2015 is a crazy year for Anniversaries – and maybe makes us wonder whether the whole idea is overdone (especially in the media)? Nonetheless there are some momentous events to recall including 70 years ago VE Day and VJ Day, the signing of Magna Carta in 1215 and the first English ‘Parliament’ 50 years later. I wonder whether the events of last week in Paris will impact on the UK’s marking of the battles of Agincourt (600 years) and Waterloo (200 years)? More fun may be had with the centenary of the birth of Frank Sinatra or from 1865, the publication of Alice in Wonderland.
In 1965 the loveable Mop Tops released Rubber Soul and received MBEs at the Palace but I reckon the major album releases were by Bob Dylan who put out Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61. He also enjoyed four Top Ten singles, 50 years ago including “Like a Rolling Stone” which went to number 4.
Talking of Rolling Stones, their hit “Satisfaction” came in 1965 as did their fairly ‘soulful’ album Out of Our Heads. The Who’s first three singles all hit in 1965 including “My Generation” which reached number 2 – they’ve never had a number one.
However, I believe the best-selling album from 50 years ago was one that you’ll have somewhere in your collection: the Sound of Music
If you want more anniversaries, there’s a list with lots of more recent albums at