|(Updated Feb 12th) Mac Peters admits to success in the Mecca ballroom, but failure on Radio City. Photo of Mac courtesy of the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame.|
|(Updated Feb 23rd) a newspaper clipping of the Small Faces filming Dateline Diamonds.|
|(March 10th) Our new teeshirt glamour model is Rick Randell from Radio England.|
|(March 10th) Our new page of mini-memories containing the story of the Big L Discotheque has a photo addition.|
|(March 10th) A new John Peel Column from International Times, courtesy of Hans Knot.|
And now, the news....
can forget Watery Wireless?
"I was a radio star for a few minutes last week when our local CBC Radio station invited me to appear on their morning show. I don't think they were quite prepared for the overwhelming listener reaction that their interview with me generated. It was quite hilarious, as the phones almost rang off the hook and e-mails descended on them by the dozens, all coming from ex-pat Brits who live on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland, all of whom live within the listening area of the station. It was fun being in a studio again after so many years."
'Kitty' Black 1914 - 2006
Offshore Echoes Magazine says:
Photo: Kitty in 1939 from 'Upper Circle' by Kitty Black, Methuem Press, kindly supplied by Colin Nichol in Australia.
The Recording Academy has also announced the acclaimed Stax house band Booker T and The MGs (Steve Cropper, Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg and the late drummer Al Jackson) as recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Also honoured is the late Stax co-founder Estelle Axton, who died in 2004.
In honour of the 50th anniversary of the legendary label Stax home to many of soul music's most enduring recordings Concord Music Group is pleased to announce a year of activity that will include deluxe reissues, special events and the reactivation of the label with a slate of new signings.
Stax's contribution to popular music is enormous. Releasing hit after hit from Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, the Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, William Bell and Rufus and Carla Thomas, among many, many others, the Memphis soul label established itself as a one-of-a-kind brand.
It's a fitting tribute to Stax that not only will its past glories be suitably honoured during 2007, but its future will be assured as well. The first new signings to Stax include soul luminary and Stax patriarch Isaac Hayes and superlative vocalist Angie Stone. Isaac Hayes remains an integral force in Stax and beyond, and Angie Stone is widely regarded as one of her generation's few heirs to the grand tradition of R&B.
"Stax always has been and always will be Soul Music, I was a part of that," said Hayes. "I am coming back to Stax because there is still so much to do. It's like coming home."
In tandem with Soulsville USA, the City of Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Stax Museum of American Soul, Concord will also participate in numerous live, broadcast and other events as part of an extensive year of activity heralding "Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Soul" including a feature length documentary illustrating the staggering Stax story.
Concord looks forward to a joyous celebration of Stax's 50th anniversary, a productive relationship with Soulsville USA and the City of Memphis, and an exciting new chapter in the story of one of music's all-time greatest labels.
Anyone offering an eight-digit sum could own and rule a unique country, complete with its own monetary system, passports and postage stamps.(Thanks to Mike Terry)Timesonline article; Sealand website
Brown 1933 - 2006
There may be some question as to whether James Brown, who died suddenly on Christmas Day 2006, was genuinely aged 73, or was older, but there is no disputing his huge influence on music. The titles 'Godfather of Soul', 'The Hardest Working Man in Show Business', 'Mr. Dynamite', 'Soul Brother Number One' and sometimes 'The Original Disco Man', were bestowed on the flamboyant performer with good reason. Even his funeral ceremonies were showbiz style, with his body lying in state dressed in stage costumes.
Backing band The Soul Generals, who performed at the funeral, are naturally devastated by JB's demise but say they will honour his wish for them to continue touring as a tribute to his music.
JB took a prominent role in the American civil rights movement and his 1968 hit 'Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud' became an anthem for African-Americans. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first-ever induction dinner in 1984. Other honours included a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th annual Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards.
As far as the Fab Forties are concerned, there were eight JB appearances during a period when he barely touched the National charts. The first entry, 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' made #8 in October 65 to 'Kansas City' in May 67. His biggest Radio London success was 'It's a Man's Man's Man's World', #4 in July 66. Paul Kaye appears to have been a big fan, as he chose five of the JB singles as his climbers.
Mike Terry said:
The Oldies Project Christmas special The London Sound - the Second Year (where between Dec 21st and 24th, every record played was a single released in 1966) was a huge success. Radio London received several complimentary e-mails about it, which we have passed on to the hard-working Oldies Project team. We can't take any credit for their amazing achievements, only for the Fab Forty listings and for the rest of this thousand-page website!
