August 27, 1958: Hammer Films releases The Revenge of Frankenstein into UK cinemas

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

The Revenge of Frankenstein is a British horror film made by Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn and Eunice Gayson.

The Revenge of Frankenstein was a sequel to The Curse of Frankenstein, the studio’s 1957 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.

We Dare You To See It!

We Double-Dare You To Forget It!

Baron Frankenstein escapes from the guillotine and goes to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies. [IMDb]

August 27, 1968: Tommy James & the Shondells returned to No 1 in the UK singles chart with “Mony Mony”

“Mony Mony” (1968) by Tommy James & the Shondells, UK #1 (total 3 weeks)

“Mony Mony” is a single by American pop rock band Tommy James and the Shondells, which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 3 in the U.S. The song has appeared in various film and television works such as the Oliver Stone drama Heaven & Earth. It was also covered by English singer-songwriter Billy Idol in 1981. Idol’s version, which took in more of a rock sound, became an international top 40 hit and additionally revived public interest in the original garage rock single. In 1986 it was covered by Amazulu, who gave it a ska rendition.

“Mony Mony” first reached UK #1 on chart date August 6, 1968 for two weeks. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown intervened for one week with “Fire”, and then Tommy James & the Shondells returned for a further week.

August 27, 1988: Kylie – The Album make its first appearance at No 1 in the UK albums chart

Kylie (1988) by Kylie Minogue

Kylie is the debut studio album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, released July 4, 1988. The album was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who also wrote nine of the ten tracks on the album.

The album has received a mixed reception from music critics; many applauded the album itself, while some did not like another bubblegum pop musician. Despite the mixed critical reaction, Kylie was a worldwide success. It peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan. Kylie was certified seven times platinum in the UK and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Kylie was at No 1 for four weeks from August 27, 1988 but returned for a further two on November 19, 1988.

Kylie had a total of six singles released from the album worldwide. Her debut single was a cover of the Little Eva single “The Loco-Motion”, which charted worldwide and went to number one in a total of eight countries, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries, becoming one of Minogue’s most successful singles to date. The follow up single was “I Should Be So Lucky”, which went to number one in seven countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom.