Category Music

Buddy Holly’s legacy for us.

Buddy’s funeral was held on Saturday 7th February 1959.  Up to that date the records that had been released in the British charts were: ‘Peggy Sue’ [first entered 6/12/57; 17 weeks in the charts; reached number 6] ‘Listen to Me’ [first entered 14/3/58; 2 weeks in the charts; reached number 16] ‘Rave On’ [first entered […]

Buddy and ‘Peggy Sue’ and others will be remembered.

In my younger days – the 1950’s that is – I was one of those thousands, or maybe millions, of British teenagers who latched on to the US ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ performers. Elvis was my number one with Buddy Holly a close second.  I can remember hearing – and then getting dad to buy – […]

A husband; a daughter and the beginning of Fame.

Last time we left Marlene, in 1922, being sacked four weeks after getting a job playing the violin in a pit orchestra for silent films at a Berlin cinema! In 1923 Marlene met Rudolf Sieber, a film professional who helped her land a part in the German 1923 silent film Tragedy of Love where she […]

Popular music that helped me through the 1950s

It was on Friday 14th November 1952 that the British singles music charts were first published – but I knew nothing about it!  It was not until Friday 23rd October 1953 that I really ‘hooked into’ popular music of the day.  I kept notes and I played records – and I was told by my […]

That was some music that was

Are you of the age to remember Frankie Laine and the hit record ‘I Believe’?  Well I am! Britain’s hit parade record charts began in November 1952 and on Friday 21st August 1953 the record at the number one spot was ‘I Believe’ by Frankie Laine. ‘So?’ you may ask. Well, for a start, it […]

Why DO fools fall in love?

Friday 20th July 1956 saw a song about the above, age old, question at number one in the UK popular music charts. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were asking the question ‘Why do fools fall in love?’ Frankie – then aged 12 – had written the song with a friend 12 months earlier.  They were […]

The First Radio Disc Jockey

On Thursday 7th July 1927 Christopher Stone became England’s first radio disc jockey with his Record Round-up programme on BBC Radio from Savoy Hill. Educated at Eton, Stone later served in the Royal Fusiliers. In 1906 he had published a book of Sea Songs and Ballads and in 1923 had written the history of his […]