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This one turned heads….. Even in the UK where they had gotten used to these things. On April 9,1989, The Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announced that he was going to marry model Mandy Smith. OK, nothing really shocking about this, Rock star marrying model, happens all the time. But this one was a little […]

8th April 1977, CBS released the self- titled first album by The Clash in the UK. The album is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time. CBS in the US refused to release it until 1979 and Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of […]

6th April 1973, David Bowie released ‘Drive-In Saturday’ which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger (“When people stared in Jagger’s eyes and scored”), the model Twiggy (“She’d sigh like Twig the wonder kid”), and Carl Jung (“Jung the foreman prayed at work”). Read it here

4th April 1999, The Corrs album ‘Talk On Corners’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the 10th time. They also had the No.2 position with ‘Forgiven, Not Forgotten.’ Both albums had spent over a year on the chart. Talk on Corners was the UK’s biggest selling album of 1998 and the 9th […]

24th March 1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The […]

And so it began, in the UK, on March 22, 1963. The Beatles released their debut LP in the UK titled “Please Please Me”. Their record label Parlophone rush-released the album to capitalise on the success of the singles “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do”. Of the album’s 14 songs, eight were written by […]

9th March 1991, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi’s TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album Combat Rock. The Spanish backing vocals were sung by Joe Strummer and Joe Ely. Read it here

3rd March 1984, Nena started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’99 Red Balloons.’ Originally sung in German, ’99 Luftballons’ was re-recorded in English as ’99 Red Balloons’. The song was a No.2 hit in the US and the only UK hit for Nena making her a One Hit […]

23rd February 1985, The Smiths scored their first UK No.1 album with Meat Is Murder. The album’s sleeve uses a 1967 photograph of Marine Cpl. Michael Wynn in the Vietnam War, though with the wording on his helmet changed from “Make War Not Love” to “Meat Is Murder”. The original image was used for Emile […]

23rd February 1974, ‘Rebel Rebel’ by David Bowie entered the UK chart, the single reached No.5 the following month. Originally written for an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, ‘Rebel Rebel’ was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. It was also his first hit since 1969 not […]


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