My Generation of Sun. 19 Feb.: JIM McCARTY’s ‘Shoot’ with exclusive interview; The Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Sugaray Rayford Connection

NEW SHOW: Jim McCarty’s ‘Shoot’ with exclusive interview; The Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Sugaray Rayford Connection ** REPEATED: Top Topham (+ Duster Bennett, Chicken Shack), Wonderful Radio London (Mike Lennox live)  ** ** [Ed’s Show, 2017-08, 19th Feb.]

1 MY GENERATION (NEW) SPECIAL: JIM McCARTY’s ‘Shoot’ with exclusive interview [many thanks to Jim McCarty for the Radio 68 interview and Angel Air Records] ** SPECIAL:  ‘On The Frontier’, by SHOOT feat. Jim McCarty (LP, reissued on cd with bonus tracks by ANGEL AIR) * Excerpts from the exclusive Radio 68 interview with Jim McCarty * Tracks from “On The Frontier” by Shoot ** FAMOUS but FORGOTTEN:  SHOCKING BLUE (Scorpio’s Dance, 1970), MARMELADE; THE MOODY BLUES ** LONGPLAYING:  STATUS QUO: Dog Of Two Head,  STEPPENWOLF: The Second, SPENCER DAVIS GROUP: Gluggo **  WORD : DAN KENNEDY: Declaration of Peace * LENNON & ONO: Give Peace A Chance *

The Blues Giants with Radio 68’s Ed, backstage at De Korenbloem, Zingem (BE) * Pic is © EddyBonte

2 BLUESIDE (NEW) SPECIAL: THE BLUES GIANTS = Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Sugaray Rayford, Jimi Bott, William J. Campbell [special thanks to Eddy of De Korenbloem, Fred Klee and the band]  SPECIAL:  :  THE BLUES GIANTS ALBERT CASTIGLIA (BIG DOG, Ruf,  2016), MIKE ZITO (MAKE BLUES NOT WAR, Ruf, 2016), SUGARAY RAYFORD (DANGEROUS, Delta Groove, 2013, feat. Kim Wilson, JImi Bott, William J. Campbell, Sugar Ray Norcia, Anthony Geraci, Monster Mike Welch ) ** SPECIAL  PLUS: SUGUR RAY NORCIA with Anthony Geraci, Monster Mike Welch ( LIVING TEAR TO TEAR); Monster Mike Welch (AXE TO GRIND), ANTONY GERACI (Serendipity) ** THE ORGINATORS  & INSPIRATORS:  WILSON PICKETT , ARTHUR CONLEY , AL ROBINSON ** AND ALSO: LOUIS ARMSTONG & ELLA FITZGERALD, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, EUGENE HIDAWAY BRIDGES.

3 MY GENERATION (repeated)
:  MIKE LENNOX ** FAMOUS but FORGOTTEN:  TWICE AS MUCH,  DAVID BOWIE,  PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS ** SPECIAL: RADIO LONDON BIG L:  MIKE ‘The Marshall’ LENNOX: Excerpt of  the radio show by Mike Lennox ‘The Marshall’,  27 Dec. 1966 ** LONGPLAYING:  FIRE ( The Magic Shoemaker, 1970), KALEIDOSCOPE (Tangerine Dream, 1967) ** WORD : Mick Jagger

TOP TOPHAM (LP ASCENSION HEIGHTS , Blue Horizon; 1970), LLOYD WATSON feat. Top Topham (Top Topham: COMPLETE BLUE HORIZON SESSIONS),  DUSTER BENNETT feat. Top Topham  (CD OUT IN THE BLUE, 1995, sessions from 1966), TOP TOPHAM with Andy Silvester, Dave Bidwell, Pete Wingfield  (BBC, CD Top Topham: COMPLETE BLUE HORIZON SESSIONS) * CHICKEN SHACK  feat. Andy SIlvester, Dave Bidwell  (LP, OK KEN, Blue Horizon, 1968) ** THE ORGINATORS  & INSPIRATORS:  SNOOKY PRYOR, BILLY BOY ARNOLD, JOHNNY SHINES & SNOOKY PRYOR

 SHOW Brussels 12 noon till 12 midnight      London 11 a.m. till 11 p.m.
 My Generation new show: Jim McCarty’s ‘Shoot’ 12:00 * 16:00 * 20:00 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
 Blueside new show:  The Blues Giants 13:00  * 17:00  * 21:00 hrs 12 noon, 4 p.m.,  8 p.m.
My Generation repeated: Wonderful Radio London 14:00  * 18:00  * 22:00 hrs 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m.
Blueside repeated: Top Topham 15:00  * 19:00  * 23:00 hrs 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.
Ends 24:00 hrs Ends 11 p.m.














