THIS WEEK IN ROCK
November 17, 2019
Wham! bestride the Atlantic, Ozzy announces his retirement, Eurythmics join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and more – it’s this week in rock.
#OnThisDay November 11, 1972
The wildly popular singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan tops the UK singles charts for the first time with his 12th single, ‘Clair’. It goes on to be a Top 3 hit in the US.
#OnThisDay November 12, 1947
Many happy returns to Blue Öyster Cult’s Buck Dharma who wrote the rock classic ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’. The band have sold a staggering 24m records worldwide.
#OnThisDay November 13, 1976
Billy Ocean releases his third single of the year in the shape of ‘Stop Me (If You’ve Heard It All Before)’. It goes on to peak at No. 12 in the UK singles charts.
#OnThisDay November 14, 1974
The incomparable David Essex scores his first UK No. 1 single with ‘Gonna Make You A Star’. Produced by Jeff Wayne, the single spends three weeks in pole position. The single also goes Top 5 in Australia.
#OnThisDay November 15, 1992
After playing a gig in California, Ozzy Osbourne announces his retirement from touring. “Who wants to be touring at 46?” he laments. Wonder how that turned out for him?
#OnThisDay November 16, 2005
Eurythmics are inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame. One of Britain’s most successful bands, they’ve sold 75m records and have been won an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1984, the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1987 and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999.
#OnThisDay November 17, 1984
Wham! bestride the Atlantic like a pop colossus when ‘Make It Big’ tops the UK album charts while ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ is the biggest-selling single in the US.
‘One World’, the new album from Billy Ocean and his first new material in ten years, is out now.Read more
Shot at the legendary Marquee venue in London’s Soho by director Andy Morahan, Wham! knew they were in safe hands.Read more
In the first of our #LegacyLiveSeries of full classic shows from our archives, sit back and enjoy Eurythmics live on their legendary 1999 Peace Tour…Read more
Do music videos get any more uplifting than this?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
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
New album artwork and a new song all in one go from Pop’s Premier Party Patriarch…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
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
So while this single’s flipside – that’ll be ‘Last Christmas’ – gets the most plaudits, it’s worth remembering that ‘Everything She Wants’ is every bit as good.Read more
What better way to celebrate the festive season than with that perennial favourite from our Artists of the Month, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?Read more
With the new RomCom ‘Last Christmas’ out now in theaters, our Artist of the Month for the Yuletide season; the pop colossus that is Wham!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
Wham! bestride the Atlantic, Ozzy announces his retirement, Eurythmics join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
This feminist anthem finds Eurythmics teaming up with the late soul legend Aretha Franklin for one of the defining tracks of the 80s.Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s 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
Intriguing collaborations, seminal singles, classic albums and breakthrough hits – it’s this week in rock. https://www.legacyrecordings.co.uk/news/this-week-in-rock-13Read more
The early 80s were a golden period for pioneering videos and this one for Wham!’s 1983 No.4 single, ‘Club Tropicana’, is no exception.Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
We’re giving five people the chance to win a signed copy of ‘The very best of Billy Ocean UK & European Tour 2018/19 programme’.Read more
As Pop’s Premier Party Patriarch prepares to undertake yet another superb series of shows, we celebrate Billy Ocean, our Artist of the Month for MarchRead more
Though producer Jeff Wayne is best known for his work on the planet-straddling success of 1978’s ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of War Of The Worlds’, he cut his production teeth working in partnership with singer David Essex.Read more
One of the most evergreen Christmas singles to have ever been released, ‘Last Christmas is also the biggest-selling festive single to have never reached No. 1 in the UK.Read more
The final wave of our long awaited Eurythmics vinyl re issues is available now, with ‘We Too Are One’ & ‘Peace’ out now on vinyl…Read more
The second wave of this year’s long-awaited Eurythmics vinyl reissues are here! ‘Be Yourself Tonight’, ‘Savage’ and ‘Revenge’ are out now.Read more
The first three of this year’s long-awaited Eurythmics vinyl reissues are here! ‘In The Garden’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Touch’ are out now.Read more
They’re one of our finest, most eclectic and endlessly inventive pop duos.Read more
Far too prolific to have a single signature tune, ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ is nonetheless the track our Artists of the Month, Eurythmics, are perhaps best known for. but it wasn’t the first or last song about the popular nocturnal hallucinations. Here’s our dreams top ten…Read more
There are few bands that have not only come to define a decade, but also to transcend it, with music that’s inarguably timeless. Ladies and gentlemen, our Artists of the Month for March: Annie Lenox and Dave Stewart. Eurythmics.Read more
One of the most revered, respected and influential groups of the 1980s, Eurythmics’ catalogue includes more than 20 international hits. We’re thrilled to announce that eight of the band’s most groundbreaking albums will be re-released on vinyl throughout 2018.Read more
The ultimate ’80s track from the ultimate ’80s party starter, ‘When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)’ would have passed into pop folklore with or without Michael Douglas’ help.Read more
The 2018 shortlist for induction into Cleveland, OH’s legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is out, and five Legacy artists are up for the honour. We need your vote!Read more
Without a shadow of a doubt, David Essex’s ‘Rock On’ is hands down one of the weirdest tracks to have graced the UK Top 10…Read more
We’ve got five tour programmes from Mr Billy Ocean’s recent UK tour, all signed by the Undisputed Party Patriarch himself.Read more
Join us as we look back on one of the most incredible careers in pop…Read more
The chase for a festive chart-topper is revving up again, so let’s look back at years past. Terry Staunton is reading a list and checking it twice…Read More...
With The Eurythmics’ beloved debut turning 30 this week, Daryl Easlea examines ‘In The Garden’s place in history.Read More...
- Carribean queenBilly Ocean
- Get outta my dreams, get into my carBilly Ocean
- Love really hurts without youBilly Ocean
- Red light spells dangerBilly Ocean
- SuddenlyBilly Ocean
- and lots more!!...
- Wake me up before you go-goWham!
- Club tropicanaWham!
- Everything she wantsWham!
- Last christmasWham!
- I'm your manWham!
- and lots more!...
- Sweet dreams (are made of this)Eurythmics
- Here comes the rain againEurythmics
- Would I lie to you?Eurythmics
- There must be an angel (playing with my heart)Eurythmics
- Love is a strangerEurythmics
- and lots more!!...
- WhyAnnie Lennox
- Walking on broken glassAnnie Lennox
- No more "I Love You's"Annie Lennox
- Little birdAnnie Lennox
- A White shade of paleAnnie Lennox
- and lots more!...
Read more about the new Billy Ocean best of collection…Read more
“In the blink of an eye I knew her number and her name / And she said I was the tiger she wanted to tame” ROAR!Read more
31 years ago today, this track was Wham!’s first UK No.1.Read more