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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1981. To find out what else was happening in 1981 select any of the following options:

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Life Is A Cabaret

Lyn Paul signs a management contract with John Francis, who negotiates an album deal for her with Leo Lintermans of CBS Records. A single is scheduled for release in September but never makes it to vinyl.

Meanwhile Lyn continues to work on the cabaret circuit, appearing at the Lakeside Country Club, Caesar's Nightclub, Streatham and The Night Out, Birmingham. As reported in The Stage & Television Today she is "in demand everywhere" (No. 5218, 9th April 1981, page 6). Reviewing Lyn's performance at the Lakeside's 'Club of the Year' celebrations, The Stage's critic writes: "Lyn puts that extra something into her performance that is the hallmark of a star" (No. 5220, 30th April 1981, page 8).

Other bookings include a date with Mike Yarwood at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon and appearances at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham and the Fort Regent, Jersey.

In April Lyn travels to South Africa, appearing on the Holiday Inn and Sun City circuit. She returns for a Summer Season at the Maison Royale, Bournemouth (2nd August - 26th September) and a week at the Poole Arts Centre (Wessex Hall), where she appears with TV comedian Dick Emery (24th - 29th August). Lyn also makes two visits to the Bar Celona, Leeds (June and October) and ends the year at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool (18th December - 23rd January).


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Alan Tarney, who worked with Lyn Paul and the New Seekers as a session musician, continues his successful partnership with Cliff Richard. Following the success of the singles We Don't Talk Anymore (1979) and Dreamin' (1980), both of which were written and produced by Alan Tarney, Cliff has a Top 10 hit with an Alan Tarney / B.A. Robertson composition, Wired For Sound (EMI 5221). The single enters the UK chart on 29th August and makes it as high as number 4. The album from which it is taken, also titled Wired For Sound (EMI EMC 3377), is produced and arranged by Tarney and contains six of his songs. It enters the LP chart four weeks later and also makes it to number 4.

One of the tracks on the album, Daddy's Home, is a cover of a song that was originally a US hit in 1961 for Shep and the Limelites. Cliff's version is chosen as the second single from Wired For Sound. It enters the UK singles chart on 21st November and is only kept off the top of the charts by the Human League's single Don't You Want Me.

In December, while Cliff is climbing to number 2, Madness have a hit single with a track from their album Madness 7. It Must Be Love is a Labi Siffre song previously recorded by Lyn Paul for her 1975 album Give Me Love. Siffre's original version reached number 14 in the UK singles chart in 1971. Madness make it to number 4.

On Saturday, 28th November Sir Douglas Bader is the guest castaway on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. His favourite, of the eight discs he is allowed to take with him to the island, is the New Seekers' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing.


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 Jan

Greece becomes the 10th member of the European Community on 1st January.

260 people are killed on 6th January when the steamer Novo Amapa sinks in the Amazon River near Macapá, Brazil.

On Friday, 9th January Jerry Dammers and Terry Hall of The Specials are fined for inciting violence at a gig in Cambridge.

Thirteen black partygoers are killed in a fire at a house in New Cross, south-east London, on Sunday, 18th January.

Bernadette McAliskey, formerly Bernadette Devlin, who had served as the MP for Mid Ulster from 1969-73, is injured in the chest, arm and thigh when three gunmen burst into her home on 16th January.

On 20th January Ronald Reagan is sworn in as 40th President of the USA. At the age of 69 he is the oldest man ever elected to the White House.

52 American hostages are freed from the US Embassy in Tehran on 21st January after 444 days in captivity.

 Feb

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison record a tribute single, All Those Years Ago, in memory of John Lennon.

ABBA members Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad get divorced.

Bill Hayley dies in Harlingen, Texas on 9th February, aged 55.

Rupert Murdoch buys The Times and Sunday Times newspapers for £12 million.

48 people are killed in a fire at a Valentine's Day disco in Dublin.

Following two hours' of crisis talks on 18th February between the leaders of the Natuional Union of Mineworkers and officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, the UK government backtracks on its plans to close 23 pits.

On Thursday, 19th February George Harrison is fined $587,000 for plagiarising The Chiffons' 1963 hit He's So Fine in his 1971 chart topper My Sweet Lord.

