It was a show sponsored by advertisers - these were common on Radio Luxembourg and no doubt on Amreican commercial radio, so maybe Peel had done similar shows during his time there.
Radio London was short-staffed in the final week(s) because many of the DJs (Blackburn, Skues, Everett) had left and were already working for the BBC or Luxy, while others were expecting to join the Beeb's new pop service (Radio 1) when it began. So Peel might not have wanted to do a this type of show, but had no choice as, with DJs like Mark Roman already doing 6 hours of programmes, there was no-one else available.
That explains it. I wonder how long those sponsored shows were? Were they like one hour shows?
There used to be a list of available Radio London recordings on Azanorak, which included a number of sponsored shows - maybe it's still accessible somewhere on the web. They were shorter than the standard three-hour DJ shift on the station, often less than an hour long. I can't remember hearing many of them, because most of them were broadcast in the daytime, when I was at school.
I've found the public folder of Aznorak, which has the shows below
(click on the link above, not the image below)
Thanks. There are a few sponsored shows among the Radio London listings - sponsors including Currys, Colgate, Juicy Fruits. Probably nothing worth going out of your way for, though!
The passing of Charlie Watts reminded me of Peel's comment on one Perfumed Garden that Charlie, in the photo on the sleeve of the Stones' 1967 US-only LP "Flowers", looked like a dibbler. Judge for yourself:
It also made me wonder if any recording of Peel's Stones special PG exists. To quote the Radio London website:
On hearing that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been found guilty of drug possession, John Peel devoted his entire Perfumed Garden programme to playing Rolling Stones records.
There seems to be some dispute with the dates. According to reference 3 on the Rolling Stones Peel wiki page, the exact date is unclear. According to the 1967-07-28 edition of International Times, Peel broadcast a full hour of Stones music on 04 July 1967. Meanwhile, in his book The London Sound, Brian Long says that the Perfumed Garden of 30 June 1967 was given over to records by the band.
I remember listening to the show and if memory serves it was a full two hours of Stones music. The Peel Wiki page on Disc and Music Echo has this:
That would be 29 June - the day the sentence was announced - or more correctly the early hours of 30 July, so Brian Long is probably right. May also explain why no recording of the show exists - Peel no doubt decided to respond to the judge's verdict after hearing the news earlier that day, but may not have told the other DJs on the ship of his plans.
An entire book is devoted to the Stones' drug bust and its repercussions:
- yet it doesn't mention Peel's tribute at all...
Sounds like the 30 June date is more of the accurate one
Yes, I think so. And Peel may also have broadcast an hour of Stones records on 4 July, as IT states - can't recall hearing that, but maybe my memory is at fault....
What do you think?