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mark their own birthday and another special one December 23rd,
1964, the day Radio London came on the air Oldies Project ran a
five-day Christmas Special. Over one thousand songs released in Britain
during Big L's first year on the air were played non-stop during 'The
London Sound the First Year'.
'The London Sound the First Year' was rounded off with six hours of Big L memories compiled by Gert van der Winden, featuring the music (including album tracks, Christmas songs, etc) which were played by Big L around Christmas 1965.
The five-day spectacular proved immensely popular, with extra Oldies Project servers being pressed into action to meet listener demand. Around 2000 people have already downloaded the Christmas Special playlist! (Download the complete playlist here. Download the Absolutely Fabulous playlist here.)
Cardboard Shoes enjoyed presenting the Fab 40 so much that he repeated it on his Boxing Day 'Pirate Radio Skues' programme from BBC Norwich.Congratulations to the hard-working Oldies Project team on the culmination of an amazingly successful first year!
For your information, Radio Luxembourg will be back on air latest beginning of 2007, hopefully some months earlier. And Benny and Dave will be on there too.
The CARS website has a picture report of the evening.
On January 3rd, I attended the Carl Thomson "Life on Board Radio Caroline" lecture at the Marconi Sports and Social Club in Chelmsford. It was arranged by "CARS", the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, of which Carl is a member.
It was a full house, with the organisers producing extra chairs for those who were still turning up. Dave Foster, Martin Fisher and Rob Ashard from Radio Caroline were in the audience. It was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening, Carl could have spoken about Radio Caroline all night as far as we were concerned!
Carl brought along with him two scrap-books full of largely unpublished photographs and press cuttings from the '65 to '67 period. One book was Caroline North and the other Caroline South, but there was more info on RCS because he had spent much more time on the Mi Amigo.
I thanked Carl at the end of the evening for all his efforts in providing what everyone thought was a very interesting lecture and I shall also be writing to thank the CARS Committee. As their chairman told the meeting at the end of the lecture, "Carl wasn't just reading about Radio Caroline from the back of a cigarette packet, he was actually out there making radio history!" The point was also made, again by the club chairman who, of course, is a licensed Radio Amateur rather than an Offshore Radio enthusiast, that he had always assumed that the people who operated the "Pirate" stations were tin pot operators who cut corners in technical matters and were essentially "cowboys". However, after Carl's lecture, he had realised that this was certainly not the case, well, certainly not on the larger of the stations, anyway. Carl did, quite rightly, correct the Chairman about saying "pirate radio". He said it was "Offshore Radio" because, at the time, they were doing nothing illegal and pirate radio stations were those that operated from the roofs of tower blocks!
Mary was lucky enough to win tickets from The Beat magazine for the show we have been promoting for some weeks, 'Come Together Right Now'. She and her friend and Knees Club Official, Jenny Royal, travelled to Liverpool on December 11th to see the show at the Empire Theatre, which took us both back to our teens.
It was an exceptionally good show with great musicians recreating the music and times of John Lennon. Altogether, we had a wonderful evening, rounded off by a party at the Cavern Club. Full details of 'Come Together Right Now' with a link to the website, are below and Jenny and I cannot recommend it too highly. Watch out for the announcement of 2006 tour dates.
We would like to thank the editor of The Beat, David Parker, and Ian Watts, who plays Paul McCartney, for enabling us to enjoy a wonderful night out.
Together Right Now (Johnny is John) is a theatre concert spectacular
designed to win the hearts and minds of both John Lennon and Beatles fans.
The show was conceived and produced by three musical friends, one from the
UK and two from Germany. It was developed in an attempt to promote the prolific
works of John Lennon and The Beatles in the 25th year after Lennon's untimely
The world-renowned Lennon look- and sound-a-like, Johnny Silver, performs the lead part of John Lennon. Johnny is well known to be one of the best Lennon impersonators around, and has stunned audiences across the world with his vocals, stage presence, attitude and cool but eerie Lennon looks. The illusion is completed with the high-class talents of Ian Watts as Paul McCartney, Michael Doering as George Harrison and Steve Heappey as Ringo Starr.
|Festive Gathering (photos courtesy of Duncan Johnson)|
Another round for Jon Myer, Mary, Fab Alan Field, Chris, Clive Smith, Happy, and not forgetting Cousin Moosie, who had a Christmas gathering in London on Dec 22nd
Duncan with his ladyfriend Happy. Happy and her sister intend wearing Big L teeshirts to celebrate Chinese New Year.