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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

August 11, 2019

The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…

#OnThisDay August 5, 2005
Manic Street Preachers’ third album, ‘The Holy Bible’, beats the likes of The Stone Roses’ eponymous debut album and Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’ when the viewers of the BBC’s late night current affairs show, ‘Newsnight’, vote it their favourite album of all-time.

#OnThisDay August 6, 1970
Paul Simon and Janis Joplin play the Concert For Peace at New York’s Shea Stadium. Check out this footage of Paul playing ‘The Sound Of Silence’ in Hyde Park last year.

#OnThisDay August 7, 1954
Elvis Presley plays the first of the 12 gigs that he’ll perform that year at the Eagles’ Nest in Memphis, Tennessee. The ad in the local paper says: “See and hear Elvis singing ‘That’s All Right’ and ‘The Blue Moon Of Kentucky’.”

#OnThisDay August 8, 1992
Snap! begin a six-week residency at the top of the UK charts with the mighty dancefloor smash, ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’. The single also hits pole position in France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Germany and finishes as the UK’s second biggest-selling single of 1992.

#OnThisDay August 9, 1967
Scott McKenzie reaches No. 1 in the UK with ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair’), arguably the greatest hippie anthem of them all. Did you know that it sold over 7 million copies worldwide?

#OnThisDay August 10, 1947
A very happy birthday to the incredible Ronnie Spector. As leader of early 60s US girl-band The Ronettes, Ronnie and her sister Estelle, alongside cousin Nedra Talley, were the original bad-girl trio who the girls wanted to be and the boys wanted to get with.

#OnThisDay August 11, 1984: Who you gonna call? Ray Parker Jr starts a three-week run at the top of the US charts with the theme from the spooky comedy hit movie, ‘Ghostbusters’. A UK No. 2, the video features cameos from the likes of Chevy Chase, ‘Cheers’ star George Wendt and ‘Columbo’ actor Peter Falk among many others.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LITTLE BABY NOTHING’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LITTLE BABY NOTHING’

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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.

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This Week In Rock

This Week In Rock

All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…

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CELEBRATING ELVIS PRESLEY’S SPIRIT OF ’69 – Out Now

CELEBRATING ELVIS PRESLEY’S SPIRIT OF ’69 – Out Now

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LA TRISTESSE DURERA (SCREAM TO A SIGH)’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LA TRISTESSE DURERA (SCREAM TO A SIGH)’

A quiet highlight from the oft-overlooked second album, this haunting video sees the Manics at their poetic best.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDay

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘A DESIGN FOR LIFE’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘A DESIGN FOR LIFE’

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.

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Elvis –  ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’ – Out Now

Elvis – ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’ – Out Now

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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES’

Released in January 2000, Manic Street Preachers’ non-album single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ peaked at number one on the UK singles chart.

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Merry Xmas From Elvis Presley & Apple Music

Merry Xmas From Elvis Presley & Apple Music

From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PAUL SIMON – ‘ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PAUL SIMON – ‘ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD’

Although the song originally appeared on Paul Simon’s eponymous 1972 album, the video for ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ wasn’t actually made until 1988.

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Xmas Gift Guide

Xmas Gift Guide

Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…

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THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS 20 YEAR COLLECTORS’ EDITION OUT NOW

THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS 20 YEAR COLLECTORS’ EDITION OUT NOW

‘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.

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Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

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.

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Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)’ – OUT NOW

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)’ – OUT NOW

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.

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THE GREATEST LINES OF… PAUL SIMON

THE GREATEST LINES OF… PAUL SIMON

Undoubtedly one of our all-time greatest songwriters and Paul Simon’s poetry has embedded itself in the culture like few others. From crystal clear lyrical imagery to phrases that ring so true it’s like you’ve known them all your life, we collect five of the best.

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PAUL SIMON – ‘IN THE BLUE LIGHT’ – OUT NOW

PAUL SIMON – ‘IN THE BLUE LIGHT’ – OUT NOW

Paul Simon – our Artist of the Month and one of the greatest authors of the American songbook – today releases ‘In The Blue Light’.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: PAUL SIMON

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: PAUL SIMON

With ‘In The Blue Light’ released this month, and with his final tour coming to a close, our Artist of the Month for September is perhaps the greatest contributor to the American Songbook, Paul Simon.

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Elvis Presley – ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ – OUT NOW

Elvis Presley – ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ – OUT NOW

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.

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Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special – Fifty Years On

Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special – Fifty Years On

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….

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’

There’s a convincing argument to be made that if there is a heaven above, then this is the music they’ll be playing at the Pearly Gates, such is the divinity of this timeless classic.

