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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1971. To find out what else was happening in 1971 select any of the following options:

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New Seekers

New Seekers
on TV: 1971

New Seekers:

In Print

In Print 1971

In Print:

Neil Diamond

Empire Theatre

New Seekers'
UK tour

On the Net

On the Net:
The Seventies

Photo Album


Nickel Song (Spanish single cover).

New Seekers
Nickel Song
single cover)


Top 40 / Pop
Home Page

All Music Guide

ARTIST direct


Classic Bands

Click Music

Nostalgia Central: Music

Oldies Music

Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
and Museum

Q Magazine

Rolling Stone


Who Does That Song

Nickel Song (single cover).

New Seekers
at the
Sunderland Empire
(programme cover)


'70s Music

Super '70s

The UK Number Ones:

Beautiful People (US album cover).

New Seekers
Beautiful People
(US album cover)


Delaney and Bonnie

Delaney Bramlett's
Home Page

Never Ending Song Of Love (single cover).

New Seekers
Never Ending Song
Of Love

(single cover)


Neil Diamond

The Original
Neil Diamond
Home Page


Melanie Safka:
The Official Website

Melanie's Place

Rob's Guide
To Melanie On CD


New Seekers

New Seekers

ARTIST direct:
New Seekers

Concerts Wiki:
New Seekers

New Seekers

New Seekers

Official Charts:
New Seekers

New Seekers
Best Tracks


Richard Thompson

Henry The
Human Fly
Caught In The Web

Richard Thompson

Good Old Fashioned Music (Netherlands single cover).

New Seekers
Good Old Fashioned

single cover)


Roger Cook
Roger Greenaway

You can listen to the
New Seekers'
I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing

at the
Roger Cook website.

Roger Cook

Alex Gitlin's
Music Site:
Roger Cook

Roger Cook
Roger Greenaway's
Song List

I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (single cover).

New Seekers
I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing
(In Perfect Harmony)

single cover)


Those Were The Days...

In The '70s:
The Seventies
nostalgia site

Do You Remember
the '70s, '80s
and '90s?

On This Day

Guardian Century


Nostalgia Central
Today in
Rotten History

Scope Systems
Historic Events
and Birth-Dates

This Day In Music

20th Century

From Now On ...

In January the New Seekers make their first appearance on the It's Cliff Richard show (BBC1, Saturday, 16th January, 6.15pm). This is followed by an appearance with Vera Lynn on Show Of The Week (BBC2, Thursday, 11th February, 9.20pm).

From February to April the New Seekers consolidate their success in America by undertaking a full scale concert and cabaret tour of the United States. The group travels to Florida, Iowa, Illinois and Mississippi and performs at notable venues such as the Marco Polo Lounge in Miami, The Troubadour in Los Angeles and The Bitter End in New York.

  • 5th February, Kent State University, Ohio
  • 6th February, The School of Textile & Design, Philadelphia
  • 11th - 13th February, Toronto (CBS TV show)
  • 14th February, University of Evansville, Indiana
  • 20th February, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
  • 22nd - 28th February, The Marco Polo Lounge, Miami Beach
  • 5th - 14th March, Bitter End, New York
  • 19th - 28th March, Bitter End West, Los Angeles
  • 2nd April, Masonic Temple, Davenport, Iowa
  • 3rd April, Danville Jr. College, Danville, Illinois

Recalling the experience in a newspaper interview, Lyn Paul said:

"We found ourselves playing places like 'The Troubadour' and 'The Bitter End' and we didn't know how to react. You can imagine how we felt, coming out to a long-haired audience all stoned out of their minds. We thought, 'they can't be expecting us; they must think we're a heavy group' - but they were freaked out by the act."

Nancy Erlich
, writing in Billboard magazine, gave the group's shows at the Bitter End a great review: "What a fantastic bunch of people... With their guitar, banjo and bass accompaniments and marvellous five-part vocal arrangements, the New Seekers glowed with high spirits and good humour and superb musical taste. They can be trusted with even such breakable commodities as Melanie songs, Elton John songs, and James Taylor songs. This magical crew turns every melody into a joyous occasion." (Billboard, Vol. 83, No. 12, 20th March 1971)

Another Melanie Safka song is selected as a single for release in March. Although it would remain a favourite with New Seekers' fans throughout their career, Nickel Song (Philips 6006 095) does not enjoy the same success as What Have They Done To My Song, Ma.

