My Generation of Sun. 28 August: The Who 40 years ago, Nicky Hopkins [Ed’s Show, 2016-35]

Whi Isle Of Wight 2cddvd issueSPECIALS: THE WHO Live at Wight, NICKY HOPKINS  ** AND ALSO: Don Covay, Rubble Sounds, Sam Jones **  
SHOWTIME CET (
Brussels) Sundays  non-stop four-jhour show from 12 noon till 04:00 in the morning (Monday.
SHOWTIME GMT (London) Sundays  non stop four-hour show from 11 a.m. till  3 a.m. (Monday morning).

MY GENERATION  & BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS

MY GENERATION (new show: 1200, 1600, 20:00 and 2400 hrs CET)
 SPECIAL THE WHO Live at Wight  Sunday 30 August 1970 ** LONGPLAYING: LONG JOHN BALDRY, HP LOVECRAFT, TWINK **  THREESOME:  THE SONICS 2015 ** AND ALSO:  EDDIE HODGES ** THE COWSILLS ** THE HERD *  RONNIE BIRD **

MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (new show: 1300, 1700, 2100 and 0100 hrs CET)
SPECIAL  THE BLUES OF NICKY HOPKINS: The Savage Tree no. 17 : Nicky Hopkins with The All Stars, The Jeff Beck Group, The Kinks, The Yardbirds and The Who.  The Savage Tree is my R&B show on Radio Sutch www.radiosutch.net ** AND ALSO: FREDDIE CANNON ** JACK HAMMER ** ROB HOEKE ** LONG JOHN BALDRY **
STRUTTIN’ THEIR NEW STUFF:  RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS  and KENNY ‘Blues Boss’ WAYNE.
RONNIE EARL: YOU HEARD IT FIRST ON RADIO 68, from his cd “Maxwell Street”, Stony Plain records, official release on Sept 9th.  Thanks to Bert Pïjpers at CRS *

MY GENERATION (repeated 1400, 1800, 2200 and 0200 hrs CET)
SPECIAL “RUBBLE, vol. 2”:  POP SIKE PIPE DREAMS
with THE MODE, WIMPLE WINCH, THE PRETTY THINGS, THE PARKING LOT, KEITH WEST, SHOTGUN EXPRESS, THE EXECUTIVE ** THREESOME:  DON COVAY Songs: 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS, PRETTY THINGS YARDBIRDS BLUES BAND, GEORGIE FAME ** LONGPLAYING: STEAMHAMMER  (Mountains,  1970, re-release 2016, Esoteric Recordings ** THE YARDBIRDS (Roger the Engineer, 1966, mono, cd rerelease 2016, Repertroire Records ** CHAD & JEREMY (Yesterday’s Gone, 1964) ** AND ALSO: BILL DOGGETT, ROGER CHAPMAN **

MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (repeated 1500, 1900, 2300 and 0300 hrs CET)
SPECIALS: DON COVAY (THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS:  full album,  except tracks 1 and 7) ** SAM JONES ** THE NEW STUFF: PAUL REDDICK (from his Stony Plain debut album “Ride the One”, thanks to Bert Pïjpers at CRS)

MY GENERATION, incl. BLUESIDE: THE SHOW 
MY GENERATION / BLUESIDE is a four-hour show. Each week, a new 60 minute episode followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend. BLUESIDE: a new 60 minute episode every week, followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.

SPECIALS BACKGROUND

Nicky Hopkins book coverTHE WHO LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT 30 August 1970
 The Who’s set  at The Isle Of Wight Festival, 1970, quickly became famous for  introducing the audience to  songs from “Tommy” and the forthcoming (and eventually aborted ) project “Lifehouse”.  Tommy would change The Who’s direction. Radio 68 sticks to their sixties style and sound.

