Joplin is one of the members of the seemingly mythical 27 club, which the link states is a spurious artefact. A tendency for musicians to die when 27 is not borne out statistically. Still, print the legend, eh?
Pointing to a possible new direction for the group but not a big hit by Hollies standards, King Midas In Reverse only just crept into the top twenty. This prompted them to revert to more commercial material for subsequent singles (with the possible exception of Listen To Me, which also failed to reach the top ten) and so helping along Graham Nash’s decision to leave the group.
The biggest cult TV show of the late 60s/early 70s may well have been The Prisoner. It was also probably the most enigmatic. What was that last episode about? And what was it with that ridiculous penny-farthing with the canopy?
It does say it all though about free will and freedom in the twentieth century. (And given the recent revelations about GCHQ and their US confréres it seems not much has changed.)
First broadcast in the UK in 1967/8, I never actually watched The Prisoner until the early 70s. I remember it was on at 11 pm on a Thursday night during my first year at University. Believe it or not I stayed up late to watch it. (I wasn’t a night bird in those days.)
All together now: “I am not a number. I am a free man.”
I remember when The Man From U.N.C.L.E. first started it was broadcast in the UK on BBC 1 on a Thursday night at 8 pm. That meant it was a quick rush home from choir practice, which itself followed straight on from my piano lessons. Thursday nights were busy then.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. theme tune is very hard to recall. It always gets overwhelmed, at least in my head and also in those of other people of my acquaintance, by the one for Mission Impossible – a show which took over that Thursday night slot from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The first episode’s opening with explanatory introduction:-
Captain Pugwash was a cartoon precursor to Sir Prancelot (see last week) and featured a similarly bumbling lead character in the shape of the eponymous captain of the ship The Black Pig.
Strictly speaking this isn’t a sixties piece since Captain Pugwash first appeared on television in the 1950s. However my folks didn’t get themselves a television till 1960 so as far as I’m concerned it belongs firmly in the 60s.
There is an urban myth that the cartoon series was a repository of filth/sexual innuendo. This is NOT TRUE.
The cabin boy was called Tom not Roger, there was no seaman Staines and it was Master Mate with an M not a B. The Sunday Correspondent and The Guardian both had to pay libel damages for printing this misconception.
The jaunty signature tune is apparently called The Trumpet Hornpipe.