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ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER – SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW

ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER – SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW

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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Paul Simon – ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Paul Simon – ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’

As Paul Simon gears up to say goodbye at Hyde Park this summer, it’s worth considering his monumental journey.

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‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’

‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’

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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’

Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.

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ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

“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.

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Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’

Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’

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’.

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Elvis For Everybody

Elvis For Everybody

Let’s celebrate The King – tell us what kind of Elvis fan you are and we’ll make a playlist just for you…

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ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

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.

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Artist of the Month: Elvis Presley

Artist of the Month: Elvis Presley

This month, we join the world in celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. The King is our Artist of the Month.

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Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

We’re proud to announce that on Friday July 28, Sony Legacy will be releasing the most comprehensive early Elvis library ever assembled.

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‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, Out Now

‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, Out Now

‘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.

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Win Bob Dylan, AC/DC or Elvis Presley Book Sets

Win Bob Dylan, AC/DC or Elvis Presley Book Sets

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.

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS: A LOVE STORY

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: A LOVE STORY

“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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers – ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers – ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’

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.

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Manic Street Preachers: Escape From History

Manic Street Preachers: Escape From History

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.

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Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

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.

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‘Send Away The Tigers’ – Ten Year Collectors’ Edition

‘Send Away The Tigers’ – Ten Year Collectors’ Edition

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 12

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2016 BOX SET ROUND-UP

2016 BOX SET ROUND-UP

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.

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Watch Kate Moss channel her own inner Elvis

Watch Kate Moss channel her own inner Elvis

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”!

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THE RETURN OF THE KING

THE RETURN OF THE KING

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’.

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‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Out Now

‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Out Now

‘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…

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The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley: with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Out Now

The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley: with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Out Now

Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…

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NYC Legacy Locations

NYC Legacy Locations

Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!

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LEGACY READER DIGEST: AUGUST

LEGACY READER DIGEST: AUGUST

What to read and watch on the web this month!

Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!

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Taking a look at Ghostbusters in 1984

Taking a look at Ghostbusters in 1984

We take a look at the original film and it’s soundtrack in 1984…

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Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room

Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room

Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…

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Iconic photographs mapped around London

Iconic photographs mapped around London

Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.

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Record Store Day 2016

Record Store Day 2016

Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!

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Paul Simon – Top tracks playlist

Paul Simon – Top tracks playlist
Show tracks
  1. Me and Julio dpwn by the school yard
    Paul Simon
  2. 50 ways to leave your lover
    Paul Simon
  3. America
    Simon & Garfunkel
  4. Graceland
    Paul Simon
  5. Father and daughter
    Paul Simon
  6. and lots more
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Elvis – Top tracks

Elvis – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Heartbreak hotel
    Elvis Presley
  2. G.I. blues
    Elvis Presley
  3. Don't be cruel
    Elvis Presley
  4. Can't help falling in love
    Elvis Presley
  5. If I can dream
    Elvis Presley
  6. and lots more!!
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THIS WEEK IN CHART HISTORY – March 1972

THIS WEEK IN CHART HISTORY – March 1972

In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, just about 44 years ago

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Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go 20th Anniversary

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go 20th Anniversary

Discover more about the new reissue…

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Happy Birthday To The King

Happy Birthday To The King

Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!

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Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!

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Elvis at the O2: 50% Off Tickets For You!

Elvis at the O2: 50% Off Tickets For You!

You can go for a special price with Legacy…

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Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.

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Video of the week: Paul Simon

Video of the week: Paul Simon

This week in 1941, the extraordinary singer songwriter Paul Simon was born.

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Elvis If I Can Dream: Playback Event

Elvis If I Can Dream: Playback Event

Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…

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Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘If I Can Dream’

Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘If I Can Dream’

More info on  ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Father’s Day Deals

Father’s Day Deals

Take a look at some of our Father’s Day deals…

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The Holy Bible Tour

The Holy Bible Tour

Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.

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Vinyl of the week: Ghostbusters

Vinyl of the week: Ghostbusters

Who ya gonna call? Sorry, we couldn’t resist…

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The Ronettes: Baby I Love You

The Ronettes: Baby I Love You

Take a listen to these isolated vocal tracks from The Ronettes.

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We Are…No.1

We Are…No.1

…with Paul Simon: The Ultimate Collection

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Motorcycle Emptiness

Manic Street Preachers

You Can Call Me Al

Paul Simon

Manic Street Preachers

Motorcycle Emptiness

If I Can Dream

Elvis Presley

Guilty pleasures

Guilty pleasures
Including Dirty Dancing, Belinda Carlisle, The Bangles, Bonnie Tyler, Rick Astley, a-ha, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney M, Billy Ocean and more