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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1966. To find out what else was happening in 1966 select any of the following options:

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Peters and Paul

Towards the end of 1966 Lyn Paul successfully auditions for a Manchester-based group called The Nocturnes, though she has to wait until her 18th birthday (16th February 1967) before she can perform on stage with them. Until then Sandra Stevens, later to have chart success as part of the Brotherhood of Man, continues with the group.

The Nocturnes were formed and led by the group's drummer, Ross Mitchell. The other members were:

  • vocalist Eve Graham (then known as Eve Eden)
  • John Camp (who went on to become a member of the group Renaissance)
  • Ken Taylor (lead guitar)
  • Nicky Waller (vocals and bass).

Almost 40 years later, in November 2005, Lyn's audition was still fresh in Eve Graham's mind. As she told Robbie Shepherd in an interview for BBC Radio Scotland:

"We auditioned for some new girls and this girl walked on stage. She was 17-years old, blonde, came on with high plastic white boots ... and she had a really jaunty air about her, a really confident air, and she got up on stage and really put on a show. And I was sitting out in the dark, in the audience, because I had to give my opinion on who I thought would be good to replace Sandra Stevens. And I thought this girl stood out above the rest." (The Reel Blend, Sunday, 20th November 2005)

Whilst with The Nocturnes Lyn first takes the stage name Lyn Peters before finally settling on the name Tanzy Paul.

Lyn Paul.

Pictured above: Lyn Paul, aged 17.

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On 1st July Going Back is released in the UK as the follow-up to Dusty Springfield's number 1 hit You Don't Have To Say You Love Me. Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Going Back had been recorded originally by Goldie (of Goldie and the Gingerbreads). This version had been due for release as a single but was withdrawn when Goffin and King would not agree to some unauthorised changes to their lyrics. Carole King had then intended to record the song herself but offered it instead to Dusty Springfield.

Although closely associated with Dusty Springfield, Going Back has been recorded by many other artists (often with the slightly abbreviated spelling Goin' Back). The Byrds record a version the following year, releasing it as a single in December 1967 (CBS 3093). Carole King releases her version in 1970 on her début album Writer. Three years later the New Seekers record it on their album New Seekers Now and in 1975 Nils Lofgren includes the song on his album Nils Lofgren.

In September the New Vaudeville Band has the first of four hit singles with Winchester Cathedral. The songwriter behind this success is Geoff Stephens, who will later team up with Tony Macaulay to write two of Lyn Paul's greatest hits with the New Seekers (You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me and I Get A Little Sentimental Over You) as well as her solo single If Everybody Loved The Same As You (co-written with Don Black). Winchester Cathedral wins the Ivor Novello award for 'Best Pop Song of the Year'.


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In the News - 1966

The British Board of Film Classification is set up on 1st January.

Colonel Jean Bedel Bokassa seizes power in the Central African Republic.

On 8th January US troops launch the first all-American attack in South Vietnam on the Communist Vietkong guerrillas invading from the North. Until now they had only intervened in the war at the request of the South Vietnamese.

Following the death of Prime Minister Shastri from a heart attack, Indira Gandhi, the daughter of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes the country's third Prime Minister on Wednesday, 19th January. She is the first woman to hold the post.

Harold Holt succeeds Robert Menzies as Australian Prime Minister on 20th January.

The breathaliser test is introduced in the UK on 29th January in an attempt to combat drunk driving.


Buster Keaton dies on 1st February.

A Soviet spacecraft, Luna 9, lands on the Moon on Thursday, 3rd February.

Australia decimalises its currency, replacing pounds, shillings and pence with dollars and cents.

On 11th February District Six in Cape Town is declared a 'white only' area under the Group Areas Act of 1950. In the following years 60 000 people are forcibly removed to the barren outlying areas known as the Cape Flats. Their houses in District Six are flattened by bulldozers.

Five members of the Ugandan Cabinet are arrested as Prime Minister Milton Obote assumes full power.

On 25th February Indian and Pakistani troops retreat to positions occupied before the 1965 border dispute.

Freddie Laker sets up his own airline, promising holiday-makers cheaper flights abroad.


On Thursday, 3rd March the BBC announces plans to provide a colour television service, beginning with.four hours of programmes each week.

John Lennon's quote that the Beatles are "more popular than Jesus" causes controversy when it is reported in the Evening Standard on 4th March.

On Saturday, 5th March Udo Jürgens wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Austria with the song Merci, Chérie. Kenneth McKellar, representing the UK with the song A Man Without Love, finishes 9th.

On the same day a BOAC Boeing 747, Flight 911, crashes near Mount Fuji shortly after take-off from Tokyo, killing all 113 passengers and 11 crew.

Following violent anti-Communist demonstrations in Jakarta, President Sukarno of Indonesia hands over power to Lieutenant General Suharto. A ban is placed on the Indonesian Communist Party.

On Sunday, 20th March the football World Cup is stolen from an exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster. The gold Jules Rimet trophy is found a week later in south London by Pickles, a dog out for a walk with its owner.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ramsey, and Pope Paul VI meet at the Vatican on 23rd March. It is the first formal meeting between the Anglican and Catholic churches since Henry VIII broke the ties with Rome.


In the UK the Labour Party is returned to power on 1st April with a 96 seat majority in the House of Commons.

An increase in fares on the ferry service sparks three days of rioting in Hong Kong.

Evelyn Waugh dies on 10th April.

Rhodesia closes its Embassy in London.

The Sound Of Music wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 38th Academy Awards ceremony on 18th April.

Australian troops are sent to Vietnam on 20th April to join the war against the Soviet and Chinese backed Communists from North Vietnam.

On 30th April a cross-Channel hovercraft service begins between Ramsgate and Calais.


The NME Poll Winners concert on 1st May boasts a line-up that reads like a who's who of '60s pop: the first half features live performances by the Small Faces, the Spencer Davis Group, Roy Orbison, the Walker Brothers, The Yardbirds, the Shadows and Cliff Richard; the second half features Herman's Hermits, Dave, Dee, Dosy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Dusty Springfield (with backing singers Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan and Kiki Dee), The Who, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. The Seekers are presented with the award for 'Best New Group of the Year'.

On Wednesday, 4th May the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, announces that doctors and dentists in the UK are to get a 30% pay rise.

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are found guilty of the "Moors Murders" and given life sentences on Friday, 6th May.

Merchant seamen in the UK, campaigning for a reduction in their working hours without loss of pay, begin a strike on 16th May. On Monday, 23rd May the government declares a state of emergency.

The musical Mame opens on Broadway on 24th May at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Angela Lansbury as Mame and Bea Arthur as Vera.

India lifts its trade ban against Pakistan.

Guyana gains independence from Britain.


Irish President Eamon de Valera is re-elected to serve a second term in office on 1st June.

On 2nd June, almost four months after the Soviet Union had achieved the feat, the United States lands its first spacecraft on the Moon. Surveyor 1 lands at 06.17 GMT, about 590 miles from where the Luna 9 came down.

Roy Orbison's wife Claudette is killed on 6th June when the motorcycle the couple is riding is accidentally hit by a truck.

On the same day a black civil rights activist, James Meredith, is shot in his back and legs, 30 miles into a 220-mile March Against Fear. Police arrest Aubrey James Norvell, who confesses to the shooting. He is later sentenced to five years in prison. Martin Luther King visits Meredith in hospital on 7th April and then takes up the March Against Fear, which is renamed the Meredith March.

On 13th June the USA and Canada plus eight European states and Japan renew their loan of $1 billion in support of the British pound.

The USA resumes the supply of economic aid to India and Pakistan on Wednesday, 15th June.

On the same day, at Browndown in Hampshire, Lord Mountbatten of Burma opens the Hovershow - the world's first exhibition of hovercraft.

Paperback Writer tops the UK Singles Chart on 23rd June, giving The Beatles their tenth consecutive UK number 1 single.

On 29th June Barclays Bank launches Barclaycard - the first British credit card.


The Medicare health programme for seniors is introduced in the USA on 1st July.

On 4th July Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip escape unhurt whilst on a visit to Northern Ireland, when a concrete block is dropped on the car in which they are travelling.

The National Guard is sent in to Chicago on 15th July to quell three nights of rioting.

Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra get married on 18th July.

Bobby Fuller, who had a hit earlier in the year with I Fought The Law, dies on the same day in mysterious circumstances. The singer's body is found in a car, badly beaten and reeking of alcohol.

Britain and Argentina begin talks on 19th July to discuss the future of the disputed Falkland Islands.

On 20th July a pay and price freeze is brought into force in the UK to combat rising inflation.

Montgomery Clift dies on 23rd July.

The Nigerian Head of State General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi is murdered on 29th July.

US war planes bomb the demilitarised zone between North and South Vietnam for the first time.


On 1st August General Yakubu Gowon assumes power as Head of the Federal Military Government in Nigeria.

Lenny Bruce dies of a morphine overdose on 3rd August.

The three-year undeclared war between Indonesia and Malaysia is brought to an end by the signing of an accord in Jakarta.

On 27th August yachtsman Francis Chichester sets off on a voyage to sail around the world single-handed.

On Monday, 29th August The Beatles perform 11 songs at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The 33-minute set turns out to be their last appearance in front of a paying audience.


The South African Prime Minister and architect of apartheid, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, is murdered in a knife attack in the House of Assembly on 6th September. He is stabbed four times and dies instantly.

The Severn Bridge, spanning the River Severn and River Wye between Aust in England and Chepstow in South East Wales, is opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 8th September.

The new Metropolitan Opera House is opened in New York on 16th September with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra.

Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains its independence on 30th September.


Lesotho (formerly Basutoland) gains its independence on 4th October.

Johnny Kidd, who topped the charts in August 1960 with Shakin' All Over, is killed in a road accident on 7th October, aged 26.

In Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, a coal tip collapses on Friday, 21st October, crushing the local primary school and killing 116 children. A total of 144 people die in the disaster.

On Saturday, 22nd October, five years into a 42-year sentence for espionage, the former MI6 agent George Blake escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison in London.

President Johnson attends the seven-nation conference on Vietnam in Manila, before flying on to South Vietnam to visit US troops stationed at Cam Ranh Bay.

Alma Cogan dies of stomach cancer on 26th October, aged 34.


On 9th November art treasures at the Uffizi Gallery are destroyed and damaged when severe storms hit Florence.

There are outbreaks of violence in China as the "cultural revolution", inspired by Chairman Mao Tse-tung and carried out by his Red Guards, forces change in Chinese society.

The musical Cabaret opens at the Broadhurst Theater, New York, on 20th November.

Barbados gains its independence from Britain on 30th November.


Following earlier discoveries, another huge deposit of natural gas is found in the rocks under the North Sea.

Walt Disney dies on 15th December. During his last illness he remarked: "Fancy being remembered around the world for the invention a mouse!"

At 7.00am on Christmas Eve a 48-hour truce comes into effect in Vietnam. Another 48-hour truce is called at 7.00am on New Year's Eve.


In the Charts
UK Chart débuts
  • Mamas and The Papas
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • Jimmy Ruffin
  • Cat Stevens
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Ike and Tina Turner
  • Stevie Wonder

UK Best-selling Singles
  • Eddy Arnold
    Make The World Go Away

  • Beach Boys
    Barbara Ann

  • Beach Boys
    God Only Knows

  • Beach Boys
    Good Vibrations

  • Beach Boys
    Sloop John B

  • The Beatles
    Paperback Writer

  • The Beatles
    Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby

  • Cilla Black

  • James Brown
    It's A Man's Man's Man's World

  • Cher
    Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

  • Petula Clark
    I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

  • Bobby Darin
    If I Were A Carpenter

  • David and Jonathan
    Lovers Of The World Unite

  • David and Jonathan

  • Spencer Davis Group
    Gimme Some Loving

  • Spencer Davis Group
    Keep On Running

  • Spencer Davis Group
    Somebody Help Me

  • Val Doonican
    What Would I Be

  • Lee Dorsey
    Working In The Coal Mine

  • Easybeats
    Friday On My Mind

  • Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
    Get Away

  • Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds
    Out Of Time

  • Four Tops
    Reach Out I'll Be There

  • Herman's Hermits
    No Milk Today

  • Hollies
    Bus Stop

  • Hollies
    I Can't Let Go

  • Hollies
    Stop Stop Stop

  • Tom Jones
    Green Green Grass Of Home

  • Kinks
    Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

  • Kinks
    Sunny Afternoon

  • Los Bravos
    Black Is Black

  • Lovin' Spoonful

  • Lovin' Spoonful
    Summer In The City

  • Mamas and The Papas
    Monday Monday

  • Manfred Mann
    Pretty Flamingo

  • Mindbenders
    A Groovy Kind Of Love

  • Chris Montez
    The More I See You
    (from the film 'Diamond Horseshoe')

  • New Vaudeville Band
    Winchester Cathedral

  • Roy Orbison
    Too Soon To Know

  • Jim Reeves
    Distant Drums

  • Cliff Richard

  • Rolling Stones
    Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown

  • Rolling Stones
    Paint It Black

  • Crispian St. Peters
    Pied Piper

  • Crispian St. Peters
    You Were On My Mind

  • Jimmy Ruffin
    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted

  • Sandpipers

  • The Seekers
    Morningtown Ride

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    Homeward Bound

  • Frank Sinatra
    Strangers In The Night

  • Nancy Sinatra
    These Boots Are Made For Walking

  • Percy Sledge
    When A Man Loves A Woman

  • Small Faces
    All Or Nothing

  • Small Faces
    Sha La La La Lee

  • Dusty Springfield
    Goin' Back

  • Dusty Springfield
    You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

  • Supremes
    You Can't Hurry Love

  • Supremes
    You Keep Me Hangin' On

  • Troggs
    I Can't Control Myself

  • Troggs
    Wild Thing

  • Troggs
    With A Girl Like You

  • Ike and Tina Turner
    River Deep Mountain High

  • Walker Brothers
    The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

  • The Who
    I'm A Boy

  • The Who

One Hit Wonders
  • Roy C
    Shotgun Wedding

  • Merseys

  • Napoleon XIV
    They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

  • Overlanders

  • ? and the Mysterians
    96 Tears

Hit Albums

The Seekers, Come the Day (album cover).

  • Beach Boys
    Pet Sounds

  • The Beatles

  • Dr. Zhivago
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Bob Dylan
    Blonde On Blonde

  • Four Tops
    Four Tops On Top

  • Mamas and The Papas
    If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears

  • John Mayall and Eric Clapton
    Blues Breakers

  • Otis Redding
    Otis Blue

  • Jim Reeves
    Distant Drums

  • Rolling Stones

  • The Seekers
    Come The Day

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    Sounds Of Silence

  • Small Faces
    Small Faces

  • Dusty Springfield
    Golden Hits

  • Barbra Streisand
    My Name Is Barbra, Two

  • Troggs
    From Nowhere ... The Troggs

  • The Who
    A Quick One

  • The Yardbirds

Sounds Of Silence (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Alfie
  • The Bible ... In The Beginning
  • The Blue Max
  • Born Free
  • Carry On Screaming!
  • Fantastic Voyage
  • Georgy Girl
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • Grand Prix
  • Khartoum
  • A Man For All Seasons
  • Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

On Stage

'Man Of La Mancha' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:
Man Of La Mancha

On Television
  • Adam Adamant Lives!
  • Batman
  • Camberwick Green
  • Cathy Come Home
  • Daktari
  • Doctor Who (Season 4)
  • Flipper
  • Harry Worth
  • It's A Knockout
  • The Likely Lads
    (Series 3)

  • The Monkees
  • Ready, Steady, Go
    (last episode)

  • Softly, Softly
  • Star Trek
  • Till Death Us Do Part
    (Series 1)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Bobby Moore

Horse Racing: Arkle wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the third year in a row.

Boxing: on 21st May Cassius Clay defeats Britain's Henry Cooper in the sixth round of a fight in London to retain the world heavyweight championship.

Football: England, captained by Bobby Moore, win the World Cup football final against West Germany 4-2.
Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division.
Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in the FA Cup final.

Golf: Jack Nicklaus wins the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Motor Racing: Pauli Toivonen is declared the winner of the Monte Carlo rally after the first four cars to cross the finishing line are disqualified.
Jack Brabham wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship in a car he built himself.

Squash: Jonah Barrington wins his first world title.

Tennis: Billie Jean King wins her first Wimbledon women's singles title, beating Maria Bueno 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the final.
Australia win the Davis Cup for the third time in a row.

Postcard from 1966.

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Who said that?

The Sixties

If you remember the sixties, you weren't there.
George Harrison

If the Beatles or the '60s had a message, it was: learn to swim, and once you've learned - SWIM.
John Lennon

The good old days, the '60s. Experimentation! Shock! Outrage!
Terrence McNally

London didn't start swinging as soon as it hit the sixties. In fact, London didn't even know it was swinging till some overseas journalists turned up some time in the middle of the decade and told us what was going on.
Simon Napier-Bell,
'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', page 3.

... some far off mythical country where laughing teenagers in sharp suits and A-line dresses drove around in psychedelic Minis, having sex in between chain-smoking and dancing lumpishly in the audience of Ready, Steady Go!
Meera Syal, 'Anita And Me', page 164.

I remember the sixties were a time when ordinary people could do extraordinary things.

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