Yes, when I was fifteen two very important things happened, or rather started. Can you guess what these two events could be? No - well, then I will tell you.
On the 5th October 1962, a new single entitled "Love Me Do" hit record shops all over England, sung by a group calling themselves The Beatles, although they were hardly known outside their native city of Liverpool.
The rest, as they say, is history. I actually saw them when they visited my home town, although you couldn't really hear them sing, because the audience screamed from start to finish!! My favourite was George. He seemed like the quiet one of the group, and that rather appealed to me.
They absolutely took the world by storm, and I can still remember them landing at all the different airports with thousands and thousands of screaming girls waiting to greet them. I wasn't all that keen on that first record, but I loved their second one, Please Please Me, which was released in January l963. It went right to the top of the charts, and Beatlemania was born. It would be another year though before they also took America by storm.
I was a devoted fan from thereon in, and I still have all my Beatles Monthly magazines in the loft, together with numerous scrapbooks that I compiled. I wonder if they might be worth a bit of money now?!
The second thing that happened fifty years ago was the start of the James Bond films, strangely enough also in October of 1962. The first Bond film, of course, was Dr No with Sean Connery. Who could forget all the terrific villains that appeared in these iconic films? The two that stick in my mind are Rosa Klebb (terrific) and Oddjob with his steel bowler hat. There was also the one that used to sit stroking that white persian cat, but I can't remember his name!
Who do you think was the best James Bond? I think I liked all of them, although I suppose the definitive one has to be Sean Connery. Back in the 60's I saw the films as they were released, and the queues used to stretch all around the cinema building!
The latest Bond movie entitled Skyfall will hit the cinemas in the United Kingdom on the 26th October, and November in the United States. All the Bond movie themes are fantastic (Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger, and Matt Monro singing From Russia With Love are two of my favourites.) Adele is the latest artist to sing a Bond theme, and her Skyfall has gone right to the top of the charts, the first time that a Bond theme has managed to get to number 1.
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Hopefully the above link will enable you to listen to Adele's song, although I'm not usually very successful with trying to link a video from YouTube!