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Clive55



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:20 pm    Post subject: Wally Whyton Reply with quote

To me, the late Wally Whyton was one of the best. As presenter of Country Club, he was both knowledgable & informative. He also recognized that his listeners had a wide range of musical tastes within country, & tried to cater for most of them.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wally Whyton - that stirs up old memories. I saw him back in 1971 when my 1st Year Class was invited along to the Tyne Tees TV studios to take part in a programme he was recording.... Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:56 pm    Post subject: Wikipedia entry on Wally Reply with quote

Wally Whyton born Wallace Victor Whyton, 23.9.1929, in London died 22.1.1997, in London, was a British musician, songwriter and radio personality, who initially came to fame as a skiffle musician with the Vipers Skiffle Group in the 1950s. He went on to present the children's programmes Small Time, Lucky Dip, Tuesday Rendezvous, Five O'Clock Club, Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Club and Five O'Clock Funfair for Associated-Rediffusion and Rediffusion London, appearing with the puppet characters Pussy Cat Willum, Ollie Beak and Fred Barker (the latter two of which he created himself) and often with Muriel Young and Bert Weedon. Subsequently, many will remember him as the host of Granada TV's 'Time For A Laugh', a teatime collection of cartoon capers. From the 1960s to the 1990s he was a presenter on BBC Radio 2, mainly fronting folk and country music programmes. One of these was called "Country Club" and on once a week in the evening. He always finished it by saying in his very recognisable way: "Goodnight".
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wally came across to me as a very warm and friendly person. As a presenter he certainly knew his music, but to me if ever anyone made it sound as if he was talking to just you, then that was Wally.

And yes, I remember the way he said "goodnight" at the end of each show.Nobody has said it the same since.

As with Ray and John I never met Wally but I do recall being amongst the audience who would gather whenever Wally was doing star interviews for Country Club at the Wembley Festivals of years gone by, and a more modest, pleasant and unassuming presenter would be hard to imagine.

It's difficult for me to believe that he has been gone from us for nearly 10 years because as others have pointed out, he was pretty much a fixture on radio and TV in the sixties and seventies, and my formative years were spent watching him on 5.0 Club and Time For A Laugh.

God bless you, Wally Whyton

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday nights, country club introduced me to some new country acts and some old favourites.

Wally had a great knowledge and way of chatting to country stars that made it a personal experience, you thought you were there and he was really just a nice, pleasent chap.

Some of my best memories of being a teenager was listening to Wally - as you can imagine, a teenager in early eightees listening to country music was't quite the norm.


Remember the jingle-

"All over the country FM Stereo Radio 2 - Wally Whiton"
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in the audience when Wally interviewed Connie Smith at wembley
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