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September 24, 2014 02:20 PM PDT

BBC Radio 2 recording of a live concert in Hyde Park, London on Sunday, 14th September 2014

Playlist x 17 Numbers Performed
01: All Over The World
02: Evil Woman
03: Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
04: Showdown
05: Livin' Thing
06: Strange Magic
07: 10538 Overture
08: Can't Get It Out Of My Head
09: Sweet Talkin' Woman
10: Turn To Stone
11: Steppin' Out
12: Handle With Care
13: Don't Bring Me Down
14: Rock 'n' Roll Is King
15: Telephone Lne
16: Mister Blue Sky
17: Roll Over Beethoven

October 18, 2012 01:24 PM PDT

The Casbah: This hour long programme celebrates the somewhat neglected and hugely significant venue where The Beatles enjoyed a residency prior to their later and more often recognised success at the Cavern Club. The documentary is presented by original Beatles' drummer Pete Best whose mother Mona both owned and ran the club.

The Casbah, a private members club in the basement of the Best family home, was distinctive in a number of ways having opened as a strictly Rock'n'Roll venue. The majority of Liverpool clubs in the late 50's having had roots in Jazz, Folk & Country music. It was also notable in that it was run by a woman, Mona Best, in an era when music/club promoters were invariably male. The documentary will explore the history of the club (decorated by The Beatles and now awarded Blue Plaque status) while examining the broader context of the boom that came to be known as Merseybeat.

Contributions from Merseybeat newspaper founder Bill Harry alongside Merseybeat veterans Mike Pender of The Searchers, Georgie Spruce (AKA Earl Preston of Earl Preston & The TT's), Howie Casey (of Derry & the Seniors - the first Liverpool combo to play in Hamburg and secure a recording contract), and Geoff Nugent (of The Undertakers). The programme will also feature the recollections of Casbah Club members and a fleeting, though noteworthy, contribution from Paul McCartney.

October 06, 2012 07:38 PM PDT

Paul Gambaccini returns with the 7th series of BBC Radio 4's award-winning For One Night Only, the programme that looks back at three more occasions on which a classic live album was recorded. He hears from those who were there, on-stage, backstage and in the audience, to re-create the event for all of us who, each time we play the album, think: 'If only I could have been there'.

In the series opener, Paul re-visits the 1992 recording of 'Eric Clapton Unplugged', in the company of Eric Clapton himself and others who were there.

On 16 January 1992, in front of a small audience at Bray Studios near Maidenhead, Berkshire, Eric Clapton and a small group of musicians made history. For the first time in a public performance, the legendary guitarist 'unplugged' his amp and picked up an acoustic guitar to record a selection of old blues favourites and brand new material, including the poignantly personal 'Tears in Heaven', about the tragic loss of his son, Conor, the previous year. And then there was the radically surprising take on the classic 'Layla'.

Paul Gambaccini hears the story of the making of this classic album, which went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide and won 6 Grammies, from Eric Clapton himself. He also hears the memories of members of the band: Andy Fairweather-Low, Steve Ferrone, Chuck Leavell and Nathan East; Alex Coletti, who produced the show for MTV; sound recordist Buford Jones, and members of the audience.

Additional material from Paul Gambaccini's extensive interview with Eric Clapton is also included.

Also in this series of For One Night Only: Pete Seeger and others on The Weavers At Carnegie Hall (1955) and The Rolling Stones 'Get Yer Ya-Yas Out' (1969)

August 23, 2012 06:06 PM PDT

In common with other groups hailing from 1960s Liverpool, the Roadrunners played at Hamburg’s Star Club – twice to be exact. The first over the Christmas and into the New Year period of 1963 / 64 and again seven months later during July / August 1964. On both occasions the group recorded sessions for Star Club Records later released on vinyl long playing records for the German market.

Towards the end of the group's first stint, following a gig in the German city of Kiel, the Roadrunners returned weary and tired to a deserted Star Club and in the after-midnight hours recorded a ‘rough & ready’ session of numbers later released on the Star Club Records label, after the group returned to Liverpool and without their knowledge, under the title “Twist-Time im Star Club 4”.

