Peak UK Chart Position: #17 in September 1989.

On the day that saw the births of both Bob Marley (1945, died May 11th 1981) and Natalie Cole (1950, died December 31st 2015), here are a selection of February 6th’s musical birthdays:

  • Rick Astley – born Richard Paul Astley, in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England – singer/songwriter/musician/radio personality, is 51 today (“Never Gonna Give You Up” UK #1/US #1 in 1987, “When I Fall In Love” UK #2 in 1987, “Together Forever” UK #2/US #1 in 1988)
  • Mike Batt – born Michael Philip Batt, in Southampton, Hampshire, England – singer/songwriter/musician/artist/record producer/conductor/director/arranger, turns 68 today (“Summertime City” with New Edition UK #4 in 1975; as singer/songwriter/producer of the Wombles: “Wombling Merry Christmas” UK #2, “Remember You’re A Womble” UK #3, both 1974)
  • Dan Bălan – born in Chișinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union – musician/singer/songwriter/record producer, turns 38 today (“Chica Bomb” UK #44 in 2010; with O-Zone: “Dragostea Din Tei” UK #3 and global #1 in 2004)
  • Dave Berry – born David Holgate Grundy, in Woodhouse, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England – singer, is 76 today (“The Crying Game” UK #5 in 1964, “Little Things” UK #5 in 1965)
  • Richie McDonald – born Richard Vance McDonald, in Lubbock, Texas, United States – singer/songwriter, turns 55 today (as vocalist/founder of Lonestar: “Amazed” UK #21/US #1 in 2000, “Smile” UK #55 in 2000)

Last up, and hot on the heels of Duff McKagan’s birthday yesterday, is bandmate Axl Rose – born William Bruce Rose Jr., in Lafayette, Indiana, United States – who celebrates his 55th birthday today. He has been lead vocalist of Guns N’ Roses since inception in 1985, and also became lead singer of AC/DC in 2016. GNR have several multi-million-selling albums, with 1987 debut “Appetite For Destruction” having shifted over 30 million copies globally. Rose has legally held the rights to the band’s name for some years, and has overseen countless line-up changes, with the current line-up including original bassist McKagan and original lead guitarist Slash, with original drummer Steven Adler having joined them briefly on tour last summer.

“Nightrain” was taken from “Appetite For Destruction”, and was a far bigger hit in the UK than in the US (only getting to number 93). The song is a tribute to an infamous brand of cheap Californian fortified wine, ‘Night Train Express’, which was extremely popular with the band during their early days because of its low price and high alcohol content. Between 1989’s “Paradise City” and 1995’s “Sympathy For The Devil”, this and the “Civil War EP” (#11 in 1993) were the only two not to make the UK singles chart top ten in a string of fourteen releases.

Here it is, performed live at The Ritz in New York, in 1988.

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