Hillman Avenger Tiger, 1972; Sunbeam Tigers, 1966 & Hillman Minx Estate, 1967. On the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club and Rootes Archive Centre Trust stands at the NEC Classic Car Show. The Sunbeam Tiger was a Ford V8-powered version of the Sunbeam Alpine
March 31, 1972, a group of people from the Loch Ness Phenomena Bureau were having breakfast in a hotel with a group of people from the Flamingo Park Zoo. After the hotel received an anonymous call, the team was interrupted from their meal and told that there was something strange in the Loch. Upon getting to the shore of the Loch, the team saw the object: a large, dark shape about 300 yards out. They made their way out on their boat and around 9:00am, the team pulling in what was thought to be the dead body of the Loch Ness Monster.
Just hours later, the news spread like wildfire. People began to gather around the body to try to get a good look (some even reported touching the creature).
Michael Rushton of the Edinburgh Zoo soon came to take a look at the possible monster but did not take long in his verdict. A male elephant seal. Not only was it just a seal, but Rushton pointed out the fact that the creature looked as though it had been frozen.
But who put it there? None other than one of Flamingo Park Zoo’s educational officers,
John Shields. He was also the person that called in about the creature in the Loch. He timed the event perfectly to line up with April Fools’ Day in order to fool his colleagues, but admitted that the joke got far out of hand.
“Louis Gabriel (13 years old) and brother Eddie (10 years old) and Johnnie (7 years old). The photographer found Louis and Eddie selling after midnight on April 17 with about fifty papers left on their hands. Eddie says he is often up until 9 or 12 P.M. and sometimes up at 4 A.M. Sunday. They said they make several dollars some days, ‘Wid de tips.’ The younger ones were very voluble about tips. ‘I allus axes em fer nickels’ Johnnie said. The two older boys, Louis and Eddie, are on probation at Juvenile Court. Family is well known to charities. Father taken into court for non-support. Has deserted.” 4/10/1912
On this day in music history: October 14, 1972 - “I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on November 18, 1972. Written by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt, it is the first chart topping single for the R&B vocal quintet from Detroit, MI. Best known for his work with The Delfonics and The Stylistics, producer and arranger Thom Bell adds another group to his credits when he begins working with The Spinners after they are signed to Atlantic Records in early 1972. The group records four sides with producer Jimmy Roach, but the tracks are shelved when Atlantic doesn’t hear any hits. Label VP Henry Allen asks Thom Bell if he wants to work with The Spinners, and he immediately agrees. Fans of the group since their days on Motown, Bell feels that The Spinners hadn’t reached their full hit making potential while at the label, and commits himself to making them a success. While coming up with song ideas for them, Bell’s regular songwriting partner, lyricist Linda Creed is unavailable since she is prepared to get married at the time. Bell calls on Phil Hurtt, a staff songwriter at his publishing company Mighty Three Music to collaborate. Hurtt comes up with a melody and writes the lyrics for “I’ll Be Around” by the next day. The track is recorded on June 14, 1972 at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with members of MFSB, with the master take being cut in about forty minutes. The Spinners quickly record their vocals (with Bobbie Smith on lead vocals), and it is readied for release. When it is issued as a single in July of 1972, “I’ll Be Around” is regulated to the B-side of “How Could I Let You Get Away” (sung by Philippé Wynne). “How Could” receives solid airplay from R&B stations, but is largely ignored by top 40 pop stations. Believing firmly in the other songs hit potential, Bell takes it upon himself to visit radio stations and encourage them to flip the single and play “I’ll Be Around” instead. From there, the record takes off quickly, climbing the pop and R&B singles charts almost simultaneously. The breakthrough success of “I’ll Be Around” gives The Spinners the success that had largely eluded them while on Motown, and marks the beginning of a long and highly successful collaboration with producer Thom Bell. “I’ll Be Around” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: August 7, 1971 - “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, it is the first US chart topper for the superstar family trio from The Isle Of Man, UK. Following the Bee Gees initial period of worldwide success in 1967 and 1968, the band implodes in 1969 when infighting and excessive drinking causes Robin to abruptly quit for a solo career, with Barry also opting for the same a short time later. After eighteen months apart, they eventually reconcile in the Summer of 1970, making a vow to each other never to part again. Inspiration comes quickly with the brothers writing numerous new songs together. Among them is the ballad “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”. The track is recorded at IBC Studios in London on January 28, 1971, and is the first single from the bands ninth album “Trafalgar”. Surprisingly, the song fails to chart in the Bee Gees home country of the UK. But with the recent top five success of their comeback smash “Lonely Days” (#3 Pop), “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” is an even bigger hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #73 on June 26, 1971, it rises to the top of the chart six weeks later. The single also earns the Bee Gees their first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocals in 1972. In 2001, a previously unreleased alternate version of the classic song surfaces. This version features different piano and bass tracks, and with Barry singing the first verse instead of Robin. This version appears on first run UK pressings of the hits compilation “Their Greatest Hits: The Record”. This was the result of a filing error in Universal’s tape archive in London, with the wrong master being pulled from the vault. The CD is quickly withdrawn and replaced with the correct version. One the most popular and frequently covered songs by the Bee Gees, the song is also recorded by Al Green, Johnny Mathis, Cher, Teddy Pendergrass, Diana Krall, Rod Stewart, Ruben Studdard, and Michael Buble. Green’s 1971 recording of the song is made over into duet for the soundtrack of the romantic comedy “Notting Hill”, with singer Joss Stone adding her vocals to the track.
The Bee Gees original version is also included on the soundtrack to the film “American Hustle” in 2013. “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: July 27, 1972 - “All Directions”, the twelfth studio album by The Temptations is released. Produced by Norman Whitfield, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit, MI and Hitsville USA West in Hollywood, CA from Early - Mid 1972. The group are initially resistant to recording the tracks “Run Charlie Run” (about the mass exodus of white families from major urban centers to the suburbs) and “Papa Was Rolling Stone”, feeling their sensitive subject matter and lyrics will turn some fans off. Lead singer Dennis Edwards especially objects to the latter when the songs lyrics hit a little too close to home. However, the group relent and record the songs. “Papa Was Rolling Stone” hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (#2 R&B), winning three Grammy Awards including The Temptations second award for Best R&B Group Vocal Performance in 1973. “All Directions” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and peaks at number two on the Top 200.
The drama division was founded in 1968. Those who complete the four-year program receive either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree (starting Fall 2012), or a diploma. Each year’s class is identified by a group number: Group 1 started in 1968 and graduated in 1972;Group 43 includes students completing their fourth year in 2014.