Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

It’s been quite a week for anniversaries with 50 years of James Bond movies from ‘Dr No’ in 1962 to ‘Skyfall’ this year resulting in the buzz of a new Adele single released last Friday at seven minutes after midnight (0:07).

Immediately this title theme released on Global James Bond Day was expected to chart at No. 1 given all the pomp of a new Bond theme and this, the first new Adele record since her 21 album from early 2011.

However it is a strong week for singles with ‘Skyfall’ only narrowly beating a new entry from Elle Golding (Anything Could Happen), but both still below ‘Live While We’re Young’ from One Direction at 3, the massive selling Korean fluke PSY with ‘Gangnam Style’ dropping from the top to make way for Rihanna beating them all with ‘Diamonds’.

Beatle fans have been treated to all sorts of anniversary programmes too this week as it is now 50 years this week since the release of their first single.

Paolo Hewitt’s new book ‘Love Me Do’ (Quercus, £15.00), celebrates this among 50 great Beatles moments each given a chapter capturing that moment in time.

When John first met Paul in 1957 was significant and also when George joined the Quarrymen the core was born.

Meeting Brian Epstein then George Martin paved their careers and these elements are told with a wealth of journalistic research.

Missing of course is the fact that the Beatles played Kirkcaldy 49 years ago this week too so expect my book next year.

The David Latto Band came to my attention with their song ‘3000 Miles From Nashville’ which was played everywhere last year.

They now have a full new album of original songs with some wonderful Americana yet they are based in Kingskettle.

David and his co-writer Gavin Brady have captured the new Country image on ‘Black Horse’ and have a full Southern sound on tracks such as ‘Like I Feel Tonight’ and the memorable Byway Man. As a duo they play The Cottars Rosyth tomorrow (Friday) and the Acoustic Music Club Kirkcaldy on November 15.