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The Nocturnes release an album and three UK singles in 1968, none of which make it into the charts. The album contains a number of cover versions, including two Simon and Garfunkel songs, Homeward Bound and The Sound Of Silence, The Mamas and The Papas' Dedicated To The One I Love - a song that Lyn Paul would record again with the New Seekers - and The Beatles' Here, There And Everywhere - a song that Lyn Paul would also record again with the New Seekers. In the UK none of these cover versions are released as 45s but in Germany The Nocturnes' cover of the Crystals' hit Da Doo Ron Ron is selected as a single with Carpet Man on the B-side (Columbia 1 C 006-04 976).

The Nocturnes make these recordings with a revised line-up featuring new member Pat O'Hearn on keyboards, alongside the more familiar faces of Tanzy (Lyn Paul) and Eve Graham (vocals), Ken Taylor (lead guitar), Nicky Walker (vocals and bass guitar) and group leader Ross Mitchell (vocals and drums).

Da Doo Ron Ron (single cover).

The Nocturnes
Da Doo Ron Ron / Carpet Man
(single cover)

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  • The Nocturnes
    Side 1: Dedicated To The One I Love | Suddenly Free | Homeward Bound | What'cha Gonna Do 'Bout It | The Sound Of Silence | A New Man
    Side 2: Why? (Am I Treated So Bad) | Here, There And Everywhere | Silence Is Golden | All My Sorrows | Da Doo Ron Ron
    Catalogue Number: Columbia S(C)X 6223)


  • A New Man (Roberts) /
    Suddenly Free (Dapp / Portslade / Mitchell)

    Catalogue Number: Columbia DB 8332
    Released: 12th January 1968

  • Carpet Man (Jim Webb) /
    Look At Me (Nicky Walker)

    Catalogue Number: Columbia DB 8453
    Released: 19th July 1968

  • Montage (Jim Webb) /
    Fairground Man (Nicky Walker)

    Catalogue Number: Columbia DB 8493
    Released: 1st November 1968

The first of The Nocturnes' UK singles, A New Man, is noteworthy for it's B-side, Suddenly Free, which was written by Ross Mitchell in partnership with the group's record producer David Paramour and the as-yet-unknown Tim Rice (alias David Dapp and Gerrard Portslade). David and Tim had also written Wish You Would Show Me Your Mind as a B-side for The Nocturnes' 1967 single I Do, I Do.

The next two singles, Carpet Man and Montage, were Jimmy Webb compositions. Carpet Man had originally been recorded by The Fifth Dimension, a male / female vocal harmony group from Los Angeles who had their first US Top 10 hit in 1967 with another Jimmy Webb song, Up, Up And Away. They make it into the UK charts for the first time in 1969 with Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In (a medley of songs from the hippie musical Hair).

The Nocturnes record their version of Carpet Man on 29th April and 6th May at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. The track is released as a single in the UK on 19th July, just as Irish actor Richard Harris is scoring a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic with yet another Jimmy Webb song - the classic MacArthur Park.

Montage was first recorded by Love Generation, a 'flower power' vocal harmony group from the States, whose version of the song is used on the soundtrack of the James Garner / Debbie Reynolds movie How Sweet It Is. Love Generation emerged during 1967's 'Summer of Love', scoring a minor US hit with Groovy Summertime. In August Montage (Imperial 66310) provides the group with another minor hit. The single spends just three weeks on the Billboard Top 100 and peaks at number 86.

With The Nocturnes missing out on similar chart success in the UK, Lyn Paul leaves the group and goes solo in what she once described as "a very, very small way." (John Dunn Show, BBC Radio 2, 1983) Breaking free from the group was a brave decision. In 1968 the hit parade was dominated by groups and by male artists. Record companies were reluctant to sign new women singers, being content to rely upon the "big four" - Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Lulu and Dusty Springfield - as their token female artists. When they did take a chance on a new woman singer the record companies did not always give them the pick of the best songs, nor were they promoted with the sustained enthusiasm to give them a prolonged chart career.

Mary Hopkin is one of the few new women singers to make a breakthrough in 1968 and the only one who went on to have a string of hits. Her début single Those Were The Days (which Lyn Paul re-recorded in 1984) is the runaway success of the year and gives her the distinction of being the only woman to make it to the top of the charts.

