Can't Beat The Real Thing
In December Oasis look and sound-alikes No way sis release a cover version of the New Seekers' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. The song had been the subject of an earlier Court case in which the songwriters had claimed that Oasis had borrowed the song for their 1994 hit Shakermaker. No way sis cheekily add the line "You can't beat the real thing" to their version, simultaneously having a dig at Oasis and recalling the song's origins as a Coke advert.
Meanwhile the original version of I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing is released on a 20 track CD / cassette entitled The World of the New Seekers (Spectrum Music 552 080-2). The album contains all of the New Seekers' Top 20 hits, including the three Top 5 hits that feature Lyn Paul on lead vocal - Beg, Steal Or Borrow, I Get A Little Sentimental Over You and You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me.
Celine Dion's album Falling Into You enters the UK album chart on 23rd March. Included on the album is All By Myself, a song based on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto with words by Eric Carmen. The song had originally been a hit for Carmen twenty years earlier (April 1976). It became popular with other recording artists, being covered by stars such as Shirley Bassey (1982), the Brotherhood of Man, Richard Clayderman, Sheryl Crow (1993), Tom Jones, James Last, Henry Mancini, Marti Webb and Hank Williams (1977). Lyn Paul recorded one of the very first cover versions for the B-side of her 1976 single Mama Don't Wait For Me. In December Celine Dion's cover is released as an A-side. The single enters the chart on 21st December and peaks at number 6.
Series 5 of Men Behaving Badly begins on 20th June (BBC1). Episode 5, broadcast on 18th July, includes a conversation between Gary Strang (played by Martin Clunes) and George (Ian Lindsay), who is a fan of The Seekers:
George: She was always smashingly turned out, wasn't she - the lady in The Seekers?
Gary: Yeah, you never saw her with egg on her blouse or the grease from sausages.
George: I can still remember the day The Seekers split up. I came home, Marjorie was in tears, and we just hugged.
George: Of course, after The Seekers, there were the New Seekers, but I found them rather raucous.
Gary: Well, to be fair George, I don't think the New Seekers were ever actually raucous.
Men Behaving Badly
Series 5, Episode 5: Cardigan
Written by: Simon Nye.
First broadcast: 18th July, 9.30pm (BBC1).
|In the News - 1996
||US peacekeeping troops enter Bosnia on 2nd January.
The former President of France François Mitterrand dies from prostate cancer on 8th January, aged 79.
On Wednesday, 10th January King Hussein of Jordan makes a historic visit to Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv, two years after the two countries had signed a peace treaty.
Yasser Arafat is elected President of the Palestine National Authority on 20th January.
On 28th January the French explode a nuclear device at Fangataufa atoll. The following day, faced by an outcry at home and abroad, President Jacques Chirac announces an end to nuclear testing.
On 31st January a lorry loaded with explosives crashes into the central bank in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. 91 people die as a result of the attack, with injuries caused to another 1,400.
||On Monday, 5th February Safeway and Sainsbury's become the first UK supermarkets to sell genetically modified food, stocking their shelves with a tomato puree with the rotting gene removed.
An IRA bomb explodes at South Quay in the Docklands area of east London on 9th February, bringing to an end a 17-month ceasefire. Two people are killed with many more injured.
On 13th February Take That announce that the band is splitting up. Counselling hotlines are set up around the UK to help fans deal with their grief.
The Sea Empress oil tanker runs aground off Milford Haven on 15th February, spilling 72,000 tonnes of crude oil and 480 tonnes of fuel oil into the sea.
A report by Sir Richard Scott is published on 15th February criticising the sale of arms to Iraq in the 1980s.
An IRA bomber, Edward O'Brien, is killed on 18th February when the bomb he is carrying explodes prematurely on a bus in Aldwych, London.
On 25th February a Hamas suicide bomber kills himself and 24 passengers on a bus in Jerusalem.
On 28th February it is announced that Diana, Princess of Wales has agreed to divorce Prince Charles.
||On 3rd March 18 people are killed in another suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem. The next day 13 people are killed in a nail bomb attack at a shopping centre in Tel Aviv.
On Wednesday, 13th March a gunman, Thomas Hamilton, massacres a class of five-and-six-year-old children in the gymnasium of Dunblane Primary School. He then shoots himself.
On 15th March the Russian parliament annuls the 1991 treaties dissolving the Soviet Union.
The European Union bans the export of British beef on 27th March on the grounds that the "mad cow" disease prevalent amongst British cattle posed a health risk to humans.
||On 11th April, for the first time in nearly 14 years, Israel launches air strikes against targets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and the Israeli army leads to tragedy on 18th April when Israeli shells hit a UN refugee camp at Qana.
On the same day, outside a hotel near Cairo, terrorists kill seventeen Greek tourists and their Egyptian tour guide.
On Tuesday, 16th April, ten years after their marriage at Westminster Abbey, the Duke and Duchess of York announce their intention to divorce.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her seventieth birthday on 21st April.
On 24th April the PLO rescinds clauses in its charter calling for the destruction of Israel.
