The Move brought a blast of Black Country grit – plus an unlikely dash of classicism – to the fey realm of 1960s British psychedelia. Formed in Birmingham (UK) in 1965 they had their first UK hit in 1966 with…

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Susan Kay Quatro was born in Detroit on 3 June 1950 – the daughter of Detroit jazz bandleader Art Quatro (the family name “Quattrocchi” having been shortened to Quatro). She played bongos for her dad’s jazz band at the age…

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Hailing from Ilford, Essex, Kathy Kirby (born Catherine Ethel O’Rourke in 1938) sang her way into the charts with discs like Dance On and Secret Love, then went on to lucrative cabaret and stage appearances and her own TV series (the BBC…

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Procol Harum started off as a session group to record the Gary Brooker (ex-The Paramounts) and Keith Reid (an ex-legal clerk) composed song A Whiter Shade Of Pale. Inspired by Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D major, the song was instantly…

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“What we have here is a vital serving of classic pop songs . . . few other records this year have felt so good” said Rolling Stone. “The best pop album of the decade” exclaimed the New York magazine Rocker. “Powerful, fresh,…

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Despite changing the name from The Texans, Rory Storm (real name Alan Caldwell) was obviously still fond of the numerous Western series on television. He decided to call guitarist John Byrne “Johnny Guitar”, after the title of the 1954 Joan Crawford Western.…

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The International Rescue team returned for a follow-up to the 1966 feature Thunderbirds Are Go with another tale of suspense and intrigue in 1968’s Thunderbird 6. Based on the successful British TV series Thunderbirds, the film showcased Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s “Supermarionation” puppet characters…

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Crossroads To Crime was the live-action feature film directorial debut of Gerry Anderson, the famous creator of Supermarionation as seen in Stingray, Supercar, Thunderbirds, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons. Anderson himself went on to retrospectively dismiss the movie as “possibly…

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Psychiatrist Dr Alton (Timothy Farrell) narrates two stories: one of a transvestite called Glen (Edward D. Wood Jr under the pseudonym Daniel Davis) who secretly dresses as a woman called Glenda but is afraid to tell his fiancée, Barbara (Wood’s…

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Arguably the most experimental movie ever given the green-light by a major studio, Tron was a true milestone in movie special effects, paving the way for every film with a computer-animated or CGI component. It’s incredible to think that the groundbreaking…

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There is a famous story about George Best after he had won one night at a casino and a bellboy found him in his hotel room drinking champagne with Miss World with £25,000 scattered across his bed. The bellboy said,…

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Designer Barbara Hulanicki began running a mail-order fashion operation in 1964 with her husband Stephen Fitzsimon. They felt that the price of fashion was too high for many so they promoted a “throw away and buy another” philosophy, and the…

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Backed by a thudding bass beat, dozens of invaders from another world descended on our planet in 1978. Within months, Space Invaders was one of the hottest fads on the globe, helping propel the video arcade into a multi-billion dollar…

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In 1966, at the height of the popularity of his “Supermarionation” TV shows, Gerry Anderson developed a concept for a new television series. Candy and her brother Andy live with Mr and Mrs Bearanda (a couple of pandas) above a…

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It came as no surprise that Tron hit the arcades at the same time as its 1982 film counterpart. This was the first fusion of game and movie, an arcade hit based on a film that was based on the…

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Founded in 1926 by Leicester-born composer and music publisher Lawrence Wright, Melody Maker was one of the earliest British weekly music newspapers. The publication mainly covered jazz until Chris Welch and Ray Coleman applied deeper perspectives to American-influenced local rock and…

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First published as Fabulous in January 1964 (with The Beatles on the cover) and aimed squarely at the teenage market, the magazine’s big selling point was the full-page colour pin-ups not yet found anywhere else. At its peak, Fabulous enjoyed…

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It remains the defining assembly of rock music – an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy-clad Americans “going up the country” in New York’s Catskill Mountains, searching for answers, hoping for transcendence . . . and finding,…

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January 01 – Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 – First episode of The Archers is broadcast nationally on the BBC Light Programme. 01 – Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 – Communist…

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In 1966 England hosted the World Cup, in a climate of football fever generated in-part by the much-loved mascot World Cup Willie. The cartoon lion appeared on everything from beer to breakfast cereals. Of the 16 nations that reached the final…

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January 01 – The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 01 – The 1955 Cotton Bowl Classic American football game is won by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 02 – President José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated…

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January 01 – Groucho Marx dies in Los Angeles. 02 – Legendary jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner dies. 03 – Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces he is leaving Westminster to become President of the European Commission in Brussels. Conservative…

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January 01 – French singer Maurice Chevalier dies (b. 1888) in Paris. He is 83. 03 – An IRA bomb injures 55 women and children when it explodes in a Belfast department store. 04 – Rose Heilbron is the first…

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January 01 – Britain, Denmark and Ireland join the European Economic Community (the “Common Market”) bringing the total number of member states to nine. 01 – Baseball star Roberto Clemente is killed in a light plane crash off Puerto Rico.…

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Infamous ‘Granny Killer’ John Wayne Glover began his reign of terror at Mosman in Sydney’s north, murdering six elderly women over a 13-month period in 1989 and 1990. Each time the calculating serial killer struck he would force his victim…

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