Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con

Friday, 30 November 2012

Blast from the Past

The week of their first Number One single, Please Please Me, in February, 1963, The Beatles, a little-known Pop/R&B combo from a backwater town in the North West of England filled in their 'Life Lines' for the NME (New Musical Express). In a few months, they would have taken over the entire world, but at this point they were still largely unknown, and their answers seem fresh and light-hearted rather than weary and cynical, as they would in 12 months time once they'd hit America and been asked the same questions a million times on four continents.

(Please Please Me WAS The Beatles' first Number One- in recent years charts have been taken from Record Retailer which had a small sample and a very low print run and placed Please Please Me at Number Two. In 1963, the charts that mattered were the NME, Melody Maker and BBC charts (for Pick of the Pops), which all placed Please Please Me at Number One). NME is still being published, MM and RR folded a while ago. the BBC is still going. At time of writing.

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