Weekly update: 6th – 12th January 2025

This week:
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

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

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

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

Anniversary of the death of David Bowie (2016)
Four Bowie worksheets
Speak Up video: ”Heroes”

1963, ‘Please Please Me’, The Beatles’ second single, was released in the UK. It reached Number One on some charts, but only Number 2 on the official Record Retailer chart.
WorksheetLyric Video

Anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake
Everybody Hurts (Helping Haiti): WorksheetLyric Video

Number Ones, 6th January:
UK Winifred Atwell – Let`s Have Another Party
US The Chordettes-Mr Sandman

UK The Beatles-I Feel Fine
US The Beatles-I Feel Fine

UK Mud-Lonely This Christmas
US Elton John-Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

US Band Aid-Do They Know It’s Christmas? Worksheet
US Madonna-Like A Virgin

UK East 17-Stay Another Day
US Ini Kamoze-Here Comes The Hotstepper

UK Band Aid 20-Do They Know It’s Christmas?
US Mario-Let Me Love You

UK Mark Ronson-Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
US Taylor Swift-Blank Space

UK Official Singles Charts
US Billboard Hot 100

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