The New Seekers return to the UK for a series of cabaret dates beginning with a week of shows (from Monday, 12th April) at Manchester's Golden Garter. This is followed by appearances at the Sunderland Empire (the week commencing 10th May) and the Talk of the North (the week commencing 17th May).

The New Seekers also return to the UK's television screens. The group makes a guest appearance on The Leslie Crowther Show (Thames Television, Thursday, 8th April). The other guests include Jimmy Edwards and Anita Harris. Meanwhile, on the 'other side' the BBC broadcasts the New Seekers' guest appearance on The Andy Williams Show (BBC1, Monday, 26th April, 7.15pm). The show, which also features appearances by Bobbie Gentry and Tommy Roe, had been recorded in Los Angeles the previous Autumn and was screened in the USA on 9th January..

As Summer approaches the New Seekers support Neil Diamond at the Royal Festival Hall (29th May) and Joe Frazier at the Tooting Granada (15th June). They also top the bill at two Bank Holiday Sunday concerts at the London Palladium (30th May). The supporting acts are Christine Holmes, Glen Weston, Mike Yarwood and The Mixtures.

Meanwhile, back in the USA, the New Seekers appear on a special edition of The Ed Sullivan Show hosted by Jack Jones (CBS, Sunday, 30th May, 8.00pm - 9.00pm) The New Seekers sing three songs - What Have They Done To My Song , Ma, Nickel Song and the title track from the group's new album Beautiful People.

Beautiful People (Philips SBL 6308 055) is the second album by the New Seekers featuring the line-up with Lyn Paul, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton. It is also the first without Keith Potger, who steps out of the limelight into the role of Manager. The album features some of Britain's top session musicians, including: Terry Britten (lead guitarist in Cliff Richard's backing band and co-writer of Cliff's hit Devil Woman), Kevin Peek (later to have success with John Williams in the group Sky), Peter Skellern (who would go on to have solo hits with You're A Lady, Hold On To Love and Love Is The Sweetest Thing), Alan Tarney (who wrote and produced Barbara Dickson's hit January, February, not to mention Cliff Richard's biggest hit We Don't Talk Anymore) and Trevor Spencer (Alan Tarney's sometime songwriting partner). With the exception of Peter Skellern, these musicians also appear on most of the New Seekers' subsequent albums.

Beautiful People features one song with Lyn Paul on lead vocal - a Randy Newman ballad entitled I'll Be Home. More importantly it includes the song that is about to give the New Seekers their first really big UK hit...

On 10th July Never Ending Song Of Love (Philips 6006 125) spends the first of 19 weeks on the singles charts, peaking at number 2 in the BBC chart and reaching number 1 in the New Musical Express chart. The song is a hit in the USA for its writers, Delaney and Bonnie.

Never Ending Song of Love (sheet music).

Sheet music for
the New Seekers' hit
Never Ending Song Of Love

Up. Down.

As a consequence of their chart success the New Seekers become regulars on the UK's favourite pop show, Top Of The Pops. Never Ending Song Of Love is featured on the show on 15th and 29th July and on 5th and 19th August, as well as on the year-end chart show on 27th December. During the Summer months the New Seekers also appear on The Golden Shot (ATV, Sunday, 13th June, 4.40pm), The Val Doonican Show (ATV, Saturday, 19th June), We Want To Sing (BBC1, Friday, 23rd July, 6.45pm), It's Lulu (BBC1, Saturday, 14th August, 8.15pm) and Lift Off (Granada, Tuesday, 24th August).

On 9th August the New Seekers begin a two week residency at London's Talk Of The Town. Judith Durham, former lead singer with The Seekers, had also been in the running for this booking. Looking back on 1971 she recalls having to compete with the New Seekers:

"On occasions, we'd both be considered for the same booking and they'd win out because they had The Seekers' name. That happened on more than one occasion, but I remember specifically that I lost a season at the Talk of the Town and a London Palladium show for that reason."
(Quoted from The Judith Durham Story: Colours Of My Life by Graham Simpson, page 193)

Judith Durham also recalls being constantly asked by the press for her opinion of the New Seekers:

"I thought they were very good - very professional and very good singers. It seemed a shame to me that they had The Seekers' name, which led to a lot of confusion ... They actually appealed to a much younger audience than The Seekers had and The Seekers' name really couldn't have been much help to them."
(Quoted from The Judith Durham Story: Colours Of My Life by Graham Simpson, pages 193-194)

Following the fortnight at the Talk Of The Town the New Seekers fly to the United States for a week's worth of shows at the new Disneyland complex in Florida, followed by shows in Denver and two weeks at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. While the group is on the other side of the Atlantic, the BBC broadcasts another episode of We Want To Sing featuring the New Seekers (BBC1, Friday, 3rd September, 6.45pm).

Disneyland Summer Scene leaflet, 22nd-28th August 1971.

Disneyland 'Summer Scene' leaflet,
22nd - 28th August 1971.

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At the end of September the New Seekers undertake their first major tour of the UK. The tour kicks off at the Floral Hall, Southport on 26th September and comes to a close at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 16th October.

The live shows coincide with the release of the group's first album for Polydor Records, New Colours (Polydor 2383 066). The LP features two tracks with Lyn Paul on lead vocals - No Mans Land, a lively song co-written by Richard Thompson and originally featured on the Fairport Convention album What We Did On Our Holidays (Island ILPS 9092), and Lay Me Down, a tender ballad written by Peter Doyle (three years later this track was to be used as the B-side of Lyn Paul's first solo single, Sail The Summer Winds).

One of the other tracks from the album, Good Old Fashioned Music (Polydor 2058 157), is released as a single in October just as the New Seekers head back to the States for another month of live appearances. Despite an appearance by the New Seekers on Top Of The Pops (BBC1, Thursday, 21st October) and another on The Harry Secombe Show (BBC1, Saturday, 23rd October, 8.10pm), the single disappoints by not making the charts.

The closing months of the year, however, bring ample compensation. On Monday, 15th November the New Seekers appear in the 1971 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, attended by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne (Lyn's mum and dad are also in the audience). The bill includes Shirley Bassey, Sacha Distel and Stephane Grappelli. In the UK the show is broadcast on Saturday, 20th November (LWT, 7.55pm), attracting the fourth biggest TV audience of the year. It is also broadcast to the Commonwealth for the first time.

When interviewed on Val Meets The VIPs in 1974, Lyn recalled it as "quite an ordeal to think that we were performing in front of the Queen."

"The nicest thing that ever happened to us was doing the Royal Command Performance, because I think it's something that every artist dreams of doing. And when we were invited to do it my mum saved the little [invitation] card. She's framed that."

In December the New Seekers release the single that would soon become their signature tune - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (Polydor 2058 184). Originally recorded in 1970 as a Coca-Cola jingle for US radio, the song is revived for a television commercial. The TV ad is recorded in Rome in the Summer. It features a crowd of young people of different races on a hilltop, each holding a bottle of Coke and miming to the voices of the New Seekers. The image of the world as one big happy family and the lyrics about "peace throughout the land" both strike a chord in what are troubled times. Combined with a catchy tune, the song makes an instant impact. When the ad goes to air in the USA the public reaction is so strong that the New Seekers are rushed into a New York recording studio to re-record the song as a single. The record enters the US singles chart on 4th December and débuts on the UK singles chart a fortnight later.

As the year draws to a close the New Seekers record a number of television appearances. On 4th December the group joins Cilla Black and on her Saturday night show Cilla (BBC1, 9.00pm). On Christmas Eve they join Cliff Richard for a special edition of It's Cliff Richard (BBC1, Friday, 24th December, 7.30pm) and on Christmas Day they appear on Christmas Night With The Stars (BBC1, Saturday, 25th December, 6.40pm). The other stars appearing on the show with them are: Dick Emery, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lulu, Vera Lynn and Harry Secombe.

New Seekers.

New Seekers
Pictured (left to right): Peter Doyle, Paul Layton,
Marty Kristian
, Lyn Paul and Eve Graham.
Copyright © Chris Walter. Photo used with permission.
See more of Chris Walters' photographs
at the Photofeatures website.

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During the early 1970s the New Seekers covered songs by many of the decade's finest singer-songwriters, providing many teenagers with their first introduction to the likes of Carole King, Cat Stevens and Paul Williams. In 1971 these songwriters provide the group with a particularly strong collection of songs - Beautiful (from Carole King's classic album Tapestry), Changes IV (from Cat Stevens' Teaser And The Firecat) and Perfect Love and An Old Fashioned Love Song (both from Paul Williams' album Just An Old Fashioned Love Song).

1971 also furnishes Lyn Paul with material for her solo career - Labi Siffre's It Must Be Love (which she records for her 1975 album Give Me Love), Billy Joel's She's Got A Way (which Lyn records as He's Got A Way for the same album) and A Case Of You from Joni Mitchell's album Blue (which Lyn records for a CD single in 2002).

