January 1961: The inauguration of President Kennedy

 

It’s likely that I was at school on the following day, even though it was a Saturday, so I probably missed the BBC TV coverage at 12 noon on Saturday 21 January: https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctv/1961-01-21

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JFK Library page: https://www.jfklibrary.org/visit-museum/exhibits/permanent-exhibits/the-inauguration-of-john-f-kennedy
Pictures from Life magazine.

Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inauguration_of_John_F._Kennedy

Guardian archive piece from 50th anniversary https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jan/20/jfk-inauguration-speech-guardian-archive

 

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With The Beatles

The Beatles played 19 gigs in the Liverpool area in January 1961. This included a return trip to the Litherland Town Hall on Thursday 5 January, which was the first time Paul McCartney played bass guitar with The Beatles, as Stuart Sutcliffe had chosen to stay in Hamburg with Astrid Kirchherr. The Beatles were paid £7 10s for this appearance. In the audience were Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, who had returned from Hamburg the day before.

[Source: beatlesbible.com]

The month’s UK Top Tens

5 January 1961
1. I Love You: Cliff Richard
2. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
3. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
4. Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop): Adam Faith
5. Strawberry Fair: Anthony Newley
6. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
7. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
8. Little Donkey: Nina and Frederick
9. Perfidia: The Ventures
10. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes

12 January 1961
1. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
2. I Love You: Cliff Richard
3. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
4. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
5. Portrait of My Love: Matt Monro
6. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
7. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
8. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes
9. Strawberry Fair: Anthony Newley
10. Perfidia: The Ventures

19 January 1961
1. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
2. I Love You: Cliff Richard
3. Portrait of My Love: Matt Monro
4. Perfidia: The Ventures
5. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
6. Counting Teardrops: Emile Ford and the Checkmates
7. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
8. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
9. Pepe: Duane Eddy
10. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren

26 January 1961
1. Are You Lonesome Tonight: Elvis Presley
2. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
3. Portrait of My Love: Matt Monro
4. Counting Teardrops: Emile Ford and the Checkmates
5. Pepe: Duane Eddy
6. I Love You: Cliff Richard
7. Perfidia: The Ventures
8. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
9. Buona Sera: Mr Acker Bilk
10. You’re Sixteen: Johnny Burnette

[Source: officialcharts.com]

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