(September/October is here...)
'Fab' Alan Field supplied the following addition info:
The record that I've decided to adopt as a 'theme' for the new show, mainly because it seems so appropriate, is Paddy Roberts and 'The Big Dee Jay'. From a 1959 10" album on Decca, called 'Strictly For Grown Ups' (DECCA LF 1322).
My copy, which was given to me some years ago, is in extremely poor condition, but that almost adds to it in this context! The pops and crackles seem to convey the right message somehow.
Paddy Roberts has been completely forgotten by just about everybody. A very clever lyricist, with a nice line in observation, which in a lot of cases is still relevant. But it seems that absolutely nothing of his is available on CD.
On the 'online' version of my show, the recording seems to kick in at about 3.03, so Paddy isn't heard by people who listen that way.
Despite his Noel Coward-ly (?!) clipped vowels, Paddy Roberts was in fact South African by birth. His main claim to fame in the pop world seems to consist of writing the lyrics for 'Lay Down Your Arms', 'Softly Softly', and 'Pickin' A Chicken'.
I couldn't resist logging onto the Italian Google website and searching for a Field's Fab Forty (Fab Quaranta Del Campo). The translations of the song titles and artists are priceless.
Snappy little ditty from the Stones at #1. 'Avete visto La Vostra Madre, Bambino, Levantesi in piedi Nell'Ombra? (Have You Seen Your Mother...)'
Poor old Dusty has become 'Polverosa' Springfield. And what could Microphono Lennox have ever become if not a DJ?
Fab Alan (el Campo)
Meanwhile the Webmasters (now residing in 'rifornisce Mandeville') couldn't resist sussing out the German Google translations of the 'Fab Vierzig des Feldes' for Oct 9th 1966. The Stones' #1 becomes 'Haben Sie Ihre Mutter, Das Baby Gesehen Und Gestanden Im Schatten?' Dusty is now 'Staubiges' Springfield and Mikrophon Lennox obviously IS working in the right business. And we're willing to bet that Schwarzes Cilla never knew she had a 'grosses L' Fab Forty hit with with 'Ein Dummkopf Sind Ich'.
Otnews, 'Ot off the Bunsen Burner
Many thanks to Dave Watson, who sent the above post-Palladium photo accompanied by the brilliant caption:
Despite his look of innocence, Mary was adamant Otway had been chewing in class. "Spit it out boy!"
The Google Italian translation of 'Cheryl's Goin' Home' is Goin Del Cheryl 'Domestico; in German it comes out as Goin Cheryls' Haupt
The Wrong Legendary Pirate
Alan Hardy shares some interesting site info:
Bearing in mind that you've had a few people asking about the availability of Radio Caroline North's closing theme 'Round Midnight', you might like to let your website readers know that the Jimmy McGriff CD containing the track is being sold dirt cheap at the moment. The Collectables (*see warning note below on purchasing) label website (the label that reissued the CD in the States) is having a 'Clearout Sale' for a limited period and the CD, 'I've Got A Women' is being sold at an amazing $4.98 (around £3.50!). All the Jimmy McGriff CDs from that period are available at the same low price and the sale includes hundreds of other fascinating titles at silly prices.
The 'Clearout Sales' icon is about two-thirds of the way down the site's home page. *The only problem for anyone outside the USA is that it isn't possible to buy directly via the Internet. Customers must ring Collectables to place an order.
Collectables almost got the info about 'Round Midnight' right. It says: "Also in the 60s, Jimmy's version of Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight' became the nightly closing down theme for the legendary UK pirate ship, Radio London."
Alan also discovered Real Names, a site where the real monikers of showbiz stars past and present are listed. There are links from it to radio stations, but these are untested.Finally, Alan alerted us to The Covers Project which aims to list (and verify) every recording of a particular song and link them in 'chains'. He feels it's a good idea, but thinks it would work better if instead of concentrating on musical chains, they simply listed the songs and all cover versions individually or alphabetically.
The Cardboard Shoes/Dylan Dance
Heather Goddard, Keith's Production Assistant at BBC Eastern Counties, reads a poem on the 'Skuesvibe' track.
Left: Heather and Kevin with 'Mr Tambourine Man on Ecstasy' (Publicity
photos: Michael Powell, scanned by Hans
Skuesville costs £4.99, UK, £6.99 overseas, including packing and postage from: KDM Productions, 25 Elisabeth Close. Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, NR232 2RE. Tel: 01502 583664. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good publicity for Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio! An item about John Otway's appearance at the SMHR trailer in Aylesbury Market Square on Nov 2nd, was featured on Central News the same evening, (with a familiar Otway co-star seen dancing under an umbrella). (Photos here) On Sunday 3rd, a BBC news team spent some time filming at the SMHR studios and around the hospital wards, and a feature appeared on the Monday evening news.
Between November 7th and 10th, the station played every Number One single from 1952 to the present.The SMHR phone number is: 01296 331575.
"Radio London gave the 'exact' position of the Galaxy as 51deg 47.9"N, 01deg 20.55"E. That approximates to TM 306 161 on the National Grid (there's a couple of sixes even in that number)."
A few days later, we heard that Radio London backer Tom Danaher has just had his fourth change of address. That would not be unusual, except that Tom has lived in the same place, above the hanger in his small Texas airport, for thirty-three years! Yes of course, it's the US Snail that's decided he ought to 'move'. Says Tom:
"I have the same mailbox, sitting on the same post at the same latitude and longitude, but the post office, every so often, seems to think it's fun to play a joke on ole' Tom an' change the designation of his mailbox."
In the November issue of online newsletter, The Radio Wave (Issue #11) editor Ian MacRae says:
"I get the feeling there is a definite need for a publication such as this especially for people at the coalface of radio... the on-air people and program and music directors.
What I am getting is a sense of anger and frustration with certain aspects of the industry; especially management and ownership. And I'm getting this response from countries around the world. Everywhere from the Philippines to Ireland to the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and many other places where commercial radio is established.Is the business of radio being taken out of the hands of the creatives and entertainers and into the hands of the bean counters? Don't all shout at once!"
Jonathan has written about his November update to the The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
"I have added five more audio clips bringing the total to over 200 recordings. There are more photos, more links and yet another disc-jockey has been added to the roll of honour. There are also two new pages of offshore radio programme schedules. In the news: It's "No to Nova-252", information about a new pirate radio movie and hot news about Caroline's Graham Spider Webb's return to UK radio."
Another Satisfied Customer
Just found your site! FANTASTIC!
It has brought back so many memories. I was an avid Big L listener and some Caroline, Britain Radio and Radio England (Boss Jocks). I even went to Harwich to see the boats and also visited Curzon Street headquarters and met TW. Also went to Caroline House and met Rosko.
At last, a decent recording of BIG LIL - never knew it was called the Sonowaltz. Once again thanks so much for all your hard work on the site you have given a lot of pleasure to a lot of anoraks. BIG L will never die.