PROCOL HARUM – No 1 On The UK Singles Charts With Masterstroke ‘A WHITER SHADE OF PALE’ 55 Years Ago Today

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8 June 2022

The British flower power beat band PROCOL HARUM (1967–1977, 1991–2022) scored
their biggest hit with masterstroke A WHITER SHADE OF PALE. That psych-pop ballad
with that warm organ and frontman Gary Booker‘s magnific voice.

I still wonder if there were chemicals involved when Booker wrote the lyrics

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
The crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said “there is no reason”
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
Would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well’ve been closed
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

PROCOL HARUM: Story

THE ROLLING STONES Came On With Their Flop Debut Single This Day In 1963

Singles from the past

7 June 2022

The tireless STONES – celebrating their 60th birthday as a band
with a tour right now – had their first 7″ out this day in 1963.

COME ON was written and recorded by rock pioneer Chuck Berry in 1961.

The Stones‘ version was a commercial flop in the UK as well as in the US.
But you know what happened afterward.

C’mon guys, don’t worry, be happy, you’ll have a stream of hits later…

Chuck Berry original…

THE STONES: Website

SEX PISTOLS Saved The Queen Again 45 Years After The Single’s First Release

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5 June 2022

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth‘s 70 years in power millions of Brits went
ballistic this weekend during the massive Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
festivities for the imperishable folklore celebrity.

Last Friday, Virgin Records re-released the Sex Pistols‘ fierce anthem
God Save The Queen. The day after (4 June) it topped the UK Singles
Charts exactly 45 years after it was denied the numero uno spot by
the BBC morons on its first release.

God save the Queen
A fascist regime
They made you a moron
Potential H-bomb
God save the Queen
She ain’t no human being
There is no future
In England’s dreaming

No Future For Brexit – ‘GOD SAVE THE QUEEN’ By SEX PISTOLS Released 45 Years Ago And Relevant Again

Top singles from the past…

27 May 2022

Band: Sex Pistols
Active: 1975 – 1978
(Reunions in 1996, 2002 – 2003, 2007 –2008)

Single: God Save The Queen
B-side: Did You No Wrong
Released: 27 May 1977 – 45 years ago today

Score: #2 in the UK, with rumors that the BBC
intervened in order to avoid that the single went to #1
Album: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

Original clip…

Live in London 30 years later (2007)…

SEX PISTOLS: Facebook

You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave – EAGLES Topped US Singles Charts 45 Years Ago

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8 May 2022

Legendary Californian rockers EAGLES scored a gigantic hit with their brilliant epic story
of HOTEL CALIFORNIA that always reminds me, when I hear the song, of the remote hotel in the mountains in classic horror movie The Shining with Jack Nicholson delivering one of his best psycho performances ever.

This everlasting classic was written by Don Felder & Don Henley (music), and the late Glenn Frey (lyrics) and featured a memorable Joe Walsh guitar solo. It peaked at #1 in
the US today 45 years ago, on 8 May 1977, and scored big time on the rest of the planet.
It was the title track of their fifth full length and sublime million-seller album that made
the band global rock stars.

‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave’

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EAGLES: Facebook- Biography

OASIS Scored Their 6th Number One In The UK 20 Years Ago Today With Rad Ripper ‘THE HINDU TIMES’

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21 April 2022

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Band: Oasis 
Single: The Hindu Times 

Score: The single was on the top spot of the UK
singles chart this day 20 years ago – 22 April 2002
Album: Heathen Chemistry  – the band’s fifth LP

I get up when I’m down
I can’t swim but my soul won’t drown
I do believe I got flare
I got speed and I walk on air

Original clip…

Buzzing live version…

OASIS: Facebook

ARETHA FRANKLIN & GEORGE MICHAEL Teamed Up For A No 1 Hit In The USA 35 Years Ago Today

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18 April 2022

Two late lagends, ARETHA FRANKLIN (1942-2018) and charismatic Wham half
GEORGE MICHAEL (1963-2016) teamed up for a song titled I KNEW YOU WERE
WAITING (FOR ME)
, written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan.

The hit single topped the US singles chart 35 years ago today, on 18 April 1987
(also No 1 in the UK). Franklin and Michael won a 1987 Grammy Award for ‘Best
R&B Performance’
by a duo or group.

Aretha Franklin: “The first time I heard George was with Wham! and I liked it then.
He had a very unique sound, very different from anything that was out there. When
Clive Davis, my producer suggested we get together for “I Knew You Were Waiting,”
I was all ready. Musically, it does not grow old.”

Aretha & George were waiting for each other until 1987…