Weekly update: 3rd – 9th January 2022

This week:

3rd
1959, Elvis Presley’s father Vernon crashed his son’s BMW in Germany, leading to local newspapers reporting Elvis’ death.
All Shook Up: WorksheetLyric Video

4th
Pop Music Chart Day
Sing along with this week’s UK Top 10 on Speak Up

5th
1992, Reverend Jesse Jackson presented Michael Jackson with a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, in Washington, DC. Stevie Wonder, Muhammad Ali and Spike Lee were guests at the ceremony.
Thriller: WorksheetLyric VideoSpeak Up Video

6th
1967, Paul McCartney’s soundtrack to the film The Family Way, the first solo Beatle album, was released. It did not chart but won an Ivor Novello Award.
The Beatles – She’s Leaving Home: WorksheetLyric Video

7th
2016, Queen’s guitarist Brian May unveiled a plaque in Cirencester in memory of drummer Cozy Powell.
Queen – We Will Rock You: WorksheetLyric VideoSpeak Up Video

8th
1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born at 4:35am at home in Tupelo, Mississippi, to parents Gladys and Vernon, half an hour after still-born twin Jessie Garon. In 1946 Elvis got his first guitar instead of the bicycle he wanted.
Four Elvis worksheets

9th
1964, with The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ climbing the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first US Number One on 1st February, John Lennon declared it was due to “mere sympathy for British people” and that he hadn’t expected it to be a hit in America.
Lyric Video
The Beatles – An integrated technical-cultural-linguistic experience in Modern Music History: Project


Number Ones, 3rd January:

1962
UK Danny Williams-Moon River
US The Tokens-The Lion Sleeps TonightWorksheet

1972
UK Benny Hill-Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

US Melanie-Brand New Key

1982
UK Human League-Don’t You Want Me
US Olivia Newton-John-Physical

1992
UK Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody Worksheet
US Michael Jackson-Black Or White

2002
UK Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman-Somethin’ Stupid
US Nickelback-How You Remind Me

2012
UK Military Wives with Gareth Malone-Wherever You Are
US Rihanna-We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)

2022

UK Official Singles Charts
US Billboard Hot 100

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