Ed Reynolds, who lives in Utah, wrote:
According to the server access log, Oldies Project now
has approximately 1000 hits a day and listeners in 60 counties, the latest
addition being the United Emirates! In November 06, 24,290 different IP
addresses logged on to the stream. The average listening time is expanding
each month and currently stands at nearly five hours, which just goes
to show how compulsive listening it is!
Click here for a downloadable playlist of The London Sound - the Second Year.
"A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic," said Dylan, who started his broadcasting career with leading US satellite radio broadcaster XM in May 2006.
Themes for the show include weather with a track list that includes A Place In The Sun sung in Italian by Stevie Wonder, The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix and Keep On The Sunny Side by The Carter Family. Other show themes have included radio - and a Radio London jingle, no less!
Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold nearly 100 million albums and performed thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades. His newest album, Modern Times, has already sold more than two million copies, reaching the number one slot in 13 countries. Both Uncut and Mojo magazines recently named Bob Dylan "Man Of The Year".Both BBC's Radio 2 and 6 Music will air Theme Time Radio Hour throughout 2007. Check their websites for schedules. Radio 2; 6 Music
"It was around 1985 that my dear friend Jelle Boonstra and I went to the former house of Klaas Vaak (aka Tom Mulder), who worked for Veronica in offshore days and who was an avid listener to Radio London in the sixties. Tom had asked me if I was interested to get the tapes he'd recorded through the years, for my historic collection. So Jelle and I travelled twice to the west of Holland and obtained a very exclusive collection. Not only had Tom recorded an enormous amount of Radio London programming, also much exclusive American material and personal interviews. Tom Mulder and Juul Geleick amongst others were the two main people responsible for producing programmes for TROS Radio and one of the series they made was the story of Pop Radio. One of the interviews was recorded early August 1977 at Scheveningen with the late Paul Kaye, the only Radio London deejay who was there from the first day in December 1964 up till the last day in August 1967. I've kept a copy of the interview in my archive ever since.
Earlier this year, Juul Geleick gave me a digital recording that he'd made from the original tape. I decided to send it to Tom Mulder and he responded with: "Today I found the old tape on my computer with this wonderful interview with Paul Kaye. It's unbelievable for me that Paul is no longer amongst us. You have to know that I almost listened to Big L from hour to hour, day in day out. It seems if I knew all the people personally. Even now, almost 40 years later, this feeling has not changed. I honestly can say that Radio London had a very important impact in my personal life. I'm very happy to have the interview back. With a very big thank you to all those guys on the original Big L!"
But it isn't only Tom Mulder who will be happy at the end of 2006. I asked Tom as well as Juul Geleick to give me a yes to publish the interview and the first thing I linked my mind to was Mary and Chris Payne at the Radio London Internet site."
It's finally online at MarcDenis.Com! Marc Denis' 1470 CFOX Montreal Radio Archive, salutes the little suburban Pointe-Claire Qc station that could and did, from 1960 to 1977.
This station gave my former Top 40 alma mater 980 CKGM (among others) quite the battle in Montreal during the late-Sixties. 1470 CFOX was the station our good friend Roger Scott appeared on before returning to Britain to join the launch of Capital Radio in the early 70s and following his short stint at North Eastern US powerhouse WPTR in 1966. Rog' entertained brilliantly at 1470 from December 1966 until late 1971, a five-year tenure interrupted only by a brief six-month contract dispute 'exile' in Nova Scotia. Fans of your site might be interested in checking out how Roger sounded on Canadian Top 40 radio back then in the ''Fox Calls'' section of the Archive.
Among other personalities of the era, you might also want to lend an ear to his 1470 CFOX colleague of the time, the wild and wonderful Charles P. Rodney Chandler. Rog' and Chuckie were the two exclusive radio guys to broadcast their respective shows on 1470 CFOX from Room 1742 at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel during the John Lennon Bed-In of May, 1969.It's all fun. Enjoy. 1470 Foxy is back!
you need is... a new video promo
On December 15th, Apple released a video promo for the track 'Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows', available to view at the beatles.com
Fifty thousand people logged in to preview the LOVE album and placed their location on the map for the site's global listening event! On the website's LOVE MAP, just click on a location anywhere on the globe you can zoom in for a close up view and it will show you the nearest hundred users who took part.Click on sleeve photo for details of the limited-edition and regular 26-track CDs.
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