This is a kind of “Hollywood goes to Frankie” thread. A few reflections about the peculiar relationship between the glamorous film industry and the magical world of popular music.
It all began at the weekend when @mikethep posted a clip of early 1960s chart topper Helen Shapiro. What an extraordinary voice she had and what a meteoric jump to the top of the charts.
That led me to the discovery that Richard Lester had made a film in 1962 It’s Trad, Dad starring Helen and Stranger on the Shore Hitmaker, Acker Bilk. (The first Brit to top the US singles chart.) Lester received a thousand quid for a movie with a flimsy plot but a wide variety of performances. It turned out however to be a real snapshot of its time. And it landed him the gig, directing the two Beatles movies.
Anyway, that is how I would like this thread to be. Unbelievable plot. Wooden acting. But several rather enjoyable musical interludes.
What do One Direction, Status Quo, The Pet Shop Boys, Madness, The Beatles, All Saints, Herman’s Hermits, S Club Seven, Cliff and the Shadows and the Dave Clark Five have in common?
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