Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Memories of 60's & 70's O is For Opportunity Knocks and Gilbert O'Sullivan
Someone would introduce the act they were supporting to Hughie and tell us their sob story (ring any bells?)
The show made household names of many acts, do you remember any of these names?
Lena Zavaroni, Neil Reid, Mary Hopkins, Bobby Crush, Peters and Lee,
Freddie Parrot Face Davis, Les Dawson and many, many more even the old clap-o-meter has it's own facebook page.
As in Britain's Got Talent it also had it's share of novelty acts, Tony Holland the "Muscle Man" who won first place for weeks and the man who hit himself on the head with a tray singing Mule Train. Children had to be stopped from copying him. The talent shows we have today are really nothing new, and " I mean that most sincerely folks!"
The seventies began with Gibert O'Sullivan.We didn't know what to make of him at first because like Leo Sayer he had a novelty. He wore a flat cap and knickerbockers or short trousers and his hair was cut in a pudding bowl style. He looked like the kids from the Bisto ads on TV. He played the piano as he sang and always had a coat stand on stage usually with extra flat caps on it.
All that changed when we fell in love with his music first, before we fell in love with him.
Nothing Rhymed, Alone Again Naturally, Claire, Matrimony, Get Down, Why, Oh Why, Oh Why,Happiness is me and you.
Eventually he grew his hair and wore college jumpers with the letter G on them. Of course they became a fashion trend for the boys. Later his hair became curly and his clothes more normal and that's when, in my eyes, he turned from a frog into a prince and found his place on my bedroom wall. He had became more of a pin up to me without the flat cap.
Gilbert had hits worldwide. Seven UK top ten singles and four top ten albums..He faded away by 1980, his time was taken up suing his management. I thought he had all but disappeared but he is still making albums and released one at the end of 20011. His music is on my ipod today.
If this brought back memories for you, Rosalind at writing in the rain has a fifties and sixties theme for the A to Z Challenge.