Other newcomers are not so successful: Mama Cass and Jacky Lee have the first of just two hit singles, while Julie Driscoll and Jeannie C. Riley both turn out to be "one hit wonders". Meanwhile other young hopefuls like Lyn Paul and Kiki Dee have to wait until the 1970s to make their chart breakthrough.

Now nineteen, Lyn takes to the stage as Tanzy, a name which she later admitted to John Dunn was "pretty horrific!" Looking back on this period of her career, Lyn was quoted in a tour programme as saying:

"With a name like that people were coming along expecting to see a performing elephant!"

As Tanzy, Lyn works at a lot of well-known cabaret venues, including the Batley Variety Club, where she appears on the supporting bill to Max Bygraves.


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In the News - 1968

Cecil Day-Lewis becomes Poet Laureate on 1st January.

Alexander Dubcek succeeds Antonin Novotny as First Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party on 5th January.

John Gorton succeeds the late Harold Holt as the Prime Minister of Australia on 10th January.

On Saturday, 13th January Johnny Cash performs two concerts at the Folsom State Prison in California. A live album At Folsom Prison is released four months later.

The UK Prime Minister announces cuts in public spending on 16th January. Among the economy measures proposed by the government are the introduction of charges for most medical prescriptions and the cancellation of free milk in secondary schools.

Actress Sharon Tate and film director Roman Polanski get married on 20th January.

A state of emergency is declared in Mauritius on 22nd January after 14 people are killed in race riots.

On 23rd January North Korean patrol boats capture a United States Navy intelligence ship, the USS Pueblo.

The Seekers are named 'Australians of the Year' for 1967 and are presented with bronze medallions on 26th January at a special Australia Day luncheon at Melbourne Town Hall.


The world's largest hovercraft is launched at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on 4th February.

Heavy fighting breaks out on 8th February in the demilitarised zone separating North and South Vietnam.

The Royal Navy submarine HMS Resolution test fires a Polaris missile for the first time on 15th February during an exercise off Cape Kennedy (Cape Canaveral), Florida.

A bomb explodes at the Soviet Embassy in Washington on 21st February.

On 25th February thousands of people gather in London to demonstrate against the government's plans (contained in the Commonwealth Immigrants Bill) to restrict immigration to Britain.

Twenty-one women patients die in fire at a mental hospital near Shrewsbury on 26th February.

Frankie Lymon, famous for his 1956 hit Why Do Fools Fall In Love, dies of a suspected drug overdose on 28th February, aged 25.


Sandie Shaw and fashion designer Jeff Banks get married at Greenwich Registry Office on 6th March.

Three Africans are hanged in Rhodesia on 6th March in defiance of a reprieve granted by Queen Elizabeth II four days earlier.

Mauritius becomes an independent state within the Commonwealth on 12th March.

In Czechoslovakia the government of Alexander Dubcek puts an end to press censorship on 13th March.

US troops massacre more than 500 Vietnamese civilians in the village of My Lai on Saturday, 16th March.

Police in London make more than 200 arrests on Sunday, 17th March when violence breaks out at an anti-Vietnam protest outside the US embassy.

Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel in Space, dies in a plane crash on 27th March.

On the same day General Suharto is elected President of Indonesia, having served as acting President for just over a year. He remains President for 30 years, until his resignation on 21st May 1998.


Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis on 4th April. His funeral is held in Atlanta on 9th April.

Barbara Castle is appointed First Secretary of State on 6th April, remaining the only woman ever to have held this position.

On the same day Massiel wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Spain with the song La, La, La. The UK entry, Congratulations by Cliff Richard, finishes in second place.

On 10th April the TEV Wahine ferry capsizes in heavy seas as it enters Wellington Harbour, New Zealand. Fifty-one people perish.

On the same day In The Heat Of The Night wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 40th Academy Awards.

On Thursday, 18th April it is announced that London Bridge has been sold to McCulloch Properties, the developer of the Lake Havasu City resort and retirement community on the banks of Lake Havasu, Arizona. The bridge continues to operate while a new bridge is built around it. The old bridge finally closes to traffic in 1971, when it is broken up into numbered and indexed pieces and transported to the USA.

Pierre Trudeau becomes Prime Minister of Canada on 20th April, following the resignation of Lester Pearson.