At the annual Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting and composing Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway are named 'British Songwriters of the Year, even before they have had their success with the New Seekers' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. Another of their songs, Home Lovin’ Man, performed by Andy Williams and co-written with Tony Macaulay, wins the award for 'Best Ballad or Romantic Song'. Tony Macaulay, who will go on to write two Top 10 singles and five other songs for the New Seekers, also wins the award for 'Best Pop Song': Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes), performed by Edison Lighthouse.


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In the News - 1971

On Saturday, 2nd January Cliff Richard hosts the first show of a new 13-week series for the BBC, It's Cliff Richard.

On the same day sixty-six football spectators are killed and 145 injured when crush barriers collapse at the Ibrox Park stadium, Glasgow after a match between Celtic and Rangers.

Coco Chanel dies on 10th January, aged 87.

On 12th January the West German freighter Brandenburg hits the wreck of Panamanian tanker Texaco Caribbean in the English Channel. The Brandenburg sinks with the loss of 21 lives.

Selwyn Lloyd is elected Speaker of the House of Commons on the same day.

The Swiss ambassador to Brazil, Giovanni Bucher, is freed by kidnappers in Rio de Janeiro on 16th January in exchange for the release of 70 political prisoners.

On 20th January 200,000 UK postal workers go on strike for the first time in pursuit of a 13% pay rise.

Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda on Monday, 25th January while President Milton Obote is attending a Commonwealth conference in Singapore.

On the same day Charles Manson is convicted of murdering the actress Sharon Tait and six of her friends in August 1969.

Apollo 14 is launched from Cape Kennedy on 31st January, returning to Earth on 9th February.


Rolls Royce declares itself bankrupt. The company is placed into receivership on 4th February.

US astronaut Alan Shepard hits two golf balls during a moon walk on Saturday, 6th February, using a golf club he had smuggled on board the Apollo 14 spacecraft inside his space suit.

A referendum of the all-male electorate in Switzerland on 7th February gives women the right to vote in federal elections and to stand for Parliament.

On Monday, 15th February the UK decimalises its currency; new coins for half, one and twopence denominations are issued to join the five-pence, ten-pence and fifty-pence pieces already introduced.

London Bridge, which opened in 1831, is closed on Saturday, 20th February. It is then dismantled and transported across the Atlantic to be rebuilt in Arizona.

On 21st February 100,000 trade unionists march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square in protest at the Industrial Relations Bill.

Mar On 6th March 4,000 women protesters march from Hyde Park to Downing Street in the UK's biggest ever women's liberation demonstration.

The poet and novelist Stevie Smith dies of a brain tumour on 7th March, aged 68.

Harold Lloyd, one of the most popular stars of the silent film era, dies on 8th March, aged 77.

The UK postal strike comes to an end on 8th March. The seven-week strike cost the Post Office an estimated £25m in lost revenue.

William McMahon becomes Prime Minister of Australia on 10th March, following the resignation of John Gorton, who is then appointed Minister of Defence.

The Indian National Congress, led by Indira Gandhi, wins an overwhelming majority in the general elections held in India between 1st - 10th March.

Following the break down of negotiations on 25th March between the President of Pakistan, Yahya Khan, and the Awami League leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Pakistan Army launches Operation Searchlight to curb the Bengali nationalist movement in East Pakistan.

Charles Manson and three members of his hippy cult, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, are sentenced to death in Los Angeles on 29th March.

Apr On 3rd April Séverine wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Monaco with the song Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue. Clodagh Rodgers, representing the UK with Jack In The Box, finishes fourth.

Ford motor workers in the UK return to work on 5th April after a nine-week strike.

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky dies on 6th April, aged 88.

Six miners die on the same day in a methane gas explosion at Cynheidre Colliery in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

The first BOAC jumbo jet enters service on 14th April. BOAC had taken delivery of its first Boeing 747 on 22nd April 1970 but the first flight (London to New York) had been delayed by a dispute over crewing and pay rates with the British Air Line Pilots' Association.

On 15th April phone lines between Britain and China are re-connected for the first time since 1949.

On the same day Patton wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 43rd Academy Awards.

Haiti's self-proclaimed "president for life" François "Papa Doc" Duvalier dies in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, 22nd April, aged 64. He is succeeded by his son Jean-Claude Duvalier.

May On 3rd May Walter Ulbricht resigns as East Germany's head of state on the grounds of ill health. He is replaced by Erich Honecker.

The Guardian newspaper celebrates its 150th anniversary on 5th May.

After 75 years as a broadsheet newspaper, the Daily Mail transforms itself into a tabloid and merges the following week with its sister paper the Daily Sketch. The Daily Sketch, founded in 1909, is published for the last time on Tuesday, 11th May.

Mick Jagger and Bianca Macias get married in St. Tropez on Wednesday, 12th May.

US poet Ogden Nash dies on 18th May, aged 68.

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Bingöl in Turkey on 22nd May, killing about 1,000 people.

A holiday charter flight from London Gatwick (Aviogenex Flight 130) crashes while landing at Rijeka Airport on 23rd May, killing the 78 people on board.

June An outbreak of cholera is reported in West Bengal on 5th June. Thousands of refugees cross the border into India.

On 10th June the USA ends its 21-year embargo on trade with China.

The Malta Labour Party, led by Dom Mintoff, wins the general elections held in Malta between 12th - 14th June.

Lord Reith, the first Director-General of the BBC, dies on 16th June, aged 81.

The Education Secretary, Margaret Thatcher, dubbed the "milk snatcher", announces plans to abolish free school milk for over-sevens. In defiance, Labour-controlled councils pledge to continue supplying universal free milk for schoolchildren.

On 21st June the International Court of Justice in The Hague rules that South Africa's administration of Namibia (South West Africa) is illegal.

The Kingsway Tunnel (or Wallasey Tunnel) is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 24th June.

The musical Man Of La Mancha closes on Broadway on 26th June after 2,328 performances.

Three Russian cosmonauts, who had been in space for a record 23 days, are found dead in their Soyuz 11 spacecraft when it returns to earth on 30th June. The Soyuz 11 had been launched on 6th June and had docked with the world's first space station, Salyut 1, on 7th June.

On the same day the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution extends full voting rights to 18-year-olds.


Learie Constantine, the West Indian cricketer who served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and who became the UK's first black peer, dies on 1st July, aged 69.

The Erskine Bridge over the River Clyde is opened by Princess Anne on 2nd July.

Jim Morrison, the 27-year-old lead singer of the Doors, is found dead in a bath at his Paris apartment on Saturday, 3rd July. The inscription on his tombstone in the Père Lachaise cemetery reads: "Kata ton diamona eay toy" ("True to his own spirit").

Louis Armstrong dies on 6th July, aged 71.

London Underground opens a southern extension to the Victoria Line. A new station is opened in Brixton on 23rd July together with new Victoria Line stops at Vauxhall and Stockwell stations.

On 25th July Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first human heart and lung transplant.

Apollo 15, the ninth manned mission in the United States' Apollo program, is launched from Cape Kennedy on 26th July.

Nicolette Milnes-Walker arrives in Newport, Rhode Island on 26th July, forty-five days after setting sail from Milford Haven in a 30-foot yacht, Aziz. She is the first woman to sail non-stop single-handed across the Atlantic.

On 30th July an All Nippon Airlines Boeing 727 passenger aircraft and a jet fighter collide in mid-air over Japan. 162 people are killed.

Aug On 1st August George Harrison holds a Concert for Bangladesh in Madison Square Garden, New York. Harrison is joined on stage by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston and Ringo Starr.

On 5th August the three editors of the underground magazine Oz are given prison terms under the Obscene Publications Act: James Anderson gets 12 months, Felix Dennis 9 months, and Richard Neville 15 months and recommended for deportation. The magazine is fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs up to £1,250. On 9th August the three editors are released on bail pending an appeal.

Emergency powers allowing internment without trial are introduced in Northern Ireland 9th August. There are violent scenes on the streets as more than 300 IRA suspects are arrested.

Car designer Walter Bentley, founder of Bentley Motors, dies on 13th August, aged 83.

Bahrain formally declares its independence on 15th August.

Juan José Torres is deposed as President of Bolivia, overthrown in a bloody coup d'état led by General Hugo Banzer, who succeeds him as President on 22nd August.

The old penny and threepenny bit coins cease to be legal tender after 31st August.

Sep On Thursday, 9th September the British Ambassador to Uruguay, Geoffrey Jackson, is freed by the left-wing guerrillas who had held him captive for eight months.

On the same day a riot breaks out at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York. The riot is brought to a violent end after four days as law enforcement officers open fire, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages.

Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev dies on 11th September, aged 77.

On 15th September a group of 12 activists set out on a fishing trawler from Vancouver to protest against US nuclear testing in Alaska. The boat, christened Greenpeace for the voyage, is turned back by the US Coast Guard before reaching its goal of Anchitka Island.

