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Simon Dee (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd)
|Ellie (Eleanor Louise) Greenwich
23 October 1940 – 25 August 2009
As a talented singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, Ellie's work featured regularly in both the Big L Fab Forty, Caroline Countdown of Sound and UK National charts. Caroline's Graham Webb has recorded his own tribute to Ellie, which he has kindly allowed us to share with our site visitors.
Rolling Stone obituary. (How very unpleasant to see that pointlessly negative, nasty comments have been posted among the tributes – and that the Rolling Stone moderators did not think fit to reject them. Allowing morons to attempt to invoke arguments on a tribute page, is extremely tasteless and a sad indication of the callous world that we now inhabit.)
LA Times obituary
A new species of spider has been named after the Knees Club's most famous member, David Bowie. If a spider has eight legs, does that mean it has eight knees?
Mike Barraclough noticed a painting of the Galaxy on Tony Blackburn's Twitter site (Maybe a Twitter site should be a called a Bird Box
Ian Loves the Big L Fab Forty – and he's not alone!
Dear Mary and Chris,
Just writing to thank you all at the site for the second time, for the Field's Fab Forties. I wrote to you when I first discovered the site, and how great it was to be able to see what tracks Big L was playing in any particular week. It's been especially relevant in the week just gone, and, using the Last Big L Top 40, I've been able to play as many of the tracks in that chart that I actually own, so I've been travelling to and from work with Johnny Young, The Young Rascals, Keith West and many others, all ringing in my ears, complete with Radio London jingles, and Kenny Everett's promos! I can't tell you how useful and really enjoyable it is to be able to play exactly the records Big L was playing at the time.
I was only 7 years old when Radio London went off, so was too young to have experienced offshore radio. Granted, I did listen to RNI, Atlantis, and the "new" Caroline in the Seventies, but I knew that they weren't quite the same as the Sixties pirates. Your Final Big L chart has really made me feel this week like it was 1967 again - even though I can barely remember it the first time round!
Over the years, I've collected every Sixties track to have made the Top 20 (mostly via CD) - now your Fab 40 pages have given me a new incentive, which is to collect as many of my favourite Big L chart entries as I can! You might be interested to know that I found a track I've been searching for for years which, being in the final chart, has special significance - namely "Love Years Coming" by The Strawberry Children. I found it on a 10-CD box set which cost £41, but as far as I'm concerned, money well spent. I saw it in HMV and had to restrain myself from punching the air in delight!
Incidentally, I was playing back Dave Cash's rundown of the Final Fab Forty (as broadcast on Pirate BBC Essex in 2007 – I recorded the entire show off air) and heard that "Love Years Coming" was also your favourite pick from that chart! I agree – had Big L been around longer to give it that extra push that summer, I'm certain it would have gone Top 10 in the national charts. I'm stilll trying to search out those rarer tracks that I don't have from this particular chart, but the "capture" of The Strawberry Children track has been my biggest success!
Thanks once again for the lists, and for the site generally. Much as I like some of the other stations, Radio London certainly was THE best, and had I been old enough, that would have been the station I would have listened to. I got my first radio in 1970 – if only the ships and forts had held on till then! At least we might have another Pirate BBC Essex at some time in the future.
Thanks again, and lots of us out here appreciate the work you're doing on the site – Radio London Lives On!
Ian Morgan, Billericay, Essex
"So warm and cheerful and full of love and soul"
The Oldies Project Fab Forty twice-weekly broadcasts continue to attract new and appreciative listeners. The following two comments were posted recently in their Guestbook.
From a listener in Cheltenham:
"Can't believe I am listening to a complete and uninterrupted Fab 40 from 43 years ago. What memories! Keep up the good work, this is real public service broadcasting!"
From a listener in Ireland:
"I have just found this show while browsing and although I was a couple of weeks old when it was originally aired I can't help loving this old music – it is just so warm and cheerful and full of love and soul! I am recording this to play in the car so I can arrive in work full of joy – if that's possible."
Click on the picture for info
"You Dog! You Son of a ****! You Speckled-Shirt Dog!" – Pirate Curse, 1722
ITLAPD started in 2002 and gets bigger every year. Our old sea dog friends (and Honoraaaary Anaaaarrraks) the pirate guys, Mark 'Cap'n Slappy' Summers and John 'Ol'
Chumbucket' Baur, want to know how you celebrated, so they can post the details on their site. They have individual sections for each participating country and are particularly interested in hearing about ITLAPD events arrrrganised in aid of good causes. They'd also like you to buy copies of their new book, 'The Pirate Life – unleashing your inner Buccaneer'.
'Bootylicious – What do the pirates of yore tell us about their modern counterparts?' is a 4-page New Yorker review by Caleb Crain of 'The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates' by Peter T Leeson. The piece and Crain's subsequent blog are a mine of information on the subject of high seas buccaneering. As there were only four known female pirates, the on-board ambience of a pirate ship was, according to Leeson, "energetic and testosterone filled, probably similar to a college fraternity only with peglegs, fewer teeth, and pistol duelling". Sounds a bit like the Sixties offshore stations!