On Monday, 23rd February 350 Spanish MPs are held hostage in an attempted right-wing coup led by Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Molina.

On 24th February the engagement is announced of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Terry Waite, the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, returns from Iran on 28th February with three British missionaries who had been held captive for six months. Waite had flown to Tehran on 26th December 1980 to negotiate for their release.

 Mar

On 9th March the man known as the M5 Rapist, John Lambe, is sentenced to life on each of 12 counts of rape and given concurrent six year sentences on four charges of attempted rape.

The passengers and crew on board a Pakistan Airways plane, who had been held hostage for almost two weeks, are released in Syria on 15th March.

On 23rd March the UK government bans all animal transport on the Isle of Wight and in southern Hampshire, following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Four ex-Labour MPs (Roy Jenkins, Dr. David Owen, William Rodgers and Shirley Williams) officially launch the new Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Thursday, 26th March.

On Monday, 30th March President Regan is injured in an assassination attempt outside the Hilton Hotel, Washington. Greeting his wife Nancy afterwards, he quips: "Honey, I forgot to duck." John Hinkley, a 25-year old arrested and charged with attempted assassination, is later found not guilty by reason of insanity.

 Apr

On 4th April Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest for United Kingdom with the song Making Your Mind Up.

On the same day police arrest the Red Brigade leader Mario Moretti in Rome.

Bobby Sands, an IRA hunger-striker in the Maze prison, wins the Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election on 10th April.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis dies on 12th April.

On 13th April the Home Secretary, William Whitelaw, orders an urgent public enquiry, following three days of violent rioting on the streets of Brixton.

Former US Vice-President Spiro Agnew is convicted of taking bribes and is ordered by a Maryland court to repay the money to the state.

 May

IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands dies in the Maze prison on Tuesday, 5th May, 66 days after first refusing to eat. A second hunger striker, Francis Hughes, dies a week later.

On 7th May Ken Livingstone is elected leader of the Greater London Council.

François Mitterand is elected President of France.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats opens at the New London Theatre on Monday, 11th May. Judi Dench, who had snapped her Achilles tendon during rehearsals, is replaced by Elaine Paige as Grizabella.

Bob Marley dies of lung cancer and a brain tumour on 11th May, aged 36. His funeral takes place on 22nd May.

Pope John Paul II is shot four times as he blesses crowds in Rome on Wednesday, 13th May. He survives the assassination attempt and goes on to make a full recovery after undergoing emergency surgery.

On 22nd May the "Yorkshire Ripper", Peter Sutcliffe, is convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Italian coalition government led by Arnaldo Forlani resigns on 26th May in the wake of a scandal over freemasonry.

The president of Bangladesh, Zia Rahman, is assassinated in Chittagong on Saturday, 30th May.

 Jun

In California on Friday, 5th June, five men with weakened immune systems are diagnosed with a new form of pneumonia, later recognised as the first cases of AIDS.

On 7th June the Israeli air force destroys an Iraqi nuclear reactor at Daura. The attack, which was made to prevent the manufacture of nuclear bombs for use against Israel, is later condemned by the United Nations Security Council.

Two H-block prisoners win seats in the Irish general election. The Fianna Fail party, led by Charles Haughey, is returned to power but without an overall majority. At the first sitting of the Dael the Fine Gael leader, Dr. Garret Fitzgerald, is elected Prime Minister. The Fine Gael and Labour parties form a coalition government.

On 11th June Queen Elizabeth II visits the City of London to open the National Westminster Tower - at the time the UK's tallest office building.

Two days later, on Saturday, 13th June, a 17-year-old former cadet, Marcus Serjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II as she rides down the Mall on horseback during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

Mark Chapman, on trial for murdering John Lennon in New York in December 1980, surprises his lawyers on Monday, 22nd June by changing his plea to guilty.

 Jul

On 3rd July there are riots on the streets of Southall, London. On 4th July riots break out in the Toxteth area of Liverpool and continue for several days. For the first time on mainland Britain the police use CS gas to disperse the rioters. On 7th July further riots erupt in the Moss Side area of Manchester. In response the Home Secretary, William Whitelaw, bans all marches in London till 14th August and Michael Heseltine heads a government investigation into inner city conditions.

On Tuesday, 7th July the General Synod of the Church of England decrees that divorcees can remarry in church.

