Lyn begins the year with more cabaret dates. January includes appearances at the Crystal Rooms in Hereford (Wednesday, 11th January) and at the Amsterdam Bar in Huddersfield (Sunday, 15th January). February includes a date at Allisons Club in Liverpool (Sunday, 19th February) which turns into a disaster. While Lyn is paying her hotel bill and chatting to the Manager and desk staff, thieves take all Lyn's belongings from her car. The haul includes Lyn's stage clothes and jewelry given to her by her parents.
Lyn makes a number of radio and television appearances during the course of 1978, including three appearances on Pebble Mill At One (BBC1) and an appearance on Celebrity Squares (ATV, Saturday, 22nd April, 6.15pm), hosted by Bob Monkhouse. Fellow guests on Celebrity Squares include Willy Rushton and those "dear ladies" Hinge and Bracket. Lyn is also a guest on The Don Estelle Easter Show, An Evening With Dave Evans (Yorkshire Television, Saturday, 29th April, 7.30pm), Seaside Special (BBC 1), The Freddie Starr Experience (London Weekend Television, Sunday, 10th September, 8.15pm). Guests on the Freddie Starr show include the sports broadcaster Dickie Davies and a number of actors known for their roles as TV cops - Nicholas Ball (from Hazell), Lewis Collins and Martin Short (The Professionals) and Frank Windsor (Z Cars and Softly, Softly).
On Wednesday, 17th May Lyn gets engaged to club owner Vince McCaffrey before heading down to the Festival Theatre, Paignton on 23rd May, where she stars in a third Summer Season with Freddie Starr. Whilst appearing there, Lyn announces that she and Vince plan to marry on 16th September. When September arrives, however, a theatrical engagement forces Lyn to postpone the wedding.
Starrtime '78 programme
In July, while Lyn Paul is appearing in Starrtime '78, the New Seekers have a hit single with Anthem (One Day In Every Week). The single spends 10 weeks on the UK singles chart and peaks at number 21. Shortly afterwards Eve Graham and Danny Finn quit the group. Danny teams up with the New Seekers' musical director John Franklin (also one of Lyn's friends) and heads for Germany. Lyn Paul's mum reports the news in a Fan Club Newsletter:
"A few years back John, along with Danny and two other fellas, formed the group Wishful Thinking and released a disc called 'Hiroshima'. It was a hit for them in Germany and, surprise surprise, it's done it again ... So the boys have been rehearsing together again and it looks like Germany, here we come. John came over and cooked for us on the barbecue last week and was most enthusiastic about the future" (Lyn Paul Fan Club Newsletter, October 1978)
featuring John Franklin (far left)
and Danny Finn (second from right).
From 24th September - 7th October Lyn has an engagement on a P&O Cruise of the Mediterranean, taking in Gibraltar, Barcelona, Palma, Las Palmas, and Madeira. Vince accompanies her on what should also have been their honeymoon.
On 5th December BBC Radio 2 broadcasts an episode of The Frankie Howerd Variety Show, which features Lyn performing Our Day Will Come and The Way We Were. The other guests on the programme are comic Mike Burton and The Dooleys.
At the end of the year Lyn's sister Mandi starts to appear with her on stage. She makes her début with Lyn at Fagins in Manchester on Christmas Eve.
Boney M top the singles chart in May with Rivers Of Babylon. In 1984 Lyn Paul covers the song on a K-Tel compilation of hits.
The Pointer Sisters release an album Energy, which includes cover versions of Fire by Bruce Springsteen and Echoes Of Love by the Doobie Brothers. Although Fire is the obvious choice for a hit single (US number 2 / UK number 34), it is Echoes Of Love that proves to be an inspiration for Lyn Paul. Five years later Lyn releases the song as a single on the Crash label.
|In the News - 1978
On 1st January an Air India jumbo jet explodes in mid-air after taking off from Bombay, killing all 213 people on board.
Newspaper editor, Donald Woods, who had escaped from house arrest in South Africa on New Year's Eve disguised as an Anglican priest, arrives at Gatwick airport on 1st January with his wife, Wendy, and their five children.