Five seamen die in a fire aboard the trawler Dinas on 17th September. The trawler burst into flames shortly after leaving Fleetwood on her way to fishing grounds off Iceland.

On 24th September, acting on information from a Russian defector and former KGB agent, Oleg Lyalin, the UK government expels 90 Russian diplomats and officials for spying. 15 others who were out of the country at the time are forbidden to return.

Oct The 63 passengers and crew aboard a BEA Vickers Vanguard (Flight BE706 from London to Salzburg) are killed when the plane crashes in Belgium on 2nd October.

Protesters greet Japanese Emperor Hirohito in silence when he visits London on 9th October.

Gene Vincent, best known for his 1956 hit Be-Bop-A-Lula, dies from a perforated ulcer on 12th October, aged 36.

Queen Elizabeth II opens the Pennine stretch of the M62 motorway on 14th October.

The German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 20th October.

At least 21 people are killed and 100 injured by a gas explosion at the Clarkston Toll shopping centre in Glasgow on 21st October.

On 25th October the United Nations General Assembly passes Resolution 2758 by 76-35 with 17 abstentions. It recognizes the People's Republic of China (PRC) as "the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations" and expels Taiwan.

On 27th October The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.

On 28th October MPs vote by 356-244 in favour of the UK joining the Common Market.

At 4.30am on Sunday, 31st October a bomb explodes on the 33rd floor of the Post Office Tower in central London.

The three-year British Standard Time experiment introduced by Harold Wilson's Labour government in 1968 comes to an end on 31st October, with Britain reverting to Greenwich Mean Time and clocks being put back by an hour. During the experiment Britain remained on GMT+1 throughout the year.

Nov On 5th November the Court of Appeal quashes the convictions against the three editors of Oz magazine.

The novelist, playwright and law reform activist A.P. Herbert dies on 11th November, aged 81.

The unmanned American orbiter probe, Mariner 9, sent on a year-long mission to take photos of the planet Mars, begins its study of the planet on Saturday, 13th November. It is the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

Dame Gladys Cooper, whose acting career spanned seven decades on stage, in films and on television, dies on 17th November, aged 82.

The President of Pakistan, Yahya Khan, declares a state of emergency on 23rd November as the crisis in Bangladesh (East Pakistan) worsens.

Dec On 2nd December six Arab emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain) agree to form a federation called the United Arab Emirates.

On the same day a Select Committee recommends that The Queen's annual allowance be doubled to £980,000 a year. On 6th December the Review Body of Top Salaries recommends that, from 1972, the Prime Minister's salary be raised to £20,000 a year and that MPs' salaries be raised to $4,500 a year.

Heavy fighting breaks out between India and Pakistan on 3rd December. On 16th December India accepts the surrender of all armed forces in East Pakistan and later orders a cease-fire on its western border with Pakistan.

On 20th December Zulfikar Ali Bhutto takes over as President of Pakistan.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • Bay City Rollers
  • Tony Christie
  • Elton John
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Partridge Family
  • Labi Siffre
  • Slade
  • Rod Stewart
  • Sweet

UK Best-selling Singles

My Sweet Lord (single cover).

  • Badfinger
    No Matter What

  • Joan Baez
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

  • Shirley Bassey
    For All We Know

  • Bay City Rollers
    Keep On Dancing

  • Cilla Black
    Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight)

  • Blue Mink
    Banner Man

  • Bob and Marcia
    Pied Piper

  • Carpenters
    Superstar / For All We Know

  • C.C.S.
    Tap Turns On The Water

  • Cher
    Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves

  • Tony Christie
    I Did What I Did For Maria

  • Tony Christie
    (Is This The Way To) Amarillo

  • Dave and Ansil Collins
    Double Barrel

  • Judy Collins
    Amazing Grace

  • Perry Como
    It's Impossible

  • Dana
    Who Put The Lights Out

  • Dawn

  • Dawn
    Knock Three Times

  • Deep Purple
    Strange Kind Of Woman

  • Neil Diamond
    I Am ... I Said

  • Neil Diamond
    Sweet Caroline

  • The Equals
    Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

  • The Fortunes
    Freedom Come, Freedom Go

  • Four Tops
    Simple Game

  • Free
    My Brother Jake

  • Al Green
    Tired Of Being Alone

  • Greyhound
    Black and White

  • George Harrison
    My Sweet Lord

  • Isaac Hayes
    Theme from 'Shaft'

  • Benny Hill
    Ernie (the Fastest Milkman In The West)

