UTB Rocks History Lessons.

Here we are again, wondering what the Reverend is going to come up with next…

Well starting now you will have a daily history lesson, that’s right, Back to school for you lot!

Don’t panic or worry yourselves though, there won’t be any tests… yet!


How’s this going to work? Simple, I will start off with ‘ON THIS DAY IN…’ (30th March)

1967, During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on ‘Top Of The Pops’, a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.’

1967, The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.

1976, The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club, London, they begin a weekly residency at the club in June.

1985, Phil Collins started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One More Night’, his second US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.

1992, R.E.M. started recording sessions for their Automatic For The People album at Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York.

1996, The Prodigy started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Firestarter’, the first single from the album The Fat of the Land.

2000, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts center that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.

2003, Linkin Park went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Meteora’. Also a US No.1.

2013, US music producer and pioneer of digital recording, Phil Ramone, died aged 79. Ramone was regarded as one of the most successful producers in history, winning 14 Grammy awards and working with stars such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He produced the first major commercial release on CD, Billy Joel’s 1982 album 52nd Street. Ramone had been in hospital for several weeks, where he was being treated for an aortic aneurysm.

And all of us at UTB Rocks would like to say “happy birthday” to…

Eric Clapton (1945), guitarist, singer, songwriter who has been a member of The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream who had the 1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’. Then formed Derek and the Dominoes who had the 1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’. As a solo artist Clapton has scored many hits including the 1974 US No.1 single ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and the 1992 UK No.5 & US No.25 single ‘Tears in Heaven’.

You all know this! Layla – Classic!

MC Hammer (1962), (Stanley Kirk Burrell), 1990 US No.1 album ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’, record-breaking 21 weeks at the Top of the chart. 1990 UK No.3 single ‘U Can’t Touch This’.

Tracy Chapman(1964), singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.5 & US No.6 single ‘Fast Car’, 1988 US & UK No.1 self-titled debut album).

Celine Dion (1968), French, Canadian singer, (1994 US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘My Heart Will Go On’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland, in 1988.

Norah Jones (1979), US singer, (2002 US & UK Grammy award winning No.1 album ‘Come Away With Me’, plus two other No.1 albums).

Simon Webbe (1979), singer, vocals, Blue, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘If You Come Back’).

Musical notes birthday cake

If any of you want to send us a slice of birthday cake the feel free! Just make sure its a big enough slice to go around!

Make sure you are in class for tomorrows lesson!

Until then, I’m rockin’ outta here!

@UTBRock and BBMC C00021F214 or revgrim@utbblogs.com


Rev Grim

From BlackBerry Channels to blogs you'll find me bashing the sheeple! I've had 25+ years in the photographic trade, from taking pictures to printing and processing to profesional sales. I like to try and make it simple to learn rather than baffle with all the long words, new comers get confused to quickly and give up! Other than that I'll be here listening to my music the way its supposed to be listened too... FULL VOLUME! BBMC C0021F214(Rocks) - C000117D3(Temple) - C0045B753(Photography) or @UTBRock - @CRAPPLEBASHING revgrim@utbblogs.com

  • E

    I already feel smarter. Thanks, Teach!

  • james pisano

    Cool factoids Grim! Pretty diverse bunch of references!