|(Updated Oct 1st ) Colin Nichol updates the Caroline Scrapbook Page 9 story of Ken Evans|
|(New Oct 13th) To commemorate John Peel Day 2006, a new fourth page of Perfumed Garden columns, courtesy of Hans Knot|
|(Updated Oct 26th) Additions to our Johnny Young page|
|(Updated Oct 26th) Additions to the Scrapbook info on the band known as the 'Save the Pirates' group, the Mascots|
|(New Nov 5th) John Otway at the Cavern (see story below)|
|(New Nov 24th) Paul Peters adds a personal tribute to his late friend Jimmy Mack|
|(Updated Dec 4th) The Swop Shop has a new entry|
|(Updated Dec 4th) a new message for Bob Stewart|
from Chris and Mary at Radio London to everyone who has kindly sent
And now, the news....
Ertegun 1923 - 2006
"Ahmet never stopped working, because for him, it was never work, it was life," said Atlantic President Julie Greenwald. "He started Atlantic with a fan's enthusiasm, an independent spirit, and a deep understanding of the music."
Ahmet's passion for music began at the London Palladium in 1932, when his older brother, Nesuhi, took him to see the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway orchestras. Ahmet co-founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, at the age of 24. In the early days, he penned songs for the label's artists using the pseudonym 'Nugetre' (Ertegun spelt backwards). Initially a soul, jazz and r & b label, Atlantic pioneered the work of legends such as Ray Charles, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Wilson Pickett. Later, the label embraced the music of rockers Led Zeppelin and The Stones and numerous other musical talents.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was co-founded by Ahmet. In recognition of his contributions to contemporary music and culture, he was himself inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1987 and the museum's main exhibition hall is named after him.
"All of us at Atlantic Records are profoundly saddened by the
loss of our founder and mentor," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig
Kallman. "The music community has lost a pioneer and an icon, and
we have lost our father. Ahmet changed the course of modern music and
culture, and he will live on through the timeless legacy of work that
was created under his direction and care. Musicians loved him, because
he truly loved them and spoke their language. The essence of Ahmet Ertegun
is the essence of Atlantic Records. His passion for music and his devotion
to the artists who make it have been at the very heart of this company
for six decades. The soul of Ahmet Ertegun will forever be our guiding
spirit, and as long as there is an Atlantic Records, it will be Ahmet
Ertegun's company. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ahmet's wife, Mica,
and his family during this very difficult time."
The Dave Clark Five spent many weeks on the Big L charts. From appearing in the first-available Fab Forty, 24th January 1965, with 'Everybody Knows', they enjoyed seven subsequent entries. 'Nineteen Days' which was co-written by Denis and Dave, appeared in November 66. Their biggest FF hit was 'Catch Us if You Can', #2 in August 1965. It came from the group's film of the same name, which was retitled 'Having A Wild Weekend' for US viewers.Dave told BBC News that Denis had been thrilled to hear the recent news that the DC5 was to be inducted in the US Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007, even though he would not be around to see it.
Radio London came on the air after the band had enjoyed their biggest hits, 'How Do You Do It', 'I Like it'. 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying', which Freddie co-wrote, was a Top Ten hit on both sides of the Atlantic. 'Ferry Cross the Mersey', the title song from a feature film, was present in the earliest Fab Forties and they enjoyed four more entries with 'I'll be There' (April 65), 'Walk Hand in Hand' (Nov 65), 'La La La' (Feb 66) and 'Girl on a Swing' (Nov 66).
After Gerry and the Pacemakers split up, Freddie left the music business altogether.Full Spencer Leigh obituary from The Independent
Oldies back for Christmas holidays
Martin says: "This Christmas Eve, The Offshore Radio Guide has been "on the air" for 10 years and I'd like you thank you all for helping me to keep the website "afloat". There were more than 800,000 visitors during this period! Be assured that I will go on with the work."Martin, we know how much effort you have put into running the site (and not forgetting the Radio Days you have co-organised) and we would like to send our warmest congratulations and thank you for ten years of providing a superb service to offshore fans.
you need is... a new video promo
(updated Dec 20th)
On December 15th, Apple released a video promo for the track 'Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows', available to view at the beatles.com
Fifty thousand people logged in to preview the LOVE album and placed their location on the map for the site's global listening event! On the website's LOVE MAP, just click on a location anywhere on the globe you can zoom in for a close up view and it will show you the nearest hundred users who took part.Click on sleeve photo for details of the limited-edition and regular 26-track CDs.
