THIS WEEK IN ROCK
June 23, 2019
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…
#OnThisDay June 17, 1965
The Kinks make their live US debut at the Academy Of Music in New York. Following the tour, the band is refused work permits by the American Federation of Musicians. Though no reason is given for the ban, it’s widely believed that The Kinks’ rowdy onstage behaviour is to blame.
#OnThisDay June 18, 1948
Columbia Records introduces the 33 1/3 rpm LP, a format that revolutionises recorded music. This new format enables each side of vinyl to contain 23 minutes of music – something could never be achieved on a 78rpm disc. What’s your favourite format and why?
#OnThisDay June 19, 1971
Carole King begins a five-week residency at the top of the US charts with ‘It’s Too Late’/’I Feel The Earth Move’. Did you know that ‘It’s Too Late’ scooped the Grammy for Record Of The Year?
#OnThisDay June 20, 2005
Jamiroquai release their sixth studio album, ‘Dynamite’. The album’s first single, ‘Feels Just Like It Should’, reached No. 8 in the UK singles chart whilst topping the Billboard Dance Charts in the US. Good work, fellas!
#OnThisDay June 21, 1981
Odyssey crack the UK Top 5 in the singles charts with the amazing ‘Going Back To mY Roots’. Did you know that it was written by legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier?
#OnThisDay June 22, 1985
Prefab Sprout release their second studio album, ‘Steve McQueen’. Containing the hit ‘When Love Breaks Down’, the album makes it to No. 4 in NME’s End Of The Year Poll for Best Album.
#OnThisDay June 23, 1989
George Michael receives the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British music. Other recipients of the award include Jamiroquai, Eurythmics and The Clash. The current holder is Roger Waters.
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
We’re proud to announce that the blistering, Springsteen-fuelled soundtrack to Gurinder Chadha’s critically acclaimed movie ‘Blinded By The Light’, is out August 9.Read more
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.Read more
Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ earlier this year, we’re excited to announce new remastered vinyl editions of Prefab Sprout’s finest moments, including ‘Life of Surprises: The Best of Prefab Sprout’, released on September 27th.Read more
As that all-conquering paean to infidelity and heartbreak, ‘Careless Whisper’, marks its 35th anniversary we celebrate one of the most groundbreaking and versatile artists of the modern age. Mr George Michael…Read more
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s landmark album ‘Born In The U.S.A.’, we’re proud to present this 2013 performance of the album, filmed at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London.Read more
The chances are that we ain’t ever going to agree on what the best Bruce Springsteen album is….Read more
The music of Bruce Springsteen takes a starring role in new film Blinded By The Light.Read more
On 14 March in London, around 75 works from George Michael’s private art collection will be offered in a flagship live auction at Christie’s.Read more
With their newly re-mastered album, ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ out now, pop perfectionists Prefab Sprout are our Artists of the Month for February.Read more
As Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out one man show, ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ comes to a close in New York, we’re excited to announce the release of the accompanying soundtrack set and Netflix show.Read more
Originally released as single in late 1982 before appearing on the ‘State Of Confusion’ album the following year, The Kinks’ ‘Come Dancing’ eventually became a UK hit upon its re-release in the summer of 1983.Read more
A real curio in The Kinks’ back catalogue, ‘Mr Pleasant’ was originally released only in the US and mainland Europe.Read more
We’re excited to announce that Prefab Sprout’s ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’, originally a solo release from front man Paddy McAloon, has been remastered and is set for re-release next year as a fully fledged Prefab Sprout record.Read more
Presenting a new limited edition box set of some of The Boss’ finest work, long out of print, on remastered vinyl for the first time and available now.Read more
As we revisit one of The Boss’ most urgent, powerful eras, our artist of the month for May is the one and only Bruce Springsteen.Read more
This week we turn to our attention to a watershed moment from The Boss (and not just because of Courtney Cox’s Dad dancing…)Read more
Well, what else could it be this week?Read more
One of the most groundbreaking, inventive and entertaining artists of the modern era, George Michael was also one of a handful of stars to successfully walk the line from Pop Sensation to Critically Acclaimed Artist.
