Category: YouTube clip of the week

John Lennon

It was 39 years ago this week that John Lennon was assassinated.

It was just a few months prior to this that he’d decided to make a comeback with the Double Fantasy album. Prior to this, his last album was Walls & Bridges some six years earlier. He’d had six years of being out of the limelight (as much as he could) and enjoying family life and became the most famous househusband. The song Watching the Wheels tells of that period on inactivity.

Let’s remember and enjoy that song.

 

 

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Eddie Tudorpole

Edward Felix Tudor-Pole will be 64 this week.

In an interview he explained the origins of his surname Pole and that was after his great-grandfather researched the family history and discovered it went back to the Norman Conquest and learned that he had a connection to royal house of Tudor and pinned the two names together.

He formed the band Tenpole Tudor in 1977 that lasted five years. He has many acting rolls including appearances in the 1980 film The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, The Rocky Horror Show and Absolute Beginners in 1986. In 1993, he replaced Richard O’Brien as the host of the game show Crystal Maze.

In more recent times he appeared as a street preacher in the second season of Game of Thrones.

Let’s remember the band’s biggest hit from 1981.

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R.B Greaves

 

R. B. Greaves would have celebrated his birthday this week.

Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves III, as he was born, originated from Georgetown, Guyana then moved to U.S when he grew up on a Seminole Indian reservation. He was the nephew of Sam Cooke recorded his biggest hit in 1969. Take a Letter Maria was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and talks about a businessman who works long hours and arrives home later one night to discover that his wife had been unfaithful.

The next day at work he dictates a letter for his secretary, Maria, to send to his wife and a copy to his lawyer filing for divorce. The song’s last chorus finds him discussing the situation with Maria and then asking her for date.

The song was producer by the head of Atlantic records, Ahmet Ertegun and reached number two and went on to sell a million copies. In the UK it missed the chart altogether.

He recorded some cover versions like (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me and A Whiter Shade of Pale which were minor US hits. R.B. died in September 2012 aged 68.

Let’s remember that hit.

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Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday is 72 this week.

He was born in Dallas, Texas and when he was 22 headed to Los Angeles where he formed his first band Meat Loaf Soul, a name coined by Meat’s football coach because if his size. He released a few singles, but struggled because, as he claimed on an interview with a New Zealand radio interview, no one took him seriously in the music industry.

He went on to appear in the L.A stage production of Hair, he broke off for a U.S tour and then returned to the same show but this time on Broadway in New York. In 1973, he was invited to join the cast in the original production of the Rocky Horror Show where he portrayed Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, the how was a success and it led to him being cast as Eddie in the film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In 1975, he and Jim Steinman began work on what was to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell. Two years in the making, it finally surfaced in 1977. To date, it has sold approx. 44 million copies worldwide.

He continued to appear in many film and TV productions as well as releasing the albums Dead Ringer (1981), Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983), Bad Attitude (1984) and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) – the latter containing his only UK number one hit I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).

In 1997, he had a cameo appearance as a bus driver in the film Spiceworld.

Let’s remember and enjoy one of the singles released from Bat Out of Hell which, astonishingly only reached number 32 in the UK singles chart.

Marvin Lee Aday is 72 this week.

He was born in Dallas, Texas and when he was 22 headed to Los Angeles where he formed his first band Meat Loaf Soul, a name coined by Meat’s football coach because if his size. He released a few singles, but struggled because, as he claimed on an interview with a New Zealand radio interview, no one took him seriously in the music industry.

He went on to appear in the L.A stage production of Hair, he broke off for a U.S tour and then returned to the same show but this time on Broadway in New York. In 1973, he was invited to join the cast in the original production of the Rocky Horror Show where he portrayed Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, the how was a success and it led to him being cast as Eddie in the film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In 1975, he and Jim Steinman began work on what was to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell. Two years in the making, it finally surfaced in 1977. To date, it has sold approx. 44 million copies worldwide.

He continued to appear in many film and TV productions as well as releasing the albums Dead Ringer (1981), Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983), Bad Attitude (1984) and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) – the latter containing his only UK number one hit I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).

In 1997, he had a cameo appearance as a bus driver in the film Spiceworld.

Let’s remember and enjoy one of the singles released from Bat Out of Hell which, astonishingly only reached number 32 in the UK singles chart.

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T.Rex

It was 40 years ago this week that Marc Bolan died in a car crash in Barnes. The car was driven by his girlfriend, the singer Gloria Jones who recorded the original version of Tainted Love and also write the 1979 disco hit Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet for Gonzalez.

T.Rex first hit the UK chart in 1968, under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex, with Debora. After three hits they shortened the name to T.Rex and chart 20 hit singles including the four chart toopers; Hot Love, Get It On, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru.

Let’s enjoy his last top 20 hit, from 1976.

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