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We’ve been talking about music festivals. What is the best festival you’ve attended, who did you see and have you bought tickets for a festival this year? Piece here on one of the biggest and best – the Isle of Wight festival: https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/isle-of-wight-festival/ The Isle Of Wight Festival – August 1970 | This Day In […]

26 April 1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Call Me', the group's fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard Gere movie 'American Gigolo', the track was also a No.1 in the US where it became the band's biggest selling single. Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac […]

25 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 here: https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/artists/the-police/ The Police – A Breath Of Fresh […]

24 April 1975, Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote 'Without You', with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a […]

16 April 1939, born on this day, Dusty Springfield, UK singer who had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which reached No.4, a 1966 UK No.1 & US No.4 single with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 […]

Quick plug! We just wanted to tell you about our brand new This Day in Music Books site. We have books in print and digital versions on some of the biggest names in music. Beatles, Zeppelin, Floyd, Dylan, Springsteen, Hendrix, Who, Bowie, Clash, Velvets & Stones. On the new site you can order a unique […]

13 April 1974, Paul McCartney’s Band On The Run went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney’s third US No.1, went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide. It’s commercial performance was aided by two hit singles ‘Jet’ and ‘Band on the Run’. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/band-on-the-run/ Band On The Run – Wings Hit It Big […]

12 April 1950, Born on this day American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Cassidy, known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to him becoming one of popular culture's teen idols and pop singers of […]

11 April 1958, Born on this day, Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson. He formed The Skids, who had a 1979 UK No.10 single with ‘Into The Valley’ then Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single with ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. On 26 November 2001, Adamson […]

9th April 1997, Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack. Known as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville' she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit 'Heartbreak Hotel'. She was the mother of country […]


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