LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1960

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

17 APRIL – ED­DIE COCHRAN IS KILLED IN A CAR CRASH

Dur­ing the night of 16 April, Ed­die Cochran was trav­el­ling in a Ford Con­sul MkII taxi along the A4 when a tyre blew. The car crashed into a lamp post on Row­den Hill, and the singer was thrown from the car. He was taken to St Martin’s Hos­pi­tal in Bath, where he died in the early hours of 17 April.

20 MAY – POP STAR JOHNNY GEN­TLE TOURS SCOT­LAND WITH LIVER­POOL BACK­ING GROUP

Johnny Gen­tle, the lat­est sign­ing of pop im­pre­sario, Larry Parnes, be­gins his tour of Scot­land in Al­loa in Clack­man­nan­shire. His sup­port­ing mu­si­cians are The Silver Bea­tles, com­pris­ing Tommy Moore (drums), Stu­art Sut­cliffe (bass) plus Ge­orge Har­ri­son, John Len­non and Paul Mc­Cart­ney (gui­tars). Gen­tle was as­sisted by Len­non in his new com­po­si­tion, I’ve Just Fallen for

Some­one, so this young chap from Liver­pool might have had a fu­ture in song­writ­ing…

15 SEP­TEM­BER – TRAF­FIC WAR­DENS ARE FIRST DE­PLOYED IN LON­DON

40 of these of­fi­cials went on pa­trol in the cap­i­tal, armed with a snappy uni­form and the au­thor­ity to is­sue £2 fines. History re­lates that the first ticket was is­sued on the 19 Sep­tem­ber to a Ford Pop­u­lar owned by one Thomas Creighton, a doc­tor at­tend­ing an emer­gency call to a heart at­tack vic­tim at a ho­tel in the West End; the sub­se­quent pub­lic furore re­sulted in the penalty being re­scinded.

9 DECEMBER – CORONATION STREET FIRST AIRS

Granada Tele­vi­sion in Manch­ester be­gan screen­ing a new drama se­ries about ev­ery­day life in a dowdy street. It was said at the time that if the pro­gramme did not prove to be a rat­ing suc­cess, it would be can­celled after six episodes. If only they’d known…

Cochran was just 21 when he died.

Front row, third right – still in Cor­rie!

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