THIS WEEK IN ROCK
March 23, 2020
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.
#OnThisDay March 16, 1992
Manic Street Preachers release ‘Slash ‘N’ Burn’, the fourth single from their debut album, ‘Generation Terrorists’. The video was directed by Tony van den Ende, who also helmed promos for The Godfathers (‘Birth, School, Work, Death’) and Prefab Sprout (‘The Golden Calf’) among others.
#OnThisDay March 17, 2004
The Kinks’ frontman Ray Davies receives a CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to music. And we can’t think of a more appropriate song than this…
Did you know that ELO were the first band to release an entire video album? Every track on their 1979 album, ‘Discovery’, had its own promo and was released on VHS and Betamax formats. ‘Discovery’ was also ELO’s first UK No. 1 album.
#OnThisDay March 19, 1977
Billy Ocean matches the chart performance of his 1976 single, ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, when ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ climbs into the No. 2 slot.
#OnThisDay March 20, 1960
Newly discharged from the US Army, Elvis Presley heads into a Nashville recording studio. Rejoined for one last time with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, the 12-hour sessions yields his next No 1 single, ‘Stuck On You’.
#OnThisDay March 21, 1980
Judas Priest release the mighty ‘Living After Midnight’, the lead single from their sixth album, ‘British Steel’. Peaking at No. 12 in the UK singles chart, the video is directed by Julien Temple and is shot live at Sheffield’s City Hall.
#OnThisDay March 22, 1975
Rollermania is in full swing as tartan teen sensations Bay City Rollers score their first UK No. 1 single with ‘Bye Bye Baby’, where it remains for six weeks. It also tops the charts in Australia and Ireland and goes Top 10 in Germany, South Africa, Italy and Norway.
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
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
Manic Street Preachers have announced an expanded and remastered version of their sixth album ‘Know Your Enemy’. The new version of this album has been reconstructed to form two separate albums, ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Door To The River’ as originally intended by the band in 2000.Read more
Our first Artist Spotlight of the year could only be the king of rock and roll Elvis Presley!Read more