Festival.They continued to make appearances through 2006 and2007. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, the Pixies launched a tour in October 2009 where they performed the album track-for-track, including the associated B-sides. Touring Europe, United States, South America, Australia, New Zealand, with more European dates in spring 2010. and back to North America in fall 2010 and into spring 2011.In the autumn of 2011 the “Imaginary Cities” tour continued the “Doolittle Tour” as they played many venues for the first time.

In 2013 Kim Deal left the Pixies and the band released a new song, “Bagboy”, as a free download which features Jeremy Dubs on vocals in place of Deal. The Muffs and The Pandoras guitarist and vocalist Kim Shattuck, replaced Deal for the band’s 2013 European tour. On September 3, 2013 Pixies released a new EP simply titled EP1. In November, 2013, Shattuck announced that she had been dismissed from the band and replaced by Paz Lenchantin for the 2014 tour. The Pixies released their second EP, titled EP2, on January 3, 2014. The single released to radio was “Blue Eyed Hexe.” the 3 prior EPs were released as Indie Cindy in, 2014.

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10th June in 1921. He is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and is the United Kingdom’s longest-serving consort and also the oldest serving spouse of a reigning British monarch. to mark the occasion , The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fires a salute in London’s Hyde Park, which is fired every year to herald the occasion and the event will be open to the public but is not customarily attended by members of the royal famil

Prince Philip is a member of the Danish-German House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, And was born in Greece into the Greek royal family, but his family was exiled from Greece when he was a child. After being educated in Germany, England and Scotland, he joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 18 in 1939. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, his third cousin and the eldest daughter and heiress presumptive of King George VI, whom he had first met in 1934. During World War II he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets. After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Prior to the official engagement announcement, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism, and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his British maternal grandparents.

After an official engagement of five months, as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten he married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. On his marriage, he was granted the style of His Royal Highness and the title of Duke of Edinburgh by the King, his father-in-law. Philip left active service, having reached the rank of Commander, when Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. The Queen, his wife, made him a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957 and Lord High Admiral in 2011.Philip has four children with Elizabeth: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Through an Order in Council issued in 1960, descendants of Philip and Elizabeth not bearing royal styles and titles can use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which has also been used by some members who do hold titles, such as Charles and Anne. A keen sportsman, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He is a patron of over 800 organisations, and chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for people aged 14 to 24 years

Ray Charles

The Late great American Rhythm and blues legend Ray Charles tragically died 10 June 4 as a result of liver failure/hepatitis C at his home at the age of 73 years old. He was Born September 23, 1930 and his musical curiosity was first sparked when he heard boogie woogie played on an old upright piano. Charles started to lose his sight at the age of five & went completely blind by the age of seven, apparently due to glaucoma. He attended school at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine from 1937 to 1945,where he developed his musical talent. During this time he performed on WFOY radio in St. Augustine. In school, Charles was taught only classical music, but wanted to play the jazz and blues. While at school, he became the school’s premier musician.Charles was 15 When his mother died. He didn’t return to school, preferring instead, to play the piano for bands at the Ritz Theatre in LaVilla, earning $4 a night. He also played with a southern band called The Florida Playboys. This is where he began his habit of always wearing sunglasses, made by designer Billy Stickles. Charles had always played for other people, but he wanted his own band, so He decided to leave Florida and moved to Seattle in 1947 (where he first met and befriended a 14-year-old Quincy Jones, and soon started recording, first for the Down Beat label as the Maxin Trio with guitarist G.D. McKee and bassist Milton Garrett.

By fusing elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings he became a pioneer in the genre of soul music and achieved his first hit with “Confession Blues” in 1949 and joined Swing Time Records where he recorded two more R&B hits, “Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” in 1951 and “Kissa Me Baby”in 1952. In early 1953 . Charles began recording jump blues and boogie-woogie style recordings as well as slower blues ballads where he continued to show the vocal influences of Nat “King” Cole and Charles Brown. “Mess Around” became Charles’ first Atlantic hit in 1953 and he later had hits the following year with “It Should Have Been Me” and “Don’t You Know”. He also recorded the songs, “Midnight Hour” and “Sinner’s Prayer”. Late in 1954, Charles recorded his own composition, “I Got a Woman”, and the song became Charles’ first number-one R&B hit in 1955 and brought him to national prominence. The elements of “I Got a Woman” included a mixture of gospel, jazz and blues elements that would later prove to be seminal in the development of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music. He repeated this pattern throughout 1955 continuing through 1958 with records such as “This Little Girl of Mine”, “Drown in My Own Tears”, “Lonely Avenue”, “A Fool For You” and “The Night Time (Is the Right Time)”.Charles also recorded instrumental jazz albums such as 1957′s The Great Ray Charles. During this time, Charles also worked with jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson, releasing Soul Brothers in 1958 and Soul Meeting in 1961 and reached the pinnacle of his success at Atlantic with the release of “What’d I Say”. Later in 1959, and released his first country song, a cover of Hank Snow’s “Movin’ On”, and had recorded three more albums for the label including a jazz record (later released in 1961 as The Genius After Hours), a blues record (released in 1961 as The Genius Sings the Blues) and a traditional pop/big band record (The Genius of Ray Charles).

