THIS WEEK IN ROCK
October 13, 2019
From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.
#OnThisDay October 7, 1949
Happy 70th birthday to Kansas’ Dave Hope, who scored a massive global hit in 1977 with ‘Carry On Wayward Son’. Did you know that he was ordained as an Anglican priest after leaving the band in 1983?
#OnThisDay October 8, 2009
Elvis Presley is featured on a set of commemorative postage stamps celebrating the legacy of pop music icons and their legacy. And we couldn’t think of a more appropriate song than this!
#OnThisDay October 9, 1972
After six weeks in the UK singles charts, The Sweet are still holding strong at No. 6 with the stack-heeled stomping joy that is ‘Wag Wam Bam’.
#OnThisDay October 10, 1970
Blasting their way out of Aston, the mighty Black Sabbath top the UK album charts with their second album, ‘Paranoid’. Did you know that the song was written and recorded in about two hours after the band realised that they didn’t have enough songs for the album?
#OnThisDay October 11, 1982
Adam Ant releases his debut solo album, ‘Friend Or Foe’. Featuring his long time guitarist and songwriting partner Marco Pirroni, the album goes Top 5 in the UK and is certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.
#OnThisDay October 12, 1974
The Bay City Rollers top the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Rollin’. The album included three top British chart hits ‘Remember’, ‘Shang-a-Lang’, ‘Summerlove Sensation’ and ‘Saturday Night’, which was never a British hit but a No.1 single in America.
#OnThisDay October 13, 1982
In what was seen at the time as a generational passing of the rock’n’roll baton, The Clash support The Who at Shea Stadium in New York. A recording of the gig is later released in 2000 as ‘Live At Shea Stadium’.
Originally planned as a Christmas special for NBC TV, Elvis Presley’s return to live performance after a hiatus of seven years was soon transformed into something far more spectacular.Read more
This memorable and iconic video for the title track from The Clash’s third album was only the second promo to be shot by director Don Letts.Read more
As The KIng’s fourth studio album – ‘Elvis Is Back!’ – celebrates its 60th anniversary, Mr Elvis Aaron Presley is our Artist of the Month.Read more
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.Read more
A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…Read more
Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.Read more
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A UK Christmas No.1 for Elvis Presley in 1962, this single bears a number of distinctions.Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!Read more
From Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley, The Stone Roses to Bonnie Tyler and more, we run down the history of your favourite artists – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.Read more
Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
As a very special edition of 1979’s ‘London Calling’ hits the shelves, and the accompanying exhibition is due to open at the Museum of London, punk legends The Clash are our Artist of the Month for November.Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.Read more
From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.Read more
Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…Read more
Many happy returns, legendary performances and landmark releases. It’s this week in rock…Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Initially available only as an import single, ‘Bankrobber’ became a Top 20 hit for The Clash in 1980 after fan fervor merited a domestic release.Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.Read more
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…Read more
The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…Read more
We’re marking the 50th anniversary of what is arguably The King’s pivotal year with ‘Live 1969’, a deluxe 11 CD box set available now.Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
Adam Ant will perform his landmark solo album ‘FRIEND OR FOE’ live, in its entirety, for the first time across the UK this year.Read more
As a whole host of stars prepare to honour The King in the ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’, we’re proud to announce the companion album, ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’, out now.Read more
Exploding from the dark days of power cuts and the three-day week was this utterly irresistible blast of glam rock.Read more
For the first Video Of The Week of 2019, it’s entirely apposite that we should turn our attention to what was The Clash’s first single release in the US.Read more
From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…Read more
On December 3rd, 1968 Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in seven years. Broadcast on NBC, it would become known as the ’68 Comeback Special’ and one of the most vital live performances of all time. Half a century later, we’re proud to present the ’50th Anniversary Edition’, available now.Read more
Today of all days we need something explosive, so let’s do it in style with the righteous fury of The Clash.Read more
‘Fox On The Run’ was The Sweet’s 14th single but the first that was actually written and produced by the band.Read more
The new album, featuring a brand new duet with Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and 13 other inspirational performances from gospel legends who performed with the King, out now.Read more
It’s fifty years since the comeback to end them all – the Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special – and we’re celebrating with special film screenings across the UK and Ireland. Read on….Read more
Presenting the complete, unabridged story of Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a two-part three-hour film presentation airing on HBO, 8pm April 14. The superb soundtrack is available now.Read more
As Christmas approaches we’re proud to present the brand new album ‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, as The King meets The Strings for the finest of festive fanfares.Read more
Recently shot into the atmosphere thanks to soundtracking Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ with their smash hit ‘Fox On The Run’, seventies glam-stompers The Sweet today release ‘The Sensational Sweet (Chapter One: The Wild Bunch)’ – a comprehensive retrospective of their incredible career.Read more
The first single from the criminally underrated ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ album, ‘Tommy Gun’ was aggressively political even by The Clash’s acerbic standards.Read more
“What other name roars?”
Elvis Presley defined and redefined music and touched countless lives in the process.
Here are some of your stories of how The King helped you live.Read more
As the world celebrates the music & life of Elvis Aaron Presley, we’re proud to present an enduring, fan-favourite collection of his finest music – ‘Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’.Read more
Let’s celebrate The King – tell us what kind of Elvis fan you are and we’ll make a playlist just for you…Read more
Elvis is – to so, so many – the most iconic artist of all time, defining genres, eras and even stardom itself. Forty years ago this month he tragically passed away, now we want your stories of how how Elvis Aaron Presley touched your life.Read more
This month, we join the world in celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. The King is our Artist of the Month.Read more
We’re proud to announce that on Friday July 28, Sony Legacy will be releasing the most comprehensive early Elvis library ever assembled.Read more
We’re giving you the chance to win one of our CD Book Sets – take your pick from Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991, Elvis Presley’s Platinum A Life In Music or AC/DC’s Black Tracks.Read more
A great show and an incredible keepsake, we’re adamant you’ll love this…Read more
Kate Moss channels her love of rock and roll (and her own inner Elvis) in a brand new music video for “The Wonder of You”!Read more
Elvis Presley has today become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history as he scores his 13th number one album with ‘The Wonder of You’.Read More...
‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ is out now. Get more info, including tour dates, and watch some album previews here…Read More...
Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…Read more
Take a listen to the soundtrack playlist!Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read more
Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…Read more
Watch Sweet perform at The Rainbow Theatre in London!Read more
Discover more about the super deluxe reissue!Read more
- London CallingThe Clash
- Train in vainThe Clash
- White riotThe Clash
- Should I stay or should I goThe Clash
- I fought the lawThe Clash
- and lots more!...
- Goody two shoesAdam Ant
- StripAdam Ant
- Friend or foeAdam Ant
- Desperate but not seriousAdam Ant
- Vive le rockAdam Ant
- and lots more!!...
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!Read more
- Heartbreak hotelElvis Presley
- G.I. bluesElvis Presley
- Don't be cruelElvis Presley
- Can't help falling in loveElvis Presley
- If I can dreamElvis Presley
- and lots more!!...
- Stand and deliverAdam & The Ants
- AntmusicAdam & The Ants
- Prince CharmingAdam & The Ants
- Beat my guestAdam & The Ants
- Ant rapAdam & The Ants
- and lots more!...
Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!Read more
The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!Read more
You can go for a special price with Legacy…Read more
‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.Read more
THE CLASH, PUNK ROCK, AND BRITAIN IN THE 1970SRead more
Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…Read more
More info on ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
Our vinyl of the week is Black Market Clash by The Clash…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