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1970 marks a watershed in the music industry, with some of the most successful groups of the '60s calling it a day. In January Diana Ross abandons The Supremes to embark on her solo career. In the Summer of 1970 Simon and Garfunkel give their last concert together and in September The Beatles split up. For some it is the end of an era. For others, including Lyn Paul and the New Seekers, 1970 is a new beginning...

In January 1970 the New Seekers release their first album, predictably titled The New Seekers (Philips SBL 7920). The sleeve notes by Keith Potger outline his vision of "providing an 'Encore' to The Seekers":

"No amount of persuasion could bring the original members together again, so a fresh new group was the only answer."

Advertisement for the New Seekers' début album.

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The New Seekers gain their early experience with a trip to Australia and club dates in Germany and the north of England. In April and May they appear at the Savoy Hotel in London and play a season at the London Palladium supporting Max Bygraves (1st - 30th May).

Although intended to recreate the style and sound of The Seekers, the group begins instead to develop its own identity. Unhappy with the shift away from folk to a more contemporary sound, Laurie Heath, Chris Barrington and Sally Graham (no relation to Eve Graham) all leave the New Seekers. At Eve's suggestion, Lyn auditions for the group and soon finds herself reunited with her friend and colleague from The Nocturnes. In a radio interview with David Jensen in 2006 Lyn recalled going for the audition at Keith Potger's flat in Maida Vale:"I went to his flat and he asked me to sing a couple of songs" (From The Bottom To The Top, Capital Radio). The previous year Eve had auditioned for the New Seekers at Lyn's suggestion. As Lyn put it to John Dunn: "It was sort of tit for tat. We got it for each other, which was nice." (John Dunn Show, BBC Radio 2). Lyn drops the name Tanzy and takes instead the name by which she has been known ever since - Lyn Paul.

Paul Layton and Peter Doyle also join the New Seekers at this time, so establishing the line-up that would soon "teach the world the sing": Lyn Paul, Eve Graham, Marty Kristian, Paul Layton and Peter Doyle.

The new line-up is determined to move in a new direction. As Lyn put it:

"None of us really were that bothered about folk music ... It's very nice but we didn't want to sing it ... Gradually we began to pull our own way and ... then ... the real New Seekers were born."
(John Dunn Show,
BBC Radio 2).

Holiday Startime (programme).

Holiday Startime

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On Friday, 19th June the group begins a twelve-week Summer Season at the ABC, Great Yarmouth as principal supporting attraction to Herman's Hermits in Holiday Startime. This is followed by three weeks of cabaret dates in the north of England plus a week in Wales.

  • 20th September, Batley Variety Club
  • 28th September, Talk of the North, Manchester
  • 5th October, Tito's, Cardiff
  • 12th October, Stockton Fiesta

A week after they had started their Summer Season the New Seekers release their second single, What Have They Done To My Song, Ma (Philips 6006 027). The single is not an immediate (nor a very big) hit in the UK, but it earns the group its first appearance on Top Of The Pops (BBC1, Thursday, 30th July, 7.15pm) and it eventually makes it into singles chart at the end of October, peaking at number 44. Lyn Paul later recalled the New Seekers' first visit to the Top Of The Pops television studio in an interview with Shaun Tilley:

“I was so in awe of everything about it… Television? 'Top Of The Pops', which I’d watched relentlessly? I loved 'Top Of The Pops' and to just think that I was there in the studio... I couldn’t actually believe it was happening." (BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, Top Of The Pops Playback, 19th January 2014)

In the United States What Have They Done To My Song, Ma makes a much bigger impact. The single (Elektra EK 45699) enters the Billboard Hot 100 on 5th September and climbs to number 14. Encouraged by this success, the New Seekers take a trip to the United States to record some television appearances, including two on The Ed Sullivan Show. The guests on the first show (CBS, Sunday, 25th October, 8.00pm - 9.00pm) include the Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto and the sitarist Ravi Shankar; the New Seekers sing What Have They Done To My Song, Ma. On the second show (CBS, Sunday, 13th December, 8.00pm - 9.00pm) the guests include the singer Bobby Sherman, the opera baritone Robert Merrill and the impressionist Marilyn Michaels; the New Seekers sing a medley of songs, What Have They Done To My Song, Ma, Your Song, Baby Face and Beautiful People.

Recalling this time in an interview in 2005, Lyn said:

"I was a northern girl from a Council estate in Manchester so you can imagine what it was like getting on a plane and arriving in America. It was unbelievable!" (Flashback, BBC Radio Leeds, 14th August 2005)

In November an album featuring What Have They Done To My Song, Ma is released entitled Keith Potger & The New Seekers (Philips 6308 030). In December a follow-up single, When There's No Love Left (Philips 6006 072), is released but it does not make the charts. There's no invite to Top Of The Pops this time but the group does make a guest appearance on Lift Off (Granada, Wednesday, 9th December).


1970 is notable for the number of American acts making their UK chart débuts, among them groups such as Bread, the Carpenters, The Jackson 5 and Three Dog Night.

Three Dog Night have a particular influence on the New Seekers. The trio had already had three Top 10 singles in the USA by the time they released Mama Told Me Not To Come, which became their only Top 10 hit in the UK in the Summer of 1970. Although Three Dog Night avoided becoming "one hit wonders" by having a second (and smaller) UK hit in 1971, the trio did not match its success in the States, where it notched up an impressive 18 Top 20 hit singles, including One, An Old Fashioned Love Song and Shambala.

The New Seekers record cover versions of all three of these songs. One appears on their 1971 album Beautiful People, An Old Fashioned Love Song comes out a year later on the album We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and features Lyn Paul on lead vocal. Shambala is recorded after Lyn Paul has left the group.

Also making their first mark on the UK charts in 1970 are US singer-songwriters Neil Diamond, Melanie and James Taylor. The New Seekers record two songs by Neil Diamond (Song Sung Blue and Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show), two by James Taylor and three by Melanie, the best known of which is the hit single What Have They Done To My Song, Ma.

Melanie's version of the song is first released in the UK as the B-side of her début hit Ruby Tuesday (Buddah 2011 038). The single enters the UK charts on 26th September and climbs to number 9. Following the New Seekers' success the single is re-issued with What Have They Done To My Song, Ma as the A-side. The result is another brief appearance in the UK singles chart in January the following year. This time the single spends just one week on the chart and peaks at number 39.

On 21st November James Taylor's second album Sweet Baby James spends the first of fifty-three weeks on the UK album chart. One of the best known tracks from the album, Fire and Rain, enters the UK singles chart on the same day. The New Seekers, who first record one of Taylor's songs (Something In The Way He Moves) for their 1971 album New Colours, also record Fire and Rain, using it as the basis for a Fire & Rain Medley on the 1974 album Together.

The annual Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting and composing are presented at a ceremony at London's Talk Of The Town on 10th May. Tony Macaulay, who will go on to write seven songs for the New Seekers, including two of their Top 10 hits, wins the award for 'British Songwriter of the Year'. The 'Special Award for The Most Contemporary Song' goes to Melting Pot, performed by Blue Mink, written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. The New Seekers had recorded a version of the Cook / Greenaway song Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart for their début album The New Seekers. The group will go on to record five more Cook / Greenaway songs, including their own version of Melting Pot and the song for which they would be most famous, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony).


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In the News - 1970
Jan The Family Law Reform Act comes into force in the UK on 1st January, lowering the age of legal majority from 21 to 18.

The musical Mame closes on Broadway on 3rd January after 1,508 performances.

On 14th January Diana Ross makes her last appearance with The Supremes at the Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas.

The 31-month long civil war in Nigeria officially comes to an end on 15th January when the Ibo people of eastern Nigeria concede defeat and abandon their attempt to establish an independent state of Biafra.

On Friday, 16th January, four months after deposing King Idris in a bloodless coup, Colonel Muammar Gadaffi proclaims himself Prime Minister or Libya.

On 21st January Dr. Timothy Leary, an outspoken advocate of LSD who was standing for election as Governor of California, is given a 10-year jail sentence for possession of marijuana.

A Pan Am jumbo jet takes off from New York on its first scheduled flight on 22nd January. The Boeing 747 (Pan Am Flight Two) lands at Heathrow at 14.14GMT, seven hours late due to technical problems.

Feb Philosopher and writer Bertrand Russell dies on 2nd February, aged 97.

On 19th February it is announced that Prince Charles is to join the Navy.