British Gas workers hold a 24-hour strike on 13th July in protest at the UK government's plans to sell off 900 British Gas showrooms.

Harry Chapin, who wrote the New Seekers' 1972 hit Circles and had hits of his own with W.O.L.D. and Cats In The Cradle, is killed in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway on 16th July.

On 17th July two overhead walkways fall onto a dance floor at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, killing 111 people.

The Humber Bridge, which opened to traffic on 24th June, is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 17th July. Under construction since January 1980, it is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world.

On Monday, 27th July more than 24 million people in the UK tune in to ITV to watch Ken and Deidre get married on Coronation Street.

On 29th July the UK celebrates the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

 Aug

MTV is launched on 1xt August. The first music video shown is Video Killed The Radio Star by the Buggles.

US air traffic controllers begin a nationwide strike on 3rd August.

On 5th August Olivia Newton-John is awarded a 'Gold Star' on Hollywood Boulevard.

Thirteen people die on 13th August when a helicopter ferrying gas rig workers crashes off the Norfolk coast.

On 24th August Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon.

IBM announce the arrival of the personal computer. The software for the PC is supplied by a little-known company called Microsoft.

Another Maze prisoner, Owen Carron, wins the Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election.

On 30th August the President of Iran, Mohammad Ali Rajai, and the Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar, are both assassinated in a bomb attack in Tehran.

 Sep

On Wednesday, 4th September a remotely-controlled camera is sent down to the seabed of the North Atlantic to take photographs of the wreck of the Titanic, 73 years after the ocean liner had been sunk by an iceberg.

Members of a Welsh protest group 'Women for Life on Earth' arrive at RAF Greenham in Berkshire on 5th September, having marched from Cardiff to oppose the British government's decision to site nuclear missiles there.

Christy Brown, author of My Left Foot, dies on 7th September.

A teenager who fired blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II is jailed for five years on 14th September.

On 16th September the Liberal Party Assembly, meeting in Llandudno, votes in favour of forming an electoral pact with the new Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The death penalty is abolished in France on Friday, 18th September, nearly 200 years after beheading by guillotine became the standard method of capital punishment.

Simon and Garfunkel reunite after 11 years for a free concert in Central Park, New York on 19th September. 500,000 attend.

On 21st September Guatemala breaks off diplomatic relations with the UK in protest at Britain's decision to grant independence to Belize.

Songwriter Harry Warren dies on 22nd September, aged 88.

The TGV, a new high speed train, is brought into service in France.

 Oct

The President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, is assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists on Tuesday, 6th October while reviewing a military parade in Cairo. The Vice-President, Hosni Mubarak, is sworn in as President on 14th October.

A nail bomb explodes outside Chelsea barracks on 10th October, killing two civilians. 22 soldiers and 16 other civilians are injured.

On 22nd October William Pitt wins the Croydon North West by-election for the new Liberal-Social Democratic Alliance.

On Friday, 30th October Nicholas Reed, the secretary of the pro-euthanasia group Exit, is sent to prison for two-and-a-half years, having been found guilty on three counts of aiding and abetting suicide and one of conspiracy to aid and abet.

 Nov

Citizens' Band radio becomes legal in the UK on 2nd November.

Queen Elizabeth II opens the Tyne and Wear Metro on 6th November.

On 12th November the Church of England's General Synod votes to allow women to take Holy Orders.

Shirley Williams returns to Parliament after winning the Crosby by-election for the SDP.

Natalie Wood, star of films such as Rebel Without A Cause and West Side Story, dies on 29th November, aged 43.

 Dec

During December the UK has the heaviest snowfalls and the lowest temperatures since 1878.

On 1st December Vince Clarke announces that he is leaving Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet.

On 8th December Arthur Scargill is elected President of the National Union of Mineworkers.

On Sunday, 13th December martial law is imposed in Poland and thousands are arrested, including Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity trade union.

On 14th December Israel announces plans to annex the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1973.

On 16th December the National Executive Committee of the UK Labour Party votes by 15:14 not to endorse Peter Tatchell as the Labour candidate in Bermondsey.

On Saturday, 19th December the eight crew members of the RNLI Penlee lifeboat, Solomon Browne, are killed in rough seas off the south coast of Cornwall, when responding to a rescue call from the freighter Union Star.

The musical Dreamgirls opens on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on 20th December.

