Saturday, 25 February 2017

1966, Car spotting: Den Haag, Plein

First row, left to right:
Volvo Amazon (P120), Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), Ford Zephyr Mark II (206E), Volkswagen 1500 Notchback (Typ 3), Citroën ID/DS, Simca Ariane, Morris 1100 / 1300 (ADO16) , Fiat 1100, Ford Taunus 12M (P4).

First row, right side parking:
Unknown dark coloured car, unknown dark coloured American car, Citroën ID/DS, Ford Taunus 17M (P3), Ford Cortina Mk Ib.

Second row:
Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), Jaguar Mark 2, unknown dark coloured car probably Ford, Ford Zephyr / Zodiac Mk III (211E, 213E), unknown light coloured cabriolet probably Triumph or Fiat, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), BMC Mini (ADO15), Opel Olympia Rekord, Renault Dauphine, Triumph Herald, Simca Aronde (P60), Fiat 1300, Volkswagen 1500 Notchback (Typ 3), Opel Rekord A or B CarAVan, Renault 4, unknown light coloured car, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle).

Third row:
Only four recognisable cars: in front of the Opel Olympia Record is a Ford Taunus 17M/20M (P5), in front of the Renault Dauphine a BMC Mini (ADO15), in front of the Triumph Herald a Citroën ID/DS and in front of the Volkswagen 1500 Notchback (Typ 3) a Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle).

Fourth row:
Four unknown cars, Citroën ID/DS, unknown car, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), BMC Mini (ADO15), Ford Taunus 12M (P4), Simca 1000, Morris Minor 1000 (ADO59), Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), BMC Mini (ADO15), unknown car, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), three unknown cars, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), five unknown cars, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), unknown car, Renault 4, Citroën 2CV. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

1965, Music: Eurovision Song Contest

The 10th Eurovision Song Contest was held on Saturday 20 March 1965 at the "Sala di Concerto della RAI", Naples, Italy. Renata Mauro presented the festival and of the 18 participants the French singer France Gall won for Luxembourg with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", a song composed and written by Serge Gainsbourg. 
Luxembourg won for the second time, the first victory was in 1961 with "Nous les amoureux" sung by Jean-Claude Pascal.

Winner France Gall
France Gall with writer/composer Serge Gainsbourg
  • For the second time, Belgium (Lize Marke), Finland (Viktor Klimenko), Germany (Ulla Wiesner), and Spain (Conchita Bautista) scored "null points".
  • 1965 was the debut of Ireland.
  • The Swedish entry by Ingvar Wixell was sung in English. This led to the rule that all participants had to perform their songs using one of their national languages in the 1966 edition.
  • Three artists returned for a second time: Udo Jürgens (Austria, previous participation in 1964), Conchita Bautista (Spain, previously participation in 1961) and Vice Vukov (Yugoslavia, previous participation in 1963).
First place: France Gall with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" for Luxembourg
Second place: Kathy Kirby with "I Belong" for The United Kingdom
Third place: Guy Mardel with "N'avoue jamais" for France
Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Netherlands Conny van den Bos "'t Is genoeg" 11 5
02 United Kingdom Kathy Kirby "I Belong" 2 26
03 Spain Conchita Bautista "¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!" 15 0
04 Ireland Butch Moore "Walking the Streets in the Rain" 6 11
05 Germany Ulla Wiesner "Paradies, wo bist du?" 15 0
06 Austria Udo Jürgens "Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen" 4 16
07 Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Karusell" 13 1
08 Belgium Lize Marke "Als het weer lente is" 15 0
09 Monaco Marjorie Noël "Va dire à l'amour" 9 7
10 Sweden Ingvar Wixell "Absent Friend" 10 6
11 France Guy Mardel "N'avoue jamais" 3 22
12 Portugal Simone de Oliveira "Sol de inverno" 13 1
13 Italy Bobby Solo "Se piangi, se ridi" 5 15
14 Denmark Birgit Brüel "For din skyld" 7 10
15 Luxembourg France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" 1 32
16 Finland Viktor Klimenko "Aurinko laskee länteen" 15 0
17 Yugoslavia Vice Vukov "Čežnja" 12 2
18 Switzerland Yovanna "Non, à jamais sans toi" 8 8

First place: France Gall with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son"

Recap of all 18 songs

Saturday, 4 February 2017

1964, Cars: Ford Taunus 17M/20M (P5)

In 1964 Ford-Werke GmbH (Ford of Germany) introduced the new Ford Taunus 17M / 20M. It was the fifth newly designed German Ford to be launched after the war for this reason it is known as Ford Project 5 (P5) or the Ford Taunus P5. It was the first time a new Taunus was not given a nickname by the press, unlike its predecessor the “Badewanne” (Bath tub) or Ford Taunus P3.

The new car was at first available as a two or four door saloon, in 1965 the "Turnier" (station wagon) version and a coupé followed. The Ford Taunus P5 was also coach built by Karl Deutsch as a two-door cabriolet.
Predecessor: Ford Taunus 17M P3 (1960 - 1964)
Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 (two and four door saloon)
Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 Coupé
Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 Turnier
The 17M was available with two engine choices, a 1498 cc V4 (44 kW) engine from the Taunus P4 or a newly designed 1699 cc V4 (51 kW) engine. The 20M had a 1998 cc V6 (63 kW) engine. The 20M TS had the same engine with a higher compression rate, it developed 66 kW. The P5 came with “Startautomatik”, an automatic choke originally introduced in P3, but in 1964 still a novelty in this class of car.
Ford Taunus 20M P5 (four door saloon)
Ford Taunus 17M/20M cabriolet by Karl Deutsch
Ford Taunus 17M P5 (two door saloon)
Successor: Ford 17M/20M (Taunus) P7a (1967 - 1968)
In August 1967 the P5 was replaced by the Ford (Taunus) P7a. A total of 710,059 P5's were produced at Cologne-Niehl (Germany), Genk (Belgium) and Azambuja (Portugal).

