When Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock first started making music together, close to six decades ago, a large proportion of the British music scene was pretending to be something it wasn’t. Gene Vincent, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis were inspiring Tom Jones and everyone else to sing in a transatlantic accent. Chas Hodges was a supreme musician.
Stars from across the world of entertainment and politics have shared their messages for the pop-rock musician.
A music venue in Bristol will play Toto’s hit song “Africa” on a loop for an entire night to raise funds for an African charity. DJ Michael Savage is set to play the US rock band's biggest hit on vinyl for “five hours straight” at The Exchange on 30 November. The bar at The Exchange will also be playing cover versions and remixes of the classic 1980s track, which is Toto's biggest hit and still receives millions of streams.
The artist, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, said she “couldn’t be more proud” after being named “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary” on Thursday 19 September. Rihanna is one of the best-selling singers of all time, with 250 million records sold around the world. Born in Saint Michael in Barbados, she grew up in Bridgetown until being discovered as a teenager by an American record producer, who helped her break into the US charts.