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10th Sept 1994, REM were at No.9 on the UK singles chart with ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth’. The song’s title refers to an incident in 1986 when two unknown assailants attacked journalist Dan Rather while repeating “Kenneth, what is the frequency?” Read it here

23rd August 1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes' his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. The video for 'Ashes to Ashes' was one of the most iconic of […]

12th August 1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. The bands only UK No.1, which was also a No.7 hit on the US chart. Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life?”. Cooper said: […]

11th August 1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England. The set list included: The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain […]

10th August 1985, ‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first […]

7th August 1982, Dexy’s Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Come On Eileen’ their second and last No.1. It was the Best-selling single of 1982 and the song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards. The “Eileen” as featured in the video is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan […]

The Beatles released their LP / Soundtrack LP “Help!” on Aug. 6, 1965 in the UK. It would be released in the US one week later. The UK version contained fourteen songs. Seven of these, including the singles “Help!” and “Ticket to Ride”, appeared in the film and took up the first side of the […]

The Beatles released their LP titled “Revolver” in the UK on Aug. 5, 1966. It would be released in the US 3 days later on the 8th. The album’s title, like that of Rubber Soul, was a pun, referring to both a kind of handgun and the “revolving” motion of the record as it is […]

5th August 1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Help!’ The group’s eighth consecutive UK No.1 single. John Lennon later stated he wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles’ quick rise to success. “I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for […]

The Beatles LP “Revolver” which was released 52 years ago today in the UK, included the song “Eleanor Rigby”. The song was written by Paul McCartney and many people have often wondered who she was, or why that name for the song. Paul at first said it was a name that came to him and […]


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