Do you like listening to current popular music? I used to – but now I seem to live in the past. The music I have in the car proves that. Let’s take today – 13th July – as an example.
On 13th July 1957 Elvis Presley had just started a seven week stay at number one with ‘All Shook Up’. It’s on one of the CDs in my car.
On 13th July 1958 the Everly Brothers were in the second week of a seven week stay with double sider ‘All I have to do is Dream/Claudette’. Yes that’s in the car as well.
However the music of 13th July 1985 is not in the car – but it is in the cupboard. So what is/was that I hear some of you asking. Well it was a dual-venue concert that was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London (attendance 72,000 people) and the John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia USA where around 100,000 people took part. On this same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries including Austria, Australia, Japan, the Soviet Union and West Germany making it one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time. It was estimated that a global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcasts. What was this magical event?