September 10, 1958: The Blob oozed into US cinemas

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The Blob (1958)

The Blob is an American independent science-fiction horror film, distributed by Paramount Pictures as a double feature with I Married a Monster from Outer Space.

[IMDb states the US release date as September 10, 1958 whereas Wikipedia says September 12, 1958]

The storyline concerns a growing, corrosive, alien amoeboidal entity that crashes to Earth from outer space inside a meteorite. It devours and dissolves citizens in the small communities of Phoenixville and Downingtown, PA, growing larger, redder, and more aggressive each time it does so, eventually becoming larger than a building.

INDESCRIBABLE…INDESTRUCTIBLE…

NOTHING CAN STOP IT!

After teenagers Steve Andrews and his girlfriend Jane Martin see a meteorite crash nearby, they set off to investigate. They come across an old man who seems to have some type of gelatinous matters stuck to his hand. They take him to Dr. Hallen who isn’t sure what the substance is but Steve becomes convinced it’s a monster of some sort after both the old man and the doctor vanish. As the creature consumes more and more people, it grows larger and larger. Steve’s biggest problem is that he can’t get anyone to believe him and continually faces skeptical policeman and angry parents. The creature finally reaches a size that it cannot be missed and everyone wonders how they will possibly stop it. [IMDb]

Notable cast & crew

  • Steve McQueen (credited as Steven McQueen), “Steve Andrews”
  • Burt Bacharach, co-writer, theme song “Beware the Blob”
  • Mack David, co-writer, theme song “Beware the Blob”
  • The Five Blobs (Bernie Knee), performer, theme song “Beware the Blob”

“The Blob” by The Five Blobs

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September 10, 1978: The Return of the Saint first airs on ITV

1978-The_Return_of_the_Saint-WikipediaReturn of the Saint was a British action-adventure television series starring Ian Ogilvy that aired for one season in 1978 and 1979 in Britain on ITV, and was also broadcast on CBS in the United States. It was co-produced by ITC Entertainment and the Italian broadcaster RAI and ran for 24 episodes.

Return of the Saint is a revival/updating of The Saint, a programme based upon the stories of Leslie Charteris that had originally aired from 1962 to 1969, and starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar (the character, in turn, had been introduced by Charteris in a series of novels and short stories dating back to 1928). An independently wealthy, somewhat mysterious ‘do-gooder’ known as ‘The Saint’. Simon Templar is shown travelling around Britain and Europe, helping out the people he encounters, though he is also often summoned by past acquaintances.

The series borrowed a few storytelling elements from its predecessor. Once again, each episode began with Simon narrating an introduction to set the scene for viewers, and each pre-credit sequence ended with an animated halo appearing above Templar’s head as he was identified. Return also made a recurring reference to the 1930s–40s film series, and the 1940s radio series that starred Vincent Price as Templar: just before the opening credits begin, a short musical phrase is heard that is not part of the theme music for the Return of the Saint, but is the character’s signature theme from film and radio.

Other than these cosmetic touches, there is no continuity implied between the Ogilvy and Moore series.

The first story, “The Judas Game”, featured British actress Judy Geeson. Other stars making appearances include Joss Ackland, Kate O’Mara, Burt Kwouk, Ian Hendry, Christopher Timothy, George Cole, Cathering Schell, Linda Thorson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Britt Ekland, Mel Ferrer and Sam Wanamaker.

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September 10, 1988: Phil Collins was at No 1 with “A Groovy Kind of Love”

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“A Groovy Kind of Love” (1988) by Phil Collins

Phil Collins recorded a new version of “A Groovy Kind of Love” in 1988. Collins originally recorded his demo version as a suggestion for the film Buster, then found out later that the demo was actually used in the film. He later decided to record it himself when he took the starring role in the film, which had a 1960s setting. The song was originally released on Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A live version appeared on his Serious Hits… Live! album.

Unlike the Mindbenders‘ version, which was an upbeat guitar-based pop song, Collins’ version was a slow ballad with a prominent keyboard and strings. This version hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and UK charts, and remains Collins’ only single to top the charts in both countries; it was his last No. 1 single in the UK. The single spent two weeks at the top and was certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. The song earned Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1989.

