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Sounds Of The Sixties with Tony Blackburn

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I didn't actually know that Brian Matthew had died until I checked today but have heard parts of the new version of the programme with Tony Blackburn. Also had a look at the playlists on BBC Radio 2 website. Despite the same guy compiling the records it seems to have morphed into a typical 60s oldies programme where you can almost always guess the record when the artiste's name is given, e.g Otis Redding Dock Of The Bay, etc. Although the BM program obviously featured loads of well known hits there was always some lesser known records played in all genres.

Brian Matthew seemed to have a sort of thoughtful personality, laid back and knowledgeable while TB is totally different, jokey, full of himself and to me a bit irritating. He used to do a programme on BBC Radio London back in the eighties where he played current soul releases and through that programme I discovered Bobby Womack's Poet LPs among others, a really enjoyable listen. But now he has made SOTS a sort of Capital Gold copy.

I do wonder if this is a BBC ploy to drop the programme. Or am I just a grumpy old geezer harking back on the past?

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The Beeb seems to be working to a new budget resulting in the dumbing down of several shows,SOTS is unrecognizable now from what it was and is now followed by Dermot O'really with a lesser quality show,(is that possible?)yes O'really! The graveyard shift has tracks on a loop on some evenings.Thank goodness for Johnnie Walker and Huey Morgan.

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Tony Blackburn still puts out a decent and very popular soul show on Radio London on Sundays, and is a champion of the music still after all these years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04nbs1w 

His views on Dock of the bay are that it's been played to death, and that he personally wouldn't choose it, after having been on an oldies station years ago where it was on a 2 hour rotation. Therefore it sounds like he's playing to order, or request. And in any case it seems a bit optimistic to expect BBC Radio 2 to be putting out Richard Searling style 60s soul shows anyway. If it's a question of style, fair enough - Brian Matthew was unique and could not be copied by anyone else. Tony might as well do what he's always done, which is to be himself. Not to everyone's taste perhaps, but with the internet there's plenty out there to satisfy us radio-wise. I'm glad to have enjoyed both broadcasters over the years, and sorry that Brian is with us no more.

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On 23/04/2017 at 14:55, Mickey Finn said:

Tony Blackburn still puts out a decent and very popular soul show on Radio London on Sundays, and is a champion of the music still after all these years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04nbs1w 

His views on Dock of the bay are that it's been played to death, and that he personally wouldn't choose it, after having been on an oldies station years ago where it was on a 2 hour rotation. Therefore it sounds like he's playing to order, or request. And in any case it seems a bit optimistic to expect BBC Radio 2 to be putting out Richard Searling style 60s soul shows anyway. If it's a question of style, fair enough - Brian Matthew was unique and could not be copied by anyone else. Tony might as well do what he's always done, which is to be himself. Not to everyone's taste perhaps, but with the internet there's plenty out there to satisfy us radio-wise. I'm glad to have enjoyed both broadcasters over the years, and sorry that Brian is with us no more.

I didn't know that he did a soul show so will try to listen out for that, the playlist included quite a few I didn't recognise, that would make it more appealing for me. I'm sure you're right that he's given a list of tracks to play plus requests. Certainly don't expent a soul show that would appeal to me but SITS under Brian Matthew did include quite a few lesser known records and not just soul, lesser known pop stuff. Personally I think the time is totally unsuitable to the audience that listen to it. You can listen to it via the website later. The trouble with the BBC is that they never admit they have made a mistake with anything so doubt if they'll change the timing.

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On 23/04/2017 at 16:22, bo diddley said:

The radio 2 show I now enjoy the most over the weekend is Liza Tarbuck. I like her personality/style and there's are always a few 60's R'n'B and Soul tunes played.

This week (22/4/2017) included: -

Bettye Lavette

Garnet Mimms

Showmen

Ruby Andrews

Patti Drew

Sugar Pie Desanto

Taj Mahal

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08lznm2

I didn't know about this show either. Checked out the playlist and it looks good, some pop stuff that looks interesting. Will try to remember to listen, probably while I'm getting ready to go out.

 

 

 

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Tony Blackburn - Love him!

Dermot O'really - Or Dermot O'DREARY! (Better on the telly for some reason)

Lisa Tarbuck - Fun Fun Funny!

Just my two penneth :D

Len :thumbsup:

 

 

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Our tony has got a bit of pedigree his record of the week  on radio 1 in the early seventies was jay and the technics ,number wonderful . probably knows his stuff but shackled by the men in grey suits 🎶🎶

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I think the show is on at the wrong time. No disrespect to Tony Blackburn but he is not the right person to front the show. He is a seventies personality. I think all the tracks are picked by Phil Swern (I hope I've got his name right). Joe Brown once covered for Brian & did an excellent job, I don't know why he was never invited to take over. It was always recorded anyway. Sadly I think this gem of a show will eventually fade away.

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1 hour ago, Mick Boyle said:

Did he not once visit the casino and end up singing I'll do anything covered up as Lenny Gamble 

Yes he did - tells a funny story in his autobiography about "coming out" as Tony Blackburn to the audience but there were those who insisted he was Lenny Gamble and wanted an autograph from the one and only ... still laughs about it on air from time to time. Considering some of the other stuff that made it onto the Casino playlist around the same time (Pierre Hunt??) I think it's a step back in the right direction, although Tony himself is happy to admit it's rubbish.

I see Mr Blackburn as a light entertainer (a much underrated profession) in broadcasting who happens to really like music, and especially soul music, about which he knows more than most people would assume. Years ago I read John Peel complaining about the number of Radio 1 jocks who didn't even have a record player at home. Tony Blackburn was not one of those, although the much overrated Peel was deliberately snobbish about him in public. He uses his popularity to promote the music and the artists when given a chance. Not all his choices are to my taste, but I wasn't always chuffed with e.g. Robbie V's selections either, despite the fact I hold him in the highest regard, as I do Tony. 

For what it's worth, Richard Searling lists Tony Blackburn among his top 4 djs: http://www.solarradio.com/dj/richard-searling/ 

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21 hours ago, Geoff said:

I didn't know that he did a soul show so will try to listen out for that, the playlist included quite a few I didn't recognise, that would make it more appealing for me. I'm sure you're right that he's given a list of tracks to play plus requests. Certainly don't expent a soul show that would appeal to me but SITS under Brian Matthew did include quite a few lesser known records and not just soul, lesser known pop stuff. Personally I think the time is totally unsuitable to the audience that listen to it. You can listen to it via the website later. The trouble with the BBC is that they never admit they have made a mistake with anything so doubt if they'll change the timing.

Geoff, the link I posted takes you to the playlist for 15 January. You can go backwards and forwards through the playlists by clicking on the links below the "More Episodes" panel. Not the most obvious way of doing it ...

This link takes you to the list for 23 April: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zw09k 

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6 hours ago, Mickey Finn said:

Geoff, the link I posted takes you to the playlist for 15 January. You can go backwards and forwards through the playlists by clicking on the links below the "More Episodes" panel. Not the most obvious way of doing it ...

This link takes you to the list for 23 April: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zw09k 

Thanks for the link, I'll try and listen out for the programme and the Lisa Tarbuck one mentioned above.

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