This Week's Music History Highlights...

This Week In Music History...

August 12th : 1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'School's Out'. The bands only UK No.1, was also a No.7 hit on the US chart. Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, "What's the greatest three minutes of your life?". Cooper said: "There's two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, the next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school."


August 13th : 1967, Fleetwood Mac made their live debut when they appeared at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor.  Also on the bill Jeff Beck, Cream, Small Faces.  The Move,Pink Floyd, and Donovan.


August 14th : 1971, The Who released their 5th studio album 

Who's Next featuring 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and has since been viewed by critics as the Who's best record and one of the greatest rock albums of all time.


August 15th : 1969, Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur's 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people, the event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker.


August 16th : 1962, Little Stevie Wonder (aged 12), released his first single, 'I Call It Pretty Music, the single featured Marvin Gaye on drums.


August 17th : 1974, Eric Clapton started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with '461 Ocean Boulevard', a No.3 hit in the UK.  The house featured on the album cover is 461 Ocean Boulevard in the town of Golden Beach, Florida near Miami where Clapton lived while making the album.


August 18th : 2014, Ed Sheeran's album X notched up eight weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, becoming the joint longest chart-topper by a male solo artist. The last man to achieve the feat was James Blunt for his 2005 collection Back to Bedlam.