Jun 2: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Andy Williams – “Butterfly“

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “Good Luck Charm

50 years ago: The Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden

45 years ago: T Rex – Metal Guru

40 years ago: Rod Stewart – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It/First Cut Is The Deepest

35 years ago: Madness – “House Of Fun

Whitney_Houston_-_I_Wanna_Dance_with_Somebody30 years ago: Whitney Houston – “I Wanna To Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

25 years ago: KWS – Please Don’t Go/Game Boy“

Hanson-mmmbop20 years ago: Hanson – “Mmm Bop

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

RamMcCartneyalbumcover45 years ago: Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram

40 years ago: Abba – “Greatest Hits

35 years ago: Star Sound – “Stars On 45

30 years ago: Peter Gabriel – “So

25 years ago: Seal – “Seal

20 years ago: George Michael – “Older

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May 26: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Andy Williams – “Butterfly“

Elvis_-_Good_Luck_Charm55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “Good Luck Charm

50 years ago: The Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden

45 years ago: T Rex – Metal Guru

40 years ago: Rod Stewart – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It/First Cut Is The Deepest

Madness_-_House_of_Fun35 years ago: Madness – “House Of Fun

30 years ago: Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

25 years ago: KWS – Please Don’t Go/Game Boy“

Eternal_I_Wanna_Be_The_Only_One20 years ago: Eternal feat Bebe Winans – “I Wanna Be The Only One

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

45 years ago: Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

40 years ago: Abba – “Greatest Hits

35 years ago: Star Sound – “Stars On 45

So_(album)30 years ago: Peter Gabriel – “So

Seal_-_Seal_(1991_first_album)_CD_album_cover25 years ago: Seal – “Seal

20 years ago: George Michael – “Older

May 19: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Guy Mitchell – “Rock-A-Billy“

55 years ago: B Bumble & The Stingers – “Nut Rocker

Silence_is_Golden_The_Tremeloes50 years ago: The Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden

45 years ago: T Rex – Metal Guru

I_Don't_Want_to_Talk_About_It_rod40 years ago: Rod Stewart – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It/First Cut Is The Deepest

35 years ago: Nicole – “A Little Peace

30 years ago: Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

25 years ago: KWS – Please Don’t Go/Game Boy“

20 years ago: Olive – “You’re Not Alone

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

45 years ago: Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

40 years ago: Abba – “Greatest Hits

Starsound_-_Stars_On_45_-_The_Album35 years ago: Star Sound – “Stars On 45

30 years ago: Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music – “Street Life – 20 Great Hits

25 years ago: Eurythmics – “Greatest Hits

George_Michael_-_Older_album_cover20 years ago: George Michael – “Older

May 16, 1992: Carter USM only UK No1 with 1992 – The Love Album

No1_Album-05-16-19921992 – The Love Album is an album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. Released on Chrysalis Records, following the demise of Rough Trade Records, the album achieved commercial success and became the band’s first and only number 1 album in the UK album charts. It also contained their only Top 10 hit, “The Only Living Boy in New Cross”, which reached #7 in the UK charts. The album also included two further hit singles, “Do Re Me So Far So Good” (UK chart #22) and “The Impossible Dream” (UK chart #21). Initially, an earlier single, “After The Watershed” (UK chart #11) was also programmed to be included in the album track listing, but due to an injunction from the publishers of The Rolling Stones (who took exception to a line in the lyric quoted from their 60s hit single “Ruby Tuesday“), resulting in the band having to credit the composition to Morrison / Carter / Richards / Jagger, it was omitted from the album as they otherwise would have had to forego publishing royalties for every copy of the album sold.

A deluxe edition was released in 2012, featuring all of the b-sides, the “After the Watershed (Early Learning the Hard Way)” single reinserted into the original running order, a song from NME’s Ruby Trax compilation and live recordings from a performance at the Féile Festival, 31 July 1992.

The album was ranked at number 32 in NME‘s list of the top 50 “Albums of the Year” in 1992. [Wikipedia]

Listen to 1992 – The Love Album (Deluxe Edition) on Spotify.

May 12: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Lonnie Donegan – Cumberland Gap

55 years ago: The Shadows – “Wonderful Land

50 years ago: Sandie Shaw – Puppet On A String

45 years ago: The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Amazing Grace

40 years ago: Deniece Williams – “Free

Nicole_-_Ein_bißchen_Frieden35 years ago: Nicole – “A Little Peace

30 years ago: Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

25 years ago: KWS – Please Don’t Go/Game Boy“

OliveYoureNotAlone20 years ago: Olive – “You’re Not Alone

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

45 years ago: Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

40 years ago: Abba – “Greatest Hits

35 years ago: Adam & The Ants – “Kings Of The Wild Frontier

30 years ago: Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music – “Street Life – 20 Great Hits

25 years ago: Eurythmics – “Greatest Hits

Ash1977cover20 years ago: Ash – “1977

May 11, 1992: Iron Maiden release Fear Of The Dark

220px-Iron_Maiden_-_Fear_Of_The_DarkFear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was their third studio release to top the UK albums chart (certified Gold) and the last to feature Bruce Dickinson as the group’s lead vocalist until his return in 1999.

