Weekly update: 9th –15th December 2024

This week:

1955, Elvis Presley did an afternoon show with Johnny Cash in Swifton, AR, then played in a club that evening, saying “it’s gonna be my first hit” when he sang ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.
Heartbreak Hotel: Lyric Video
All Shook Up: Worksheet

Human Rights Day
Walk On – U2
Imagine – John Lennon
They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo) – Sting / Mothers Of The Disappeared – U2
Biko – Peter Gabriel
War Child – The Cranberries
Across The Lines – Tracy Chapman

1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed ‘Yer Blues’ with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell for the recording of the Rolling Stones’ TV extravaganza Rock And Roll Circus.
The Beatles-I’ve Got A Feeling: Worksheet
Yer Blues- Lyric Video

1998, Michael sang an impromptu ‘Heal The World’ at the Grand Opening of the $450 million Royal Towers of Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Heal The World: WorksheetLyric Video

2000, it was announced that Queen would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
We Are The Champions: WorksheetLyric VideoSpeak Up Video

1973, Queen played 2 shows at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, supporting Mott The Hoople, with Brian May’s parents in the audience.
We Will Rock You: WorksheetLyric VideoSpeak Up Video

1969, John Lennon & Yoko Ono performed with The Plastic Ono Band, featuring George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Billy Preston, at a UNICEF benefit at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, launching the ‘War Is Over’ campaign. This was John’s last performance in England.
Happy Christmas (War Is Over): WorksheetSpeak Up magazineTric n Trac (audio translation)

Number Ones, 9th December:
UK Winifred Atwell – Let`s Have Another Party
US The Chordettes-Mr Sandman

UK Rolling Stones-Little Red Rooster
US Lorna Greene-Ringo

UK Barry White-You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
US Carl Douglas-Kung Fu Fighting

US Frankie Goes To Hollywood-The Power Of Love

US Hall & Oates-Out Of Touch

UK Baby D-Let Me Be Your Fantasy
US Boyz II Men-On Bended Knee

UK Girls Aloud-I’ll Stand By You
US Usher-My Boo (with Alicia Keys)

UK Take That-These Days
US Taylor Swift-Blank Space

UK Official Singles Charts
US Billboard Hot 100

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