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“…Mommy, where do ideas for hit songs come from?…” A still-struggling Buddy Holly went to a John Wayne movie on May 31, 1956 at the State theater in Lubbock, TX. The movie he saw was “The Searchers,” At two points in the movie, John Wayne sarcastically replies “that’ll be the day” to another character. Those […]

Most of you will remember the hit by Steely Dan “FM”. But how many of you remember or even saw the movie it was the theme from? The movie “FM” opened in nationwide distribution in the US on May 3, 1978. The movie, about a radio station was a flop but it did have guest […]

Billy Joel is celebrating his 69th birthday today. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man”, in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. He has had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the […]

18th April 2006, A line from U2’s 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came top. The Smiths lyric “So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on […]

27th March 1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, ‘Burning Love,’ which became a No.2 hit on the US chart. Written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. It was soon covered and brought to fame by Elvis, […]

A hit pop record wasn’t what he wanted, so he left. On March 13, 1965, Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds. He didn’t like what he called the bands new ‘pop’ direction. The band had just had a major hit with the Graham Gouldman penned “For Your Love”, and Eric wanted to keep playing more blues […]

On March 6, 1982, The Go Go’s LP ‘Beauty And The Beat’ hit the #1 spot on the US album charts. It would stay there a total of 6 weeks. Still listen to The Go Go’s? And any of you guys ever have a crush on any of the members of the band? Read It […]

22nd February 1981, One Hit Wonder Joe Dolce was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shaddap You Face,’ famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, Vienna, off the UK No.1 slot. ‘Shaddap You Face’ was Number 1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies. More […]

11th February 1972, Led Zeppelin scored their third US Top 20 hit single with ‘Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop’, peaking at No.15, and taken from their fourth album. The song’s title is a reference to a nameless black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording. Robert Plant recorded his vocal […]

Glenn Frey had a hit in 1984 with the song “Smuggler’s Blues”. But…. Jimmy Buffett lived it, and wrote a song about it, “Jamaica Mistaica”. On Jan 16, 1996: Jimmy’s seaplane, ‘Hemisphere Dancer’ was shot at by Jamaican authorities after being mistaken for a drug smuggler’s plane. Buffett was on board along with and U2’s […]


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