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Tuesday 04 May 2021.

Tuesday 04 May 2021. Happy Birthday to ZAL CLEMINSON (SAHB guitarist) who is 72 today. I saw Zal with Sensational Alex Harvey Band a few times in the 1970s, and a few times later without Alex as he passed away in 1982, aged only 46. ---------- Happy Birthday to MICK MARS (Motley Crue guitarist ) who is 70 today. I have seen Motley Crue live around a dozen times since 1984. ------------------- Wednesday 05 May 2021. Happy Birthday to ADELE who is 33 today. In July 2008 I saw Adele play a tiny club show at the 250 capacity Bush Hall for Capital Radio. In 2008 Adele and Duffy were the hottest new female acts coming through, with their debut albums. ----------- Sad news that NICK KAMEN has passed away at the age of 59, a friend of his family has confirmed to the BBC. The Essex-born star was known for appearing in a 1985 Levi's advert filmed in a launderette. His music career peaked the next year with a top five hit Each Time You Break My Heart, co-written by Madonna. His friend and fellow singer Boy George led the tributes on Wednesday, describing Kamen as "the most beautiful and sweetest man". ------------------- Thursday 06 May 2021. Happy Birthday to actor GEORGE CLOONEY who is 60 today. ----------- AUGUST DARNELL is the latest songwriter to cash in on his back catalogue - selling hits including Annie I'm Not Your Daddy to music publisher One Media iP Group. The singer has sold the writers' royalties of 1980s' band Kid Creole and the Coconuts, saying he wants to "look after his Coconuts way into the future". The musician, born August Darnell in New York in 1950, enjoyed a string of hits in the early 1980s, which included Stool Pigeon and I'm A Wonderful Thing, Baby and in 1983 won a Brit Award for best international artist. Kid Creole & The Coconuts were such a great live band back in their 1980s heyday. Over a dozen of them on stage , including three man brass section, percussion and the three Coconuts. I have seen them over a dozen times including.... four shows in 1982 ( one at The Lyceum and three at Hammersmith Odeon) six shows in 1983 (all at Hammersmith Odeon as they played two UK tours that year )