|Big L Fab 40 Updates|
|(updated May 05) The first single advertised on British TV|
|(updated May 29th) Photos of the band with the line-up that poses more questions than answers|
|(updated May 29th) The Scottish sisters who recorded a Donovan song|
|(new April 22nd) More scrapbook photos, taken at Stewpot Mansions|
And now, the news....
Listening to Oldies Project, I often find myself dashing to look at the computer display and find out what band we're hearing, because OP plays so many unusual versions of well-known songs.
An unfamiliar recording of 'God Only Knows' came on and Chris said, "Who's that?" I said, "I bet it's Tony Rivers and the Castaways, because nobody else sings harmony like that." Of course, I then had to go upstairs and check, but it turned out I was right!
I sent this tale to Tony Rivers now living in Spain. Tony replied with the following great story:
God Only Knows was given to me by Bruce Johnston (after he'd played me Pet Sounds) who told me that the Beach Boys did not plan to release it as a single!!! We made our own version of it and sank without trace (should have done Sloop John B!), BUT we released it before The Beach Boys. EMI let it come out the week before them! Not my favourite BB cover we made, but it had its own style.
Tony Rivers and the Castaways appeared only briefly in the Fab 40 with 'Come Back', but of course you can hear that on Oldies Project too!
Tony's website: www.tonyrivers.com
releases to make you SMiLE
"Thirty-seven years after the brilliant SMiLE album was hatched as a creative thought, you can see the music come to life in a two-disc DVD package featuring nearly four hours of material, including the documentary Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson And The Story of SMiLE, as well as an exclusive performance of SMiLE shot in its entirety in Los Angeles and nearly two hours of never-before-seen bonus footage."
For info on the Smile DVD, released June 13th, click on the sleeve photo, (left) for more info.
Brian Wilson completists can adorn their collection with the recently-published book 'Smile. The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece'. (Click on the jacket photo, right, for more info)
Page twenty-four of the Radio Times for 11th to 17th June contains a rather unusual photo Johnnie Walker looking elegant in a suit!
Caroline gets a mention, when JW is described as 'a survivor from the pirate era'. (They ought to have been a little more specific and said the Sixties offshore radio era the 'pirate era' has never ceased.
This celebrates Johnnie being polled #14 in the 'Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio'. RT compiled their chart from 'Top 5 broadcaster' lists submitted by 70 top radio industry people. (We hesitate to use the word, 'suits' again...) JW beat fellow Radio 2 weekday afternoon host, Steve Wright, by one place.
I contacted you several weeks ago having stumbled on your site and wrote you a few notes at the time. I love it so much just constantly poring over the charts and all your memories. Can I become a Knees member too? (Just kidding!)
I have my own internet station and have attached a link so you can see the mention I gave you.
Kevin's station, dedicated to John Peel and Joey Ramone, called Radio Beautiful plays "The latest releases from England and America that in the past you read about but radio would ignore and seminal acts from the 60's onwards. Not to mention fun songs you sometimes don't want to admit loving and then some." The playlist is updated every Saturday.We are flattered to find the Radio London site described as 'awesome' and 'a must for historians and budding musicologists'. Very kind of you, Kevin!
Birthdays Prompt Beer Festival Gathering
When it comes to birthday celebrations, what could be handier than a beer festival within staggering distance of home? Geminis, Jon Myer from the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame and Guy Hamilton, who enhanced a couple of Sixties offshore stations, decided a twin celebration was in order. We hear the pub had been drunk dry well before Monday, the final day of the festival.
Photo (from left): Phil Martin (Radio England/Britain Radio/Radio
355), Roger Scott/Arnold Layne (Essex, 270, 390, Caroline, RNI)
aka Greg Bance, Jon Myer, Guy Hamilton aka Gerry Zierler (Essex,
We decided it was high time that Radio 270's Guy Hamilton had a replacement for the Big L teeshirt which he's shown wearing while aboard the Oceaan 7 (left). That was in 1967, so thirty-eight years later, Radio London presented Guy with a lovely new 'Fab at 40' tee. As you can see, he hasn't changed a bit and looks very fetching in his fab gear!
You can get yours here!
Encounter of the Florida kind!
We may look bronzed, but
it was during a torrential downpour that Chris and I went with Willy Walker
to a Greek restaurant run by an Armenian family in Pompano Beach, Florida!
Yes, that is a bit of holly behind us. The restaurant still had
Christmas decorations up!
Anything interesting happen in May while we were away?
Reunion for the Sixties Club!
(Click on photo to view a larger version)
Click on the sleeve photo to purchase
Six Love Hate Revenge
Graham Carter Dimmock, interviewed by Brian Long in The London Sound, said, "As far as people in the Radio London area were concerned, we were a big chart band. Everything we brought out was always in the chart. People believe what they hear and if they are being told this record's number one or number two, they believe it!"Although the sleeve photo is from the band's psychedelic phase, their sound evolved through a number of musical styles. Additional demos and out-takes on CD 2 include a version of Burt Bacharach's 'Little Red Book' from the film 'What's new Pussycat' and 'Zip A Dee Doo Dah'. CD 1 contains all the Episode Six Fab 40 hits such as 'Put Yourself In My Place', 'I Hear Trumpets Blow', 'Morning Dew' and the Beatles' 'Here, There and Everywhere'. It also includes both tracks from a single issued in 1967, under the name of Neo Maya. The title track 'Love, Hate, Revenge' was in the Big L chart in February 1967.
Click on the cover photo to purchase
From Beneath The Wizard's Gown Marc Bolan Unglittered by Tony Stringfellow
Marc Bolan appeared only briefly in the Fab 40, right at the end of Radio London's life, as a member of John's Children. His song, 'Sara, Crazy Child' was first published by the Radlon-associated Pall Mall Music. However, author Tony Stringfellow has received information that Marc, while still Marc Feldt, appeared on stage at one of the earliest Radio London Club afternoons in April or May 1965.
Tony has delayed publication of his book in order to incorporate late-arriving vital information.
Webby in the News
Graham Webb sent a scan of a two-part
feature about his broadcasting career, which appeared in the Coolum and
North Shore News. He says:
Click on Part One (left) or Part 2, to read the story