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New Seekers
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In Print 1988

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Blood Brothers 1988 cast recording (CD cover).

Blood Brothers
1988 London Revival
Cast Recording
featuring
Kiki Dee as
Mrs. Johnstone.


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Who Does That Song?


'80s Music

The UK Number Ones:
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Wet Wet Wet

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Roy Hudd.

Roy Hudd


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What's On Stage


Theatres

Grand Theatre
Wolverhampton


Blood Brothers

Bill Kenwright Ltd.

Willy Russell
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Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee
and
Carmelo Luggeri



geoffrey Hughes.

Geoffrey Hughes


WEB LINKS

Those Were The Days...

BBC:
I Love 1988


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the Politics
and the Pop Culture
of the 1980s


In The '80s:
The Eighties
nostalgia site


Do You Remember
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and '90s?


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On This Day


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Today in
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Scope Systems
Historic Events
and Birth-Dates


This Day In Music

Wikipedia:
20th Century



The First Time (single cover).

Robin Beck
The First Time
(single cover)

Babes In The Wood

On Friday, 6th May Lyn Paul appears in a charity Starlit Night of Variety at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. Organised in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, the evening is hosted by Roy Hudd. Lyn adds a touch of class to a programme which features appearances by comedy actress June Whitfield, guitarist Bert Weedon, the European yo-yo champion Don Robertson and the impressionist Mike Yarwood.


Starlit Night Of Variety (leaflet).

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On 28th July Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers returns to the West End stage courtesy of theatre impresario Bill Kenwright. This time it is at the Albery Theatre and stars Kiki Dee. Ten years hence it will celebrate a decade of success and will star none other than Lyn Paul.

In October the News Of The World runs a story about Lyn and comedian Freddie Starr, in which Lyn's ex-husband "lifts the lid on 44-year-old Starr's lifestyle." (News Of The World, 9th October 1988, page 29)

Another Christmas, another panto! Lyn stars as Robin Hood in Roy Hudd's production of Babes In The Wood at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. The cast includes Roy Hudd as 'Orrible 'Uddy, Geoffrey Hughes as Evil Eddie and Jack Tripp as Nurse Ribena.


Babes In The Wood (leaflet).

Leaflet promoting
Babes In The Wood
at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

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Whilst Lyn is appearing in Babes In The Wood there comes an ominous knock on the Stage Door. As Lyn later told it to the Weekly News:

"An Inland Revenue official arrived at the stage door. The Manager said, 'Lyn, there's somebody here for you looking very officious. I'll just take a message for you'."
(Weekly News, 22nd August 1998, page 13)

So began a tax wrangle that would run for five years.

"I had no idea I owed money to the taxman. So you can imagine my shock when the Inland Revenue demanded I pay £26,500.
I didn't have that sort of money - at the time, I'd have been struggling to find £26!"

(Weekly News, 22nd August 1998, page 13)


Babes In The Wood
(programme cover)

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Incidentally...

In May Wet Wet Wet have a number 1 hit with a cover version of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends. The song had been a chart-topper for Joe Cocker in 1968. Lyn Paul recorded the song with the New Seekers as part of a Friends Medley, a track on the group's 1974 album Together.

In November, for the first time since 1972, when the New Seekers topped the UK charts with I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, a song featured in a Coke commercial reaches number 1. Robin Beck spends three weeks at the top of the UK singles chart with The First Time. The single is not a hit in the USA. Read more about it in Tom Bromley's book We Could Have Been The Wombles.


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In the News - 1988
   
 Jan

Czech-born tennis star Hana Mandlikova becomes an Australian citizen.

Margaret Thatcher becomes the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century.

Actor Trevor Howard dies on 7th January, aged 71.

Arthur Scargill is re-elected as President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Celebrations are held in Australia on 26th January to mark the nation's 200th anniversary.

The Phantom Of The Opera opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York on 26th January, with Michael Crawford in the title role, Sarah Brightman as Christine and Steve Barton as Raoul. The following year the show wins seven Tony Awards, including the Tony for Best Musical. It goes on to become the longest-running show in Broadway history.

