Highlights of March 27

50 years ago today…

Lady_MadonnaThe Beatles were No 1 with “Lady Madonna”

The song was recorded before the Beatles left for India, and its rhythm and blues-inspired style signalled a “back to basics” approach to writing and recording for the group following the psychedelic experimentation of the previous two years.

Listen to “Lady Madonna on Spotify.

Yuri_GagarinCosmonaut Yuri Gagarin died, aged just 34

Yuri Gagarin (born March 9, 1934) was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.

40 years ago today…

All_You_Need_Is_CashAll You Need is Cash first airs on British TV

This 1978 television film traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a fictitious British rock group called the Rutles. First broadcast on March 22, 1978 on NBC, it earned the lowest ratings of any show on American Prime time network television that week. It did much better in the ratings when it premiered in the UK on BBC2 less than one week later.

The music and events in the lives of the Rutles paralleled that of the Beatles, spoofing many of the latter’s career highlights. The animated film Yellow Submarine is parodied as Yellow Submarine Sandwich, and the song “Get Back” became “Get Up and Go”. Neil Innes’ songs from the film were released on an accompanying album, titled The Rutles.

20 years ago today…

Surf_107_1997Surf 107 began broadcasting to Brighton & Hove

Now known as Juice 107.2, Surf 107 was founded in June 1997 and its first chairman was writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe.

Find out more at juicebrighton.com.

Not forgetting…

Birthdays

  • Carl Barks, the first illustrator of the Donald Duck comics (born 1901, died 2000)
  • Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr (born 1923, died 2014) famous for writing episodes of Batman in the 1960s and the screenplay for Flash Gordon (1980)
  • Co-creator of Thunderbirds, and the voice of Lady Penelope, Sylvia Anderson (born 1927, died 2016)
  • Star of the TV Series, The Fugitive, David Janssen (born 1931, died 1980)
  • American director, writer and actor, Quentin Tarantino (1963)

Deaths

  • English actor, Ralph Bates (born February 12, 1940), known for his role in the British sitcom Dear John and for being one of Hammer Horror’s best-known actors died in 1991.
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