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More number ones with a question title

Last week I covered the 1950s, 60s and 70s where there were only 14 UK number ones where the title was a question. This week it’s 1980 to the present and there are nearly double, here’s the list.

Title Artist Year
1 What’s Another Year Johnny Logan 1980
2 Don’t You Want Me Human League 1981
3 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 1982
4 Is There Something I Should Know? Duran Duran 1983
5 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984
6 Where Did Your Heart Go? Wham! 1986
7 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid Ii 1989
8 Should I Stay or Should I Go Clash 1991
9 Would I Lie To You Charles And Eddie 1992
10 How Deep Is Your Love Take That 1996
11 What Becomes of The Broken Hearted Robson And Jerome 1996
12 Who Do You Think You Are Spice Girls 1997
13 Can We Fix It? Bob The Builder 2000
14 What Took You So Long Emma Bunton 2000
15 Do You Really Like It? Dj Pied Piper And The Master Of Ceremonies 2000
16 Have You Ever S Club 7 2001
17 Are You Ready for Love? Elton John 2003
18 Where Is the Love? Black Eyed Peas 2003
19 Who’s David Busted 2004
20 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 20 2004
21 (Is This the Way To) Amarillo Tony Christie 2005
22 What’s My Name Rihanna Featuring Drake 2011
23 What Makes You Beautiful One Direction 2011
24 What About Us? Saturdays, The Featuring Sean Paul 2013
25 Do They Know It’s Christmas Band Aid 30 2014
26 Are You with Me Lost Frequencies 2015
27 What Do You Mean Justin Bieber 2015

Number ones with a question title

I’ll do this over two weeks, but in the 1950s, 60s and 70s there were only 14 UK number ones where the title was a question. Not all of them have a question mark, but, nonetheless, they are a question. Here is the list.

Title Artist Year
1 Why Do Fools Fall In Love Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon 1956
2 Who’s Sorry Now Connie Francis 1958
3 What Do You Want? Adam Faith 1959
4 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? Emile Ford & The Checkmates 1959
5 Why Anthony Newley 1960
6 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 1961
7 How Do You Do It? Gerry And The Pacemakers 1963
8 Have I The Right? Honeycombs 1964
9 Where Are You Now Jackie Trent 1965
10 Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) Peter Sarstadt 1969
11 How Can I Be Sure David Cassidy 1972
12 When Will I See You Again Three Degrees 1975
13 Da ‘Ya’ Think I’m Sexy? Rod Stewart 1978
14 Are Friends Electric? Tubeway Army 1979

A-Z of first hits on labels

Obviously, not covering every charting record label, but here is a list of the first UK charting single of various labels.

Label Artist Title Year
Atlantic Drifters Under The Boardwalk 1964
Beggar’s Banquet The Lurkers Ain’t Got A Clue 1978
Capitol Nat King Cole Somewhere Along The Way 1952
Def Jam Oran ‘Juice’ Jones The Rain 1986
Epic Redbone Witch Queen of New Orleans 1971
Fontana Johnny Mathis Teacher Teacher 1958
Geffen Donna Summer The Wanderer 1980
Harvest Edgar Broughton Band Out Demons Out 1970
Island Roy C Shotgun Wedding 1966
Jive Tight Fit Back To The 60s 1981
Kitchenware Prefab Sprout Don’t Sing 1984
London Norman Brooks A Sky-Blue Shirt & A Rainbow Tie 1954
Mercury Crew Cuts Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) 1954
Network Rhythmatic Take Me Back 1990
One Little Indian Sugacubes Birthday 1987
Polydor Caterina Valente The Breeze & I 1955
Quest Patti Austin & James Ingram Baby, Come To Me 1983
RCA Harry Belafonte Island In The Sun 1957
Stiff Elvis Costello Watching The Detectives 1977
Tamla Motown Supremes Stop! In The Name Of Love 1965
United Artists Exciters Tell Him 1963
Vertigo Juicy Lucy Who Do You Love 1970
Warner Brothers Everly Brothers Cathy’s Clown 1960
XL Fantasy U.F.O. Fantasy 1990
Young Blood Don Fardon Belfast Boy 1970
ZTT Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax 1983

Singers born in one country and died in another

Here is a list of 20 singers who died in a different country from which they were born.

