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lads, I hope it's OK to post this here.
Jeff was a guy I worked with from my very first day at work, at the BBC Transcription Service at Kensington House in June 1976. He passed away last year and his family asked me to look after his quarter inch tape collection, some 400 reels. During November and December I worked my way through them all, throwing out all the blank reels that had never been used.
I was left with a pile of about 150 reels. My friend Keith Wickham (some of you may have heard of him, he restores quite a lot of the comedy series for BBC Radio 4 Extra) has kindly volunteered to actually play them all and see if there is anything of interest. Virtually all of the reels are off-airs of some sort....a few reels from the 60's (including one of a programme from the pirate radio ship Radio London) but mainly from the 70's. The bonus is that Jeff was a Librarian, this means that virtually every reel is labelled and annotated clearly, which makes a nice change!
Here's a photo of the reels before they left me yesterday afternoon, en route to Keith's
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o my surprise, Keith has just e-mailed me to say that he has played literally one reel so far and it turns out to be a programme called 'Connoiosseur' which transmitted in November 1964 and is a long conversation with actor Vincent Price. Apparently it's very good recording and Keith tells me it's missing from the BBC archive! We're 1 for 1!
If it's OK with the mods, I'll keep you updated in this thread if anything else comes to light.

all the best, Gary C

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Vincent Price! I hope they make it available online.

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This evening I've had a note from Keith, he has run through about a third of the tapes. They contain all of the Kenny Everett World's Worst Wireless programmes (which we know already exist), but there are a few programmes recorded from Radio London 206 ('Honky Tonk', was that Charlie Gillett's programme?) plus some more from Capital Radio, a lot of these feature guest appearances by Carl Perkins.
There's a few folk shows from BBC Radio 2 and some music documentaries.
We're presuming the BBC stuff will be in archive, but the Radio London and Capital tapes are unlikely to exist.
Once we have gone through the whole lot, we'll make up a full list and check with the various archives etc.
Just thought you may like a progress report!

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OK lads, I have some news. The good news is that ALL the tapes played perfectly. Keith has now gone through all the tapes and is now compiling a final listing. There are number of programmes that aren't in the BBC archive (for starters), he's sent me a partial listing, which is as follows:
Billy Graham on Pete Murray's Open House undated c1980,
Bing Crosby on Open House 15 09 77,
Carl Perkins on Pete Murray Open House 22.3.78 R2 1978,
Commonwealth in Miniature Tx 10.6.66 HS,
Country Meets Folk - 23 09 72 (Last ever show),
Insight - Joe Meek Tx 06 06 76 (postponed from 23 05 76),
Interview with Christopher Lee c1966,
Jerry Lee Lewis Granada TV show 30 08 64,
Mike Raven - 'Sun' show 7.5.66 Radio Invicta.
This is a list of the stuff that isn't in an archive, there's tons more to go through and check.
I'll speak with Keith later this week and see what we should do with the tapes and the digital copies. Obviously if it's missing from the BBC then I'm all in favour of letting them have the recordings.

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I certainly remember the Mike Raven show, but forgot which Pirate it was on. Others sound interesting especially the Joe Meek and Christopher Lee.

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The Bing Crosby appearance on Open House is interesting too as that was only a month before his death.

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Gary C wrote:OK lads, I have some news. The good news is that ALL the tapes played perfectly. Keith has now gone through all the tapes and is now compiling a final listing. There are number of programmes that aren't in the BBC archive (for starters), he's sent me a partial listing, which is as follows:
Billy Graham on Pete Murray's Open House undated c1980,
Bing Crosby on Open House 15 09 77,
Carl Perkins on Pete Murray Open House 22.3.78 R2 1978,
Commonwealth in Miniature Tx 10.6.66 HS,
Country Meets Folk - 23 09 72 (Last ever show),
Insight - Joe Meek Tx 06 06 76 (postponed from 23 05 76),
Interview with Christopher Lee c1966,
Jerry Lee Lewis Granada TV show 30 08 64,
Mike Raven - 'Sun' show 7.5.66 Radio Invicta.
This is a list of the stuff that isn't in an archive, there's tons more to go through and check.
I'll speak with Keith later this week and see what we should do with the tapes and the digital copies. Obviously if it's missing from the BBC then I'm all in favour of letting them have the recordings.
Splendid, first-rate and a big huzzah!
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...............and there may well be a few more!