On 26th February, following a night of student riots, the Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, declares a state of emergency in Santa Barbara.

The first national Women's Liberation Movement conference is held in Oxford between 27th February - 1st March.

Mar Rhodesia becomes an independent republic on 2nd March.

On 6th March, to counteract the threat from rabies, the UK's Minister of Agriculture, Cledwyn Hughes, announces a ban on the import of domestic pets. The quarantine period for cats and dogs that had already been brought into the UK is extended to a year.

On 11th March Iraq recognises the autonomy of the Kurdish people, bringing to an end over eight years of warfare.

The Bridgewater by-election - the first to be held in the UK since the lowering of the voting age to 18 - is won by the Conservative candidate, Tom King, on Friday, 13th March.

Columbia Eagle, a US freighter bound for Thailand, is hijacked by two crew members on 14th March and forced to sail into Cambodian waters. The Cambodians release the ship on 8th April.

Tammi Terrell, famous for her duets with Marvin Gaye, dies on 16th March, aged 24. Terrell collapsed in Gaye's arms during a 1967 show and was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from a brain tumour.

On 18th March Norodom Sihanouk is deposed as Cambodia's chief of state. He is ousted from power by his cousin, Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak and Prime Minister General Lon Nol. Sihanouk sets up a government-in-exile in Beijing and forms an alliance with the Cambodian revolutionary movement, the Khmer Rouge.

On Thursday, 19th March the West German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, and his East German counterpart, Prime Minister Willi Stoph, hold talks on improving East-West relations in the East German town of Erfurt. It is the first time that the leaders of East and West Germany have met since the country was divided in 1949.

On 21st March it is announced that the world's largest restaurant - Lyons Corner House - is to close.

On the same day Dana wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with All Kinds Of Everything. The UK's entry, Knock Knock (Who's There?) by Mary Hopkin, comes second.

Apr The dead body of Count Karl von Spreti, the German Ambassador in Guatemala who had been kidnapped six days earlier, is discovered on 5th April in an empty shack 10 miles to the north of the country's capital, Guatemala City.

On 7th April Barbra Streisand presents John Wayne with the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Rooster Cogburn in the film True Grit. It was the only Oscar he ever won. Maggie Smith wins the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Jean Brodie in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie; Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for Best Film.

On 10th April Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front Party wins an overwhelming majority in the first general election since UDI.

On the same day Paul McCartney announces the break up of The Beatles.

On 14th April Canon announces the development of the Pocketronic Printing Calculator, the world's first "pocketable" battery-driven electronic print-out calculator. The calculator goes on sale in Japan in the Autumn, before being marketed worldwide in the Spring of 1971.

The USSR and the USA re-convene the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) in Vienna on 16th April.

Apollo 13 returns safely to earth on Friday, 17th April, despite an explosion on board three days earlier.

Production of the Morris Minor comes to an end on 18th April.

On 21st and 22nd April ceremonies are held in Moscow to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth.

On 30th April US President Richard Nixon orders troops to attack Cambodia in an effort to flush out thousands of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops who were trying to overthrow the South Vietnamese government from bases in Cambodia.

May Four students are killed in an anti-war protest at Kent State University, Ohio on 4th May. Campus unrest spreads across the USA. By 10th May 448 universities and colleges are on strike or closed.

Two Cabinet Ministers charged with supplying arms to Catholics in Northern Ireland are dismissed from office on 5th May by the Irish Prime Minister John Lynch.

Bombs targeting Iberia Airlines explode at three airports - Geneva, Amsterdam and Frankfurt - on 10th May. A fourth bomb is found on a Madrid-bound Iberia Caravell at London's Heathrow Airport and defused. No one is hurt in any of the incidents.

On 17th May Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Safi in Morocco in a papyrus boat, Ra II, in a second attempt to prove that the ancient Egyptians crossed the Atlantic and discovered America. The boat reaches Barbados, demonstrating that mariners could have dealt with trans-Atlantic voyages by sailing with the Canary Current.

On 29th May Sirimavo Bandaranaike is sworn in as Prime Minister of Ceylon.

Northern Peru is shaken by a massive earthquake on 31st May.

June Tonga gains its independence from Britain on 4th June, having been a protected state since 1900.

On the same day El Salvador and Honduras establish a demilitarised zone along their border.

On 7th June The Who perform Tommy at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York - "like playing to an oil painting" quips Keith Moon.

The novelist E.M. Forster dies on 7th June, aged 91.

The trial of Charles Manson begins in Los Angeles on 16th June.

In the UK the Conservatives win the general election. Edward Heath becomes Prime Minister on 19th June.

On 26th June Northern Ireland MP Bernadette Devlin begins a six month jail sentence for her part in the Londonderry riots of August 1969.

US ground troops complete their withdrawal from Cambodia on 29th June.

Caroline Thorpe, the wife of the Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, is killed in a car accident in Basingstoke on the same day.

July A Dan-Air de Havilland Comet 4 (Flight 1903 from Manchester to Barcelona) crashes on Friday, 3rd July, killing all 112 passengers and crew on board.

Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books, dies on 7th July, aged 67.

A Roman Catholic Bishop, James Walsh, arrives in Hong Kong on 10th July, having spent 12 years in prison in China on charges of spying.

The UK government declares a state of emergency on 16th July following the start of a nationwide dock strike.

Radio 1 DJ Kenny Everett is sacked by the BBC on 20th July, two days after quipping on air that Mary Payton, the British Transport Minister's wife, had finally passed her advanced driving test after many attempts by bribing her driving test examiner.

Construction of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed on 21st July.

The House of Commons is evacuated on 23rd July when tear gas is thrown from the visitors' gallery.

António Salazar, the Portuguese Head of State for 40 years, dies in Lisbon on 27th July, aged 81.

Kenneth Tynan's musical revue Oh! Calcutta! opens at The Roundhouse in London on the same day.

Sailors in the Royal Navy are issued with their final daily ration of rum (the daily tot) on 31st July, ending a tradition that had begun in 1740.

Aug The British army begins using rubber bullets for riot control in Northern Ireland on 2nd August.

On 9th August 150 black activists march through the streets of Notting Hill to protest about police harassment. The presence of more than 700 police results in violence. Nine people are charged with inciting riot.

On 21st August the MP for West Belfast, Gerry Fitt, launches the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

On 22nd August North Korea rejects a unification proposal from the South Korean President Park Chung Hee.

There is a radiation leak at the Winscale nuclear power plant on 24th August.

On 29th August Melody Maker reports that the Bee Gees had re-formed as a trio, following their “bitter disagreements” during the previous two years. The three Gibb brothers' reunion album 2 Years On is released in October.

On 31st August black and white school children attend desegregated classes for the first time in over 200 school districts in the 'deep south' of the USA.

Sep The Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova is granted political asylum in Britain on 4th September.

On Sunday, 6th September Arab terrorists hijack four aircraft over Western Europe - a Swissair DC-8 and a Trans World Boeing 707 (both of which are forced to land in Jordan), a Pan Am Jumbo (which is blown up when it lands in Cairo) and an El Al 707 (which makes an emergency landing at Heathrow airport after one of the hijackers is shot). Three days later a BOAC flight from Bombay to London is also hijacked and forced to fly to the desert air strip in Jordan, where it joins the other hijacked planes.

Timothy Leary escapes from prison on the morning of 13th September.

Jimi Hendrix dies on 18th September, aged 27, less than a month after his appearance at the second Isle of Wight Festival.

The President of the United Arab Republic (UAR), Colonel Abdel Nasser, dies of a heart attack on 28th September, aged 52.

Oct Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose on 4th October, aged 27.

On 5th October members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnap James Cross, the British trade commissioner in Montréal. When their ransom demands are rejected, Pierre Leopard, the Quebec Minister of Labour and Immigration, is also kidnapped.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on 8th October for One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich.

Cambodia is re-named the Khmer Republic on Friday, 9th October.

Fiji becomes an independent state on 10th October. Prince Charles attends the independence day ceremony, handing the documents of independence to the new Fijian Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Germaine Greer's book The Female Eunuch is published on 12th October.

On 15th October a bridge being built over the Yarra river in Melbourne collapses. 34 building workers are killed.

Phil Ochs, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell give a benefit concert at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on 16th October. The proceeds fund the 1971 Greenpeace protests against US nuclear weapons tests on the island of Amchitka, Alaska.

Anwar al-Sadat is sworn in as UAR President on 17th October.

