Today, the 23rd March 2013, is the 60th birthday of the legendary, Queen of Funk, Miss Chaka Khan. Chaka, real name, Yvette Marie Stevens was born on March 23rd 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Her voice, to me, is the most amazing female vocalist that has ever sang. Covering genres of funk, disco, jazz, blues and R&B over four decades as an artist, Chaka … Continue reading CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY – Chaka Khan

Celebrity Birthdays! Rock Icon, Tina Turner Turns 73

Today is the birthday of the Queen of Rock and Roll, Miss Tina Turner who turns 73.   Born in Nutbush, Tennessee, USA 26th November, 1939, Anna Mae Bullock came from a humble and tough start in life before that gravelly powerful voice that many generations would grow to love, started her musical career in the mid-50s. After propelling to fame with Ike Turner, marrying … Continue reading Celebrity Birthdays! Rock Icon, Tina Turner Turns 73

Happy Earthday, Missy Elliot. Rapper/Producer turns 41, June 1st 2012

Today, July 1st sees rapper/singer, songwriter, producer and actress, Melissa Arnette Elliot, better known as Missy “Misdemeanour” Elliot turn 41. Hardcore R&B fans will be familiar with Missy’s early recordings with the female group Sista (who also featured on Jodeci‘s albums) in the early 90’s, but it was her songwriting skills with fellow former Swing Mob member, Timbaland that put Missy on the map. Crafting … Continue reading Happy Earthday, Missy Elliot. Rapper/Producer turns 41, June 1st 2012

Happy Earthday Lauryn Hill

  This is a short and sweet “Happy Birthday” shout to the fabulous Lauryn Noelle Hill who celebrates her 37th year today.  The beautiful singer, actress, producer and mother of six is rarely seen in the spotlight but still continues to make music and tours. Her distinguished vocals and rap style gained a whole new generation of hip-hop followers worldwide during her time in The … Continue reading Happy Earthday Lauryn Hill

RIP Donna Summer, Disco Queen

So sad to hear that the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer passed away today after a battle with cancer. The 63 year old was the Hot Stuff of disco music in the 70s and early 80s, She Worked Hard For The Money and became an inspiration to up and coming black female artists. Some of her contemporaries called her the ‘original diva’.   Miss Summer … Continue reading RIP Donna Summer, Disco Queen

Happy Earthday Janet Jackson

NB:  THIS IS WRITTEN IN UK TIME WHICH IS AHEAD OF THE US TIME.  On May 16th 1966, Gary Indiana, Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born into the infamous Jackson family. The youngest of ten children (one child died at birth), Janet was born into super stardom and was performing alongside her siblings as a toddler. After her ‘secret’ marriage to singer James Debarge (1984) … Continue reading Happy Earthday Janet Jackson