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

Rocking All Over the World

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2014 | (14:39)

Any of you who ever read my ramblings here will know that I like music. That's an understatement: I love music and the evolution of pop culture and its history - how like-minded musicians met, formed a group and went on to travel the world like roaming nomads, but with...

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Tie Pin Station

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (17:59)

On this day 11th July 1992, a range of eight ties, designed by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, went on sale in the US President Bill Clinton bought a set. So did lots of former hippies who were now caught in the 9-5 trap and a daily humdrum life....

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Blow By Blow

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (12:26)

OK, here's the thing. I think anyone who tries to make their own guitar, must be mad. First you have to cut the whole thing out from a bit of wood, somehow make the strings stay on the thing, add the knobs, wires and electric bits, paint it. And then...

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In My Room

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2014 | (08:57)

He wasn't made for these times...or those times...but for all times. Arguably the greatest American composer of popular music in the rock era, he inspired the Beatles to greater heights, and wrote one of the most beautiful songs ever in "God Only Knows". The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album continues...

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Happy Birthday Mr McCartney

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2014 | (11:44)

Where to start! What can we say about Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM that hasn't been said before. Maybe start with this - Paul McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs and...

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Good Vibrations

(3) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (08:27)

All four members of The Beatles, stated that The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album had a major influence on them and the making of their 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But the two groups were playing a public game of cat and mouse. On hearing The Beatles Rubber...

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Bohemian Rhapsody

(1) Comments | Posted 7 May 2014 | (01:00)

In 2002, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen was voted the UK's favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book.

On 24 August 1975, Queen started recording Bohemian Rhapsody at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Queen singer Freddie...

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He Walked the Line

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (09:44)

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 | (08:09)

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 6 February 2014 | (00:00)

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 24 January 2014 | (00:00)

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 | (17:04)

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 | (09:15)

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 21 December 2013 | (00:00)

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 | (16:40)

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 | (09:05)

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 | (09:07)

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 25 November 2013 | (00:00)

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 13 November 2013 | (00:00)

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 | (04:24)

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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