Return to the Swinging Sixties with PBS’ ‘Best of the 60s: Ready Steady Go!’

Ready Steady Go!, a.k.a. RSG!, was a British rock/pop music television program broadcast every Friday evening from 9 August 1963 until 23 December 1966 on ITV. The show went out early on Friday evenings with the tagline “The weekend starts here!“, and was introduced by the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out”, later by Manfred Mann’s “5-4-3-2-1”, then Manfred Mann’s “Hubble Bubble Toil […]

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Happy Birthday, George Harrison — 25 February 1943

Sometimes known as ‘the quiet Beatle’, George Harrison would have been 78 years young today. The Liverpool-born musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer and, oh yeah, lead guitarist of the Beatles passed away in November 2001 of lung cancer at the very young age of 58. While most Beatles fans will immediately identify with songs written […]

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‘The Kinks — Echoes of the World’ showcases the greatness of The Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks, considered by many as one of the most influential rock bands of the 60s (Tellyspotting included), are headed to a public television station near you beginning tonight and throughout the month of June! Having formed in 1964, the legendary rock group originally split up in 1996 when tensions hit an all-time high between Ray and his […]

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Remembering Geoffrey Hughes, a.k.a Onslow, on what would have been his 76th birthday!

The man who most knew as Onslow, the slovenly bane of Hyacinth’s existence (except for one special moment on the QE2) in Keeping Up Appearances, would have been 76 on Sunday. Geoffrey Hughes, one of the true British comedy greats, was also known to many over the years for his supporting role as Twiggy in The Royle Family, conman Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and binman, Eddie Yeats, in Coronation Street during the 1970’s and 80’s. Probably very few knew that Hughes was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles 1968 film, Yellow Submarine.

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Strawberry Field gates re-open to the delight of Beatles fans worldwide

Strawberry Field, the Salvation Army children’s home in Liverpool that inspired John Lennon to write the Beatles classic “Strawberry Fields Forever,” has reopened its doors to tourists for the first time in decades. In addition to it being a worldwide tourist destination, the Salvation Army has turned the location into a hub to help young adults with learning disabilities, the Steps To Work program.

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