Listen to our specially curated playlists which attempt to be historically acurate, thematically relevant, and, most importantly, entertaining!
To coincide with the release of Billy Bragg's book on skiffle, Music Heritage UK shares the greatest hits from the musical movement which inspired a generation of teenagers who went on to lead the R'n'B and rock revolution in the 1960s.
We've also an interactive Sutori timeline on the genre, bringing together the best songs, clips, pictures and more to tell the story of Skiffle.
To accompany the launch of our Iron Maiden: The Complete Gigography map, we've worked with fan-site Maiden Revelations to create a playlist of their favourite songs. While you're listening, why not read our blog post on why we decided to map the heavy metal veterans.
Eddie image used in playlist cover by Renzo González Vereau, licensed under Creative Commons.
Following our podcast interview with Rod Argent of The Zombies, we've created this accompanying playlist on the bands who charted in the States and were to become known as "The British Invasion". See more on our blog which goes into more detail about our song choices, but we've featured the first song to chart from most of the acts which made up the movement spearheaded by The Beatles.
Following our podcast on the history of the Ricky Tick Club, we asked resident club DJ, Martin Fuggles, to compile a top 20 of the songs played before (and after!) sets by some of the most iconic bands of the era. Includes lots of acts that would later go on to be described as 'northern soul' or 'motown'.
To coincide with our podcast interview with Ray Foulk, co-creator and founder of the Isle of Wight Festivals 1968 to 70, we've compiled a playlist of some of the live sets from 1970 available on streaming services. In no particular order you'll find Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Miles Davis, Terry Reid, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Leonard Cohen's sets. Plus a bonus track: 'Highway 61' by Bob Dylan in 1969. Listen now on:
To support the #Buddy80 celebrations at the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we have created a playlist recognising the huge influence Holly had with British musicians in the 1960s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton... But as an artist Holly transcends generations and our playlist brings us right up to the present day and includes songs released on 'Rave On Buddy Holly', a 2012 cover album project. Find out more about the #Buddy80 celebrations here.
To coincide with the launch of our Rolling Stones in London Music Map, we've compiled the original songs that the Rolling Stones covered at their first gig at the Marquee in Soho, London on 14th July 1962 into a playlist! Read more about their first concert over at our blog. Listen now:
Music Heritage UK Trustee and Podcast Producer Andy Grazebrook shared with us his Jimi Hendrix inspired playlist which accompanies our podcast on the new Hendrix exhibition in London. The playlist covers songs written and recorded whilst he was living in the small flat in Brook Street with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. Find out more about the songs chosen on our blog. Listen now:
Pete Chambers, founder and curator of the Coventry Music Museum shares with us a Coventry themed playlist. Find out more about his song choices in our accompanying blog post. Thanks, as always, to Pete for his time! Listen now:
Music Heritage UK supported the campaign to save the historic and "forgotten" venue, the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford, London from developers in 2014. Unfortunatley the old ballroom has been torn down. We collected songs from the artists who graced the former North West London venue including, David Bowie, The Who and The Moody Blues. Listen now:
Supporting our work publicising the history of the former venue which is where The Rolling Stones first met, we compiled a playlist of some of the acts that played Ealing Club and Alexis Korner's R&B Club night, including The Small Faces, The Yardbirds and The Animals. Listen now:
Eel Pie Island - the playlists
Following the opening of the Eel Pie Island pop-up Museum and our podcast featuring the curator Michele Whitby, we compiled three playlists to document the music that was played on this small island in the Thames.
The rules… one song from each act in chronological order and, where possible, the song must be from around the same time that they would have graced the stage.
Volume I: The Jazz Years features the creme de la creme of the big band/jazz scene which was played from the opening of Eel Pie Island as a music venue in 1957. Featuring an array of jazz acts including Ken Colyer, Mick Mulligan, and Terry Lightfoot. Apologies to jazz-purists, we compiled this without an in-depth knowledge of the genre! However it does give a feel for the kind of music that would have been played. Listen now:
Volume II: The R&B Years documents the rise of the new musical order - the R&B acts, led by a Rolling Stones residency early in their career. The playlist covers the music played between 1962 and the venue's first closure in 1967 and features The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, and Cream. Listen now:
Volume III: Colonel Barefoot's Rock Garden collects songs from the emerging prog-rock and heavy rock scenes in the venue's final incarnation and includes, Pink Floyd, Mott the Hoople, Deep Purple and Hawkwind. Despite being a shorter period in time, the playlist is the longest of the three, reflecting the more experimental nature of popular music at the time which had moved far beyond the three minute single.Listen now on: