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1964 is a breakthrough year for women singers. Three girl groups - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Shangri-Las and The Supremes - all make their début on the UK singles chart. Solo singers Mary Wells and Millie have their first hits with My Guy and My Boy Lollipop. Marianne Faithfull, Lulu, Sandie Shaw and Dionne Warwick also make their first mark on the charts.

Established stars like Petula Clark (one of Lyn's favourites), Doris Day and Brenda Lee also return to the charts with top ten hits, while last year's newcomers, Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield build on their 1963 success.

With these singers and girl groups to inspire them, the Chrys-Do-Lyns take to the road. They perform at working men's clubs in England and tour Europe, appearing at venues in France, Germany and Italy.

Recalling how she first started in show business on the John Dunn Show in 1983, Lyn said:

"At weekends we used to go and do the local working men's clubs up north ... so then ... I got thrown out of school when I was fifteen for missing Monday mornings at school .... That led on then to cabaret, clubs and to just being in show business."


Walk Away (recorded by Matt Monro) is a début hit for songwriter Don Black. Black will go on to co-write two songs for Lyn Paul - Sail The Summer Winds (written with John Barry) and If Everybody Loved The Same As You (written with Geoff Stephens, who coincidentally also has a hit in 1964 when Dave Berry's recording of The Crying Game makes it to number 5 in the UK singles chart).


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In the News - 1964

On 1st January Jimmy Savile presents the first edition of the BBC's new pop programme Top Of The Pops. Dusty Springfield is the first artist to perform on the show, miming to her hit single I Only Want To Be With You.

A precious relic, believed to be the hair of Muhammad, which had been stolen from a mosque in Srinagar on 27th December 1963, is discovered on 4th January - but too late to prevent mass protests and several days of violence against Hindus in East Pakistan, during which 29 people are killed.

On Sunday, 5th January Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantenople meet in Jerusalem. It is the first meeting between leaders of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches for more than 500 years.

A new constitution granting The Bahamas internal autonomy comes into effect on 7th January.

Anti-American riots break out in the Panama Canal Zone on 9th January. Panama severs diplomatic relations with the USA the next day.

Billboard magazine publishes the first Country Music LP chart on 11th January.

Anti-Muslim rioting breaks out in Calcutta (Kolkata) on 13th January in response to the violence against Hindus in East Pakistan. More than 100 people are killed and more than 400 injured.

The musical Hello, Dolly! opens on Broadway on 16th January at the St. James Theatre, starring Carol Channing as Dolly.

T.H. White, author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure on 17th January, aged 57.

Minoru Yamasaki's design for the World Trade Center in New York City is unveiled to the public on 18th January. It features twin towers clad in aluminum-alloy, each 110 stories tall.

Kenneth Kaunda is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia on 22nd January.

General Nguyen Khanh seizes power in a military coup in South Vietnam on 30th January.


On Monday, 6th February the British and French governments announce plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel.

On 7th February thousands of screaming fans greet The Beatles at Kennedy Airport on their first visit to the United States. Two days later an estimated 74 million people - more than 40% of the population - watch the Fab Four's TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and the destroyer HMAS Voyager collide during manoeuvres off Jervis Bay on 10th February, killing 82.

There is renewed fighting in Cyprus on 11th February as Greek and Turkish Cypriots in Limassol take up arms against one another. 16 people are killed. The families of British servicemen stationed on the island are evacuated. 1,500 reinforcement troops are flown in.

Peter Sellers and Brit Ekland get married on 19th February.

On 27th February the government of Italy requests aid to help prevent the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.


King Paul I of Greece dies of post-operative complications following surgery for stomach cancer on 6th March, aged 62. His 23-year-old son becomes King Constantine II,

The first Ford Mustang rolls off the production line on 9th March.

Prince Edward is born in Buckingham Palace on 10th March.

On the same day an unarmed American RB-66 reconnaissance bomber is shot down over East Germany.

On Saturday, 14th March Jack Ruby is sentenced to death for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of assassinating US President John F. Kennedy.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor get married on 15th March.

The Great St. Bernard Tunnel, the first road tunnel through the Alps, opens to traffic on 19th March, providing a link between Bourg-Saint-Pierre in Valais (Switzerland) and Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses (Italy).

