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Helen May



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it was back to the 'norm' yesterday, nothing very exciting. In fact the best track was Dusty's Some Of Your Lovin'.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a let down after last week's superb programme I must agree,Helen, but I'd put My Girl by The Temptations and Vicky Carr's It Must Be Him alongside Dusty's song as my favourites for this week with mentions for The Lemon Pipers,The Searchers and The Tremeloes also.

Enough for me to enjoy the programme. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, you're right about the sublime Dusty track - Some of your Lovin..
I think this maybe her best track for me. I commented to Mrs SF, one of the differences and advantages of music back then was the incredible female backing singers. Their harmonies really added to the atmosphere of the track for me.
I thought it was a good show this week and included one of my all time favourite tracks - Norma Tanega - Walking My Cat named Dog. I don't know why but this song really appealed to me as a teenager.

Other great songs for me on the show...
PJ Proby - Try to Forget Her ( we don't hear enough from PJ Proby )
Temptations - My Girl
Bobby Vee - Peggy Sue ( a great version I thought, never heard it before! )
Supremes - You Keep me Hangin' On
Dennis Turner - Lover Please (Another teen favourite for me by the Vernon's Girls but this version was great too )
Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra - Jackson ( Never get tired of hearing that one )
Anthony Newley - If She Should Come To You
Kathy Kirby - Secret Love ( what a belter! )
Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine ( always reminds me of my last days at school )
Manfred Mann - My Name is Jack
Johnnie Guitar Watson - Gangster of Love
Vicki Carr - It Must Be Him
Shirley Ellis - Soul Time ( never heard it before but loved it! I'm guessing Northern Soul - ish??
Georgie Fame - Get Away

Simon Scott & the LeRoys - Move it Baby ( again, never heard of him but thought it was very good... an alternative Cliff Richard eh? both born in India too! )
Still the best show on Radio 2!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Helen, you're right about the sublime Dusty track - Some of your Lovin..
I think this maybe her best track for me.


With "Dusty In Memphis" being one of my favourite albums of all time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Helen. The best song played was Dusty's 'Some Of Your Loving', possibly my favourite song by her, though it could be 'Going Back' or 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself'....

Rest of SOTS was disappointing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rest of SOTS was disappointing.


I agree. I find it boring these days. I suspect that Brian Matthew is booked into the studio during the week in order to lay down the voice tracks without having to listen to the music. It just sounds like it's put together in editing prior to TX - very soul-less.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian despite his age is a superb presenter but SOTS is now just like the Phil Swern Show - he might as well just take over presenting his own selection of boring pre Beatles records Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've hit the nail on the head with that remark Colin, it is soul-less.

Sad situation IMHO.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Brian despite his age is a superb presenter but SOTS is now just like the Phil Swern Show - he might as well just take over presenting his own selection of boring pre Beatles records Rolling Eyes


I don't think all pre-Beatles records are boring though Ruddles.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possibly not all Helen but most Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I don't think all pre-Beatles records are boring though Ruddles.


I agree, Helen. I think the period 1955 to 1960 produced some fabulous stuff. It's just that The Beatles lit the touch-paper for a massive explosion!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what was actually produced in that era Colin - ballads sung by crooners or standard rock and roll

Not much to talk about when you even compare it to the seventies when we had ballads,disco heavy metal, punk rock glam rock with a fair amount of soul and Tamla Motown

The period from 1955 to 1963 was IMHO probably the most boring perion in the history of popular music Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So what was actually produced in that era Colin - ballads sung by crooners or standard rock and roll


Nope. Much much more. Where do I start?

ruddlescat wrote:
The period from 1955 to 1963 was IMHO probably the most boring perion in the history of popular music Sad


What was created in that period was fundamental to everything that followed. Without the output from that period the music business in the 60s and 70s right through to today would have been vastly different.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So is early Elvis boring Ruddles?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
So is early Elvis boring Ruddles?

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Without Elvis, Buddy Holly or even BB King there would have been no Beatles. John Lennon said so himself!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just about to edit my post to say how the Beatles were inspired by Elvis and the rest that you quoted Colin!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I was just about to edit my post to say how the Beatles were inspired by Elvis and the rest that you quoted Colin!


Like minds, etc! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:

PJ Proby - Try to Forget Her ( we don't hear enough from PJ Proby )
Saw him a few months ago,Santa...still a great entertainer ... he had the audience in the palm of his hand.Very Happy
ruddlescat wrote:


The period from 1955 to 1963 was IMHO probably the most boring perion in the history of popular music Sad

Couldn't disagree more,ruddles. Elvis (already mentioned,scared fathers of teenage girls witless with his gyrating and music) Little Richard,Jerry Lee Lewis,Chuck Berry,Eddie Cochran and many more electrified the music era pre Beatles....far from boring!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Lennon was right when he said Elvis went downhill when he joined the Army in around 1960. Before that he'd been the hip swivelling rocker who lit up the music scene. In the early 60s it was all twee ballads, typifying the era. Three years ago The Times voted 1961 as the worst year in music. I agree. (Second worst year was 1976, again correct).