NICKY HOPKINS
Nicky Hopkins joined the first line-up of the far off band Screaming Lord Sutch & His Savages in 1960 – aged sixteen.  He moved on to the CyrilDavies All Stars and was taken ill. Nevertheless, it  wouldn’t take long before he was asked to play alongside rock’s greatest talents. Ill-health prevented him from being a superstar in his own right, but he did join The Jeff Beck Group.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-nicky-hopkins-1447653.html

RUBBLE vol. 2 (Bam Caruso)
Rubble vol 2 cd cover lowres
Volume 2 of this 20 album-series  is titled “Pop Sike Pipe Dreams” and features light psych beat by known acts such as Keith West and The Pretty Things,  but also – and that’s what the series is all about – obscure and and forgotten bands and artists. One such band is WIMPLE WINCH from Manchester.
“Just Four Men had just split up and drummer Larry King (original surname Arendes), lead vocalist and guitarist Dee (Demetrious) Christopholus and lead guitarist John Kelman spent Christmas 1965 searching for a new bass player until they found Barry Ashall. ‘…) An A & R man for Fontana stopped by and caught a performance of Wimple Winch. The group were signed and booked into Philips Studios in Stanhope Place in March 1966.Recordings took place over a couple of days with numerous tracks being laid down. Fontana chose “What’s Been Done” b/w “I Really Love You” for the initial release. Although Radio London listed the single as a ‘Climber’ in April 1966, the record did not chart. John Kelman was now splitting his time as guitarist for Wimple Winch and as part of  Wayne Fontana’s backing group The Opposition. Stuart Sirrett, the final bassist for Just Four Men was also a member of The Opposition and they contributed to various recordings (including “Pamela, Pamela”), sessions and live appearances. For the second single, Fontana searched through the material recorded in the Spring and decided to release “Save My Soul”. Local sales were significant for the single but, again as with the previous release, it did not chart” (Source: https://www.45cat.com/biography/wimple-winch

DON COVAY House of Blue Lights cover lowresDON COVAY: HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS, Atlantic 1969
“This album, credited to  Don Covay and  the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band, is not only a great record on its own terms, but it’s sort of a black parallel/precursor to a few blues-rock LPs by white artists that sold a hell of a lot more copies around the same time. On the one hand, it’s as solid a blues album as anyone associated with R&B was making in 1969 and contains some of the best guitar-based blues on Atlantic (…). The guitar blues, interspersed with some organ-based numbers, mixes with  Covay’s whooped and hollered vocals like someone caught a performance at some roadhouse 20 miles from nowhere in Mississippi (…) But the repertory ranges wider than that description would lead one to believe  (…)  including the jaunty “Four Women,” the soulful “Homemade Love” (which manages to be smooth, raw, and cute, all in six minutes), and two parts of “House of Blue Lights” .
(review by Bruce Eder for allmusic.com).
The album features organ, sitar and the flute – not that common on (black) blues recordings. But it’s 1969 and Covay understood a few hip sounds wouldn’t do any harm. In fact, they sit perfectly with the rest of the sounds and voices. One such sound is the harmonica and the rhythm guitar of John Hammond Jr.!  And let’s not forget that Don Covay was by then a respected performer (he was spotted by Little Richard and became the wild one’s opening act  as early as 1958 at the age of 18), a hit maker in his own right and, of course, a hit writer for both black and white artists – e.g. ‘The Pusher’ (Steppenwolf), ‘Mercy Mercy’ (Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones and many more!) or ‘Chain Of Fools’ (Aretha Franklin) (EB)
RADIO 68 PLAYS 8 (out of 11) songs from that great album in Blueside, plus 3 covers in the sixties section

SAM JONES
Lauded as Britain’s young Seasick Steve, London-based ‘low-fi’ recording artist Sam Jones consistently tours the cities & small towns of Europe. Sam’s old school one-man performances showcase his latest material with his unique ‘crooner’ vocal delivery and mix of writing styles, as well as covers, such as Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boot Are Made For Walkin’.
His trademark multi-layered vocal style, a combination of electric and acoustic guitars with some subtle blues slide,  reflect the skills he has crafted busking on the streets of Brussels, fronting semi-political studio outfit The Berlin Lights and his collaboration with Punk luminaries like UK Subs’ front man Charlie Harper and The Damned’s guitar ace, Brian James.
Sam still uses a well-worn instrument he’s owned since the age of fifteen!  As well as singing, writing and recording his own songs for over twenty years, Sam has played guitar in a wide variety of bands, as well as fronting his own Sam Jones Band, and projects under the pseudonyms The Artists Rifles and The Berlin Lights.  Sam’s début single “Killer In June” is scheduled for release later in the year, accompanied by a promo video shot in Paris. This full band recording featuring Charlie Harper on harmonica is set to promote a long overdue debut solo album.
facebook.com/samjonesband * soundcloud.com/samjonesband * camouflagerecords.bigcartel.com *  camouflagebooking@gmail.com

 

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