December 1962: First appearance by The Beatles on London area TV

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I would like to say that I watched this on television, but I don’t think I did. On 4 December 1962, the Beatles made their first TV appearance in the London region on the Associated Rediffusion children’s programme, Tuesday Rendezvous, where they mimed to their recently released single Love Me Do and part of PS I Love You.

More to follow.

https://www.beatlesbible.com/1962/12/04/television-tuesday-rendezvous/

July 1962: The last Lord’s Gentlemen v. Players match

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On Friday 20 July 1962 I went to the last day of what would turn out to be the final Lord’s cricket match between the Gentlemen and Players. Throughout this season sixty years ago, English first class cricket was still played by a mixture of paid professionals (Players) and unpaid amateurs (Gentlemen), and every year a team from each category played a three day game at the home of cricket, as well as a later match at the Scarborough Festival. A small group of boys from my school travelled up to London on the Friday where we bought scorecards, watched the game and hung around at the close of play for long enough to get autographs. I dutifully filled in my scorecard with a stubby pencil and at the end of the day had it signed by one of the most recognisable figures in the amateur team, Rev David Sheppard, sometime captain of both Sussex and England, who went on to become Bishop of Liverpool.

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1962 was the year in which sport began to change as the amateur tradition began to fade – the shock caused by Rod Laver turning pro after completing his Grand Slam in the autumn of 1962 surely speeded up the process that brought in the open era in tennis just six years later. Athletics followed, the Olympic tradition of only allowing amateurs to compete was largely devalued by the combination of sponsorship and surreptitious payments in the west and the blatant use of state subsidy in the Soviet bloc. Restrictions began to be relaxed in the 1970s. Rugby Union took a lot longer.

Cricket actually prefigured these other sports. The process to abolish amateurism had taken several years and various committees before being ushered in by a vote of the Advisory County Cricket Committee on 26 November 1962. (The whole event is documented in Charles Williams’s book, Gentlemen and Players, Phoenix 2013, which is an entertaining read.) The last Gentlemen v. Players match (which was actually at Scarborough on 8/10 and 11 September 1962) had been played.

With The Beatles

The Beatles played a staggering 38 live performances throughout the month of July 1962. Nearly all of these were in the Merseyside area but they also travelled to Rhyl and Swindon.

Source: beatlesbible.com

The month’s UK Top Tens

5 July 1962

1. Come Outside: Mike Sarne With Wendy Richard
2. A Picture Of You: Joe Brown
3. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
4. I Can’t Stop Loving You: Ray Charles
5. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland
6. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
7. Green Leaves Of Summer: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
8. Ain’t That Funny: Jimmy Justice
9. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
10. Sharing You: Bobby Vee

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

Source: filmdates.co.uk

June 1962: Come Outside reaches No.1

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Come Outside is one of those hit singles which is annoyingly memorable for a couple of reasons. One is the ‘jokey’ patter which provides the lyric, something which sounds much more like harassment to today’s ears. The second is that the uncredited woman became more famous in later life than the singer, Mike Sarne. She is of course Wendy Richard, the actress who went on to star in the 1970s ‘comedy’ (I use the word loosely) Are You Being Served and then became a founder member of the cast of EastEnders.

Come Outside reached No. 1 in the UK Top Ten on 28 June 1962.

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Pic: EveryUKNumberOne

More to follow

With The Beatles

June 1962 was the month in which the Beatles travelled to London to record some demo material for HMV. More to follow.

Source: beatlesbible.com

The month’s UK Top Tens

7 June 1962

1. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
2. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
3. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
4. Come Outside: Mike Sarne With Wendy Richard
5. As You Like It: Adam Faith
6. Last Night Was Made For Love: Billy Fury
7. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland
8. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
9. I Don’t Know Why: Eden Kane
10. A Picture Of You: Joe Brown

14 June 1962

1. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
2. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
3. Come Outside: Mike Sarne With Wendy Richard
4. A Picture Of You: Joe Brown
5. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
6. As You Like It: Adam Faith
7. I Don’t Know Why: Eden Kane
8. Last Night Was Made For Love: Billy Fury
9. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland
10. Green Leaves Of Summer: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen

21 June 1962

1. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
2. Come Outside: Mike Sarne With Wendy Richard
3. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
4. A Picture Of You: Joe Brown
5. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland
6. Last Night Was Made For Love: Billy Fury
7. I Don’t Know Why: Eden Kane
8. As You Like It: Adam Faith
9. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
10. Green Leaves Of Summer: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen

28 June 1962

1. Come Outside: Mike Sarne With Wendy Richard
2. A Picture Of You: Joe Brown
3. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
4. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
5. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland
6. Last Night Was Made For Love: Billy Fury
7. English Country Garden: Jimmie Rodgers
8. I Can’t Stop Loving You: Ray Charles
9. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
10. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

Source: filmdates.co.uk

May 1962: Top Cat (or Boss Cat)

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The first episode of a new Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, Top Cat, was shown on BBC TV on 16 May 1962. On 13 June, however, the show was hastily renamed The Boss Cat because Top Cat was also a brand of cat food, and could not be named on BBC TV, since this could be construed as advertising. This was of course the era in which Blue Peter presenters routinely referred to Fablon as sticky-backed plastic and covered up the Kellogg’s logo on cornflake packets.

The Top Cat/The Boss Cat change is discussed here on the Yowp blog, along with a scan of a contemporary TV listing.

More to follow.

With The Beatles

The Beatles carried on performing at the Star-Club in Hamburg throughout May 1962. The last of the 48 gigs in this run was on Thursday 31 May.

The month’s UK Top Tens

3 May 1962

1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
3. Hey! Baby: Bruce Channel
4. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
5. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
6. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
7. Speak To Me Pretty: Brenda Lee
8. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
9. Never Goodbye: Karl Denver
10. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk

10 May 1962

1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
3. Speak To Me Pretty: Brenda Lee
4. Hey! Baby: Bruce Channel
5. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
6. Love Letters: Ketty Lester
7. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
8. Wonderful World Of The Young: Danny Williams
9. The Party’s Over: Lonnie Donegan
10. Never Goodbye: Karl Denver

17 May 1962
1. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
2. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
3. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
4. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
5. Speak To Me Pretty: Brenda Lee
6. Love Letters: Ketty Lester
7. As You Like It: Adam Faith
8. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
9. When My Little Girl Is Smiling: Jimmy Justice
10. Hey! Baby: Bruce Channel

24 May 1962

1. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
2. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
3. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
4. Love Letters: Ketty Lester
5. As You Like It: Adam Faith
6. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
7. Speak To Me Pretty: Brenda Lee
8. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
9. When My Little Girl Is Smiling: Jimmy Justice
10. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland

31 May 1962

1. Good Luck Charm: Elvis Presley
2. Do You Want To Dance/I’m Looking Out The Window: Cliff Richard
3. Nut Rocker: B. Bumble And The Stingers
4. Last Night Was Made For Love: Billy Fury
5. As You Like It: Adam Faith
6. Come Outside: Mike Sarne With Wendy Richard
7. Love Letters: Ketty Lester
8. I Don’t Know: Eden Kane
9. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
10. Ginny Come Lately: Brian Hyland

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

Jules and Jim

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Source: filmdates.co.uk

April 1962: The Spy Who Loved Me

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Pic: rareandantiquebooks.com

By the time that The Spy Who Loved Me was published in April 1962, I must have read nearly all the previous James Bond books. I think the first I got hold of was From Russia, With Love, but I can’t be certain. By 1962, there were eight full length novels:
Casino Royale
Live And Let Die
Moonraker
Diamonds Are Forever
From Russia, With Love
Dr No
Goldfinger
Thunderball
plus the short story collection, For Your Eyes Only.

Most would have been borrowed from Gerrards Cross library, then situated in the town’s Memorial Centre. My father would go there at least once a week, and I would tag along. I had moved up from the children’s library by the age of 12, and was allowed to borrow what I wanted. Whether he had any qualms about me reading the “adult” content of the Bond series, or anything else for that matter, I don’t know.
It’s a long time since I read The Spy Who Loved Me, and I don’t now have a copy with which I can refresh my memory, but there is enough online about all the James Bond books (including an individual Wikipedia page for each) to remind me. It purports to be a memoir written by a young woman called Vivienne Michel, whose manuscript somehow arrived on Fleming’s desk.
…..