On Monday, 19th October British Petroleum (BP) announces that it had struck oil in the North Sea.

Two oil tankers collide off St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight on 23rd October. 13 seamen lose their lives.

On 30th October Jim Morrison of the Doors is fined $500 and sentenced to six months in prison for exposing himself at a concert in Miami.

Nov The former French President, General Charles de Gaulle dies of a heart attack on Monday, 9th November, aged 79. The nest day President Pompidou declares that "France is a widow."

A cyclone and massive tidal waves hit the coast of East Pakistan on 11th November, killing at least 300,000 people.

On Tuesday, 17th November The Sun newspaper celebrates its first anniversary by publishing its first Page 3 pin-up, featuring pictures of the 20-year-old model Stephanie Rahn posing topless.

On the same day the American inventor Douglas Engelbart officially receives the patent for the first computer mouse.

On 20th November feminists disrupt the Miss World contest at the Royal Albert Hall. The protesters interrupt the show's compere, Bob Hope, by shaking rattles and blowing whistles and bring the show to a temporary halt by throwing leaflets into the auditorium, along with flour bombs, smoke bombs and stink bombs. One of the placards held by protesters outside the Royal Albert Hall reads: 'We're not beautiful, we're not ugly, we're angry'.

Ten shilling notes cease to be legal tender in the UK on 21st November.

The Gay Liberation Front holds its first public demonstration in the UK on 27th November.

Dec On 2nd December the House of Commons votes to end British Standard Time and revert to Greenwich Mean Time in Winter 1971.

The British diplomat James Cross, who had been kidnapped by members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) on 5th October, is released unharmed in Montréal on 3rd December.

Electricity workers in the UK begin a "work to rule" on 7th December.

Rising food prices in Poland lead to public demonstrations in Gdansk and other Baltic coast cities on 15th December. Hundreds of people are killed in the ensuing violence. The Communist Party First Secretary, Wladyslaw Gomulka, resigns on 20th December. He is replaced by Edward Gierek.

The Broadway production of Hello Dolly! closes on 27th December after 2,844 performances. The show had won 10 Tony Awards in 1964, including the Tony for Best Musical.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • Bread
  • Brotherhood of Man
  • Carpenters
  • Neil Diamond
  • Hot Chocolate
  • The Jackson 5
  • Melanie
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Diana Ross
  • James Taylor
  • Three Dog Night

UK Best-selling Singles
  • Badfinger
    Come And Get It

  • The Band
    Rag Mama Rag

  • Shirley Bassey

  • The Beatles
    Let It Be

  • Black Sabbath

  • Bobby Bloom
    Montego Bay

  • Bob and Marcia
    Young, Gifted and Black

  • Bread
    Make It With You

  • Brotherhood of Man
    United We Stand

  • Canned Heat
    Let's Work Together

  • Carpenters
    Close To You

  • Chairmen of the Board
    Give Me Just A Little More Time

  • Chairmen of the Board
    You've Got Me Dangling On A String

  • Chicago
    25 Or 6 To 4

  • Christie
    Yellow River

  • Jimmy Cliff
    Wild World

  • Judy Collins
    Both Sides Now

  • Dana
    All Kinds Of Everything
    [Eurovision Song Contest winner]

  • Deep Purple
    Black Night

  • Desmond Dekker
    You Can Get It If You Really Want

  • Neil Diamond
    Cracklin' Rosie

  • Edison Lighthouse
    Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

  • Dave Edmunds
    I Hear You Knockin"

  • England World Cup Squad
    Back Home

  • Don Fardon
    Indian Reservation

  • Four Tops
    I Can't Help Myself

  • Free
    All Right Now

  • Marvin Gaye
    Abraham, Martin and John

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Voodoo Chile

  • Mary Hopkin
    Knock Knock (Who's There?)
    [Eurovision Song Contest:
    UK entry]