American songwriter Hoagie Carmichael dies on 27th December, aged 82.


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In the Charts
 
UK Chart débuts
 
  • ABC
  • Bucks Fizz
  • Phil Collins
  • Depeche Mode
  • Duran Duran
  • Eurythmics
  • Fun Boy Three
  • Julio Iglesias
  • Kirsty MacColl
  • New Order
  • Talking Heads
  • U2

UK Best-selling Singles

Star (single cover).

  • ABBA
    Lay All Your Love On Me

  • ABBA
    One Of Us

  • Adam and the Ants
    Prince Charming

  • Adam and the Ants
    Stand and Deliver

  • Altered Images
    Happy Birthday

  • Aneka
    Japanese Boy

  • Bucks Fizz
    Making Your Mind Up
    [Eurovision Song Contest Winner]

  • Kim Carnes
    Bette Davis Eyes

  • Coast to Coast
    (Do) The Hucklebuck

  • Phil Collins
    In The Air Tonight

  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    A Good Year For The Roses

  • Kiki Dee
    Star

  • Department S
    Is Vic There?

  • Depeche Mode
    Just Can't Get Enough

  • Dire Straits
    Romeo and Juliet

  • Sheena Easton
    For Your Eyes Only

  • Godley and Creme
    Under Your Thumb

  • Human League
    Don't You Want Me

  • Headgirl (Motorhead and Girlschool)
    St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP

  • Julio Iglesias
    Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)

  • Imagination
    Body Talk

  • Michael Jackson
    One Day In Your Life

  • Landscape
    Einstein A Go-Go

  • John Lennon
    Imagine

  • John Lennon
    Woman

  • Look
    I Am The Beat

  • Kirsty MacColl
    There's A Guy Works Down The Chipshop Swears He's Elvis

  • Madness
    It Must Be Love

  • Bob Marley and the Wailers
    No Woman, No Cry

  • Olivia Newton-John
    Physical

  • Hazel O'Connor
    Will You

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
    Joan Of Arc

  • Ottawan
    Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)

  • Elaine Paige
    Memory

  • Police
    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

  • Police
    Invisible Sun

  • Queen and David Bowie
    Under Pressure

  • Cliff Richard
    Daddy's Home

  • Cliff Richard
    Wired For Sound

  • Smokey Robinson
    Being With You

  • Roxy Music
    Jealous Guy

  • Soft Cell
    Tainted Love

  • Specials
    Ghost Town

  • Squeeze
    Labelled With Love

  • Shakin' Stevens
    Green Door

  • Shakin' Stevens
    This Ole House

  • Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
    It's My Party

  • Talking Heads
    Once In A Lifetime

  • Teardrop Explodes
    Reward

  • Tom Tom Club
    Wordy Rappinghood

  • Tweets
    The Birdie Song (Birdie Dance)

  • Ultravox
    Vienna

  • Visage
    Fade To Grey

  • Kim Wilde
    Chequered Love

  • Kim Wilde
    Kids In America

  • Stevie Wonder
    Happy Birthday

  • Stevie Wonder
    Lately


Chequered Love (single cover).

One Hit Wonders
 
  • Laurie Anderson
    O Superman

  • Joe Dolce Music Theatre
    Shaddap You Face

  • Keith Marshall
    Only Crying

  • Passions
    I'm In Love With A German Film Star

  • Kate Robbins and Beyond
    More Than In Love

  • Fred Wedlock
    Oldest Swinger In Town


Hit Albums

Madness 7 (album cover).

  • ABBA
    The Visitors

  • Joan Armatrading
    Walk Under Ladders

  • Elkie Brooks
    Pearls

  • Phil Collins
    Face Value

  • Elvis Costello
    Almost Blue

  • Christopher Cross
    Christopher Cross

  • Billy Field
    Bad Habits

  • Art Garfunkel
    Scissors Cut

  • Genesis
    Abacab

  • Billy Joel
    Songs In The Attic

  • Human League
    Dare

  • Madness
    Madness 7

  • Olivia Newton-John
    Physical

  • Stevie Nicks
    Bella Donna

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
    Architecture and Morality

  • Police
    Ghost In The Machine

  • Cliff Richard
    Love Songs

  • Cliff Richard
    Wired For Sound

  • Sky
    Sky 3

  • Soft Cell
    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

  • Jim Steinman
    Bad For Good

  • Vangelis
    Chariots Of Fire
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Kim Wilde
    Kim Wilde


Wired For Sound (album cover).