Artist Country born Country died
Robert Palmer UK France
Joe Strummer Turkey UK
Winifred Atwell Trinidad Australia
Aaliyah USA Bahamas
Meri Wilson Japan USA
Falco Austria Dominican Republic
Gene Pitney USA UK
John Lennon UK USA
Al Jolson Lithuania USA
Max Bygraves UK Australia
Steve Strange UK Egypt
Stephen Gately UK Spain
Alex Harvey Scotland Belgium
Demis Roussos Egypt Greece
Bob Marley Jamaica USA
Kirsty MacColl UK Mexico
Jim Morrison UK France
James Last Germany USA
Gary Moore Northern Ireland Spain
Freddie Mercury Zanzibar UK

Bands who took their name from TV/films

Here is a list of 20 acts who took their name from a film/TV show title or a character from it.

Band Name origin
All About Eve From a 1950 Bette Davis film
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club From the gang in the 1953 Marlon Brando film The Wild One
Cinderella Named after a soft-porn film
Duran Duran From a character in the 1968 film Barbella
Erasure Taken from a 1977 film called Eraserhead
Fall Out Boy From a character in The Simpsons
Gus Gus Taken from the lead character in the 1974 film Fear Eats the Soul
Heaven 17 Named after the fictional band in The Clockwork Orange in 1971
Jagged Edge From the title of a 1985 film which starred Jeff Bridges
Kane Gang Half from the 1941 film Citizen Kane & half from Sam Cooke’s Chain Gang
Living Colour Taken from the Walt Disney introduction which said, ‘brought to you in living colour’
Mudhoney From a 1965 film of the same name
Pere Ubu Taken from a character in Alfred Jarry’s 1896 film/play Ubu Roi
? & The Mysterians The Mystertians were a tribe who wanted to take over the world in a 1957 Japanese film
Roman Holliday From the 1953 film that starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn
Searchers From the John Wayne 1956 film
They Might Be Giants From a 1971 film of the same name
Veruca Salt From a character in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
White Zombie From a 1932 horror film starring Bela Lugosi
Young Rascals From the 1950s children’s TV comedy show called The Little Rascals

A dozen pop facts to make you go ooh!

When Elvis Presley’s mother first heard Gene Vincent’s Be-Bop-A-Lula, she mistakenly thought it was her son’s latest single.

When Ian Curtis from Joy Division hung himself in 1980 he was listening to Iggy Pop’s The Idiot.

When Rupert Holmes wrote Escape (The Pina Colada Song), he originally wrote it as ‘If you like Humphrey Bogart and getting caught in the rain’.

British singer Kenny Lynch was the first artist to cover a Beatles song when he recorded Misery in early 1963 but it failed to chart. He later wrote Cilla Black’s Love’s Just A Broken Heart and The Small Faces’ Sha-La-Le-La-Lee.

At Amy Winehouse’s, the last song played was Carole King’s So Far Away.

New York newspaper and radio commentator Walter Winchell first coined the term disc jockey in 1934 for radio announcer Martin Block.

The first song known to have used a multi-track recording technique was How High the Moon by Les Paul in 1951.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will not allow anyone to refer to him as Steve and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd will not answer to Dave.

Adam Ant changed his name from Stuart Goddard after realising who an insect-related moniker worked for The Beatles.

John Denver was an avid flyer and sadly died in 1997 when his plane crashed, but in 1961, his father briefly held the world speed record in his B-58 bomber.

The songwriter Barbara Campbell, who wrote Only Sixteen and Wonderful World was actually a pseudonym for the collective of Lou Adler, Sam Cooke and Herb Alpert! The name is actually Sam Cooke’s wife’s name.

Paul McCartney’s inspiration to write Ebony and Ivory came after hearing Spike Milligan say black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks.