A Song For Europe
Following the pantomime season Lyn Paul returns to cabaret, performing in Blackpool, Birkenhead and Wakefield.
On Saturday, 26th February Lyn attends the second day of the race meeting at Kempton Park for The Piper Heidsieck Jumping Awards. Lyn presents the winning Trainer Fred Winter with a magnum of champagne.
On Wednesday, 9th March Lyn Paul takes part in the Song For Europe contest to select the United Kingdom's entry for the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest. There are twelve songs to choose from, including entries from Carl Wayne (former lead singer with The Move); The Foundations (best known for their late-60s' hits Build Me Up Buttercup and Baby, Now That I've Found You); and Sweet Sensation (famous for their 1974 number 1 hit Sad Sweet Dreamer). One of the other groups in the contest, a trio by the name of Rags, includes in its line-up Nicola Martin and Jill Shirley, both of whom would go on to be instrumental in the Eurovision success of Bucks Fizz in 1981.
Hosted by Terry Wogan, the Song For Europe takes place at the New London Theatre. A national strike by BBC cameramen prevents it from being shown on television but the show goes ahead and is broadcast by the BBC on Radio 2. After the songs have been performed, 14 regional juries in Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Leeds, Bangor, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton each award their marks. Lyn's song, a ballad entitled If Everybody Loved The Same As You (Pye7N 45678) does well with the jury from Manchester but loses out to Rock Bottom by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran, who go on to represent the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.
The prospect of further industrial action by outside broadcast cameramen threatens the Eurovision Song Contest itself and leads the BBC to abandon its plans to stage it at Wembley on 2nd April. Once the dispute is resolved, the Contest is rescheduled for 7th May. Marie Myriam wins for France with L'Oiseau et L'Enfant. The UK entry comes second, as so many of its best entries had before.
1977 includes a string of TV and radio appearances for Lyn Paul, including Pete Murray's Open House (BBC Radio 2, Easter Monday), Pebble Mill At One (BBC1, 18th April), The Little and Large Tellyshow (Thames Television, 2nd May) and A Show Of My Own with Dave Evans (Yorkshire Television, Monday, 11th July, 8.00pm).
Between 17th June - 17th September Lyn appears in a second Summer Season with Freddie Starr, this time at the Winter Gardens, Margate. Rehearsals begin on 13th June. The shows are a lot of fun, with Lyn and Freddie playing practical jokes on one another. "Lyn started it," Freddie later told the press, "One day, we were just talking, and for no reason at all, she suddenly giggled, and threw a glass of wine at me." From that moment on, it was war: "When Lyn was singing I went on stage with a fire extinguisher and squirted it all over her. I drenched her ... but like a real trouper she went on singing. She was terrific." Lyn gets her own back: "A few nights later she walked out when I was on stage and threw a bucket of water all over me."
In the Autumn Lyn returns to the cabaret circuit. She also joins Freddie Starr again for a series of shows at the London Palladium.
- 26th September, Fiesta Club, Sheffield.
- 2nd October, Westfield Country Club, near Hull.
- 17th - 29th October, London Palladium.
- 30th October, Poco a Poco, Stockport.
- 20th November, Kings, Birmingham.
Pye Records release a follow up to Lyn's Song For Europe single, I Don't Believe You Ever Loved Me (Pye7N 46026).
On 23rd November Lyn makes another TV appearance on Wednesday at Eight (Thames Television, Series 2, Episode 1). Hosted by Tom O'Connor, the show also features appearances by comedian Jim Davidson and ventriloquist Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear. Top the bill is Frankie Vaughan.
Lyn opts out of panto to spend a Christmas at home with her family. Just before Christmas, she flies north for a booking in the Shetland Islands and finds herself sharing a plane with Lena Zavaroni, who is also going home for Christmas.
Randy Newman's 1977 album Little Criminals includes Newman's version of I'll Be Home, a song he had originally recorded with Harry Nillson on the 1970 album Nillson Sings Newman. Lyn Paul sang the lead vocal on the New Seekers' version of this song - first issued as a studio recording on the 1971 album Beautiful People and later as a concert recording on the album Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
In the USA the Doobie Brothers have a minor hit with Echoes Of Love, a track from their album Livin' On The Fault Line. Lyn Paul records the song and releases it as a single in the UK in 1983.
At the 1977 Ivor Novello Awards the award for 'Best Pop Song' goes to Don't Go Breaking My Heart, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin; the award for 'Best Middle of the Road Song' goes to Music by John Miles. The New Seekers had covered both songs on their 1976 comeback album Together Again.
|In the News - 1977
On 1st January a new 200-mile fishing zone comes into effect around the UK.
On 3rd January the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approves a loan to the UK of £2,300 million.
Roy Jenkins takes office as President of the European Commission on 6th January.
EMI sack the Sex Pistols on the same day after members of the group swear at staff at Heathrow Airport. The band and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, get £40,000 in compensation.
Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1957, dies on 14th January, aged 79.
Peter Finch, acclaimed for his role as Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network, dies on the same day, aged 60.
A convicted murderer, Gary Gilmore, is executed by firing squad on Monday, 17th January in the Utah State Prison, Salt Lake City. He is the first person to be executed in the USA for nearly ten years.
On 20th January Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the USA. The next day he grants a pardon to all those who had evaded conscription during the Vietnam War.
On 29th January seven IRA bombs explode in and around Oxford Street in the West End of London.
The Pompidou Centre opens in Paris on 2nd February.
An IRA "bomb factory" is discovered in Liverpool on 4th February. On 9th February the Provisional IRA gunmen involved in the Balcombe Street siege are given life sentences for murder, with a recommendation that they serve a minimum of 30 years.
President Carter declares the northern part of New York State around the city of Buffalo a major disaster area on 5th February, following a deadly blizzard that first hit the area on 28th January.
Tony Crosland, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, dies on 19th February, aged 58, after being in a coma for six days, Dr. David Owen is appointed as his successor on 21st February.
Keith Richards is arrested in Toronto on 27th February for possession of heroin and cocaine.
||Romania is hit by a huge earthquake on 4th March.
On 11th March the film director Roman Polanski is charged with raping a 13-year-old girl at the home of Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.
Indira Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India on 22nd March following the defeat of the ruling Congress party in the general election. Morarji Desai is sworn in as the new Prime Minister on 24th March.
On 23rd March the UK government survives a vote of "no confidence" in the House of Commons by 322 votes to 298.
583 people are killed on Sunday, 27th March when two jumbo jets collide in thick fog on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife.
Rocky wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 49th Academy Awards ceremony on 28th March.
The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, resigns as Leader of the Labour party on 8th April after it becomes known that he and his wife Leah Rabin had two illegal US bank accounts. He takes a vacation from his duties as Prime Minister, resignation from a caretaker government being illegal under Israeli law. Defense Minister Shimon Peres is elected to succeed him and takes over as the unofficial acting Prime Minister.
The musical Annie opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on 21st April.
Oil from the Ekofisk Bravo drilling platform escapes into the North Sea on 22nd April when an incorrectly fitted safety valve fails. A team of experts flown in from Texas stops the flood of oil at their fifth attempt.
Studio 54, New York's famed disco, opens on 26th April.
On 27th April maintenance engineers at Heathrow Airport return to work after a 24 day unofficial strike. The strike had forced British Airways to cancel domestic and European flights and cost the company an estimated £15 million.
Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Donald Coggan, meet at The Vatican. A Common Declaration is issued on 29th April.
||A RAF Canberra aircraft of No. 39 Squadron crashes into a housing estate in Hartford, north-east of Huntingdon on 3rd May, killing three young children and the crew of two. Five people are injured.
On 4th May, following criticism from the Price Commission, the Post Office decides to give its customers a £7 rebate.
Joan Crawford dies in New York City on 10th May, aged 69.
Peter Jay, the son-in-law of the British Prime Minister James Callaghan, is appointed as the UK's ambassador to the USA on 11th May.
John Poulsen is released from Lincoln Prison on 13th May, having served 3 years and 3 months of his seven-year sentence.
Five people die on 15th May when a helicopter collides with a Tiger Moth at the Biggin Hill Air Show.
The Likud party led by Menachem Begin wins the Israeli general elections on 17th May.
The Orient-Express arrives in Istanbul for the last time on 22nd May.
On 23rd May nine South Moluccan terrorists take passengers hostage aboard a train near the village of Glimmen in the Netherlands. At the same time four other terrorists seize 6 teachers and 105 pupils at a school in Bovensmilde.
On 26th May US toy designer George Willig climbs the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. He is fined $1.10 - one cent for each of the building's 110 stories.
The Italian film director Roberto Rosselini dies on 3rd June, aged 71.
Five British plane-spotters, who had been arrested in Greece in March and given 10-month prison sentences for spying, are released on 4th June after 10 weeks in jail. They are allowed to exchange the balance of their jail terms for fines.
God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols enters the UK singles chart on 4th June, just in time for the celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.
On 6th June Queen Elizabeth II lights a bonfire at Windsor Great Park, the first in a chain of 100 bonfires across the UK. On 7th June she attends a Jubilee Day ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. More than a million people line the streets of London to watch the Royal procession pass by.
The musical Pippin closes on Broadway on 12th June after 1,944 performances.
On Wednesday, 15th June democratic elections are held in Spain for the first time in 41 years. The Unión de Centro Democrático (UCD) led by Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez wins 165 of the 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies.
Fianna Fáil, led by Jack Lynch, wins the Irish general election held on 16th June.
Djibouti (formerly the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas) becomes an independent nation on 27th June.
Elvis Presley performs his last ever concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis on 26th June.
Elton John becomes the Chairman of Watford Football Club on 28th June.
In Pakistan President Zalfikar Ali Bhutto is deposed in a military coup on 5th July.
On 11th July, following the publication of a contentious poem about Christ, Gay News and its editor Denis Lemon are found guilty of blasphemous libel.
On the same day thousands of miners and other trade unionists join the picket lines outside the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Willesden, north London.
New York is blacked out on 13th July when lightning hits a power transformer. There is widespread looting and vandalism.
With wages and inflation still rising, the UK government abandons its 'social contract' with the TUC. On 15th July the Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey announces a phased return to free collective bargaining.
Deng Xiaoping returns to power in China on 22nd July, taking back the posts of Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Military Commission and Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army.
The President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, dies on 3rd August, aged 63.
On 10th and 11th August Queen Elizabeth II makes her first official visit to Northern Ireland since 1966.
On Saturday, 13th August a demonstration against a National Front march through Lewisham becomes violent, leading to the arrest of more than 200 of the protesters.
On Tuesday, 16th August Elvis Presley is found unconscious on the bathroom floor of his Graceland home. He is rushed to hospital but is pronounced dead on arrival. His last words, as reported by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, were: "I'm going to the can, Ginger." On 18th August an estimated 100,000 fans line the streets of Memphis to watch his funeral cortège pass by.
Groucho Marx dies on 19th August, aged 86.
The NASA space probe Voyager 2 is launched on 20th August to explore the outer planets. Its twin Voyager 1 is launched on 5th September.
Lord Scarman's Court of Inquiry Report into the Grunwick dispute is published on 25th August. It recommends the reinstatement of the strikers.
On 29th August the Notting Hill Carnival is marred by muggings, looting and violence.
The ruling Rhodesian Front led by Ian Smith wins the general election held Rhodesia on 31st August.
The President of the West German Employers' Federation, Dr. Hanns-Martin Schleyer, is kidnapped on 5th September by terrorists demanding the release of 11 Baader-Meinhof prisoners. Dr. Schleyer's body is found in the boot of a car six weeks later.
In France the guillotine is used to carry out a death sentence for the last time when Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder, is executed on Saturday, 10th September
In South Africa, on 12th September, the anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies while in police custody.
On Friday, 16th September Marc Bolan is killed in a car crash in Barnes, south west London, aged 29. Maria Callas dies of a heart attack at her home in Paris on the same day, aged 53.
On Tuesday, 20th September Vietnam is admitted as the 149th member of the United Nations.
Victor, a 15-year-old giraffe at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, who did the splits while mating and then couldn't get up again, dies on 20th September during an attempt to winch him back to his feet.
Freddie Laker's Skytrain flies from London Gatwick to New York for the first time on 26th September, offering cut-price "no frills" flights across the Atlantic for just £59.
Labour MP Reg Prentice defects to the Conservatives on 8th October.
On 10th October the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the founders of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. Amnesty International is awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize.
Bing Crosby (in his own words: "an average guy who could carry a tune") dies in Spain on 14th October. He had recorded his last TV appearance the month before, performing Little Drummer Boy with David Bowie. By a macabre coincidence Bowie had also duetted with Marc Bolan the week before Bolan's death.
Film producer Sir Michael Balcon, whose films included The 39 Steps (1935), Passport To Pimlico (1949) and The Ladykillers (1953), dies on 17th October, aged 81.
