• 1967-10-08
  • (Introduction to show, mood of Peel, interesting comments, etc. If possible, please add mentions of gigs attended, football matches, TV appearances, stories of past/current activities, etc, for use elsewhere on John Peel Wiki.)
  • Ripper's notes: Three of six numbers recorded for the first of two Top Gear sessions by Denny Laine And The Electric String Band. This show was one of three episodes of Top Gear not presented by John Peel - Pete Drummond and Mike Ahern in this instance. Ahern, a popular DJ on Radio Caroline, was one of the recruits from pirate radio whose initial short-term contracts with Radio 1 weren't renewed..
  • Only two tracks on the file
  • For many Peel listeners, the least familiar name in the session listing is soul singer Lou Rawls. Rawls had been successful in the USA during 1967, notably with "Dead End Street", not the Kinks' hit, but a song about growing up in the Chicago ghetto streets.. He was also the only soul artist apart from Otis Redding to perform at the Monterey International Pop Festival, but didn't make the UK charts until the mid-1970s and never seemed to be a Peel favourite.


  • Denny Laine And The Electric String Band #1, recorded 4th October 1967. No known commercial release.
  • Crazy World Of Arthur Brown #1, recorded 3rd October 1967. No known commercial release.
  • Idle Race #1, recorded 2nd October 1967. I Like My Toys / Hey Grandma / The Lemon Tree / Imposters of Life's Magazine / Knocking Nails Into My House. All exist bar first track, no known commercial release.
  • Lou Rawls & Maxine Brown only session, recorded 3rd October 1967. No known commercial release.
  • Procol Harum #1, recorded 27th September 1967. all except for one track available on Procol Harum Essential Recordings

(Please add details of any commercial release of these sessions)


  • Denny Laine : Guilty Mind (session)
  • Small snippet of Pete Drummond
  • Denny Laine : Catherine Wheel (session)
  • Small snippet of Pete Drummond


  • Denny Laine's Electric String Band - Peel session - Top Gear 8/10/67
  • 00:05:47
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