THIS WEEK IN ROCK
March 30, 2020
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.
Did you know that instead of making a speech, Leonard Cohen recited the entire lyrics of ‘Tower Of Song’ when Lou Reed inducted him into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008?
#OnThisDay March 24, 1966
Simon and Garfunkel make their UK single chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound’, which peaks at No. 9. Appropriately, the song was written by Paul Simon at Farnworth train station in Widnes, while he waited overnight for the next available train.
#OnThisDay March 25, 1995
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is rescued after a riptide carries him some 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
#OnThisDay March 26, 2016
Widely regarded as his signature tune, Billy Joel’s 1973 single, ‘Piano Man’, is selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance.” Well done, sir!
#OnThisDay March 27, 2007
A momentous day in the history of the internet as the first instance of ‘Rickrolling’ is recorded. For the uninitiated, this is a prank and an internet meme involving the unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.
#OnThisDay March 28, 1994
Primal Scream release their fourth album, ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’. Departing from the dance and psychedelia of ‘Screamadelica’, here the band move into full tilt boogie, country-blues balladry and funky grooves.
#OnThisDay March 29, 1972
Elvis Presley records his version of ‘Always On My Mind’. In the US, the song was released as the B-side to ‘Separate Ways’, but the single was flipped for the UK market. The same session also yields ‘Burning Love’.
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
Our first Artist Spotlight of the year could only be the king of rock and roll Elvis Presley!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