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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:37 pm    Post subject: POTP Standby Recording today? Reply with quote

I thought it odd that Tony Blackburn was presenting a 1970s Top 20 "special" today when it had been billed as featuring music from 1966 and 1976. A last-minute standby substitution?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very disappointing as far as I am concerned. I was looking forward to hearing 1966 on my one Saturday off in ages. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The obvious question is 'why?'
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in the car, didn't hear the start so had no idea what was going on.

Very strange.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would guess that TB was off sick. Typical though they don't explain.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony Tweets every day, and did yesterday ( Friday ) - Nothing on Saturday. Something preventing him coming into do the live show today.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just had a look at the playlist. Nothing to make me want to listen to what I missed, especially the Christmas songs!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I too was disappointed as I was looking forward to 1966, but not 1976, the worst year in music!
I hope this is just a one off, and not a further attempt by the idiots in charge to dumb down Radio 2. The music I did hear was utter 70s tripe: YMCA, You're The One That I Want, typical bland Radio 2 fodder.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://twitter.com/#!/tonyblackburn


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I have had a very bad cough and haven't been very well lately, well on Friday I was rushed into hospital by ambulance after feeling bad.


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To cut a long story short I have pneumonia.I was given loads of tests and now am at home taking loads of pills and resting.


Send all our best wishes to Tony.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
https://twitter.com/#!/tonyblackburn


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I have had a very bad cough and haven't been very well lately, well on Friday I was rushed into hospital by ambulance after feeling bad.


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To cut a long story short I have pneumonia.I was given loads of tests and now am at home taking loads of pills and resting.


Send all our best wishes to Tony.

I certainly send my best to Tony for a speedy recovery. The playlist for yesterday may be uninspiring, but, under the circumstances, there was probably nothing much else they could have done in such an emergency.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I certainly send my best to Tony for a speedy recovery. The playlist for yesterday may be uninspiring, but, under the circumstances, there was probably nothing much else they could have done in such an emergency.


Couldn't they have found a stand-in to do a live show ?

Where were the regular ones aren't they normally hanging around waiting for the opportunity ?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sorry to hear about Tony's illness and I hope it's not too long before we see him back

As for possible standins I'm a little surprised that they didn't approach someone like Mark Goodier who is freelance and runs a production company which does other work for the BBC and who has had years of experience of doing chart rundowns in his days on Radio One

Or perhaps they did - I guess availability would be a problem at such short notice

Or what about letting Phil Swern himself have a go at doing it - he's got the musical knowledge and puts the show together anyway and I've heard him on the SW show where he acquitted himself very well Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that short notice, he went to hospital on Friday.

They found a standin for CE when he went to see his baby at the last minute.

You think they would have a contingency plan for live shows, and not just play a tape Rolling Eyes

Its not as if the show has no script Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best wishes from me, too, to Tony for a speedy recovery...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope he gets well soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
Not that short notice, he went to hospital on Friday.

They found a standin for CE when he went to see his baby at the last minute.

You think they would have a contingency plan for live shows, and not just play a tape Rolling Eyes

Its not as if the show has no script Laughing


I think that doing a chart based show like POTP is far more specialised than something like the breakfast show which regularly has other presenters when CE is away

To do POTP properly you need someone with decent musical knowledge and preferably someone who was around when the tracks being played were originally hits ideally with experience of chart type shows and with the exception of JW that probably rules out most of the regular presenters currently on Radio 2 - come to think of it perhaps one of us should apply for the gig but there again perhaps not because we probably couldn't do the bad jokes Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We never have a substitute presenter when Tony goes on holiday, he always pre-records. I guess if there was an on going problem probably a standin would come in. Mark Goodier works for Smooth Radio and not contracted for Radio 2 anymore. Anyway Mica Paris covered his BBC London show and I don't know at this time who is his Magic show, but KMFM is recorded in the week. At the end of the day it's unforeseen and best for speedy recovery.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the TRUE top selling 20 songs of the 70's