  • Mary Hopkin
    Temma Harbour

  • Hot Chocolate
    Love Is Life

  • The Jackson 5

  • The Jackson 5
    I Want You Back

  • Johnny Johnson and The Bandwagon
    Blame It On The Pony Express

  • The Kinks

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band
    Instant Karma

  • McGuinness Flint
    When I'm Dead and Gone

  • The Marmalade
    Reflections Of My Life

  • Melanie
    Ruby Tuesday

  • Joni Mitchell
    Big Yellow Taxi

  • The Moody Blues

  • Mungo Jerry
    In the Summertime

  • Gilbert O'Sullivan
    Nothing Rhymed

  • Freda Payne
    Band Of Gold

  • Peter Paul and Mary
    Leavin' On A Jet Plane

  • Pickettywitch
    That Same Old Feeling

  • Elvis Presley
    The Wonder Of You

  • Cliff Richard
    Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha

  • Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
    Tears Of A Clown

  • Diana Ross
    Ain't No Mountain High Enough

  • Jimmy Ruffin
    Farewell Is A Lonely Sound

  • Shocking Blue

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • Edwin Starr

  • Status Quo
    Down The Dustpipe

  • Cat Stevens
    Lady D'Arbanville

  • Ray Stevens
    Everything Is Beautiful

  • The Supremes
    Up The Ladder To The Roof

  • The Temptations
    Ball Of Confusion

  • Three Dog Night
    Mama Told Me Not To Come

  • T. Rex
    Ride A White Swan

  • Vanity Fare
    Hitchin' A Ride

  • White Plains
    My Baby Loves Lovin'

  • Andy Williams
    Can't Help Falling In Love

  • Stevie Wonder
    Never Had A Dream Come True

  • Stevie Wonder
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours

One Hit Wonders
  • Clarence Carter

  • Sacha Distel
    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

  • Fair Weather
    Natural Sinner

  • Norman Greenbaum
    Spirit In The Sky

  • Hotlegs
    Neanderthal Man

  • Lee Marvin
    Wand'rin' Star

  • Mathews' Southern Comfort

  • Pipkins
    Gimme Dat Ding

  • Steam
    Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

  • Nicky Thomas
    Love Of The Common People

Hit Albums

Elton John (album cover).

  • The Beatles
    Let It Be

  • Carpenters
    Close To You

  • Bob Dylan
    Self Portrait

  • Bob Dylan
    New Morning

  • George Harrison
    All Things Must Pass

  • Elton John
    Elton John

  • Paul McCartney

  • Joni Mitchell
    Ladies of the Canyon

  • The Moody Blues
    A Question of Balance

  • The Rolling Stones
    Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out

  • Simon and Garfunkel
    Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • Cat Stevens
    Tea for the Tillerman

  • James Taylor
    Sweet Baby James

Moody Blues, A Question Of Balance (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Airport
  • Anne Of The Thousand Days
  • The Boys In The Band
  • Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
  • Cromwell
  • L'Enfant Sauvage
  • Kelly's Heroes
  • Lawrence Of Arabia
  • M*A*S*H
  • Paint Your Wagon
  • Performance
  • The Railway Children
  • Scrooge
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Walkabout
  • Waterloo
  • Woodstock

On Stage

'Applause' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:

On Television
  • The Banana Splits
  • Catweazle
  • Crime Of Passion
  • Dad's Army
    (Series 4)

  • David Nixon's Magic Box
  • Doctor Who (Season 7, Jon Pertwee)
  • Doomwatch
  • The Dustbinmen
    (Series 2 and 3)

  • The Goodies
    (Series 1)

  • Hawaii Five-O
  • It's Cliff Richard
  • Mary Tyler Moore Show

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
    (Series 2)

  • The Morecambe & Wise Show
    (Series 3 and 4)

  • On The Buses
    (Series 3 and 4)

  • The Partridge Family

  • The Pink Panther Show
  • A Question Of Sport
    (David Vine)

  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
  • The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
  • Steptoe and Son
    (Series 5 and 6)

  • Up Pompeii!
    (Series 1 and 2)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Henry Cooper

Boxing: Johnny Prescott retires from boxing after losing to 19-year-old Joe Bugner.
Joe Frazier becomes World Heavyweight Champion on 2nd February when he knocks out Jimmy Ellis in their title fight in New York.
On 24th March Henry Cooper beats Jack Bodell to regain the British Heavyweight title he first won in 1959. In November he regains the European Heavyweight title by beating José Manual Ibar.

Snooker: the 1970 World Snooker Championship is held at the Victoria Hall in London from 6th to 11th April. Ray Reardon defeats John Pulman in the final (37-33).
Unusually, the 1971 Championship also takes place in 1970 - between 28th September and 7th November at the Chevron Hotel in Sydney. John Spencer wins his second world title, defeating Warren Simpson in the final (37-29).

