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18th 2000, UK singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico when a speedboat hit her. MacColl was aged 41. McColl and her sons were diving at the Chankanaab reef, of Cozumel, Mexico in a designated diving area that watercraft were restricted from entering. MacColl saw the boat […]

13th Dec 1962, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Return To Sender’, his 13th UK No.1. Elvis performed ‘Return To Sender’ in the film Girls! Girls! Girls!. The opening bars and backing on baritone saxophone was performed by Bobby Keys who later went on to work with The Rolling Stones, […]

People in the UK heard some new music on Dec. 9, 1966. That was the day that the debut LP by Cream, titled “Fresh Cream” was released in there. The first single from the record “I Feel Free” was released the same day. (The album was released a month later, in January 1967, in the […]

The Yardbirds released their debut LP “Five Live Yardbirds” in the UK on Dec.4, 1964. It was a live album recorded at London’s infamous Marquee Club. Many of the songs on the album including “I’m a Man” and “Here Tis” feature a “rave up”, an instrumental interlude which starts low and builds to a climax. […]

In the early 60’s, one of the more popular TV shows in the UK was Morecambe and Wise. For people who never saw them, they were kind of like an English version of Laurel and Hardy. On their Dec. 2, 1963 show, their guests were The Beatles. Here is a clip of one of the […]

In the 60’s in the UK, if you wanted to make a name for yourself as a musician, you wanted to be play on stage with John Mayall. Today, Nov. 29th is John’s 84th birthday. He is a blues singer, guitarist, organist, harmonica player and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the […]

22nd Nov 1968, The Beatles double White Album was released in the UK. Featuring ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Priced at £3.13 shillings, ($8.76), it spent eight weeks as the UK No.1 album. More on the White Album here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/white_album Read […]

19th Nov 1964, The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK No.1 single when ‘Baby Love’ went to the top of the charts. Written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to No.1 in the United […]

17th Nov 1966, The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations.’ As a child, Brian Wilsons mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song. Whats on the […]

14th Nov 1987, George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album ‘Faith’. The album won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Between 1987 and 1988, Faith produced six Top 5 […]


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