Saturday, 22 July 2017

1970, Music: Belgian Single Charts 28/11/1970 (BRT, Radio 2 Top 30)

N° 30
Shocking Blue with "Hello Darkness"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Robbie van Leeuwen
- Highest Position: N° 14
- Weeks in the charts: 10
- Video Clip




N° 29
Freda Payne with "Band Of Gold"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Ronald Dunbar and Edith Wayne
- Highest Position: N° 12
- Weeks in the charts: 5



N° 28
Bob Dylan with "Wigwam"
- Country: USA
- Music: Bob Dylan
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 12



N° 27
Stamford Bridge with "Roly Poly"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: John Carter and Ken Lewis
- Highest Position: N° 19
- Weeks in the charts: 3



N° 26
Tee Set with "She Likes Weeds"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Peter Tetteroo and Hans van Eijck
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 14



N° 25
Engelbert Humperdinck with "Sweetheart"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 9


N° 24
Mick Jagger with "Memo From Turner"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
- Highest Position: N° 22
- Weeks in the charts: 7




N° 23
Paul Severs with "Ik ben verliefd op jou"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Eddy Govert, Paul Severs and Johan De Graeve
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 24




N° 22
Dawn with "Candida"
- Country: USA
- Music/ Lyrics: Irwin Levine and Tony Wine
- Highest Position: N° 11
- Weeks in the charts: 7



N° 21
The Band with "Time To Kill"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Robbie Robertson
- Highest Position: N° 20
- Weeks in the charts: 4



N° 20
Paul Severs with "Geen wonder dat ik ween"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Nelly Byl and Paul Severs
- Highest Position: N° 11
- Weeks in the charts: 19


N° 19
Jonathan King with "Cherry, Cherry"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Neil Diamond
- Highest Position: N° 7
- Weeks in the charts: 8



N° 18
George Baker Selection with "Over And Over"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Hans Bouwens
- Highest Position: N° 7
- Weeks in the charts: 12


N° 17
Marva with "Nieuwe liefde nieuwe dromen"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Will Tura, Nelly Byl and Tony Lincker
- Highest Position: N° 17
- Weeks in the charts: 11
- No clip available


N° 16
Plastic People with "Dancing And Drinking"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Johan Kruijswijk
- Highest Position: N° 14
- Weeks in the charts: 4


N° 15
Ricky Gordon with "Heimwee naar jou"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Eddy Govert, Ricky Gordon and Johan De Graeve
- Highest Position: N° 13
- Weeks in the charts: 18



N° 14
The Cats with "Where Have I Been Wrong"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Piet Veerman
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 11


N° 13
Teegarden & Van Winkle with "God, Love And Rock & Roll"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: David Teegarden and Skip Knape
- Highest Position: N° 13
- Weeks in the charts: 6


N° 12
Will Tura with "Linda"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Will Tura and Nelly Byl
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 10



N° 11
Samantha with "Helicopter U.S. Navy 66"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Georg Buschor, Henry Mayer and Mie Rakel
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 12



N° 10
Samantha Jones with "My Way"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Claude François, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault and Paul Anka
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 10


N° 9
Tim Visterin with "De vogel"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Tim Visterin and Jean-Claude Darnal
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 15



N° 8
Roger Whittaker with "New World In The Morning"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Roger Whittaker
- Highest Position: N° 8
- Weeks in the charts: 8


N° 7
Deep Purple with "Black Night"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice
- Highest Position: N° 6
- Weeks in the charts: 11


N° 6
Black Sabbath with "Paranoid"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Terry Butler and Tony Iommi
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 13


N° 5
The Les Humphries Singers with "To My Father's House"
- Country: Germany
- Music/Lyrics: Traditional, Les Humphries
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 12


N° 4
Rocco Granata with "Sarah"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Rocco Granata
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 14



N° 3
Jimmy Frey with "Rozen voor Sandra"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Nelly Byl, Wayne P. Walker and Bobby Sykes
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 19



N° 2
Neil Diamond with "Cracklin' Rosie"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Neil Diamond
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 15



