’66 And All That

There’s no need for me to remind you or go over this event:

World Cup 1966 poster and souvenir programme cover

Everyone knows about it and in England we’ve been trying to escape, or to bring new memories for.. what is it now… 42 years… It seems as if we cursed ourselves by winning it that once and the powers that be have decided that to increase our chances of winning it again is by bringing the World Cup tournament back again.

I for one would love it, ju.. Even if we don’t I would still love to see the spectacle of the whole thing back home again.

– For those of you who do want to read up about it again then the following links will guide you:

This being Football and Music I obviously want to look at the music from back then and profile a couple of contributers.

First up is the king of skiffle – Lonnie Donegan.   Part of a bio via allmusic guide:

…he invented a style of music, skiffle, that completely altered the pop culture landscape and the youth around him, and for a time completely ruled popular music through that new form. What’s more, his music, like that of Presley and Haley, was vital to the early musical careers and future histories of the Beatles, the Stones, and hundreds of other groups.

In relation to the World Cup he released a song about the 1966 tournament mascot (above left) – World Cup Willie.

Lonnie Donegan - World Cup Willie

» Lonnie Donegan – World Cup Willie         – Lyrics

..and the B side – a very philosophical song from Lonnie:

» Lonnie Donegan – Where In The World Are We Going

Next up – some instrumentals from the John Schroeder Orchestra.     Bio via allmusic guide:

Arranger/conductor/producer Schroeder does have a few pop/rock credentials: he wrote a number one U.K. hit for British singer Helen Shapiro (“Walkin’ Back to Happiness”) in the early ’60s, made the first licensing deal for Motown product on British shores, and formed Sounds Orchestral, which had a Top Ten hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1965 with “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” To the current space-age pop crowd, however, he’s known as one of the chief exponents of what the British call “easy” — recordings, mostly instrumental, which welded easy-listening pop arrangements to soul, rock, and psychedelic source material.

John Schroeder Orchestra - On The Ball

» John Schroeder Orchestra – On The Ball

…and the B side – the beginning sounds like the start of Vindaloo, were Fat Les influenced by this ?

» John Schroeder Orchestra – The Britannia March

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