On This Day..
1966 The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations.’ As a child, Brian Wilsons mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1973 The Who’s double album Quadrophenia entered the UK album chart peaking at No.2. One of two two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1969 ‘Tommy’). The 1979 film based on the story stars Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.
1985 Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Make It Big’ and No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’. Michael’s inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew’s parents, originally intended to read “wake me up before you go” but with “up” accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote “go” twice on purpose.
1992 At the end of a long battle to claim royalties Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago ex of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.
Charlotte Gainsbourg | Rest
Fully embracing her life, music, fame and position, Gainsbourg doesn’t just elegantly put into words and electronics her pain, but she creates a monument of it. This is the very first record that Gainsbourg has written lyrics for, and as a result it comprises of the largest and most diverse palate yet.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Soul of a Woman
An incredible and stirring bookend to a stellar career cut far too short. Soul of a Woman is a soul explosion that stands as one of the absolute finest of her catalog. With a glut of soul and funk records coming back into vogue of late, Jones leaves this world with a LP that will no doubt become a touchstone of the genre. A powerhouse that she was, Jones has certainly left us all with the fire that made her so great both on stage and on a record.