|(Aug 11th) A forgotten chapter of the Galaxy's history, when the redundant mine-sweeping equipment was consigned to the deep.|
|(Aug 11th) Paul Freeman tells of his brief sojourn on Radio Essex and how he carried a coffin to No 10 Downing Street as a protest on August 14th 1967!|
|(Aug 11th) Page Seven of Mini-memories is updated with a photo of Lorne King's Big L identity bracelet|
|(Aug 11th) Radio London Holidays With DJs John Church was the resident jock in Estartit.|
|(Aug 18th) John Bobin has written the full story of his band The Fingers especially for the Radio London website.|
|(Sept 1st) John Otway's Aylesbury Homecoming at the Hobble on the Cobbles|
|An interview with the Oldies Project team by Wim de Lang, reproduced by kind permission of Hans Knot.|
11th , five years ago, the world experienced one of the most horrific
events in its history.
And now, the news....
Click here to read the Radio Caroline story.
"Radio Caroline is probably the most famous of all the offshore 'pirate' radio stations, and her story has become something of a broadcasting legend. These web pages from Offshore Echoes' look at the history of the famous offshore station, from the start of Radio Caroline and Atlanta, and include their merger, the grounding of the Mi Amigo in 1966, the Cheetah II, and more.
The latest pages conclude the story of Caroline in the 1960s, looking at the introduction of the 1967 Marine Offences Act, Caroline International and the fateful day in March 1968 when both ships were seized and forced off the air. We also look at Caroline's deejays in the 1960s.
Future parts of the Caroline story will be covering the 1970s and 80s. If you have any interesting photos, documents, audio or other items you'd like to share and see on this site, please contact us."
It's SeptembAAAARRR, it's ITLAPD and it's Wench Swap and Sea Shanty time!
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is THE big event for Septembaaaarrr and PARROT Pirate Anoraks Revere Real Offshore Terminology is proud to present a new addition to our Radio London ILAPD Supplement, to assist Radio London viewers in getting as much silliness as possible out of the occasion. The Radio London 'Sound of Music' Shanty 05 proved so populaaaaaar with singin' scurvy-sufferers, that we just 'ad ter quill anothaaaaaar fer 2006.
A large number of ex-offshore radio pirates, all experts on Marine Offences, be appearin' in our ILAPD Supplement, on behalf of Radio Caroline North and South, City, Essex, London, 270, Scotland and RNI. We even have renegades from the land-bound Radio Luxembourg! Also appearing are the Pirate BBC Essex team 2004, who arrrrr currently limbering up their cutlasses for Pirate BBC Essex 2007.
Honoraaaary Anaaaarrraks, Mark 'Cap'n Slappy' Summers and John 'Ol' Chumbucket' Baur the instigators o' International Talk Like A Pirate Day are gettin' busier and busier with public appearances, cutlass demonstrations an' book signin's every year.
On Septembaaaarrr 18th, one day before this year's BIG event, those living in the USA were able to see an ITLAPD edition of Wife Swap retitled Wench Swap. The wench in question, Mad Sally, is telling the story of becoming a landlubber, in her diary, for the Keep to the Code website, where she says:
Will Mad Sally survive without the grog barrel? Will the landlubber wench cope with swillin' out the bilges, shovellin' up parrot poop and replenishing Ol' Chumbucket's chumbucket? Will Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy convert her to their plunderin' ways and carry her off to Treasure Island? And will we ever get to see the show (or Chumbucket and Slappy for that matter) on this side o' the briny?
Mad Sally's best fashion tip from the diary:
This advice may well have been heeded by the "Twenty-two vicious vixens, wanton wenches, and fresh freebooters who were ready to compete to win the heart, the hand, the hook, or some other body part, of none other than Cap' n Slappy himself!" Yes, Cap'n Slappy is on the lookout for a mate. Not a first mate, but a comely wench. (We're assuming from this that he didn't successfully capture the Wench Swap woman). The good Cap'n launched a quest for a winsome ladylove in the form of a competition called Buccaneer Bachelor with stunning prizes for the lucky wench he chose on Septembaaaarrr 19th!
The winner, who goes by the name of Foxmorton impressed the judges with her STUPENDOUSLY CLUELESS PIRATE'S GUIDE TO CHOOSING, TRAINING and LOVING YOUR SEA BEAVER
of Soul, Funk and Blues (updated
"It's like Coke and Pepsi filming an ad together; GM and Ford executives caught swapping blueprints"
Carl Dixon, possibly the world's biggest Motown aficionado, witnessed recording sessions from an incredible musical collaboration between former Motown and Philly recording artists.
Philly local newspaper feature here
Pleases Cobbles Crowd (by Knees Club Founder, Mary Payne)
My lifelong friend and Knees Club Official Jenny and I had been there in the 1978 crowd, Jenny heavily pregnant with a daughter she named Josephine. Now it was Josephine who was the expectant mother, and later that same day, she gave birth to her second son.
Forty years to the month since he joined the
Knees Club, member 338, David Stopps (right) welcomed Otway on
stage as he had 28 years earlier. At the time, David was running Aylesbury's
famous Friars music club. Over the years, Friars promoted the likes of
David's fellow KC members David Bowie and (Ian) Gillan and innumerable
famous names including Ian Dury, Genesis, the Police and of course, Otway.
Old partner-in-music Wild Willy Barrett and his magic fiddle were special guests for Louisa on a Horse, one of precious few songs to include the town of Princes Risborough in its lyrics.