In 1960 Charles received national acclaim and a Grammy Award for the Sid Feller- produced “Georgia on My Mind”, and also earned another Grammy for the follow-up “Hit the Road Jack”, and became one of the few black artists to crossover into mainstream pop. The 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, also helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. He also had major pop hits in 1963 with “Busted” (US No. 4) and Take These Chains From My Heart. In 1965, Charles’ was arrested for a third time for heroin and After spending a year on parole, Charles reemerged on the charts in 1966 with a series of hits including “I Don’t Need No Doctor” , “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, “Crying Time” and “Here We Go Again”. However, Charles’ renewed chart success, proved to be short lived and by the late 1960s his music was rarely played on radio stations, although Charles’ 1972 album, Message from the People, was a hit and included his unique gospel- influenced version of “America the Beautiful” and His 1975 recording of Stevie Wonder’s hit, “Living for the City” later helped Charles win another Grammy.In 1977, he recorded the album, True to Life and In April 1979, Charles’ version of “Georgia On My Mind” was proclaimed the state song of Georgia and An emotional Charles performed the song on the floor of the state legislature. During the 1980′s Charles recorded a string of country albums and began having a string of country hits often with duet singers such as George Jones, Chet Atkins, B.J. Thomas, Mickey Gilley, Hank Williams, Jr. and lifelong friend Willie Nelson, for which he recorded the No. 1 country duet, “Seven Spanish Angels”.

He also made a return on the R&B charts with a cover of The Brothers Johnson’s “I’ll Be Good to You”, in collaboration with his lifelong buddy Quincy Jones and singer Chaka Khan, which hit number-one on the R&B charts in 1990 and won Charles and Khan a Grammy. Charles returned on the pop charts in another duet, with singer Billy Joel on the song, “Baby Grand” and in 1989, recorded a cover of the Southern All Stars’ “Itoshi no Ellie”, releasing it as “Ellie My Love”. Charles’ 1993 album, My World also became his first album in some time to reach the Billboard 200 and his cover of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” gave him a charted hit on the adult contemporary chart as well as his twelfth and final Grammy he would receive in his lifetime. In 1980, he also made a cameo on the film, The Blues Brothers.Charles’ version of “Night Time is the Right Time” was also played during the popular “Cosby Show” episode, “Happy Anniversary” and In 1985, he appeared among a slew of other popular musicians in the USA for Africa charity recording, “We Are the World”. Charles also appeared at two Presidential inaugurations in his lifetime. In 1985, he performed for Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration, and in 1993 for Bill Clinton’s first. In 2003, Ray Charles also headlined the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. where the President, First Lady, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice attended. In 2003 Charles performed “Georgia On My Mind” and “America the Beautiful” at a televised annual electronic media journalist banquet held in Washington, D.C. His final public appearance came on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio in Los Angeles.

His final album, Genius Loves Company, was released two months after his death, consists of duets with various admirers and contemporaries: B.B. King, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and Johnny Mathis. The album won eight Grammy Awards, including five for Ray Charles for Best Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Here We Go Again” with Norah Jones, and Best Gospel Performance for “Heaven Help Us All” with Gladys Knight; he also received nods for his duets with Elton John and B.B. King. The album included a version of Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow”, sung as a duet by Charles and Johnny Mathis; this record was played at his memorial service. Two more posthumous albums, Genius & Friends and Ray Sings, Basie Swings, were released. Genius & Friends consisted of duets recorded from 1997 to 2005 with his choice of artists. Ray Sings, Basie Swings consists of archived vocals of Ray Charles from live mid-1970s performances added to new instrumental tracks specially recorded by the contemporary Count Basie Orchestra and other musicians. Charles’s vocals recorded from the concert mixing board were added to new accompaniments to create a “fantasy concert” recording. The late great Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business” and Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.