On 21st March Gigliola Cinquetti wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy with the song Non ho l'età. The UK entry, I Love The Little Things by Matt Monro, is the runner up.

The Married Women's Property Act 1964 is passed on 25th March, revising the Act first introduced in 1870, which allowed women to be the legal owners of any money they earned, and to inherit property. The 1964 revision allowed married women to keep half of any savings they'd made from the allowance paid to them by their husbands.

The musical Funny Girl opens on Broadway on 26th March at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice.

There is an earthquake in Age, Alaska on 27th March. Measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake and ensuing tsunami claim 125 lives.

A United Nations peace-keeping force, consisting of 7,000 troops from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom, takes up station in Cyprus on 27th March.

Radio Caroline, Britain's first pirate radio station, takes to the airwaves from a North Sea ship on 28th March.

On 29th March mods and rockers clash on Clacton beach.


In Haiti, on 1st April, François Duvalier officially makes himself President for life.

The USA and Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations on 4th April.

With Beatlemania sweeping the USA, The Beatles dominate the Billboard singles chart. The Top 5 singles on 4th April are all by The Beatles: Can't Buy Me Love is number 1, followed by Twist And Shout, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Please Please Me.

The Labour Party wins the elections for the first Greater London Council on 9th April.

On 11th April The Beatles set another new record on the US singles chart, with 14 of the group's songs simultaneously occupying positions on the new Billboard Hot 100.

The Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia, Winston Field, resigns on 13th April. Ian Smith forms a new government.

At the Academy Awards ceremony on 13th April Ann Bancroft presents Sidney Poitier with the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Lilies Of The Field. Poitier is the first black person to win the award. Tom Jones wins the Oscar for Best Picture.

The Great Train robbers are found guilty on 16th April and sentenced to 307 years in jail between them.

BBC2 begins broadcasting on 21st April. The station's launch had been delayed by a day following an explosion and fire at Battersea Power Station, which blacked out parts of London. The first programme on air is the children's show Play School.


On 16th May a patient is admitted to hospital in Aberdeen with typhoid. In the following weeks a total of 507 cases are diagnosed. The outbreak is traced to contaminated tinned corned beef from Rosario, Argentina, which had been bought in the city's branch of the Scottish grocery chain William Low.

On Monday, 18th May scores of mods and rockers are sent to prison following Whitsun weekend riots at resorts on the south coast of England, including Brighton, Bournemouth and Margate.

The Drifters' lead singer Rudy Lewis dies unexpectedly on 20th May, aged 27. Lewis had been scheduled to record Under The Boardwalk with The Drifters the next day. Despite his death the recording session goes ahead as planned, with Johnny Moore replacing Lewis on lead vocal.

The Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, dies of a heart attack on 27th May, aged 74.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) is formed on 31st May to fight for an independent Palestine.

June The Dutch electronics company Philips launches the compact cassette in Britain.

The British newspaper owner and politician Lord Beaverbrook dies in Leatherhead, Surrey on 9th June, aged 85.

Queen Elizabeth II opens the first World Book Fair in London on 10th June.

On 12th June, at the end of an eight-month trial (begun on 10th October 1963), Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the South African government. Eight other defendants receive lesser sentences, and one is discharged.

On the same day the USSR and East Germany sign a 20-year treaty of friendship in Moscow.

On 28th June Malcolm X announces the establishment of the Organisation for Afro-American Unity.


The President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson, signs the American Civil Rights Bill on Thursday, 2nd July, ending racial discrimination in education, public accommodation, union membership, voting and federally assisted programmes.

Nyasaland becomes the independent state of Malawi on 6th July, with Dr. Hastings Banda as its first Prime Minister.

Postal services in the UK are disrupted when Post Office workers implement a work to rule and overtime ban in pursuit of their pay claim. The dispute is settled on 24th July when the Union of Post Office Workers accepts the offer of a 6.5% pay increase. An official strike, due to begin at midnight on 25th July, is called off.

Sir Winston Churchill makes his final appearance in the House of Commons on 27th July.

Jim Reeves dies in a plane crash on 31st July, aged 40.


North Vietnam torpedoes two US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin on 4th August.