Hijackers demanding the release of Baader-Meinhof prisoners take over a Lufthansa flight from Majorca to Frankfurt. Following the murder of the pilot, West German commandos storm the plane in Mogadishu, killing three of the four hijackers. On the same day (18th October) three Baader-Meinhof terrorists commit suicide in Stammheim prison, Stuttgart.
On 19th October the South African Justice Minister James Kruger announces a ban on 18 anti-apartheid organisations and the closure of the daily newspaper The World and its associated Weekend World. On the same day the editor of the Daily Dispatch, Donald Woods, is served with a five-year banning order under the Internal Security Act just as he is about to board a plane for the United States.
A section of the West End Pier in Morecambe is destroyed by severe gales on 11th November.
Women in Edinburgh hold the first 'Reclaim the Night' march in the UK on 12th November to demand justice for rape survivors, following similar marches in Belgium and Italy the year before.
UK firefighters begin their first-ever national strike on 14th November.
A TAP Boeing 727 (Flight 425 from Brussels to Madeira) crashes as it lands in Funchal on 19th November, killing 131 of the 164 people on board.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt visits Israel and on 20th November becomes the first Arab leader to address the Knesset.
Concordes operated by British Airways and Air France begin scheduled services from London and Paris to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on 22nd November.
On 25th November, at the end of a High Court hearing lasting 31 days, Justice Sir Christopher Slade rules that the cricketers who had signed up for Kerry Packer's so-called "cricket circus" can not be banned from international cricket.
Dramatist Terence Rattigan, best known for plays such The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), dies on 30th November, aged 66.
On 2nd December, at the end of a three-week inquest into the death in custody of Steve Biko, Pretoria's chief magistrate rules that the police were not to blame for his "extensive brain injuries".
Following the execution of two convicted murderers in Bermuda on 2nd December, British troops are sent to the island to help maintain order.
Bophuthatswana, one of ten black 'homelands' created in apartheid South Africa, is granted independence on Tuesday, 6th December.
The coalition government of the Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and the National Country Party, led by Doug Anthony, is re-elected to a second term in the federal elections held in Australia on 10th December.
Lady Spencer-Churchill, the widow of Sir Winston Churchill, dies on 12th December, aged 92.
On Friday, 16th December Queen Elizabeth II opens the £71 million extension of the Piccadilly Line tube from Hatton Cross to Heathrow - the world's first underground rail service to link a capital city to a major airport.
On 23rd December Cat Stevens formally changes his name to Yusuf Islam.
Charlie Chaplin dies at his home in Switzerland on Christmas Day, aged 88.
|In the Charts
UK Chart débuts
- Elkie Brooks
- Elvis Costello
- The Dooleys
- Earth Wind and Fire
- Peter Gabriel
- The Jam
- Tom Robinson
- Village People
|UK Best-selling Singles
Knowing Me Knowing You
The Name Of The Game
Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Yes Sir I Can Boogie
- Brotherhood of Man
- Julie Covington
Don't Cry For Me Argentina
- Detroit Emeralds
Feel The Need In Me Re-recording)
- Eddie and The Hotrods
Do Anything You Wanna Do
- Berni Flint
I Don't Want To Put A Hold On You
- Steve Gibbons Band
- Hot Chocolate
So You Win Again
- The Jacksons
Show You The Way To Go
- Manhattan Transfer
- Bob Marley and The Wailers
- Mr. Big [UK band]
- The Muppets
Halfway Down The Stairs
- The Muppets
The Muppet Show Music Hall EP
- John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett
- Elvis Presley
We Are The Champions
- Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
- Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
- Kenny Rogers
- Leo Sayer
When I Need You
- Boz Scaggs
- Boz Scaggs
What Can I Say
- Sex Pistols
God Save The Queen
- Sex Pistols
Living Next Door To Alice
- David Soul
Don't Give Up On Us
- David Soul
- Status Quo
Rockin' All Over The World
- Rod Stewart
I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest
- Barbra Streisand
Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)
- Donna Summer
I Feel Love
- Donna Summer
- Deniece Williams
Mull Of Kintyre
|One Hit Wonders
- La Belle Epoque
Black Is Black
- Debby Boone
You Light Up My Life
- Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
- Dead End Kids
Have I The Right
- Patsy Gallant
From New York To L.A.