  • Elton John
    Your Song

  • Tom Jones
    She's A Lady

  • The Kinks
    Ape Man

  • John Kongos
    He's Gonna Step On You Again

  • John Kongos
    Tokoloshe Man

  • John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band
    Power To The People

  • Lobo
    Me And You And A Dog Named Boo

  • Paul McCartney
    Another Day

  • McGuinness Flint
    Malt and Barley Blues

  • Curtis Mayfield
    Move On Up

  • Middle of the Road
    Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

  • Middle of the Road
    Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum

  • Mungo Jerry
    Baby Jump

  • New World
    Tom-Tom Turnaround

  • Olivia Newton-John
    Banks Of The Ohio

  • Olivia Newton-John
    If Not For You

  • Peter Noone
    Oh You Pretty Thing

  • Gilbert O'Sullivan
    No Matter How I Try

  • Pioneers
    Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

  • Cliff Richard
    Sunny Honey Girl

  • Clodagh Rodgers
    Jack In The Box
    [Eurovision Song Contest:
    UK entry]

  • The Rolling Stones
    Brown Sugar

  • Diana Ross
    I'm Still Waiting

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
    Soldier Blue

  • Labi Siffre
    It Must Be Love

  • Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
    Did You Ever

  • Slade
    Coz I Luv You

  • Hurricane Smith
    Don't Let It Die

  • Ringo Starr
    It Don't Come Easy

  • Ray Stevens
    Bridget The Midget (The Queen Of The Blues)

  • Rod Stewart
    Maggie May

  • The Supremes
    Nathan Jones

  • The Supremes
    Stoned Love

  • Sweet

  • Sweet
    Funny Funny

  • Tams
    Hey Girl Don't Bother Me

  • James Taylor
    You've Got A Friend

  • R. Dean Taylor
    Indiana Wants Me

  • T. Rex
    Get It On

  • T. Rex
    Hot Love

  • T. Rex

  • White Plains
    When You Are A King

One Hit Wonders
  • Lynn Anderson
    Rose Garden

  • Ashton, Gardner and Dyke
    Resurrection Shuffle

  • Congregation
    Softly Whispering I Love You

  • Curved Air
    Back Street Luv

  • Clive Dunn

  • East of Eden
    Jig A Jig

  • Fantastics
    Something Old, Something New

  • Tami Lynn
    I'm Gonna Run Away From You

  • The Mixtures
    Pushbike Song

  • Piglets
    Johnny Reggae

  • Redbone
    The Witch Queen of New Orleans

Hit Albums

Carole King, Tapestry (album cover).

  • Marvin Gaye
    What's Going On

  • Carole King

  • John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band

  • Paul and Linda McCartney

  • Joni Mitchell

  • The Moody Blues
    Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

  • The Rolling Stones
    Sticky Fingers

  • Cat Stevens
    Teaser And The Firecat

  • Rod Stewart
    Every Picture Tells A Story

  • Barbra Streisand
    Stoney End

  • James Taylor
    Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon

  • T. Rex
    Electric Warrior

  • The Who
    Who's Next

  • Andy Williams
    Home Loving Man

  • Yes
    The Yes Album

Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Alias Smith And Jones
  • Bananas
    (Woody Allen)

  • Bedknobs And Broomsticks
  • Carnal Knowledge
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Death In Venice
  • The Devils
  • Dirty Harry
  • Fiddler On The Roof
  • The French Connection
  • Get Carter
  • The Go-Between
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Le Mans
  • Little Big Man
  • Love Story
  • Murphy's War
  • The Music Lovers
  • Nicholas And Alexandra
  • Song Of Norway
  • Straw Dogs
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Traffic
  • Valdez Is Coming

On Stage

'Company' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:

On Television
  • And Mother Makes Three
  • Bless This House
  • Blue Peter Royal Safari
  • Dave Allen At Large
    (Series 1)

  • Doctor Who (Season 8, Jon Pertwee)
  • Elizabeth R
  • Father, Dear Father
    (Series 4 and 5)

  • The Generation Game
    (Bruce Forsyth)

  • The Goodies
    (Series 2)

  • Hadleigh (Series 2)
  • It's Cliff Richard
  • The Last Of The Baskets
  • The Liver Birds
    (Series 2)

  • Look - Mike Yarwood!
    (Series 1)

  • The Morecambe & Wise Show
    (Series 5 and 6)

  • The Old Grey Whistle Test
  • On The Buses
    (Series 5)

  • The Onedin Line
  • Opportunity Knocks
  • Parkinson
  • Sale Of The Century
  • The Two Ronnies
    (Series 1)

  • Upstairs, Downstairs

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
HRH The Princess Anne

Cricket: England win the seventh Test against Australia to reclaim the Ashes.
India win a Test series against England on English soil for the first time, winning the decisive Third Test at The Oval by 4 wickets.