At the Movies
 
 
  • An American Werewolf In London
  • Arthur
  • Chariots Of Fire
  • Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Diva
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • History Of The World Part 1
  • The Jazz Singer
  • 9 to 5
  • Ordinary People
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Private Benjamin
  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • Raging Bull
  • Stir Crazy
  • Tess

On Television
 
 
  • Are You Being Served?
    (Series 8)

  • Bergerac
  • The Borgias
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • The Chinese Detective
  • Dangermouse
  • The Dick Emery Show
    (last series)

  • A Fine Romance
    (Series 1)

  • Game For A Laugh
  • Hi-De-Hi!
    (Series 1 and 2)

  • The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • It Ain't Half Hot Mum
    (Series 8)

  • Nanny
  • Only Fools And Horses
    (Series 1)

  • Open All Hours
    (Series 2)

  • Postman Pat
  • Punchlines
  • Three Of A Kind
  • To The Manor Born
    (Series 3)

  • The Two Ronnies
    (Series 9)

  • Yes, Minister
    (Series 2)


Sporting Heroes
 

BBC Sport

BBC
Sports Personality
of the Year:
Ian Botham


Ice Skating: On 6th February Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean win the European Ice Dancing Championships at Innsbruck.
They follow this, a month later, with victory in the World Ice Dancing Championship at Hartford, Connecticut.

Athletics: 7,500 people take part in the inaugural London Marathon on Sunday, 29th March. 6,255 of them make it to the finishing line on Constitution Hill.

Football: Aston Villa end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the first time since 1910.
Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup, beating Manchester City 3-2 in a replay of the final.
Liverpool win the European Cup for the third time, beating Real Madrid 1-0 in the Paris final.

Horse Racing: Bob Champion wins the Grand National on Aldaniti.
Shergar wins the Derby by a record 10-length margin.

Snooker: Steve Davis becomes World Snooker Champion for the first time, beating Doug Mountjoy in the final (18-12). He also wins the UK Championship for the second year in a row, beating Terry Griffiths in the final (16-3).

Tennis: John McEnroe ends Björn Borg's reign as men's singles Champion at Wimbledon.
Chris Lloyd beats Hana Mandlikova in the women's singles final (6-2, 6-2).

Golf: Bill Rogers wins the Open Championship at Royal St. George's, Sandwich.

Cricket: England beat Australia by 18 runs in the Third Ashes Test at Headingley, having lost the First at Trent Bridge and drawn the Second at Lords. England go on to win the series with a second victory in the Fourth Test at Old Trafford and a draw in the final Test at Edgbaston, completing one of the most remarkable turnarounds in cricketing history.

Athletics: Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe both break the World Record for the Mile. Coe has the new fastest time of 3 minutes, 47.33 seconds.

Darts: Jocky Wilson wins the first World Professional Darts Championship.

Motor Racing: Nelson Piquet wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.

Page-turners
 

Man Booker Prize

Winner:
Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children


On the shortlist:

Molly Keane
Good Behaviour

Doris Lessing
The Sirian Experiments

Ian McEwan
The Comfort Of Strangers

Ann Schlee
Rhine Journey

Muriel Spark
Loitering With Intent

D.M. Thomas
The White Hotel



Postcard from 1981.

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Who said that?

Work

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
Sir James Barrie

What is the use of health, or of life, if not to do some work therewith?
Thomas Carlyle

The only way to enjoy life is to work. Work is much more fun than fun.
Noël Coward

I don't think anybody yet has invented a pastime that's as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job.
Frederick Hudson Ecker

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
Sam Ewing

If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job.
Malcolm S. Forbes

The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.
Maxim Gorky

I am a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Stephen Leacock

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
C.S. Lewis, 'Surprised By Joy'

What I still ask for daily - for life as long as I have work to do, and work as long as I have life.
Reynolds Price

The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.
Ginger Rogers

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
Dr. Jonas Salk

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
George Sand

If you really want something in life, you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers.
Homer Simpson, 'The Simpsons'

Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?
Barbra Streisand

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.
Voltaire, 'Candide'


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