- Dan Hill
Sometimes When We Touch
- Mink DeVille
- Danny Mirror
I Remember Elvis Presley (The King Is Dead)
- David Parton
Isn't She Lovely
- Racing Cars
They Shoot Horses Don't They
- Joe Tex
Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)
- Piero Umiliani
Mah Na Mah Na
- Meri Wilson
- Doobie Brothers
Livin' On The Fault Line
- Ian Dury and The Blockheads
New Boots and Panties!!
Out Of The Blue
- Fleetwood Mac
- Jean-Michel Jarre
- Bob Marley and The Wailers
- Randy Newman
- Cliff Richard
Every Face Tells A Story
- Cliff Richard
40 Golden Greats
- Sex Pistols
Never Mind The Bollocks
- Cat Stevens
- Al Stewart
Year Of The Cat
- Rod Stewart
Foot Loose and Fancy Free
- Donna Summer
I Remember Yesterday
|At the Movies
- Airport '77
- Annie Hall
- A Bridge Too Far
- The Deep
- The Eagle Has Landed
- Exorcist II: The Heretic
- New York, New York
- Saturday Night Fever [USA]
- The Spy Who Loved Me
- A Star Is Born
Tony Award for Best Musical:
West End Theatre
Award for Musical of the Year:
The Comedy Of Errors
- Abigail's Party
(Play for Today)
- Are You Being Served?
- Cheggers Plays Pip
- Citizen Smith
- Dad's Army
- Dave Allen And Friends
- Dawson And Friends
- Doctor Who (Seasons 14 and 15)
- The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
- George And Mildred
- The Good Life
- It Ain't Half Hot Mum
- It'll Be All Right On The Night
- Jesus Of Nazareth
- The Krypton Factor
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- The Little And Large Tellyshow
- The Liver Birds
- The Man From Atlantis
- Mind Your Language
- The Muppet Show
- The Professionals
- The Rag Trade
- Rising Damp
- Take Hart
- The Two Ronnies
of the Year:
Boxing: John Conteh retains his position as World Light-heavyweight Boxing Champion when he defeats Len Hutchins in the third round of their title fight in Liverpool.
Cricket: on 17th March Australia beat England in the Centenary Test match in Melbourne.
Tony Greig is dismissed as the England captain on 13th May after recruiting players for Kerry Packer's "cricket circus".
On 11th August Geoff Boycott scores his 100th century whilst playing for England in the fourth Test against Australia at Headingley. He is the 18th cricketer to achieve this but the first to do so in a Test match. England win the match to regain the Ashes.
Rugby Union: France win the Five Nations Championship, beating the other four teams to claim the 'Grand Slam'. Wales beat England, Ireland and Scotland to win the Triple Crown.
Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the annual Boat Race against Cambridge by seven lengths.
Horse Racing: Red Rum, ridden by Tommy Stack, beats Churchtown Boy to win the Grand National for a record third time.
Jockey Lester Piggott, riding The Minstrel, wins the Derby for the eighth time. Piggott also wins the Gold Cup at Ascot, riding Sagaro, for the third year in a row.
Willie Carson wins the St. Leger riding Dunfermline.
Snooker: John Spencer beats Cliff Thorburn in the final of the World Snooker Championship (25-21). It is Thorburn's first Final and Spencer's third title.
Golf: Tom Watson wins the 41st US Masters at Augusta, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus.
Hubert Green wins the US Open at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Lou Graham.
Tom Watson wins the Open Championship at Turnberry. Jack Nicklaus is runner-up for the second year in a row.
Football: Bobby Moore retires.
Don Revie resigns as England Manager.
Liverpool lose 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup final but win the European Cup for the first time, beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in the final. Liverpool also end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division.
Cycling: Bernard Thévenet wins the Tour de France for the second time.
Tennis: Virginia Wade wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon. She beats Betty Stove in the final in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-1).
Björn Borg beats Jimmy Connors in five sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4) to take the men's singles title for the second year in a row.
Motor Racing: Barry Sheene retains his World 500cc motor cycle title.
Tom Pryce is killed in the South African Grand Prix.
Niki Lauda wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.
Gymnastics: Olga Korbut retires, aged 22.
Man Booker Prize
On the shortlist:
Peter Smart's Confessions
Great Granny Webster
Shadows On Our Skin
The Road To Lichfield
Quartet In Autumn