I remember wearing smocked tops and dresses. I don't know why we all wanted to look pregnant,but we did. I loved my smock dresses although in the eighties after I had my babies I never wanted to see them again.
Shirt dresses, were just like long shirts with buttons down the front and really quite shapeless. Thinking of the styles we wore in the seventies I wonder where we found the time to wear them all as there seems to have been so many different styles and I still have a few more to write about.
Spirograph when this toy came out I thought it was amazing. The box had a set of ballpoint pens, paper, little drawing pins and lots of plastic circles. For someone like me who tried so hard at school to draw and never managed very well it was wonderful, at last I could have beautiful geometrical drawings and everyone would say how lovely they were.
When my daughter was young Spirograph returned to the shops. Very sophisticated after having a revamp it came in a plastic carry case instead of a cardboard box and had lots of new features. Maybe because I was older then it didn't seem quite so exciting in it's new form.
This advert from 1973 explains it all better than I can.
On holiday in Blackpool with my friend Louise when I was sixteen we went to a pub (yes underage) called Mama and Papa Jenks and the resident band were called Smokie. We had front seats every night they played and swooned over the lead singer Chris. We were given autographed photos of the group and they spoke to us often, ( those mad Glesga Lassies). If I close my eyes I can still hear them singing their own cheeky version of the Wings hit, Band On The Run, (Hand On the Bum! )
We were so surprised a few years later to hear them on the radio, they had made it.
Smokie were from Bradford, all went to same school and formed into a band in the playground. They were signed by the Decca record label by the man who turned down the Beatles but nothing came of it and that is why They were singing in a pub in Blackpool and that same year they were asked by Peter Noone to be his backing band (hermits had disappeared) , Their record ,"If you think you know how to love me" went to number three in the charts and was followed by, "Don't Play Your Rock n'Roll to Me" and "Living Next Door To Alice" which I still hear sung today. They had 13 top twenty hits and sold 30million records worldwide. The band split for a few years and reformed again without Chris the lead singer who after releasing a duet with Suzi Quatro (Stumblin in ) wanted to go solo. The band although slightly changed again from then are still touring today.
One of my blogging friends, Guuye who reads my posts and who's home country is Mongolia might be surprised to know that Smokie played a two night sell out concert to 25,000 people in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia. As the open air stadium was full another 60,000 fans stood outside listening to them. The welcome they had was amazing.
I can hardly believe that the group I watched in a Blackpool pub became even more famous in Mongolia.
I'm sure a lot of people won't have heard of Smokie but if you have or if you loved Spirograph please share your memories with me.
Rosalind Adam at Writing in the Rain is reliving her memories of the fifties and sixties I'm sure she'd love you to have a look.