Raoul's Page Three Stunnas!

Tony Allan
Alan Black
Above: Drew Hamlyn. Below: Jack McLaughlin,
Stuart Henry
Mel Howard
Tony Meehan
Tim Yale
Tim Yale's name is also seen with the spelling Yail or Yaill. When he began his offshore career on Radio Essex, he used the name Graham Johns, choosing Tim Yale when he transferred to Caroline South. He retained the second name for his stint on Radio Scotland.
Bob Spencer

Many thanks to Raoul and his trusty scanner


As an interesting exercise, I (Mary) decided to compare the chart placings of some of the records featured in the Radio Scotland Super Fifty at the time of Raoul's visit to the Comet, w/c 09/07/67, with their positions in the Big L Fab Forty.

Super Fifty # 1: She'd Rather Be With Me – Turtles

The Turtles topped the Fab Forty for one week on 25th June, but by July 9th, had disappeared from the Big L chart

Super Fifty #5: Here Comes the Nice – Small Faces

This single entered the Fab Forty on June 4th at #17, but by the following week, it had vanished without trace

Super Fifty # 17: Royal Blue Summer Sunshine Day – Bystanders

The Merthyr Tydfil band (who also covered Keith's 98.6) although storming the Scotland chart, were noticably absent from the Big L Fab Forty. Royal Blue Summer Sunshine Day appeared as a climber for just one week on June 4th 1967.

Super Fifty # 38, down from 30: Tracks of My Tears – Johnny Rivers

No sign whatsoever on Lil's playlist for the popular US blue-eyed soul singer

Super Fifty # 44: Carol Cartoon – Eye-ful Tower
('B' How About Me – Polydor 56734, issued 21/07/67)

A 'New-Vaudeville Band'-type novelty disc, Carol Cartoon remained a total stranger to Big L listeners

Even comparing just a handful of the two stations' listings from one date in July of '67, the charts, although both unsurprisingly bear scant resemblance to the national sales-based listings, are amazingly different.

It's worth mentioning one other track that was being aired on Super S in July of '67, yet ignored by Big L (although, being somewhat psychedelic, I'd be surprised if it failed to find its way into Peelie's Perfumed Garden)

Woman of Distinction by Caleb

Should you own a mint-condition copy of this single, take care of it. It's worth around £200! Caleb Quaye and one Reg Dwight were both members of Long John Baldry's backing band, Bluesology, long before Caleb issued this one solo single. The reason for the high value of this piece of vinyl is that the session keyboard player is reputed to be the aforementioned Mr Dwight. Also on the session is drummer David Hynes from Mirage, a Hertford band championed by Chuck Blair.

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And here's an update from Raoul about the Caleb single

Hi Mary
I have read your recent updates and I have a little piece of trivia about the Caleb single that Tony Allan played during this particular show. He actually intended to play the other side, (if my memory serves me well, it was called Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad), but he puts the wrong side on the turntable, spins the record, says, "In the shaping form of the Caleb..." (or something like that), hears his mistake, turns his microphone off, swears a lot, turns the mike on again and says, "....and A Woman Of Distinction". I clearly remember all this !
Raoul

What a brilliant memory! Raoul is spot-on about the 'A' side being called Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad, as well

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April, 2004, feedback from Michael Toms, one of 242's 'southern listeners'.

Hi Mary,

After your session on Pirate BBC Essex over the weekend I had my first look at the RL site. One thing I noticed on the bit about Radio Scotland was the following.

Peter Alex's 1966 book 'Who's Who In Pop Radio' claimed that as well as covering Scotland and Northern Ireland, the station's reception area included 'Northern England down to Cambridge.' (It is believed that Cambridge has since relocated to the south of the country.)

I know that the claims for coverage of all of the stations in that book were debatable (I still have a copy) and Cambridge was never "oop North", but I have to say that I was at the time living in East London (Ilford to be exact) which is even souther than Cambridge, and I was a regular listener to Scotland in the evenings. I clearly remember listening to Stuart Henry. Stuart of course had the unenviable distinction of being violently sea sick whenever he went near a boat, and finished up taping his shows on land - a bit like most of the shows on Luxembourg.

Although I was a fan of RL (having previously listened to Veronica and Caroline), particularly of T "The Knees" W and Kenny & Cash, my evening listening tended to be Radio Essex, 270 or Scotland. I used to have loads of tapes of RL, especially John Peel's "perfumed garden", but sadly they are long gone. I do still have though a load of RL jingles on cassette, including Big Lil and London My Home Town. These, needless to say, are stored in a safe place.

As soon as a new station was announced, I always tried to tune in - I remember many weeks of listening to the Yellow Rose of Texas before England/Britain went on air. I also heard Sutch, 390, City, Invicta and others.

Congrats on the site, and on the performance at the weekend. It bought back so many memories listening to Dave Cash, Pete Brady, Mike Ahern, Paul Burnett and "Tatty" Tom Edwards amongst others.

Regards, Mick