Thursday, 10 October 2013

Those Radio Times! : BBC TV and Radio, October 10, 1972

Amazing to think that just over 40 years ago TV and Radio choice was so much more limited than now, although the emphasis was usually on quality and variety for the whole family.

A quick look at BBC radio 1 and 2 included Tony Brandon featuring today's story The Golden Mop read by Patricia Hayes (Radio 2, 12.2pm), the legendary Alan Freeman (Radio 1, 3pm), Radio 1 Club with Noel Edmonds from the Youth and Community Centre, Fife (Radio 1, 5pm) and After Seven: David Jacobs (Radio 2, 7.3pm).

Don Davis invited listeners to Beat The Record (Radio 2, 8.2pm) then it was time for Simon Smith to commentate The Heavyweight Boxing Championship of Europe in Championship Boxing (9.15pm) between Germany's Jurgin Blin (The Champion) and England's Joe Bugner (The Challenger). The evening would result in a victory for Bugner.

Keith Fordyce rounded off the evening on Radio 2 at 10.17pm (1500m only) with Late Night Extra while Radio 1 held reign on the VHF channel from 10pm with John Peel

Evening TV highlights on BBC1 today in 1972 included Charlie Drake in The Cracksman at 6.40pm from 1963 which amongst others featured George Sanders, Nyree Dawn Porter , Dennis Price and Ronnie Barker.

At 8.30pm John Alderton and Hannah Gordon returned for another episode of My Wife Next Door in which George (John Alderton) was unexpectedly visited by a rich uncle from New Zealand.

Tuesday's documentary at 9.25pm on BBC1 was introduced by Professor Sir David Smithers who looked at the curability of cancer in Cancer: Meeting the Challenge. Over on BBC2 at 9.25pm Eileen Atkins Michael Bryant, Charles Ky and TP McKenna  starred in The Duchess of Malfi.

Finally, some more radio highlights from today in 1972. BBC Radio 4 had a great variation of comedy drama and documentary. Just a Minute (12.25pm) was still in its early years and today's episode of the now long running panel show featured Nicholas Parsons along with panelists Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Aimi Macdonald.

There was classic drama with Thea Holme's adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (3pm) starring Jill Bacon, Sara Coward, Peter Egan and Nigel Lambert.

Ken Dodd was back with a daft half hour at 6.15pm in The Ken Dodd Show while at 8pm the second of five documentary programmes presented by Rene Cutforth celebrating the BBC's Fifty Broadcasting Years looked at The BBC at War through archive recordings.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

TARDIS Tuesday: Win a Space-Age prize with Doctor Who

Nestle's ran a fabulous competition in 1972 allowing 8 lucky readers of Radio Times to win one of 8 space-age television sets to watch the next series of Doctor Who on.

At the time Nestle's ran a very successful Doctor Who chocolate bar, all with very collectable wrappers.

Winners of the space-age TV set may even have a bigger collectable if they still own it...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Retro Vinyl Finds: Julie Felix and Kenny Lynch

The World Of Julie Felix
There were some nice vinyl finds in Newport indoor market yesterday when I came across two vintage 60s albums.

The first was another in Decca's World of series... 

The World of Julie Felix (Decca PA 6) was a compilation issued in 1969 featuring 12 numbers from the Santa Barbara born folk singer who rose to prominence in the UK from her appearances on The Frost Report.

I've always loved Julie's voice so this was a great album for me to find! This album, a mono original, was a bargain at a £1!

We Like Kenny
The second find was a mid-60s compilation on Music for Pleasure from singer/songwriter and entertainer Kenny Lynch.

We Like Kenny (MFP 1022)  features several chart hits including Puff and Stand By Me along and his cover of The Beatles Misery.

I've always enjoyed Kenny's music, (his version of Up On The Roof was always a favourite) but have never come across an LP of his material before so this was a nice find for 50p!

Both artists are still working in the business and have their own websites - check them out here!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Week In Pictures: Week Ending September 7, 2013

Sad to hear of the passing of Sir David Frost, of whom I felt
compelled to compile an instagram tribute to him..
Watched the first episode of Porridge on the 39th
anniversary of its broadcast - still as funny as ever!
Lieu day shopping trip turned up some retro vinyl from
Cliff Richard, Vikki Carr, The Seekers, Frank Sinatra...

....Russ Conway, BBC Radio Orchestra, Shirley Bassey,
anonymous cover versions...
...Matt Monro and Bing Crosby...
...and finished off with a lasagne at Boswells...

Retro Vinyl: Frank Ifield's Greatest Hits (Columbia, 1964)

Between 1962 and 1963 one of the most popular male vocalists in the UK charts was Frank Ifield.

Notching up a string of chart hits and no less than four number ones, Frank's music had appeal across the generations, although prior to 1962 he had struggled to even crack the charts despite a strong selection of great recordings.

Despite the onslaught of beat groups on the British charts in 1963, Ifield's popularity endured, so much so he even shared a compilation LP in the US with The Beatles on a now highly collectible VeeJay album.

Although the majority of big hits had passed by late 1964, Columbia still felt Frank was eligible for a Greatest Hits release (Columbia 33SX 1633). This LP was unusual in that it largely comprised both A and B sides of hit singles released since his first number one I Remember You in 1962.

With sleeve notes by Norrie Paramor, Frank Ifield's Greatest Hits is a strong release and sounds fabulous in its original mono format, particularly his renditions of The Wayward Wind, Lovesick Blues, Waltzing Matilda and Please.

I have to admit rescuing this album from a rubbish skip in Catterick Garrison back in 1987, it just seemed so wrong to see it consigned to a skip doom. I took the album home and it played beautifully and has since been transferred to MP3 format.

Frank Ifield's Greatest Hits
(Columbia, 1964)

Side 1
  1. I Remember You
  2. I Listen To Your Heart
  3. Lovesick Blues
  4. She Taught Me How To Yodel
  5. The Wayward Wind
  6. Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
  7. Confessin'

Side 2
  1. Waltzing Matilda
  2. Please
  3. Mule Train
  4. Don't Blame Me
  5. Say It Isn't So
  6. Angry At The Big Oak Tree
  7. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Manfreds at Newport Riverfront Reviewed

How cool that one of the most enduring chart acts of the 1960s can still come up with new ideas for their tours whilst performing to a packed house with passion, fun and energy nearly five decades on from their debut hit.

Consisting of original band members Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg along with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie, The Manfred’s latest visit to Newport Riverfront took on the subject matter of performing the chart topping debut album The Five Faces of Manfred Mann, released some 49 years ago live.

“We’re going to play the whole album and nothing else,” teased Jones before promising to play some hits too. The sheer professionalism and pure joy of the six Manfreds shone through when giving new twists to classic tracks such as Oh No Not My Baby and The One in the Middle.  The Riverfront's full house audience lapped it up particularly when invited to join in with songs such as Sha La La and Pretty Flamingo.

The endurance of The Manfreds’ hits was proved to myself further by my 8 year old son who accompanied me on his first concert “I know this one!” he whispered as the band launched into 54321.

Topped off with excellent solo spots from individual band members and a welcome chance for a signing session in the interval, The Manfred’s latest Riverfront appearance was a memorable evening indeed, let’s hope they will do a similar outing with the second Manfred Mann Long Player Mann Made soon!

Read my recent interview with Manfreds' Tom McGuinness


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