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

Rowing: the University of Cambridge crew wins the annual Boat Race against Oxford for the third year in a row.

Horse Racing: Gay Trip wins the Grand National.
Nijinsky wins the Derby in June but loses to Sassafras in the Arc de Triomphe in October.

Golf: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler in an 18-hole playoff to win the 34th US Masters at Augusta.
Following his success at the British Open the year before, Tony Jacklin wins the US Open by a margin of seven strokes.
Jack Nicklaus wins the British Open at St. Andrews - his first major title for three years.

Football: Chelsea win the FA Cup, beating Leeds 2-1 in a replay.
Everton end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the seventh time.
Brazil win the World Cup for the third time. The England team is knocked out at the quarter final stage by West Germany.
Manchester City win the European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Gornik Zabrze 2-1 in the final.

Cycling: Eddy Merckx wins the Tour de France for the second year in a row.

Cricket: on 22nd May, under pressure from the UK Government, the MCC cancels the proposed all-white South African cricket tour of England.

Tennis: Billie Jean King appears in the women's singles final at Wimbledon for the fifth year in a row but loses for the second year in a row, this time to Margaret Court (14-12, 11-9). Court has an outstanding year, winning the women's singles title at all four of the Grand Slams.
John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall to become men's singles champion for the second time (5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1).

Show Jumping: David Broome wins the World Championship riding Beethoven.

Motor Racing: Barry Sheene wins the British 750cc motor cycle title.
Jochen Rindt dies on 5th September after crashing at the approach to the Parabolica corner at Monza during practice for the Italian Grand Prix. On 4th October he becomes the only driver to posthumously win the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship when Jackie Ickx - the only driver who could have beaten him - finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix. Three-time champion Jack Brabham retires after the last race of the season, the Mexican Grand Prix on 25th October.


Man Booker Prize

Bernice Rubens
The Elected Member

On the shortlist:

A.L. Barker
John Brown's Body

Elizabeth Bowen
Eva Trout

Iris Murdoch
Bruno's Dream

William Trevor
Mrs. Eckdorf In O'Neill's Hotel

T.W. Wheeler
The Conjunction

Postcard from 1970.

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Who said that?


A good deal happens in a man's life that he isn't responsible for. Fortunate openings occur; but it is safe to remember that such "breaks" are occurring all the time, and other things being equal, the advantage goes to the man who is ready.
Lawrence Downs


A happy combination of talent and timing.
Colin Bowles

Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town.
Truman Capote

In the final analysis, it's true that fame is unimportant. No matter how great a man is, the size of his funeral usually depends on the weather.
Rosemary Clooney

Fame is the spur. But fame, as we shall see, is like an oven-ready frozen meal for one - not as nice as it looks.
Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), 'The Thin Blue Line'

Fame is like ice-cream. It's only bad if you eat too much.
Mick Jagger

You're not famous until my mother has heard of you.
Jay Leno

Fame is an accident; merit is a thing absolute.
Herman Melville

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
John R. Wooden

... and Glory

Glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Made it, Ma. Top of the world!
James Cagney, 'White Heat'

Glory gives herself only to those who always dreamed of her.
Charles de Gaulle

All glory comes from daring to begin.
Eugene F. Ware


I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
Bill Cosby

Years of preparation meeting a moment of opportunity.
Paul Daniels, 'The Mrs. Merton Show'

What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.
Gene Fowler

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
Christopher Lasch

Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks, and courage.
Charles Luckman

The essence of success is that it is never necessary to think of a new idea oneself. It is far better to wait until somebody else does it, and then to copy him in every detail, except his mistakes.
Aubrey Menen

It's all about hard work, talent and a lot of luck.
Bette Midler, 'The Independent' Arts & Books,
Friday, 30th July 2010, page 13.

Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier.
Bruce Springsteen, 'Q' Magazine, August 1992

Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells.
Elizabeth Taylor

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles ... overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Oscar Wilde

... and Happiness

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.
Fred Allen

If any programme in the history of American television could be called an institution, it would probably be The Ed Sullivan Show.
Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh,
'The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network And Cable TV Shows'

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