For these and countless other reasons, George Michael is our Artist of the Month.Read more
On July 3, 2016 legendary singer/songwriter Carole King delivered a peerless performance of her zeitgeist-shifting seminal album ‘Tapestry’ before 65,000 rapturous fans in Hyde Park. Now this landmark set is available as a 2CD/DVD set, complete with unique recollections from Carole herself…Read more
‘Fantasy’ is the flagship track from the incoming ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’ special edition.Read more
Legendary Kinks frontman and new American treasure, Ray Davies, releases his first album of new material in over nine years – ‘Americana’.Read more
George Michael was a supremely gifted artist and a true music icon. George Michael was a supremely gifted artist and a true music icon. Sony Music had the privilege to have worked with him over several decades on a number of his legendary releases, and we join the world in mourning the loss of a great superstar. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.Read more
Over the last 12 months, we at Sony Legacy have been proud to assemble some truly comprehensive compendiums of the most innovative and influential artists of all time. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest.Read The Rundown...
Sony Legacy are proud to be completing the catalogue of one of America’s finest songwriters and composers, the inimitable Carole KingRead More...
‘The Kinks – The Mono Collection’ is a limited edition set of ten 180g vinyl discs of the Kinks’ mono albums, out now…Read More.,..
“I think rock ‘n’ roll is a mono experience. If you have 5.1 rock ‘n’ roll it kind of loses its reason really.”
– Ray Davies
Some fantastic reviews for Bruce Springsteen’s genre-defining autobiography, ‘Born To Run’.Read More...
Vogue and Instagram joined forces to recreate Freedom! ’90 with 2016’s most celebrated models!Read more
A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from SeptemberRead more
Learn about Bruce Springsteen’s new book ‘Born To Run’!Read more
If you’re a fan of mono recordings you’re going to love this collection by The Kinks!Read more
Enter our prize draw for your chance to win a copy of the new book ‘Born To Run’…Read more
Carole King has written quite a few hits. Discover the new collection…Read more
Bruce is back with a new book and a new album!Read more
- Meet me in the cityBruce Springsteen
- The man who got awayBruce Springsteen
- Little white liesBruce Springsteen
- The time that never wasBruce Springsteen
- NIght fireBruce Springsteen
- and lots more!...
It’s the 10th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Seeger Sessions’! Here are 10 facts about the album…Read more
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
Discover more about the 2016 re-issue…Read more
- Child of mineCarole King
- So far awayCarole King
- It's too lateCarole King
- You've got a friendCarole King
- Sweet seasonsCarole King
- and lots more!!...
- The king of rock'n'rollPrefab Sprout
- When love breaks downPrefab Sprout
- Cars and girlsPrefab Sprout
- AppetitePrefab Sprout
- BonnyPrefab Sprout
- and lots more!!...
- Virtual insanityJamiroquai
- Canned heatJamiroquai
- Cosmic girlJamiroquai
- Space cowboyJamiroquai
- Deeper undergroundJamiroquai
- and lots more!!...
- Careless whisperGeorge Michael
- FaithGeorge Michael
- Freedom '90George Michael
- Don't let the sun go down on meGeorge Michael
- Father figureGeorge Michael
- and lots more!!...
In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, just about 44 years agoRead more
A comprehensive collection from ‘The River’ era.Read more
Have you ever seen Jamiroquai drenched from feathers to toe?Read more
It’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, and we’re taking a look back through his musical timeline…Read more
3 september 1990 – 3 september 2015: ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ is 25 years oldRead more
Today we celebrate the spectacular album that is ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen…Read more
Happy belated 4th of July y’allRead more
You can now get Bruce Springsteen’s first 7 albums on vinyl with re-mastered audio.Read more
Celebrate sunshine with ‘The King of Rock’n’Roll’Read more
We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more