Click here for my page “Life in the Good Times”
 which is dedicated to all those people who actually survived 
     the 1960’s, 1970’s and the 1980’s, and to those who really  
                   want to know what it was like in those days.

Click any item below to see the video page:

1962: Maureen Evans: “Like I Do” reached number 3 in the UK top ten charts and is set to the tune of Ponchielli's classical piece - “Dance of the Hours” (see below). The following year Ponchielli's classical piece was also the setting for “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”. (also see below)
1963: “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)” is the Grammy-winning novelty song based on Kvetch letters Allan Sherman received from his son attending Camp Champlain, New York. The song is a parody that complains about Camp Granada and is set to the tune of Ponchielli's classical piece - “Dance of the Hours” (see below).
1960's: The Cavern Club, in Liverpool, UK, opened its doors for the first time on January 16th 1957. Initially it was a jazz club which was gradually infiltrated by skiffle groups, followed by blues bands and eventually Beat groups, playing a brand of rock n' roll which became known as Merseybeat. Between 1961 and 1963 The Beatles made almost 300 appearances. From 1963 through till 1973, many of the great names of popular music appeared at the Club."
2006: The Closing Ceremony of the Torino Winter Olympics, “Va Pensiero”by Giuseppe Verdi, from Nabucco. (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves): Do you remember this wonderful girls choir? It's certainly worth watching again. The orchestration, and singing, is excellent. The whole Closing Ceremony is here but you can pick this piece out quite easily if you follow the easy instructions! This version has NO commentators or presenters talking all over the production, unlike other versions, and you can see and hear the whole song from beginning to end without any interruptions!
The mandolin and accordian add excitement to the presentation and suit it well! (Presented by the Olympic Channel.)
1997: Andrea Bocelli sings “Time To Say Goodbye” live In Toscana with Sarah Brightman: Wonderful!! Beautiful!! What more can I say! A blind singer with a fantastic voice and with Sarah Brightman at her best!!"
2007: Hayley Westenra -”O Mio Babbino Caro” Again, wonderful!! Beautiful!! What a voice, and sung so beautifully!!
2011: “La Donna E Mobile”.Andrea Bocelli Sings beautifully live on stage in Tuscany, Italy. His angelic voice resonates amazingly across the stage. His voice could play with all emotions of the heart, he can make you cry then make you laugh in moments of time. His voice will last for ever with us and are future generations.
2013: “Dance of the Hours” - Ballet from “La Gioconda” Act 3, by Ponchielli. This tune was the setting for Maureen Evans's hit “Like I Do” (above) (1962) which reached number 3 in the UK top ten charts. The following year it was the setting for “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)” by Allan Sherman. (also above)
2008: Russell Watson sings “Panis Angelicus” on BBC TVs 'Songs of Praise' Christmas concert. This is one of my favourite songs but his best version is on the CD  “Russell Watson -The Voice” and he sings it there with the Chamber Choir Of St. Catherine's, Bramley, Guildford, with Nick Ingman, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and William Hayward. The background choir makes this version so heavenly!! The best version I have ever heard!!
1998: “O Sole Mio” by The Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, and Placido Domingo. This tune was the setting for Elvis Presley's hit song “It's Now Or Never”!!
2012: "Jerusalem", England's unofficial national anthem, and “God Save the Queen” performed live at BBC Proms.
2006: “Land of Hope and Glory”: Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March - conducted by Mark Elder with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus - backed up by the enthusiastic lively audience at the Royal Albert Hall, and nationwide at the Proms in the Park events.
2009: “Rule Britannia” - Last Night of the Proms 2009. “Rule Britannia” is taken from the poem by JamesThomson and set to music by Thomas Arne. Conducted by David Robertson and sung by Sarah Connolly.
2001: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major;  Pablo Arencibia - Piano, Edvard Tchivzhel - Conductor, Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, Venezuela, June 2001. This is one of my favourite pieces by Mozart and I hope to add others here soon.
1989: “The Grand March” from Verdi’s “Aida” (Aida: Dance No. 5, Ballabile)  is another of my favourites. This version was performed at  Metropolitan Opera House(1989).  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra: James Levine.
1982: Eurovision Song Contest. Winner: Germany. Nicole's strong and crystal-clear voice gives this song a certain something that others singing this song probably could not give to it. Read the English version and realise the strong message in the song; but don't just listen to the basic song, consider the vocal and strings backing and the accompaniment which surpasses the simple, yet effective, song.
2012: And now for something completely different!!! I think this version of “Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ You” by Status Quo is the best produced and presented of their songs and is typical of their repertoire - that’s why I have included it here. Must not forget the popular “beat” music of its time!!
1965: "The Lonely Goatherd" - from The Sound of Music -1965 - is it really that old? (Original film and cast.) Rodgers & Hammerstein's® cinematic treasure, “The Sound of Music” is the winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children – and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.
1982: “ABBA - I have a Dream.” The Late, Late Breakfast Show was a BBC television light-entertainment show broadcast live on Saturday evenings from 4th September 1982 to 8th November 1986 and hosted by ex-Radio1 DJ and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop host Noel Edmonds in his first evening slot (hence the title of the programme as he had previously only presented breakfast or morning shows either on radio or TV). This was the last ever public performance by ABBA as an active group.
1983: “When the Foeman Bares His Steel” from The Pirates of Penzance 1983 by Gilbert and Sullivan. Based on Joseph Papp's smash musical hit stage version of The Pirates of Penzance [1980] on Broadway. Featuring Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt (- see below), George Rose, Rex Smith, Tony Azito. This clip is from the original Universal Films presentation.
1965: On the UK Singles Chart, "I Can't Explain" by The Who first appeared on 20th February 1965 at No. 45, and then reached its highest position on 17th April 1965 at No. 8. The song left the charts on 15th May at No. 29, having spent a total of 13 weeks there. The single was much less successful on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching only No. 93. (Wikipedia)

There are hundreds of “Golden Oldies” videos on Youtube going right back to the 1950’s and 1960’s including The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Searchers, and many more. Just go to Youtube and type in your favourite ‘oldies’ group into the search-bar at the top of the page - and hey presto!!

1974: Linda Ronstadt - "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" is a country song written by Dick Reynolds and Jack Rhodes. It was first recorded by Wanda Jackson in 1956. The original lyrics, as performed by Jackson, contain a verse not usually included in later versions, which also often differed in other minor details.
Linda Ronstadt recorded and released two versions of the song: the first, a pure country song on her 1969 solo debut album Hand Sown ... Home Grown; the second, a country rock crossover version for her 1973 Don't Cry Now album. The second version was released in January 1974 as a single and was Ronstadt's first country chart hit, peaking at number 20. This version also hit the Hot 100, entering the chart on April 6, 1974, and peaking at number 67.
1960: Edith Piaf - I just had to include this amazing singer with that voice so unique that everyone recognises it! France would not be France without her and hearing her sing is what makes France french!! "Non, je ne regrette rien" (‘No, I do not regret anything') is a French song composed in 1956 by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. Édith Piaf's 1960 recording spent seven weeks at the top of the French Singles & Airplay Reviews chart.
1965: “Lara’s Theme” from Doctor Zhivago. One of the best films ever made and the best theme tune of all time! Doctor Zhivago 1965. Directed by David Lean. Starring : Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, and Alec Guinness . (3hrs 20mins.) Music composed by Maurice Jarre. This video has many memorable clips and it is fitting that the theme tune is playing in the background. (“The Beauty of Doctor Zhivago” (oFoTcN75) “Lara’s Theme” from Doctor Zhivago: 3.05 mins.)



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