Michael Bates, who played Rangi Ram in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Cyril Blamire in Last Of The Summer Wine, dies on 11th January, aged 57.
Hubert Humphrey, who served as the 38th Vice President of the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson, dies on 13th January, aged
On 18th January the European Court of Human Rights finds Britain guilty of using "inhumane and degrading" interrogation techniques in Northern Ireland, so breaching Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
New smaller £1 notes are introduced in the UK on 9th February featuring a portrait of Sir Isaac Newton on one side.
On 13th February the presenter of the BBC's Tomorrow's World, Anna Ford, is announced as ITV's first woman newsreader.
The United States carries out a nuclear test in the Nevada desert on 13th February. Following this the French carry out a nuclear test on Muruora Island on 27th February.
Tom Robinson's Rising Free EP enters the UK singles chart on 18th February. One of the songs on the EP, Sing if You're Glad To Be Gay, is banned by the BBC.
Jack Jones retires as Secretary General of the Transport and General Workers Union.
Car workers at British Leyland's Speke factory vote to end their 17-week strike.
Soyuz 28 is launched on 2nd March with two cosmonauts aboard, Aleksei Gubarev and Czech Vladimir Remek, who becomes the first person from a country other than the USA or the USSR to travel in space.
The first episode of the comic science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday, 8th March.
Aldo Moro, five times Prime Minister of Italy, is kidnapped in Rome on 16th March. His dead body is found in a stolen car on 9th May.
Pakistan's former leader, Ali Bhutto, is sentenced to death on 18th March.
On 24th March the shipwrecked oil tanker, Amoco Cadiz, spills 50,000 tons of oil into the English Channel.
Actor and radio presenter Wilfred Pickles dies on 27th March, aged 73.
On 30th March the Conservative Party hires the largest British-owned advertising company, Saatchi & Saatchi, to revamp its image in time for the next General Election.
Annie Hall wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 50th Academy Awards ceremony on 3rd April.
On 7th April the US President, Jimmy Carter, calls an indefinite halt to the production of the neutron bomb. President Leonid Brezhnev follows suit.
Motorcycle stunt man Eddie Kidd breaks Evel Knievel's bus record on 8th April by jumping over 14 double-decker buses
On 18th April the US Senate approves the return of the Panama Canal to Panama by the year 2000.
On 20th April a Soviet Sukhoi Su-15 fighter plane shoots at a Korean Air Lines passenger aircraft (Flight 902 from Paris to Seoul) when it strays off course in Soviet airspace and fails to respond to repeated orders to land. Two of the passengers are killed. The other 107 people on board are rescued after the plane makes an emergency landing on the ice of a frozen lake.
Sandy Denny, formerly a member of Fairport Convention, falls down the stairs at a friend's house and dies from a brain haemorrhage on 21st April, aged 31.
Bob Marley makes his first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt in December 1976, when he and the The Wailers perform at the 'One Love Peace Concert' on 22nd April.
At the Eurovision Song Contest (held in Paris on the same day) Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta win for Israel with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi. The UK entry, The Bad Old Days by Co-Co, comes eleventh - the first time that the UK had finished outside the Top 10.
On 25th April the European Court of Human Rights rules that the use of the birch on young offenders in the Isle of Man is "degrading".
England and Wales get a May Day Bank Holiday for the first time.
On 10th May the news is announced from Buckingham Palace that Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon will divorce.
The former Prime Minister of Australia Sir Robert Menzies dies on 15th May, aged 83.
The coffin containing the body of Charlie Chaplin is discovered in a field near the Chaplin family home in Switzerland on Wednesday, 17th May, 11 weeks after being stolen by grave robbers.
On 19th May French and Belgian troops launch an airborne operation to rescue more than 2,800 Europeans being held hostage in Kolwezi, Zaire.
Yachtswoman Naomi James beats the solo round-the-world record by two days, sailing into Dartmouth harbour on Thursday, 8th June after 272 days at sea.
On 12th June serial killer David Berkowitz (the self-styled "Son of Sam") is sentenced to 275 years in prison.
Israeli troops complete their withdrawal from occupied territory in southern Lebanon on 13th June.
The musical Evita, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in London on 21st June, starring Elaine Paige as Eva Perón, David Essex as Che and Joss Ackland as Juan Perón.
