Lyn Paul, now a working mum, takes to the ocean wave in 1990, performing on a short cruise aboard the QE II.
On 30th June and 7th July Lyn is a guest on the radio quiz show Pop Score (BBC Radio 2, 5.30pm). Hosted by Ken Bruce, with regular team captains Helen Shapiro and Noddy Holder, the quiz tests the panellists' knowledge of popular music. Joining Lyn as a panellist on the last two shows of the series is broadcaster Colin Berry. Both editions of the show are broadcast again later in the year (BBC Radio 2, 9th and 16th December, 12.30am).
Despite Lyn's complaints the previous year, another Greatest Hits CD by the New Seekers (TP 001) is released, which pictures Lyn on the cover but features re-recordings of Lyn's original vocals by Donna Jones. Licensed from Livingstone Productions and released on the That's Pop label, there is nothing on the CD cover to indicate that these are not the original recordings featuring Lyn Paul.
During August, September and October Lyn tours the UK with the comedian Norman Wisdom. Reviewing her performance in The Stage, James Green describes her as "a revelation":
"It wasn't just Wisdom's second half but - what a rarity - a first half that was balanced and entertaining. How often do you walk out at the interval feeling pleased?"
The Stage & Television Today, 20th September 1990, page 5.
The Legendary Norman Wisdom
1990 UK tour
The tour kicks off at the Crest Club, Sheppey and winds up six weeks later at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.
- 23rd August, Crest Club, Leysdown, Sheppey
- 24th August, Crest Club, Leysdown, Sheppey
- 25th August, Playhouse Theatre, Harlow
- 26th August, White Rock Theatre, Hastings
- 30th August, St. David's Hall, Cardiff
- 31st August, Ferneham Hall, Fareham
- 1st September, Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Worcester
- 2nd September, Key Theatre, Peterborough
- 5th September, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
- 6th September, Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
- 7th September, Guildford Civic Hall
- 8th September, Beck Theatre, Hayes
- 9th September, Towngate Theatre, Basildon
- 10th September, De Montfort Hall, Leicester
- 11th September, New Embassy Centre, Skegness
- 12th September, Civic Theatre, Mansfield
- 14th September, Night Out, Blackpool
- 16th September, Central Hall Theatre, Chatham
- 18th September, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
- 19th September, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
- 21st September, Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth
- 22nd September, Forum Theatre, Hatfield
- 23rd September, Festival Theatre, Paignton
- 25th September, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
- 27th September, Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
- 29th September, Leeds City Varieties, Leeds
- 30th September, Wimbledon Theatre, London
- 2nd October, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
- 3rd October, Night Out, Blackpool
- 4th October, Civic Centre, Aylesbury
- 5th October, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
The Legendary Norman Wisdom
1990 UK tour
At Christmas, for the third year in a row, Lyn stars in Roy Hudd's production of Babes In The Wood. Playing at the Ashcroft Theatre Croydon from December 7th through to January 13th 1991, Lyn shares the limelight with Roy Hudd (this time in the role of the Good Robber) and Patrick Mower as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. They are joined by veteran comedy actors Bill Pertwee (Air Raid Warden Hodges in Dads Army) and June Whitfield (Happy Ever After, Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous).
Cedric Pulford, writing in The Guardian, describes Lyn as "a song-belting principal boy" (The Guardian, 28th December 1990), while Diana Eccleston from the local Croydon Advertiser votes the show a success: "on my panto scale of excellence ... a 10 out of 10" (Croydon Advertiser, 14th December 1990)
Babes In The Wood,
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
It's lucky thirteen for A-ha, who make it to number 13 in the UK singles chart with their 13th hit single - a cover of The Everly Brothers' Crying In The Rain (Warner Bros W 9547). Lyn Paul recorded this song with the New Seekers in 1973. The track featured Marty Kristian on lead vocal and, although recorded with the rest of the group, it was released by Polydor as a solo single (Polydor 2058 394).
On 9th February Lyn Paul's sister Nikki Belsher appears on television in Campion (BBC1, 8.35pm). Set in the 1930s, the series is based on Margery Allingham's novels about an enigmatic private investigator, Albert Campion. Nikki plays the part of 'Slippers' Bellew in a double episode entitled Dancers in Mourning, in which Campion is hired to investigate the sinister practical jokes being played on a successful star of musical comedy. The second episode is shown a week later on 16th February.
Nikki also takes to the stage in London, playing the role of Ashley in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Starlight Express. The role of Pearl, which Nikki played on the tour of Australia and Japan, is played by Kim Leeson.
Photo used with kind permission of the
Pearl's Domain website.
|In the News - 1990
||On 1st January Cuba rejoins the United Nations Security Council after a 30-year absence.
On the same day Simon and Garfunkel are inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Paul McCartney begins his first concert tour for 13 years on 2nd January.
General Manuel Noriega of Panama surrenders to US troops on 3rd January after ten days under siege in the Vatican Embassy. The next day he appears in a Florida court on drugs charges.
On 7th January, for the first time in its history, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public on safety grounds.
The Communist Party's monopoly on power comes to an end in Bulgaria (15th January) and in Yugoslavia (22nd January). Poland's Communist Party is dissolved on 29th January.
The England cricket team defies an international boycott by visiting South Africa. On 19th January police use tear gas to break up a demonstration at Johannesburg Airport, where protesters were awaiting the team's arrival.
Mel Appleby, one half of the duo Mel and Kim, dies of pneumonia on 19th January, aged 28.
On 25th January Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, becomes the first head of government to give birth.
The first McDonalds restaurant in Russia is opened in Pushkin Square, Moscow on 31st January.
||In a televised speech at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town on Friday, 2nd February, the South African President F.W. de Clerk announces that the 30-year ban on the African National Congress would be lifted. The jailed ANC leader,Nelson Mandela is released from Victor-Verster Prison on 11th February after 27 years behind bars.
6th February is declared a national holiday in Jamaica in commemoration of Bob Marley's birthday.
Del Shannon, best known for his 1961 chart-topper Runaway, dies of self-inflicted gunshot wounds on 8th February, aged 55.
At a meeting in Madrid on 14th and 15th February Argentina and the UK agree to restore full diplomatic relations.
In the UK ambulance workers end a six-month dispute on 23rd February, after the government and unions agree to a pay rise of 16.9%.
||On 2nd March Glasgow succeeds Paris as the European Capital of Culture, having fought off bids from eight other UK cities, including Edinburgh. At the official launch at the King's Theatre the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Susan Baird, shakes hands with the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac.
Lithuania proclaims its independence from the Soviet Union on 11th March and elects Vytautus Landsbergis as President.
On 14th March, by a vote of 1,542 to 368 (with 76 abstentions), the Soviet parliament elects Mikhail Gorbachev as President of the Soviet Union for a five-year term.
A journalist working for The Observer newspaper, Farzad Bazoft, is executed in Baghdad on 15th March for "spying".
On Sunday, 18th March East Germany holds the first free elections since 1932.
On the same day thieves disguised as police officers steal 13 works of art worth about $200 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Namibia gains its independence from South Africa on 21st March.
Driving Miss Daisy wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 62nd Academy Awards ceremony on 26th March.
Robert Mugabe is elected President of Zimbabwe on 29th March.
On 30th March the Estonian Supreme Council declares the Soviet occupation of Estonia since World War II to be illegal and begins the process of re-establishing Estonia as an independent state.
400 people are arrested and scores injured in Poll Tax riots in central London on 31st March.
||Violence breaks out at Strangeways Prison in Manchester on 1st April when inmates protest against overcrowding. Two people are killed.
King Baudouin of Belgium steps down for 24 hours on 4th April to allow the passage of a bill legalizing abortion. In the UK the time limit for abortions is reduced from 28 to 24 weeks.
150 people are killed on 7th April by a fire aboard the Danish ferry Scandinavian Star.
On the same day John Poindexter, the former National Security Adviser to the Reagan Administration, is convicted of five counts of lying to Congress and obstructing the Congressional committees investigating the Iran–Contra affair.
On 8th April King Birendra agrees to end Nepal's feudal style monarchy and lifts a 30-year ban on political parties.
On 11th April British customs officials in Middlesbrough announce that they have seized a 'supergun' destined for Iraq.
The USSR cuts supplies of oil and gas to Lithuania on 17th April, following Lithuania's refusal to renounce its declaration of independence.
