2014 – Oasis: Police in Manchester England, said “an Oasis fan” could’ve been responsible for breaking into an art gallery to steal a picture of the band after a window was smashed at MASA-UK in Greater Manchester. The black-and-white painting by Olga Tsarevska Loma was inscribed with ‘otz2013’.
2014 – The Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’ was voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote. The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972. Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ […]
2014 – The Last Ship, Sting’s musical about shipbuilding in north-east England, opened on Broadway. The former frontman with The Police described watching the opening night as “an out-of-body experience”. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Blondie’s Deborah Harry were among the first night audience at the Neil Simon Theatre.
2014 – Jack Bruce dies at the age of 71.
2014 – Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. His death came just weeks before he was due to release his first album after 30 years. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. The UK singer first performed under the name of Shane Fenton.
2014 – Kasabian won best live act and best act in the world at the Q Awards held in London, England. Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was named a Q Icon, Elbow’s The Take Off and Landing of Everything, was named best album, Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky received the best track award, while 22-year-old […]
2014 – John Holt, reggae singer and songwriter who first found fame as a member of the Paragons, died aged 67. Holt penned ‘The Tide Is High’ made famous by Blondie.
2014 – George Harrison: The childhood home of former Beatle George Harrison sold at an auction at The Cavern Club for £156,000, ($250,000). The three-bedroom mid-terrace home was where The Quarrymen held some of their first rehearsals before the band evolved into the The Beatles in 1960.
2014 – Raphael Ravenscroft who played the sax riff on the Gerry Rafferty hit ‘Baker Street’ died aged 60 of a suspected heart attack. He was only paid £27.50 for the ‘Baker Street’ session, and it has been reported that the cheque bounced and that it was kept on the wall of Ravenscroft’s solicitors; by […]
2014 – U2 frontman Bono said he was sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world, saying the move was a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity”. iTunes users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without […]
2014 – Isaiah “Ikey” Owens the American keyboardist known for his work with The Mars Volta, Jack White and an array of bands from the Long Beach music scene died aged 39. Owens was found dead due to a heart attack in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico.
2014 – Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere And The Raiders died following a battle with cancer. Between 1961 and 1971, the band placed 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40, including the US Top 10 hits ‘Kicks’, ‘Hungry’, ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?’