THIS WEEK IN ROCK
December 1, 2019
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.
#OnThisDay November 25, 1992
‘The Bodyguard’, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is released. Not only does it become the second-highest grossing film of the year, its soundtrack goes on to become the best selling of all-time after selling an estimated 42m copies.
#OnThisDay November 26, 1988
Rick Astley releases his second album, ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’. Did you know that the album’s lead single, ‘She Wants To Dance With Me’, was the first single to be written by Rick?
#OnThisDay November 27, 1977
Bonnie Tyler’s fifth single, ‘It’s A Heartache’, enters the UK singles chart at No. 34. Peaking at No. 2, it goes on to top the charts in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Having sold over 6m copies, this is one of the best-selling singles of all-time.
#OnThisDay November 28, 1960
Elvis Presley starts a six-week residency at the top of the US charts with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. Did you know that the spoken word section is loosely based on a monologue from Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’?
#OnThisDay November 29, 1976
ELO are in the Top 5 of the UK singles chart for the first time when ‘Living Thing’ leaps an incredible 13 places. It’s the first single from their sixth studio album, ‘A New World Record’, and is soon followed by ‘Rockaria!’ and ‘Do Ya’.
#OnThisDay November 30, 1989
A generational tectonic plates are shifted when The Stone Roses make their Top of the Pops debut with the era-defining, standalone single, ‘Fools Gold’. Trousers and clothing starts getting noticeably baggy from here on in.
#OnThisDay December 1, 1967
The Chatham Standard is properly excited when reporting on The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s gig at the Kent town’s Central Hall: “The three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Purple Haze’ and The Troggs ‘Wild Thing.”
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
Our very special 50th anniversary edition of Jimi Hendrix’s legendary ‘Band of Gypsys’ album is out now.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
Originally appearing on the soundtrack for the 1984 film, ‘Footloose’, and then on Bonnie Tyler’s 1986 album, ‘Secret Dreams And Forbidden Fire’, the video to this classic 80s single nonetheless makes absolutely no reference to Kevin Bacon…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
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! 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
Collecting all four historic Hendrix Band of Gypsies performances from the Fillmore East, including more than two dozen previously unreleased and/or remixed new tracks, we’re pleased to announce this intriguing 5CD box set, out now with vinyl to follow on December 13.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
Landmark albums, live debuts and publishing history – it’s this week in rock…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
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
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history 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
A UK No.4 hit and global Top 10 smash hit, the video to ‘Hold On Tight’ was, upon its release in 1981, the most expensive promo ever shot.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
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
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
We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of our most exciting artist’s most groundbreaking records; The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Electric Ladyland’. Out now.Read more
Today we’re proud to release a new singles collection bringing together the early output of one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands ever to come out of the UK – the Electric Light Orchestra.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
Electric Light Orchestra’s tenth studio album, ‘Secret Messages’, is re-released today as a 2LP 12″ 150 gram vinyl set with six previously unreleased tracks.Read more
In hindsight, this meeting of singer Bonnie Tyler and songwriter Jim Steinman was always going to be a monsterous global success.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
Ladies and gentlemen, the new Jimi Hendrix album ‘Both Sides of the Sky’, featuring 10 previously unreleased tracks, is out now.Read more
2017 has produced some of the most exciting reissues, limited edition and original vinyl albums of recent years, resulting in some ‘must-have’ records. Here are our Top Five picks, which should belong in the collection of any vinyl lover in your life, or of course, your own.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
ELO’s critically acclaimed double album ‘Out of the Blue’ turns 40 this autumn, and we’re celebrating with the first ever picture disc vinyl edition of this seminal release.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
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...
Sony Legacy is proud to support Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 25th.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...
Find out more about the latest release!Read more
Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Pretty Green announce new clothing line inspired by the guitar legend…Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
And we have some amazing picturesRead 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
- All along the watchtowerJimi Hendrix
- Purple hazeJimi Hendrix
- FireJimi Hendrix
- Hey JoeJimi Hendrix
- Little WingJimi Hendrix
- and lots 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!!...
- When I was a boyELO
- Love and painELO
- Dirty to the boneELO
- When the night comesELO
- The sun will shine on youELO
- and lots more!!...
- Never gonna give you upRick Astley
- She wants to dance with meRick Astley
- Together foreverRick Astley
- Lights outRick Astley
- Cry for helpRick Astley
- 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
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
Discover the first 2 singles from Jeff Lynne’s ELO new album, “When I Was A Boy” and “When the night comes”Read more
Jeff Lynne’s ELO is set to deliver a new album after signing a global deal with Columbia RecordsRead 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
Take a listen to the isolated vocal of Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler.Read more
We should have voted for Rick!Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more