Firstly Happy Christmas
Now the big news. I'm changing direction from Jan 1st. After 40 years of playing commercials I'm joining the BBC. Based at Radio Kent in Tunbridge Wells I'm on 1900-22.00 Mon -Friday. It will be music based and broadcast over Surrey, Sussex, Hants, Oxford and Berks. So a huge TSA. The way I look at it, if it's good enough for JW and Kenny Everett I'll be OK.
I will also be doing a Sunday programme 1400-1700 but that is only to Kent, and I shall continue my Fifties and Sixties programme at Saga, West Mids. So I'm a busy boy, but it is all very exciting. Hope you can catch some of it.
It will be nice to be living at home and not out of a suitcase again!
'Admiral' Robbie Dale and his wife Stella have sent the following seasonal wishes:
We were wanting to send some sort of holiday greeting to our many friends and family, but finding it so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. And not being able to work out the solution ourselves, we took a quick round trip to Dublin this week and met with our legal advisers Murphy-Goldstein-Smith-Mahmood-Kim and Partners. After a "joint consultation". We are taking advice and wish to say the following:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.Greetings & Jingle bells, "Jingle all the way!", Robbie & Stella
By accepting this greeting, you are accepting the following terms:
This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/him or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.
Day with PY
Radio London's traditional phestive photo of two strange santas grooving it up on Clacton pier, brings news that the santa on the right of the picture, Peter Young, will be presenting a four-hour show on London's Smooth FM 102.2, on Dec 25th, from 2000 to midnight.
The Christmas Day show will be a party programme for the first three hours, with the last sixty minutes being "mellow, with a touch o' gospel!".
This is in addition to PY's regular Saturday night show, which is usually from 1800 to 2100, but on Saturday 23rd December will be from 2100 to midnight.
Christmas airing for Cuddly Ken
Webmaster's footnote: Kenny Everett The Complete Naughty Bits, the DVD from his TV series, is now available for under £6. Click on the picture for details.
'Fluff' Freeman 1927 - 2006
Some obituaries have claimed that Alan started in UK radio as a 'pirate' DJ, but they are confusing watery wireless with the land-based Radio Luxembourg, one of very few broadcasters of pop music available to us in the Fifties and pre-offshore Sixties. Before Big L, we listened to what Kenny Everett referred to as 'Little L'. However, it was via the BBC Light Programme that Alan became known and loved throughout the nation.
In the early Sixties, public places came alive on sunny Sunday afternoons when the tune of The Sign of the Swinging Cymbal preceded Alan Freeman's Pick of the Pops. The programme arrived in 1962, the same year as the Beatles. In an era when most of the Light Programme presenters were 'announcers' who addressed listeners in the official BBC language of Received Pronunciation, Fluff devised a unique way of presenting the charts. Not your average Sunday listening, it was upbeat, fast, fun and always began with a cheery "Greetings, pop-pickers!" The programme became as much of a British institution as Sunday roast and it didn't even matter if you didn't own a radio. If you were out and about, Pick of the Pops permeated the air from a million (relatively new-fangled) trannies, car radios and Bakelite sets placed near open windows. Every youngster in this music-starved nation listened and they wanted to share the experience with others.
Fluff Freeman's name, style and catchphrases became synonymous with
Pick of the Pops. No matter who else presents it, the show will always
be known as Fluff's. He's a hard act to follow. Kisses on the bottom,
Fluff. All right?
Big L's Graeme Gill worked with Alan in Australia. He asked us to add the following trbute:
Peter Young, who worked with Fluff at London's Capital Radio, writes:
Alan Hardy, Chair of Radio West Mid:
Alan Freeman's Radio Academy Hall of Fame entry
How Fluff spent Christmas Day at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow
Feature from the Independent concerning Fluff on Luxembourg (thanks to John Preston)
Next Sunday's POTP (10th December, BBC Radio Two, 1530 - 1700) will include a show from Fluff first heard in 1998, which I imagine features a chart that was 'vintage' even then. Alan Field
The Complete Fluff, Not Arf a one-hour tribute will be on Radio 2, this Sunday 10th December, at 2200 Alan Hardy
1966 Graffiti tells you more, says it better!
This story first appeared in Happenings for May 2003, as follows:
Hans Knot tells us that he has been donating blood regularly since 1967, and every time he visits the blood donation centre, he passes a piece of 'offshore graffiti' which has survived since 1966.
In November 2006, we've heard from Vincent Hegeman, who wrote from Gorechtkade:
Many thanks to Vincent for getting in touch. Does anyone else live near any long-standing offshore graffiti?
The old and the new: Current Radio London directors