(New March 30th) The story of the Club Song 'Knees' by Kenny and Cash, from its writer, David Cummings
Knees Club's 40th Annkneeversarknee 2006/2007
Were you a KC member? If so, send us a photo from then, now, or both but preferably with your knees in it!
|(Updated May 31st) The Swop Shop has a new entry|
|(Updated April 28th) on Page 9 of the Caroline Scrapbook, Tony Blackburn explains in a letter to a disgruntled fan why he plans to jump ship to Big L|
|(Updated May 5th) on Page 10 of the Caroline Scrapbook, a letter from Allan Crawford to Ronan O'Rahilly, dated 11/05/67.|
|(New March 30th) The arrival of|
|(New March 22nd) How Wijnand Brak acquired a wonderful collection of artefacts from the Galaxy|
|(Updated May 5th) now a second page has been added, with memos revealing problems concerning a commercial.|
|(New May 5th) Full feature on how Radio London got the musical exclusive of the 20th century Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!|
|(Updated April 28th) Our new glamour model in our Radio London T-shirt gallery is Jorin Brak from the Netherands.|
|(Updated (May 17th) A new John Peel Column from International Times (courtesy of Hans Knot), takes the number of Peel clippings pages to five.|
|(New May 25th) The latest page of mini-memories Page Nine has two items from forty years ago. There's speculation regarding a Big L deal with Radio Andorra and an interview with a 'slim and slightly dreamy-looking' DJ.|
And now, the news....
JW tells it like it is
Johnnie Walker's autobiography is published May 31st. The Amazon review reads:
The autobiography is also available as a CD audiobook, read by Johnnie himself.
An extract has been published in the Mail On Sunday online.
for Groningen Graffiti
Hans Knot reports on the Radio London graffiti that has graced a wall in his hometown of Groningen since 1966.
After 40 years, the Big L graffiti has become a part of history and deserves to survive!
NZ had no 'official' music charts until 1975, so I have used other charts to fill the gap to give viewers a sense of what was getting airplay here. The whole inspiration for this project came from the great enjoyment I got searching through your Fab 40 charts from the 60s. It's you guys who motivated me to ever get started on this long and trying project.
Congratulations to Steve on the hard work he has put into this mega-project. It's fascinating to discover what records people were enjoying in 'the land of the long white cloud'.
Congratulations to Ken Evans, a pioneer of Radio Atlanta and later Caroline, who celebrated his 80th birthday on April 12th, in his native Sydney. See the tribute by his friend Colin Nicol here.
"HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, and thanks for all that youve done to keep the memories alive" Steve Young, Radio Caroline
It's a busy time of year for anniversaries and birthdays and we celebrated
ours with prezzies for our visitors in the form of a mega-update!
Jempi Laevaert has put a huge amount of time and effort into creating a unique collection of Caroline charts, but has now found he can no longer continue to host and update his website, The Stonewashed Collection. As we already have a Caroline section on the website, he asked us if Radio London would be prepared to take over the collection. In honour of Caroline's 43rd birthday, we are proud to announce that Jempi Laevaert's Stonewashed Collection is now part of the Radio London website. The charts collection will continue to be completed from existing information and will be updated as other data becomes available.
Despite initial reservations, Alan got into the spirit of the 242 reunion by wearing a skull-and-crossbones bandanna.
Black 1943 - 2007
Alan Black, who broadcast for Radio Scotland, Radio England and Britain
Radio has died after a long illness. Alan, who was aboard the Comet in the Firth of Forth at the launch of Radio Scotland on New Year's Eve
1965, went on to join Radio England in '66 and stayed when the station
evolved into Britain Radio. He also became a key member of the Radio One
team and was a talented cartoonist and artist, and worked on the animation
team for the Beatles animated feature 'Yellow Submarine'.
Svenn Martinsen: "This was very sad to hear. Please bring my condolences if possible to Mariepierre. I heard Alan many times on Radio Scotland (from January 1966), England, Britain and R1 and have fond memories of him."
Kenny Tosh: "It's very sad news about Alan, remembering the great weekend we had in London and the meal that Alan bought for us, hard to believe that was the final time we would meet up."
A sad day today! I have so many fond memories of life aboard the MV Mi Amigo, now theyre all somewhere on the bottom of the ocean, or in a scrap yard somewhere... too bad, so sad!
Radio Caroline was only one part of the equation, there was also the rusting hulk that was the ship itself. The creaking and clanging of chains, the slapping of waves against the hull, the music pouring out of the studio, the smell of diesel oil mixed with cigarette smoke and coffee. We had fun too, putting on shows for the Anoraks who came out on sightseeing vessels, chasing each other around the ship for no particular reason, fishing off the side on a sunny day, swimming in the ocean when the tides werent running or, simply leaning on the railing staring at the sunrise, or sunset (depending on what shift you were working).
Of course there were harder times too, when the storms blew in and we battened down the hatches and held on tight to the bulwarks, seasickness quickly became a thing of the past after the first bout. I still miss those days, and the sight of the Mi Amigos stern rising out of the morning mist when we arrived on the tender still conjures up strong feelings for me.
Thanks for keeping the memories alive Mary!
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The Tony James Goldmine Radio Show
The time has come to update my web presence with the creation of a Blog. A few weeks ago I did not have a clue about the concept of what one was never mind creating one! However, with my wifes assistance and advice I have made a start, so please feel free to take a look at my journal.
I have made an effort to promote The Soulful Tale of Two Cities project with some links to their site. Apparently Blogs are the in thing these days, lapsing some other forms of communication on the net. It has a definitive number of topic posters, but everybody can reply or comment, which makes this quite a nice tool for a controlled forum. Anyway, enjoy.
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