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"On August 15th, 1967, I came home from Canada to find Radio London gone."Our story about The 98 CKGM Super 70s Tribute Page, which first appeared in Happenings, March 04, sparked bittersweet memories for Keith Milborrow
My Home Town!
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The day after the story appeared, Keith wrote:
We flew back from Canada on a VC-10 late in the evening of 14th August, Montréal time. I recall arriving at Heathrow on the 15th and seeing all the newspapers at W H Smith's with their headlines about the previous day's close-downs. In particular, I saw the reports of the thousands of people who had gathered at Liverpool Street station to greet the Radio London broadcasting team. I was amused to see that the Times prefixed every disc-jockey's name by "Mr", Mr Paul Kaye, Mr Peter Drummond, Mr Tommy Vance, etc., etc.
Fortunately, a school-friend of mine had recorded the Final Hour, so I was able to listen to the sad programme a day or two later. And then, some thirty years later, it was quite an emotional experience to witness the closedown of the 1997 Radio London RSL broadcast with the very same programme. However, this time I was not on the other side of the Atlantic, but at the end of Walton Pier!
Many thanks Keith, and we wonder if you
visited The CKGM 'Buddy Gee Pavilion' at Expo '67, as mentioned on Marc's
site? Meanwhile, Marc sent his own response
to the story:
Marc then goes on to tell how his career was influenced by the late Roger Scott, whom he met at Capital Radio in 1983. Marc's full story is in our Otherwaves section.
This shot of the Mascots with the 'Save the Pirates' caption was in the second edition of Beatwave magazine. Although different from the newspaper clipping sent by Per Alarud, it is obviously one of a series of photos taken that day.The picture appears in Beatwave with nothing to indicate the band's name, or the fact that they were from Sweden which gives the impression that the editor had no idea who these guys were, but liked the photo and decided to use it anyway!
Mascots aka the Beatwave 'Save the Pirates' Group
I asked Brian Long a couple of years ago if he knew anything about
this visit, but he had no idea. Maybe the photo is just a publicity
shot? Many pop groups at the time made visits to the offshore stations,
in order to became famous. The Mascots were very popular in Sweden during
the time of Radio Nord.
2005 update from
Håkan Widenstedt in Sweden
Hello Chris and Mary,
"I was reading about the Mascots on one of your Mini-memory pages. They were one of the leading bands in Sweden during the 1960s. I got interested after reading about them on your page, so I wrote to Anders Forslund, one of the band members. He is still part of the music scene in Sweden. Here is his answer about their visit to Radio London:
'The Mascots made a so-called package tour together with the Bluesbreakers with Peter Green. Should be around 1967. On that tour was also Earl Richmond, one of the Big L disc jockeys. Later he made us a fantastic strong meat stew in the home of our manager at the time, Lars Dalenius in Sollentuna [Stockholm].
Mascot visited also on one occasion the radio ship in the North Sea. I remember that we were given cigarettes, a whole carton of cigarettes, each one of us and we sat in the stern of the ship and each of us took a drag on a cigarette and then we threw the cigarette into the sea. That's how "Free" we were :) !'
It is possible that Stefan Ringbom remembers more. He is on the web."
Earl Richmond's involvement with the tour explains how the two Radio London visits were arranged. Earl had left the Galaxy in 1966, but continued to be associated with Big L and the station's School of Broadcasting. We do know that the band appeared at a Big L Night at the Nautilus Club, Lowestoft on March 25th '67, hosted by John Edward. alongside Three Good Reasons and The High Tees. Three Good Reasons had been in the Fab Forty twice in 1966, the first time vying with the Settlers for a hit with their cover of 'Nowhere Man'.
See a clip of the Mascots performing their 1965 release 'Sad Boy', and looking far more Beatlesque than they do in the Curzon Street photos. An English translation of the history of the Mascots, 'the boys who played pop music in the evenings and studied Beethoven and Bach during the day' is here. It reveals how they felt when they played support to their heroes, The Beatles. Anders Forslund has his own website here