• From the Vault — The Beatles’ Penny Lane trumpeter, David Mason

    From the Vault — The Beatles’ Penny Lane trumpeter, David Mason

    56 years ago today on January 17, 1967, The Beatles finished recording Penny Lane in Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios including David Mason’s famous piccolo trumpet solo. As the story goes, the Beatles began recording Penny Lane on December 29. As time passed, Paul became somewhat dissatisfied at the initial attempts at the song’s instrumentation and […]

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  • From the Vault — ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’

    From the Vault — ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’

    Filmed before a live audience in London on December 11-12, 1968, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was organized by The Rolling Stones and originally conceived as a BBC-TV special. Centering on the original line up of the Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman (with Nicky Hopkins […]

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  • 50+ years down the road, Bob Dylan reveals what makes him ‘feel at home’

    50+ years down the road, Bob Dylan reveals what makes him ‘feel at home’

    A big TOH to Reid Robinson, Tellyspotting’s intrepid reporter in Richardson, TX who reminded me of one of music’s most controversial moments which occurred at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in 1966. A heckler branded one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, “Judas” for going electric during a set thus ‘betraying his folk roots’. Reid pointed me in the direction of one Robert Allen Zimmerman and how, over a half century later, he answered one of life’s most sought-after musical questions.

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  • R.I.P. — Monty Norman, ‘James Bond’ theme composer, dies at 94

    R.I.P. — Monty Norman, ‘James Bond’ theme composer, dies at 94

    Unfortunately, there are countless individuals who’s names are unfamiliar to the masses but, in the same breath, you are infinitely familiar with their work. Monty Norman was one such individual. Chances are good that his was not a household name. His work, however, in creating one of the most famous musical movie intros ever will be […]

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  • It was 53 years today….the Beatles were on the roof to play

    It was 53 years today….the Beatles were on the roof to play

    On 30 January 1969, the Beatles performed an unannounced concert from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district. Joined by keyboardist Billy Preston, the band played a 42-minute set before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume. Other than those in earshot of Apple Corps […]

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  • The music of ‘All Creatures’ — Masterpiece Q&A with composer, Alexandra Harwood

    The music of ‘All Creatures’ — Masterpiece Q&A with composer, Alexandra Harwood

    When one thinks of the key elements to any successful British drama series, you immediately talk about the superior writing (think Downton Abbey), the brilliant acting (think Sherlock) and the visually stunning landscape (think Poldark). One other element, however, that goes relatively unnoticed but is equally as important in the creation of an overall success is […]

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  • A pre-‘Grantchester’ Robson Green once topped the UK charts with Robson & Jerome

    A pre-‘Grantchester’ Robson Green once topped the UK charts with Robson & Jerome

    From the ‘Department of Who-Knew’ comes today’s post about the singing career of a pre-Grantchester Robson Green. Turns out that in November 1994, in an episode of the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn performed “Unchained Melody” as an impromptu duo The Unrighteous Brothers after the entertainment failed to appear at a wedding. Their […]

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  • Italy’s Måneskin grabs Eurovision Song Contest 2021 title!

    Italy’s Måneskin grabs Eurovision Song Contest 2021 title!

    The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is in the books with Italy’s Måneskin being crowned the winner thus winning the right for the country to host the 2022 competition. Almost as good as watching this years final was following Radio Times’ blow-by-blow live blogging of the biggest and the most bizarre moments from this year’s event. As usual, some of these […]

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  • Return to the Swinging Sixties with PBS’ ‘Best of the 60s: Ready Steady Go!’

    Return to the Swinging Sixties with PBS’ ‘Best of the 60s: Ready Steady Go!’

    Ready Steady Go!, a.k.a. RSG!, was a British rock/pop music television program broadcast every Friday evening from 9 August 1963 until 23 December 1966 on ITV. The show went out early on Friday evenings with the tagline “The weekend starts here!“, and was introduced by the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out”, later by Manfred Mann’s “5-4-3-2-1”, then Manfred Mann’s “Hubble Bubble Toil […]

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