It was also the first album to be produced by bassist and band founder Steve Harris, and the last to feature the work of producer Martin Birch (who retired after its release).

It spawned two singles, “Be Quick Or Be Dead” and “From Here To Eternity“.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

On the album were:

Iron-Maiden-1992(l-r) Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass guitar, producer, mixing; Bruce Dickinson – vocals; Nicko McBrain – drums; Janick Gers – guitar
plus Michael Kenney – keyboards

May 5: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Lonnie Donegan – Cumberland Gap

55 years ago: The Shadows – “Wonderful Land

50 years ago: Sandie Shaw – Puppet On A String

45 years ago: The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Amazing Grace

Free_(Deniece_Williams_song)40 years ago: Deniece Williams – “Free

35 years ago: Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder – “Ebony & Ivory

StarshipNothingsGonnaStopUsNow30 years ago: Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

KWSPleaseDontGo25 years ago: KWS – Please Don’t Go/Game Boy“

Gary_Barlow-Love_Won't_Wait20 years ago: Gary Barlow – “Love Won’t Wait

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

Album-#91-05-08-197145 years ago: Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

Album-#169-05-08-197640 years ago: Abba – “Greatest Hits

35 years ago: Adam & The Ants – “Kings Of The Wild Frontier

30 years ago: Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music – “Street Life – 20 Great Hits

25 years ago: Eurythmics – “Greatest Hits

20 years ago: Alanis Morissette – “Jagged Little Pill

April 28: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Lonnie Donegan – Cumberland Gap

55 years ago: The Shadows – “Wonderful Land

50 years ago: Sandie Shaw – Puppet On A String

45 years ago: The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Amazing Grace

40 years ago: Abba – “Knowing Me Knowing You

35 years ago: Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder – “Ebony & Ivory

30 years ago: Madonna – “La Isla Bonita

25 years ago: Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy

20 years ago: Michael Jackson – “Blood On The Dance Floor

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

45 years ago: Various artist compilation – Motown Chartbusters Volume 5

40 years ago: TV Soundtrack – “Rock Follies

35 years ago: Adam & The Ants – “Kings Of The Wild Frontier

30 years ago: Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music – “Street Life – 20 Great Hits

25 years ago: Eurythmics – “Greatest Hits

20 years ago: Alanis Morissette – “Jagged Little Pill

April 26, 1972: Alice Cooper declares “School’s Out”

No1_Single-08-12-1972School’s Out” is a song first recorded as the title track single of Alice Cooper‘s fifth album and written by the Alice Cooper band.

Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life?”. Cooper said: “There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you’re just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning. I said, ‘If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it’s going to be so big.'”

The lyrics of “School’s Out” indicate that not only is the school year ended for summer vacation, but ended forever, and that the school itself has been blown up. It incorporates the childhood rhyme, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks” into its lyrics. It also featured children contributing some of the vocals.

“School’s Out” became Alice Cooper’s first major hit single, reaching No1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August 1972. It also marked the first time that Alice Cooper became regarded as more than just a theatrical novelty act.

The single version of the song is a slightly sped-up mono mix of the album version with one major difference — the “turn-off” effect used upon the school bell and sound effects at the end of the album version is not used on the single version, allowing the school bell and effects to simply fade out.

Some radio stations banned the song from their airwaves, stating that the song gave the students a negative impression of rebelliousness against childhood education. Teachers, parents, principals, counselors, and psychologists also shunned that song and demanded several radio stations to ban the song from ever being played on the air. [Wikipedia]

Watch Alice Cooper perform “School’s Out” on Top of the Pops in 1972 on the TOTPArchive YouTube Channel.

April 21: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Lonnie Donegan – Cumberland Gap

55 years ago: The Shadows – “Wonderful Land

50 years ago: Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Something Stupid

45 years ago: The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Amazing Grace

40 years ago: Abba – “Knowing Me Knowing You

35 years ago: Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder – “Ebony & Ivory

30 years ago: Madonna – “La Isla Bonita

25 years ago: Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy

20 years ago: R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Original Soundtrack – “The Sound Of Music

45 years ago: Various artist compilation – Motown Chartbusters Volume 5

40 years ago: Led Zeppelin – “Presence

35 years ago: Adam & The Ants – “Kings Of The Wild Frontier

30 years ago: Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music – “Street Life – 20 Great Hits

25 years ago: Eurythmics – “Greatest Hits

20 years ago: Take That – “Greatest Hits