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

1969, Car Spotting: Ménilmontant, 20th arrondissement, Paris

Parking left side, front to back
Unidentified light coloured car, Peugeot 404, Simca Aronde 1300, Renault Dauphine, Peugeot 203, Peugeot 403 Familiale, Simca 1000, unidentified car probably Renault 8, Renault 16, Peugeot 403 Familiale
Parking right side, front to back
Unidentified light coloured car probably Citroën Ami6, Peugeot 404, Simca Ariane, Simca Aronde P60, Renault 4, Simca Aronde 1300, Citroën ID/DS, Peugeot 404, Peugeot 403, unidentified light coloured car, Renault 4, unidentified sports car probably Italian, in front of the R4 a Peugeot 204 Break
In the street (horizontal), left to right
Simca 1100, Renault Goélette, Opel Kadett B, Peugeot 404
In the street (vertical), front to back
Peugeot 203, Peugeot 404 Familiale, unidentified car probably Fiat 850
(photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

1968, Film: “Blackbeard's Ghost”

The American fantasy comedy film "Blackbeard's Ghost" is released on 8 February 1968 in the USA by Walt Disney Productions. The film, directed by Robert Stevenson, was written by Don DaGradi and Bill Walsh based on the novel with the same name by Ben Stahl from 1965. Main stars are Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette. The music was composed by Robert F. Brunner.

Synopsis
Steve Walker (Dean Jones) arrives at the Godolphin College to take the position of track coach. He lodges at the Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate. The daughters are trying to pay off their mortgage to keep the inn from being bought by the local crime boss, Silky Seymour (Joby Baker), who wants to build a casino on the land...
Dean Jones as Steve Walker and Peter Ustinov as Captain Blackbeard
Peter Ustinov as Captain Blackbeard and Dean Jones as Steve Walker
Suzanne Pleshette as Jo Anne Baker, Peter Ustinov as Captain Blackbeard and
Dean Jones as Steve Walker
Main Cast
  • Peter Ustinov as Captain Blackbeard
  • Dean Jones as Steve Walker
  • Suzanne Pleshette as Jo Anne Baker
  • Elsa Lanchester as Emily Stowecroft
  • Joby Baker as Silky Seymour
  • Elliott Reid as TV Commentator
  • Richard Deacon as Dean Wheaton
  • Norman Grabowski as Virgil
  • Kelly Thordsen as Motorcycle Officer
  • Michael Conrad as Pinetop Purvis
  • Herbie Faye as Croupier
Peter Ustinov as Captain Blackbeard
Joby Baker as Silky Seymour
Trivia
1968 was the 250th Anniversary year of the death (in 1718) of the real-life Blackbeard the Pirate (aka Edward Thatch or Edward Teach)


Trailer "Blackbeard's Ghost" (1968)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

1967, News: Tornado Oostmalle

On Sunday 25 June 1967 at 4:15 pm the Belgian village Oostmalle was hit by a tornado which destroyed the church and the centre of the village. The tornado entered Belgium via northern France causing light damage in the Belgium villages Dikkebus and Boezinge. It struck four times with severe strenght: at 4:15 pm in Oostmalle, at 4:27 pm and 4:40 pm in the Dutch village Chaam, and at 5:17 pm in the Dutch village Tricht.

The devastating natural phenomenon came through the Renesse park and then crossed the center of Oostmalle. The tornado threw trees out of the ground, destroyed the church tower, damaged dozens of houses, threw cars around. More than half of the 900 houses in the village were damaged, 135 houses were completely destroyed. Miraculously no-one got killed. There were about 100 injured, of whom 43 were serious.

Arial view of the devastation
Arial view of the devastation
Oostmalle, Dorpsplaats after the tornado
Oostmalle, Dorpsplaats after the tornado (arial view)

Sunday, 11 June 2017

1966, Belgian Comics: “Suske en Wiske”, “De Dulle Griet”

In 1966 a new "Suske en Wiske" (UK: "Bob & Bobette" or "Spike and Suzy", US: "Willy and Wanda") album is published: "De Dulle Griet" (English title: "Dull Gret” aka “Mad Meg”). The series “Suske en Wiske” was created by Willy Vandersteen in 1945.