Following an escalation in the fighting between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, a cease-fire is agreed in Cyprus on 10th August, heading off a threat of invasion by Turkey.

James Bond author Ian Fleming dies of a heart attack on 12th August, aged 56.

On the same day a member of the gang who carried out the Great Train Robbery in August 1963, Charlie Wilson, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham.

Murderers Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans are executed on 13th August. They are the last people to be hanged in the United Kingdom prior to the abolition of the death penalty.

On 18th August the International Olympic Committee (IOC) bans South Africa from competing in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo because of the segregationist policies of its apartheid regime.

"Topless" dresses become the fashion in London. On 21st August three women are found guilty of indecency for wearing them.


The Irish playwright Sean O'Casey dies in Torquay, Devon on 1st September, aged 80.

The Forth Road Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the UK, is opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 4th September.

The Sun newspaper is launched in the UK on 15th September.

On the same day the first episode of the television series Peyton Place is broadcast in the USA.

Malta gains independence within the British Commonwealth on 21st September.

The musical Fiddler On The Roof opens on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on 22nd September.

The ceiling at the Paris Opera House, commissioned by France's Culture Minister André Malraux and painted as a gift by Marc Chagall, is unveiled on Wednesday, 23rd September.

On 24th September the authorities of West Berlin and East Germany sign a ‘Berlin Passes’ agreement, opening the Berlin Wall for a fortnight four times a year.

Harpo Marx dies on 28th September, aged 70.

On the same day the report of the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy is published. It concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone when he shot the President in Dallas, as had Jack Ruby when he shot Oswald two days later.


During the nights of 3rd, 4th and 5th October 57 East Germans escape to West Berlin via a tunnel dug under the Berlin Wall, later named Tunnel 57.

Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 14th October.

Screaming Lord Sutch stands for Parliament for the first time. The Labour Party wins a four-seat majority in the UK general election held on Thursday, 15th October. Harold Wilson becomes Prime Minister.

On the same day the 70-year-old Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he is stepping down. Leonid Brezhnev replaces him as leader of the Soviet Communist Party. Alexei Kosygin takes over as Prime Minister.

Cole Porter dies on 15th October, aged 73.

On 16th October China explodes its first atomic bomb at a test site in Sinkiang.

Former US President Herbert C. Hoover dies in New York on 20th October, aged 90.

Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, 22nd October. He declines the honour, stating that he did not wish to take sides in the cultural struggle between East and West.

Northern Rhodesia becomes the Republic of Zambia on 24th October, with Kenneth Kaunda as the first President.

On 27th October Harold Wilson warns Southern Rhodesia against declaring independence.

The United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, formed from the separate states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on 26th April, is renamed Tanzania on 29th October.

London's Windmill Theatre, which opened on 15th June 1931 and became famous under the management of Vivian Van Damm for its nude tableaux vivants, closes on 31st October.


King Saud of Saudi Arabia is forced from the throne and replaced by his brother Faisal on 2nd November.

Lyndon B. Johnson, who first became US President after the assassination of President Kennedy, wins a landslide victory in the Presidential election on 3rd November.

On 17th November the UK bans arms exports to South Africa.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge linking Brooklyn with Staten Island is opened on 21st November.

The UK's first commercial radio station, Radio Manx, starts broadcasting on 24th November.


Sam Cooke is shot dead on 11th December by the manager of a Los Angeles motel.

On 12th December Kenya becomes a republic, with Jomo Kenyatta as its first President.

On 15th December Canadian MPs approve the design for a new Canadian flag - a red maple leaf on a white background with red strips on either side.

Dusty Springfield is ordered to leave South Africa on 17th December following her refusal to sing to segregated audiences.

In the UK on 21st December MPs vote by 355 to 170 to end the death penalty for murder for five years. In 1969, the five-year experiment is made permanent.

A cyclone hits southern India and Ceylon on 23rd December, killing more than 2,000 people.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • The Animals
  • Val Doonican
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Georgie Fame
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Herman's Hermits
  • The Kinks
  • Lulu
  • Manfred Mann
  • The Moody Blues
  • Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
  • The Shangri-Las
  • Sandie Shaw
  • The Supremes
  • Dionne Warwick
  • The Yardbirds

UK Best-selling Singles
  • The Animals
    House Of The Rising Sun

  • Louis Armstrong
    and The All Stars

    Hello, Dolly!

