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29 Aug 1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, […]

Happy 62nd Birthday to Madonna, born 16 Aug 1958, singer, actress, (first hit 1984 UK No.6 single ‘Holiday’, 1984 US No.1 ‘Like A Virgin’, first UK No.1 1985 ‘Into The Groove’, plus 6 other UK No.1’s & over 10 US No.1 singles and over 30 other top 40 hits). https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/odds-and-sods/25-madonna-facts/ 25 fun facts about Madonna […]

12 Aug 1927, born on this day was Porter Wagoner, Country singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced a then little known Dolly Parton on his long-running television show. Also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner has scored over 80 US Country singles from 1954–1983. […]

11 Aug 1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for his remarks that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus'. Lennon told reporters "Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said ‘Beatles’ because it’s easy for me to talk about […]

6 Aug 1974, ABBA scored their first US top 10 hit when 'Waterloo' went to No.6. 'Waterloo' was written specifically to be entered into the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, after the group finished third with 'Ring Ring' the previous year in the Swedish pre-selection contest. The original title of the song was 'Honey Pie'. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/artists/abba/ […]

Happy birthday to Bjorn Ulvaeus, born 25th April 1945, Swedish singer, songwriter, producer who started his musical career at 18 when he fronted the Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk–skiffle group. After forming ABBA in 1972 they became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Their first UK hit was the 1974 No.1 […]

12th April 2010, The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment that the group was 'bigger than Jesus.' Lennon told a British newspaper in 1966 – at the height of Beatlemania – that he did not know which would die […]

Happy birthday to Swedish singer, songwriter Agnetha Faltskog from ABBA, born on 5th April 1950. Their first UK hit was the 1974 No.1 'Waterloo', followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums and they scored the 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen'. Her self-penned debut single 'Jag var så kär' was […]

17th March 2008, Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group ABBA, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He had managed to wrap a towel around his neck and […]

4th March 1966, John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus Christ' was published in The London Evening Standard. His opinions drew no controversy when published in the UK, but when republished in the US a few months later, angry reactions flared up in Christian communities. Extensive protests broke out with some […]


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