WHATS HAPPENING IN 1959
IN THE NEWS
The good people of Watford and Rugby finally have a motorway link between their respective parishes as the first section of the M1 opens. A chap called Ronnie opens a jazz club in Soho and London Transport introduce the AEC Routemaster. Christopher Cockerell launches his hovercraft and Tyne Tees Television airs for the first time.
IN THE CHARTS
A glance down the Number Ones for 1959 brings up so many familiar names – Cliff, Elvis, Buddy, Shirley Bassey, Adam Faith, Bobby Darin, Russ Conway and so on. But can you name the hit by Emile Ford and the Checkmates? Shakin’ Stevens later covered it – What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?
AT THE FLICKS
While Ben-hur is crushing everything else under its chariot wheels, some other very interesting films are released. The French New Wave gets a defining moment from Francois Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cents Coups and The Diary of Anne Frank turns an unlikely stage hit into an unlikely movie hit.