Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Music makes the world go round

You may have seen us tweeting yesterday about the anniversary of the death of music legend Elvis Presley. In the US thousands of fans flocked for miles to visit his home in Graceland too see his final resting place. However, Elvis is just one of many music icons that are gone but definitely not forgotten so in tribute today we celebrate legends passed.


John Lennon

Perhaps an obvious choice but you simply can’t pay homage to the greats without including this man. This Beatles legend formed undoubtedly one of the most successful song writing partnerships of the 20th century with band mate Paul McCartney. Aside from his music Lennon was famous for his peace activism and opposition Vietnam war as well as other humanitarian issues. Such outspoken behaviour wasn't always welcome and in the 1970’s Richard Nixon and his administration unsuccessfully tried to deport the singer. As a solo artist Lennon's album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth, and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all-time.

Selena

Those of you in Spain or Mexico will have most probably heard of this Latina Legend. Often called the Mexican Madonna Selena released her first album when she was just 12 years old. After starting her career in a band with her siblings Selena branched out alone achieving widespread success through Mexico and Spanish speaking countries. She was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard, for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits. Today Selena is regarded as one of the most widely known Mexican-American vocal artists in the world. In 1997 her life was made into a film with Jennifer Lopez taking the lead role (Selena).

Bob Marley

Who hasn’t heard the music of this Jamaican born reggae artist? If you haven’t you should listen now! Hailed as the first superstar from the third world, and the man that introduced the world to reggae, Bob Marley is without a doubt one of the most influential artists of his time. Born and raised in Jamaica, Marley started his musical career with friend, Bunny in a group called the Wailers. In 1999 Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century. Marley died in 1981 but his music and his life are still remembered and in 2001, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a feature-length documentary about his life, Rebel Music, won various awards at the Grammys.

Michael Jackson

The name speaks for itself but just like Lennon, the list would not be complete with a mention of this man. Lead singer of the Jackson 5 turned international superstar Jackson was as famous for his music as his personal life which often was the topic of much debate. However despite anything he will always remain one of the most successful and loved performers of all time. When having a look through Jackson’s achievements it took a good few minutes of scrolling before we gave up, there’s hundreds, so here are a few to give you an idea of just how successful an artist he was...

· 13 solo number 1 hits

· 4 number 1’s with the Jackson 5

· Estimated sales of over 750 million records

· 13 Grammy Awards

The list could go on (and on) so instead why don’t you give us a hand and let us know who you think should make the cut and why, leave a comment below or tweet us!

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