Very few actresses have ever been given a role that redefines the public's vision of women on television. That in itself would be a significant achievement; but as Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Honor Blackman not only altered that public perception and re-characterized the role, she also single-handedly kick-started the whole 1960s 'second wave' feminist movement.
In the mid eighties at high school in Guyana a friend of mine was reading a Liz Taylor biography. I remember leafing through the glossy black and white photos in the centre and seeing a photograph of Liz looking dishevelled and deranged. I thought she was playing a character called Virginia Woolf because the title attached to the picture was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
For over a decade Thin Lizzy was one of the most successful rock bands in the world. The trio of Phil Lynott (bass player), drummer Brian Downey and a string of flamboyant lead guitarists including Scott Gorham, Gary Moore and Snowy White, gave the world a taste of Celtic Rock, long before U2 were to braze a similar trail. Their mystique was fashioned upon a combination of romantic Celtic imagery and tough macho cool, both superbly crafted by the front man, Phil Lynott. Labeled progressive rockers, they broke with tradition and released an updated arrangement of a traditional Irish folk song "Whiskey in the jar" (1973).
During the swinging sixties, Sinatra’s Mafia connections returned to haunt him, with regard to his friendship with Salvatore ‘Mooney Sam’ Giancana, head of the Chicago Mafia syndicate. During the 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy was running against the sitting Republican vice president, Richard Nixon.
Otis Redding Jr was born in 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. When he was three the family moved to Macon where his father was a minister. He grew up in the Tyndall Heights Housing Project young and learned to sing in the church choir. Otis became a member of a gospel group at school and learned to play the drums. His hero was Little Richard (Richard Penniman) and he soon learned to play piano doing impromtu impressions of Little Richard.
When the forties ended, Sinatra’s career went into free fall and his popularity waned. As he moved into his thirties, his appeal to the teen audiences declined. He appeared on the Lucky Strike’s radio show ‘Hit Parade’, where he had to sing the top ten records of the day. During the late sixties, I picked up a couple of bootlegs of these shows, and one of the tunes he sang was ‘The Woody Woodpecker Song’, which was a big hit in 1948.