Three members of the Provisional IRA - Dennis Brown, William Mailey and James Mulvenna - are killed on 21st June in an exchange of gunfire with the British army at the Ballysillan post office depot in Belfast. A civilian, William Hanna, is killed in the crossfire.
A bomb planted by separatists from Brittany explodes at the Palace of Versailles on 26th June.
On 30th June Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz are married at a civil ceremony at the Rathaus, Vienna. Queen Elizabeth II had approved the marriage but Pope Paul VI had refused permission for it to take place in a Roman Catholic church.
On 6th July, in the early hours of the morning, eleven people are killed and seventeen injured in a fire on the Penzance to Paddington sleeper train.
170 people are killed and more than 100 injured on 11th July when a tanker carrying liquid gas explodes at a camp site in eastern Spain.
The strike at the Grunwick film processing plant in Willesden, which had lasted for almost two years, is called off on 14th July. None of the workers who had been sacked during the dispute are reinstated.
On 17th July the Home Secretary Merlyn Rees announces a pay rises for police officers - 29.7% for a police constable in his first year of service and 45.5% for a constable with 15 or more years' service.
Louise Brown, the world's first "test-tube baby", is born at Oldham General Hospital shortly before midnight on Tuesday, 25th July.
Eddie Calvert, the 'Man with the Golden Trumpet', dies on 7th August, aged 56.
On Thursday, 10th August the Chrysler Corporation of America announces that it has agreed the sale of its European car and commercial vehicle companies to the French motor manufacturer Peugeot-Citroën.
Eagle II makes the first successful manned balloon crossing of the Atlantic on 17th August.
The President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, dies in Mombasa on 22nd August.
On 24th August, following press reports that high doses of plutonium had been found in the lungs of 12 workers, the Ministry of Defence announces the temporary closure of all plutonium facilities at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston "until staff working on the facilities can be given assurances on their radiological health state".
The Italian cardinal Albino Luciani is elected Pope on Saturday, 26th August. He honours his two predecessors by taking the name Pope John Paul I. 33 days later (29th September) he dies of a heart attack while reading in bed, making him the shortest-reigning Pope in history.
Charles Boyer dies on 26th August, two days before his 79th birthday.
At least two million people are made homeless by severe floods in northern India.
Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, dies from a drug overdose on 7th September.
Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian defector, dies in London on Monday, 11th September, four days after being stabbed in the leg with a poison-tipped umbrella. Coroners later found that he had been injected with ricin.
One of the founder-members of the Baader-Meinhof gang, Astrid Proll, is arrested in London on 15th September.
The German aircraft designer and manufacturer Willy Messerschmitt dies on the same day, aged 80.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and the Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meet with the US President Jimmy Carter for peace talks at Camp David. On Sunday, 17th September, after 12 days of negotiations, they sign the Camp David Accord
Carl Bridgewater, a 13-year-old paperboy, is shot in the head at close range on 19th September when he unwittingly disturbs burglars at an isolated farmhouse near Stourbridge in Staffordshire.
P.W. Botha succeeds John Voster as Prime Minister of South Africa on Thursday, 28th September. The following day Voster is elected President.
On 6th October Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA get married in Stockholm.
French singer-songwriter Jacques Brel dies of cancer on 9th October, aged 49.
Daniel Arap Moi is sworn in as President of Kenya on 10th October.
Nancy Spungen is stabbed to death on 12th October at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. Her boyfriend, former Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, is arrested on suspicion of murdering her. He is released on bail and dies of a drug overdose the following February.
On Sunday, 15th October, wearing T-shirts with the slogan 'A woman's place is on top', Vera Komarkova and Irene Miller become the first women climbers to reach the summit of the Himalayan peak Annapurna I.
Following the death of Pope John Paul I on 28th September, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Cracow, is elected Pope on Monday, 16th October. He takes the name Pope John Paul II.
Smash Hits is published for the first time.
Country singer Maybelle Carter dies on 23rd October, aged 69.
On 25th October Queen Elizabeth II attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication to mark the completion of Liverpool Cathedral. Building work had begun in 1904.
On Friday, 27th October a gunman, 36-year-old Barry Williams, kills three people on the Bustleholme estate in Wednesbury, before shooting dead a petrol-pump attendant in Nuneaton.
On the same day the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded jointly to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and the Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
The UK's newest tabloid newspaper, the Daily Star, rolls off the presses in Manchester on 2nd November.
The Caribbean island of Dominica gains independence from the UK on 3rd November.
On the same day the Secretary of State for Defence, Fred Mully, receives a report from Sir Edward Pochin, a senior radiologist who had been asked to conduct an inquiry into radiological safety at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. On 13th November it is announced that the main working areas of the site had been given safety clearance.
Following fierce rioting in Tehran on 5th November, the Shah of Iran places the country under military rule.
Artist Norman Rockwell dies on 8th November, aged 84.
On the same day the General Synod of the Church of England rejects proposals to allow the ordination of women priests.
On 18th November 914 members of an American religious sect, the People's Temple, are found dead at their headquarters in Guyana, South America, after an apparent mass suicide. The founder of the sect, Jim Jones, is among the dead.
At a committal hearing on 20th November in Minehead, Somerset, the former leader of the Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe is charged with conspiring to murder Norman Scott, with whom he is alleged to have had an affair in the early 1960s.
On 22nd November Ford car workers in the UK accept a 17% pay offer and call off their nine-week strike.
On 27th November Dan White, a city supervisor who had recently resigned and wanted his job back, shoots dead George Moscone, the Mayor of San Francisco, and Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man in the United States to win an election for public office.
Magician David Nixon dies on 1st December, aged 58.
In a referendum held in Spain on 6th December, voters give their approval to a new democratic constitution. It establishes Spain as a parliamentary monarchy.
Former Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, dies on 8th December, aged 80.
Following its defeat in two votes in the House of Commons on the previous day, the UK government narrowly wins a vote of confidence on 14th December by 300 votes to 290.
Following a meeting in Brussels of the nine EEC Heads of State, it is announced that the UK will not to join the European Monetary System.
Vietnamese forces invade Democratic Kampuchea (formerly Cambodia) on 25th December.
Following the constitutional referendum of 6th December, the Constitución Española is signed by King Juan Carlos on 27th December, transforming Spain into a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Kate Bush
- Ian Dury and the Blockheads
- Billy Joel
- Chaka Khan
- Meat Loaf
- Chris Rea
- Siouxsie and the Banshees
|UK Best-selling Singles
Summer Night City
Take A Chance On Me
- Bee Gees
- Bee Gees
Too Much Heaven
- Ivor Biggun and the Red-Nosed Burglars
The Winker's Song (Misprint)
Hanging On The Telephone
- Boney M
Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord
- Boney M
Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring
- Boney M
- Boomtown Rats
- Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip
I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper
- Kate Bush
My Best Friend's Girl
- City Boy
Three Times A Lady
Mr. Blue Sky
Sweet Talkin' Woman
Wild West Hero
- David Essex
Oh What A Circus
Kiss You All Over
- Father Abraham and the Smurfs
The Smurf Song
- Dean Friedman
- Crystal Gayle
Talking In Your Sleep
- Dan Hartman
Always And Forever / Mind Blowing Decisions
- Dee D. Jackson
- Mick Jackson
Blame It On The Boogie
Blame It On The Boogie
- Elton John
Song For Guy
- Patrick Juvet
I Love America
- Marshall Hain
Dancing In The City
- Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
Too Much Too Little Too Late
- Frankie Miller
- Olivia Newton-John
Hopelessly Devoted To You
- Gerry Rafferty
- Tom Robinson
Rising Free EP
- Rose Royce
Love Don't Live Here Anymore
- Leo Sayer
I Can't Stop Lovin' You
- Sex Pistols
No One Is Innocent (A Punk Prayer By Ronald Biggs) / My Way
- Rod Stewart
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy
- Donna Summer
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
- Three Degrees
Givin' Up Givin' In
- John Travolta
- John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
