March 14 in the 20th Century

75 today…

English actress, Rita Tushingham, known for her starring roles in 1960s films including A Taste of Honey (1961), The Leather Boys (1964), The Knack …and How to Get It (1965), and Doctor Zhivago (1965). For A Taste of Honey, she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and Most Promising Newcomer at both the BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Her other film appearances include An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Under the Skin (1997), and Being Julia (2004).


70 today…

English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jona Lewie (born John Lewis) , best known for his 1980 UK hits “You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties” and the non-Christmas Christmas hit”Stop the Cavalry“.


English poet, comedian, songwriter and presenter of radio and television programmes, Pam Ayres MBE . Her 1975 appearance on the television talent show Opportunity Knocks led to appearances on other TV and radio shows, a one-woman touring stage show and performing before the Queen.


Today would have been the 70th birthday of English singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Skellern (died 17 February 2017). The use of brass bands and choirs in his music to create a nostalgic and romantic feel became his trademark. In October 2016, he was ordained as a priest of the Church of England, and died four months later from brain cancer.


Skellern’s songs have been recorded by a number of other singers, such as Andy Williams who included “Make It Easy for Me” on his 1973 album Solitaire and “My Lonely Room” on his 1975 album Andy. “You’re a Lady” has been extensively covered, by artists such as Johnny Mathis on his 1973 album Me and Mrs. Jones and Telly Savalas on his 1974 album Telly. Ringo Starr recorded Skellern’s “Hard Times” on his 1978 album Bad Boy.

He also had a song included on the soundtrack for Blade Runner (1982), “One More Kiss, Dear“, performed by Don Percival.

65 years ago…

The BBC Television Service launched in Scotland: (2015 article from ‘The Scotsman’.

35 years ago…

Whoops Apocalypse is a six-part 1982 television sitcom by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, made by London Weekend Television for ITV. Marshall and Renwick later reworked the concept as a 1986 film of the same name from ITC Entertainment, with almost completely different characters and plot, although one or two of the original actors returned in different roles.


The British budget label Channel 5 Video released a compilation cassette of all six episodes edited together into one 137-minute chunk in 1987.

John Otway recorded a song called “Whoops Apocalypse“, which was used as the theme song for the film.

The show featured Barry Morse, John Barron, Richard Griffiths, and John Cleese

30 years ago…

…in music: Hot Chocolate went to No1 in the UK albums charts for one week, with The Very Best Of Hot Chocolate.  It achieved a Platinum certification.


…in music: Boy George went to No 1 in the UK singles chart for two weeks, with a cover of Bread’s Everything I Own, which achieved Silver.  It would be his first and only UK solo No 1.



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