Early Influences

Heartbreak Hotel. Elvis Presley.

My infancy was filled with what was known as the ‘Tupelo Mississippi Flash’ commonly known as Elvis Presley, everyone knew his name and his records were all over the radio. This is Elvis’s first Number One single Heartbreak Hotel, released on January 27th 1956, it became a million seller and the best selling single of 1956.… more

Meeting the real Girl From Ipanema

The Girl From Ipanema won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965, although written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobin and Vinicius de Moraes. A fifteen year old Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto would stroll past the cafe’ bar Veloso everyday on her way to the beach.… more

Move It. Cliff Richard & The Shadows

A story from Steve Jenkins The Future is in The History

Although I was very young at the time my interest in music was growing at a rapid rate, Cliff Richard and The Shadows first single ‘Move It’ was released on the 29th August 1958.… more

Rock Around The Clock, The Ed Sullivan Show

Bill Haley and The Comets, Rock Around The Clock is generally known as the first Rock n Roll record, it wasn’t, but it was the record that commercialised Rock n Roll music, becoming both a Number One record in the U.S.A.… more

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson is a huge Country star amassing over fifty Number One Country records, it’s difficult to choose just one, however, here is a song from 2012, for me Alan Jackson although a great performer is one of the rare breed of outstanding song writers.… more