The Pirates were originally a 60s beat combo called Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. Big hits including Shakin' all Over. Kidd was killed in a car crash in 1967, and the band fizzled out. The reformed band started in 1976 as a 3-piece fronted by original guitarist Mick Green, who'd been a top session man in the interim, along with other original members.
Gained something of a second wind when they gatecrashed the pre-punk pub-rock scene. Effectively they were a "new" band playing hard R&B like Dr Feelgood.
Festive Fifty Entries
- All three sessions, plus BBC In Concert recordings, released on the double CD set Shakin' At The Beeb 1976- 1978 (Sanctury, 2008).
- Drinking Wine Spodeodee / Let's Talk / Talking About You / Cat Clothes
2. Recorded: 1977-11-08. First broadcast: 14 November 1977. Repeated: ?
- I Can Tell / Gibson Martin Fender / Four To The Bar / Shakin' All Over
- Johnny B. Goode's Good / Shake Hands With The Devil / Voodoo / Long Journey Home
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Other Shows Played
- Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
- 21 August 1973: Shakin' All Over
- 11 September 1973: Shakin' All Over
- The Dansette Story: Shakin' All Over
- 03 October 1977: Sweet Love On My Mind - live (single) Warner Bros.
- 06 March 1978: Gibson Martin Fender (v/a LP - Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival) Warner Bros.
- 24 August 1978: Shake Hands With The Devil (album - Skull Wars) Warner Bros.
- 06 October 1979 (BFBS): Golden Oldies (7") Cube