THIS WEEK IN ROCK
July 28, 2019
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…
#OnThisDay July 22, 1989
A top 5 hit in the UK, Martika’s ‘Toy Soldiers’ begins a two-week residency at the top of the US charts. A global hit, it also went Top 5 in Ireland, Germany and Australia as well topping the charts in New Zealand.
#OnThisDay July 23, 2007
Taken from their eighth studio album, ‘Send Away The Tigers’, Manic Street Preachers release ‘Autumn Song’, which peaks at No. 10 in the UK singles charts. In so doing, it marks 11 years in which every single release – excluding limited editions – by the band has gone Top 20.
#OnThisDay July 24, 1983
Paul Young is at No. 1 for the second week running with his idiosyncratic cover of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’. Did you know that it was his third single, but the first to chart?
#OnThisDay July 25, 1960
Having been turned down by both Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison’s ‘Only The Lonely’ peaks at No. 2 in the US singles charts. It goes one step further in the UK charts to reach pole position.
#OnThisDay July 26, 1980
Patrick Hernandez’s utterly infectious ‘Born To Be Alive’ is a non-mover at No. 13 after spending seven weeks in the UK charts. Sounding every bit as good now as it did then, this is the perfect way to kick start your weekend!
#OnThisDay July 27, 1974
John Denver reaches the top of the US singles charts for a two-week stay with ‘Annie’s Song’, which goes on to hit No.1 in the UK. Did you know that John Denver wrote the song in 10 minutes while on a ski lift in tribute to his wife?
#OnThisDay July 28, 1974:
The first stirrings of the disco era are felt as The Hues Corporation enter the UK Top 20 singles charts at No. 15 with the influential ‘Rock The Boat’. Peaking at No. 6, it goes on to No. 1 in the US and becomes what it is arguably the first disco chart topper. Did you know that the group got its break when they played themselves in the 1972 blaxploitation flick, ‘Blacula’?
The sixth and final single to be taken from their debut album, ‘Generation Terrorists’, ‘Little Baby Nothing’ finds Manic Street Preachers nailing their feminist flag to the mast.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
It’s strange to think Paul Young’s version of ‘Love Of The Common People’ failed to chart upon its initial release…Read more
We’re proud to announce the release of a special reedited, reimagined and remastered 2LP gatefold edition of one of music’s most iconic performances.Read more
Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…Read more
David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – 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
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
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history 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
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.Read more
A quiet highlight from the oft-overlooked second album, this haunting video sees the Manics at their poetic best.Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
Twenty-three years to the week since its release as the first single from Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘A Design For Life’ remains every bit as potent as it did then.Read more
Released in January 2000, Manic Street Preachers’ non-album single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ peaked at number one on the UK singles chart.Read more
‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition is out now on 3CD bookset – featuring the remastered album, a disc of demos and rehearsals and a disc featuring all the b-sides and remixes – and 2LP, featuring the remastered album.Read more
With the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition released on December 7th, our final Artist of the Month of 2018 is Manic Street Preachers.Read more
Once again the incredible songbook of the great Roy Orbison is being given new life by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Unchained Melodies…’ is out now.Read more
If ever a convincing argument was made that a cover version can truly transcend and eclipse the source material, then you’re seeing it now.Read more
This is a proper floor flller and no mistake.Read more
“His songs are the yearnings of the heart.”
We asked for your stories of how the music of Roy Orbison has touched your life, how the Big O soundtracked the good times and the bad.
Here are your stories. Here’s why you love him…Read more
He’s the singer/songwriter’s singer/songwriter, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, founding member of the Travelling Wilburys, ‘The Big O’, America’s Maestro.
He is Roy Orbison and we want to know why you love him.Read more
The legendary Roy Orbison has joined forces with the world-famous Royal Philharmonic to create brand new orchestral interpretations of some of the late genius’ greatest hits and most enduring rock ‘n’ roll classics.Read more
Joining forces with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the late Roy Orbison releases ‘A Love So Beautiful’, a re-scored collection of classics from his inimitable songbook. We couldn’t be prouder to name America’s Maestro our Artist of the Month.Read more
We’re thrilled to announce that in April 2018, ‘The Hologram UK Tour’ will see a holographic Roy Orbison perform live on stage with the Royal Philharmonic throughout the UK.Read more
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.Read more
We’re thrilled to announce a very special collaboration – the soulful voice of rock ‘n’ roll backed by the world’s most preeminent orchestra.Read more
‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, a very special collection marking the tenth anniversary of the Manic Street Preachers eighth studio album, is out now.Read more
“Thank Christ they exist.”
As the Manics’ tenure as our Artist of the Month come to a close, we present just a few of the comments from fans whose lives they’ve touched.
What? Can it really be 10 years since this was released? And it still sounds just as good now as it did back then. Possibly even better.Read more
This Saturday, April 15, Sky ARTS will screen a new Documentary on the Manic Street Preachers, looking back at the time of their most intense artistic and commercial pressures.Read more
Is it really 10 years since the release of Manic Street Preachers’ eighth studio album and muscular return to form, ‘Send Away The Tigers’? The Manics are our Artist of the Month for April.Read more
Studio album number 8 from the Manic Street Preachers, ‘Send Away The Tigers’ turns ten years old this May. We’re celebrating with a very special edition containing demos, b-sides, rarities and a special DVD, released May 12Read more
It’s 30 years since Roy Orbison’s iconic ’87 comeback gig – featuring appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits & K.D. Lang – and you can finally experience the show from hundreds of unseen angles with ‘Black &a White Night 30’.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...
Discover the first career spanning Roy Orbison anthology, out now…Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
- L-O-V-E (Love)Paul Young
- Love of the common peoplePaul Young
- Everytime you go awayPaul Young
- Wherever I lay my hat (That's my home)Paul Young
- Cone back and stayPaul Young
- and lots more!!...
Discover more about the new reissue…Read more
Discover Paul Young’s life in music, from his influences to favourite live shows…Read more
Don’t miss out on Paul Young’s Top Tracks and Ultimate Setlist playlists…Read more
Find out what Paul thinks are his top videos…Read more
Paul Young is one of the 80s biggest stars. Let’s take a look back at his performances on Top of the Pops…Read more
Paul Young became one of the 80s biggest pop stars, but how many of these facts do you know?Read more
Paul Young has announced the release of a 4CD bookset titled: Tomb Of Memories: The CBS Years (1982-1994)…Read more
July 23rd 1983, Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That’s My Home.)’Read more
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
Some of our favourite tracks and albums are currently available for a very special price…Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more