[1] MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL - Wings (1977) 2,050,000
[2] RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING - Boney M (1978) 1,985,000
[3] YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978) 1,855,000
[4] MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD - Boney M (1978) 1,799,000
[5] SUMMER NIGHTS - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978) 1,520,000
[6] YMCA - Village People (1978) 1,290,000 (without the 1993 & 1999 versions)
[7] BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - Queen (1975) 1,190,000
[8] BRIGHT EYES - Art Garfunkel (1979) 1,155,000
[9] HEART OF GLASS - Blondie (1979) 1,155,000 (without the 1995 version)
[10] DON'T GIVE UP ON US - David Soul (1977) 1,145,000
[11] I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE - Gary Glitter (1973) 1,140,000
[12] SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME - Brotherhood Of Man (1976) 1,007,000
[13] EYE LEVEL - Simon Park Orchestra (1972) 1,005,500
[14] MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY - SLADE (1973) 999,500 (without 80s/90s/00s re-issues)
[15] LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL - Little Jimmy Osmond (1972) 998,000
[16] DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA - Julie Covington (1977) 993,000
[17] I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - New Seekers (1972) 990,000
[18] TIE A YELLOW RIBBON 'ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE - Dawn (1973) 988,000
[19] UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE - Showaddywaddy (1976) 985,000
[20] HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK - Ian Dury & The Blockheads (1979) 975,000

This is what Tony played..

20 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUNG THE OLD OAK TREE - Dawn feat. Tony Orlando
19 I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - New Seekers
18 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA - Julie Covington
17 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - Pink Floyd
16 LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL - Little Jimmy Osmond (NOT PLAYED)
15 EYE LEVEL - Simon Park Orchestra (NOT PLAYED)
14 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME - Brotherhood of Man (NOT PLAYED)
13 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY - Slade (NOT PLAYED)
12 I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE - Gary Glitter (NOT PLAYED)
11 DON'T GIVE UP ON US - David Soul
10 BRIGHT EYES - Art Garfunkel
09 HEART OF GLASS - Blondie
08 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - Queen
07 Y.M.C.A. - Village People
06 IMAGINE - John Lennon
05 SUMMER NIGHTS - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
04 MARY'S BOY CHILD-OH MY LORD - Boney M
03 YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
02 RIVERS OF BABYLON - Boney M
01 MULL OF KINTYRE - Wings
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moan about standins makes me wonder if people actually care about the persons ill health?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Moan about standins makes me wonder if people actually care about the persons ill health?


Don't be silly Mark - of course they care about Tony's state of health

Any complaint is not against him but rather about the station's management not being prepared for such events Rolling Eyes

And by the way as I said Mark Goodier is freelance - he may have a contract with Smooth but I think you will find he is free to do other work exactly like Lyn Parsons is - as I said his company Wise Buddha already does work for the BBC including producing Sounds of the Seventies as far as I recall Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clive Warren covering Tony on Magic 1152 this afternoon. ( He works for Metro. )

He said Tony has the history of opening radio stations and David Hamilton has the history of closing them.
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mark occomore wrote:
Moan about standins makes me wonder if people actually care about the persons ill health?


I don't know where you get that idea from Rolling Eyes

I wish him all the best, but we can still discuss why they didn't use a standin.
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Schizoidman wrote:
I hope this is just a one off, and not a further attempt by the idiots in charge to dumb down Radio 2. The music I did hear was utter 70s tripe: YMCA, You're The One That I Want, typical bland Radio 2 fodder.

Seeing as how it was a countdown of (more-or-less) the best-selling songs of the 70s and 80s I don't know how you can says it's a case of the "idiots in charge" dumbing down - if anything you should blame the record buyers of the past for having such bland tastes!
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mark occomore wrote:
Clive Warren covering Tony on Magic 1152 this afternoon. ( He works for Metro. )

He said Tony has the history of opening radio stations and David Hamilton has the history of closing them.


I like Clive Warren's style and wondered what had happened to him

He's the kind of presenter I would like to see on Radio 2 Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Moan about standins makes me wonder if people actually care about the persons ill health?


It's irrelevant, Mark.
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I didn't realise it was a pre-recorded show- we thought it was fab!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Seeing as how it was a countdown of (more-or-less) the best-selling songs of the 70s and 80s I don't know how you can says it's a case of the "idiots in charge" dumbing down - if anything you should blame the record buyers of the past for having such bland tastes!