No 66: “ De Dulle Griet”
- two-coloured
- never published in English
- story and drawings by Willy Vandersteen
- published in French ("Bob et Bobette") as "Margot la Folle"


No 66 De Dulle Griet
The story was pre-published in the newspapers "De Standaard" and "Het Nieuwsblad" from 22 February 1966 until 1 July 1966. The main characters are Suske (Spike), Wiske (Suzy), Schanulleke, aunt Sidonia, Lambik (Ambrose), Jerom (Jethro), professor Barabas, Dulle Griet (Mad Meg), Lowie, and Dulle Grietjes (little Mad Meg's). The locations for this story are Antwerp and Bokrijk with the Mol-Sluis barn. The album was reedited in 1967 as No 78 in the coloured series.
Dulle Griet (Mad Meg) and Lambik (Ambrose)
Jerom (Jethro), Lambik (Ambrose) and Wiske (Suzy)
Lambik (Ambrose) and Dulle Grietjes (little Mad Meg's)
Synopsis
Professor Barabas visits Wiske (Suzy) and shows her a fragment of the painting "De Dulle Griet" (“Dull Gret”) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. He wants to bring a person from the painting to life with his new invention, the teletransfor...
Lowie and Dulle Griet (Mad Meg)
Schanulleke
Suske (Spike), Professor Barabas, Sidonia and Wiske (Suzy)

Trivia
  • reference to “De Dulle Griet” (“Dull Grett”) painting by Pieter Breugel the Elder (1561), the personification of the horrors of war
  • three references to the Vietnam War: Dulle Griet: “Rechten van de Mens? Waar verkopen ze dat? In Vietnam?” (translation: “Human rights? Where do they sell it? In Vietnam?”), Suske (Spike): "Ik wel, maar in Vietnam zijn ze aan de linkerzijde doof en aan de rechterkant horen ze niet goed!" (translation: "I do, but in Vietnam they are deaf to the left and on the right they hear not well!"), and the two last drawings
  • reference to the stir around the Leuven University in May 1966. The Belgian episcopate decided to continue to maintain the French language department at the University of Leuven. One little Dull Gret says "Zit er in Leuven een vuiltje aan de lucht?" (translation: “Is there a problem in Leuven?”)
  • reference to Joan Baez, Little Dull Gret misunderstands: “Gaat ze zingen als Joan Baas?” (translation: “Is she going to song like Joan Baez?”)
  • reference to Belgian television series “Johan en de Alverman” (1965), little Dull Gret: “Nee, hij is groter dan het Alvermannetje!” (translation: No, he is bigger than the “Alvermannetje”!”)
  • reference to Belgian prime minister Théo Lefèvre (1961 – 1965), Sidonia: "Alsof mijn neus een T.Jomodel zou zijn!" (translation: "As if my nose would be a T.Jomodel!")
Reference to “De Dulle Griet” (“Dull Grett”) painting by Pieter Breugel the Elder (1561),
the personification of the horrors of war
Reference to the "Vietnam War": “Rechten van de Mens? Waar verkopen ze dat? In Vietnam?”
(translation: “Human rights? Where do they sell it? In Vietnam?”)
Reference to the "Vietnam War", Suske (Spike): "Ik wel, maar in Vietnam zijn ze aan de
linkerzijde doof en aan de rechterkant horen ze niet goed!"
(translation: "I do, but in Vietnam they are deaf to the left and on the right they hear not well!")
Reference to the "Vietnam War", closing credits
Reference "Leuven University"
Reference "Joan Baez"
Reference “Johan en de Alverman”
Refence Belgian prime minister Théo Lefèvre
Reference "Mol-Sluis"
Cars
  • Ford Fairlane 500 (1965)
  • unidentified police car
Cars: Ford Fairlane 500 (1965)
Cars: unidentified police car