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Fynevue: The Sixties
The Sixties were a time of wonderment with new appliances such as a fridge which was bought 'on the never.'

Photo: 'This is MY chair' circa 1964 © Fynevue.
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| Music | James Bond | Cars | Infrastructure | Planes | Space | The Weather |


Early influences were Ken Griffin's Organ Favorites (33 rpm LP 10" record) including "In an Eighteenth Century Drawing Room" by Raymond Scott. And 78 rpm (10") records; 'This Old House' by Rosemary Clooney, ' The Story of My Life' by Michael Holliday and a German version of 'The Happy Wanderer.'

In the 1950s black vocal singers in rhythm and blues groups were somewhat underated, until a white teenager from Cleveland, Ohio wrote tribute to the bass singer. It was...  Mr Bass Man by Johnny Cymbal (1963) released as a 7" 45rpm single featuring Ronnie Bright as bass singer.

The Beatles... John, Paul, George and Ringo. Twist and Shout (1963) EP (Extended Play) included, There's A Place, A Taste of Honey and Do You Want To Know A Secret? Followed in 1964 by Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon & McCartney)

My Boy Lollipop by Millie (March 1964) Recorded in London with Ernest Ranglin on guitar and arrangement. Rod Stewart on harmonica. Produced by Chris Blackwell, it sold seven million worldwide.

King of the Road by Roger Miller (1964)
Black is Black by Los Bravos (June 1966)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) James Bond Film Soundtrack (12" LP record) by John Barry

James Bond

Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman's EON Production's James Bond films began a successful launch in 1962...

Sean Connery: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967)

David Niven: Casino Royale (1967) [Not EON Productions]

George Lazenby: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)


Suffix marks were introduced in 1963, in the format:

for example XAR 109 A

Suffix A B C D E F G H I
Date Feb 63 Jan 64 Jan 65 Jan 66 Jan 67 Aug 67 Aug 68 Aug 69 Not used

29th June 1960 BBC TV Centre opened.
21st April 1964 BBC 2 began broadcasting in 625 lines (black and white).
8th October 1965 Post Office Tower operational.
July 1967 Colour TV began on BBC2.
October 1969 Colour TV in 625 lines was launched for BBC1 and ITV.


The first flight of the supersonic aeroplane, Concorde was 2 March 1969.


Air flights and space travel were expensive, against today's (2000s) health and safety regs, and were stretching the limits of current (1960s) technology, but we still did them!

Concorde's first supersonic flight was 2nd March 1969.

The moon landing (Apollo 11) was 20th July 1969.

The Weather

The winter of 1962/63 was the coldest over England and Wales since 1740. Deep snow and cold from Christmas 1962 until 4th March 1963.

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