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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:54 pm    Post subject: Old Radio 2 presenter Reply with quote

I read this on a non-radio forum and wondered if anyone here knows the answer?

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This is bugging me for some reason.
A waffling DJ on Saturday morning in the mid seventies and I think his theme tune was Skyliner by Charlie Barnet and I think he always used to play "I'm getting married in the morning".
Any ideas? Sam Costa perhaps?
It's funny how you remember odd things from your childhood!
and no it wasn't Ed Stewart!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure Sam Costa used Skyliner, but I can't find reference to it anywhere. Jack Jackson followed him on a Saturday and if it's anyone else it's him.

You're right, though, Costa was very "wordy". Didn't actually say much but expended a lot of hot air doing it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
You're right, though, Costa was very "wordy". Didn't actually say much but expended a lot of hot air doing it.

Not me - a poster called Sevrin on a Doctor Who forum. I guess they're older than me cos I've never heard of Sam Costa!

Thanks anyway!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam Costa (1910-81) was a singer, comedian and DJ. He had a lunchtime show on R2 for a few years, which was very popular with older folk, and he was heard around the station at various other times. My last memory of him is introducing a series of Marching and Waltzing not long before his death.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon is correct, nice bloke Sam Costa but he didn't haf go on, loudly and never to the point. He was on a comedy show on the Light Programme for years.

I have an interview recording when he was guest on Alan Dell's dance band show in the late 1970s. Alan wanted to get across to him that the listeners to the show very much enjoyed Sam's records that he made in the 1930s, but Sam just wasn't taking any of it just joked and waffled around even after one or two of his records were played. Alan wanted to know what it was like working in the recording studios with the musicians then but Sam just larked about and we learned very little.

I enjoy Sam's singing and have featured his records many times on my webcasts, not a proper jazz singer but clear diction and singing on key I find his vocal refrains a joy, here's an example. (he doesn't do the tap dance!)

http://www.r2ok.co.uk/yougottaknow.mp3

The lovely sax playing at the end is by a fella named Freddy Gardner.

The record was made in 1936, I restored the music from the 78rpm disc. Band is the Six Swingers.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
he didn't half go on, loudly and never to the point.



That description could easily apply to one or two modern-day R2 presenters as well. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Old Radio 2 presenter Reply with quote

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A waffling DJ on Saturday morning in the mid seventies and I think his theme tune was Skyliner by Charlie Barnet and I think he always used to play "I'm getting married in the morning". Any ideas?


The only mid-70s show that I know used Skyliner was Tom Edwards on the Saturday Early Show. He used an arrangement by Bert Kaempfert. Here's a clip:
http://www.4shared.com/audio/oDigQxm0/Tom_Edwards_190180.html

Not sure about the playing of I'm Getting Married in the Morning but there was certainly an anniversary slot. This was Radio 2's Happy Anniversary jingle used mid-70s:

http://www.4shared.com/audio/IJpEB5rq/Happy_Anniversary_from_R2.html
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Old Radio 2 presenter Reply with quote

Andy W wrote:
The only mid-70s show that I know used Skyliner was Tom Edwards


Is that the Tom Edwards who worked a presenter on the 1960s pirate station Radio 270 (or maybe it was Radio City)? He later did a few stints as a continuity announcer on Anglia TV in Norwich.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the one! On Radio City and Radio Caroline. Also announcer on Thames.

Came across this article from 2009 only just recently:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1158007/My-stormy-life-aboard-boat-rocked-Britain---A-DJ-looks-pirate-radio-era.html
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have a look into my Pirate Radio Bible (aka "Offshore Radio" by Gerry Bishop, publ. 1975) when I get a minute. I'm sure there's something on him there.

Edit: Yep, there's a full page picture of him at the studio desk on page 47!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that Pirate Radio book any good, Colin?
I always keep meaning to get "Pop Went The Pirates" by Keith Skues which sounds excellent.
I've always enjoyed documentaries about that era, a fraction too young to have been a part of it sadly.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gerry Bishop book is long out of print, unfortunately. It's more of a reference book with each section devoted to one of the many stations. The Skues book is a proper "read", however, and is quite autobiographical as well as being superbly well researched and written. I recommend it to anyone who wants a faithful insight into the pirate radio days.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Colin, I'll definitely have to get old Cardboard Shoes book now.
Did you know that he has done a Pop Goes The Pirates II, it's available from his website
http://www.keithskues.co.uk/books.htm
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