On 19th April the UK relaxes its immigration policy for residents of Hong Kong.
Lech Walesa is re-elected as chairman of Solidarity on 20th April.
The space shuttle Discovery is launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday, 24th April, on a mission to carry the Hubble space telescope into orbit 380 miles above the Earth.
The musical A Chorus Line closes on 28th April after 6,137 performances on Broadway. The show won nine Tony Awards in 1976, including the Tony for Best Musical.
||President F.W. de Clerk and Nelson Mandela begin negotiations to end apartheid on 2nd May.
The Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic adopts a Declaration on the Restoration of Independence on 4th May, paving the way for the full independence of the Republic of Latvia on 21st August 1991.
On 5th May Toto Cutugno wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy with the song Insieme: 1992. The UK entry, Give A Little Love Back To The World by Emma, finishes sixth.
On 15th May Vincent van Gogh's Portrait du Dr. Gachet is sold at Christie's in New York for $75,000,000. Two days later Pierre Auguste Renoir's Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre is sold at Sotheby's in New York for $71,000,000.
On 17th May the World Health Organization (WHO) removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
Former Seekers' star Judith Durham is badly injured in a car crash on 20th May.
On 29th May Boris Yeltsin is elected Chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet.
On Wednesday, 30th May, in response to mounting concern about BSE or "mad cow disease", the French government bans the import of British beef and live cattle. The British Agriculture Minister John Gummer tries to allay people's fears by feeding a hamburger to his four-year-old daughter. Germany and Italy impose their own bans a few days later.
||On 7th June France, West Germany and Italy lift their ban on British beef-on-the-bone.
Tim Lancaster, the captain of British Airways Flight 5390 from Birmingham to Malaga, is sucked through a cockpit window on 10th June when a faulty panel of the windscreen blows out at 17,300 feet. Flight attendant Nigel Ogden, who is on the flight deck at the time, grabs hold of Lancaster’s belt to prevent him from being completely sucked out of the cockpit. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at Southampton Airport, where the pilot is discovered to be alive and rushed to hospital.
On Wednesday, 20th June the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Major, proposes a new European currency, the "hard ecu", to circulate alongside existing national currencies.
Checkpoint Charlie, the best known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin, is removed on 22nd June.
Representatives from the Canadian provinces fail to ratify the Meech Lake Accord by the deadline of 23rd June, which would have granted French-speaking Quebec special status amongst the provinces whilst guaranteeing its commitment to the Canadian federation.
The Soviet Union re-opens the supply of oil and gas to Lithuania on 30th June in exchange for its agreement the previous day to suspend its declaration of independence.
||East Germany adopts the Deutsche Mark as its currency on 1st July.
On 2nd July 1,426 pilgrims are killed in Mecca in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites.
On 12th July Boris Yeltsin resigns from the Soviet Communist Party.
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes the island of Luzon in the Philippines on 16th July.
Tory MP Ian Gow is killed by an IRA car bomb outside his home in Sussex on 30th July.
||At dawn on Thursday, 2nd August more than 100,000 Iraqi troops invade the Gulf state of Kuwait. The United Nations Security Council calls for their immediate withdrawal but this is ignored. Economic sanctions are imposed on Iraq three days later.
On 3rd August, a weather station in Nailstone, Leicestershire records the highest temperature ever known in Britain - 37.1°C (98.8°F), 1 degree Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1911.
The President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, forces Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto from office on 6th August and declares a state of emergency.
The ANC agrees to end guerrilla warfare on 7th August.
The NASA space-probe Magellan begins orbiting Venus on Friday, 10th August after a 15-month journey from Earth.
Irish hostage Brian Keenan is released from captivity by the Islamic Jihad on 24th August. He returns to Dublin from Beirut on 30th August, having been held hostage for four years and four months.
The BBC launches Radio 5 on Monday, 27th August - its first new radio network for 23 years. The new station takes to the air at 9.00am, broadcasting a mix of sport, news and children's programmes.
||On 12th September East Germany, West Germany and the Second World War Allies (the United States, United Kingdom, France and the USSR) sign a Treaty restoring sovereignty to a united Germany.
On the same day
Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks announce that they are leaving Fleetwood Mac.
On 24th September Winnie Mandela is charged with kidnapping and assault.
