ROD STEWART Topped The UK Singles Chart 50 Years Ago Today With ‘YOU WEAR IT WELL’

Top singles from the past

2 September 2022

Artist: ROD STEWART
Born 77 years ago in Highgate, London, England
Active: Since 1961 / 31 solo LPs, with The Tears Of Hercules
as his most recent one, released in 2021.

Single: YOU WEAR IT WELL
Album: Never A Dull Moment

The single topped the UK Singles Chart
50 years ago today, on 2 September 1972.

Here’s his Top Of The Pops performance…

ROD STEWART: Bio – Discography – Instagram

THE TROGGS Topped US Singles Chart This Day 56 Years Ago With Their Classic Cracker ‘WILD THING’

Top singles from the past…

30 July 2022

Band: THE TROGGS (Andover, Hampshire, England)
Active: 1964–present

Single: WILD THING
Written: by American singer/songwriter Chip Taylor and
originally recorded, without success, by US band The Wild Ones.

Score: #1 in the USA on 30 July 1966 – 56 years ago today

Note: The single was available in the USA on two competing labels
Atco Records‘ and ‘Fontana Records‘. Both pressings were taken from
the identical master recording therefore Billboard combined the sales
for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach
number one for two companies. Unbelievable!

Go wild, folks…

THE TROGGS: Biography

PINK FLOYD Released Their SYD BARRETT Written Single ‘SEE EMILY PLAY’ 55 Years Ago Today

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16 June 2022

55 years ago today, on 16 June 1967, mega legends PINK FLOYD released
their 2nd single SEE EMILY PLAY. A psychedelic pop pearl written by the late
great SYD BARRETT. He played slide guitar on the cracker using a plastic ruler.

Emily tries but misunderstands, ah ooh
She’s often inclined to borrow somebody’s dreams till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let’s try it another way
You’ll lose your mind and play
Free games for May
See Emily play
Soon after dark Emily cries, ah ooh
Gazing through trees in sorrow hardly a sound till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let’s try it another way
You’ll lose your mind and play
Free games for May
See Emily play
Put on a gown that touches the ground, ah ooh
Float on a river forever and ever, Emily (Emily)
There is no other day
Let’s try it another way
You’ll lose your mind and play
Free games for May
See Emily play

Here’s the historic crazy clip…

PINK FLOYD: Story

Timeless Singles By THE DOORS And ARETHA FRANKLIN – 55 Years Ago Today

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3 June 2022

Band: THE DOORS
Single: LIGHT MY FIRE
Released in the USA 55 years ago today – 3 June 1967.
It reached the top of the charts 2 months later.

The hit featured on their self-titled debut LP.

Come on, baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire


THE DOORS: Story

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Artist: ARETHA FRANKLIN
Single: RESPECT
More than 400 million streams on Spotify.
Score: No 1 on the US Singles Charts
55 years ago today – 3 June 1967

The song was written an originally
recorded by Otis Redding in 1965.

Respect when I need it
Got to, got to have it
We got to have it
Got to, got to have it
Give it to me when I want it
Give it to me when I need it
Give it to me with respect, ah
Give it to me when I want it

ARETHA: Story

STEVE WONDER And ROD STEWART Scored Both A No 1 Hit 45 Years Ago Today

21 May 2022

Living soul legend Stevie Wonder wrote Sir Duke in tribute to Duke Ellington,
the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie,
Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald
.

The song reached the number one spot on the US Singles Chart
45 years ago today, on 21 May 1972.

Turn it up, Sir Stevie…

STEVIE WONDER: Discography

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Tragic tearjerker I Don’t Want To Talk About It was written by Danny Whitten,
who was part of Neil Young‘s band Crazy Horse. He died at the early age of 29
following a drug overdose in 1972.

The cover of Scottish superstar Rod Stewart broke hearts all over the planet.
It topped the UK Singles Chart 45 years ago today, on 21 May 1977.

ROD STEWART: Discography

CHRIS BAILEY Of Australian Punk Pioneers THE SAINTS Sadly Stranded At 65

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12 April 2022

CHRIS BAILEY was born Christopher James Mannix Bailey in The Colony of Kenya 65 years ago. He spent his childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved afterward to Australia. Three days ago he passed away. R.I.P.

A message on the group’s FB page broke the sad news: “It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you about the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on April the 9th 2022. Chris lived a life of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night.”

With his Brisbane schoolmates Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay he formed legendary punk rock band THE SAINTS in the early 70s. Their debut LP I’M STRANDED (1977) is still an all-time landmark punk album with its rolling and roaring title track as their best-known cracker…

And here’s another great Chris Bailey moment to honor this great musician.
In 2003 he joined his friend Nick Cave for Bring It On. A towering goosebumps
single of the Bad Seeds‘ album Nocturama.

Stunning duo performance …

THE SAINTS: Facebook

They made/released 14 studio LPs with King Of The Sun
as the most recent one. Came out in 2014. Bailey also
released several solo albums.

(Image on top: from the cover of his 1984 solo LP ‘What We Did on Our Holidays)

All By Himself – HARRY NILSSON Went To No 1 In The UK Without You 50 Years Ago Today

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11 March 2022

Late legend HARRY NILSSON (15 June 1941 – 15 Jan 1994, he died of heart attack)
scored his biggest hit in 1972, 50 years ago today, when he topped the British charts
(also 4 weeks at No 1 in the USA). WITHOUT YOU was written and performed by
English rockers Badfinger.

When Nilsson heard the song at a party, he thought it was
a Beatles track. He loved it, recorded it and scored big time.

All by himself,
without you…

Original Badfinger version….

HARRY NILSSON: History

U2 – Number One Single in The UK 25 Years Ago With Their Swirling Steamroller ‘DISCOTHEQUE’

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15 February 2022

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DISCOTHEQUE was the first single of the Irish meagstars’ 9th album Pop.
It hit the top spot of the UK singles charts (in many other countries too)
on 15 February 1997 – yes, already 25 years ago.

It’s a swirling dancefloor steamroller with an electro-fying impact on
all your senses and limbs. In the accompanying video clip U2 performed
inside of a giant mirrorball and their The Village People outfits alluded to
the 70s disco era.

Get up and dance, ladies and gents

U2: Facebook – Instagram

BOB DYLAN Defending Convicted Black Boxer Robert ‘HURRICANE’ Carter 45 Years AGo

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3 January 2022

At the end of 1975 living legend BOB DYLAN released single HURRICANE.
A protest song co-written with Jacques Levy, about the imprisonment of black
boxer Rubin Carter, whose nickname was Hurricane.

“Carter and a man named John Artis had been charged with a triple murder at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. The following year Carter and Artis were found guilty of the murders, which were widely reported as racially motivated. In the years that followed, a substantial amount of controversy emerged over the case, ranging from allegations of faulty evidence and questionable eyewitness testimony to an unfair trial.”

The song entered the US Singles charts this day 45 years ago.
It peaked at #33 and was part of his stellar 1976 album Desire
released on 5 January 1976.

Lyrics video…

Live

BOB DYLAN: Facebook