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 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.
Rocking All Over the

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
Tie Pin

Tie Pin Station

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.
10/07/2014 21:54 BST
Blow By

Blow By Blow

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 learn how to play the thing!
24/06/2014 14:18 BST
In My

In My Room

One of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music, and the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century.
19/06/2014 11:10 BST
Happy Birthday Mr

Happy Birthday Mr McCartney

McCartney invited his friend George Harrison to watch the group. The fourteen-year-old auditioned for Lennon on the upper deck of a bus, playing Raunchy by Bill Justis. Lennon thought Harrison was too young for the band, but after about a month of persistence he joined as lead guitarist.
18/06/2014 13:47 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

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

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
Forever in Blue

Forever in Blue Jeans

Born on this day, 24 January 1941, Neil Diamond, singer-songwriter. There's something very nice and warm about Neil Diamond - he's like an old friend, a comfy pair of slippers, he's your favourite uncle. You see, I'm saying all this and I've never even met the guy. But reading about him confirms my thoughts.
23/01/2014 16:56 GMT

Heartbreak Hotel

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.
13/01/2014 13:13 GMT

Some Girls

On 28 December 1978, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine voted <em>Some Girls</em> by The Rolling Stones as 'Album of the Year.' <em>Some Girls</em> saw the Stones back with a bang, on an explosive mission to show the world's 'new punks' who was boss...
28/12/2013 22:55 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

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 -

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

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

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

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