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We described how the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act forced "all stations" to close in August 1967. And there was a tape recorder here for when things got really bad and the stylus started lifting off the record. Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English actor, author, comedian and musician. Harold Wilson's Labour government of 1964 was initially slow to respond to the pirate ships, not least because it held a narrow majority and feared alienating potential voters. Walker, 63, is sitting in his club in Greek Street, drinking sparkling water. I wonder if we can improve it by whipping it up to 78?' A lot of books about the history and the DJ's of Radio Luxembourg are published over the years. The Boat That Rocked opens in the UK on 3 April. 2013/09/14 - Transistor Radios - listening to Radio Luxembourg (208) and Radio Caroline (259) under the bedclothes. We knew the BBC were recording all our output from Caversham, and they were hoping we would get political and start having a go at Harold Wilson, but we never did. May also exist other answers and more update, the answer indicated above is indicative not be used for medical and legal or special purposes. O'Rahilly named his enterprise after Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the US president, who was six when he saw a photo of her in a magazine and considered her fresh and exciting - just the kind of image he was keen to promote. At 21, he is the youngest DJ on British radio. Then a myriad of groups sprang up, like the Beatles,… It was better than Radio Luxembourg, which only played records in part, and whose DJs seemed emasculated. "So when it burst, it really burst, and it did scare the government. Walker says he has seen a BBC memo from 1967 addressed to the Radio 1 controller: "On no account should Johnnie Walker be employed for at least a year to let the taint of criminality subside.". The movie features the usual pliable gang - Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Rhys Ifans - with Philip Seymour Hoffman filling the slot vacated by Hugh Grant. His father had served in the Royal Air Force and survived World War II, only to be killed in a truck-crash shortly afterwards. Complete with its original box, case and earphone. But you will not hear waves in the background. Radio Luxembourg 208 - Your Station of the Stars Noel Edmonds tells the story of Luxy, the original pop music station in the UK. He anchored a ship in international waters off the Essex coast, where it escaped British legal jurisdiction, and hired DJs from British ballrooms and pop stations in the United States and Canada. My earliest memories is of 'Saturday Club' which was aimed at the teenage 'with it' population. Keith "Cardboard Shoes" Skues, now 70, presents Pirate Radio Skues on BBC Radio Norfolk on Sunday nights, while Johnnie Walker has a Saturday-night show on Radio 2 called Pirate Johnnie Walker. Initial output was dignified, with shows aimed at housewives and children home from school; they did play the Beatles, but also the Searchers and Ken Dodd. This has been amended. He says that before the ban he was never told what to play ("The only memos from the office in London would be: 'There's a journalist coming out to the ship - don't be hanging out in your pyjamas.'"). As a listener you felt you were part of a secret club, under the bedclothes with your pop stars and your favourite jocks. A classic MW/LW transistor radio from the 1960s. So I turn him into a chipmunk. Instead of 24-hour satellite television, there was the anarchic free-for-all of Saturday morning pictures and the Under The Bedclothes Club on Radio Luxembourg. Based only loosely on real events, the film has music, sex and a sinking, and bears about as much relation to marine broadcasting as Notting Hill did to Notting Hill. "This explosion of music and fashion and teenage excitement - the lid had been kept on it for so long," Walker says. Walker is a consultant on the movie, and he has seen rushes, which has led him to conclude that those aboard The Boat That Rocked "definitely had a better time than we had - more drugs, more women...". As a listener you felt you were part of a secret club, under the bedclothes with your pop stars and your favourite jocks. I have owned many gadgets over the years, they litter my kitchen cupboard and my attic. The station provided a way to circumvent British legislation which until 1973 gave the BBC a monopoly of radio broadcasting on UK territory and prohibited all forms of advertising over the domestic radio … "I said to him, 'You made me unemployed, Mr Wilson.' Episode 1 1 / 2 Noel Edmonds tells the story of Luxy, the original pop music station in the UK. The DJs worked two weeks on, one week off. And remember, Radio Luxembourg being a commercial station, we will have to include some of those nostalgic radio advertisements, and teach everyone how to spell K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M, remembering that we listened to 208 on a transistor radio under the bedclothes… He left the Marquee Club in 1970 to take a job in the offices of Radio Luxembourg. The choice on the radio was very limited: chart hits or middle of the road stuff. Unsurprisingly, Whitehall did not see this as innocent pleasure. It probably represents the most useful way I could have spent my life.". London-American Records, Six Five Special, The Girl Can't Help It, New Musical Express, The 2I's Coffee Bar, 1950s rock n roll music and all its associated aspects - films, cars, books, personalities of the time - can be discussed from a UK viewpoint by joining this list. So fact was stranger than fiction: Tintin's fictional rocket was actually a real-world V2. ", Fellow DJ Tom Lodge once took his long-term partner on board, and she used to waft around the ship in a see-through negligee. But as the main text made