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★ Pop Music

47,058.  Dusty in the sixties was as big as you could get.  Tom Jones

 

 

47,059.  I think you do have to suffer for your art.  (Pop & Suffer)  Amy Winehouse

 

 

47,060.  In 1949 American company RCA Victor introduced the seven-inch vinyl RMP record.  The Joy of the Single, BBC 2012

 

47,061.  The sound quality of the seven-inch vinyl single was made for radio.  ibid. 

 

47,062.  Slade’s love of the seven-inch would help make them the singles band of the seventies.  ibid.

 

47,063.  Part of the joy of the single has always been the primitive ritual of putting it on.  ibid.

 

47,064.  By 1984 the possibilities for the single seemed limitless.  ibid.

 

47,065.  By 1987 the record industry had been invaded by small shiny things.  ibid.

 

47,066.  By the 90s it was the twelve-inch vinyl single that was the darling of the dance floor and the DJ.  ibid.

 

47,067.  A memory stick isn’t able to hold real memories.  ibid.

 

 

47,068.  The unsung hero in popular music’s epic history is not a performer or a band or even a song – it’s this: the long-playing album.  When Albums Ruled the World, BBC 2013

 

47,069.  Bob Dylan: Freewheelin’: here were thirteen songs that tackled love, war, peace and race.  ibid.

 

47,070.  Sergeant Pepper: the world’s first concept album.  ibid.

 

47,071.  This album music was becoming a category of its own.  ibid.

 

47,072.  Led Zeppelin were the biggest grossing act in the world.  ibid.

 

47,073.  Marvin Gaye:  What’s Going On? …. Motown’s biggest selling LP.  ibid.

 

47,074.  David Bowie:  Ziggy Stardustibid.

 

47,075.  Elton John who scored seven consecutive number one LPs in the US in the early seventies.  Only the Beatles ever surpassed this feat.  ibid.

 

47,076.  This was Progressive Rock: 1972 Yes … double albums became triple albums.  ibid.

 

47,077.  The album sleeve became a symbol of their identity.  ibid.

 

47,078.  Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon … fourteen years in the Billboard top 200.  ibid.

 

47,079.  Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells … the album was released in May 1973 … the album upon which Richard Branson built his empire.  ibid.

 

47,080.  1975 Queen began recording their fourth album – A Night at the Operaibid.

 

47,081.  ‘Best Of’ albums by the Carpenters, the Stylistics and Abba were the the UK’s highest sellers in ’74, ’75 and ’76.  ibid.

 

47,082.  1975: Frampton Comes Alive!  The album became the biggest selling record of 1976 in America, and the biggest selling live rock album of all time.  ibid.

 

47,083.  Live albums, best of collections and bankable megastars kept the industry growing.  ibid.

 

47,084.  Polished melodic rock was becoming a feature of the American charts.  In 1977 The Eagle’s Hotel California was knocked off the number one spot by the biggest selling album of the year: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumoursibid.

 

47,085.  In 1977 The Sex Pistols released their debut album Never Mind The Bollocks.  (Pop & Punk)  ibid.

 

47,086.  1977 also saw debut albums from The Stranglers, The Clash and The Damned.  (Pop & Punk)  ibid.

 

47,087.  In 1979 … record company profits crashed by almost a quarter.  ibid.

 

47,088.  MTV was launched in 1981 … a new approach to selling music … The era of the video had arrived.  ibid.

 

 

47,089.  Thirty years ago something arrived on the British music scene that changed our whole approach to Pop.  It’s the compilation album: That’s What I Call Music goes from strength to strength.  The Story of Now, ITV 2013

 

47,090.  The Best of Top of the Pops:  ‘Nowhere on this record does it tell you they’re not the original artists’ ... Top of the Pops records ran for 17 years from 1968.  ibid.

 

47,091.  Compilations ... K-Tel and Ronco who made their name selling cheap household gadgets.  ibid.

 

47,092.  Virgin: Tubular Bells & Sex Pistols & Phil Collins & Human League & Culture Club & UB40 et al.  ibid.

 

47,093.  1983: Now I; 1984: Now II ... Now had a serious rival: The Hits Album.  ibid.

 

 

46,787.  Forty years ago in millions of living rooms across the British Isles a strange alien creature was beamed on to our television screens.  With bright red hair and multicoloured space suit his unearthly appearance shocked the nation.  (Rock & Pop)  David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust, BBC 2012

 

46,788.  Ziggy Stardust heralded a new era of rock music.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,789.  He even tried his hand at a children’s novelty record: The Laughing Gnome: The Gospel According to Tony Day.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,790.  Bowie’s plan to create his famous alter ego was beginning to take shape.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,791.  Ziggy turned Bowie into stardust.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,792.  Donated to Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,793.  Bowie produced Lou Reed’s Transformer album.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,794.  Rainbow Theatre ... Combined rock music with exotic costumes, theatrical lightning, choreography and mime.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,795.  Glam Rock had exploded.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,796.  Aladdin Sane went straight to the top of the UK charts.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

46,797.  Seven ground-breaking albums in as many years.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

 

 

124,741.  Now people want to be an individual.  And I think there’s a lot of searching to find the individual within oneself.  (Pop Music & Rock Music)  David Bowie: Finding Fame, BBC 2019, Bowie  

 

124,742.  And I spent all those formative teenage years adopting guises and changing roles and just learning to be somebody.  (Pop Music & Rock Music)  ibid.  

 

124,743.  It had been an 11-year journey with 9 separate bands.  But with ‘Ziggy Stardust’, Bowie had finally made it.  (Pop Music & Rock Music)  ibid.

 

124,744.  On the 17th September 1965 David Jones reinvented himself as David Bowie.  (Pop Music & Rock Music)  ibid.

 

124,747.  In July 1969 ‘Space Oddity’ was released.  (Pop Music & Rock Music)  ibid.  

 

 

47,094.  I wanted to be the instigator of new ideas.  (Pop & Rock & Ideas)  David Bowie - Five Years, BBC 2013, Bowie

 

47,095.  I am only the person the greatest number of people believe I am.  (Pop & Rock)  ibid.

 

47,096.  Sometimes ... I don’t feel like a person at all.  (Pop & Rock)  ibid.

 

47,097.  In 1971, David Bowie went to New York to sign a contract with RCA Records.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.  caption

 

47,098.  On 3rd July 1973 Bowie killed off the character of Ziggy Stardust.  (Rock & Pop)  ibid.

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