on in! It's great to see you here at Sixties City and I do hope you
enjoy your visit!
updated Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Thanks for visiting! If you've
been here before, please refresh the page, and thanks to all of you
who have mailed me with questions, comments, information and your
own personal memories. I've been adding to the content for over 30
years and am currently revisiting links and information on the existing
pages, updating and progressing a few other things I've been working
Of course, I'll keep adding and updating content on a regular basis
and there will occasionally be new articles and contributions, in
a kind of 'magazine' format, generously provided by Bill Harry and
others. Also, you won't find it filled with adverts as it is a non-profit
hobby, not a business, although there may be the odd one or two adverts
to help cover maintenance costs.
always, if you find any incorrect details (hopefully few) or can provide
new or further information, I'd love to hear from you!
Also, please have a look at
these help requests and queries as I still need information on various
Sixties subjects - please get in touch if you can help?
Do please note that any pages at the old '.com' location are
now completely unrelated to this site and I cannot hold any responsibility
for any content or links used there. The pages, for the most part,
are best viewed at 2560 x 1440 resolution. Best regards always,
are well over 500 pages of great
60s-related information, sounds and images, including many unique
articles and graphics, so you should be able to find something of
interest to you, whether you are researching the decade or simply
reviving old memories. There are some links to areas of general interest
further down this page, but if you want something more specific,
Click the image for a more definitive menu.
here, in his own words, is
the definitive story of one of the Sixties' seminal music papers -
a fascinating and unique personal insight into the early days of the
'British Beat Boom'. Bill Harry was the original founder of the Liverpool
music paper that chronicled the groups and venues responsible for
the 'Mersey Sound', the publication that was to give its name to the
Sixties phenomenon that has since become almost universally known
These pages feature over
230 articles from the personal pen of Bill Harry, providing
his unique and informative view on many and varied aspects of Sixties
events, personalities, music and culture, and personal interviews
with the stars. New articles added September
Street, Soho and the Kings Road - history, information and Sixties
location maps unique to this site
New enlarged maps and updated information, with dozens of new images.
Did you ever visit, or live in or near, Soho or Chelsea in the Sixties?
Or maybe you just wonder what it was like back then? Revisit and refresh
some old memories - these graphical maps of Sixties Carnaby Street
and the Kings Road will take you back in time. There are hundreds
of images of people and locations, plus information about the boutiques,
cafes, clubs and other establishments with unique maps showing you
where they were. There is also a bit of history thrown in about the
Soho and Chelsea areas for good measure - it's amazing what you don't
know! The Kings Road and Carnaby Street maps, which have taken many
years to research, have now been enlarged for easier viewing and are
fairly frequently updated with dozens of new locations and images
added, often with information from you!
Also: The Spurs
Double, The 1966 World Cup and EVERY match played at Wembley
My 'Top 300' records of the British record charts
of the 1960s - and a few 'bonus' tracks that didn't appear in the
UK pop charts for whatever reason.
Records here reflect my own personal choice, either through being
Sixties icons, innovative, quirky,
sounds I love or just records that hold a special memory for me and
maybe you too. Currently updating the links.
the interesting, notable or famous 60s / 70s
recently left us
of recent deaths)
memory of . . .
Richard Roundtree, Bishan
Singh Bedi, Sir
Piper Laurie, Rudolph
Francis Lee, Joy
Michael Bonallack, Perrie
Katherine Anderson, Hollis
Edward Hide, Marc
Bob Feldman, Ray
Trevor Francis, Vince
- Television Westerns
were already a pre-television radio phenomenon in the 40s and 50s,
but really exploded onto television during the 50s and early to mid
60s. Listed here, with soundtracks and images for interest, and in
no particular order (some of which you may not have seen), are many
of them. They include all my favourites that bring back happy memories
of 60s television viewing, both as 'children's' shows and adult evening
drama or comedy.
(21st September 2023)
A Very British Revolution
Revolutionary Swinging London Era The Swinging Sixties in London
was a vibrant and transformative cultural era that left an indelible
mark on film, music, fashion, and art. This revolutionary period,
spanning roughly from the mid-1960s to early 1970s, was characterized
by an explosion of creativity, social change, and youth-driven rebellion.
