RONNIE SPECTOR & THE RONETTES – ‘Be My Baby’

Top singles from the past

13 January 2022

Wonderful voice RONNIE SPECTOR was born Veronica Yvette Bennett
78 years ago in Manhattan, NYC. She passed away yesterday, 12th January.

In 1957 she formed the girl group THE RONETTES with her sister Estelle and
niece Nedra Talley. They scored a series of hits with BE MY BABY (1963)
as their biggest one.

Ronnie was married for 4 years to wall-of-sound wizard Phil Spector.
In 1970 she started her long and very productive solo career.

Rest in peace, baby…

RONNIE SPECTOR: History – Discography

QUEEN Topped UK Singles Chart 46 Years Ago Today

9 January 2022

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 – 46 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

THE NEW SEEKERS Teached The World To Buy A Coke 50 Years Ago Today… And Inspired OASIS

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8 January 2022

Band: THE NEW SEEKERS
Who: British pop 4-piece from London, formed in 1969.
After their break-up in 1974, leader Keith Potger restarted
two years later with a new group called The Seekers.

Song: I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING (In Perfect Harmony)

It became a worldwide hit than after it was the theme song of
a Coca Cola TV ad. It originally included the line, ‘I’d like to buy
the world a Coke.’

Score: 50 years ago today, 8 Jan 1972,
the song topped the UK singles chart.

C’mon, all together…

The song inspired Noel Gallagher for
OASIS‘ 2nd single SHAKERMAKER (1994)…

THE NEW SEEKERS: History

DAVID BOWIE Released Stunning Single ‘CHANGES’ 50 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

7 January 2022

Artist: DAVID BOWIE
8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016

Single: CHANGES
B-side: Andy Warhol

Released: 7 January 1972 – 50 years ago today.

Album: HUNKY DORY

Bowie:It started out as a parody of a
nightclub song, a kind of throwaway”
.

A solid gold classic.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

DAVID BOWIE: Facebook

THE HOUSEMARTINS Topped UK Charts With A Capella Version Of ‘CARAVAN OF LOVE’ 35 Years Ago

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20 December 2021

Band: THE HOUSEMARTINS (1983-1988)
Who: An English pop band from Hull featuring
Norman Cook aka the later famous DJ Fatboy Slim

Hit: An a cappella version of CARAVAN OF LOVE,
a song originally released by Isley-Jasper-Isley, half
of the Ilsey Brothers in 1985

Score: The single hit the top spot of the UK Singles Chart on
20 December 1986, 33 years ago. It was only the second No 1
a cappela song after The Flying Pickets‘ Only You in 1984

Original clip…

THE HOUSEMARTINS: Biography

Music Was His First Love – R.I.P. JOHN MILES

6 December 2021

British musician and composer JOHN MILES has passed away. The singer
died yesterday, Sunday 5 December, following a short illness. He was born
72 years ago, on 23 April 1949 in Newcastle. The organization of the Belgian
Night of the Proms
, where he was an annual regular guest (I saw him play
there several times) broke the news.

His best know song is massive 1976 hit MUSIC.

Rest in peace…

JOHN MILES: History

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE Topped The US Singles Chart 50 Years Ago Today

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30 November 2021

Band: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE (San Francisco)
Who: Pioneers of mixing soul, rock, psychedelia
and gospel into one hot melting pot
Active: 1966-1983 / 10 LPs

Hit single: FAMILY AFFAIR
With the late great Billy Preston (who also
played with The Stones) on electric piano

Score: No 1 on the US Singles Chart this
day 50 years ago, on 30 November 1971,
their 4th and final No 1 in America

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: History

SEX PISTOLS Declared ‘ANARCHY IN THE U.K.’ 45 Years Ago Today

Great singles from the past

26 November 2021

The SEX PISTOLS released their controversial debut single ‘ANARCHY IN THE U.K.‘,
one of the fiercest punk anthems ever, on 26 November 1976, 45 years ago today.

It was originally issued in a plain black sleeve and peaked at #38 on the UK Singles
Chart although it was either ignored or negatively received by the music press.

Their label EMI dropped the band a few months later, in January 1977.

Their manager at the time, the late Malcolm McLaren said the song was
“a call to arms to the kids who believe that rock and roll was taken away from
them. It’s a statement of self rule, of ultimate independence.”

Here’s the American has been-antichrist and Trump voter Johnny Forgotten

SEX PISTOLS: Facebook

‘VOODOO CHILD (SLIGHT RETURN)’ By JIMI HENDRIX Topped UK Singles Chart 51 Years Ago Today…

Top singles from the past

21 November 2021

VOODOO CHILE (SLIGHT RETURN) is
a mammoth masterstroke. Incomparable,
volcanic and mind-blowing.

The song closed the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE‘s final (double)
album ‘Electric Ladyland‘. It was released as a single and topped
the UK Singles Chart on 21 November 1970, today 51 years ago,
2 months after the guitarist passed away. His guitar virtuosity
was, still is, unique and utterly exciting.

Turn It Up…

JIMI HENDRIX: Facebook