This week Oliver and Stuart's Pre-Intermediate A2 class at Manchester Academy of English were asked to research and write about famous Manchester musicians and bands. Here is what they discovered:
Manchester had an impressive music scene before 1976 with groups like The Hollies, The Bee Gees, Herman’s Hermits, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers in the 1960s and Barclay James Harvest and 10CC in the early 1970s. Top of the Pops was also recorded by the BBC at this time in the city. In 1965, Herman’s Hermits outsold The Beatles, selling over 10 million records in seven months. Manchester bands Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders topped the American Billboard charts consecutively during mid-April to May in 1965. In 1965, all three bands were numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the US Billboard Top 100 for one week. Graham Nash of The Hollies moved to California to become part of the expanding music scene there.
Freddie and the Dreamers
Ana Carolina, Angola:
Cleopatra were an R&B girl group from the UK whose members were sisters. Cleopatra were invited to support the Spice Girls on the UK leg of their sell-out Spice World Tour playing to 150,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. ‘Comin’ Atcha!’ was their debut album, released in 1998. The album was written by singer-songwriter Cleo. The album had a huge impact on Cleopatra’s career, leading to them being signed to Madonna’s Maverick label. One of their songs was used in a Disney film. The group shares its name with the famous Egyptian queen.
Ali Alkindi, Oman:
The most famous group from Manchester was Oasis. They started in 1991 and stopped in 2009. The main members were Liam and Noel Gallagher. They sang rock and Britpop. Oasis signed with Creation Records in 1993 and released their record. In 1997 Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now, and it became the fastest-selling album in the UK. The group toured for the first half of 2009 but completely unravelled in August of that year. After an altercation backstage at a Paris rock festival, in which Liam smashed Noel’s guitar, the elder Gallagher quit the band permanently, stating “I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”
Thank you to Alfad, Ana Carolina and Ali Alkindi for this week's Student Blog from Manchester Academy of English!
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