The Roadrunners line-up for this recording was MIKE HART (Guitar & Vocals) PETE MACKEY (Bass & Vocals) DAVE PERCY (Lead Guitar) JOHN PEACOCK (Piano) and DAVE BOYCE (Drums). On three tracks of “Twist-Time im Star Club 4” - Rip it up, Slowdown and Long Tall Sally, the saxophone accompaniments were provided by two members of the Glasgow based Bobby Patrick Big Six (probably Bobby Patrick himself and Alex Young) who were also doing a Star Club stint the same time as the Roadrunners.

TRACKS 1 - 10 RUN UNTIL 36:18

1: Rip it up (Vocals – Pete Mackey)
2: You can make it if you try (Vocals – Mike Hart)
3: Baby you don’t have to go (Vocals – Mike Hart)
4: Slowdown (Vocals – Mike Hart)
Shortly into this number, Dave Percy has a problem with his guitar lead and the sound of his lead guitar disappears while he struggles to fix it. It reappears again towards the end of the number.
5: That’s alright (Vocals – Mike Hart)
6: Beautiful Delilah (Vocals – Mike Hart)
7: Long Tall Sally (Vocals – Pete Mackey)
8: Hoochie Coochie Man (Vocals – Mike Hart)
9: You’d better move on (Vocals – Mike Hart)
10: Roadrunner (Vocals – Mike Hart)

The Roadrunners returned to the Star Club for their second stint in July / August 1964. And, performing in front of a packed and appreciative Hamburg audience put together a live set that found its way onto one side of a Star Club Records LP released in Germany under the title of “Tanz-Show im Star Club 2”

In the space of eight months the line-up of a much tighter sounding Roadrunners had noticeably changed. Dave Percy had left and the saxophone pairing of Johnny Phillips and Nick Carver added. Indeed, 18-year old American born Johnny Phillips was a rare talent for the times. From the US Southern State of North Carolina, Johnny Phillips was a classically taught musician from an early age who could play a variety of instruments that included saxophone, flute and trumpet. And, it still remains a mystery to this day how exactly he managed to get to Liverpool from the US. Unfortunately, his stay with the Roadrunners was only to be a short one – no more than eight months. For at the end of the group’s second engagement at the Star Club Johnny Phillips decided to remain in Germany to pursue other musical opportunities. As a US citizen, there was also the matter of him legally re-entering the UK without a work permit having originally entered Britain as a visitor.

The Roadrunners line-up for this live recording was again MIKE HART (Guitar & Vocals) PETE MACKEY (Bass & Vocals) JOHN PEACOCK (Piano / Electric Organ) and DAVE BOYCE (Drums) with JOHNNY PHILLIPS (Saxophone / Flute & Trumpet) and NICK CARVER (Saxophone).

TRACKS 11 - 16 START FROM 36:23

11: Mary Ann (Vocals – Mike Hart)
12: Have you ever had the blues (Vocals & Trumpet – Johnny Phillips)
13: My baby left me (Vocals – Pete Mackey)
14: Hitchhike (Vocals – Mike Hart)
15: Cry, Cry, Cry (Vocals – Mike Hart)
16: Got my mojo working (Vocals – Mike Hart)

May 30, 2012 03:54 PM PDT

The premise of these two "trials" is did the early death of these two featured Rock 'n' Roll artists deservedly elevate them to godlike status?

Hosted by broadcaster and professional northerner, Mark Radcliffe; the two "died-young" godlike candidates to be put on trial in this broadcast are BUDDY HOLLY and JANIS JOPLIN.

At the trial of Buddy Holly – DJ Whispering Bob Harris appears for the prosecution while Hank Marvin speaks in defence of Buddy Holly.

At the trial of Janis Joplin – British Criminal Lawyer Nick Barraclough appears for the prosecution while Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves fame) speaks in defence of Janis Joplin.

May 18, 2012 07:09 AM PDT

Whatever did happen to Bobbie Gentry, that’s the question that Rosanne Cash, daughter of legendary Johnny Cash, asks?

More than 30 years ago Bobbie Gentry disappeared from the public’s gaze and despite various attempts to track her down her whereabouts remain unknown as she remains steadfastly in a state of anonymity.

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