|(updated June 5th) In the new Lost Jocks Page, 'Who Found 7', an ex-RNI jock is found in Tasmania and a staff member from Curzon Street is in Yorkshire.|
And now, the news....
John William Baldry 1941 2005
The six-foot-seven singer known as Long John Baldry, died on July 21st in Vancouver. He had lived and worked in Canada for 25 years.
John was, first and foremost, a blues artist and founder of the British R & B scene in the early Sixties, often appearing at London's Marquee Club with the likes of the Cyril Davis Allstars and the Stones. He featured on the 1962 album 'R&B From The Marquee' and appeared on 'Around the World With the Beatles', the landmark international TV show, where he performed 'Got My Mojo Working'.
Although John's biggest success, the angst-ridden pop ballad 'Let the Heartaches Begin', occurred after the demise of Radio London, he had made two earlier Fab 40 appearances. These were in October 1965, with 'How Long Will It Last' and November 1966, with 'Cuckoo'.The Long John Baldry website is here.
Remembers Jim on Luxembourg
Several Sixties icons featured in the three-part 'where are they now and what are they doing' programme 'After They Were Famous', broadcast on ITV.
Wednesday's programme focussed on 'ex-medics', including Richard Chamberlain and Jim Dale. Hearthrob, Richard Chamberlain, whose TV role inspired an unlikely ladies' fashion in the form of 'Dr Kildare-style blouses' is now an artist in Hawaii.
Jim Dale, who turns seventy in August, is enjoying a wonderful year.
He has won three 'Audies' for his audio book recordings and his just received
an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.
Congratulations to Caroline DJ Simon Dee, who was seventy on July 28th. Simon was aboard the Fredericia from the start of broadcasting at Easter 1964 but transferred to the Mi Amigo at the Caroline/Atlanta merger. Simon famously introduced Jimmy Smith's live Hammond performance from the deck of the Mi Amigo.
On Radio Two's Sound of the Sixties (July 23rd), Les favoured another offshore theme, 'Image' (the Hank Levine version) as his birthday request. 'Image' is supposedly based on a five-note radio station ident.
Les won a BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) 'Million-Airs' Award to honour over three million TV and radio performances of 'It's Not unusual'. This equates to around seventeen years of continuous airplay and that's in the US alone!
Les's own website is here.
Inshore Radio of the Offshore Kind
Aylesbury in Bucks is the most unlikely place for a beach party. Why?
Because it is the farthest point from the sea in the UK! This didn't stop
local councillor Ray Ghent coming up with the idea for a day of fun at
Aylesbury-on-Sea. Alongside imported sand for the sandcastle competitions,
there were mermaids and donkey rides.
How tickled I am, Missus!
Appropriately, the Follow That Dream label is issuing the soundtrack to Elvis's film Tickle Me, on July 18th 2005 in the UK exactly 40 years to the date the Tickle Me EP entered the Big L Fab 40 at #30! (For more details, see the Fab 40 18/07/65). The film is available on VHS.
Thank you all very much for your kind thoughts. Sadly, it looks as if one of the bombers was an Aylesbury resident whose house is now being searched. It is not close to where we live.
Dear Mary, So many thanks for your report and my relief that you and Chris are well and safe. It's consoling to know that the entire sane part of the World is on your side. Hope none of your friends or family were affected. Best regards, Tom
A Sad Week for Soul Music
Renaldo 'Obie' Benson Jun 14 1936 July 1st 2005
Obie Benson, whose rich bass voice and clever choreography routines were an integral part of Motown's Four Tops (left) for an amazing fifty years, has died in his birthplace of Detroit, Michigan. He last appeared with the Tops in April this year, before being beset by failing health.
Obie was also a songwriter, who co-wrote the Marvin Gaye classic What's Going On.
Sadly, only two original members of the Four Tops remain; Abdul "Duke"
Fakir and Levi Stubbs. The Tops are members of the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame, have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and were honoured last
year on the floor of the Michigan Senate with a resolution marking the
group's 50th anniversary. (See Happenings,
June 04) They appeared at Live Aid in Philadelphia. The Four Tops
graced the Big L Fab Forties with no less than nine singles.
Luther Ronzoni Vandross, 20th April 1951 1st July 2005
Luther Vandross has died in New Jersey, aged only 54. The award-winning singer, who sold millions of albums, suffered a severe stroke in 2003 and never fully recovered.
Luther's break came in the mid-Seventies when he became a backing singer for David Bowie.
Full obituaries for Luther and Obie can be found at Toby Walker's Soulwalking site.
The Real Story of Live Aid
Chris says: My
intention was to write a feature about the original Live Aid in 1985.
Why? Because at the time, I played a part in setting up and looking after
all the satellite feeds for the transmission. One small problem got in
the way. Where the heck is all my memorabilia of the day? On the morning
of Live 8, it finally dawned on me where the file was located...
Big L Fab 40 meets the C-FUNtastic Fifty!
As many Radio London visitors who love the Big L Fab 40 enjoy looking at chart comparisons, we have added two surveys from Canada to our Fab Forties for 18/04/65 and 20/06/65. C-FUN was one of Vancouver's top stations in the Sixties and the station's weekly chart was the C-FUNtastic Fifty.
I thought you might like to know that I have just uncovered a photo of British jock ''Lord Tim'' who spent a brief year or two on 980 CKGM Montreal (1965-1966), complete with umbrella, mellon hat and leather gloves (obvious where this dood was from, eh?) You will find this rarish shot in the History section of my CKGM Tribute site in the ''April, 23rd, 1965'' brief, under 'Lord Tim'.
On inspection, Lord Tim resembles John Steed in The Avengers, which was probably the intended 'look'. He does have his own website, and is now a successful artist.Marc also tells us that a recording of his show from from June 23rd 1980, during CKGM's World's Longest Weekend, is 'Aircheck of the Week' on Rock Radio Scrapbook Canada's Aircheck Website. Even after the week in question, you can download Marc's clip and discover how a weekend was stretched to NINE days!