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Posted by Cass - 30 January 2011

Happy Birthday Rock and Roll

According to the Daily Telegraph, Rock and Roll is almost as old as the reign of the Queen.

For the past 60 years this musical phenomenum has been part of the music scene.  Groups such as Queen, the Beatles, Dire Straits, Abba and Oasis have topped the charts.

"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band" by the Beatles came out in 1967 selling over 4.9 million records; topped only by "Greatest Hits-Queen" which sold 5.7 million in 1981.

1984 saw artists coming together to produce the Christmas single "Do They Know it's Christmas? under the Band Aid banner. 

Who Remembers the Live Aid Concert?

This prompted Harvey Goldsmith the concert promoter, Midge Ure and Bob Geldof in1985 to put on the Live Aid Concert which saw so many of the great artits of the time working together to help raise funds for Africa.  Most people will remember what they were doing when this concert awakened the conscience of the world to poverty in the developing countries. 

The top single of all time is Elton John's version of "Candle in the Wind" will always be associated with Princess Diana's funeral  rather than Marilyn Munroe about whom it was originally written.

This period has seen the move from vinyl, through  CDs and DVDs to downloading music from the internet. We can only wonder what the next development will be but Rock and Roll will always hold a special place in the hearts of the baby boomer generation. 

Long may it continue for another 60 years!


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