In the UK delegates at a SDP conference vote in favour of merging with the Liberal Party.

The National Union of Seamen (NUS) calls a national strike 31st January in support of the 161 crew sacked by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for refusing to accept new terms and conditions.

 Feb

Nurses and health service staff in the UK take part in a one day strike on 3rd February as part of a campaign for better pay.

On 5th February Comic Relief organises its first Red Nose Day to help raise funds for Africa.

Thousands are made homeless by landslides and flooding in Rio de Janiero.

US televangelist Jimmy Swaggart hits the headlines in the USA after admitting that he had met with a prostitute.

 Mar

Three members of the IRA are shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar on 6th March. At their funeral on 16th March a gunman opens fire, killing three of the mourners and injuring 50 others.

The actor, singer and drag queen Divine (real name: Harris Glenn Milstead) dies on 7th March, aged 42, while staying at the Regency Plaza Suites Hotel in Los Angeles. His death comes just three weeks after the release of the John Waters' film Hairspray, in which Divine played the parts of Arvin Hodgepile and Edna Turnblad.

On 10th March Prince Charles is nearly killed by an avalanche whilst on a skiing holiday in Klosters. The avalanche claims the life of Major Hugh Lindsay and badly injures Mrs. Patti Palmer-Tomkinson.

Andy Gibb, the Bee Gees' younger brother, also dies on 10th March, aged 30.

On 16th March thousands die in an Iraqi poison gas attack the Kurdish city of Halabja.

On 18th March the new North Terminal at Gatwick airport, connected to the South Terminal by an automated rapid track transit system, is officially opened by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

 Apr

A Kuwait Airways jumbo jet with members of the Kuwaiti Royal Family on board is hijacked on 5th April and forced to fly to Iran. The hijackers, who allow 24 women passengers to leave the plane, demand the release of 17 prisoners in return for the lives of everyone else on the aircraft. The plane flies on to Beirut three days later but is refused permission to land and flies to Cyprus instead. One of the passengers is killed and his body dumped on the tarmac. A further 12 hostages are released unharmed. The plane then flies to Algiers, where the remaining passengers are also released.

Dave Prater, one half of the duo Sam and Dave, is killed in a car accident on 9th April, aged 50.

The Last Emperor, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, wins 9 Oscars.

The comic actor Kenneth Williams is found dead from an overdose of barbiturates on Thursday, 14th April, aged 62. The coroner returns an open verdict.

On the same day, at a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, the Soviet Union signs an agreement to gradually withdraw of its troops from Afghanistan, after nine years of occupation.

Yasser Arafat's deputy, Abu Jihad, is killed in Tunis on 16th April.

Sonny Bono is inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs on 19th April.

Ian Botham raises £3 million for leukemia research by completing a walk across the Alps with elephants.

 May

On 5th May, in a key test case, five Law Lords unanimously uphold a claim for higher pay by a cook, Julie Hayward, to give her parity with male workers at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. The case is the first to accept the principle of 'equal pay for work of equal value'.

François Mitterand is re-elected as President of France on 8th May, winning over 54% of votes. His defeated opponent, Jacques Chirac, resigns as Prime Minister two days later and is succeeded by the Socialist Michel Rocard.

On 19th May Sikh rebels surrender to Indian government forces after occupying the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, Punjab.

On 20th May pub opening hours in England and Wales are extended (11.00am - 11.00pm).

 Jun

In UK secondary schools 16-year-olds sit the new General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam for the first time. The GCSE replaced O-Levels and CSEs.

Lester Piggott is stripped of his OBE on 6th June.

TV presenter Russell Harty dies in St. James' Hospital, Leeds on 8th June.

On 11th June a concert is held at Wembley Stadium to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday.

 Jul

On Sunday, 3rd July 286 innocent people are killed when an Iranian airliner is shot down in the Gulf, apparently by accident, by missiles launched from the USS Vincennes.

On Wednesday, 6th July the Piper Alpha North Sea oil rig explodes. 167 people die in the blaze.