Tory MP Enoch Powell attacks the government's immigration policies in a speech given in Birmingham on Saturday, 20th April. He is dismissed from the Shadow Cabinet by Edward Heath a few hours later.

New five-pence and ten-pence coins are put into circulation in the UK on Tuesday, 23rd April, in preparation for decimalisation in 1971.

On 24th April the International Olympic Committee withdraws its invitation to South Africa to participate in the 1968 Olympics. African nations had threatened to boycott the Games if South Africa took part.

In the UK The Abortion Act 1967 comes into effect on 27th April.

The hippie musical Hair opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on 29th April.


On 3rd May a team of 18 doctors led by South African-born surgeon Donald Ross carry out the UK's first heart transplant at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London.

Mary Hopkin appears on Opportunity Knocks on 4th May.

Delegations from the United States and North Vietnam begin peace talks in Paris on 10th May.

On Thursday, 16th May a gas explosion demolishes a load-bearing wall of Ronan Point, a newly-built block of flats in Newham, East London. The explosion causes an entire corner of the building to collapse. Five people are killed.

France is beset by student unrest and strikes. On 17th May students march from the Sorbonne to the Renault factory in Paris to show their support for striking car workers. By 22nd May nine million workers are estimated to be on strike. On 30th May the French President Charles de Gaulle makes a radio broadcast, ordering the strikers to return to work and threatening to institute a state of emergency if they did not. He dissolves the National Assembly and announces that an election would be held on 23rd June.

On 18th May Richard Burton buys Elizabeth Taylor the world's most expensive diamond ring.

Nigerian troops capture Port Harcourt in the breakaway state of Biafra. Peace talks between Nigeria and Biafra begin in Kampala on 23rd May but come to an end on 31st when the Biafrans withdraw from the negotiations.


Senator Robert Kennedy, who had announced on 16th March that he would run for President, is shot in the head and neck just after midnight on 5th June. He dies nearly 26 hours later in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. President Johnson declares 9th June a national day of mourning.

On 7th June 850 women machinists at the Ford factory in Dagenham go on strike over equal pay.

Martin Luther King's assassin, James Earl Ray, is arrested at London's Heathrow Airport as he tries to board a plane on Saturday, 8th June.

Tony Hancock commits suicide in Sydney on 25th June, aged 44.

On the same day the Liberal Party, led by Pierre Trudeau, wins the Canadian general election with an increased majority.

In the French general election held on 23rd and 30th June the Gaullist Union for the Defence of the Republic becomes the first party in the French Republic's history to obtain an absolute majority in the National Assembly.


Britain and Tanzania resume diplomatic relations on 4th July.

The Seekers split up, performing in cabaret together for the last time at the Talk Of The Town on 8th July and recording Farewell The Seekers for BBC Television on 9th July.

Georges Pompidou resigns as Prime Minister of France on 10th July.

On the same day the National Westminster Bank (NatWest) is established by the merger of the National Provincial Bank and Westminster Bank. The newly-merged banks don't begin trading as NatWest until 1st January 1970.

Aeroflot and Pan American World Airways begin the first direct flights between the USA and the Soviet Union on 15th July.

On 19th July Nigeria and Biafra agree to resume peace talks in Addis Ababa.

Robin Gibb collapses with nervous exhaustion on 27th July, forcing the Bee Gees to postpone a seven-week tour of the USA.

On 28th July The Sunday Times carries a brief front-page article, warning Britain to prepare for a "mild" flu epidemic from Hong Kong. The H3N2 virus spreads to Singapore and Vietnam, and by September reaches India, the Philippines, northern Australia, Europe and the United States.

On Monday, 29th July, despite a recommendation for change from the Ponifical Commission, Pope Paul VI confirms Catholic teaching against the use of contraception in the encyclical Humanaw Vitae.

Thames Television begins broadcasting in the London area on 30th July.


As the Nigeria-Biafra peace talks begin in Addis Ababa, the Red Cross resumes the airlift of relief supplies to Biafra on 5th August. The flights are cancelled five days later after Nigerian armed forces open fire on the relief planes.

Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffers his sixth heart attack on 6th August.

On 8th August Richard Nixon wins the Republican Party's nomination for the Presidential elections.

The Beatles launch Apple Records on 11th August.

Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia on 20th August. The Czech Prime Minister Alexander Dubcek is placed under arrest.

Pope Paul VI arrives in Colombia on Thursday, 22nd August for the Conference of Latin American Bishops. He is the first Pope to visit South America.

France explodes its first hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific on 24th August.

An earthquake strikes north-eastern Iran on 31st August, destroying five villages in the Dasht-e Bayaz area and killing between 7,000 - 12,000 people.


London Underground opens the first section of the new Victoria Line on 1st September, running from Highbury & Islington to Walthamstow Central, with stops at Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Road. It is the first entirely new Underground line in London for 50 years.

On 5th September hijackers kill 21 people aboard a Pan Am jet in Karachi, Pakistan.

Swaziland (renamed Eswatini on 19th April 2018) gains independence from Britain on 6th September.

The Post Office introduces a two-tier mail system on Monday, 16th September, promising overnight delivery of First-class letters.

On Friday, 27th September, just one day after the abolition of theatre censorship laws, the controversial American hippie musical Hair opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. It runs for 1,998 performances.


On Wednesday, 2nd October Sheila Thorns gives birth at Birmingham Maternity Hospital to Britain's first sextuplets (four boys and two girls). Three of the babies survived.

On the same day a gun battle in Mexico City leaves 25 people dead, just ten days before the start of the Olympic Games.

There is a military coup in Peru on 3rd October. President Fernando Belaúnde Terry is replaced as Head of State by General Juan Velasco Alvarado.

Queen Elizabeth II opens London's new Euston Station on 14th October.

On 16th October athletes Tommy Smith and John Carlos give the black power salute at the Mexico Olympics. They are expelled from the US team and sent home.

The writer Mervyn Peake dies on 17th November, aged 57.

Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis get married on Sunday, 20th October on the Greek island of Skorpios.

A march organised by the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign (VSC), is held in London on 27th October to protest against the United States' involvement in Vietnam. A break-away group, estimated to be 6,000 people, clashes with police outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square.


On 5th November Richard Nixon is elected President of the USA.

On 11th November the British Union Jack is replaced by a new flag in Rhodesia.

Children's author Enid Blyton dies on 28th November, aged 71.

A new Race Relations Act comes into force on 26th November, strengthening the legislation passed in 1965. The Act makes it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.

The Trade Descriptions Act comes into force in the UK on Saturday, 30th November, making traders and manufacturers liable to prosecution if they give misleading information.


The Victoria Line is extended to Warren Street. New Victoria Line platforms open at Kings Cross, Euston and Warren Street on 1st December.

John and Cynthia Lennon get divorced on 8th December.

On the same day Graham Nash officially leaves The Hollies.

On Tuesday, 17th December an eleven-year-old girl, Mary Bell, is sentenced at Newcastle Assizes to life in detention for the manslaughter of two young boys.

The crew of the USS Pueblo is released by North Korea on 22nd December, after the USA had signed a document admitting that the ship had violated North Korean waters.

Apollo 8 becomes the first manned spacecraft to orbit the Moon. On 27th December, at the end of a successful six-day mission, the three-man crew splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • The Marmalade
  • Status Quo
  • T. Rex

UK Best-selling Singles
  • Herb Alpert
    This Guy's In Love With You

  • Amen Corner
    Bend Me Shape Me

  • Louis Armstrong
    What A Wonderful World

  • The Beach Boys

  • The Beach Boys
    Do It Again

  • The Beatles
    Hey Jude

  • The Beatles
    Lady Madonna

  • Bee Gees
    I've Gotta Get A Message To You

  • Bee Gees

  • Cilla Black
    Step Inside Love

  • Canned Heat
    On The Road Again

  • The Casuals

  • The Dave Clark Five
    The Red Balloon

  • Judy Clay and William Bell
    Private Number

  • Joe Cocker
    With A Little Help From My Friends

  • Dave Dee, Dosy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
    The Legend Of Xanadu

  • Donovan
    Hurdy Gurdy Man

  • Donovan
    Jennifer Juniper

  • The Equals
    Baby Come Back

  • Georgie Fame
    The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde

  • José Feliciano
    Light My Fire

  • The Foundations
    Build Me Up Buttercup

  • Four Tops
    If I Were A Carpenter

  • Four Tops
    Walk Away Renee

  • Aretha Franklin
    I Say A Little Prayer

  • Bobby Goldsboro

  • The Hollies
    Jennifer Eccles

  • Mary Hopkin
    Those Were The Days

  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    Am I That Easy To Forget

