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.”
What do all of these artists have in common? They are some of the solo artists that have achieved the most Number 1 albums on the Official UK Chart!Read more