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Neil Cossar

More music trivia than you can shake a stick at - editor of This Day in Music

A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is also available as a book and an iPhone / iPad app. Last year Neil launched the first in a series of 'Superbands' apps, starting with This Day in Led Zeppelin, (as well as apps on The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Bob Dylan). Neil also runs a music PR company with his partner Liz. Their clients have included; Queen, The Beatles, Def Leppard, Jean Michel Jarre, The Hollies, INXS, Joan Baez amongst others. He first started to collect music facts and trivia while working on the radio and this turned into an obsession evolving into the acclaimed web site www.ThisDayInMusic.com. This Day in Music has been published in book form, in digital format for Kindle, and is also available as a best single iPhone / iPad app.

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Rocking All Over the World

I love music and the evolution of pop culture and its history... Over the past couple of years I've also been involved in a new project, which has been great fun and is now being unleashed on anyone who might be interested. It's a free App called Rocking All Over The World.
01/09/2014 14:53 BST

Good Vibrations

On this day 16 May in 1966, The Beach Boys released the album <em>Pet Sounds</em>. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in pop music.
16/05/2014 11:34 BST

Bohemian Rhapsody

The essential story is not pop's greatest enigma: a man confesses a murder to his mother, vainly pleads poverty in a trial and ends up resigned to his fate. But questions remain: who did he kill and why?
06/05/2014 18:07 BST

He Walked the Line

Born on this day 26 February, 1932, was Johnny Cash. I can't think of anyone apart from Elvis who has had such an influence and hold on musical culture for over 40 years, the singer became an imposing and influential figure.
26/02/2014 13:29 GMT

All Things Must Pass

I could be wrong, but in another world, where John Lennon wasn't murdered and George didn't die, would The Beatles have ever got back together? Lennon and McCartney had become friends again, but George was still the dark horse. You know the multi-million dollar offers would've been on the table, but you know what? I don't think George would've done it.
25/02/2014 09:49 GMT

Rastaman Vibration

Born on this day, 6 February 1945, Bob Marley, singer, songwriter and guitarist. Marley's influence is unparalleled, irrespective of race, colour or creed, he is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
05/02/2014 17:48 GMT

Wichita Lineman

Glen Campbell is our real life 'lineman'; he's told us countless tales in his songs over the years, he's played on some of our favourite records. Thanks, Glen, we're going to miss you and that guitar of yours.
20/12/2013 16:11 GMT

Whole Lotta Love

<em>Whole Lotta Love</em> was my own introduction to Zeppelin. Up until this point, as a 12-year-old, I was a Beatles fanatic. So much so I used to sometimes carry a Beatles album to school in the hope that maybe some other like-minded student might talk to me about the fabs.
05/12/2013 17:27 GMT

The Who - Tommy

I'm sure even in their wildest dreams when Pete, Roger, Keith and John were paying those early gigs at the Marquee back in 1964 they wouldn't of believed their legacy would be alive and well in 2013!
02/12/2013 09:41 GMT

All Things Must Pass

On 29 November 2001, former Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer, aged 58. This was a sad day, the second Beatle to leave us and at just 58. Who'd of thought that by the turn of the century, we would've lost two Beatles?
29/11/2013 09:08 GMT

Do They Know It's Christmas?

On 25 Nov in 1984, the cream of the British pop world gathered at SARM Studios, London, to record the historic <em>Do They Know It's Christmas?</em> The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting, and George Michael.
24/11/2013 20:29 GMT

Wild Things

In Oct 1967, a 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London... can you imagine such a tour, taking place today? No is the answer. Which is a shame, what a great way to see five or six happening acts, all on the same night.
12/11/2013 17:53 GMT

Led Zeppelin - Four Symbols

On 8 Nov 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV, it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide.
09/11/2013 19:36 GMT

Daydream Believers

At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with <em>Last Train to Clarksville</em>, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered?
05/11/2013 18:44 GMT

Good Vibrations

On 4 Nov 1966, The Beach Boys <em>Good Vibrations</em>, entered the UK chart for the first time. The song went on to be a UK No.1 hit. Released in May 1966, Pet Sounds is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in pop music.
04/11/2013 11:05 GMT

Let There Be Drums

Born on this day 1 Nov in 1963, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, who had the 1987 worldwide No.1 album <em>Hysteria</em>, and the 1988 US No.1 single <em>Love Bites</em>. Allen lost his left arm in an accident after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 outside Sheffield in England in 1984.
01/11/2013 15:17 GMT

I Am the Walrus

I've mentioned this before, but I still can't believe that at such an early age, we were all listening to music and taking it all in. Maybe it's because there was nothing on the telly in those days. I mean, in the UK we only had two channels - and they didn't start until 5pm. In black and white.
27/09/2013 16:21 BST

John Henry Bonham

On 25 Sept 1980, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. 'Bonzo' was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in four hours).
25/09/2013 13:41 BST

Paul McCartney Death Myths

In September 1969, the <em>Northern Star</em> newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-alike... One of the greatest urban legends ever, this story just grew and grew.
17/09/2013 17:24 BST

One Hit Wonders

The Archies were the product of a group of studio musicians managed by Don Kirshner. Ron Dante's lead vocals were accompanied by those of Toni Wine (who sang the line "I'm gonna make your life so sweet"), and Andy Kim.
16/09/2013 14:01 BST