Boxing: Joe Frazier defeats Casius Clay at Madison Square Garden to retain his World Heavyweight title.
Henry Cooper retires from boxing after losing his European, Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles to Joe Bugner.

Rugby Union: Wales win the Five Nations Championship, beating the other four teams - England, Irealnd, Scotland and France - to take the Triple Crown and the 'Grand Slam'.
The British Lions win a Test series in New Zealand for the first time.

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

Horse Racing: Specify, ridden by Johnny Cook, wins the Grand National.
Geoff Lewis becomes the first jockey to achieve the "Epsom treble" by winning the Derby (on Mill Reef), the Coronation Cup and the Oaks (on Altesse Royale).

Golf: Charles Coody wins the 35th US Masters at Augusta, finishing 2 strokes ahead of the runners-up, Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus.
Lee Trevino wins the US Open at Merion Golf Club, Ardmore. Trevino also wins the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Great Britain & Ireland win the Walker Cup from the United States for the first time since 1938.

Football: Arsenal do the double, finishing the football season as both League Champions and winners of the FA Cup. Arsenal secure the championship with a 1-0 win over Spurs and beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup Final.
Chelsea win the European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the final.

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

Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats the defending Champion, Margaret Court, in the women's singles final at Wimbledon (6-4, 6-1).
The men's defending Champion, John Newcombe, beats Stan Smith in five sets to take the men's singles title (6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4).

Sailing: Chay Blyth sails non-stop around the world (east to west) in 292 days.
The British team wins the Admiral's Cup, skippered by Prime Minister Edward Heath aboard the yacht Morning Cloud.

Chess: Bobby Fisher wins the World Chess Championships.

Eventing: Princess Anne wins the European Three Day Event Championship on Doublet.

Show jumping: Harvey Smith wins the British Show Jumping Derby on 15th August but is stripped of the title and his £2,000 winnings after making a two-fingered 'V-sign' in the direction of the judges. His disqualification is reversed two days later.

Motor Racing: Jackie Stewart wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.


Man Booker Prize

V. S. Naipaul
In A Free State

On the shortlist:

Thomas Kilroy
The Big Chapel

Doris Lessing
Briefing For A Descent Into Hell

Mordecai Richler
St. Urbain's Horseman

Derek Robinson
Goshawk Squadron

Elizabeth Taylor
Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont

Postcard from 1971.

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Who said that?

Advertising ... The Real Thing

Good times, bad times, there will always be advertising. In good times people want to advertise; in bad times they have to.
Bruce Barton

The secret of all effective originality in advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.
Leo Burnett

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
Norman Douglas

Publicity and advertising are the major arts today. They shape the consciousness of the people far more than actual art does.
Arthur Miller,
'The Independent Magazine', 2nd October 2004

Creative without strategy is called 'art'. Creative with strategy is called 'advertising'.
Jef I. Richards

Everyone lives by selling something.
Robert Louis Stevenson

It must always be kept in mind that the customer often knows more about the goods than the advertising writers because they have had experience in buying them.
John Wanamaker

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark: you know what you are doing but nobody else does.
Edgar Watson Howe

Don't knock it, it's a hit!

Listen, kid, take my advice, never hate a song that has sold a half-million copies!
Cole Porter

Neil Diamond

You want poetry, you listen to Neil Diamond: you want good advice, you listen to your mother.
Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), 'The Golden Girls'

New York

The city of Dreadful Height.
James Bone

New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.
Johnny Carson

That's incredible. Imagine seven million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must be the friendliest place on earth.
Mick 'Crocodile Dundee' (Paul Hogan), 'Crocodile Dundee'

Little old Noisyville-on-the-Subway.
O. Henry, 'Strictly Business'

A city where everyone mutinies but no one deserts.
Harry Hershfield

New York is appalling, fantastically charmless, and elaborately dire.
Henry James

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.
Mignon McLaughlin, 'The Second Neurotic's Notebook'

I grant you it's an exciting, vibrant, stimulating, fabulous city, but it's not Mecca, it just smells like it.
Neil Simon, 'California Suite'

New York is like a disco, but without the music.
Elaine Stritch,
'The Observer', 17th February 1980.

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