Watch David Byrne's delightful cover of Biz Markie's 'Just a Friend'

Watch David Byrne's delightful cover of Biz Markie's 'Just a Friend'

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- David Byrne covered Biz Markie for Content Creators Coalition-NYC.
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Recording of once-lost Talking Heads song unearthed

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A recording of a Talking Heads song called "Theme" performed in 1976 at New York's CBGB and previously thought lost has been posted online.

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McCartney, Mumford & Sons, R. Kelly to play Bonnaroo

McCartney, Mumford & Sons, R. Kelly to play Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, Tenn., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and R. Kelly are among the artists booked to perform at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Honor student does jail time for truancy

WILLIS, Texas, May 27 (UPI) -- A Texas high school honor student spent a night in jail because she missed too many days of school due to working two jobs to support her siblings.

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David Byrne joins Venice Film Fest jury

David Byrne joins Venice Film Fest jury

VENICE, Italy, July 9 (UPI) -- David Byrne of the Talking Heads is among the jury members announced by the Venice Film Festival.
U2 guitarist defends huge stage

U2 guitarist defends huge stage

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The Edge, a guitarist with the Irish rock group U2, said the huge stage the band plays on during its world tour is for the fans.

Plums, stone fruit as good as blueberries

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- One relatively inexpensive plum contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a handful of more expensive blueberries, U.S. researchers say.

Buck, Poehler to curate Merge Records set

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Seminal U.S. independent label Merge Records says it's readying a 20th anniversary CD box set curated by REM's Peter Buck and actress Amy Poehler.

Revenge of the Book Eaters

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. non-profit group has employed some top pop and rock stars for its nationwide campaign to raise money to promote children's literacy.

Adelaide Fest to premiere Marcos musical

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and DJ Fatboy Slim have written a stage musical about former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos.

EU partly lifts U.S./Canadian poultry ban

BRUSSELS, March 30 (UPI) -- The European Union partially lifted its ban on U.S. and Canadian poultry imposed after an outbreak of bird flu.

Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan on Bonnaroo list

MANCHESTER, Tenn., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson lead the confirmed lineup for the 3rd annual Bonnaroo festival June 11 through June 13 in Manchester, Tenn.
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David Byrne

David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) is a Scottish-born, American musician and artist most associated with his role as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, and non-fiction. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, to Tom and Emma Byrne. He was the elder of two children. Two years later, his parents moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and then to Arbutus, Maryland, when he was 8 or 9 years old. His father worked as an electronics engineer. Before high school, David Byrne already knew how to play the guitar, accordion, and violin. He was rejected from his middle school’s choir because they claimed he was "off-key and too withdrawn". From a young age, Byrne had a strong interest in music. His parents say that he would constantly play his phonograph from age three and he learned how to play the harmonica at age five. In his journals he says, "I was a peculiar young man — borderline Asperger's, I would guess." As revealed by Tina Weymouth in the commentary for the concert film Stop Making Sense, Byrne is left handed but plays guitar right handed.

He graduated from Lansdowne High School in southwest Baltimore County. Byrne started his musical career in a high school duo named Bizadi with Mark Kehoe. Their repertoire consisted mostly of songs such as "April Showers", "96 Tears", "Dancing On The Ceiling", and Frank Sinatra songs. Byrne then attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art before dropping out and forming a band called "The Artistics" with fellow RISD student Chris Frantz. The band dissolved within a year, and the two moved to New York together with Frantz's girlfriend Tina Weymouth. Unable to find a bass player in New York, Frantz and Byrne persuaded Weymouth to learn to play the bass guitar. She admits that the encouragement she received from Byrne, Frantz, and famed trumpet player Don Cherry (who lived in their building), was critical as to her grasp of the instrument.

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