7-Inch History – JOHN LENNON Topped The UK Singles Chart This Day In 1981 – 2 Months After His Death

8 February 2023

Artist: JOHN LENNON
9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980

Single: WOMAN
Score: Topped the UK Singles Chart 42 years ago today,
on 8 February 1981, two months after he was killed.

Album: Double Fantasy

John Lennon: “‘Woman’ came about because, one sunny afternoon in Bermuda,
it suddenly hit me what women do for us. Not just what my Yoko does for me, although
I was thinking in those personal terms… but any truth is universal. What dawned on me
was everything I was taking for granted. Women really are the other half of the sky, as
I whisper at the beginning of the song. It’s a ‘we’ or it ain’t anything.”

R.I.P. John

JOHN LENNON: Facebook

7-Inch History – THE ROLLING STONES Had Their 19th Nervous Breakdown This Day In 1966

4 February 2023

57 years ago today, on 4 February 1966, THE ROLLING STONES released
19TH NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. One of their best ever masterstrokes in
my book. It peaked at #2 in the UK and in the US

Mick Jagger: “It’s a song about things that are happening around me ,
everyday life as I see it. People say I’m always singing about pills and
breakdowns, therefore I must be an addict – this is ridiculous. Some
people are so narrow-minded they won’t admit to themselves that
this really does happen to other people besides pop stars.”

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown

THE ROLLING STONES: Bio – Discography

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS No 1 In The US This Day In 1969

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1 February 2023

Band: TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
Who: Pop-rock group from Niles (Michigan), led
by Tommy James who’s still active at 75.

Song: CRIMSON & CLOVER
Written by James and drummer Peter Lucia Jr.

The combination of unknown meaning came to James as he was waking up,
comprising his favorite color – crimson – and his favorite flower – clover. There
is also a species of clover native to Europe called the crimson clover.

It topped the US Singles Chart on this day in 1969.

Original video.

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLES: Bio – Discography

STEVIE WONDER Topped US Singles Chart 50 Years Ago Today With ‘SUPERSTITION’

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27 January 2023

Last year soul/funk virtuoso STEVIE WONDER (aged 72) celebrated
the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece LP Talking Book last year.

The biggest hit on the album was SUPERSTITION. The master blaster
track topped the US Singles Chart 50 years ago this day, on 27 Jan 1973.

Very superstitious,
Writing’s on the wall,
Very superstitious,
Ladders bout’ to fall,
Thirteen month old baby,
Broke the lookin’ glass
Seven years of bad luck,
The good things in your past

When you believe in things
That you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition aint the way

STEVIE WONDER: Bio – Discography – Instagram

THE SWEET Number One In The UK This Day 50 Years Ago With ‘BLOCKBUSTER’

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26 January 2023

British glam and glitter boys THE SWEET were a non-stop hit machine
between 1968 and 1977, thanks to productive songwriter duo Nicky Chinn
and Mike Chapman who also composed for Smokie, Suzy Quatro, Mud and
Racey
among others.

One of their Number Ones in the UK was BLOCKBUSTER,
that topped the charts this day, 50 years ago.

A blockbuster it was.

“Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say
(We just haven’t got a clue what to do)
Does anyone know the way, there’s got to be a way
To blockbuster”

Frontman Brian Connolly passed away in 1997 due to kidney failure,
liver failure and repeated heart attacks. He was only 51 years old. R.I.P.

Austalian Heroes MEN AT WORK Topped US Charts 40 Years Ago Today With Huge Hit ‘DOWN UNDER’

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15 January 2023

Australian rock/pop heroes MEN AT WORK (1978–1986, 1996–2002, 2019–present)
scored their biggest – worldwide – hit with DOWN UNDER (more than 519 million
streams on Spotify).

The single reached the top of the US singles chart 40 years ago today,
on 15 January 1983 and kept its position for 4 straight weeks.

MEN AT WORK: Bio – Discography

7-Inch History – QUEEN Topped UK Singles Chart 47 Years Ago Today

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9 January 2023

Band: QUEEN
Single: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
B-side: I’m In Love With My Car

Score: The masterstroke hit the top of the UK singles
chart on 9 January 1976 – 47 years ago today.

Producer Roy Thomas Baker recalled years later: “It was totally insane, but we enjoyed every minute of it. It was basically a joke, but a successful joke. [Laughs]. We had to record it in three separate units. We did the whole beginning bit, then the whole middle bit and then the whole end. It was complete madness. The middle part started off being just a couple of seconds, but Freddie kept coming in with more “Galileos” and we kept on adding to the opera section, and it just got bigger and bigger. We never stopped laughing. It started off as a ballad, but the end was heavy.”

Album: A Night At The Opera

Once again, Freddie

QUEEN: Facebook – Bio – Discography

7-Inch History – 10 Classic Crackers Turning 40 In 2023

24 December 2022

‘The Cutter’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

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‘Blue Monday’ by NEW ORDER

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‘Sonny’s Burning’ by THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

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‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ by ZZ TOP

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‘This Charming Man’ by THE SMITHS

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‘1999’ by PRINCE

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‘Let’s Dance’ by DAVID BOWIE

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‘Billy Jean’ by MICHAEL JACKSON

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‘Every Breath You Take’ by THE POLICE

‘I Love You’ by YELLO

THE CRICKETS (With BUDDY HOLLY) Released Hit Single ‘OH BOY’ 65 Years Ago Today

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22 December 2022

Band: THE CRICKETS (Texas, US)
Who: Legendary rock ‘n’ roll quartet formed by guitar hero
Buddy Holly in 1957, who died in a plane crash, aged 22.

Single: OH BOY
Written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman
and Norman Petty.

When it came out for the first time it was credited to The Crickets as a
band, on later re-releases, as sung/played by Buddy Holly and The Crickets.

Release: On 22 December 1957, 65 years ago today.

STUDIO version

LIVE version

BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS: Bio