Weekly update: 5th – 11th May 2025

This week:

1969, The Beatles completed the recording of ‘Something’, on the first of four days recording at Olympic Sound Studios, London.
Lyric video
The Beatles – An integrated technical-cultural-linguistic experience in Modern Music History worksheet

1986, Michael Jackson entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest endorsement agreement in history, when he signed a deal with Pepsi-Cola for $15 million.
Billie Jean lyric video
Thriller worksheet

1979, After Queen’s tour of Japan Freddie Mercury flew to Bali, Indonesia, for a holiday.
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen Lyric videoWorksheetTune Dance

1999, David Bowie was awarded an honorary doctorate by Boston’s Berklee College of Music and delivered the commencement address to graduates at the 4,000-seater Hynes Convention Center.
“Heroes” Lyric videoWorksheetTune show

1965, Colonel Tom Parker produced a special Mother’s Day radio show broadcast across the country, with the aim of promoting Elvis’ songs and commemorating his mother Gladys. He repeated the endeavour the following year.
Love Me Tender lyric video
Always On My Mind Worksheet

1970, David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song for ‘Space Oddity’, performing the song during the live worldwide broadcast.
WorksheetLyric video

1976, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Selling British Record.
Lyric video

Number Ones, 5th May:
UK Perez Prado – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
US Perez Prado – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

UK The Beatles-Ticket To Ride
US Herman’s Hermits – Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

UK Mud – Oh Boy
US Tony Orlando and Dawn – He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)

UK Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
US U.S.A. for Africa-We Are The World
UK Take That-Back For Good
US Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It

UK Tony Christie-(Is This The Way To) Amarillo
US 50 Cent-Candy Shop

UK Wiz Khalifa-See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)
US Wiz Khalifa-See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)

UK Official Singles Charts
US Billboard Hot 100

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