3 Hamlet Songs you might not have heard before!

What a voice! https://youtu.be/kwkYXqHGDhI Betty Hutton February 26, 1921 – March 12, 2007 https://youtu.be/81CVvkeZhGY Bette Midler born December 1, 1945 https://youtu.be/WRl35-5CKQ0 To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come.. And if, in a few days time, you think…… Continue reading 3 Hamlet Songs you might not have heard before!

Manhatta, 1921, re-visited

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I’m re-visiting City Symphonies. Today it’s Manhatta made in 1921 by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand. The captions are from the writing of Walt Whitman. There’s an interesting article in The New York Times about Manhatta. The film is short – barely 10 minutes – but if you don’t have time for the whole thing,…… Continue reading Manhatta, 1921, re-visited

Teen idol rock-and-roller at 81

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I wrote a blogpost about Britain’s first teen idol rock-and-roll star last year: #OnThisDay in 1936 Thomas William Hicks was born #TommySteele and meandering around Youtube the other day found these two sweet clips. https://youtu.be/5r4c3lkK-QI https://youtu.be/58As0jS0kLk And, although I don’t read The Daily Mail very often, this amazing story. Two-mile runs every day, hours on…… Continue reading Teen idol rock-and-roller at 81

Brilliant performance of Ravel’s Bolero

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If you haven’t seen this fabulous performance of Ravel’s Bolero, it’s well worth watching. Almost four and a half million views – four of them from me! https://youtu.be/ILNDWCLVnpw As the title on the film clip says – stunning! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

La Vie en Rose

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I always thought La Vie en Rose was an Edith Piaf song but according to this Youtube description, the song was first sung by Marianne Michel. https://youtu.be/LkBUn8z3Ir4 Piaf was involved in the writing of the song but thought it was too mournful until the song began to become popular and she remembered her role in…… Continue reading La Vie en Rose

What was Number One this week in 1964?

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Top of the Pops started in 1964 and this week Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” was Number One. https://youtu.be/1iABFZGzEjY “It’s Over” knocked Cilla Black and “You’re My World” from the top spot which she’d held for four weeks. Roy only stayed at Number One for a couple of weeks. I didn’t like the song at all…… Continue reading What was Number One this week in 1964?

Top of the Pops January 1964

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Top of the Pops started in 1964 and this is how the show opened. https://youtu.be/fylk9ZvJVnc According to number-ones The Animals were at the top of the charts with “House of the Rising Sun” in July 1964 so presumably this clip was from then. The BBC TOTP website says the show started on New Year’s Day…… Continue reading Top of the Pops January 1964

My third Swinging Sixties pop record

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Following on from The first pop record I ever owned was …… and Swinging Sixties memory failure! The next 45rpm pop record I bought was Tossing and Turning performed by The Ivy League. Released in 1965, the record made number 3 and stayed in the charts for thirteen weeks. I don’t know why I liked the song so…… Continue reading My third Swinging Sixties pop record