John Peel Wiki


  • BBC Radio One
  • 1970-02-14
  • Tracklisting below is from Volume 1 of the Decktician Logs. Many thanks to Decktician, Ken Garner for copying and additional information, and Rocker for acting as central HQ.
  • Two "one-session wonders" appear on the show; American blues legend Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, recorded during a visit to Britain, and Griffin, one of the more obscure British bands to appear on Top Gear. They were not connected with the US psychedelic rock/funk band called Griffin, who issued an LP in 1972, or with the heavy metal band of the same name who were successful in the 1980s. However they did include former Skip Bifferty lead singer Graham Bell.
  • Peel plays some cover versions of traditional material; Matthews Southern Comfort's session version of the sea shanty "Blood Red Roses" (previously recorded by many folk artists, including Richard and Mimi Farina and Peter Bellamy) and the Byrds' recording of the hymn "Oil In My Lamp".
  • There's also a cover of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" by American jazz saxophonist Steve Marcus, a pioneer of jazz-rock fusion (he also covered the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" and played with the Young Rascals) who later in his career reverted to straight-ahead jazz, with the bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich.


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  • 1a) Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - Peel session - Top Gear 14/2/70
  • 1b) 1970-02-14 Arthur Crupup TG 14.2.70.mp3
  • 2) 1970-02-14 Kevin Ayres single probably
  • 3) 1970-xx-xx Humblebums LP track w Peel outro.mp3
  • 1) 5:38
  • 2) 2:53
  • 3) 2:27
  • Many thanks to Colin Harper. File 1b has been centred from the original wav file.