First Picture: Connie Francis and Dionne Warwick in Las Vegas last year
Second Picture: At the Goodwood Revival meeting in September Tesco (one of the major sponsors) built and opened a 1960’s Tesco store with loads of retro packets and boxes which were not for sale but other products were. They even re-wrapped Starburst in original Opal Fruits wrappers and these were on sale. No Green Shield Stamps though but they did give Tesco Club points!!!
Third Picture: Goodbye to the Cosham Essoldo (Carlon), this is all that is left.
Odd Girls Songs
The girl groups of the 60’s were a music genre all of their own and the range and subjects of their songs was to say the least very strange. Lets take a look at some of them. You will find some well-known names in the list and also some terrible songs and song titles, most I have never heard of and I think that I hope I never will!!
For a time there were a group of FOOD AND DRINK based songs.
Here are just a few:-
Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) by Dee Dee Sharp,
Peanut Duck by Marsha Gee,
I Wish I Was the Bottle by Connie Hall,
I Love Onions by Susan Christie,
Buttered Popcorn by the Supremes,
Chicken Chicken Cranny Crow by the Jaynetts,
Bubblegummer by the Teardrops,
Chicken Back by Sally and the Roses,
Swamp Water by the Chantels
Then there was the perennial subject LOVE
Funnel Of Love by Wanda Jackson,
I'm in Love with the Ticket Taker at the Bijou Movie Theater by Donna Loren,
The Way I Love My Baby (Milk is Milk) by the Smith Girls.
Then of course there was the opposite HATRED
I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy by the What Fours,
Sticking Pins in a Dolly by Marlene Willis,
We all know that GIRLS were bound to sing about BOYS and visa versa so here are a few odd ones:-
The Naked Boy by Estelle (Bennett),
Wee Willie Water Dilly by the Keefer Sisters,
He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss) by the Crystals,
You Can't Take My Boyfriend's Woody by the Powder Puffs,
Frankie's Out on Parole by the La Dell Sisters,
Hey Mr. Scientist by Jennie Lee Lambert,
Wooden Head Willie by the Knight Sisters,
Snowman, Snowman, Sweet Potato Nose by the Jaynetts,
Special Agent 34-24-38 by Mamie Galore (Mamie Davis),
Big Honky Baby by Kellie Douglas,
FEELINGS were high on the list of song titles but I can only find one odd one:-
I'm Blue (the Gong Gong Song) by the Ikettes
Then of course there were the JUST PLAIN STRANGE
So, Do the Zonk by Donna Loren
When My Pimples Turned to Dimples by Jeanne Hayes
Iko Iko by Dixie Cups
The Hucklebuck '65 by the Birdies
The Car Hop with the Hard Top by Marcy Jo (with Eddie Rambeau)
Tar and Cement by Verdelle Smith
Shake Me, I Rattle by Marion Worth
Waddle Waddle by the Bracelets
The Sentence by Miriam Grate and the Dovers
I'm Gonna Pick Up My Toys by the Devonnes
Danceannett, Hawaiiannette, Italiannette by Annette!
Whoopee by Mimi Allen
Inside O' Me by Honey and the Bees
Funky Wunky Piano by the Castanets
Shoo Fly by Barbara English
Jerk It by the Gypsies
Winky Dinky by the Jaynetts
Hot Spot by the Bronzettes
Don't Dig Twiggy by Barbara Windsor ( I did not know she had made a record)
Two Way Poc-A-Way by the Dixie Cups
I'm Me by Priscilla Paris
The Screw by the Crystals
Walkin' Through a Cemetery by Claudine Clark
Condition Red by the Goodees
Please Hurt Me by Carole King
Dumbhead by Ginny Arnell
Slop Time by the Sherrys
That's What They Put Erasers on Pencils For by the Four Jewels
Makin' With the Magilla by Little Eva
Save a Little Monkey by Mary Sue Wellington
Well what a weird lot!!! Do you know any I have missed? If so please let me know
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Mary Writes: Re Steve’s letter about Farlington Newsagent:-
I think the name of the newsagent was Budden. They were our newsagents. They were open for long hours and were most obliging. At Christmas time one of our treats was an ice cream cake but we didn’t have a fridge. Who did in those days/? Dad used to nip off to Buddens and come back with the cake, all wrapped in newspaper. It was put in an outhouse and when we finished our main course, there it was, just perfect. I`m sure this was on Boxing Day.
News and Views:
PJ Proby has appeared in court charged with cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000. Magistrates in Worcester ruled he should be committed to stand trial at the city's crown court. He denies the charges. PJ Proby, who lives in Twyford, faces nine charges, which relate to claims for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit. Among the charges are two counts of failing to declare savings and investments, and four of failing to inform the authorities of a change in circumstances. He was granted unconditional bail to reappear at Worcester Magistrates' Court for a formal committal hearing on March 30.
On this day 27th February 1960-1965
On 27/02/1960 the number one single was Why - Anthony Newley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was not listed and the box office smash was Some Like It Hot. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was BBC asks for second TV channel
On 27/02/1961 the number one single was Sailor - Petula Clark. The top rated TV show was The Army Game (Granada) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was Bootsie & Snudge (Granada).
On 27/02/1962 the number one single was Rock-a-Hula Baby/Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 27/02/1963 the number one single was The Wayward Wind - Frank Ifield and the number one album was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows. The top rated TV show was Labour Party Political Broadcast (all channels) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 27/02/1964 the number one single was Anyone Who Had a Heart -Cilla Black and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Labour Party Political Broadcast (all channels) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 27/02/1965 the number one single was I'll Never Find Another You - Seekers and the number one album was Beatles For Sale - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.