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Mike Sarne

Mike Sarne, Camden Town by Brian Duffy, 1962
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ATV’s Television Show Book, 1962

ATV’s Television Show Book, 1962
Helen Shapiro and John Leyton
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The year began with The Young Ones, the title song for Cliff Richard's third film and only the fourth record in chart history to enter at No.1. When Dezo Hoffmann, who worked for the pop press including Melody Maker and Record Mirror, photographed the singer with The Shadows in 1962, the photograph was part of an on-going series used to advertise Vox amplifiers.

Town magazine marked the success of Mike Sarne's first hit 'Come Outside' with a male fashion shoot by Brian Duffy. This showed the singer in a series of double exposures, taken in and around Camden Town and the Roundhouse. Under Joe Meek's direction The Tornados became the first British group to achieve a No.1 hit in both the British and American charts with his composition inspired by the launch of the communications satellite, Telstar.

In November and December The Beatles played the last of their residencies at the Star Club in Hamburg. During one trip photographer Astrid Kirchherr took a series of portraits of the group including Ringo Starr, who had recently replaced Pete Best as drummer.