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Name
  • Peel And Walters Links
Station
YYYY-MM
  • 1974-1977

Comments

  • Heavily edited snippets, starting with extracts from 1974 Top Gears, then a collection of trails broadcast on Alan Freeman's Saturday afternoon show, by Peel & Walters.
  • These trails, more like radio sketches, begin with advertising of upcoming Rock Week shows, broadcast straight after Fluff's show, then after the schedule changes, to advertise the daily weekday evening Peel shows.
  • Walters' contributions consist largely of sound effects as a foil to John's widely ranging impersonations of popular stereotypes and even colleagues, and he seems to have a one-word vocabulary.
  • The hitch delaying the first broadcast of Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn provokes an extended period of piss-taking lasting through several shows.
  • Many thanks to Steve Birkill, who runs the Pete Atkins website.
  • In May 2020 Weatherman22 sent Steve a link to one of the 1970's shows digitised by Tim, as it contained a pristine copy of Pete Atkins' second session. In response Steve wrote a nice post on his own forum and provided a copy of this collection.
  • Full details of the exchange and further links are available in the talk page.

Tracklisting

  • "There's a couple of goodies there"
  • Nice signature tune at the end of an unknown show
  • "Looks as though with one thing or another you're going to get the full sig tonight, so thank you very much for listening, I hope you'll listen on Thursday night, hope you enjoyed tonight's programme. Good night."
  • 0:02:15
  • snippet of the end of a track
  • "Come here you little darling and make an old man happy"
  • 0:02:38
  • laslo fair, or something along those lines, but certainly be careful what you say about disgusting old men, or me and my mates of the disgusting old men liberation front, we'll be down on top of you like a ton of bricks
  • 0:02:50
  • I notice that the single is Judy Teen (by Cockney Rebel) is still number 7 in the charts (week of 08.06.1974 or 15.06.1974),[1] so the chances are we have lots of new listeners, and eh, hi there, it's certainly nice to have you along, and I'm not really as boring as people may have told you, my fingernails are clean, and I'm really quite lovable. So I'll hope you'll stay until 12 o'clock. I have a letter here, which says "Dear Peely, I collect singles like a man possessed. I'm staggering home the other day with 100+ I found I got an item which will; be more valuable to you than me. It's a record called, The Toast of Merseyside, and it's football club eulogy to the tune of the Regents' Barbara-Ann". That is a record I don't have. And, eh, but there's more to it than that. The man who wrote the letter, Julian of Maidstone, too cowardly to put his address, says it'll be in the post to you, if and when you play something by Cliff Bennett on the show. I'm not the sort of person who bows to that sort of pressure... 11 June 1974
  • Sandy Denny: Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (album - Like An Old Fashioned Waltz) Island ILPS 9258 (start) 11 June 1974
  • 0:03:49
  • Tangerine Dream and I have a fairly hectic weekend lined up one way or another in fact in two hours time or less than two hours time now it'll be my birthday, so if you haven't got a present in the mail already, it's too late. I'm sorry about that, and also of course on Saturday, Liverpool are at Chelsea, and the Pig and myself are getting married. And I hope that I can report to you on Tuesday, on Top Gear Part 1, that over the weekend I had me a really good time. 29 August 1974
  • Faces: Had Me A Real Good Time 29 August 1974
  • 0:04:19
  • Bridget St. John: Pig & Peel (session) 29 August 1974
  • 0:05:31
  • "This next one's for the Pig's family up there in Shipley because they keep, well racing pigeons in the loft, and whippet in the sitting room and all that sort of thing, and it's called, Walking The Whippet" 03 September 1974
  • Andy Mackay: Walking The Whippet (session) start only 03 September 1974
  • 0:05:44
  • Top gear sig at start of show, then Peel & Pig exchange
  • And what does this feel like "Silk?" And what does this feel like "Cloth?" And what does this feel like "Top Gear"
  • Souther-Hillman-Furay Band: Fallin' In Love
  • 0:06:07
  • "There will be some of you who think that record skipped at the beginning and if you did, well, it's because you will insist on buying and inferior radio, and I'm sorry there's nothing I can do about it."