In film, iconic works like "A Hard Day's Night" captured the spirit
of the era with the rise of the Beatles and their influence on pop
culture. The films of directors like Richard Lester showcased the
energetic and irreverent attitudes of the youth. Music played a
pivotal role as well, with the British Invasion bands like the Rolling
Stones and The Who becoming global sensations. Fashion became a
powerful vehicle for self-expression, as designers like Mary Quant
introduced bold, mod-inspired clothing that defied tradition. The
miniskirt became a symbol of female empowerment, while men embraced
tailored suits with flamboyant twists. This spirit of innovation
extended to art too, with the emergence of pop art led by figures
like David Hockney and Peter Blake, who celebrated consumer culture
and mass media through their work. 'A Very British Revolution',
explores in essence the Swinging Sixties in London was a kaleidoscopic
burst of color, sound, and rebellion. It ushered in a new era of
youth culture that continues to inspire and influence artistic expression
to this day.
(20th July 2023)
The Searchers - Crazy Dreams! Every Song From
Every Session, 1963 - 2023!
An amazing Searchers recording log!Ē - Mike Pender MBE
Liverpool has always been a hotbed of musical talent, but it will
always be remembered the most for that musical explosion of the
Ď60s, when, for one brief moment, the city was the cultural centre
of the universe, with artists that include The Beatles, Gerry and
the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, The Swinging Blue
Jeans, The Merseybeats, The Fourmost, and of course The Searchers.
Famous for their pioneering brand of jangly, harmonised Pop, they
proved to be one of the most influential groups of all, yet, theyíre
also one of the most eclectic, with a musical legacy that encompasses
Folk, Country, Rhythm Ďní Blues, Rockabilly, Soul, Garage, Psychedelia,
Bubblegum, Proto-Glam, Reggae, Country-Rock, Orchestrated Ballads,
Power Pop, New Wave, and even Power Ballads and Synth-Pop. Profiling
demos, singles, album tracks, live recordings, outtakes, radio broadcasts,
solo projects and more, and with a foreword by Mike Pender MBE,
'The Searchers - Crazy Dreams!: Every Song from Every Session, 1963-2023'
is the ultimate guide to their extraordinary 60 year career.
you help with any of these enquiries?
still looking for photos of the
Colney Heath JMI School
its demolition? I attended
there approx 1960 - 1967.
Mid-60s staff picture above
Road & Carnaby Street
Do you have any information on the occupants of the
various premises in these locations during the Sixties? Or do you
have any reminiscences of the places and times?
Please check out the street maps
and, if you can help, or have images, do mail
Book - Help Required
Music historian and author Peter
Checksfield (see Books)
is currently writing a book on The Tremeloes, the format of which
will be very similar to his recent book on
The Searchers. Several ex-band members are assisting
him, but he is currently searching for any previously unpublished
Byrne - Poet and Writer
Andy Soloman asks: My father was Johnny
Byrne, he of the poetry set, Groupie and lots of other stuff.
Sadly he died in 2008. I am trying to piece together his Liverpool
and subsequent 1960s poetry, writing and rockíníroll years leading
up to the publication of Groupie and soon after. I know he lived in
Gambier Terrace below John Lennon, and my mother was certainly friends
with The Beatles and The Hurricanes, as well as the poets and artists.
Other elements that Iím keen to find out more about would be Poison
Bellows which he performed as with Spike Hawkins, and his involvement
with The Kinks and The Who. Iím keen to meet people who would have
known him at that time. If
you can help, mail me
Does anyone have:
of a skiffle group called Darktown that played the Liverpool
Empire and other well-known venues?
Information about a Sixties cafe/restaurant called 'The Spot'
- possibly near Dovehouse Green in the Kings Road?
about a clothes fashion shop called Susan Rogers in London
Information about a
London bus that was used as a 'mobile boutique' called 'Birds Paradise'
- Registration OLD 620?
about Chelsea Pet Stores in the Kings Road during the Sixties?
Possibly on the M&S site.
Information about Joseph at Salon 33 at 33 Kings Road, particularlythe
exact opening date?
Theme music for the TV Westerns 'Frontier Justice', 'Jefferson
Drum', 'Pony Express' or 'Wrangler'?
on Park Walk Garage in the Kings Road? Possibly at 418 to 424.
Pages on Other Websites
It saddens me that many interesting sites and web
pages I have come across with unique information and images come and go
with such frequency, disappearing into the sunset without trace. Many of
these are put up on .edu sites by
students and are apparently 'wiped' when the student leaves.
If you have such a site / page, or are intending to discontinue your pages
for whatever reason, please get in touch! I am more than happy to import
such information into
Sixties City so that others may continue to enjoy the content and information
and, if you like, full credit will be given to the original constructor
/ owner for posterity. Thanks!
Rise of The Funny Fools - the true story
of a real pop group formed in 1960s Hungary