Mark's Big Birthday
June's batch of Birthday Boys
May's birthdays were Radio London founder Tom Danaher, on the 2nd, Norm St John on the 12th and on the 27th, Guy Hamilton (Radio Essex). We must not forget Pirate Radio Hall of Fame Webmaster, Jon Myer, who celebrated a milestone birthday on May 25th.
Many happy returns to everyone.
53-year wait is over... The Impressions finally reach the UK
The Monkey Picks reviewer (who went to the Saturday 11th performance) agreed with everything Alan said.
I went to The Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 11th June, for the 'Ready Steady Go!' tribute, Ray Davies Meltdown event on the Southbank.
Highlights for me were predictably the Sixties original artistes and the radio hits.
The Manfreds with the ever-young Paul Jones performed '54321' and 'Doo wah diddy diddy'; Dave Berry did 'The Crying Game', 'Little Things' and 'This Strange Effect'; Sandie Shaw did 'Always Something There to Remind Me' and 'Girl Don't Come' and Ronnie Spector did 'Baby I Love You', 'Walking in the Rain' and 'Be My Baby'.
Good performances as well from original Bluebelle Nona Hendryx, Carl Barat, Paloma Faith and David McAlmont.
"Groovy, glam and rather fabulous" – Evening Standard Review
New Security Gate for LV18
Read the story in the Harwich and Manningtree Echo
Quote from Radio London feature appears on DVD sleeve. (Thanks to Alan Hardy for alerting us).
Cutlass from Seattle
WBEZ91.5 has a new take on pirate radio and has recorded a session from Seattle singer David Bazan aboard the tall ship Windy.
As a regular visitor to your excellent website, and a pirate radio fan since early 1966, it was my dream come true when I managed to get a position on Lincoln City Radio 103.6FM. We are a community station serving a roughly 15-mile radius of Lincoln. I now present two programmes, 'Sounds Instrumental' on Saturdays, 1600 to 1800 and 'Americana' Sunday evenings, 1800 to 2000. Naturally, both programmes feature offshore-related material, theme tunes on Saturday, and American tracks that were plugged on the pirates, on Sunday.
Keep up the good work, best wishes, Graham Hall.
"In the spirit of such stand-alone broadcasting giants as Radio Caroline, The Peel Show, Rinse FM, The World Service and Woman’s Hour – and dispensing with such orthodoxies as play lists and compliance - Domino Radio commences transmission on June 6th 2011 - for one week only - featuring non-stop twenty four hour music, conversation and good times."
Archives of the shows are available here.
Aubrey Daulman writes:
This is a tatty postcard that's been languishing in my old shed at my parents' house, since 1968. The shed was my 1967 Christmas present (what an anorak, eh!) and I got the card after sending a signal report to the station. What puzzles me now, thinking back, was did I get the card in 1967, before most of the stations went off the air, or did Radio England/Britain Radio carry on afterwards?
Aubrey associates receiving the QSL card with the arrival of his new shed, but if he sent in a reception report for Radio England, he must have received his response much earlier.
Radio England was a very short-lived venture that went off the air in November 1966, but broadcasts from its transmitter aboard the mv Olga Patricia, continued as Radio Dolfijn. Radio England's twin station on the ship, Britain Radio, soldiered on for a short while, before being renamed Radio 355, while Dolfijn became Radio 227. None of the Olga Patricia stations survived after the Marine Offences Act became law in August 1967.
As this small item of 'pirate treasure' is not franked, it must have been posted in an envelope, maybe for the purpose of enclosing some car stickers.
The story of the various stations that broadcast from the Olga Patricia after the demise of Radio England, is on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
Nothing is Real
Other Fab Four-related Liverpool news is that plans to demolish Ringo Starr's birthplace, a long-derelict terraced property in Madryn Street, have been approved by the City Council. Ringo recently apologised for his remark that there was "nothing he missed" about Liverpool and said that he felt his former home should be preserved. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes have been acquired and refurbished by the National Trust and are open for guided tours.
Since the above item appeared, an anonymous confession has been received by Radio London.
"By 1974 the original gates were a little in need of repair so I decided to 'liberate' a little piece for posterity – to save it from further rusting."
Anonymous has kindly supplied a photo (left) of the artefact in question, using one of our Big L teeshirts as a background.
We can't help but think that a large number of youngsters must have had the same idea as Anonymous, and that perhaps not much of the 'original' gates that have just been put into storage, is really original.
Let me take you down – Strawberry Fields gates in 2009.
Photo: © Mary Payne
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Otway Cracks Asia
Ray Davies is choosing the acts for this year's Meltdown festival and he kindly picked us to do a date at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with John Cooper Clarke, which fits in beautifully with the end of the '40 Odd Years of Otway and Barrett' Tour.
On that subject, I've just been in the studio with Willy and put together a CD – we should have it ready for the start of the tour.
There are some great festivals to come over the summer. I just found out that the Band will be playing Glastonbury on the Acoustic Stage on the Friday.
As there is so much about to happen, I thought it was about time I started tweeting the news as it comes in, so if you want to keep up with me the link is
And I have big plans for my significant birthday in 2012!
Webmaster's note: Spamalot was playing recently at Aylesbury's new Waterside Theatre. The show is customised to the town where it's appearing and it was good to hear that 'things the town is famous for' included "Chart-botherer John Otway"! (Phil Jupitus played the lead and he ought to know).
I am currently presenting a show on Replay Radio which is made up primarily of Sixties/Seventies music. Alongside this, I am also playing for an hour every other week 'The Length and Breadth of Motown Music'. This programme begins in 1959 and can go right up to 1989, so a feast of Motown music can be heard, some seldom played on the radio. The show goes out 1900 to 2100 Sundays UK time, and is currently repeated 0600 to 0800, Tuesdays and 1400 to 1600, Fridays. Hope you can join me.
Steve's Sixties Show
Steve Burnham now has a weekly programme on Norwich community station Future Radio. It can be heard on Saturdays between 0600 and 0700 and a Podcast will be available shortly. Steve says: "My playlist is 50s and 60s, but mainly 60s and the response I am getting is that people are loving the music, and the programme."
In the Norwich area, tune to Future Radio on 108.7FM, or to listen online, go to the website and click 'listen online' on the top righthand side of the screen.
For requests, email Steve
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