  • 0:06:19
  • "Before the programme starts we usually sit in the studio for about an hour and a half, or a couple of hours, listening to records and things, and going through all the millions and millions and millions of letters than have come in to me each week from the wonderful fans out there, and sometimes they have a phone number on them, and if there was a phone number it's easier than writing a letter and so I'd phone them up and sometimes every once in a while they'd be girls, I mean real girls actually, and I'll phone them up and get quite excited about it and they always at some stage in the conversation say, 'oh by the way would you like to have a word with my boyfriend, his occupation is biting wheels off speeding cars', something like this, you know, then they come on the phone and say "Hello John", that kind of thing, and another letter goes right into the bin. So that's for all the people, here's a record for all of the people I phoned up this evening, it's from Spooky Tooth."
  • Spooky Tooth: All Sewn Up start only
  • 7:20
  • Top Gear Sig
  • 8:11
  • Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes: Free Flight (album - Tooth, Fang & Claw) Discreet K 59205
  • "The drumming you heard on that was me on this excellent BBC chair, it needs tuning slightly, it's a good drum actually (drum sounds) Like it? Probably not. That's Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes from the Lp Tooth, Fang and Claw, and that's called Free Flight"
  • 8:31
  • News jingle
  • 8:38
  • "And now, under the direction of J Petals Walters, with Mr David Bedford on the pianoforte our ensemble address themselves to God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Away In A Manger, Good King Wenceslas, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful. And I would ask you in particular, to listen to the strong, manly and totally British voice that dominates the last hymn. It is mine."
  • Carol Concert 26 December 1974
  • "The celebrated Top Gear Carol Concert, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, the ensemble, Away In A Manger, Mr. Roderick Stewart, Good King Wenceslas, by the ensemble, featuring Mr. Ronnie Lane, and Mr. Robert Wyatt, Silent Night, by Sonia Kristina, and humming by the ensemble, and O Come All Ye Faithful, by the ensemble, with June Child and The Pig on the ladies bits. And it's the pig that says "Abuve" rather than "above" That's very nice to hear that again."
  • 19:38
  • And you can make me dance, sing, or anything, and as I said at the beginning, this is the last of the 10-12 Top gears, at least for the time being, in case you're wondering where John Walters and myself are going to, well, we're going to be on Monday Nights and Thursday Nights from 5:15 til 7, on Radio 1 of course, and on Saturday's following the Alan Freeman programme, with more of a magazine type programme, from 5 until 6:30, so I hope you'll make every effort to listen to those. The programmes won't be on VHF, but I hope you'll listen anyway, because we continue to do as we've done for the past x number of years, and bring you what we consider to be the best and most interesting of the current record releases, the most interesting of the bands that are around. Here's a track from my favourite LP of the year, from Richard and Linda Thompson. 26 December 1974
  • Richard & Linda Thompson: unknown (album - I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight) Island ILPS-9266 announced only
  • 20:25
  • Light Music Society Orchestra & Lt. Col. Sir Vivian Dunn: A Little Suite: 3. March
  • Hello, hoots toots my bonnie wee laddie. Scottish-accented comedy sketch, which ends with a joke about Wilson Pickett
  • Wilson Pickett: Hey Jude
  • 21:52
  • "This week, it's Gardening for progressives." An innuendo-laden comedy sketch, sounds same voice but not in Scottish, which leads onto
  • Troggs: I Can't Control Myself
  • 23:00
  • Trail played on Alan Freeman's Saturday afternoon show for John's Rock Week programme, likely 22nd February 1975
  • "Big John"
  • Berliner Philharmoniker: Also Sprach Zarathrusta "with Captain John Peel with the BBC Starship Rock Week to Major Freeman, in Mission Control, stardate February 22nd, 2081. Approaching the dark planet at Warp factor 8, energising defence mechanisms... now. Sub-orbital rendezvous experimental docking manoeuvres at 1700 hours on radio 1 with Timelord Ronnie Lane with tracks from his LP. Also spacemeat commander John Lennon who will beam down tracks from his 'Rock 'n' Roll' album. Major we expect a continuation of the Led Zeppelin sightings identified during your own programme. We've had reports from the intergalactic module of attempted communication by an alien intelligence . We believe this to be the usual interference from Paul Gambaccini. From BBC Starship Rock Week 5 o'clock Saturday ,,, to Major Freeman Mission Control. this is one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. And major, a little less of that extra vehicular activity"
  • Alan Freeman - "and baby it's cold outside"
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Richard P. Condie & P.J. Wilhousky: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • 24:56
  • "Big John"
  • Laughs "Well Mr Freeman sir you are too bold. A pox on your synthesiser as you cockskir. They seek me here, they seek me there, but they shall find me at 5 of the clock when those that wish to take chocolate with me, and as merry a parcel of fellows as ever lost in a state in a turn of a card .. to come to my rooms at Portland Place for an evening's diversion with Rufus who only arrived from the colonies. Senor Gambaccini with his new ?? Sir Isaac Newton's latest devising. 10cc. The music's from Dame Alice Cooper. And the first performance from the new album by Argent. Why the wry face, Mr Freeman? Stab me, for I warrant they'll be some fun going forward, with me, J Peel, at 5 of the clock, on Radio 1. But pssst, who is concealed in the closet? Lord Fluffington, by all that's damnable."