“SHOOT were formed by JIM McCARTY after he had left the original line-up of RENAISSANCE following on from the demise of The YARDBIRDS. The band’s one and only album was released in 1973 and featured ex members of RAW MATERIAL and MANFRED MANN CHAPTER THREE. Recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios, London, the band was sadly relatively short-lived existing 1972 to 1973.
Now released for the first time ever on CD, Jim has added two previously unreleased radio session bonus tracks. Listen to a very unique album with wonderful harmonies that combines elements of country rock, psychedelia with prog and jazz rock.” (Source:

THE BLUES GIANTS  were a n occasional band that did a short, nine-date tour of Europe  (CH, DE, BE, NL)  late January, early February (2017), ending at De Korenbloem in Zingem (BE) where Radio 68 attended the show and spoke to the band backstage before the concert. Giants they are, with Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia and Sugaray Rayford all having recorded their own albums and having led their own bands, plus  William J. Campbell and Jimi Bott who paid their dues a s the rhythm section of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (among other things) . RADIO 68 PLAYS tracks from solo albums by Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia and Sugaray Rayford, plus related music and artists (see PLAYLIST)



Simply the best ‘pirate’ stations of the sixties,  Radio London had many DJs the age of their audience,  redesigned the format  of pop radio (Fab  40), introduced jingles, avoided the mainstream (thereby giving many younger and innovating acts an opportunity) and.. was utterly commercial as well. But hey,  Radio London – the BIG L – it was a revolution in itself. Yes style changes can be revolutionary too (EB)

WE PLAY an excerpt of a show by Mike ‘The Marshall’ Lennox as broadcast on 27 Dec. 1966.

Mike Lennox Born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1940, Mike attended college in Texas where he completed a course in “basic radio and television microphone technique” …) . His old colleague, Duncan, suggested he should join Radio London and, in November 1965, he did. Known as “The Marshall”, he took over the Breakfast Show when Dave Cash moved on. His theme tune was the Herb Albert’s Tijuana Brass version of I’m Getting Sentimental Over You. Mike remained a major member of the Radio London team up until the end (…)



Guitarist Anthony ‘Top’ Topham co-founded The Yardbirds. The Yardbirds started out in May 1963, but aged 15 Topham was too young to be in a working band (his parents thought) and  he quit  in October that same year.  Before turning professional as a painter and decorator, Topham stuck to the blues  playing with the likes of Duster Bennett and Christine Perfect and switched to psychedelic  music with Winston G. ( > The Fox) before recording his solo album ‘Ascension Heights’ on Blue Horizon (early 1970).
A great blues fan and one-time blues record collector, Topham nevertheless is too versatile to limit himself to one genre. Topham said he wanted  ‘Ascension Heights’  to sound like British STAX. It does sound like STAX, but also like jazz, funk and blues… with a lounge feeling  in places. Amazingly for the time, Topham delivered an instrumental-only album! Difficult to pin down and quite complex, it flopped. A pity: produced by Blue Horizon boss Mike Vernon, it features many great tunes and was recorded with an array of wonderful players like Duster Bennett, Rick Hayward, Pete Wingfield and Herbie Flowers!
Topham would re-join The Yardbirds in the late 80s, but that’s another story. (EB)

RADIO 68 PLAYS: tracks from ‘Ascension Heights’, the four tracks Topham recorded with singer Lloyd Watson [**] , a live recording with of Topham with Andy Silvester, Dave Bidwell and Pete Wingfield [**], a 1966 demo by  his friend Duster Bennett with Top and a track by Chicken Shack feat. Andy Silvester, and Dave Bidwell (who would later join Savoy Brown).  PLUS two artists that heavily influenced Topham and the early Yardbirds: Snooky Pryor and Billy Boy Arnold.
[**] to be found on Top Topham: The Complete Blue Horizon sessions (cd).


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