TWO WAY FAMILY FAVOURITES: 1950s-1960s.
Being a bit older than most of you i would stay up on Sunday night 12oclock to listen to Radio Luxemburg for the Top Twenty records of the week (sponsored by Horace Bachelor of Keynsham, Bristol ) with promises of untold riches on the pools
Twiddle the dial and there was American Forces Network radio playing mainly jazz or old standards, great show. "Get to bed now Mother would shout down" (Well i was only 17 years old) Try that now with kids that age. Well Happy Days
Here is an extract which I expect that you can identify with:-
‘I would also build crystal sets which didn’t require a battery and could only be used with headphones that were usually bought from the ex- army supplies shop.
Many hours were spent trying to get a decent signal on our crystal sets to enable us to listen to Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg, as these were the ‘in’ stations and tended to favour pop music.
There were quite a lot of adverts on Radio Luxembourg with one in particular; a man who used to advertise how you could easily win a fortune on the pools with his system, and used an address in Keynsham, Bristol.
Interested listeners were asked to contact Horace Batchelor at Department One, at Keynsham, Bristol – He would then spell out the word for us illiterates! “Spelt K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M “. I wondered why he needed to continue to work if he could make a fortune so easily.’
Billy Cotton had a great band with some fine musicians, they could really swing on rare occasions.
"Workers Playtime" and "Music while you work"as well as Sandy McPherson at the organ were frequently listened to in those days. I wonder what todays Heavy Metal fans would have made of that style of music.
Going back to "Music while you work (10.30 'till 11oclock) 5 days a week. i hated it when one day a week there was Victor Sylvestor on and also if a Brass band played the half hour. On a Thursday it was Syd Phillips and his band playing Swing music or semi Jazz. That was more in my line
P.s. Forgot to say that as i left to begin the journey an officer gave me a pair of hand cuffs and told me here is the key and "When you get on the train put one half on your wrist and the other on the box handle." he also gave me the key and said Keep it out of sight, mumbled something about the I.R.A.. I thought that if someone wanted the contents of the box they would not bother about a key, maybe chop my arm off. As i said earlier I did not sleep at all. Nuff said.
Got one that worked from batteries as well as mains. played in the local park on weekends with pals, we were never short of girls wanting to listen in.
. Oh Happy Days