  • The Bachelors

  • Barron Knights
    Call Up The Groups

  • Shirley Bassey

  • The Beach Boys
    I Get Around

  • The Beatles
    Can't Buy Me Love

  • The Beatles
    A Hard Day's Night

  • The Beatles
    I Feel Fine

  • Chuck Berry
    No Particular Place To Go

  • Dave Berry
    The Crying Game

  • Cilla Black
    Anyone Who Had A Heart

  • Cilla Black
    You're My World

  • Petula Clark

  • The Dave Clark Five
    Bits And Pieces

  • The Dave Clark Five
    Glad All Over

  • Doris Day
    Move Over Darling

  • Val Doonican
    Walk Tall

  • Marianne Faithfull
    As Tears Goes By

  • The Four Seasons
    Rag Doll

  • Billy Fury
    It's Only Make Believe

  • Herman's Hermits
    I'm Into Something Good

  • The Hollies
    Here I Go Again

  • The Hollies
    Just One Look

  • Honeycombs
    Have I The Right

  • Eden Kane
    Boys Cry

  • The Kinks
    All Day And All Of The Night

  • The Kinks
    You Really Got Me

  • Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
    Little Children

  • Brenda Lee
    As Usual

  • Lulu

  • Manfred Mann
    Do Wah Diddy Diddy

  • Manfred Mann

  • Millie
    My Boy Lollipop

  • Matt Monro
    Walk Away

  • Nashville Teens
    Tobacco Road

  • Roy Orbison
    It's Over

  • Roy Orbison
    Oh Pretty Woman

  • Peter and Gordon
    A World Without Love

  • The Pretty Things
    Don't Bring Me Down

  • Cliff Richard
    Constantly (L'Edera)

  • Cliff Richard
    The Twelfth Of Never

  • Cliff Richard and The Shadows
    On The Beach
    (from the film 'Wonderful Life')

  • The Rolling Stones
    It's All Over Now

  • The Rolling Stones
    Little Red Rooster

  • The Rolling Stones
    Not Fade Away

  • The Ronettes
    Baby, I Love You

  • The Searchers
    Don't Throw Your Love Away

  • The Searchers
    Needles And Pins

  • Sandie Shaw
    (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me

  • Dusty Springfield
    I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

  • The Supremes
    Baby Love

  • The Supremes
    Where Did Our Love Go

  • Swinging Blue Jeans
    Hippy Hippy Shake

  • Swinging Blue Jeans
    You're No Good

  • Twinkle

  • Dionne Warwick
    Walk On By

  • Mary Wells
    My Guy

  • The Zombies
    She's Not There

One Hit Wonders
  • The Kingsmen
    Louie Louie

Hit Albums

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (album cover).

  • The Beatles
    A Hard Day's Night

  • The Beatles
    Beatles For Sale

  • Val Doonican
    The Lucky 13 Shades Of Val Doonican

  • Bob Dylan
    Another Side Of Bob Dylan

  • Bob Dylan
    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  • Goldfinger
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • The Kinks

  • Manfred Mann
    The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann

  • My Fair Lady
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Peter, Paul and Mary
    In The Wind

  • Jim Reeves
    Moonlight and Roses

  • Cliff Richard
    Wonderful Life
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • The Rolling Stones
    Rolling Stones

  • Dusty Springfield
    A Girl Called Dusty

Peter, Paul and Mary, In The Wind (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Becket
  • The Carpetbaggers
  • Carry On Cleo
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Fall Of The Roman Empire
  • Goldfinger
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Mary Poppins
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Night Of The Iguana
  • A Shot In The Dark
  • Wonderful Life
  • Zulu

On Stage

'Hello, Dolly!' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:
Hello, Dolly!

