THIS WEEK IN ROCK
March 15, 2020
From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay March 9, 1968
Bob Dylan starts an incredible 10-week stay at the top of the UK album charts with ‘John Wesley Harding’, his eighth studio album. Marking a return to acoustic music after his move into electric rock, the album’s success is made all the more remarkable after Dylan’s insistence on minimal publicity.
#OnThisDay March 10, 1963 and 1968
Two birthdays in one band! Many happy return to Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and the band’s original drummer Dave Krusen who were both born on the same day but in 1963 and 1968 respectively.
Did you know that ‘Take Five’ by the Dave Brubeck Quartet was actually composed by the band’s saxophonist Paul Desmond? Released in 1959 and taken from the album ‘Time Out’, it’s the biggest-selling jazz single of all time.
#OnThisDay March 12, 1994
Branded ‘dance traitors’ by certain sections of the music press, Primal Scream release the perennial floor-filler that is ‘Rocks’. Even after all this time it’s still impossible to sit still to.
#OnThisDay March 13, 1973
Teen sensation David Cassidy kicks off a completely sold-out, 10-date UK tour with a gig at Belle Vue Kings Hall in Manchester.
#OnThisDay March 14, 1982
Bow Wow Wow’s first UK Top 10 hit, ‘Go Wild In The Country’, peaks at No. 7. Managed by Malcolm McLaren, the band features former members of Adam And The Ants, and are fronted by teenager Annabella Lwin.
#OnThisDay March 15, 1970
Jamaican vocal duo Bob And Marcia – that’ll be Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – move up seven places to No. 15 in the UK singles chart with their fantastic cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Young, Gifted And Black’. It goes on to peak at No. 5.
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
We’re excited to be releasing a host of iconic albums as part of HMV Vinyl Week. Happening on 17th June, in-store & online.Read more
Bob Dylan – Fragments – Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 to be released in deluxe 5 disc set on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings on Friday, January 27th.Read more
In celebration of Bob Dylan’s Birthday today, he just had to be this month’s Artist Spotlight!Read more
To commemorate Bob Dylan’s 60th Anniversary as a recording artist of immeasurable musical and cultural impact, a new music video, “Subterranean Homesick Blues 2022,” – featuring a kinetic collage of visuals by a diverse array of artists inspired by the original video’s lyric cue cards – has been launched.Read more
Primal Scream complete a retrospective campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic 1991 album ‘Screamadelica’ with the release of ‘Demodelica’.Read more
Our Album of The Month for September is ‘Screamadelica’, the third studio album from Primal Scream.
Celebrate 30 years of Pearl Jam’s iconic debut album ‘Ten’.Read more
Primal Scream announce 30th Anniversary ‘Screamadelica’ 12″ singles boxset and picture disc.Read more