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On Friday June 20, 1969, a music festival known as “Newport 69” started. It was the 2nd year for the festival, with the first being held in Costa Mesa, CA. The 1969 festival was held at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, CA. Attended by an estimated 200,000 fans, the festival on June 20–22, 1969 was the […]

15th June 1985, Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, ‘Brothers In Arms’. The album is the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history and won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Do you have […]

8th June 1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album ‘Diamond Dogs’. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitalia. Very few copies […]

4th June 1983, The Police started a four week run at No.1 in the UK with ‘Every Breath You Take’ the group’s fifth and final No.1 single. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards. More […]

On May 31, 1961, Jimi Hendrix became Private James Hendrix. It all started when Law enforcement authorities caught Hendrix riding in stolen cars twice and when given a choice between spending time in prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted. After completing his basic training at Fort Ord, California, the Army […]

Robert Allen Zimmerman is celebrating his 77th birthday today. When he started performing, he changed his name to Elston Gunn. He only used that name for a short time before changing it again to Bob Dylan. If you could go to his birthday party tonight and he said he would sing you just one song, […]

23rd May 1960, The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, which also spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers’ biggest hit single and their third and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide. Read it here

23rd May 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Apart from Linda McCartney’s vocal contributions, McCartney performed (and recorded) the entire album solo. The album featured ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, which Rod Stewart and The Faces featured on their 1971 album Long Player. See our […]

18th May 1967, Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single ‘See Emily Play’ at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write See Emily Play, by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his […]

7th May 1966, The Mamas & the Papas started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Monday Monday’, it made No.3 in the UK. The group was reported, as saying they all hated the song except for its writer John Phillips. The Mamas & the Papas won a Grammy Award […]


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