On Television
  • The Addam's Family

  • Bewitched
  • Crossroads
  • Doctor Who (Season 2)
  • Gilligan's Island

  • The Likely Lads
    (Series 1)

  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Match Of The Day
  • Mister Ed
  • Peyton Place
  • Play School
  • 7 Up
  • Steptoe And Son
    (Series 3)

  • Stingray
  • Top Of The Pops
  • Vision On
  • World Of Sport

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Mary Rand

Tennis: Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle in the men's singles final at the Australian Championships (6-3, 6-4, 6-2) and again at Wimbledon (6-4, 12-10, 4-6. 6-3).
Margaret Smith beats her doubles partner Lesley Turner (6-3, 6-2) for her fifth Australian singles title but loses to Maria Bueno in the women's singles final at Wimbledon (6-4. 7-9, 6-3).

Winter Olympics: on 1st February French sisters Christine Goitschel (gold) and Marielle Goitschel (silver) become first female siblings to win Olympic gold and silver medals in the same event when they finish first and second in the slalom in Innsbruck. They repeat the feat (in reverse order) in the giant slalom two days later.

Boxing: on 25th February, in one of the biggest upsets in boxing's history, 22-year old Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston in a fight in Miami to become World Heavyweight Champion.

Swimming: Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser breaks her own world record in the 100 meters freestyle, setting a new fastest time of 58.9 seconds in Sydney on 29th February.

Rugby Union: Scotland and Wales share victory in the Five Nations Championship.

Horse Racing: Team Spirit wins the Grand National.

Rowing: the University of Cambridge crew wins the annual Boat Race against Oxford.

Golf: Arnold Palmer wins the 28th US Masters at Augusta, finishing six strokes clear of Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus.
Ken Venturi wins the US Open, finishing the tournament 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tommy Jacobs.

Football: West Ham best Preston North End 3-2 in the FA Cup final.
Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division.

Cycling: Jacques Anquetil wins the Tour de France for the fourth year in a row.

Cricket: Basil D'Oliveira is picked to play for England for the first time.
Fred Trueman becomes the first Test bowler to take 300 wickets.

Motor Racing: John Surtees wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.

Donald Campbell sets a new land speed record of 644km per hour and a new water speed record of 422.1km per hour.

Postcard from 1964.

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

Who said that?


Young, free and innocent, you haven't got a care,
Apart from decidin' on the clothes you're gonna wear.
The street's turned into paradise,
The radio's singing dreams,
You're innocent, immortal, you're just fifteen.
Willy Russell, 'Blood Brothers'


Well, so far 1964's a big drag. Are you coming home with me?
Cher (Mrs. Flax), 'Mermaids'

England and the English

The English may not like music but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
Sir Thomas Beecham, 'A Mingled Chime'

The English never draw a line without blurring it.
Winston Churchill

An Englishman is a man who lives on an island in the North Sea governed by Scotsmen.
Philip Guedalla, 'Supers and Supermen'

There'll always be an England, even if it's in Hollywood.
Bob Hope

England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly.
George Orwell, 'The Lion and the Unicorn'

It is easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the Spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
George Sanders, 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'

England is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, anomalies, hobbies and humours.
George Santayana

This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle, ...
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea, ...
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
William Shakespeare,
'King Richard II' (Act II, Scene I)


If adventures do not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
Jane Austen


The French will only be united under the threat of danger. Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese.
Charles de Gaulle

The French drink to get loosened up for an event, to celebrate an event and even to recover from an event.
Geneviève Guérin

The overall impression from the British is that they love France but would prefer if the French didn't live there.
John Mortimer

Germany ...

In Germany, everything is forbidden unless it is permitted.
P.J. O'Rourke

... and Italy

In Italy, everything is permitted whether it is forbidden or not.
P.J. O'Rourke

Italy is not a country, it's an emotion.
Juliet Mills, 'Avanti!'

In Italy, the whole country is a theatre and the worst actors are on the stage.
George Bernard Shaw

The Italians are the most civilized people. And they're very warm. Basically, they're Jews with great architecture.
Fran Lebowitz

Blanche: Is that all you Italians know how to do - shout and hit?
Sophia: No, we also know how to make love and sing opera.
Rue McClanahan (Blanche) and Estelle Getty (Sophia),
'The Golden Girls'

The Italians should never, ever been let in on the invention of the motor car.
Bill Bryson

In Milan, traffic lights are instructions. In Rome, they are suggestions. In Naples, they are Christmas decorations.
Antonio Martino, Italian Defence Minister, 2002

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