|(New Aug 13th) John Edward's Purple Knees are revealed in all their glory!|
|(new July 2nd) In the Big L Mini-Memories, Page 6, there's more about the Mascots the Swedish group in the Radio London teeshirts.|
Mike Stewart, who broadcast from the Ross Revenge, shares his photos of his lovingly-constructed model. The addition of this new page brings the total of model ships to be discovered on the Radio London website, to five. To make these labours of love easily accessible, we have compiled a new Models Index.
And now, the news....
John, with unknown lady, during his 'blue period' as Oh-oh-Seven-and-a-Half. (This was after his 'purple period', but his knees refused to turn blue)
August 14th The Purple Knees conquered all!
On the weekend of August 13th and 14th 2005, Oldies Project treated us to a 1965 Big L timewarp, with a playlist of 600 songs played by the country's most popular offshore radio station, between December 1964 and August 1965. Many congratulations to the Oldies Project Team on a superb job, which we know involved a great deal of hard work.
The special edition Fab 40 show at 1100 on Sunday
14th, was the first Oldies Project programme with a presenter. It was
hosted by Radio London DJ John 'Purpleknees' Edward, who was in a good
position to disclose fascinating facts both about life aboard the Galaxy
and about the Fab 40 artists and presented a fantastic show.
Oldies Project now has a guest book. One contributor writes: "Great weekend of music. No other station on radio or the Internet comes close. Other stations (apart from the BBC) simply do not have access to the records that you have. Long may you continue."
Big L's John Edward presented three hours of fabness!
Read the complete Radio London feature about the Knack, the band who were in the Fab 40 of June 1966 with 'Stop before You Get Me Going', here.
At the Annual Picnic organised by Fran and Roger Cooper, Knees Club Officials Pauline and Mary met Nashville Teen Ray Phillips, who was keen to show them his patellae.
More photos and a full account of this momentous occasion are to be found on Fran and Roger's website.
I do feel I should defend the honour of our small Canadian friend, Cousin Moosie. He is not a 'loose moose', and I did not 'pick him up' in Canada, although I have had to pick him up on the odd occasion since, after a couple of margaritas! Cousin Moosie was a gift from my kind landlady in Vancouver.
Braid 5 September 1937 to 31 July 2005
Les Braid, who played bass for the Swinging Blue Jeans for over 45 years, (1958 to 2005), has died in his home town of Liverpool. When Les began playing with the band at the Cavern, they were still called the Bluegenes.
Although the Swinging Blue Jeans' heyday is usually cited as 1964, the year they enjoyed their biggest hit 'Hippy Hippy Shake', six of the band's singles which were released during the short life of Radio London either made the Big L Fab 40 or the Climber list.
The group is noted for its humour and Les was quick with the quips when bandmate Ray Ennis decided to reveal his knees during the Brighton Festival 2000. Les will be greatly missed by his fellow band members and many fans.
The Swinging Blue Jeans, as they were in 1966, feature on the Fab 40 for 20th February 1966.