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Show

Name
Station
YYYY-MM-DD
  • 1969-02-19
Comments
  • Full tracklisting from the PasB of the BBC Written Archives Centre.
  • PasB mentions a Stefan Grossman session track as Richland Woman Blues (a song by Mississippi John Hurt), but in Ken Garner's Peel Sessions book, it's Requiem (For Pat Kilroy). [1]
  • Wednesday Night Ride shows lasted 2 hours and were usually presented in the first hour by Peel and the second by another presenter. In this case the show seems to be presented solely by Peel, according to the PasB. The last hour of the show is dominated by Jazz and easy listening, not the kind of music Peel would emphasise so much - unless the PasB forgot to mention the other DJ or he had to take over the whole 2 hour show of Night Ride and play the other DJ's playlist, because of an absentee.
  • However, BBC Genome [2] lists two presenters: "The world of words and music explored by John Peel and Jon Curle", with John Muir as producer of the entire two-hour show.
  • The jazz orientation of the second hour (along with a couple of American folk songs by Paul Clayton and Jean Ritchie) may reflect Muir's tastes, starting with the Kenny Burrell track. Some seem to have been supplied by the Voice of America radio network, the nearest US equivalent to the BBC World Service.
  • At least four of the tracks from the second hour are from non-needletime film soundtrack albums - as was common on Night Ride. Although not all the material would appeal to Peel, it's still an adventurous playlist for what was supposed to be an easy-listening late-night show.
  • Peel has Kenny Everett as guest. There are no current recordings available of this programme to suggest why he was a guest on the programme or what they talked about.
  • Middle Eastern artists make a debut session on this show featuring Ahmad Al Khalil and Hameed Muhammed according to the PasB. One of the artists, Ahmad Al Khalil, seems according to internet research, an Iraqi singer and composer [3], who was of Kurdish origin [4]. The other collaborator, Hameed Mohammed, may have been Zahid Mohammed. There is a possibility that Zahid preferred using Hameed as a stage name or that the PasB wrote his name wrong. Zahid or Hameed was an Iraqi communist, also of Kurdish origin [5] who fled from Iraq in the early days and lived mostly in London during his exile especially in the 60's and early 70's [6]. He released records [7], and did collaborate with Ahmad Al Khalil [8], who sang his poetry. Al Khalil may have joined with Mohammed in London and recorded the session there in 1969. It is not currently known if,it was Peel who discovered the two men. Their appearance on the show could well have been because they came to the attention of Peel's producer John Muir, who had a strong interest in Eastern music. There is a faint chance that JP may have met Mohammed especially, due to both men having left wing views, through anti-war demonstrations that took place in London, although this seems unlikely as Peel was still a peace-loving hippy who only atteneded a few demonstrations . Mohammed seemed to return to Iraq sometime in the 70's, but fled again in 1982 back to the UK, to escape from Saddam Hussein's rule [9]. Al Khalil died in 1998 and Mohammed in 2001 with the latter buried at Highgate Cemetery in London. [10]
  • Unusually or perhaps not, Peel plays most of the sessions and poetry at the beginning of the programme. Guest poet George Macbeth was also a BBC radio producer and one of Peel's supporters at the Corporation (see the Night Ride and Night Ride Poets pages for more details).

Sessions

Tracklisting

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Available
  • Tracklisting only.
Footnotes
  1. Stefan Grossman played on Light Of Day, the sole album by Pat Kilroy (1944-1967). It was released in the UK on Elektra in summer 1967, but attracted little attention at the time - apparently, one of the few Elektra LPs of the era Peel didn't feature on his shows.
  2. Soundtrack album of the movie of the same name.
  3. Title sounds plausible, but doesn't seem to figure in this discography[1] of Paul Clayton (1933-1967), a prolific recording artist in the 1950s and an influence on the early Bob Dylan. The PasB labels it "American Folk" - but from a BBC Disc, so maybe a non-commercial recording of some kind.
  4. The PasB mentions a Maxwell Williams directing Innomine Players with Canzona a 4 (G. Gabrielle) Consort Of Vicls(?). The In Nomine Players (who have albums listed on Discogs, but not this one) and Consort of Viols, and the composer Gabrieli would be more accurate spellings. The Canzona (Canzone?) a 4 were composed in 1608, says Wikipedia's article on Gabrieli.
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