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Happy birthday to Joni Mitchell, born on 7th Nov 1943. The Canadian singer, songwriter, had the 1970 UK No.11 single 'Big Yellow Taxi', 1974 US No.7 single ‘Help Me’. She wrote 'Both Sides Now' a hit for Judy Collins and 'Woodstock' a hit for Crosby, Stills Nash & Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Mitchell's work […]

18th Oct 1967 Ode to Billie Joe the debut album by Bobbie Gentry was at No.1 on the US chart. It was the only album to displace The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The recording of the title track 'Ode […]

20th Sept 1975 ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon’s voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: “Fame, Fame, Fame” from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics. Article source: […]

28th November 1991, Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at […]

25th April 1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops performing ‘Roxanne’. The single which was taken from their album Outlandos d’Amour was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute. More on The Police: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/police Read it here

Great to hear Rick Buckler on BBC Radio 2 with Johnnie Walker: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05wsjwv Rick Buckler remembers his time with The Jam, Rick Buckler, Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the 70s – BBC Radio 2 The Jam drummer Rick Buckler tells Johnnie about his decade and time with band. Read it here


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