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On This Day – The Mancs Take Over TOTP

Tweet On This day in 1989 The Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses (both from Manchester) made their debuts on Top of the Pops. The Roses played “Fools Gold” and The Mondays “Hallelujah” (no not that Hallelujah). I was never a fan of Shaun Ryder and co and time has not mellowed my opinion………… Now […]

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Wanna be in The Beatles?

Tweet There is a letter going to be actioned that shows that The Beatles were looking for a drummer who would have replaced Pete Best. In 1960 a drummer placed an advert in the Liverpool Echo the advert said “Drummer-Young-Free.” McCartney replied and the letter that going to auction is his reply; It is interesting […]

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On This Day, The Beatles First Real Recording Session, Or Perhaps NOT…………..

Tweet On This Day,  4th September, 1962, the Beatles entered EMI Studios at Abbey Road for the group’s first proper recording session Or perhaps not, according to your perspective. They were there to record two songs for their debut single. The band was John, Paul, George, and Ringo – Ringo is the key to the […]

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On This Day – I’m the Drummer in the Beatles, Aren’t I?

Tweet On this day in 1968 Ringo came back and rejoined the Beatles to finish recording The White Album. What you never knew he left? Few people did. He discovered that McCartney had bee re-recording the drum parts on to of Ringo’s when he was not looking. Mr Starkey was not best pleased, as you […]

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On This day – Goodbye Jimmy Reed

Tweet 29th August 1976, Jimmy Reed died after an epileptic seizure at the age of 50. Jimmy Reed influenced many later guitarists with his distinctive sound. He also wrote many songs, perhaps the most noticeable was “Bright Lights, Big City” (a personal favourite of mine). He did not manage to get signed by Chess records […]

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On This Day – Wanna Buy a Record Player?

Tweet On this day, well nearly – actually on 22nd August 1906 – the Victor Talking Machine Company (New Jersey) started selling record players. The price was about $200 which must have been huge at the time. Records ranged from $1 to $7. This was one of those pivotal moments in the history of popular […]

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On This Day – Reverend Richard Perriman Speaks Out!

Tweet On this day in 1979 the Reverend Richard Perriman spoke out about the evils of rock ‘n’ roll. He told his congregation that redemption is possible. He said “If God can save an old homosexual like me he can save anyone.” The Reverend Richard Perriman is better known as Little Richard. Share on Facebook

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My Essential 100 Albums – 7 The Original by Ray Charles

Tweet This just has to be in my list of 100 essential albums because it is the first record I ever bought!  At 13 I had a Saturday job working in a hardware shop in Stokes Croft in Bristol.  At the time Stokes Croft was not the best area in Bristol and the customers seemed […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 6 – Transformer, Lou Reed

Tweet My first experience of Lou Reed’s music was courtesy of John Peel’s radio show.  Late at night on an old Bakelite radio while reading in bed, typical teenager stuff.  The first Velvet Underground track I heard was (I think) Heroin, but it could have been White Light.  In any event, I was sold. Following […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 5 Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Tweet   Quite simply, this is the best rock album ever.  Less simply, it is not really a rock album.  It is a bluesy, rocky, multi faceted, arty, album that is difficult to pigeon hole.  The only easy description is that it is clearly the work of a genius.   By now I think that I […]

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