Ford Taunus 17M P5 Commercial (Germany, 1965)

Ford Taunus 17M P5 Commercial (Germany, 1965)

Ford Taunus 17M "Die Probefahrt" (German sales promo, English dubbed)

Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 (The Netherlands, 1964)
Ford Taunus 20M P5 (Germany, 1966)
Ford Taunus 17M P5 (Norway, 1966)
Ford Taunus 20M P5 (Norway, 1966)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1963, Film: “The Nutty Professor”

The American comedy film "The Nutty Professor" is released on 4 June 1963. The film directed and partly written by Jerry Lewis, stars himself, Stella Stevens, Del Moore and Kathleen Freeman. With music composed by Walter Scharf, the film is a parody of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

Professor Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis) is a nerdy, socially awkward university professor of chemistry whose experiments are most of the time very destructive. When a football student embarrasses and attacks him, he joins a local gymnasium. But due to the lack of physical strength he decides to invent a potion that turns him into the handsome Buddy Love...
Jerry Lewis as Buddy Love
Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius F. Kelp, Del Moore as Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield and
Kathleen Freeman as Millie Lemmon
Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius F. Kelp and
Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy
Del Moore as Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield and Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius F. Kelp
Main cast
  • Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius F. Kelp / Buddy Love / Baby Kelp
  • Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy
  • Del Moore as Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield
  • Kathleen Freeman as Millie Lemmon
  • Howard Morris as Elmer Kelp
  • Elvia Allman as Edwina Kelp
  • Julie Parrish as College Student
  • Milton Frome as Dr. M. Sheppard Leevee
  • Buddy Lester as Bartender
  • Med Flory as Warzewski
Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy
Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy and Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius F. Kelp
Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy and Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius F. Kelp
  • In 2004 "The Nutty Professor" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
  • Les Brown and his Band of Renown play themselves at the senior prom.

"The Nutty Professor", trailer (1963)

Thursday, 19 January 2017

1962, Car spotting: Brussels, boulevard de l’Empereur, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique

First row, left to right:
Unknown light coloured car, Renault Dauphine, Fiat 1100, Opel Rekord P1, Citroën Traction Avant, Renault 4, Volvo Amazon P120

Second row, left to right:
Unknown dark coloured car, unknown car probably Ford Zephyr / Zodiac Mk III, Ford Consul MkI (EOTA), Simca Aronde 90a, Renault 4CV, DAF Daffodil / 600 / 750, Fiat 600, Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle, Typ 1), Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle, Typ 1), Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120 / W121)

Third row, left to right:
Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle, Typ 1), unknown car probably Opel, Ford Consul Capri (109E / 116E), DKW Junior, Citroën 2CV, Renault Dauphine, Renault 4CV, Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle, Typ 1), Renault Dauphine, Citroën 2CV, Skoda Octavia, Peugeot 203

Saturday, 14 January 2017

1961, Music: Helen Shapiro

In 1961, aged fourteen, the English singer Helen Shapiro, full name Helen Kate Shapiro (born 28 September 1946), scored 2 number 1 hits in the UK charts: "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness".

Helen Shapiro was born in Bethnal Green, London. She attended Northwold Primary School and Clapton Park Comprehensive School. Her grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. The family was too poor to buy a record player but Shapiro's parents encouraged a musical education. Helen played banjo and sang occasionally with her brother Ron in his skiffle group. At the age of ten she sang in the band "Susie and the Hula Hoops," a school band with her cousin Susan Singer and Marc Feld (the later "T. Rex" Marc Bolan). Aged 13 she followed singing lessons at “The Maurice Burman School of Modern Pop Singing” in London.
The Beatles, Helen Shapiro, Dusty Springfield, Eden Kane
and Keith Fordyce on the set of Ready Steady Go! (ITV, 1963)
Single "You Don't Know" (1961)
Single "Walkin' Back to Happiness" (1961)
In 1961, her first single "Don't Treat Me Like a Child", reached No. 3 in the UK charts. In 1962, aged fifteen she was voted Britain's "Top Female Singer". One of the supporting acts during her late winter/early spring tour of 1963, were "The Beatles". During this tour "The Beatles" had their first hit single.

"You Don't Know" (1961)

"Walkin' Back to Happiness" (1961)

Helen Shapiro performing "Look Who It Is" on "Ready Steady Go!" with "The Beatles"

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

1960, News: Earthquake in Agadir, Morocco

On the intercalary day February 29, 1960 at 23:40 local time the Moroccan city Agadir was hit by a earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale. In less than 15 seconds about 15,000 people, a third of the city's population were killed, and another 12,000 were injured. Although not a very strong earthquake, yet there was a large number of casualties due to the fact that the center of the earthquake was located directly under the city.
Agadir, Kasbah (1960)
Agadir, quartier de Founti (1960)
Agadir, quartier de Talbordjt (1960)
The first rescue workers were French marines from the aircraft carrier La Fayette and Moroccan military. But also Dutch, American and Spanish teams arrived shortly after on the scene. After two days of rescue work the city was evacuated in order to avoid the spread of disease. Calcium hydroxide (slaked lime) and DDT were sprayed over the ruins from lorries and helicopters to control disease and kill the swarms of flies which were attracted to the scene. Afterwards the devastated districts were razed to the ground using bulldozers. Thousands of victims were not salvaged, but found their grave at the site of the disaster.
Agadir, hotel Gautier (1960)

Movietone (1960)