The Nintendo Game Boy, a handheld video game console which had already taken Japan and the USA by storm, is launched in Europe on 28th September.
||After 45 years of division, East and West Germany officially reunite at midnight on Wednesday, 3rd October. Flag-waving crowds gather outside the Reichstag in Berlin to celebrate.
Britain applies to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM).
On 15th October the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Mikhail Gorbachev for his work in ending Cold War tensions.
||The UK's Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Geoffrey Howe, resigns on Thursday, 1st November, following disagreements over the government's policy on Europe.
Nawaz Sharif becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan on 6th November.
Mary Robinson is the first woman to be elected President of Ireland in the Irish presidential election held on Wednesday, 7th November.
On 12th November Tim Berners-Lee, a computer programmer working in Switzerland, publishes details of a new internet notice board for scientists, a 'World Wide Web' with more than 11.5 billion web pages.
Record producer Frank Farian holds a press conference on 15th November to confirm that the two members of Milli Vanilli, Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, had not sung on their début album. The duo was subsequently stripped of the 1989 'Best New Artist' Grammy Award.
On 22nd November Margaret Thatcher announces that she is to quit as British Prime Minister. On Tuesday, 27th November she is succeeded by John Major, who beats Michael Heseltine and Douglas Hurd in the second ballot of the Conservative Party leadership contest. Leaving Downing Street the next day a tearful Margaret Thatcher wishes her successor "all the luck in the world."
Roald Dahl, author of the children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG, dies in hospital in Oxford on 23rd November, aged 74.
Bill Wyman announces that his 17-month marriage to Mandy Smith is over. The couple's divorce is finalised on 24th November 1992.
||On Saturday, 1st December the first stage of the Channel Tunnel is completed, three years to the day after construction work had begun.
Lech Walesa is elected President of Poland on 9th December.
Saddam Hussein releases the foreigners who had been seized when Iraq invaded Kuwait and held captive for more than four months. The first of the freed hostages arrive at Heathrow Airport on Monday, 10th December.
Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) marries a Swedish surgeon, Tomas Sommerfeld, on 15th December.
|In the Charts
UK Chart débuts
- Michael Bolton
- Mariah Carey
- En Vogue
|UK Best-selling Singles
Crying In The Rain
- Kim Appleby
- Beats International
Dub Be Good To Me
- Beautiful South
A Little Time
- Blue Pearl
Naked In The Rain
- Michael Bolton
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
- Betty Boo
Doin' The Do
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- Belinda Carlisle
(We Want) The Same Thing
Just Like Jesse James
- The Chimes
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
- Phil Collins
I Wish It Would Rain Down
- Julee Cruise
- Deacon Blue
Four Bacharach And David Songs (EP): I'll Never Fall In Love Again / The Look Of Love / Message To Michael / Are You There (With Another Girl)
Groove Is In The Heart / What Is Love
- Del Amitri
Nothing Ever Happens
- Depeche Mode
Enjoy The Silence
- DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
- En Vogue
World In Motion
All Together Now
- Gazza and Lindisfarne
Fog On The Tyne (Revisited)
- Lonnie Gordon
Happenin' All Over Again
- M.C. Hammer
U Can't Touch This
- Happy Mondays
- Happy Mondays
- Chris Isaak
- Halo James
Could Have Told You So
- Elton John
Sacrifice / Healing Hands
- Jesus Jones
International Bright Young Thing
- KLF featuring the Children Of The Revolution
What Time Is Love? (Live At Trancentral)
There She Goes (re-issue)
I've Been Thinking About You
Justify My Love
- Maria McKee
Show Me Heaven
- George Michael
Praying For Time
- Kylie Minogue
Better The Devil You Know
- Kylie Minogue
Step Back In Time
- Kylie Minogue
Tears On My Pillow
- Alannah Myles
- New Kids on the Block
Hangin' Tough (re-issue)
- Sinéad O'Connor
Nothing Compares 2 U
- Robert Palmer and UB40
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
- Luciano Pavarotti
King Of The Road (EP): King Of The Road / Long Black Veil / Lulu Selling Tea / Not Ever
- Cliff Richard
From A Distance
- Cliff Richard
It Must Have Been Love
Listen To Your Heart / Dangerous (re-issue)
- Paul Simon
The Obvious Child
- Jimmy Somerville
To Love Somebody
- Jimmy Somerville
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
- Status Quo
