This Week In Rock
October 20, 2019
#OnThisDay October 14, 1973
The Simon Park Orchestra are at No. 1 in the UK singles chart for the fourth and final week with ‘Eye Level’, the hugely popular theme tune for the Durch-based cop show ‘Van der Valk’.
#OnThisDay October 15, 1992
Bob Dylan celebrates the 30th anniversary of his recording debut with an all-star tribute concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. The stellar line-up includes guest performances from George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Roger McGuinn.
#OnThisDay October 16, 2006
Legendary New York venue CBGBs – widely regarded as the birthplace of US punk – closes its doors for the last time after it hosts a final gig by Patti Smith.
#OnThisDay October 17, 1957
Elvis Presley’s third movie, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, premieres in The King’s adopted home town of Memphis, Tennessee. Did you know that it’s Elvis playing bass on the recording of ‘(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care’ that appeared on the soundtrack?
#OnThisDay October 18, 1981
Altered Images crack the UK Top 10 for the first time when their third single, ‘Happy Birthday’, moves up 11 places to No. 5. Peaking at No.2, it’s later certified silver by the BPI for sales in excess of 250,000 copies.
#OnThisDay October 19, 1980
Brian Johnson makes his domestic debut as AC/DC’s new frontman when the ‘Back In Black’ tour’s UK leg kicks off at the Colston Hall in Bristol. Let us know if you were there!
#OnThisDay October 20, 1984
Wham!’s ‘Freedom’ gives the group their second UK No. 1. Did you know that it also topped the charts in Iceland, Ireland and Norway as well as going Top 3 in Australia, Belgium, the Nertherlands, Canada and the US?
It may not have been the hottest of summers here in the UK, but we’re still holding out for a sizzling September and enough of a vitamin D boost to see us into Christmas smiling.Read more
Celebrating forty years of their debut album with a heartwarming Netflix documentary and new The Singles: Echoes from the Edge of Heaven release, this month’s Artist Spotlight lands on WHAM!Read more
Celebrating 40 years of chart-topping classics and hidden gems, WHAM! The Singles: Echoes From The Edge of Heaven will take you on a journey through the greatest hits of WHAM!’s extraordinary career.Read more
Welcoming you back into their wonderland, WHAM! share a brand–new remix of their iconic 1983 hit single ‘Club Tropicana’!Read more
With unprecedented access to both George and Andrew’s personal archive, WHAM! charts their incredible journey from school friends to superstars. Now streaming, only on Netflix!Read more
WHAM!, the new documentary film charting the global rise of pop sensations George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, told in their own words. Coming to Netflix 5 July!Read more
Shadow Kingdom presents Bob Dylan performing revelatory 21st century versions of songs from his storied back catalog — including fan favourites like “Forever Young” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” and deep catalog gems like “Queen Jane Approximately” and “The Wicked Messenger.”Read more
The 50th anniversary edition of Elvis Presley’s monumental Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite record-setting global concert telecast/double live album will be released on Friday, August 11.Read more