THIS WEEK IN ROCK
December 1, 2019
From Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley, The Stone Roses to Bonnie Tyler and more, we run down the history of your favourite artists – it’s This Week In Rock.
#OnThisDay November 25, 1992
‘The Bodyguard’, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is released. Not only does it become the second-highest grossing film of the year, its soundtrack goes on to become the best selling of all-time after selling an estimated 42m copies.
#OnThisDay November 26, 1988
Rick Astley releases his second album, ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’. Did you know that the album’s lead single, ‘She Wants To Dance With Me’, was the first single to be written by Rick?
#OnThisDay November 27, 1977
Bonnie Tyler’s fifth single, ‘It’s A Heartache’, enters the UK singles chart at No. 34. Peaking at No. 2, it goes on to top the charts in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Having sold over 6m copies, this is one of the best-selling singles of all-time.
#OnThisDay November 28, 1960
Elvis Presley starts a six-week residency at the top of the US charts with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. Did you know that the spoken word section is loosely based on a monologue from Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’?
#OnThisDay November 29, 1976
ELO are in the Top 5 of the UK singles chart for the first time when ‘Living Thing’ leaps an incredible 13 places. It’s the first single from their sixth studio album, ‘A New World Record’, and is soon followed by ‘Rockaria!’ and ‘Do Ya’.
#OnThisDay November 30, 1989
A generational tectonic plates are shifted when The Stone Roses make their Top of the Pops debut with the era-defining, standalone single, ‘Fools Gold’. Trousers and clothing starts getting noticeably baggy from here on in.
#OnThisDay December 1, 1967
The Chatham Standard is properly excited when reporting on The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s gig at the Kent town’s Central Hall: “The three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Purple Haze’ and The Troggs ‘Wild Thing.”
The video for Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ has just exceeded a billion views on YouTube, making it one of the few videos of its era to achieve that landmark figure.Read more
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
Bonnie Tyler will release a 40th anniversary vinyl edition of her landmark album ‘Faster Than The Speed of Night’ on September 15th.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
The king of rock and roll Elvis Presley released ‘Jailhouse Rock’ 65 years ago!Read more
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