Paddy Ashdown becomes the new leader of the Social and Liberal Democrats on 29th July.

The Education Reform Act introduces a national curriculum for all state schools in the UK.

 Aug

Iran and Iraq call an end to the 8-year war in the Gulf, in which an estimated 1 million people had been killed.

Enzio Ferrari dies on 14th August, aged 90.

On 17th August President Zia-ul Haq of Pakistan dies in a plane crash along with five senior Generals and the American Ambassador, Arnold Raphel.

On 21st August an area on the border of India and Nepal is hit by an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale.

 Sep

Bangladesh is hit by severe floods.

On 11th September millions of people all over the world take part in Sport Aid '88 - The Race Against Time. The event is staged to help raise funds to fight diseases that claim the lives of 15 million children each year.

In Haiti on 18th September Brigadier-General Prosper Avril leads a coup against President Leslie Manigat. Avril installs a civilian government under military control.

Comedy actor Roy Kinnear dies in Spain on 21st September after falling from a horse.

The National League for Democracy is founded in Burma on 24th September. The founding members include Aung San Suu Kyi.

 Oct

The Shroud of Turin is revealed to be a fake.

A Law Lords' ruling on Thursday, 13th October allows the British media to publish extracts from the memoirs of former MI5 officer Peter Wright.

On 19th October the UK government bans the broadcasting of interviews with members of Sinn Fein or representatives of the IRA.

 Nov

A general election in Israel ends inconclusively on 2nd November, with the governing Likud party winning 40 seats and the opposition Labour Alignment winning 39. By the end of the month the two parties agree to form another national unity government.

On 8th November George Bush is elected President of the USA.

On 16th November, in the first open election for more than a decade, Benazir Bhutto is elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The 1920 manuscript of Franz Kafka's The Trial is sold at Sotheby's in London on 17th November for a record £1million.

The USA unveils its new Stealth fighter-bomber, which is supposedly undetectable by radar.

 Dec

The World Health Organisation promotes the first World AIDS Day on 1st December.

Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack on 6th December, aged 52.

On 9th December an earthquake devastates Armenia, leaving 45,000 people dead and a further 500,000 without homes.

35 people are killed in a morning rush hour rail crash at Clapham Junction on Monday, 12th December. Nearly 500 others are injured.

UK Health Minister Edwina Currie resigns on 16th December, following her claim that most of the eggs in Britain are infected with salmonella.

US singer Sylvester (full name: Sylvester James), who had hits with Dance (Disco Heat) and You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), dies on 16th December, aged 41.

A Pan Am jet (Flight 103) crashes at Lockerbie on 21st December, killing everyone on board. Crash investigators later confirm that the disaster was caused by a bomb.


Autograph.


In the Charts
 
UK Chart débuts
 
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Jason Donovan
  • Milli Vanilli
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Morrissey
  • Yazz

I Should Be So Lucky (single cover).

UK Best-selling Singles

With A Little Help From My Friends (single cover).

  • All About Eve
    Martha's Harbour

  • Rick Astley
    Together Forever

  • Aswad
    Don't Turn Around

  • Bananarama
    I Want You Back

  • Bangles
    Hazy Shade Of Winter

  • Bros
    I Owe You Nothing

  • Bros
    When Will I Be Famous

  • Belinda Carlisle
    Heaven Is A Place On Earth

  • Belinda Carlisle
    Circle In The Sand

  • Tracy Chapman
    Fast Car

  • Climie Fisher
    Love Changes (Everything)

  • Natalie Cole
    Pink Cadillac

  • Phil Collins
    A Groovy Kind Of Love

  • Danny Wilson
    Mary's Prayer

  • Terence Trent D'Arby
    Sign Your Name

  • Taylor Dayne
    Tell It To My Heart

  • Hazell Dean
    Who's Leaving Who

  • Dollar
    O L'Amour

  • Enya
    Orinoco Flow

  • Erasure
    A Little Respect

  • Everything But The Girl
    I Don't Want To Talk About It

  • Fairground Attraction
    Perfect

  • Fat Boys and Chubby Checker
    The Twist (Yo Twist)

