On June 19, 2006, “B-Unique” label released “Not Accepted Anywhere”, the debut Automatic album. It was recorded October 2005 – January 2006, at “Stir Studio” in Cardiff, “Elevator Studio” in Liverpool, “The Chapel” in South Thoresby, “The Peace Rooms” in Hammersmith, and was produced byStephen Harris, Richard Jackson and Ian Broudie.The cover and album booklet artwork were by Richard Stockton. The “BBC” ranked “Not Accepted Anywhere” amongst the top 10 greatest Welsh albums of the 2000s (decade).
- Robin Hawkins- lead vocals, bass guitar
- James Frost- guitar, vocals
- Alex Pennie- synthesisers, keyboards, percussion, vocals
- Iwan Griffiths- drums, percussion
- D*Face – artwork
- That’s What She Said
- You Shout You Shout You Shout You Shout
- Lost at Home
- Keep Your Eyes Peeled
- .. I Hate You Guys
- On the Campaign Trail
- Team Drama
- By My Side
On November 28, 1980, “Polydor” label released “Sound Affects”, the fifth Jam studio album. It was recorded June – October 1980, and was produced by The Jam and Vic Coppersmith-Heaven. The album cover art is a pastiche of the artwork used on various Sound Effects records produced by the BBC during the 1970s. “NME” magazine ranked the album at number 487 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
- Paul Weller – vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Bruce Foxton – bass, vocals
- Rick Buckler – drums
- Paul Cox – photography
- Martyn Goddard – cover art, photography
- Bill Smith – design
- Pennie Smith – photography
All tracks by Paul Weller except where noted.
- Pretty Green
- But I’m Different Now
- Set the House Ablaze
- That’s Entertainment
- Dream Time
- Man in the Corner Shop
- Music for the Last Couple – Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller
- Boy About Town
- Scrape Away
On October 25, 2004, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft aka John Peel died aged 65. Being disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist, he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres in “Peel’s Radio 1” shows, which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC’s studios. In 1969 Peel founded “Dandelion Records”, that label released 27 albums by 18 different artists before folding in 1972.
On December 10, 1976, “EMI” label released “A Day at the Races”, the fifth Queen studio album. It was recorded at the “Sarm East”, “The Manor” and “Wessex Studios”, and was produced by Qyeen. This was the second band’s album that took its name from Marx Brothers movie (the previous was “A Night at the Opera). In 2006, in “BBC” pool “A Day at the Races” was voted the 67th greatest album of all time. The album was certified Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”; Platinum in Poland by “ZPAV”, and Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”.
- Freddie Mercury- lead and backing vocals, piano
- Brian May- electric, slide and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals, plastic piano and harmonium
- Roger Taylor- drums, percussion, backing vocals, timpani, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, gong
- John Deacon- bass guitar, acoustic guitar
- Tie Your Mother Down – Brian May
- You Take My Breath Away – Freddie Mercury
- Long Away – Brian May
- The Millionaire Waltz – Freddie Mercury
- You and I – John Deacon
- Somebody to Love – Freddie Mercury
- White Man – Brian May
- Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy – Freddie Mercury
- Drowse – Roger Taylor
- Teo Torriatte – Brian May
On December 5, 2012, David Warren “Dave” Brubeck died aged 91. Being pianist, bandleader and composer, he was one of the great post-bop jazz innovators and one of the most influential and popular artists in the jazz history. Brubeck was author of numerous jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way”,”The Duke”. “Pick Up Sticks”, “Unsquare Dance” and “Blue Rondo à la Turk”. “The Dave Brubeck Quartet” album “Time Out” released in 1959, was based upon the use of time signatures that were unusual for jazz such as 9/8 and 5/4. The album featured Paul Desmond’s track “Take Five”, peaked at #2 on the “Billboard” pop albums chart, has been certified platinum by the “RIAA”, and became one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. As a recognition for his work, Brubeck received many awards, including:
- Connecticut Arts Award (1987)
- National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (1994)
- Down Beat Hall of Fame (1994)
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)
- Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctorate honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004)
- Laetare Medal(University of Notre Dame) (2006)
- BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)
- Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy (2008)
- Inducted into California Hall of Fame (2008)
- Eastman School of MusicHonorary Degree (2008)
- Kennedy Center Honor (2009)
- George Washington University Honorary Degree (2010)
- Honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey (2011)
Additionally, the main-belt asteroid “5079 Brubeck” was named after Brubeck.
On November 24, 1991, Freddie Mercury died aged 45. Being singer, songwriter and producer, he was best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and frontman of the band Queen. He wrote some of the band’s best known songs featuring “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “We Are the Champions.”As a singer he had powerful vocal with over a four-octave range, and had unique stage appearance. In 1992, Mercury was awarded the “Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music”; in 2001,as a member of Queen, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”; in 2002 Mercury was ranked at number 58 in the BBC’s poll of the “100 Greatest Britons”; in 2003 he was inducted in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”; in 2005 he was inducted in the UK “Music Hall of Fame”; in 2005, in “Blender” and “MTV2” pool, Mercury was voted the “Best male singer of all time”; in 2008, editors of the magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked Mercury at number 18 on their list of the “100 greatest singers ever” and in 2009, “Classic Rock” poll elected him the best rock singer of all time.
On October 5, 1969, “BBC” aired the first episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. In the period from October 5, 1969, to December 5, 1974, total number of 45 episodes were broadcasted.