WHATS HAP­PEN­ING IN 1959

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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.

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