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Oh, Pretty Woman
by Roy Orbison
Although Roy was possibly a sideshow to the true theme of the Swinging Sixties in the minds of the young Brit of the time, and a bit of a distraction in UK terms, his sound in hindsight came to be regarded as integral to the overall feel of the period. It was certainly cool to like this particular song back then, at least in the part of the country I came from.

The promotional video of the time (made to be shown on UK pop shows, as he couldn't always travel across the Atlantic for appearances) was a little confusing, however. A series of shots of a girl in a tight skirt scurrying around a public thoroughfare were accompanied by Orbison singing the song to - her? Or to all women? The confusion remained, as at no point did he ever "get the girl" - she walked quickly away from the camera several times, but returned just as quickly as the triumphant end of the song ensued, without coming face to face with him. A strangely disembodied idea which would probably be mistaken for stalking these days, I suspect!

Roy Orbison:
:: Many people thought he was blind, after he began wearing his trademark thick dark glasses just prior to a British tour with 'The Beatles' in 1963. He was merely sight-challenged. (Speaking years later, Orbison said: "I wasn't trying to be weird, you know? I didn't have a manager who told me to dress or how to present myself or anything. But the image developed of a man of mystery and a quiet man in black.") ...
:: His jet black hair ... wasn't. It was dyed that way constantly, from his natural colouring of dark brown. ...
:: The fact that he went on tour supported by 'The Beatles' in 1963 illustrates what a big star he already was by that year. (Elvis Presley opened a show for him early in his own career too.)

In #1964 :
:: As an illustration of their popularity in the USA, merchandisers assigned by NEMS to promote 'The Beatles' flew half-a-ton of long-hair wigs into the States on February 19th, followed by 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper a couple of days later. ...
:: June 4th this year saw the Test Cricket debut of Geoffrey Boycott, against Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. (He scored a total of 48 runs.) ...
:: At the conclusion of the 51st Tour de France on July 14th, Jacques Anquetil of France was declared the winner - it was his 4th consecutive Tour and he became the first rider ever to claim five titles.

US: No. 1 - UK: No. 1 (also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany)
1964 - Monument - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 23rd September 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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