clear, Radio Caroline defied the new legislation and stayed on the air on various vessels, the last of which was shipwrecked in 1990, when it was obliged to seek new ways of broadcasting. It's the first pirate station to broadcast solely in English. The following texts are the property of their respective authors and we thank them for giving us the opportunity to share for free to students, teachers and users of the Web their texts will used only for … Marquee Club-Wikipedia. Radio Luxembourg - your Station of the Stars, broadcasting on a network of 208 megacycles. Many spent time under the bedclothes with a transistor radio tuning in to Radio Luxembourg. My favourite gadget at the moment is probably my … The information of medicine and health contained in the site are of a general nature and purpose which is purely informative and for this reason may not replace in any case, the council of a doctor or a qualified entity legally to the profession. Johnnie Walker begins his career here before moving to Radio Caroline. If there's one radio station that has won a warm spot in the collective memory of European radio listeners, it's no doubt Radio Luxembourg. This article was amended on Tuesday 10 March 2009. Marquee Club-Wikipedia. Yesterday a blue plaque was unveiled at the station’s original London headquarters in Mayfair to celebrate almost 60 years of broadcasting to the British public. No wonder teenagers screamed at their idols at concerts: it was an orgiastic release, true unbound freedom even as they were being levered back into their seats. Source :*H55*IOAAELvlvbvLVnedmOt6ifMp0PkBiL5NQWaIcxNmrimGP30uDVg3JFpdefnrrkSKzNpps5SvSHstx6ZBRPoOxKMnUw/10000triviaQuestions.xls, Web site link of source :, Author : not indicated on the source document of the above text. Instead of 24-hour satellite television, there was the anarchic free-for-all of Saturday morning pictures and the Under The Bedclothes Club on Radio Luxembourg. I don't think the little earphone is working. But soon there was competition from other nearby ships, particularly "Wonderful Radio London", and they upped the tempo (the former Radio London DJ Keith Skues described his station as the "swingingest"); soon the Rolling Stones and the Byrds were enthralling anyone who, like a young Johnnie Walker listening in a suburb of Birmingham, could thread a long wire from their window and manipulate the spotty reception. use the following search engine: Who formed the 'Under the Bedclothes Club' on Radio Luxembourg? Aboard Radio London, Kenny Everett developed his alter-egos and parodied Tony Benn; John Peel's The Perfumed Garden planted the seeds of bearded progressive rock. Idle stated that the two things that made his life bearable were listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes and watching the local football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Subject: RE: Radio Luxembourg 208 From: Newport Boy Date: 26 Jun 12 - 05:51 AM My main recollection of Radio Luxembourg is on summer evenings in 1954/5, sitting under the trees on the (ex)golfcourse. Subject: RE: Radio Luxembourg 208 From: Newport Boy Date: 26 Jun 12 - 05:51 AM My main recollection of Radio Luxembourg is on summer evenings in 1954/5, sitting under the trees on the (ex)golfcourse. "Unbeknown to me, Don has organised this big party at his house, and he's got radios in every room, and is telling people that 'my record is going to be on Radio Caroline'. It drove the listeners crazy. They didn't understand the half of it, but they did understand the unifying power of music. This has been amended. 'Oh, it'll be on. What is the answer to the follow question : Who formed the 'Under the Bedclothes Club' on Radio Luxembourg? I used to live with her in Kilburn on my week off, and one day she said, 'Johnnie, do you need some spliffs for the ship?' Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. December 1964 Radio London, brainchild of Texan entrepreneur Don Pierson, begins broadcasting in direct competition with Radio Caroline, 3½ miles off Frinton-on-Sea. So girls would come to the ship, and we'd tie their boat alongside, and we used to get the engineer to take their boyfriends off to look round the transmitters and the generators, and we'd take them downstairs to the cabins. I used to hide under the bedclothes and find John Peel's show. was too posh in those days to play such rubbish. It was better than Radio Luxembourg, which only played records in part, and whose DJs seemed emasculated. Focussing on the 208 service, which was opened by Pete Murray on July 2nd 1951 and closed down on 31-12-2015, Philip Champion elucidates the … Many spent time under the bedclothes with a transistor radio tuning in to Radio Luxembourg. July 1964 Tony Blackburn joins Radio Caroline. "£25 a week, plus your on-shore leave paid for." In the caption for the picture attached to this article we said the radio station was Radio Caroline, it was in fact Radio London. I wouldn't call them groupies. July 1949 The Wireless Telegraphy Act bans radio stations not sanctioned by the government or the BBC. This is me in the studio - in the middle of the ship, so that when you were in a force nine gale it didn't move quite so much. March 1964 Radio Caroline is founded by the Irish businessman Ronan O'Rahilly in international waters off Felixstowe. "Some of these Dutch sailors [who fished and cooked as the music played] would be on board the boat for three months at a time, so they were pretty horny, and it caused a lot of trouble; women were banned from then on.". Within 18 months, the Beatles, the Stones and the Who had thrown off not only post-war austerity and authority but also any notion that young people would ever be governable again. There were a lot of fans in mourning. ', "So we're getting to half-ten, and where's your record, Don? "Fans would come out to visit the ship. There was a big farewell party in a ballroom with Procol Harum