Weekly update: 18th – 24th December 2023

This week:
International Migrants Day
Englishman In New York – Sting
The City of Chicago – Christy Moore

1974, Paul McCartney and George Harrison met at the Plaza Hotel in New York, to facilitate John Lennon who didn’t turn up, to sign documents to formally end The Beatles. Ringo Starr signed before in the UK and John signed at Disney World Florida ten days later.
Hello Goodbye: WorksheetLyric VideoSpeak Up Video

1969, David Bowie recorded ‘Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola’ , with Italian lyrics by Mogol, to the music of ‘Space Oddity’. He was annoyed when he discovered it was not a translation of the song.
Space Oddity: WorksheetLyric Video

1970, Elvis Presley went to the White House with a letter for President Richard Nixon explaining he wanted to help fight illegal drug use. A meeting in the Oval Office ensued where Elvis was given a badge and named ‘Federal Agent at Large’.
Always On My Mind: WorksheetLyric Video

1966, at John Lennon’s suggestion, at Abbey Road producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick spliced together two takes, one lighter and one more intense, to create the final version of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.
Lyric Video

1971, The Jackson 5, dressed as Santas, distributed gifts to needy children at a Christmas party at the Pacific Town Club, L.A. The next day they performed a charity concert at the Los Angeles Foundation for the Junior Blind.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: Lyric Video

1972, David Bowie played the second of two Ziggy Stardust homecoming shows at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
Five Years: WorksheetLyric Video

Number Ones, 18th December:

UK David Whitfield-Answer Me
US Tony Bennett-Rags To Riches

UK The Beatles-I Want To Hold Your Hand
US The Singing Nun-Dominique

UK Slade-Merry Xmas Everybody
US Charlie Rich-The Most Beautiful Girl

UK The Flying Pickets-Only You
US Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson-Say Say Say

UK Take That-Babe
US Janet Jackson-Again

UK Will Young-Leave Right Now
US OutKast-Hey Ya!

UK Lily Allen-Somewhere Only We Know
US Miley Cyrus-Wrecking Ball Worksheet Speak Up video

UK Official Singles Charts
US Billboard Hot 100

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