I mentioned yesterday that I had found a few moments to visit Russell Books in Victoria during our recent visit there. I also found a neat early publication of Vanity Fair on the way down to Victoria. Besides that I had a book that I ordered arrive at one of my local book stores, The Laughing Oyster, while we were in Victoria, so I picked that up as well this past week. So let's see what books I managed to find this past week. Maybe some might interest you.
So those are my recent purchases. I won't follow on with my usual Little Bit of History as this has taken up a fair bit of time and space. But I will continue with my Songs and books of the Year, especially where related to the date of my birth, November 10. Yup, that's my bit of vanity. Today I move along to 1959, with the Number 1 US and UK songs of the week of November 10, plus some award winning books and authors of that time.
US Billboard #1 Song 10 November 1959
Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin. Darin lived from 1936 - 1973. He started as a song writer for Connie Francis but gained fame when he released Splish Splash in 1958 and followed those up with Dream Lover, Mack the Knife and Beyond the Sea. In 1962, he won a Golden Globe when he co-starred with his first wife, Sandra Dee, in Come September. Mack the Knife was his first US #1. It comes from Bertholt Brecht's, Threepenny Opera.
UK #1 Song 10 November 1959
Travelin' Light by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The Shadows were Cliff Richard's backing band. They were credited with 69 chart singles from the '50s to the '00s; 35 as The Shadows and 34 as Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Travelin' Light was written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett and was #1 for 5 weeks.
New York Times #1 Fiction Best-Seller, November 10, 1959
Pulitzer Prize Winner - 1959
Nobel Prize Winner - 1959
Hugo Award Winner - 1959
Edgar Award Winner - 1959
So there you go... whew... Hope you get some reading ideas from the selections above.