and many eager girls, but he always planned to return to the ship and defy the law. The pirates talked a full-blooded language, even those on Caroline North, a second ship moored near the Isle of Man, who were keen to foster the personality of "zany": Jerry "Soopa" Leighton, Mick Luvzit, "Daffy" Don Allen, and they found an outlet for new creativity. ... find was this tiny little radio. And three days after that, sackfuls of mail with Typhoo and Tetley in it.". Richard revisits childhood haunts, encountering an England changed beyond recognition – from the covered market which is now a 30-storey Dubai-style tower block to his old primary school, where pupils now speak 20 different languages as their mother … Terms of service and privacy page. So we came ashore, and there was a double-page spread in the Mirror of Dave Lee Travis carrying me off the tender. One of the biggest hits was the Dubliners' "Seven Drunken Nights", which wouldn't have been a hit if Caroline North and South hadn't been playing it every hour every day for weeks. This was the 60s - people were just making love all over the place, no Aids or anything. Just say you've run out of tea. ", When the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act made the ships illegal in the summer of 1967, Walker took a heroic stance. Radio Luxembourg 208 / under the bedclothes. O'Rahilly had discovered something intriguing: unlicensed ships in Europe with pirate transmitters playing music of their choosing to a tiny audience in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. This article was amended on Sunday 15 March 2009. August 1967 The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act outlaws pirate radio; all stations are forced to close. The man who had millions of listeners tuning into his programme under the bedclothes. Benn railed against the unlicensed use of wavelengths that might interfere with emergency signals and confuse ships at sea. The government and the BBC were pretty much the same thing back then." Instead of 24-hour satellite television, there was the anarchic free-for-all of Saturday morning pictures and the Under The Bedclothes Club on Radio Luxembourg. "I don't think that creating something that has provided harmless free enjoyment for millions of people for four decades could really be described as a waste. It did not die in the late 60s, and it has survived sinkings, seizures, numerous wavelength changes and parodies (Smashie and Nicey set their pirate years on Radio Geraldine). Noel Edmonds continues the story of the original pop music station in the UK - Radio Luxembourg. I spent most of my early youth listening to pop music from Radio Luxembourg on that old crystal set, sometimes late into the night and under the bedclothes when, unknown to my parents, I should have been sleeping. "She said, 'You've got to be kidding. Listened to for many a happy hour every night in the 60's. Photograph: Terry Disney/Getty Images. September 1964 Keith Skues joins Radio Caroline. "It was about 90% in favour of coming ashore and looking after myself, not doing anything silly. In working order. The school had begun life as a Victorian orphanage, and during Idle's time was a charitable foundation dedicated to the … "We were infested with these awful records that had no right to be on the radio - pay for play," Tony "The Royal Ruler" Prince told me in the London office of his latest project, Wedding TV. Walker tells a story that may have become amplified with repeated airings. Here, the original pirate DJs revisit their vivid lives of sex, drugs... and music, Staff of ship-based pirate radio station Radio London arrive at Felixstowe after the station's closure, 14th August 1967. Two days later a padded envelope arrives with four big spliffs in. That's why the American government put Elvis in the army and why the British police hounded Brian Jones in an attempt to destroy the Stones. The B.B.C. Idle was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) and lived at 11 North Avenue in Harton Village. In his new film The Boat That Rocked, Richard Curtis replays those heady days when music, fashion and youth were redefining British culture. In May 1962, the power of Radio Luxembourg was displayed in Britain when B Bumble and The Stingers took the instrumental Nut Rocker into the UK Top 10 without a single play on the national BBC … It is now legal, headquartered in Maidstone, Kent, and available on Sky and the internet. So basically I trash his record, and Don Arden goes absolutely ballistic. His addiction to music began in the mid fifties upon hearing Skiffle and Rock n’ Roll, and misspent many a happy hour listening under the bedclothes on his crystal set to Lonnie Donegan and Buddy Holly on Radio Luxembourg. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work under a four-factor balancing test. I actually got three books and you'll find them here plus one more. No one had a more moralising grip on entertainment than the BBC, which rationed pop to a few hours a week on the Light Programme. "I've got quite a good drugs story,' says the DJ Johnnie Walker. Jimmy Savile and The Under the Bedclothes Club. The radio was a portable (with difficulty) valve set - 110V lead-acid … The English-language service of Radio Luxembourg began in 1933 as one of the earliest commercial radio stations broadcasting to the UK and Ireland. He was the man who helped give The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Donovan, Petula Clark and scores of others their big break. In the early 60s, as a young boy growing up, I started listening to music. In December 1965 he moves to Radio Luxembourg. There were women, Walker says, but they were not a regular occurrence. He bought a transistor In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. With no advertising revenue, slots on the playlist were sold, for about £100 a week.

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