  • 26:05
  • "Our award for the Rock Week's most daunting headline of the week goes to Sounds, for the headline, 'Yes play for 8 hours'. Perhaps it just seems like that..."
  • 26:17
  • Another trail for Rock Week "'Alan can you hear me' That's Anne-Margret starring in Ken Russell's Tommy and myself, John Peel in the radio enterprises budget initiative. Pete Townsend will be in our Rock Week studio following this programme, and in a specially extended programme he'll be introducing exclusive preview of the soundtrack music from Tommy. Featuring such stars as Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, new music from the Who, Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, Elton John as the Pinball Wizard, and Eric Clapton, and if we get time we may play something from Eric Clapton's new solo LP as well. Unbeatable value. Following you, I see the music Alan. Right behind you, I see the millions." Who plays in background. Alan Freeman then takes back over, and mentions that Rock Week will feature a new girl rock group from Suffolk. That should really be something." 8th March 1975.
  • 27:41
  • Another highly dodgy trail, partially at Alan Freeman's expense. Rock Wakeman and Patti Labelle in Rock Week.
  • 28:47
  • "western-themed" Rock Week trail. Arthur Brown, Peter Frampton. Paul Gambaccini.
  • 30:28
  • "Freeman-style" Rock Week trail. David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Stealers Wheel. "Switch off now, until 5 o'clock"
  • 31:20
  • Toccata and Fugue Frankenstein style Rock Week trail. John Entwistle.
  • 32:43
  • Wipe-Out
  • 32:56
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home. "Feeling peckish after the show? Satisfaction is guaranteed at Peel's Pantry, where you choose at your leisure, from a washable menu in comfortable polystyrene Georgian style surroundings" etc. Joan Armatrading, Mick Ronson, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 34:24
  • Battle Of Britain-style Rock Week trail. Nico, Alan Price
  • 36:00
  • Pasodoble Rock Week trail. Ringo Star.
  • 37:52
  • Samurai-style Rock Week jingle again joke at AF's expense. Hawkwind, Keith Moon, Loudon Wainwright III
  • 39:54
  • Pathe-style zoo Rock Week jingle "back to the Pet Of The Month, Alan Freeman" Lowell George, Minnie Riperton, Kinks, Who
  • 41:45
  • clunky-continuity-announcer-style Rock Week jingle. Uriah Heap, Sandy Denny, Isley Brothers
  • 43:54
  • School headmaster prize giving-style Rock Week jingle. "Mr Peel, our school's gym instructor"... all sorts of dodginess ensues
  • 46:27
  • 90-minute theatre-style Rock Week jingle. Bryan Ferry. Caravan. Rainbow. Lady Minton Beddoes
  • 48:28
  • beware of the naked man
  • translators style jingle. Transylvanian by radio.
  • 51:08
  • Very tasty indeed, that's Ron Wood from the new LP called Now Look and that was I got lost when I found you and more from the LP later on and on that track you have Ronnie Wood of course on vocals and guitar, Bobby Womack who co-wrote the song on guitar, Ian McClaggan on piano, willie weeks on bass, and Andy..." Interruption, sounds like Walters, "Hi, I'm Papa Gambaccini," "I'm Mama Gambaccini" "I'm Peter Gambaccini" JP shouts on "Paul" to get these people out of here. "sorry, the Dylan / Band Basement Tapes have been a staple of the bootleggers business for several years, and now they're officially released by CBS"
  • 51:45
  • Beware of the naked man song again
  • 52:24
  • F1 Murray Walker commentary-style Rock Week jingle ending with Alan Freeman's Fluff Fancy putting a sudden spurt down the last leg and came right out from behind to end with a convincing victory. Minton Beddoes GT. Bob Dylan. Steve Stills. Ron Wood. Bobby Womack.
