When the pirates ruled

Apologies. This is off topic, not about films but a celebrates a special day. It’s the fifty-fifth anniversary of 14th August 1967. Of course!!!

Let’s go back a few more years.

The 1960s was a fantastic time for music. Look at the charts, think about Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones, P J Proby, The Lemon Pipers… I don’t know what your taste is, maybe Thunderclap Newman or Lulu…

In the 1960s in the UK, it was very hard to actually hear these people on the radio. The BBC had The Light Programme (the name says it all), The Third Programme (classical) and The Home Service (news, current affairs and The Archers). What little pop there might be on those stations would be house bands or imitators, not the real thing at all.

If you were lucky you could pick up Radio Luxembourg, Fab 208, where djs like Pete Murray, David Jacobs, Duncan Johnson and Jimmy Savile played the hits. But the sound quality was famously not good.

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