Meanwhile (with his eyepatch fixed on Hallowe'en) Tom Smith has combined the unlikely themes of brain-eating undead and hook-wearing shipmates with true romance, in his song Zombie Pirates in Love.
A large number of ex-offshore radio pirates, all experts on Marine Offences, be appearin' in our special Radio London ILAPD Supplement, presented by PARROT Pirate Anoraks Revere Real Offshore Terminology. They represent Radio Caroline North and South, City, Essex, London, 270, Scotland and RNI. We even have renegades from the land-bound Radio Luxembourg!
A trio of Radio London Kneesflashes
Raoul Verolleman in Belgium has been interviewed by Tim Gillett about his trip to Radio Scotland in July 1967. It was heard on Tim's Pirate BBC Essex programme Sunday September 6.
REM Island: Recycling Pirate Architecture is a feature about plans for the famous Dutch offshore platform.
Pirate Cat Radio in San Francisco
"Local commercial radio is mostly a bad joke, run from corporations in other cities who choose the programming. Many radio show hosts don't live or haven't even been to San Francisco. College radio and pirate radio helps us all breathe a sigh of relief with local programming and live local DJs."
Edwards the Confessor
If you can see past the dodgy pop-ups, Edwards The Confessor can be downloaded from www.zshare.net
Thanks to the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame. Photo taken Easter 2009 by John Sales
Mini-reunion for Caroline Goodguys
|Close of 'Pirates of the Irish Sea'
The Manx 'Pirates of the North Sea' Caroline North exhibition closed on August 23rd 2009 after a very successful extended run at the House of Manannan museum in Peel. The Manx Radio news report on the closure is here.
Norah Barnes, who used to run Daffy Don Allan's Fan Club, attended a get-together on the island to mark the exhibition closure and has kindly shared her photo collection in a Smilebox.
For our photo report, click on the Caroline bell photo.
Happy Birthday, Duncan!
Rick and Joy loved Alaska
As a Florida boy, I enjoyed an eyeful of all the snow and ice all around us, and the magnificent scenery Alaska has to offer.
August 14th 2009 – We'll never forget you, Lil!
A statement endorsed by all! It’s good to hear that kind of remark from someone who was there.
Absolutely. I’ll have a cup o’tea on my knee at 3 today.
I'm not sure about a cup o'tea on the knee at three today but Dave and I will certainly be raising a glass to mark the kneevent. Shame there's not much happening but I suppose the 42nd anniversary is not quite the same as a 40th or 45th. At least we all know we'll be doing something 'together' at 3 pm even though it'll be individually, if that's not a bit of a contradiction in terms.
Great to hear from Mark again and I know he really does appreciate what you and Chris are doing, Mary.
So here's to Lil and to you all on this memorable day. Pauline & Dave Miller
Right: (photo captioned by Ben Toney) Mark Roman looking over his Will, before boarding the Galaxy, 1965.
Of course, today, I'll be remembering Big L at 3 pm. So long ago, but so vivid in the memory. Francis Pullen
42 years ago today. We all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing at 3.00pm on 14th August 1967, don't we!
Unfortunately I'm not aware of anything special happening for the 42nd anniversary this year, though I expect a few presenters will manage an on-air mention for the event.
At 3.00pm today I shall also be sitting down with a nice cup of tea, thinking, remembering and wondering what might have been. John Sales
14 August 2009 - a most memorable date in all our minds. Just 42 years after the Government delivered its evil blow and made most of us walk the plank. Thanks to Mary and Chris for keeping the dream alive via their Radio London website.
On our way to care for my brother's cats we passed the corridor at the Gorechtkade in Groningen this afternoon, where still the Radio London shed is. And yes Big L was specially in my mind on this day, which still is like the Black Monday way back in 1967. Hans Knot
(written at 14.35)
(written at 14.45)
I just wanted to add my voice to the big cheer that's going up for you guys, you certainly deserve every decibel of it. I had hoped to be the first to wish you congratulations, but I've been so busy with last minute preparations for our holiday, that it kinda slipped between the cracks. Steve Young
(written at 15.00) FAREWELL RADIO LONDON. Chris Dannatt
Does a caffè latte count? I raised a mug this afternoon and remembered the 42nd anniversary. Sadly, I haven't a clue where the intervening 42 years have gone!
Thanks Mary & Chris, I am with you in spirit, albeit not Jack Daniels anymore. Cheers Dave Cash, 14th August 2009
Happy Birthday, Willy!
Willy enjoyed his virtual card from Radio London:
'Children of the World' made Freemen of Douglas
(left) The Mayor of Douglas Councillor Michael Gelling presents Robin and Barry Gibb with their Freemen certificate. (right) The vellum designed and created in calligraphy by Colleen Corlett
Ceremony photographs © 2009 Douglas Borough Council
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