  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    A Man Without Love

  • The Isley Brothers
    This Old Heart Of Mine

  • Tommy James and The Shondells
    Mony Mony

  • Tom Jones

  • Jackie Lee
    White Horses (Theme from 'White Horses')

  • Leapy Lee
    Little Arrows

  • The Lemon Pipers
    Green Tambourine

  • The Love Affair
    Everlasting Love

  • Mama Cass
    Dream A Little Dream Of Me

  • Manfred Mann
    Mighty Quinn

  • The Moody Blues
    Nights In White Satin

  • The Move
    Fire Brigade

  • Des O'Connor
    I Pretend

  • Esther and Abi Ofarim
    Cinderella Rockefella

  • Don Partridge
    Blue Eyes

  • Don Partridge

  • Otis Redding
    (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

  • Reparata and The Delrons
    Captain Of Your Ship

  • Cliff Richard
    [Eurovision Song Contest: UK entry]

  • The Rolling Stones
    Jumpin' Jack Flash

  • Barry Ryan

  • The Scaffold
    Lily The Pink

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    Mrs. Robinson

  • Nina Simone
    Ain't Got No - I Got Life / Do What You Gotta Do

  • Sly and The Family Stone
    Dance To The Music

  • Small Faces
    Lazy Sunday

  • O.C. Smith
    Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp

  • Dusty Springfield
    I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten

  • Dusty Springfield
    Son Of A Preacher Man

  • Status Quo
    Pictures Of Matchstick Men

  • The Turtles

  • The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
    Young Girl

  • Dionne Warwick
    Do You Know The Way To San José

  • Andy Williams
    Can't Take My Eyes Off You

  • Stevie Wonder
    For Once In My Life

One Hit Wonders
  • Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
    I'm The Urban Spaceman

  • Crazy World of Arthur Brown

  • Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and The Trinity
    This Wheel's On Fire

  • John Fred and The Playboy Band
    Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)

  • Richard Harris
    MacArthur Park

  • Honeybus
    I Can't Let Maggie Go

  • Love Sculpture
    Sabre Dance

  • 1910 Fruitgum Co.
    Simon Says

  • Ohio Express
    Yummy Yummy Yummy

  • Jeannie C. Riley
    Harper Valley PTA

  • Mason Williams
    Classical Gas

Hit Albums

Bee Gees, Idea (album cover).

  • The Beatles
    The Beatles (The White Album)

  • Bee Gees

  • Big Brother & The Holding Company
    Cheap Thrills

  • The Byrds
    The Notorious Byrd Brothers

  • Johnny Cash
    At Folsom Prison

  • Cream
    Wheels Of Fire

  • Bob Dylan
    John Wesley Harding

  • José Feliciano

  • Hair
    [London Stage Cast Recording]

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Electric Ladyland

  • Love
    Forever Changes

  • The Moody Blues
    In Search Of The Lost Chord

  • Van Morrison
    Astral Weeks

  • The Move
    The Move

  • Pink Floyd
    A Saucerful Of Secrets

  • Otis Redding
    Dock Of The Bay

  • The Rolling Stones
    Beggars Banquet

  • The Seekers
    Live At The Talk Of The Town

  • The Seekers
    The Best Of The Seekers

  • Simon and Garfunkel

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    The Graduate
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Small Faces
    Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

  • Scott Walker
    Scott 2

  • Andy Williams
    Love Andy

The Seekers, Live at the Talk of the Town (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Bullitt
  • Carry On Up The Khyber
  • Funny Girl
  • How Sweet It Is!
  • The Italian Job
  • The Killing Of Sister George
  • The Lion In Winter
  • The Odd Couple
  • Oliver!
  • Planet Of The Apes
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Star!
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Yellow Submarine

On Stage

'Hallelujah, Baby!' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:
Hallelujah, Baby!

