Sunday, 2 December 2012

Disastrous Baetles concert in Peterborough

50 years ago on Sunday 2 December 1962 The Beatles performed at the Embassy Cinema in Peterborough (located between Cambridge and Nottingham).

But it turned out to be a less than satisfying experience. They had been booked to play two shows that night as an opener for the Frank Ifield show, but they were not well received by the crowd.

Other groups that night included Susan Cope, Tommy Wallis and Beryl, The Lana Sisters, The Ted Taylor Four, and Frank Ifield.

p.s. I will write a short biography of the other groups shortly, but one of them merits a bit more info. It was Ted Taylor (from the Ted Taylor Four) who introduced the Beatles to make-up!
He showed them how to make their skins less pale, and also how to blacken their eyes.
From that moment onwards the Beatles always tried to touch up their faces before going on stage or appear on TV.

The Beatles appeared a second time on stage, on March 17, 1963. But by then the crowd had learned to appreciate their new beat, and the concert was a success.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

1972 NME Awards

At the end of 1972 NME published its annual awards


World Male Singer: Elvis Presley
World Female Singer: Diana Ross
World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
World Vocal Group: T Rex
British Male Singer: Cliff Richard
British Female Singer: Cilla Black
British Vocal Group: T Rex
British Vocal Personality: Cliff Richard
British New Group: New Seekers
British Instrumental Unit: C.C.S
TV or Radio Show: 'Top Of The Pops'
Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile
New Disc Singer: Rod Stewart
Best 1971 Single Disc: George Harrison - 'My Sweet Lord'
Best 1971 Album: A tie between T Rex's 'Electric Warrior' and John Lennon's 'Imagine'