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

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