On Television
  • The Archies
  • The Basil Brush Show
  • The Cilla Black Show
  • Braden's Week
  • Dad's Army
    (Series 1)

  • Doctor Who (Season 6)
  • Father, Dear Father
    (Series 1)

  • Gardeners' World
  • The Harry Secombe Show
  • Hector's House
  • Here's Lucy
  • Magpie
  • The Monkees
    (last episode)

  • The Morecambe & Wise Show
    (BBC2, Series 1)

  • Please, Sir!
  • Till Death Us Do Part
    (Series 3)

  • Tonight With Dave Allen
    (Series 2)

  • Whicker's World
  • White Horses

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
David Hemery

Tennis: Billie Jean King wins the women's singles title at the Australian Championships, beating home favourite Margaret Court (formerly Margaret Smith) in the final, 6-1, 6-2.
Bill Bowrey defeats Juan Gisbert Sr. in the men's final (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4) to win his first and only Grand Slam title.
Professional tennis players compete at Wimbledon for the first time.
Billie Jean King wins the women's singles title for the third time (9-7, 7-5).
Rod Laver wins the men's singles title, defeating Tony Roche in the final (6-3, 6-4, 6-2).
Virginia Wade wins the women's singles title at the US Open, the first British tennis player to do so since 1930.
The British women's team wins the Wightman Cup.

Rugby Union: France win the Five Nations Championship for the second year in a row. By winning all its matches the French team also claims the 'Grand Slam'.

Horse Racing: Red Alligator wins the Grand National.
Lester Piggott wins the Derby riding Sir Ivor.

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

Motor Racing: Jim Clark is killed in car crash during a Formula 2 race in Hockenheim, Germany on 7th April.
Graham Hill wins the Mexican Grand Prix on 3rd November and so takes the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.

Golf: Bob Goalby wins the 32nd US Masters at Augusta.
Lee Trevino wins his first major title at the US Open at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, finishing 4 shots ahead of the 1967 winner, Jack Nicklaus.
Gary Player wins the Open Championship at Carnoustie. The 1966 British Open Champion, Jack Nicklaus, is runner-up for the second year in a row.

Football: Manchester City end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division.
West Bromwich Albion beat Everton 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
Manchester United become the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley.
Matt Busby is knighted.

Cycling: Jan Janssen wins the Tour de France.

Cricket: When it is announced that Basil D'Oliviera will be joining the England cricket team on their Winter tour of South Africa, the South African Prime Minister John Vorster responds by cancelling the tour.
Garfield Sobers becomes the first player in County cricket to hit six sixes in one Over.

Boxing: Henry Cooper beats Karl Mildenburger to regain his European Heavyweight title.

Mexico Olympics: David Hemery wins a gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles.

Postcard from 1968.

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

Who said that?


Use disappointments as material for patience.

Failure ... and Success

Most success springs from an obstacle or failure.
Scott Adams

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
Woody Allen

Seventy per cent of success in life is showing up.
Woody Allen

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Moshe Arens

There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.
Max Beerbohm

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett, 'Westward Ho'

The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.
Arthur Brisbane

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
Dr. Joyce (Diane Bauer) Brothers

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.
Truman Capote

All life is a failure in the end. The thing is to get sport out of trying.
Sir Francis Chichester

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.
(John) Calvin Coolidge

In England, failure is all the rage.
Quentin Crisp

Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison

Failure has a thousand explanations. Success doesn't need one.
Alec Guinness

Failing is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone.
Bud Hadfield

Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.
Frances Watkins Harper

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
Herbert Kaufman

No matter how great your triumphs or how tragic your defeats remember that approximately one billion Chinese people couldn't care less.
Abraham Lazlo

We Brits are not that big on success, especially when someone else is having it.
Paul McCartney, 'Uncut', July 2004

The thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford

When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure so I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.
Edward Simmons

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.
Annie Sullivan

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
Anthony Trollope

In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
Bill Vaughan

To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again.
David Viscott

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
Roger von Oech

There is no royal flower-strewn path to success.
C. J. Walker

Celebrate your success and find humour in your failures. Don't take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails put on a costume and sing a silly song.
Sam Walton

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
Thomas John Watson, Sr.

I couldn't wait for success - so I went ahead without it.
Jonathan Winters

If at first you don't succeed, so much for skydiving.
Henry Youngman


At nineteen, you know, one does not think very seriously ...
Jane Austen, 'Persuasion'

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