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September 10, 1968: Bee Gees were at No 1 with “I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You”

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“I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” (1968) by the Bee Gees

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” is a song by the Bee Gees. Released as a single on September 7, 1968, it was their second number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, for just one week, and their first US Top 10 hit.

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September 10, 1958: Singer Siobhan Fahey born

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Siobhan Fahey (1958-)

Siobhan Fahey is an Irish singer and musician, whose vocal range is a light contralto. She was a founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama, and later formed the Brit Award- and Ivor Novello Award-winning musical act Shakespears Sister.

Fahey married Dave Stewart of Eurythmics in 1987; the couple divorced in 1996.

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Bananarama unless stated. Links to Spotify and/or YouTube.

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September 10, 1948: Actress Judy Geeson born

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Judy Geeson (1948-)

Judy Geeson is an English film, stage, and television actress. She began her career primarily working on British television series. Her sister, Sally Geeson, also an actress, is known for her roles in British television sitcoms of the 1970s.

In the 1980s, Geeson appeared in several stage productions, including two for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as an Off-Broadway production of The Common Pursuit (1986). After relocating to the United States, she returned to television, playing the recurring character of Maggie Conway on the American series Mad About You from 1992 until 1999.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Newcomers (TV, 1965-1969), “Maria Cooper”
  • To Sir, With Love (1967), “Pamela Dare”
  • Berserk! (1967), “Angela Rivers”
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967), “Mary Gloucester”
  • Three Into Two Won’t Go (1969), “Ella Patterson”
  • 10 Rillington Place (1971), “Beryl Evans”
  • Doomwatch (1972), “Victoria Brown”
  • Fear in the Night (1972), “Peggy Heller”
  • Brannigan (1975), “Detective Sergeant Jennifer Thatcher”
  • Poldark (TV, 1975-1977), “Caroline Penvenen/Enys”
  • Star Maidens (TV, 1976), “Supreme Councillor Fulvia”
  • Danger UXB (TV, 1979), “Susan Mount”
  • Insemnoid (1981), “Sandy”

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September 10, 1938: Broadcaster David Hamilton born

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David Hamilton (1938-)

David Hamilton is a British radio presenter. Since his broadcasting career began in 1959, Hamilton has hosted over 12,000 radio shows and more than 1,000 TV shows. He is usually known as ‘Diddy David Hamilton’ which was a name given to him by the late British comedian Ken Dodd.

In 1960 he became an in-vision television announcer for ABC TV (Associated British Corporation) based in Didsbury, Manchester and appeared with Ken Dodd in the TV series, Doddy’s Music Box, acquiring the nickname, ‘Diddy’. Throughout the 1960s he hosted shows for the ITV franchises Tyne Tees, Anglia and Westward.

He hosted The Beat Show on the BBC Light Programme between 1962 and 1965. He presented the final edition of Housewives’ Choice in 1967 and was first heard on Radio 1 in November 1967, presenting Family Choice.

He joined the then new Thames Television as an announcer in 1968, subsequently hosting many shows for them including Miss TV Times, TV Times Gala Awards, The World Disco Dance Championships, as well as many outside broadcasts, circus and sports shows.

In 1973 Hamilton was offered his own daily show on Radio 1 every weekday afternoon. A regular feature was his “Tea at Three” slot which used as its jingle based on the 1961 version (by the Syncopators) of Jack Buchanan’s 1935 hit “Everything Stops For Tea” recorded for the show by Mud. In December 1977, the show moved to Radio 2 and remained there until the end of 1986 when Hamilton quit the station, complaining of its ‘geriatric’ music policy.

For BBC TV he hosted Top of the Pops and Seaside Special and the Eurovision Song Contest Previews in 1986. Hamilton also hosted four series of ITV’s hangman-style game show, All Clued Up (1988-1991).

He joined Capital Gold in November 1988 to present its daily 10 am to 1 pm show.

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