  • Fleetwood Mac
    Everywhere

  • Hollies
    He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

  • Hothouse Flowers
    Don't Go

  • Whitney Houston
    One Moment In Time

  • Billy Idol
    Hot In The City (re-mix)

  • Elton John
    Candle In The Wind (Live)

  • Bobby McFerrin
    Don't Worry Be Happy

  • Glenn Medeiros
    Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You

  • Milli Vanilli
    Girl You Know It's True

  • Kylie Minogue
    Got To Be Certain

  • Kylie Minogue
    I Should Be So Lucky

  • Kylie Minogue
    The Loco-motion

  • Morrissey
    Everyday Is Like Sunday

  • Morrissey
    Suedehead

  • New Order
    Blue Monday 1988

  • Billy Ocean
    Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car

  • Vanessa Paradis
    Joe Le Taxi

  • Pet Shop Boys
    Heart

  • Prefab Sprout
    The King Of Rock 'n' Roll

  • Maxi Priest
    Wild World

  • Cliff Richard
    Mistletoe And Wine

  • S Express
    Theme from S Express

  • Sabrina
    Boys (Summertime Love)

  • Salt 'n' Pepa
    Push It / Tramp

  • Tiffany
    I Think We're Alone Now

  • UB40 featuring
    Chrissie Hynde
    Breakfast In Bed

  • U2
    Desire

  • Wet Wet Wet / Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey
    With A Little Help From My Friends / She's Leaving Home

  • Jane Wiedlin
    Rush Hour

  • Kim Wilde
    You Came

  • Womack and Womack
    Teardrops

  • Yazz and the Plastic population
    The Only Way Is Up

  • Yello
    The Race


You Came (single cover).


One Hit Wonders
 
  • Robin Beck
    The First Time

  • Desireless
    Voyage Voyage (re-mix)

  • Harry Enfield
    Loadsamoney (Doin' Up The House)

  • Timelords
    Doctorin' The Tardis


Hit Albums

Shadowland (CD cover).

  • Rosanne Cash
    King's Record Shop

  • Tracy Chapman
    Tracy Chapman

  • Dire Straits
    Money For Nothing

  • Enya
    Watermark

  • Erasure
    The Innocents

  • Fairground Attraction
    The First Of A Million Kisses

  • Nanci Griffith
    Little Love Affairs

  • Nanci Griffith
    One Fair Summer Evening

  • k.d. lang
    Shadowland

  • Mike and the Mechanics
    Living Years

  • Kylie Minogue
    Kylie

  • Prince
    Lovesexy

  • Chris Rea
    New Light Through Old Windows

  • Cliff Richard
    Private Collection

  • Michelle Shocked
    Short Sharp Shocked

  • Traveling Wilburys
    Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

  • U2
    Rattle and Hum

  • Steve Winwood
    Roll With It


Traveling Wilburys (album cover).

At the Movies
 
 
  • The Accidental Tourist
  • Another Woman
    (Woody Allen)

  • Big Business
  • Broadcast News
  • Buster
  • Crocodile Dundee II
  • Cry In The Dark
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Fatal Attraction
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Hairspray
  • A Handful Of Dust
  • The Last Emperor
  • The Last Temptation Of Christ
  • Manon des Sources
  • Moonstruck
  • Rambo III
  • RoboCop
  • Three Men and A Baby
  • Throw Momma From The Train
  • The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
  • Wall Street
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Wish You Were Here

On Stage
 


Tony Award for Best Musical:
The Phantom Of The Opera

Laurence Olivier
Award for Musical of the Year:
Candide


On Television
 
 
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • 'Allo 'Allo
    (Series 5)

  • Around The World In 80 Days (Michael Palin)
  • Bread
    (Series 4)

  • Death On The Rock
  • Desmond's
  • French and Saunders
    (Series 2)

  • The Golden Girls
    (USA: Series 4)

  • Hale and Pace
  • Hi-de-Hi
    (Series 8)

  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 10)

  • London's Burning
  • No Frills
  • Prisoner Cell Block H
  • Red Dwarf
    (Series 1 and 2)

  • Roseanne
    (USA)

  • Spitting Image
    (Series 8)

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • You Bet!

