Neil Cossar
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 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.

Entries by Neil Cossar

He Walked the Line

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (08:44)

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. Johnny Cash didn't sound like county music from Nashville,...

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All Things Must Pass

(2) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (07:09)

Born on this day 25 Feb 1943, George Harrison guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles, the world's most successful group.

There is so much to say about Harrison; he achieved so much in his post-Beatle life. George was the mastermind behind the first major musical live fundraiser with The Concert...

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Rastaman Vibration

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (23:00)

Born on this day, 6 February 1945, Bob Marley, singer, songwriter and guitarist who had the 1981 UK No.8 single with No Woman No Cry, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US No.8 and UK No.15 album Rastaman Vibration. The 1984 Best Of album spent...

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Forever in Blue Jeans

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (23:00)

Born on this day, 24 January 1941, Neil Diamond, singer-songwriter. Many acts from Elvis Presley, Lulu, and Deep Purple have all covered his songs. With his 2008 album Home Before Dark, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one; the record was previously held by Bob Dylan...

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Heartbreak Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (16:04)

On 10 January 1956, Elvis Presley made his first recordings for RCA Records at The Methodist Television, Radio and TV Studios, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville. "Heartbreak Hotel" was one of the songs recorded during this session, which was released as a single just 17 days later.

I've often wondered how...

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Some Girls

(2) Comments | Posted 28 December 2013 | (08:15)

On 28 December 1978, Rolling Stone magazine voted Some Girls by The Rolling Stones as 'Album of the Year.' Some Girls saw the Stones back with a bang, on an explosive mission to show the world's 'new punks' who was boss. Playing faster and dirtier than men of their age...

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Wichita Lineman

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2013 | (23:00)

On 21 December 1968, Glen Campbell topped the US album chart with Wichita Lineman. Although the LP would stay on the chart for 46 weeks, it would be Campbell's only No.1 album. Wichita Lineman has been referred to as "the first existential country song."

As a session musician in the...

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Whole Lotta Love

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (15:40)

On this day, 6 December, in 1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with Whole Lotta Love. It went on to reach #4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US.

Whole Lotta Love was my...

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The Who - Tommy

(6) Comments | Posted 30 November 2013 | (08:05)

On the 1 December 1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London. The band were paid £50 for each gig.

During this period, The Who were appearing anywhere they could; they weren't on the toilet circuit, but they weren't that...

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All Things Must Pass

(1) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (08:07)

On 29 November 2001, former Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer, aged 58. Following the breakup of The Beatles, Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys. George was the youngest member of The Beatles (16...

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Do They Know It's Christmas?

(3) Comments | Posted 24 November 2013 | (23:00)

On 25 Nov in 1984, the cream of the British pop world gathered at SARM Studios, London, to record the historic Do They Know It's Christmas? The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting, and George Michael. It went on...

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Wild Things

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (23:00)

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. The tour presented two shows a night - and at each gig, the headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes. The Move,...

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Led Zeppelin - Four Symbols

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (03:24)

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. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the...

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Daydream Believers

(3) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (23:00)

At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, 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...

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Good Vibrations

(5) Comments | Posted 3 November 2013 | (23:00)

On 4 Nov 1966, The Beach Boys Good Vibrations, entered the UK chart for the first time. The song went on to be a UK No.1 hit.

All four members of The Beatles, stated that The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album had a major influence on them and the...

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Let There Be Drums

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (14:54)

Born on this day 1 Nov in 1963, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, who had the 1987 worldwide No.1 album Hysteria, and the 1988 US No.1 single Love Bites. Allen lost his left arm in an accident after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 outside Sheffield in England...

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Rhythm Nation

(2) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (19:45)

On this day in 1989, Janet Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, only one of three albums to produce seven top ten US singles (the other two being Thriller by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen's Born In The...

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Only the Lonely

(5) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (00:00)

In Oct 1960, Roy Orbison had his first UK No.1 single with Only The Lonely which was the first of 33 UK hits. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record it himself.

Roy had teamed up with songwriter Joe Melson...

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Life in the Fast Lane

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (08:11)

In Oct 2004, Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil. He was given a 750 euro (£515) fine and his UK licence was confiscated. After paying his fine Clapton posed for photographs with French police and...

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Accidents Will Happen

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (08:59)

On this day 12th Oct in 1994, on their Division Bell tour, Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds...

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