British identical twins PAUL & BARRY RYAN were both singer-songwriters who started
as a duo and had some hits together. The biggest Ryan one for the family was ELOISE. A supreme symphonic pop opus performed solo by Barry, but written by Paul. It peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart when it came out in 1968.
The Ryan brothers were born 74 years ago today , on 24 October 1948. Paul died of cancer in 1992, aged 44 and Barry passed away last year after complications from a lung disorder. R.I.P.
Here’s that 24 Carat gold pop pearl…
Punk legends The Damned scored a #1 hit wuth their version in the UK in 1986.
On 14 October 1977 – 45 years ago – the SEX PISTOLSreleased their fourth single HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN. A couple of weeks later, on 29 October a Belgian travel service took legal action against the band claiming the single’s sleeve infringed the copyright of one of its brochures.
The Gibb brothers scored their first of five number-one hits in the UK
with MASSACHUSETTS this day 55 years ago. They also topped the charts
with it in 12 other countries, while in the US the single peaked at #11.
Barry Gibb: “There are two different memories, Robin remembers us doing it in a boat going around New York City. And I remember us checking in at the St. Regis with Robert, going to the suite, and while the bags were being brought in we were so high on being in New York, that’s how ‘Massachusetts’ began. I think we were strumming basically the whole thing, and then I think we went on a boat round New York. I don’t know if we finished it, but I think that’s where the memories collide. Everybody wrote it. All three of us were there when the song was born.”
This day in 1965 iconic mod rockers THE WHO recorded,
probably, their best known anthem. Named the 11th greatest
song in history by Rolling Stone Magazine. It went to #2 in
the UK and “78 in the US.
Legend goes that Pete Townshend wrote the song on a train,
inspired by the Queen Mother who had his 1935 Packard hearse
towed off a street in Belgravia (London) because she was offended
by the sight of it during her daily drive through the neighbourhood.
Hilarious story. I wonder who invented it. Anyway, later in 1985 Townshend said My Generation was very much about trying to find
a place in society.
Artist: GENE VINCENT Who: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer born Vincent Eugene Craddock in 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, US.
He passed away this day 51 years ago – on 12 October 1971. Only 31 of age, following a combination of a ruptured ulcer, internal haemorrhage and heart failure
Single: BE-BOP-A-LULA Written by Vincent and his manager Sherrif Tex Davies Released: June 1956
Anecdote: The title “Be-Bop-a-Lula” is similar to “Be-Baba-Leba”, the title of a No. 3 R&B chart hit for Helen Humes in 1945, which became a bigger hit when recorded by Lionel Hampton as “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.” This phrase, or something very similar, was widely used in jazz circles in the 1940s, giving its name to the bebop style, and possibly being ultimately derived from the shout of “Arriba! Arriba!” used by Latin American bandleaders to encourage band members.
Well be-bop-a-Lula she’s my baby
Be-bop-a-Lula I don’t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-Lula she’s my baby
Be-bop-a-Lula I don’t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-Lula she’s my baby doll
My baby doll, my baby doll