Sporting Heroes
 

BBC Sport

BBC
Sports Personality
of the Year:
Steve Davis


Winter Olympics: Skier Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards gains sporting notoriety when he comes last by a long way in the Ski Jump competition.

Horse Racing: Rhyme 'n' Reason wins the Grand National.

Golf: Sandy Lyle wins the US Masters at Augusta - the first British player to do so.
Sevy Ballesteros wins the Open Championship at Royal Lytham.

Snooker: Canadian Cliff Thorburn scores the first ever 147 maximum in the World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield.
Doug Mountjoy beats Stephen Hendry in the final of the UK Championship.

Football: Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the 17th time.
Wimbledon beat Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

Cricket: Graeme Hick scores 405 runs in a county championship match against Somerset on 6th May - the highest championship score since Archie MacLaren's 424 for Lancashire in 1895.

Seoul Olympics: Ben Johnson wins the men's 100 metres final in a new world record time of 9.79 seconds, beating Carl Lewis into second place and Linford Christie into third. He is later stripped of his medal after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol.
The British team returns home with five gold medals, including a gold in the Coxless Pairs for rowers Steve Redgrave and Andy Holmes and a gold in the 100m Breaststroke for swimmer Adrian Moorhouse.

Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker in the men's singles final at Wimbledon (4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2).
Steffi Graf wins the women's singles title at all four of the Grand Slams. At Wimbledon she beats Martina Navratilova in the final in three sets (5-7 6-2, 6-1). Graf also wins a gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.

Page-turners
 

Man Booker Prize

Winner:
Peter Carey
Oscar And Lucinda




Postcard from 1988.

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Who said that?

Bad News

Good news is no news.
Kirk Douglas

Men normally take most pleasure in spreading bad news, because it makes them feel important.
Elsa Schiaparelli

Bad Men

A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

I look upon him like any other disease. I've had him. It's over. I'm immune to him.
Doris Day, 'Pillow Talk'

Keeping Score

Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

Men and Women

Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They weren't. They weren't even one of the questions.
Julian Barnes, 'Staring at the Sun'

Behind almost every woman you ever heard of stands a man who let her down.
Naomi Bliven

But remember, a man ends by hating the woman who he thinks has found him out.
Jennie Jerome Churchill

A woman's rule of thumb: if it has tyres or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.
Ella Gough

Are you a man of good character where women are concerned?
Have you ever met a man of good character where women are concerned?
Wilfred Hyde-White and Rex Harrison, 'My Fair Lady'

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternising with the enemy.
Henry Kissinger

The woman who pins her faith to a man won't find a safety pin strong enough to take the strain.
Helen Rowland

Research has shown that men usually sleep on the right side of the bed. Even in their sleep they have to be right.
Rita Rudner

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
Sharon Stone

A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.
Lynne Truss,
'Eats, Shoots & Leaves'


Don't let a man put anything over you except an umbrella.
Mae West

If you're a woman living, you've been done wrong by a man.
Oprah Winfrey

Men play the game; women know the score.
Roger Woddis

What men say about women is generally wrong. What they think and don't say is far more correct.
Diana Woods

Reputation

Do you want to injure someone's reputation? Don't speak ill of him, speak too well.
André Siegfried, 'Quelques Maximes'


Financial Worries

I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.
Jules Renard

Taxes

In this world nothing is certain except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

If the Lord had meant us to pay income tax, He'd have made us smart enough to prepare the return.
Kirk Kirkpatrick

It's true that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Sometimes I wish they came in that order.
Sam Levenson

All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

All the good things in life are immoral, illegal or heavily taxed.
Oscar Wilde

Tax Collector

A person who follows you into a revolving door but comes out ahead of you.
Colin Bowles

A taxidermist who stuffs you and keeps the skin.
Colin Bowles

Taxpayer

That's someone who works for the ... government but doesn't have to take the civil servant examination.
Ronald Reagan


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