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Happy birthday to American R&B, and soul singer, Daryl Hall, from Hall and Oates, who had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Maneater', plus five other US No.1 hits. Hall scored the solo 1986 UK No.28 single 'Dreamtime'. Since late 2007, he has hosted the web television series, Live from Daryl's House, which […]

9th Oct 1969, For the first time in the history of the show, the BBC’s Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and […]

26th Sept 1964, Roy Orbison started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Oh Pretty Woman'. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman […]

Happy birthday to Joan Jett, born on 22nd Sept 1958, American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer. Founding member of The Runaways and with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts scored the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’. She is also known as the Godmother of Punk. https://youtu.be/bpNw7jYkbVc Joan Jett & […]

4th Sept 1971, Taken from the album Ram, Paul and Linda McCartney went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the US only released 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey'. McCartney's first US solo No.1. Paul would later explain that "Uncle Albert" was based on his real-life uncle. "He's someone I recall fondly and when […]

Happy birthday to Elvis Costello, (Declan McManus), born on 26 August 1954, singer, songwriter. Had the 1979 UK No.2 single with The Attractions 'Olivers Army' and his 1979 UK No.2 album Armed Forces spent 28 weeks on the chart. Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has worked with […]

Happy birthday to David Crosby, born 14th August 1941, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. With CS&N he had the 1969 UK No.17 single 'Marrakesh Express', 1970 US No.11 single with CSN&Y 'Woodstock' Plus the 1970 US No.1 album 'Deja Vu' and the 1975 US No. […]

Great version of ‘Alone Again Or’ from Later.. with Jools Holland. Arthur Lee & Love – Alone Again Or – on Later With Jools Holland (2003) First of 3 songs performed by Arthur Lee and Love in 2003. This song and "You Set The Scene" are from a US presentation of "Later.. with Jools Holland" […]

1st August 1971, The Concert For Bangladesh organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Sq Garden. Featuring Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund […]

27th July 1974, Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Band On The Run. Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles 'Jet' and 'Band on the Run', such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the UK and Australia; […]


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