  • 55:13
  • "If Radio 1 can have an Osmonds week then we can have a Gambaccini week here on Rock Week and the Gambaccini family are here in force to see young Paul collect his cycle maintenance certificate from Oxford University, and serried ranks of the family forced their way into the studio for an impressibe display of domestic unity and counter marching". same Gambaccini clip as above. Joe Walsh on later. Peel's exteded family will be on in future.
  • 56:24
  • Circus-style Rock Week jingle
  • 58:37
  • Blitz-style Rock Week jingle
  • 1:00:29
  • Beethovenstyle Rock Week jingle with Eric Clapton tonight
  • Bachstyle Beware of naked man jingle
  • 1:01:50
  • Classics-style pairings Rock Week jingle. Last Rock Week 20th September 1975. Minton Beddoes again. 3 "album" previews
  • 1:05:11
  • From Jimi Hendrix to cocktail lounge music in just 3 minutes and 40 seconds, they'll try anything these Canadians, and it fact it was called Try anyway.
  • 1:05:20
  • BBC announcer/presenter type: "On this evening's Epilogue, the Reverend William 'Call me Bill' Frobisher, motorcycling vicar noted for his work with wayward girls, talks on this week's theme, 'Is there life after Alan Freeman?'
  • Thought for the day style trail for the nightly JP programmes.
  • 1:07:07
  • start of a John Peel show. "Many of you are expecting to hear the new Mike Oldfield LP Ommadawn on this programme, I very much regret that I'm unable to play the record. This is through no fault of the record company concerned.". Allman Brothers, Ivor Cutler, Rod Stewart & The Faces, Gong, Keith Poppin, the Steve Miller Band, the Bronagh Brothers, Undisputed Truth, the Who, Shack, and Laurel & Hardy with the Avalon Boys featuring Chill Wills. Probably 24 October 1975 . Quite an extended Grinderswitch intro.
  • 1:08:22
  • Alan Freeman - "Oh and by the way music-lovers, for those of you who were expecting to hear the new rock version of Peter And The Wolf today, I've gotta tell you that through no fault of the record company, we're unable to play it for you today. We shall instead, be bringing you the whole of Mike Oldfield's new album, Ommadawn. OK? But will shall be playing Peter And The Wolf in a future programme. 25th October 1975.
  • 1:08:38
  • jingle - JP on a nature walk. Next week's session - on Monday - to great fanfare - Viv Stanshall (which would be 27 October 1975) so this would be on Alan Freeman show of 25th October
  • 1:10:27
  • "and now that disinterred 33 1/3..." jingle "Radio 1 remembers!" "...And this one's strictly for nostalgia freaks - Mike Oldfield, Ommadawn" 29 October 1975
  • 1:10:42
  • Big Bad John
  • Somerset "bring out your dead" style jingle. Monday night's guest - Andy Fairweather Low (which would be 17 November 1975) AF - "John You're A Nut"
  • 1:12:46
  • Big Bad John. Miss Uganda. Miss Transylvania Shirehorsed Lingerlonger. Monday night will be Bob Marley live album (which would be 24 November 1975)
  • 1:15:17
  • Alan is missing. Now he's gone it hardly seems worthwhile doing these trails. Turn "Jimmie" Walker back up again. Must be 29th Nov jingle
  • 1:17:41
  • He's back from a mystery hospital visit.
  • 1:20:11
  • sped up johnny comes marching home. Programmes for the very young. Intro to the team.
  • 1:23:05
  • We'll be busy over Christmas. Trail for shows w/c 22nd Dec, kidnapper
  • 1:25:05
  • sci fi horror style trail, Blackburn monster
  • 1:26:55
  • Archers-themed trail
  • 1:29:35
  • Musical family themed jingle by Alan Freeman - congratulations from the Saturday show on William's birth
  • 1:31:41
  • Post birthday party for Alan Freeman - themed trail, pre-New Year
  • 1:33:48
  • Anglo-French bidet launch. Anthony Frobisher Minton-Beddoes-Beddoes. from Giles Giles in Uxbridge. Spoof of Concorde commercial launch on 21st January 1996.
  • 1:36:50
  • Baby Freeman is waking up themed trail. Cacophony of babies. Reference to Timmy Bannockburn.
