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Bryan Adams explains why Summer of 69 flopped in the UK - Dotemirates
07/03/2019

Bryan Adams explains why Summer of 69 flopped in the UK

Summer of 69 is Bryan Adams' signature song - a rock hymn to forming your first band and falling in love that's become the star's most-streamed single.But amazingly, it flopped in the UK - only reaching number 42 in the charts when it was released in 1984.So what happened? "Ask Radio 1," laughs the star. "They wouldn't play it. They didn't play Heaven, they didn't play any of my songs [except for] Run To You." A top five hit in the US, Summer of 69 song grew in popularity over the years through exposure on commercial radio and classic rock...


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Malory Towers play: Why we give a fig for boarding school stories

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Max Clifford: Convictions upheld against late publicist

A conviction for sex offences against celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.Clifford died in 2017 while serving an eight-year jail term for indecent assaults on four young women and girls.He had always maintained his innocence - and his daughter had continued to try to clear his name after his death.But, ruling on Tuesday, Lady Justice Rafferty said nothing the judges heard "came anywhere near imperilling the safety of this conviction". Clifford, from Hersham in Surrey, was jailed in May 2014 after being convicted of a string of indecent assaults carried out between 1977 and...