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Gordon Waller who partnered Peter Asher as harmony duo Peter and Gordon, has died of a heart attack, aged 64.
(l to r) Jack, Harry, Cherl and Michelle
Radio England jocks reunited... but no sign of Olga
Svenn Martinsen's painstaking research led to the subsequent discovery of the former Radio England ship Olga Patricia still afloat as a fishing vessel, Earl Conrad Jr. Jack Curtiss's own research finally led him to his long-missing shipmate Johnny Dark (Harry Putnam). In 2009, Jack returned to the USA for his daughter's graduation and planned a reunion with Harry, which he had hoped would be aboard the old ship.
In April, David told the paper how his vinyl emporium had played its part in 'The Boat That Rocked'.
"Last year I got a call from Shepperton Film Studios. They didn't want a record, they wanted eight thousand. They wanted to simulate a studio and record library on the Radio Rock pirate radio ship. Since they are a film company and, in common with most of the media, they wanted the records yesterday or, actually, the next day."
|Sex, Drugs and Woolly Semmits
Jack McLaughlin (right) who was known aboard the 242 ship Comet as both 'Yak MacFisheries' and 'The Laird O'Coocaddens' is currently presenting 'Sex, Drugs and Woolly Semmits', an excellent series on BBC Scotland where he interviews Scottish recording stars of the Sixties. The programmes' subjects include Maggie Bell and Graham Knight of Marmalade (who remarks on the amazing contrast the band found when they first travelled from Glasgow to London). The shows are available online.
Thanks to the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame for the photo
New Additions to Offshore Echoes' Themes
Chris Edwards reports
The Offshore Radio Themes pages at Offshore Echoes have now been updated with more audio clips and more pictures. There are now over 1800 mp3 clips of theme tunes.
Visit the offshore themes web pages
(l to r) Graham, Chairman and Director of Estates for the South Bucks Hospital Trust, Keith Bowden, Chris Phillips, June Snowdon, Ray Wingrove, Dave Rimmel.
Chris Phillips and Ray Wingrove were members of Wycombe Film Society when they decided to start Wycombe Hospital Broadcasting Association, which launched as Wycombe Radio in October 1967. Chris Payne, who had had just moved to the town, having recently founded Radio West Mid with Alan Hardy, was soon recruited.
The two married couples in the photo (right) met through Wycombe Radio. Mary and Chris Payne celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary this year, while Marylyn and Chris Phillips celebrate their 37th.
I wonder if you could help me with information about a track? The disc, 'Lazy Life' by the band, Heart And Soul, was a hit in Australia in 1969, on Festival Records.
A keen Radio Caroline North fan thinks he may have heard this track on the station in April, 1967. He didn't know the name of the track or the band, but I identified it from the lyrics he provided. Is it at all possible that Caroline North played this track in 1967, or has the man concerned got his years mixed up? I seem to recall it was later than 1967, but my memory may be totally out on this. I have got a recording of 'Lazy Life' but it's on reel-to reel- tape, so I can't scan any info of the label.
We have had quite a response to John's appeal for info.
'Lazy Life' (written by Gordon Haskell) was released in Australia in 1969 by Heart & Soul on Festival FK 2949, along with an EP of the same title, on Festival FX 11620. Neither is thought to have seen a UK release.
The version played on Caroline was a 1967 release by South African William E – born William Charles Boardman. He also recorded under numerous names, including Quentin E. Klopjaeger, Billy Forrest and The Dream Merchants. 'Lazy Life' appears to have been released in South Africa under the Quentin E. Klopjaeger name, as were covers of 'Dandy' and '98.6'.
Pirate Radio Hall of Fame has more than one recording confirming that the track, credited to William E, was played on Caroline South. Tom Edwards, sitting in for Johnnie Walker on the 9-midnight show played it on 11th August 1967. No chart placing is given in either recording, and there's no evidence of the track having been picked as a Sure Shot. (The chart covering that date currently in the Stonewashed Collection is incomplete.) Jon Myer believes that as the two Carolines had similar playlists at that time, 'Lazy Life' was likely to have been heard on both stations.
Bernard Smith observes:
From about Spring '67, Caroline's policy on current singles was that if it was in the sales Top 50 (which was the basis of Caroline's chart from that point) it qualified for a free play; other new releases had to be paid for, though I suspect Phil Solomon didn't have to cough up for Major Minor stuff! In the audio clip, the Polydor label is name-checked, which seems to confirm this.
Paul Coates says:
'Lazy Life' certainly was played on Big L during its last few days on air. To me the song has a very similar vibe to The Smoke's 'If The Weather's Sunny', released around the same time.
We currently have no recorded evidence of Radio London airplay of the single. However, during the station's final weeks, record companies were clamouring to have their new releases played and there are likely to be singles that made it to air, but do not appear on the Fab Forty listings as they stand. In June 67, the Dream Merchants were in the climber list two weeks running with 'Rattler' and the following month, 'Billy Forest of the Dream Merchants' took 'Hello Lover' into the Big L chart.
Gordon Haskell's website reveals that his song topped both the South African and Australian charts. The William E version was heard on Radio 2's 'Sound of the Sixties' on 31st January 2009.
John sends thanks to everyone who kindly responded to his query.
Can video help this radio star revive Britain’s struggling music industry?
This Independent article features Zane Lowe, who appears on Radio 1 and MTV and reveals that Zane's father Derek was a radio pioneer. In 1966, he founded New Zealand's offshore station Radio Hauraki with Chris Parkinson and David Gapes.
Also spotted, a blog by Talita Twoshoes, whose imagination was captured by the idea of offshore radio after watching 'The Boat That Rocked' on a long-haul flight.
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|Music Legends of Eel Pie Island|
|A plaque unveiled on the riverbank at Twickenham commemorates the music legends who played the famous club on Eel Pie Island. Local lads the Rolling Stones became stars there before hitting the big time, alongside the likes of David Bowie and the Who. It's nice to note that several of our Knees Club members played the renowned club and have been honoured as legends. The plaque is sited opposite the Thames island location where the Eel Pie hotel unfortunately burnt down in 1971. Although accessible by footbridge, the island is privately owned and not open to the public.
A contemporary version of the Eel Pie Club, which aims to keep alive the spirit and sounds of the original, currently meets at Richmond's Cabbage Patch pub.
Click on the small photos above and below, to view legible versions.