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.
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
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
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
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
From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…Read more
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.Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…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
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
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.Read more
Paul Simon – our Artist of the Month and one of the greatest authors of the American songbook – today releases ‘In The Blue Light’.Read more
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.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
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.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 Paul Simon gears up to say goodbye at Hyde Park this summer, it’s worth considering his monumental journey.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
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.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
‘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
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
“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
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...
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
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
We take a look at the original film and it’s soundtrack in 1984…Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read 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
- Me and Julio dpwn by the school yardPaul Simon
- 50 ways to leave your loverPaul Simon
- AmericaSimon & Garfunkel
- GracelandPaul Simon
- Father and daughterPaul Simon
- 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!!...
In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, just about 44 years agoRead more
Discover more about the new reissue…Read 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
This week in 1941, the extraordinary singer songwriter Paul Simon was born.Read 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 look at some of our Father’s Day deals…Read more
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
Who ya gonna call? Sorry, we couldn’t resist…Read more
Take a listen to these isolated vocal tracks from The Ronettes.Read more
…with Paul Simon: The Ultimate CollectionRead more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more