Otway still did somersaults and jumped off stepladders, but wasn't quite as acrobatic as he was in '78, when he climbed the stage scaffolding and sung from the balcony of the Green Man pub, now renamed the Market Tavern.
The Bucks Herald, which carried the front page story, 'Otway Puts us Back on the Map' estimated the number of attendees as around 2,500.
Full 'Hobble on the Cobbles' photo-feature here.
in the Offshore Family
in the Independent
(left) Otway explains to his Aylesbury lecture audience at The Ship Inn, how falling over on The Old Grey Whistle Test proved the turning-point in his career!
Club member is 'Bark Staving Ronkers'
John Bobin, a Knees Club member whose band Fingers was in the Fab Forty in January 1967, has written Bark Staving Ronkers, a book about life as a Sixties musician which is attracting rave reviews. John says: "My book is directed towards the hundreds of thousands of Rock and Roll and Pop music fans who remember a period when their entertainment was not provided by bands that had been manufactured by TV shows."
Sample Customer Review: Amazon USA:
All profits from Bark Staving Ronkers are going to Cancer Research For more reviews, and purchasing information, click the book jacket, left. John has kindly written a band history especially for the Radio London website.
talking of the Fab Forty... Cheers, Fred!
We were surprised and delighted to discover that in the September issue of Mojo (the cover photo is of Syd Barrett), Fred Dellar features our Big L Fab Forty in his Surf's Up column (subtitled Online Booty Unearthed), describing it as 'the ultimate nostalgia trip' (Short extract, right). Well done to the Fab Forty psephologists (that's 'chart-compilers' to you!) and welcome to any new visitors who have arrived here via the Mojo link.
Of course, the easy way to get straight to the Fab 40 is to go to www.biglfab40.com or via the link on our Home page!
(Many thanks to the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame)
Box of Delights
Tony (right) and his wife enjoy a laugh with Duncan Johnson and Jon Myer at Roger Day's recent Margate lecture (see story below). Photo courtesy of Steve Szmidt.
Jon Myer reports on the Margate event, which he attended with Duncan Johnson.
There is a photo report on the Margate evening by Steve Szmidt on Martin van der Ven's site and Jon also spotted a photo feature on Roger's Lichfield evening.
Roger had spent a lot of time putting together the pictures, audio and videos and, although the technology let him down on occasions, it was done well. He used a number of photos that we are familiar with, as he had "borrowed" extensively from a number of sites, including Radio London and the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame.
The main hall of the Winter Gardens is a big venue and there were, maybe, 200 people there. The main proportion of the evening concentrated on the "wet" years. Roger had pre-recorded audio messages from Bud Ballou, Keefers, Rick Randall and Graham Dene which were reminiscent of those clips on 'This Is Your Life', only without any surprise guests being flown in at the end.
His time with UBN and various ILR stations was covered very quickly with just a few photos, the message from Graham and something I had never seen before - an Aardman film, in the style of Wallace and Gromit, based on Roger doing the Breakfast Show on Radio West. That was very good and I would like to see it again.
The audience was very appreciative of the whole evening and queued up to meet the great man after the talking was done. Roger shook hands, signed autographs and posed for photos until everyone was satisfied.
In the audience was Ray Clarke from BBC Essex. We had a quick chat afterwards about the plans for Pirate BBC Essex next August. Roger announced that he has signed up to do the full week on the LV18.
CD of Daffy Don
I am the woman who created the website for the late Kenny Page a couple of years ago. Regretfully, I gave it up because I couldn't manage to keep adding any new memories to the site. Recently, I have set up a myspace page and have posted three blogs about Kenny on a myspace page
The site's pages of memorabilia are lovely to browse and feature the tales
of great talent, bright hopes and subsequent disappointment that have become
so familiar to Radio London visitors from the stories we've been sent by members
of Fab 40 bands. Particularly poignant is the newspaper clipping about the Downbeats,
who won the Oxfam National Beat Contest at London's Prince of Wales theatre.
Judges included Brian Epstein and Ringo Starr and the band beat eleven others
to win. They must have sounded pretty impressive, so why didn't they make the
big time? Sadly, it was a disappointing sequence of events that happened to
so many hopefuls.
Another item on display is a letter from 1965 from an agent telling a Durham group that he can no longer offer hoped-for bookings in Germany and expressing his fears that he will go out of business. Alan says this letter 'sums up the Sixties'. We know what he means!Many musicians are signing the site guest book and joining debates on the forum. The webmasters were stunned when they recently heard from Newcastle's famous Shadow, Bruce Welch.
In case you wonder why I have chosen the NME over the Record Retailer chart which is used by the people who compile 'The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles', the answer is simple the NME was the more widely-read and syndicated chart being used by (among many others) Radio Luxembourg, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail and more. Record Retailer always seemed to be about a week behind all the other charts (NME, Disc and Melody Maker). The BBC, until February 1969, used to compile a chart based on all 4 main music papers. As a result you may notice some differences from the Guinness Book, like Please Please Me was the first Beatle #1 in the NME not "From Me To You", and some acts like Bobby Vee and Acker Bilk made it to number one in this chart while Dave Dee Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich and Des OConnor didnt. Some records that made the NME Top 30, didnt make the Record Retailer Top 50.
In our own comparisons between the Big L Fab Forty and UK sales-based charts, we refer to 'The Nationals'. The charts we are referring to as the Nationals are those in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles.The Fab Forties may not have been exactly 'sales-based', but the more you read about the published charts, the more you realise that record 'sales figures' could be interpreted in numerous ways. Visit: I Was a Teenage Chart Freak website.