Whilst The Beatles were releasing Revolver, the variety show dominated television with its brand of acceptable Easy Listening music known as family entertainment. Unfortunately not all the family were cuddling up and it wasn’t until 1967 that the BBC realized that the youth scene needed its own outlet and created Radio 1. Here we see Frank and Nancy in light-hearted father/daughter entertainment, giggling their way through each other’s songs – actually it’s kinda nice but it couldn’t go on.
Still, it was such an amazing time as Easy Listening and rebellious Pop collided on the radio. On January 20th 1966 Ken Dodd had two songs in the UK Top 20 – The River at No.9 and Tears at No.15. The Kinks’ Till The End Of The Day was at No.10. The Beatles’ Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out had just been toppled from the top spot by Spencer Davis Group’s Keep On Runnin’ featuring Stevie Winwood on lead vocals (not so strange) but Herb Alpert’s Spanish Flea was at No.6., Tony Bennett’s The Very Thought Of You was at No.21 whilst The Who’s My Generation was at No.22. Click on the link to the chart, it’s fascinating to see the diversity.
In 1967 Engelbert Humperdink’s Please Release Me kept Penny Lane off the No.1 spot so the battle between old and new musical styles continued for a long time. Also in 1967 Frank and Nancy had a No.1 single with Somethin’ Stupid, perhaps the most famous duet of the sixties.
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