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1st March 1974, Chris Difford placed an advert in a shop window ‘lyricist seeks musician for co-writing’ Glen Tillbrook answered the ad. The pair went on to form Squeeze.

The South London group named them selves after the poorly received Velvet Underground album, and the group’s original line-up included future TV presenter Jools Holland on keyboards, (The Tube and the long running BBC TV music show Later…With Jools Holland). Their second album ‘Cool For Cats’, released in 1979, gave them their first hits – “Up The Junction” as well as the title track.

Squeeze me

2nd March 1985, The Smiths were at No.1 on the UK indie charts with “How Soon Is Now.” Soho had a No.8 UK hit with ‘Hippy Chick.’ a song based on a guitar sample from the song.

The track was originally a B-side of The Smiths 1984 single “William, It Was Really Nothing”. Guitarist Johnny Marr described it as “possibly our most enduring record.”

Keeping up with the Smiths

3rd March 1984, Nena started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “99 Red Balloons.” Originally sung in German, the protest song “99 Luftballons” was re-recorded in English as “99 Red Balloons”. The song was a No.2 hit in the US and the only UK hit for Nena making her a One-hit wonder.

Nena’s guitarist Carlo Karges got the idea for the song during a Rolling Stones concert after the balloons that were released moved toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked like strange spacecraft.

Balloon songs

4th March 1966, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian groups in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologised.

Losing My Religion

5th March, 1962, Born on this day, identical twin brothers, Craig and Charlie Reid from the Scottish band The Proclaimers, who had the 1987 UK No.3 single “Letter From America”, 1988 UK No.6 album “Sunshine Over Leith” as well as the 2007 UK No.1 single with the Comic Relief charity hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”

Twins in music

6th March 2004, Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie, went to court seeking $300,000 (£176,500) a month in maintenance support. Diane’s monthly costs included: $20,000 (£11,800) a year on plastic surgery; $15,000 (£8,824) a month for clothing, shoes and accessories; $5,000 (£2,940) on jewellery; $3,000 (£1,765) on dermatology; $1,000 (£588) for laser hair removal and $600 (£353) on massages.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

7th March 2004, The Smiths song “I Know It’s Over” topped a poll of tunes, which people turn to when they are miserable in “The Songs That Saved Your Life” poll by BBC radio station 6 Music. REM’s “Everybody Hurts” and Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” also made the Top 10.

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now