- John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
You're The One That I Want
- Village People
|One Hit Wonders
- Althia and Donna
Uptown Top Ranking
Isn't It Time
- Blue Oyster Cult
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
- Brian and Michael
Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs
- Raffaella Carra
Do It Do It Again
- Driver 67
One Nation Under A Groove (Part 1)
- Jilted John
- Sally Oldfield
- Samantha Sang
- A Taste Of Honey
Boogie Oogie Oogie
- Michael Zager Band
Let's All Chant
- Boney M
Night Flight To Venus
- Jackson Browne
Running On Empty
- Kate Bush
The Kick Inside
- Art Garfunkel
- Crystal Gayle
When I Dream
- Billy Joel
- Billy Joel
- Meat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell
- Nick Lowe
The Jesus Of Cool
- Bob Marley and the Wailers
- Olivia Newton-John
- Maddy Prior
Woman In The Wings
- Gerry Rafferty
City To City
A Song For All Seasons
- Cliff Richard
- The Rutles
- Saturday Night Fever
- Al Stewart
- Rod Stewart
Blondes Have More Fun
- Thin Lizzy
Live and Dangerous
- Jeff Wayne
War Of The Worlds
- Don Williams
|At the Movies
- ABBA - The Movie
- Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
- Death On The Nile
- The Goodbye Girl
- Heaven Can Wait
- Revenge Of The Pink Panther
- Saturday Night Fever [UK]
- Star Wars
- Watership Down
Tony Award for Best Musical:
West End Theatre
Award for Musical of the Year:
- All Creatures Great And Small
- Are You Being Served?
- Blake's 7
- Bruce Forsyth's Big Night
- Citizen Smith
- Doctor Who (Seasons 15 and 16)
- Edward and Mrs. Simpson
- The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
- Family Fortunes
- The Freddie Starr Experience
- The Generation Game
- George and Mildred
(Series 3 and 4)
- Grange Hill
- The Incredible Hulk
- It Ain't Half Hot Mum
- The Kenny Everett Video Show
- The Les Dawson Show
- The Little and Large Show
- The Liver Birds
- Mork and Mindy
- The Muppet Show
- Anna Ford joins News At Ten
- Pennies From Heaven
- The Rag Trade
- Rising Damp
- Rutles All You Need Is Cash
- Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
- The South Bank Show
- The Sweeney (Series 4)
- Top Gear
- Two's Company
- Wonder Woman
of the Year:
Boxing: Leon Spinks defeats Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas to become World Heavyweight Champion. Ali regains the title later in the year when he and Spinks fight each other again in New Orleans.
Horse Racing: Lucius wins the Grand National. Three-times winner Red Rum is withdrawn on the eve of the race with a heel injury.
Snooker: Ray Reardon wins his sixth World Championship, beating Perrie Mans in the final (25-18).
Doug Mountjoy wins the UK Championship, beating Dennis Taylor in the final (15-9).
Rowing: Oxford win the Boat Race. The Cambridge boat sinks at Barnes Bridge, a mile from the finish line.
Football: Ipswich Town beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
Nottingham Forest win the League Cup and end the season as champions of the Football League First Division.
Liverpool beat Bruges 1-0 in the final of the European Cup and become the first British club to win the competition twice in a row.
Argentina win the World Cup final, defeating the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time.
Sailing: Naomi James becomes the first woman to sail single-handed around the world via Cape Horn. By completing her voyage in 272 days she also breaks the record set by Sir Francis Chichester in 1967.
Cricket: Ian Botham is the new star of English cricket. In a test match against Pakistan he scores his third century in seven tests and captures eight wickets for just 34 runs.
Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon for the first time, beating Chris Evert in the final in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 7-5).
Björn Borg wins the men's singles title for the third time. He defeats Jimmy Connors in the final for the second year in a row (6-2, 6-2, 6-3).
Britain's men qualify for the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1937. The British women's team win the Wightman Cup.
Athletics: Steve Ovett, running in the Men's 1,500 metres, wins Britain's only gold medal at the European Athletics Championships in Prague.
Golf: Gary Player wins the US Masters for the third time with a sequence of seven birdies in the final ten holes.
Jack Nicklaus wins the British Open for the third time.
Motor Racing: Ronnie Peterson dies after crashing in the Italian Grand Prix.
Mario Andretti wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.
Man Booker Prize
The Sea, The Sea