I have been able to harvest a BBC Radio London Saturday show broadcast on October 27th 1979.
It was one of the very popular “All Winners” shows and listening back it reminded me what an important part dedications played. An early version of what in the 1990’s became Texts and in 2006 Tweets.
Check your own social media messaging service and I am sure stories of bikini’s being rounded up by interlopers appear in some form as do the latest antics of tribes like The Larkfield Loonies or Brixton Frontline. Tribal names may have vanished but groups of friends would now share the sort of information a Saturday show dedication did over 35 years ago.
Part one opens with The Brothers Johnsons Streetwave and gives us a real flavour of some of the top tunes of the time. Hard working DJ’s like Tom Holland and Chris Brown pick their favourites but Sean French falls off the end of the recording before we actually hear his pick.
The pop charts around this time featured Video Killed The Radio Star by Buggles, One Day At A Time Lena Martell, The Chosen Few The Dooleys, and Luton Airport Cats UK. A million miles away from some of the Saturday show tunes Latimore, Donald Byrd, Benny Golson, Kool And The Gang and so on.
This is part one with great music, the girls in chalet 520 who know the Watford Wally’s pinched their bikinis and were you Bill a prisoner on B Wing Aylesbury Prison number A05505 and what happened. All on this recording.
Like all good homemade recordings its warts and all. In the old days, a C90 cassette lasted 45 minutes per side. DJ Sean French fell off the end of this recording before he could tell us his personal choice. I know it was something by Ripple but cassette recordings wait for no man and 45 minutes was up.
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