Radio Seagull

Aug 1, 2018

The first version of Radio Seagull appeared quite unexpectedly from the Radio ship Mi Amigo at 9pm on the 24th July 1973. I recorded extracts over the next few days on my (t)rusty reel to reel tape recorder. But only having a 30 minute reel to spare I had to just record the DJs rather than the music. So a few years ago I was pleased to see someone else with more blank tapes/money than I had recorded an hour of Barry Everitt from 26th July 1973 of not just the links as heard on my recording but also included the music and placed it on the Azanorak site. Barry had been involved in the music scene, the underground scene and Radio Geronimo prior to his few weeks aboard the Mi Amigo (First Radio Seagull show: 24th July, Last show: 7th September). He would go to the States where he continued DJing. Later back in the UK he remained in the music business. He passed away in 2017.

Radio Seagull Barry Everitt 26th July 1973 

Barry is third from the left, arm raised, behind Andy Archer.

 

Here are a couple more copies of Monitor magazine covering the first period when Radio Seagull was broadcasting from the Mi Amigo. (Aerial trouble beginning 1st October would put the station onto low power and eventually completely off the air from 18th October 1973. Radio Caroline managed to return for a couple of days over the Xmas period. Radio Seagull would re-commence 7th January 1974 until 22nd February 1974 when the powers that be decided the station should once again be called Radio Caroline).

Monitor 04 Summer 1973

Monitor 05 Winter 1973

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Liquidator

Aug 1, 2018

Most people over a certain age are familiar with the tune “Liquidator”, the reggae instrumental recorded by the Harry J All Stars in 1969 even if they don’t know its title. The basis of the tune appears to have been borrowed from the backing of an earlier song Tony Scott’s “What am I to do?” along with a smattering of Alton Ellis’ “Girl I’ve got a date” for good measure.

A number of Football clubs were quick to adopt this fab instrumental. Chelsea, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Yeovil Town and St.Johnstone all claim to be the first to use it. When I lived in Wolverhampton in the 1970s at the old Molineux Stadium it was played every home match with the crowd cheerfully clapping along. I was saddened when it was discontinued as apparently the West Midlands Police claimed it “promoted football hooliganism” ?!? I believe Chelsea still play it as the team go onto the pitch.

Liquidator

Nuff Said 69

Aug 1, 2018

Meet Elvis

Aug 1, 2018

Elvis had/has millions of fans. One of his biggest fans was a slightly built Englishman from Derbyshire. Albert Hand ran the Elvis Fan Club, the Elvis Monthly magazine and the hardback “Elvis Special” (what we in the UK would more usually call an “Annual”) along with numerous other Pop periodicals through the 1960s until his untimely death in 1972. In 1962 Albert and his wife made the trip to the States to meet Elvis. Once back in the UK he lost no time in producing a magazine about his hero. It was a quality publication with some unique photos, lots of info, and a list of the 183 (?!?) songs Elvis had recorded up to that point.

Meet Elvis

Here is Albert’s shop with his car and local band Dave Kaye and the Dykons parked outside.

For many years afterwards UK Elvis fans would make the pilgrimage to Albert’s record shop to shake the hand of the man who had shook Elvis’ hand.

PS: I wonder what books Albert was presenting to Elvis? Had his first Elvis Special/Annual already been published?

PPS: Hard to believe, but in the 1960s there was no dedicated Elvis monthly magazine in his own country. Yes, he featured regularly in all the pop magazines, movie magazines and of course fanzines there but the most rabid of Elvis fans in the States would subscribe to Albert’s UK Elvis Monthly for wall-to-wall Elvis.

PS: Eventually, ill health led to Albert passing on the Elvis Fan Club UK to Todd Slaughter who, despite his own health issues, is still running it 50 years later. This review of the last 50 years by Todd is interesting. http://www.elvispresleyfanclub.co.uk/news.php

Nuff Said 68

Aug 1, 2018

Pop weekly

Aug 1, 2018

Pop wekly No 4 18th September 1965

Another of Albert Hand’s numerous projects (along with “TeenBeat” and the super-rare “The Mod’s Monthly”) “Pop Weekly” was available through the first half of the 1960s. There were Annuals too! This issue from September 1965 features JK. “Everyone’s gone to the moon” was released in July and was a hit in August. Kenneth’s pseudonym is spelled wrong throughout!!!

JK01

JK05

Pop Weekly No 4 18th September 1965