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1992 in British music

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1992 in British music

This is a summary of 1992 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.



1992 was a bleak time for the UK Singles Chart, with sales at a very low level. Due to several long chart runs, only 12 singles topped the chart this year (not counting the Queen single, which was a holdover from Christmas 1991), the lowest number since 1962, which also saw 12. In addition, none of them only lasted a week – all lasted at least two, the first time this had happened since 1971.

In the album charts Simply Red had continued success with Stars which would prove to be the second best selling album of the 90's and the best of 91 and 92. Although none of its singles reached no.1, title track Stars peaked at no.8 with all others making the top 40.

Shakespears Sister's hit "Stay" was the longest chart topper of 1992, holding onto the No 1 slot for 8 weeks.

The year saw the start of the ABBA revival, though, with Erasure grabbing the top spot for five weeks in June with their Abba-esque EP, which featured covers of ABBA songs. This was followed by ABBA tribute band Björn Again releasing Erasure-ish in October, which featured covers of Erasure songs. This reached number 25. ABBA's ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits album reached No. 1 for a week in September.

September also saw The Shamen attract controversy with the rave song "Ebeneezer Goode", which, though apparently a song about a fictional character, contained many jokey allusions to the drug Ecstasy, including the chorus "Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode, he's Ebeneezer Goode" (which sounded like "E's are good, E's are good", 'E' being a slang term for Ecstasy). The controversy ensured the song reached number 1 and stayed there for four weeks.

The biggest selling single of the year, and also the only one to sell over a million, was Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You", taken from the film The Bodyguard. Originally charting in November, the song hit number 1 later that month, and stayed there until February next year.

The Wedding Present shared the record with Elvis Presley for most UK Top 30 hits in a year (12), by releasing limited edition, 10,000 only 7" singles every month from January to December, out of this they achieved their first (and only) ever top ten single, "Come Play With Me" in May of that year.

In the field of classical music, British composer John Palmer won the City of Lucerne Cultural Prize for Music. New classical works by British composers included the Flute Concerto by William Mathias and the String Quartet No. 1 by Mathias's former pupil John Pickard.


  • 20 April – The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert takes place at Wembley Stadium in London, England. All proceeds go to AIDS research.
  • 24 April – David Bowie marries fashion model Iman.
  • 3 December - Bill Wyman announces he is quitting The Rolling Stones.
  • Notes:

    BRIT Awards

    The 1992 BRIT Awards winners were:

  • Best British producer: Trevor Horn
  • Best international solo artist: Prince
  • Best soundtrack: The Commitments
  • British album: Seal: Seal
  • British newcomer: Beverley Craven
  • British female solo artist – Lisa Stansfield
  • British group: Simply Red
  • British male solo artist: Seal
  • British single: Queen – "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
  • British video: Seal – "Killer"
  • International newcomer: P.M. Dawn
  • International group: R.E.M.
  • Outstanding contribution: Freddie Mercury
  • Mercury Music Prize

    The 1992 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Primal Scream – Screamadelica.

    Classical music

  • Alun Hoddinott - Symphony No.9 'Vision of Eternity'
  • William Mathias – Flute Concerto
  • David Sawer – Byrnan Wood
  • Opera

  • Jonathan Harvey - Inquest of Love.
  • Film and Incidental music

  • Michael Nyman - The Piano directed by Jane Campion.
  • Births

  • 10 February - Misha B, singer-songwriter
  • 26 April - Danielle Hope, singer and actress
  • 4 July - Nick Hissom, singer
  • 8 July - Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist
  • 2 August - Charli XCX, singer-songwriter
  • 5 October - Alex Prior, conductor and composer
  • 21 November - Conor Maynard, singer
  • Deaths

  • 8 February - Denny Wright, guitarist and songwriter, 67 (bladder cancer)
  • 29 April - Stephen Oliver, opera composer, 42 (AIDS-related)
  • 20 June – Sir Charles Groves, conductor, 77
  • 5 July - Georgia Brown, singer and actress, the original Nancy in Oliver!, 58 (surgical complications)
  • 29 July – William Mathias, composer, 57
  • 3 August - Don Lang, trombonist and singer, 67 (cancer)
  • 19 September – Sir Geraint Evans, operatic baritone, 70
  • 7 October - Harold Truscott, pianist, composer, broadcaster and music writer, 78
  • 7 November - Henri Temianka, virtuoso violinist, conductor, author and music educator, 85
  • 29 November – Paul Ryan, singer, songwriter and record producer, 44 (cancer)
  • 22 December - Harry Bluestone, violinist, 85
  • date unknown
  • Paul Hammond, drummer of Atomic Rooster (accidental drug overdose)
  • Malcolm MacDonald, composer
  • References

    1992 in British music Wikipedia

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