Yes, I agree. One thing that isn't acknowledged much these days is that there were two distinct camps among lovers of "current" music during the first half of the 70s: the first was the people who listened primarily to the chart music and idolised "pop stars", and the second was those (like me) who went to see live performances of bands on the college and town hall / marge venue circuit who were outside the mainstream "pop" circles.

For many of my fellow music lovers, it was definitely uncool to admit to watching TOTP between 1971 and 1976 due to the awful rubbish that made the Top 20. As Ian says, it's all credit to people's appalling tastes that these records entered the charts - and that's why I switched off on Saturday. The bulk of it was dire!
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Perhaps I was a bit unfair in my description of those in charge of musical policy. As stated above, it's the fault of the Great British public for buying all this Boney M drivel in the first place. We're certainly still paying the cost 40 years later.
Talking of TOTP, yes it was uncool to watch it in the early 70s, all that glam rock stuff which I never liked. I remember admitting to a friend in about 1972 that I'd watched the previous night's TOTP. He looked at me with contempt, at which point I said (unconvincingly): 'but only because I thought Deep Purple might be on'.
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Schizoidman wrote:
I remember admitting to a friend in about 1972 that I'd watched the previous night's TOTP. He looked at me with contempt, at which point I said (unconvincingly): 'but only because I thought Deep Purple might be on'.


Funny thing is that I saw Deep Purple play Plymouth ABC at about that time ("Deep Purple In Rock" etc). It was a Thursday night and here they were playing just after they'd appeared on TOTP (which was recorded the previous evening as usual). They played a great set, I recall. Very loud too!

Another excellent band I saw a few times in that period was a band fronted by a certain Robert Fripp........ Smile
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Deep Purple In Rock, from 1970, is one of my favourite albums, seven superb songs, all extremely loud except for the sublime Child In Time, and that is pretty bloody loud come to think of it!

I first saw King Crimson in 1969 at Hyde Park with the Stones. They were fairly unknown at the time and I didn't really appreciate them. They were of course performing In The Court Of The Crimson King, another classic album.

Funny how a thread can change from Boney M to Deep Purple/King Crimson!
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I can honestly say that when I saw Deep Purple at Preston Guildhall in the early 70's - not a huge venue by rock standards - it was and remains the loudest gig I have ever experienced and it certainly left a lasting impression in more senses than one Smile
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Schizoidman wrote:
Funny how a thread can change from Boney M to Deep Purple/King Crimson!


And quite rightly!!! Smile

Incidently, I think the 1972 tour was used by Deep Purple to promote "Strange Kinda Woman" which I heard for the first time at that gig and which they definitely performed on TOTP. It's really funny seeing DP live on stage with a huge backline of amps and making a huge sound and then seeing them miming so feebly on TOTP!

I know a now-retired BBC Studio Resources Manager who worked on TOTP, among other programmes, at Television Centre before the show was moved to Elstree, and he said the "heavy" bands were very stressful because they made the studio rehearsals a shambles and were always out of their heads during the recording and, of course, the FM gets it in the ear from the Director when the studio isn't under control.

My friend was the Floor Manager on the infamous "Lulu" show in which Jimi Hendrix appeared live - and whose impromptu performance caused the show to over-run wildly!

Schizoidman wrote:
I first saw King Crimson in 1969 at Hyde Park with the Stones.


My former colleague and friend Cliff (who also worked for the BBC) was a cameraman at that event. You can occasionally see him in the BBC movie of the event at stage right near the speaker stack.
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I saw Deep Purple at Wembley Arena in about 1974/5 (or Wembley Empire Pool as it was then). I know I enjoyed it, but my main memory is being crushed against a wall at Wembley Park station afterwards by the huge crowd, it was absolutely terrifying.
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mark occomore wrote:
Clive Warren covering Tony on Magic 1152 this afternoon. ( He works for Metro. )

He said Tony has the history of opening radio stations and David Hamilton has the history of closing them.


I like Clive Warren's style and wondered what had happened to him

He's the kind of presenter I would like to see on Radio 2 Very Happy


He's on Metro after many years at Radio 1.
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Looking at his Twitter account it does seem he's been told to continue to rest and take the pills.
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