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Paul McCartney's 80th birthday
The Beatle and his bass

One runs out of superlatives when it comes to this jubilarian. To cut a long story short: Paul McCartney is - it is just that simple - the greatest musical genius of the pop age.

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Freddie Mercury's 75th birthday
Immortal frontman of a band with many talents

He would have turned 75 on 5 September: Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest rock singers of all time. Born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar in 1946, the flamboyant frontman with the enormous vocal range wrote some of Queen´s biggest hits and also created their emblem, which is protected as a word-figurative trademark.

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Jim Morrison's 50th anniversary of death
Storm rider

It's been half a century since one of rock'n roll's greatest icons died. The self-destructive poet, who was found dead on 3 July 1971, shaped the "Doors" as a singer and songwriter, one of the most influential bands of their time and also one of the first to work with a fixed logo, which was later protected as a word-picture trademark.

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William Shatner's 90th birthday
Happy birthday, Captain Kirk!

He boldly went where no man had gone before: Captain Kirk of the starship „Enterprise". Now he is turning 90. No, not the captain, who, according to "Star Trek" mythology, will not be born until 2233. The jubilarian is the actor William Shatner, born on 22 March 1931 in Montreal, Canada.

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Bob Dylan turns 80
The knock on the doors of heaven

Arguably the most influential songwriter of all time is now turning 80. He began as an traditional American folk singer, then wrote hundreds of songs, many of which are now among the best known in the world. Above all, he created lyrics of a unique poetic quality that earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Jimi Hendrix's 50th anniversary of death
The wild guitar god: virtuoso, innovator, brand

Half a century ago the probably most influential guitarist of all times died: Jimi Hendrix. Nobody played the electric guitar as innovative and revolutionary as he did. Until his early death on September 18, 1970, he changed the history of the instrument and rock music forever.

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Beatles CD-Cover

The Beatles
Beatles, brands and apples

More than 50 years ago the biggest band of all times broke up: The Beatles. The end of the commercially most successful and artistically most influential rock band ever came rather quietly, but the ensuing legal disputes lasted für decades.

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Last updated: 2 June 2022