It happens, and more often than might be imagined, but one of the greatest Lazarus acts in the modern history of popular music involved The Bee Gees, the trio of brothers born in the Isle of Man who first came to fame in Australia before returning to Britain to become major stars of the late 1960s.
He was the diffident Beatle, a quiet and unassuming figure beside the towering egos of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But, after his innate creativity was allowed to flourish, George Harrison made his own mark as a great songwriter, with works such as Here Comes The Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps holding their own beside those of his colleagues.
It's interesting to note that each time popular music has gone off the boil in the 45 years covered, history reveals that a return to the roots will usually provide rehabilitation, The first time it occurred was the most significant, back in 1964, when an event known in the US as "The British Invasion" took place.
By the end of 1957, Elvis Presley was the
unchallenged King of Rock'n'Roll. With nine US chart-topping hits behind him achieved in less than two years, he was the hottest item on any menu, but that very fact may have strongly influenced the US Government in their insistence that Presley should be drafted for national service in the US Army.
The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by the Recording Academy. A GRAMMY is awarded by the Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences.
The annual GRAMMY Awards presentation brings together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world.
Top40-charts.com brings you the entire history of the Grammys awards!
Each December, music fans look forward to US music magazines definitive year-end wrap-up as it takes a look back at all of the music, trends, and happenings of the past 12 months.
In this Top40-charts.com special feature, we'll give you a peek into the annual Year In Music issue, including an overview of the activity on some of the single charts; a remembrance of those who have passed away!
Back in 1984, British multiracial group The Special AKA had reached the UK top ten with a single produced by Elvis Costello and simply titled 'Nelson Mandela'. It had reminded the world that Mandela, a leader of the African National Congress, an organization banned in South Africa, had been in a South African jail since 1962 because of his opposition to apartheid. In 1986, Dammers had helped to organize a free AAA concert, 'Freedom Beat', on London's Clapham Common and now planned to present a whole day show at Wembley Stadium.
25 years of Hip-hop: Top 100 Greatest Hip-hop/Rap Singles of all time
This month (September, 2004), Hip-Hop celebrates 25 years of commercial success. The artform had existed on the
underground for years, but things changed. Rap music originated as a cross-cultural product. Most of its important early