Several offshore birthdays were celebrated in March. Keith Skues's was on March 4th and he received the excellent birthday present of news that his BBC contract was to be renewed. Tom Edwards celebrated on March 20th, Twiggy Day on the 29th and Johnnie Walker on the 30th.
Many happy returns to everyone.
That's a Lovely One There, Squire!
On the YouTube clip, the band perform Marvin Gaye's 'One More Heartache' and James Brown's 'I'll Go Crazy'. 'I'll Go Crazy' was played on Radio London, especially by the Double D, who became the band's Fan Club President. Unfortunately, it was released in June 1965, a period where a great deal of climber information is still missing. This means there is currently no evidence to support the track having featured on the official Big L Climber List.
Mike in the MIddle
No custard, but plenty of collectables
I'm always glad for people to look at the record fairs page and come along to meet me personally."
Martin van der Ven has just added a great collection of communications between the Radlon offices at 17 Curzon Street and the staff on the Galaxy to The Offshore Radio Guide. Kenny Everett's name comes up regularly. It seems he was always in trouble!
There is also paperwork concerning the intended use of the Galaxy for Radio Nordsee, a project that never came to fruition.
Errol stayed on Caroline South for two years before moving to the North ship and Radio England, home of the Boss Jocks, where he became Errol 'Bosscat' Bruce.
The interview is posted in four parts on YouTube.
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We think this design depicts the theme of pirate radio perfectly!
Programmes on Oldies Project...
So from January 23rd, your Sunday Oldies Project listening consists of the Fab Forty at 1100 UK time, (a complete rerun from their beginning in 1965), Kees's new show, '45s from 45 Years Ago' following at 1300 and 'A Month in the Life' at 1500. The whole sequence repeats from 1800 on Wednesdays.
At first many of their regular listeners thought the whole thing was a wind-up, but once they had been convinced otherwise, messages of congratulations came pouring in, plus a few tearful phonecalls from the couple's relatives.Mrs Knee-mail was almost rendered speechless by Dave's romantic proposal, but recovered sufficiently to play with her other prezzie – a remote-controlled tarantula!With April 29th and Westminster Abbey already taken, the happy couple have yet to set a date, but they are considering getting wed in Mexico.Dave played a recording of his romantic proposal later in the show for those who missed it. You can hear it here.
(Many thanks to John Sales for his assistance.) (Right) the happy couple in Harwich in 2009. Photo: Jacqui Lazellé.Radio London Brides 2
Just after Christmas, Chris received a knee-mail from a lady in Australia called Jan who wanted to get in touch with Mark Roman, so he dutifully passed it on.
On 29 December Mark Roman wrote from his Empire:
Thank you so much for your help in this one. You will be as surprised as I was that I was actually married to this lady, albeit briefly. I had sort of recognised the name, but I considered it most unlikely it could be her – but it was! I have responded and she to me and she sends her many thanks for your assistance.
All this goes to demonstrate just what a tremendous value your dedication to BIG LIL is! Through your site I have previously discovered a long-lost daughter, with whom I now have a rewarding relationship and now an ex-wife! If you wish you may mention this on the site maybe it would create a sort of Lil Friends Reunited. Thanks to both you and Mary.
Have a successful 2011, Mark
Happy New Year to you Chris.
Just a note to really thank you for passing my emails on to Mark. He has replied, and I'm happy to say that we are now conversing via emails. No words can express how happy I am at the outcome.
Hope that you have a great 2011.
"Those crazy young jocks who brought American-style radio to Europe in the 1960s"
Dan O'Day, has repeated his Brief, Incomplete History of Radio."...Kenny Everett (ask someone from the UK about Kenny) and those crazy young jocks who brought American-style radio to Europe in the 1960s by taking to the seas in honest-to-God pirate radio ships (imagine broadcasting under the worst possible conditions; now imagine doing it while seasick)."
Originally written in 1998, Dan kindly allowed us to reproduce the item some time ago. This time it is reprinted in Dan's blog, complete with its original illustrations by Bobby Ocean. He says, "This is the most popular thing I’ve ever written. Reprinting it is this blog's New Year tradition."
When you see a photo of Everett and Tennant together, it's difficult not to agree.
The renowned studios – also Grade II listed – are under threat of closure and it has been proposed that the National Trust, which owns and maintains the Lennon and McCartney childhood homes in Liverpool, will take over the premises.
The Who, the Stones... the list of acts who played there in Radio London's heyday is massive. Now a campaign has been launched to save the 100 Club, backed by the likes of Mick Jagger and London film maker George McCallum who has created an 11-minute mini-documentary to highlight the club's importance as a live music venue.