The Anniversary Waltz - Part 1
- David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer
Lily Was Here
- Rod Stewart
- Rod Stewart and Tina Turner
It Takes Two
Englishman In New York (re-mix)
- They Might Be Giants
Birdhouse In Your Soul
- Vanilla Ice
Ice Ice Baby
- Bobby Vinton
- Wilson Phillips
One Hit Wonders
- Bizz Nizz
Don't Miss The Partyline
- Blues Brothers
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
- Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman
- Rita MacNeil
- Partners In Kryme
(from the film 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles')
East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon
- Matraca Berg
Lying To The Moon
- José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti
- Carlene Carter
I Fell In Love
- Beth Nielson Chapman
Beth Nielson Chapman
- The Charlatans
- Beverley Craven
- Fleetwood Mac
Behind The Mask
- Emmylou Harris
Brand New Dance
- Hothouse Flowers
The Immaculate Collection
- George Michael
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
- Bette Midler
Some People's Lives
- Sinéad O'Connor
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
- Luciano Pavarotti
The Essential Pavarotti
- Pet Shop Boys
- Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time
- Cliff Richard
From A Distance ... The Event
- Paul Simon
Rhythm Of The Saints
|At the Movies
- Back To The Future Part III
- Born On The Fourth Of July
- Cinema Paradiso
- The Comfort Of Strangers
- Creature Comforts
- Crimes And Misdemeanors
- Dick Tracy
- Driving Miss Daisy
- Gremlins 2: The New Batch
- Home Alone
- Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
- The Krays
- Longtime Companion
- Look Who's Talking
- Pretty Woman
- Steel Magnolias
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Total Recall
- The War Of The Roses
Tony Award for Best Musical:
City Of Angels
Award for Musical of the Year:
Return To The Forbidden Planet
- Birds Of A Feather
- The Crystal Maze
- French And Saunders
- The Golden Girls
(USA: Series 5)
- Harry Enfield's Television Programme
- Have I Got News for You
- In Sickness And In Health
- Jeeves And Wooster
- Keeping Up Appearances
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- Masterchef (Series 1)
- Mr. Bean
- One Foot In The Grave
(Series 1 and 2)
- Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
- Spitting Image
(Series 11 and 12)
- Stars In Their Eyes
- Twin Peaks
- Waiting For God
- The Word
- You've Been Framed
of the Year:
Darts: Phil Taylor beats Eric Bristow in the final of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.
Rugby Union: Scotland win the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championship. For the first time ever the Welsh team loses all four of its matches.
Horse Racing: Mr. Frisk wins the Grand National.
Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the annual Boat Race against Cambridge.
Snooker: Stephen Hendry wins the World Snooker Championship for the first time, beating Jimmy White in the final (18-12). Hendry wins the UK Championship for the second time, beating Steve Davis in the final (16-15).
Golf: Nick Faldo wins the US Masters for the second year running. He also wins the British Open at St. Andrews.
Hale Irwin wins the US Open at Medinah Country Club.
Cricket: Graham Gooch scores 333 for England against India at Lords.
Football: Nottingham Forest win the League Cup for the fourth time under the management of Brian Clough.
Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the 18th time.
Manchester United win the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in a replay of the final.
English hopes of winning the World Cup are dashed when the England team is beaten 4-3 on penalties by West Germany.
UEFA lifts the ban on English clubs competing in Europe.
Cycling: Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France for the third time.
Tennis: Martina Navratilova makes history by winning the women's singles title at Wimbledon for a record ninth time. She beats Zina Garrison in straight sets (6-4, 6-1).
For the third year in a row the men's singles final is between Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. Edberg wins for the second time (6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4).
Pete Sampras wins his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, beating Andre Agassi in the men's singles final (6-4, 6-3, 6-2). Gabriella Sabatini<
strong> beats Steffi Graf in the women's singles final.
Athletics: Steve Backley breaks the World Javelin Record with a throw of 89.58m.
Motor Racing: Ayrton Senna wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.
Man Booker Prize
A. S. Byatt
An Awfully Big Adventure
The Gate Of Angels
Lies Of Silence
Solomon Gursky Was Here