Crazy furniture from the 1960s

I can’t say we had any furniture like this in our house in the Swinging Sixties.

But the chair which almost falls over looks fun.

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What was Number One this week in 1964?

Top of the Pops started in 1964 and this week Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” was Number One.

“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 and was delighted when The Animals knocked him out with “House of the Rising Sun”.

Many years later (after seeing the film of “Pretty Woman”) I re-discovered Roy Orbison and bought a compilation CD of all his most popular songs. The BBC did a brilliant docu-biog of Roy Orbison which unfortunately isn’t available to view at the moment but is well worth watching if it comes back on iPlayer.

This version of “Pretty Woman” has had over 23 million well deserved views. Love it!

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Interesting Interview with Twiggy

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this is an interesting interview with Lesley Hornby aka Twiggy in which she hints at a movie career.

And we all know what happened next.

But I couldn’t remember if Twiggy had made any other films, so quick Wiki search to see what else she was in:

The Boy Friend (1971)
W (1974)
There Goes The Bride (1979)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Doctor and the Devils (1985)
Club Paradise (1986)
The Little Match Girl (1986)
Madame Sousatzka (1988)
The Diamond Trap (1988)
Sun Child (1988)
Istanbul (Keep Your Eyes Open) (1990)
Body Bags (1993)
Something Borrowed, Something Blue (1997)
Edge of Seventeen (1998)
Brand New World (based on the Jeff Noon play Woundings) (1998)

And then there’s the M&S adverts.


Well done Twiggy.

She’ll be 70 next year.

Truly a Sixties Icon.

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Top of the Pops January 1964

Top of the Pops started in 1964 and this is how the show opened.

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 1964 but the film of the first show is lost.

The Dave Clark Five were at Number 1 in January 1964 with “Glad All Over” which, at the time, I thought was dreadful. Listening to it now, it’s quite jolly but unfortunately it stays in your head for hours so approach with caution!

The only other DC5 song I can recall is “Bits and Pieces” which I disliked even more than “Glad All Over”.  It’s still really awful but this clip is hilarious and there are some good shots of Chelsea boots.

The Dave Clark Five originated from Tottenham, North London and the band was founded in 1957 but disbanded in 1970.

And after the breakup in 1970?

Wikipedia records that Dave Clark (drums) was also the band’s manager and producer of their recordings. Following the group’s break-up, he set up a media company. In the process, he acquired the rights to the 1960s pop series Ready Steady Go!. Additionally, he wrote and produced the 1986 London stage musical Time – The Musical where he directed the last performance of Sir Laurence Olivier. The production was seen by an audience of over one million and a two-disc vinyl album was released in conjunction with the stage production. Mike Smith (keyboard) returned to performing in 2003 after a hiatus of 25 years. He formed Mike Smith’s Rock Engine and did two mini-tours of the U.S. He died on 28 February 2008 in London from a spinal injury sustained after scaling a fence at his home in Spain. Denis Payton (sax, harmonica and guitar) died on 17 December 2006 at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer. Rick Huxley (guitar) died from emphysema on 11 February 2013 at the age of 72. Lenny Davidson (guitar) taught guitar for many years at a school in Cambridgeshire, where he still lives. The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

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My third Swinging Sixties pop record

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 much back then. I find it really irritating now!

The Ivy League continues to perform, although none of the three current members, Jon Brennan (vocals and Bass Guitar), David Buckley (vocals and Drums) and Michael Brice (vocals and Lead Guitar), are from the original 1960s line-up.

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Swinging Sixties memory failure!

Reading again The first pop record I ever owned was …… I find that my memory has been playing tricks.

My first pop record wasn’t “Walking Back To Happiness” but Helen Shapiro’s “Tell Me What He Said”. Which means that “Tell Me What He Said” wasn’t the B side of “WBTH” at all.

This memory failure has come to light because my sister passed on a pile of 45s which had been in her loft for years. After a quick glance, I shoved the records in a cupboard and promptly forgot about them. But with Spring in the air and a shortage of storage space I’ve started cleaning and clearing out the cupboards; hence, re-discovering the old records.

As we no longer have a record player, the discs are useless but they have lots of sentimental value partly because of the school-girl graffiti scrawled on the record covers.

This saunter down Memory Lane prompted me to look on Youtube for the second pop record I owned.

“Let’s Dance” was number two in the Top Ten for four weeks in 1962. Our dancing was equally bizarre but probably less proficient than the dancers enjoying the song in this film clip.

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Mary Quant

Some rather odd footwear included in this collection along with the iconic flower logo.


Lots of big smiles from Twiggy and even more from Justin.

Julie Christie

The Oscar nominations are announced by Rex Harrison and Julie makes a tearful acceptance when she wins.

Jean Shrimpton

Jean talks to a tongue-tied TV interviewer who asks her what she thinks of Twiggy and if she’s too old at twenty three to be a fashion model.

Jean scandalises the matrons of Melbourne by appearing at the Races without a hat and wearing an above the knee skirt.

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne sings “As Tears Go By” and explains that she was asked to make the record because she had a face that would sell. She’s introduced by a very uptight Brian Epstein who had little talent as a TV presenter.

Lots more 60s Icons

Brigitte Bardot
Farrah Fawcett
Jane Asher
Goldie Hawn
Anita Pallenberg
Pattie Boyd
Jean Shrimpton
Maurren Cox
Ewa Aulin
Cynthia Powell
Marylin Monroe
Audrey Hepburn
Monica Vitti
Sophia Loren
Colleen Corby
Marianne Faithfull
Cilla Black
Linda McCartney
Mandy Weet
Sharon Tate

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Swinging Sixties fashion shows

This clip is great for a walk down Memory Lane as it features the mini-kilt, my favourite in 1966.

I bought mine from C&A (Coats and ‘Ats as it was known in my family).

My dad went ballistic about the length saying the mini-kilt was too short to wear outside the house. Funny really as they don’t seem all that short. Maybe the C&A version was shorter!

The next clip features Cathy McGowan from Ready, Steady Go as she presents her own fashion collection.

Actually the dresses seem quite staid and frumpy looking rather like an overall. I don’t re-call yearning for any of these fashions. The second half of the clip features fashions for boys, They look quite middle-aged now!

At this fashion show in Manchester, the models are dancing in a group.

But where are the handbags in the middle?

The op-art outfit has reminded me of my prized possession: op-art, clip on earrings. About 3 cm in diameter with  five black and white concentric circles. I wonder what happened to them?

The sculpture in the photo at the start of this post is:

Three Figures (2012) by Neal French, Bourdon Place, London W1.

A passing shopper stumbles upon Terence Donovan photographing the model Twiggy near to his studio in 1960s Mayfair.

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