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Keith has now supplied me the full list of recordings, here is the FULL LIST of recordings that are missing from the archive and will be returned to the BBC and wherever else is applicable:,

Berlioz and 'The Trojans' (TS version of Birth of an Opera Tx TP 09 05 60) side 1 of 2 only.
Billy's Back (Billy Graham) Tx 20.1.80 (extract only in archive)
Bing Crosby on Open House tx 15 09 77
Bing Crosby Tribute - Radio London 206 Oct 1977 Rpt 31 12 77
Bing Crosby Tribute - Radio London 206 Oct 1977 Rpt 31 12 77
Bing Crosby with Alan Dell Rx 11.10.77 Tx 27.12.77 (his last ever recording) released on vinyl, but not in archives
Capital Radio 194 - We Remember Elvis 20 08 77 Part 1
Capital Radio 194 - We Remember Elvis 20 08 77 Part 2
Capital Radio 194 - We Remember Elvis 20 08 77 Part 3
Capital Radio 194 ROT 16 04 76 inc int with David Cassidy, News bulletin and start of Nicky Horne show
Close Up - BBC Radio London 03 09 77 with Marjorie Bilbow (Elvis special)
Commonwealth in Miniature Tx 10.6.66 Home Service
Country Meets folk - 15 04 72 Radio 2
Country Meets Folk - 23 09 72 (Last ever show) Radio 2
Folk '79 Tx 4.9.79 The Yetties part 2
Folk '79 Tx 10.7.79 The Yetties part 1
Good Evening I'm Jonathan King Tx 17.2.68 ITV
Honky Tonk - Radio London 17.4.77
Honky Tonk - Radio London 19.3.78 - Carl Perkins interview (1)
Honky Tonk - Radio London 19.3.78 - Carl Perkins interview (2)
Honky Tonk - Radio London 21.12.75
Honky Tonk - Radio London 25.1.76
Honky Tonk - Radio London undated (1)
Honky Tonk - Radio London undated (2)
Honky Tonk - Radio London undated cNov 1975 (1)
Honky Tonk - Radio London undated cNov 1975 (2)
Honky Tonk - Radio London with guest Charlie Feathers
Honky Tonk - Radio London with guest James Burton
Honky Tonk - Radio London with guests - Jack Scott and another - unmarked tape
Honky Tonk 15 05 77 (1)
Honky Tonk 15 05 77 (2)
Insight - Joe Meek Tx 06 06 76 (postponed from 23 05 76)
Interview with Christopher Lee c1966
Jerry Lee Lewis Granada TV show 30 08 64
Kaleidoscope 13 09 77
LBC Nightline 14 10 77 - Bing Crosby tribute (2)
LBC Nightline 14 10 77 - Bing Crosby tribute
Les Girls (Last 4 mins) Tx 8.4.60 Home Service
Mike Raven - 'Sun' show 7.5.66 Radio Invicta
Norman Petty remembers Buddy Holly Tx 2.2.65 Light Programme
Off the Record - Lord Clark (TS master tape) Tx as Music in My Life R4 01 08 70
Radio London 206 ROT 12 03 78
Roger Cook Reports - Rock Bottom Tx R4 9.9.79
Solid Gold Bing Tx 16 10 76
Sounds Natural - Bing Crosby int Tx 5.1.78 (rpt of 26.1.76 - edited copy is in archives)
Stuart Coleman Radio London 206 Echoes - feature on Pirate radio
Stuart Coleman Radio London 206 feature on music in 1979
Stuart Coleman Radio London feature on early stereo records
The Connoisseur - a Conversation with Vincent Price Tx 03 11 64 (postponed from 23 11 64)
The Punch and Judy Men (15 mins of 27) R4 28 08 78

and that's yer lot!

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Ah, so there is TV-audio as well?
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literally 2 or 3 things, they're all listed here and that's it. Keith doesn't know who is in the Jonathan King recording, so I'll listen to that next week to try and identify it. Likewise the Jerry Lee Lewis 1964 recording.

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Hi,Gary.
Thank everyone involved for the hard work.
'Granada's 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' from 1964 survives,if it's that one?

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could be, JWG, I'll check when I listen ot it, does that TX date I've listed for it tally up with you?

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Gary C wrote:could be, JWG, I'll check when I listen ot it, does that TX date I've listed for it tally up with you?

Now,you mention it,nope.It's 19/3/1964.So it's looking good,unless it was shown later in other regions?

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............I have just listened to the Feb 1968 recording of 'Good Evening I'm Jonathan King'.
It features the Paper Dolls singing 'Something Here In My Heart', a fairly lengthy discussion on the then current rock n roll revival with Carl Wayne, Freddie Fingers Lee and one other. Then there is 'I Can't Drive' by At Last The 1958 Rock n Roll Show (I wonder if Ian Hunter is on it) followed by an interview with the bankrupt P.J. Proby. Not bad quality either.

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