Famous Sunderland People Page 2
Don Airey was born in Sunderland on the 21st June 1948. He is keyboardist in the rock band Deep Purple and has been since 2002. Dave has played with such acts as Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake and Saxon.
He also played with Wishbone Ash, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Jethro Tull and Brian May. Don Airey is a massive Sunderland AFC fan, so, it’s hats off to Don.
Eric Boswell was born Eric Simpson on the 18th July 1921 in Millfield, Sunderland. He was a songwriter who gave us the children’s Christmas song Little Donkey. Eric also wrote many pop and folk songs before his death on 29th November 2009 in Hexham.
Bryan Ferry was born in Washington, Sunderland, on 26th September 1945. He went on to become lead singer of one of Britain’s most popular groups of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Roxy Music. Son of a coal miner, Bryan Ferry cultivated his musical abilities while studying art at the University of Newcastle.
Bryan Ferry was Roxy’s front man until its demise in 1983. He also had a successful solo career during this time.
The Futureheads were a band from Sunderland. They influences were from post-punk and new-wave bands such as Devo, Gang of Four, Wire and XTC.
On 8 May 2005 they played a live gig as pre-match entertainment after Sunderland AFC
won the Championship Trophy. In brief, they performed much of their indie rock music between 2000-2013.
Alan Price was born in Fatfield, Washington, County Durham (now City Of Sunderland) on the 19th April 1942. He was the original keyboardist for The Animals. They, of course, made many classic songs in the 1960’s.
Their songs include ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. He also had a successful solo career and sang the ‘Jarrow Song’ and ‘Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear’. Alan Price had a TV show with Georgie Fame and together they also had success with the single, ‘Rosetta’
Dave Stewart was born on 9th September 1952 in Sunderland. He formed the Eurythmics, along with Annie Lennox, of course, in 1981 and they became superstars. However, when the group split, Dave carried on as a successful solo artist.
In short, Dave, a former pupil at Bede School, is famous for being ‘cutting edge’.
But one thing is for sure and it’s that he is undoubtedly unique. A successful producer, Dave has worked with the Best including Aretha Franklin on ‘Who’s Zoomin Who’ (1985) and Tom Petty’s ‘Southern Accents’ in the same year. His wife Siobhan, was a member of girl group Bananarama, she then became lead singer of Shakespears Sister.
The Toy Dolls
The Toy Dolls are a punk group which formed in the late 1970’s in Sunderland. Olga (Michael Agar) is the frontman, of course, and their music is a mixture of serious issues with a touch of comical genius.
Despite not playing in the UK for many years, they are still massive in Japan and South America where they gig often. They did however come back to Sunderland in 2013
Many of their early songs are about Sunderland, such as ‘Park Lane Punch Up’ and ‘Fisticuffs in Fredericks Street’. But there are many more. So, check them out on their own website and discover these lads, you’ll love them.
Indeed, we have 5 pages of people, click the relevant one:
01) Famous Sunderland People – The Arts
02) Famous Sunderland People – Music
03) Famous Sunderland People – Industry
04) Famous Sunderland People – Others
05) Famous Sunderland People – Lived Here