It’s interesting that the novel was so poorly received that Fleming blocked its publication in paperback, something that must have caused consternation at Pan, accustomed as they were to shifting millions of copies of all the earlier novels. They did eventually publish it in 1967, after Fleming’s death.

More to follow.

With The Beatles

April 1962 started with the Beatles playing 11 gigs in Merseyside area in the first 10 days of the month.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 10 April, Stuart Sutcliffe died over in Germany. He had stayed on in Hamburg after leaving the Beatles, in order to stay with his fiancée Astrid Kirchherr and pursue his artistic career. But he had been suffering from increasingly severe headaches and blackouts and had collapsed in February. The Kirchherr family suspected a brain tumour, and sent him for X-rays, although nothing was found. He was also seen by two doctors who could find nothing wrong. Then, on 10 April he collapsed again, and Kirchherr rushed home to accompany him when an ambulance was called to take him to hospital. He died in her arms on the way. The cause of death was listed as cerebral paralysis caused by bleeding in the right ventricle of the brain.

The following day, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pete Best flew from Manchester to Hamburg, for their first residency at the Star-Club. George Harrison was unwell, so flew the following day with Brian Epstein. Lennon, McCartney and Best were met at the airport by Astrid Kirchherr.

The group went on to play 18 gigs at the Star-Club between xx April and the end of the month.

Source: beatlesbible.com

The month’s UK Top Tens

5 April 1962
1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
3. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
4. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
5. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
6. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
7. Twistin’ The Night Away: Sam Cooke
8. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
9. Hole In The Ground: Bernard Cribbins
10. Softly As I Leave You: Matt Monro

12 April 1962
1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
3. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
4. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
5. Hey! Baby: Bruce Channel
6. Twistin’ The Night Away: Sam Cooke
7. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
8. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
9. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
10. Hole In The Ground: Bernard Cribbins

19 April 1962
1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
3. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
4. Hey! Baby: Bruce Channel
5. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
6. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
7. Twistin’ The Night Away: Sam Cooke
8. Theme From ‘Z Cars’: Johnny Keating
9. Never Goodbye: Karl Denver
10. When My Little Girl Is Smiling: Craig Douglas

26 April 1962
1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Hey! Baby: Bruce Channel
3. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
4. Hey! Little Girl: Del Shannon
5. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
6. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
7. Twistin’ The Night Away: Sam Cooke
8. Speak To Me Pretty: Brenda Lee
9. When My Little Girl Is Smiling: Craig Douglas
10. Never Goodbye: Karl Denver

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

A Kind Of Loving

H.M.S. Defiant

It’s Trad, Dad!

Source: filmdates.co.uk

March 1962: The Trad Jazz boom

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Pic: Jazz Archive, Louisiana State University

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With The Beatles

On 7 March 1962 The Beatles recorded their radio debut at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester for the show Teenager’s Turn – Here We Go, which was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme the following day between 5 and 5.30pm. The band rehearsed their set from 3.45 pm. In the evening, wearing suits for the very first time, The Beatles performed three cover versions: ‘Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?)’, ‘Memphis, Tennessee’, and ‘Please Mister Postman’. Together with the other three acts also appearing on the programme, the recording took place between 8 and 8.45 pm.

In addition to this, they also played 37 lunchtime and evening gigs during the month, mainly in the Merseyside area. On the last day of the month, they performed at their first venue in the south of England booked under the auspices of Brian Epstein, the Subscription Rooms in Stroud, Gloucestershire,. They shared the bill with the Rebel Rousers.

Source: beatlesbible.com

The month’s UK Top Tens

1 March 1962

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
3. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
4. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
5. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
6. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers
7. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
8. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
9. Little Bitty Tear: Burl Ives
10. I’d Never Find Another You: Billy Fury

8 March 1962

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
3. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
4. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
5. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
6. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
7. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
8. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
9. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
10. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers

15 March 1962

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
3. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
4. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
5. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
6. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
7. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
8. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
9. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
10. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane

22 March 1962

1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
3. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
4. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
5. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
6. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
7. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
8. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
9. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
10. The Wanderer: Dion

29 March 1962

1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
3. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
4. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
5. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
6. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
7. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
8. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
9. Hole In The Ground: Bernard Cribbins
10. Softly As I Leave You: Matt Monro

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

Flower Drum Song

Source: filmdates.co.uk