  • 1:38:58
  • Miss Freebooter. St.John Fairfax-Beddoes.
  • New Status Quo LP on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Robin Trower's live LP on Thursday. 16th-20th Feb 1976, so this from Freeman show 14th February.
  • Miss Freebody
  • 1:43:53
  • JP - "One of the best things that's ever happened in my small wife's life, a few years ago we went along to the Wings reception in London" ... Paul McCartney was there "you must be the pig we've heard so much about". John therefore is playing 4 tracks from Rubber Soul, 11 years old this year and let her pick the tracks. A John Peel show between 16 February 1976 and 20 February 1976, but not the 19th
  • 1:44:46
  • Off on a cruise, paid for by merging Radio 3 and 4. Monday BeBop Deluxe, Lone Star Tuesday. Sutherland meant to be Wed, June Tabor Thurs. Sessions 23-27 Feb. So this on 21st Feb 1976 AF show
  • 1:48:00
  • Auction for next week's programmes and for an antique Alan Freeman
  • Brand X Mon (8th-12th Mar) so 6th March
  • 1:51:48
  • Rick Wakeman kidnapped jingle, record on Friday (2nd April) so 27th March 1976 AF show
  • Peel Walters back from India
  • 1:54:13
  • pantomime themed jingle. 3rd April.
  • 1:56:58
  • Peel & Walters off to Eurovision trail, 12th-16th preview. 10th April 1976 AF show
  • 2:01:33
  • Football match themed trail. 4 good new groups on Monday night poss 3-7 May. 1st May AF show. Breaks out into song.
  • 2:05:50
  • snippet
  • 2:05:53
  • end of a show JW quite sensitive really despite his size
  • 2:06:02
  • End of football season boredom themed jingle, spoof prank call Freeman at Maida Vale YMCA to insult him
  • 2:10:16
  • big bad john
  • Trail. Lady Windermere's fan. Peel in Latin.
  • 2:15:11
  • Blackhead removal trail
  • 2:18:10
  • Highwire themed trail
  • 2:21:51
  • trail. Tony Wilson, Fluff's producer, starts to get mentioned
  • 2:23:15
  • trail. Rejoin Alan freeman
  • 2:27:09
  • bicentennial themed trail. Of Alan Freeman. 3rd July 1976 AF show
  • 2:31:07
  • military themed trail
  • 2:35:10
  • last week's trail not read out themed trail
  • 2:39:13
  • jingle. Tony Wilson has a TV programme. (not the same one)
  • 2:42:31
  • art gallery themed trail, can't keep quiet
  • 2:47:40
  • pornography themed trail
  • 2:52:28
  • music award themed trail 25th Sept Robin Trower record Monday
  • 2:56:54
  • quiz themed trail
  • 3:00:21
  • show-jumping themed trail
  • 3:04:48
  • bad reading. Seance trail.
  • 3:10:24
  • come dancing themed trail
  • 3:14:35
  • gig themed trail
  • 3:19:34
  • burglar-themed trail
  • 3:21:40
  • Tony Wilson letter why trails not being read out trail
  • 3:25:10
  • trail for Christmas week shows 1976
  • 3:29:40
  • doctor themed trail
  • 3:33:47
  • trail ending in a never ending peel intro to a show
  • 3:37:48
  • impressions trail
  • 3:41:24
  • last trail
  • 3:43:50
  • letter welcoming extra hour of show read out in NI accent.  John doesn't play the requested record. 21 April 1977
  • Band: Street Walker (album - Islands) Capitol E-ST 11602 start end and outro only 21 April 1977
  • 3:44:49
  • snips of starts of shows
  • 3:47:40
  • Kid J standing in on Friday. Last of 2 weeks covering John's holiday. Quo live, leads into opera singing. This is 09 September 1977 and Ken's book only says that there was 1 week of Jensen cover, with John himself saying so on the 12th.
  • 3:48:29
  • "Geoff Boycott" explains competition to be John's producer for a night, on week beginning 3rd October for R1's 10th anniversary
  • 3:49:59
  • Pete Drummond and John Peel trail for the first Top Gear. Broadcast 30th September 1967. It is not clear if this is from the time, or was rebroadcast as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations.

File

Name
  • Peel And Walters Links
Length
  • 3:51:21
Other
  • Generally concentrates on the links and trails, with only small snippets of any music
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