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Someone mentioned him just now. This chap I met a few years ago gave me a reel to reel tape recorder plus a box of about 20 reel to reel tapes, all of which contain Mike Raven's soul show from radio circa 1969-70, plus a handwritten notebook where he's written down every track played. I've played three or four but only one had the dj intact, the rest had been paused and restarted just to get the music.

Is this sort of thing of interest to anyone? I could probably set it up to record off the tape onto cd. Honestly, I've only listened to the first few cos I moved at that time and never got them out again.

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Is the same Mike Raven who use to be resident at the Blue Room in Sale in the early seventies,approx 71/2.The one responsible for getting me into this music????

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I'd be interested Pete, used to listen to him on pirate radio (390?) which if I recall correctly was on an old fort in the mouth of the Thames, then he was on Radio 1 when it started. On pirate radio he did a show every evening, playing R&B/soul and on Saturday it was rock'n'roll.

He did a residency at Bluesville, Manor House, north London and it was always a great night. He often had American imports well before they were issued here, and usually ended the evening by playing rock'n'roll tracks and dancing with his blonde wife Mandy who always wore a rather short mini skirt.

Funny what you remember when your mind is jogged by something.

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Is the same Mike Raven who use to be resident at the Blue Room in Sale in the early seventies,approx 71/2.The one responsible for getting me into this music????

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No.

This Mike Raven is the guy who also starred in a few low budget Briish Horror films

Blue Rooms early 70's

you must know Alan Kenyon and Hutchie an all that crowd eh?

Tony

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Mike Raven, the oldest teenager in captivity started at Radio Atlanta in 1964 with the R&B-programme All systems go!

How he landed at the camp Radio 390-station is anyone's guess. What he did on Radio 1 I do not know.

But I can hold him responsable for getting me interested to this music, thanks to those few months on 201m MW.

Is he still alive & the oldest living teenager in captivity or... ? I think he was 37 at the time (which looks awfully young to me now) :D

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Mike Raven, the oldest teenager in captivity started at Radio Atlanta in 1964 with the R&B-programme All systems go!

How he landed at the camp Radio 390-station is anyone's guess. What he did on Radio 1 I do not know.

But I can hold him responsable for getting me interested to this music, thanks to those few months on 201m MW.

Is he still alive & the oldest living teenager in captivity or... ? I think he was 37 at the time (which looks awfully young to me now)  :D

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He died a few years ago. Had a farm in Devon or Cornwall.

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In the soul starved seventies wasteland of radio Mike Raven's show was an absolute must listen for devotees. His taste in soul was sometimes odd and it was obvious his deep love was reserved for the Blues, but the mearest chance of hearing the latest JayBoy or Mojo release was enough to keep us glued on those early Saturday evenings.

Rosko was the only other guy who came close to being a radio soul champ in those days.

Quick trivia question; anyone remember Mike Raven's theme tune? Title and artist....

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Quick trivia question; anyone remember Mike Raven's theme tune?  Title and artist....

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Well, it was"Soul Serenade", and he used to talk over bits of the intro, was it Mike Cotton Sounds version he used ?

Jerry.

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Yes it was Mike Cotton - in one!

Always used the same intro, something like: Hi I'm Mike Raven.... This is my R&B show... watch out... here we go!

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Yes it was Mike Cotton - in one!

Always used the same intro, something like:  Hi I'm Mike Raven.... This is my R&B show... watch out... here we go!

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In synch with the intro as well - sort of what us radio types call a "Doughnut" - don't ask! Well, Dayo might explain if you ask nicely :thumbsup:

Jerry

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Yes it was Mike Cotton - in one!

Always used the same intro, something like:  Hi I'm Mike Raven.... This is my R&B show... watch out... here we go!

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I'll work out how to transfer the tapes and post this up!

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Well, it was"Soul Serenade", and he used to talk over bits of the intro, was it Mike Cotton Sounds version he used ?

Jerry.

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Oddly enough, I was talking to mike cotton at the 100 club a few years back and he told me Mike Raven said if they did a version of SS he'd use it as his theme tune, I asked him if he still had it, he replied "Nah, not a patch on Willie Mitchell"

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In synch with the intro as well - sort of what us radio types call a "Doughnut" - don't ask! Well, Dayo might explain if you ask nicely :thumbsup:

Jerry

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Nobody has asked and I'm sure no-one cares, but...

A doughnut has a hole in the middle. Mike Raven used the "holes" in the track to deliver his standard greeting...

Ding, da ding, ding, ding "Hi I'm Mike Raven" Ding, da ding, ding, ding This is my R and B show" Ding, da ding, ding, ding

Oh I give up!

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Mike Raven's theme tunes:

a) LIVERPOOL DRIVE - Chuck Berry  Pye Int'. 7N 25242. (1964). The flipside of "No particular place to go". Did Raven have a theme on Radio Atlanta?.

cool.gif SOUL SERENADE - Lucas (& Mike Cotton Sound) MGM 1398 (UK. 1968) An almost note for note re-working of the version by Lonnie Mack issued as Beau Dollar & the Coins Fraternity 960 (USA. 1966). Mike Raven, who was managing Mike Cotton at the time, used this track as the theme for his Radio 390 R & B show.

Source: http://www.offshoreechos.com/offshorethemes/index.htm

My answer to question a) is: yes he had, but I would not know what it was. Not a guitar-dominated number, with some subtle female vocals and probably the necessary doughnut - in my remembrance. (The "doughnut" in radio terms refers to the hole, oddly).

So he did not like the Mike Cotton Sound after all? But he did not mention King Curtis? ranting_1.gif

And talking about deejay heaven - which we were not: John Peel played Beau Dollar etc. some time ago, "album out", and I immediately tried to find it - but as usual the record trade let me down. This is off the thread - but if anyone knows about it...

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