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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt I'll listen as I enjoyed the music that both Don and David Jacobs played. Chat at that time of night isn't what I look for.

The last time I heard Annika was when she did the early Saturday show before SOTS was moved and we used to travel to Newcastle regularly so were up and about earlier than normal. I'll maybe glance at the playlist afterwards before listening.

I've not got to listening to Don's last show yet, but I've recorded it.

I sent an email to Don, early September, saying I was sorry the show was ending and mentioned a song that had a special meaning that he had played in other series. He'd also played it the previous week which prompted me. Maybe a coincidence but he played it again 2 weeks after I'd emailed! The song was Long Ago And Far Away.

Anyway last Friday I had a nice reply from his producer Jodi Keane thanking me for my words and said Don would really miss doing the show. She said Don would be on Radio 2 on Christmas Day which Ian has already mentioned further up.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I see that next Sunday Don's hour is being hosted by Anneka Rice, with music and chat. Any thoughts on that?
Well... I won't be listening!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might give it 10 minutes to see which way the land lies ...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I see that next Sunday Don's hour is being hosted by Anneka Rice, with music and chat. Any thoughts on that?


Anneka is a nice enough person,Eileen, but I can't help feeling her (upbeat) personality is more suited to a morning radio show rather than a late night one. I'll have a look at the playlist and that is what will ultimately decide it for me.

Long Ago And Far Away is a lovely song,Helen.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don's autobiography is Book of the Week on Radio 4 this week.

You can hear Episode 1 here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000p1vy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Ian. I'll record it to listen to later.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ian.

Have listened to the first two episodes and it's not unlike his radio programme, in that he is telling little stories - this time about himself and his family - but playing records, albeit not in full, as well. Perhaps he doesn't want to give too much away from the book. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there I was, having listened to Desert Island Discs earlier, looking for something else to listen to. Went on the R2 'Sounds' page, didn't fancy Sue Perkins, so clicked on schedule, with a view to listen to Liza T. Scrolled up and saw this...2am!! Don Black plays an hour of Matt Monro as it would have been his 90th birthday next week.

Needless to say, it's a sublime hour of beautiful music. At 2 in the morning. Total disrespect as far as I'm concerned, to both Don Black and people who enjoy the majestic tones of Matt Monro. I'd never have known about it if it wasn't for Sue Perkins.

Anyway..yadda yadda. For your delight....Mr Terry Parsons.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pv8z
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raver thanks so much for this! I had noticed it the other day when perusing the Radio Times but promptly forgot about it. What a strange time for it to air though, it's not as if it is a repeat.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome H. Putting it on at 2am is an insult to those of us who have been faithful listeners for many years. I did check if it was a repeat or being repeated, but nothing. R2 is now officially an 80's station. I can't remember where I actually read that...probably on something that Ian posted up. But yes, it is station policy. Hence the disappearance of all the programmes lately.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Raver thanks so much for this! I had noticed it the other day when perusing the Radio Times but promptly forgot about it. What a strange time for it to air though, it's not as if it is a repeat.

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The powers that be, at Radio 2, should be ashamed of themselves treating Don and Matt in such a way.

They deserve much better.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Raver, I had no idea that was on - but at 2am!!! That is just appalling and very insulting to Don who has given us such terrific programmes over the years and Matt whose lovely voice was admired by Sinatra.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a crazy time to broadcast the Mat Monroe special. Hopefully it will get a decent-timed repeat over Christmas

Speaking of which - Don has a two-hour show starting at 10pm on Christmas Day.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, Ian. Last night Clare Teal gave Don's hour of Matt a plug telling us how to listen to it, which was something, I suppose. She or her producer obviously realised that at least some of her regular listeners would be interested and would not have noticed it in the schedules.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my new topic "Matt Monro" in the TV section for an upcoming TV programme Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that FEM. Much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christmas Eve at 4.25pm!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Black's Inheritance Tracks on last Saturday's Saturday Live.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p091yqxn
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Santa brought me a copy of The Sanest Guy in the Room. How happy am I.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently listening to BBC Surrey where Graham Dene is deputising for Sylvie Blackmore. Graham has said that he is to play an interview he did with Don Black on today's show.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diane Warren is Tracks Of My Years this week. I think she knows a thing or two about songwriting. Today's choices were Born Free and To Sir With Love.

So I did a little google after, as recommended by my doctor and clicked on this, which I would recommend to all Don fans. I've yet to watch the YT vid on it, though.

https://www.steynonline.com/7929/to-sir-with-love
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Born Free to me is the perfect combination of composer, lyricist and singer and I have never understood why To Sir, With Love wasn't a hit here but was a number one in the US
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could never work that one out either, I have a feeling that it was a 'b' side over here but don't quote me!

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It was a B-side to a totally unmemorable song called Let's Pretend over here and a B-Side to The Boat That I Row in the US, until a DJ played the flip side, which is all in that article, but it's well known in any case. At least 'Boat' is a half decent song.
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