The famous British singer, Dame Vera Lynn, known as the "Force's Sweetheart", released one of the best-known wartime anthems of all time, We'll Meet Again, in 1939. Now 101 years old, the veteran star, whose concerts boosted the morale of troops during the Second World War, is still a firm believer in the emotional value of music. As an ambassador for BBC Music Day, which took place on 28th September, she spoke of the "powerful and unique ability" of music to "console and comfort" us. D...Continue Reading
Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-3.0The British pop band, Right Said Fred, enjoyed a surprise hit with their debut single, I'm Too Sexy for My Shirt, in 1991 - even though their booking agent sacked them on hearing it because he hated it so much! The band started out in 1989 as a duo, compris...
American singer and songwriter John Denver was a folk music icon who became one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. Selling more than 33 million records across the world, he released around 300 songs, having written some 200 of them himself. He became one of the United States' most beloved artists of the decade, in part thanks to his wholesome image - as a country boy at heart, he sang about the joy he found in nature and his dislike of city life. Achieving four platinum ...Continue Reading
Iconic British rock band Dire Straits enjoyed sales of more than one million records, becoming one of the world's biggest stadium artists and spending more than 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart. Formed in 1977, they provided an alternative to punk with their stripped-down sound, demonstrating roots that had emerged from pub rock. Their album, Brothers in Arms, released in 1985, is the eighth best-selling album in the history of the charts, according to the Guinness Book of World Records....Continue Reading
The Avengers was one of the cult television series of the 1960s, starring Patrick Macnee as suave secret agent John Steed, who was accompanied in his crime-fighting endeavours by a succession of glamorous assistants. Produced by ABC Television, it ran for six seasons and 161 episodes, spanning eight years, from 7th January 1961 until 21st May 1969. The series was initially filmed in black and white, but after 25 episodes, it was finally filmed in colour. It became so popular that it was...Continue Reading
© Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo Singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was one of Britain's brightest stars of the new wave scene in the 1980s. The Croydon-...Continue Reading
© Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo Produced for ABC by Hanna-Barbera, The Flintstones is an American cartoon set in the Stone Age. It depicts the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, who ar...Continue Reading
© United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo The American musical, Fiddler on the Roof, tells the story of Tevye, an impoverished Jewish milkman with five daughters, living in I...Continue Reading