On the same day two bombs explode on Hammersmith Bridge, London.
On 28th April a man with a rifle, Martin Bryant, opens fire on customers at the Broad Arrow Café in Port Arthur, Tasmania. He continues to shoot indiscriminately as he makes his way through the town and then takes three people hostage at a guest house. He is arrested after a 16-hour siege. His hostages are among the 35 people massacred.
The musical Rent, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème, opens at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway
on 29th April.
||MPs in the UK vote to continue the ban on gays serving in the military.
Three former business associates of Bill and Hillary Clinton, James McDougal, his ex-wife Susan McDougal and Jim Guy Tucker, are found guilty on charges of fraud and conspiracy.
Eight climbers are killed by a freak storm on Mount Everest on 10th May.
On 18th May Eimear Quinn wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with the song The Voice. The UK entry, Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit by Gina G, finishes in 8th place.
On 29th May Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Prime Minister of Israel.
||Gay marriages are made legal in Iceland.
Ella Fitzgerald, dubbed "the First Lady of song", dies at her home in Beverly Hills on Saturday, 15th June, aged 79.
On the same day an IRA bomb devastates the city centre of Manchester, injuring more than 200 people.
Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand erupts on 17th June.
Desmond Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town on 23rd June.
The former Greek prime minister Andreas Papandreou dies in Athens on the same day, aged 77.
On 28th June Noel Gallagher of Oasis joins Burt Bacharach on stage at London's Royal Albert Hall to perform the song This Guy's In Love With You.
||On 3rd July Boris Yeltsin is re-elected as President of Russia.
On the same day the British Prime Minister John Major announces that the ancient coronation seat of Scottish kings, the Stone of Scone, is to be moved from Westminster to Edinburgh Castle.
At Wimbledon the men's singles final between Richard Krajicek and MaliVai Washington is interrupted by a female streaker, Melissa Johnson, just before the toss. Krajicek wins the match 6–3, 6–4, 6–3.
President Nelson Mandela visits the UK and France.
A nursery nurse in Wolverhampton, Lisa Potts, is badly injured as she protects the children in her care from an attacker wielding a machete. The following June she is awarded the George Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
A TWA jumbo jet crashes into the Atlantic half an hour after taking off from New York's Kennedy International Airport.
Chas Chandler, formerly the bass player with the Animals and later the manager of Jimi Hendrix and Slade, dies on 17th July, aged 57. He had been undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm at Newcastle General Hospital.
Israel and Hezbollah exchange prisoners on 21st July.
On Saturday, 27th July a bomb explodes at the Atlanta Olympics. Two people are killed and 111 injured.
Marge Ganser of the Shangri-Las dies of breast cancer on 28th July.
||Former President of South Africa, F.W. de Klerk, publicly repents for the suffering caused by apartheid. He tells the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that the National Party "made many mistakes" but he does not admit to any personal responsibility for human rights abuses.
A recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre opens in London on 21st August.
||Rapper Tupac Shakur is shot in Las Vegas on 7th September after leaving a Mike Tyson boxing match. He dies in hospital six days later, aged 25.
Princess Stephanie of Monaco files for divorce on 16th September after her husband, Daniel Ducret, is pictured with a stripper.
The Taliban capture Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Friday, 27th September.
Comedian Leslie Crowther dies on 28th September.
||On 7th October work begins on the demolition of 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, the site of the Fred and Rosemary West murders.
Actress Beryl Reid dies on 13th October, aged 76.
On 16th October the UK government announces that, in response to the Dunblane massacre in March, it intends to ban the private ownership of almost all handguns.
On the same day eighty-three football fans are crushed to death at Mateo Flores stadium in Guatemala City.
On 20th October protesters march through Brussels to demonstrate their anger at the Belgian government's mishandling of a child sex abuse scandal.
||Singer Eva Cassidy (as yet undiscovered by the record-buying public at large) dies from cancer on 2nd November.
Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the USA on 5th November.
On 14th November Michael Jackson marries Deborah Rowe, a nurse who worked for Jackson's plastic surgeon.
A revival of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago opens on Broadway on the same day. It holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
125 people are killed on 23rd November when a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 plunges into the Indian Ocean off the Comoros Islands. 50 people survive the crash.
In Pakistan Benazir Bhutto is dismissed from office for a second time.
In Moscow President Boris Yeltsin undergoes a heart bypass operation.
||100,000 people take to the streets of Belgrade on 1st December, demanding the resignation of President Slobodan Milosevic.
Canada's first Country music star Wilf Carter (also known in the USA as Montana Slim) dies in Scottsdale, Arizona on 5th December, aged 91.
On 6th December the Conservative government led by John Major loses its majority in the House of Commons as John Gorst, the Tory MP for Hendon North, announces that he is withdrawing his support. The government's situation worsens on 12th December when Labour wins a by-election in Barnsley East.
On 10th December President Nelson Mandela signs South Africa's new post-apartheid constitution in Sharpeville, site of a massacre of unarmed black demonstrators in 1960.
Kofi Annan is named as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Boeing takes over McDonnell Douglas, making it the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world.