The 50s and early 60s had some gems but they were outnumbered by the dross. Best era was obviously 1964 to 1974.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely Schiz - but I also love the late eighties Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the 80s too, the whole decade in fact!

Not the rubbish that Ken Bruce plays though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
The 50s and early 60s had some gems but they were outnumbered by the dross.


That's something that could apply to the 70s and 80s, in my opinion. There was some very good stuff to come out of each of those decades, but boy was there a heap of crap as well!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, when I think of 1976 I think of Brotherhood Of Man, Adge Cutler and The Wurzels, Tina Charles, Billy Ocean etc., all absolute dross.
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Schizoidman wrote:
True, when I think of 1976 I think of Brotherhood Of Man, Adge Cutler and The Wurzels, Tina Charles, Billy Ocean etc., all absolute dross.


Actually, I think Adge Cutler had either left The Wurzels or had died by that time because they were truly dreadful - and nothing like the group that used to play the pubs and halls in Devon when I lived there. We had them play a college rag do once and they were really, really good (especially since the Devon Scrumpy was cheap). "Combine Harvester" etc was an embarrassment. Awful stuff!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you're right, it was just The Wurzels, truly appalling. I apologise to Adge Cutler.

And to make things worse, only one of the trio came from the West Country. The others came from Yorkshire and Scotland.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some nice tributes to Brian on the 25th Anniversary of SOTS on Saturday.

He played Every Time We Say Goodbye by Sammy Davis Jr. I've never heard this version before and was immediately struck by the simple beauty of his interpretation of it...lovely!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard most of the show this morning, and thought it sounded quite decent!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only heard bits (several phone calls) but some good ones. Love Swinging Blue Jeans' 'You're No Good'.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was better than usual, with fewer obscurities from 1961 and some hits like I'm A Man by The Spencer Davis Group. And the wonderful It Came Out Of The Sky by Creedence Clearwater Revival which I've not heard before.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct me if I'm wrong, but did Brian introduce I'm Sorry by Brenda Lee this morning and then play something different by her ? I was in the car and couldn't hear clearly, but it's how it sounded.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian played Sweets For My Sweet by The Searchers this morning and said that Brian Epstein had said one of his earliest regrets was not having signed The Searchers himself. I heard Brian E say it himself on the radio programme I listened to earlier in the week on Radio 4 Extra ...Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein.
Haven't heard all today's programme (so sorry can't help you with the Brenda Lee,Tom Dors) yet but on the part I did hear Brian played my favourite from Jimi Hendrix..Hey Joe. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Dors wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but did Brian introduce I'm Sorry by Brenda Lee this morning and then play something different by her ? I was in the car and couldn't hear clearly, but it's how it sounded.


I thought that as well but I was pouring a coffee so not giving it full attention either!
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really good show today - it appears that Mr Swern is finally and very belatedly showing signs of appreciating the wonderful music of the late sixties - particularly loved the two Moody Blues tracks very rarely heard anywhere these days

As far as the Brenda Lee track is concerned Brian talked about both sides of the record and like the rest of you I expected him to play 'I'm Sorry - but true to the famous Swern formula he played the other track - which actually I thought was quite good Smile
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Spot on Ruddles, probably my favourite Moodies album- great to hear two tracks being played Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too thought the Moody Blues tracks shone like diamonds in the rough (the rough being all those 'sha-la-la' and 'ye-ye-yeah' songs so beloved by this programme.)

The sixties laid the foundations for so much imagination and creativity in different genres, and we so rarely hear it on this programme - just endless formulaic twaddle hanging over from the fifties.

I think this show has been better for the last couple of weeks, now. Let's hope it isn't just a blip!
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those three Moody Blues albums from 1968/69 are still my favourites, In Search Of The Lost Chord, On The Threshold of A Dream and To Our Children's etc, all great albums. Yes it was good to hear Eternity Road.

On the whole, a good SOTS.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Mike Turner for including Hank Locklin's We're Gonna Go Fishin' in his three in a row. Smile

Don't remember it being on this programme before. It's a cheerful little ditty I always enjoy hearing.
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Yes, it's a catchy (no pun intended) song. I assumed it was by Lonnie Donergan.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very often when Brian mentions whose records he will be playing, in sections of his programme,I guess (correctly most of the time) what the record will be if those mentioned haven't had many hit records. When one of the names mentioned last Saturday was Bernard Cribbins I thought,with a certainty, we would be hearing Hole In The Ground or Right Said Fred....wrong!!! Embarassed He played a lovely version of I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face from My Fair Lady by him . My favourite version of it is by Rex Harrison even though he hasn't got the greatest singing voice and mainly talks it through....I just love it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caught up with SOTS today and loved hearing Wonderboy by The Kinks on the programme...how it wasn't a big hit is beyond me.

At the end of the programme Brian said they were going to close by playing My Little Girl by The Crickets and then played Please Don't Ever Change by The Crickets. Can he,or anyone else, not hear what he plays??
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