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Radio 1

Radio 1, the BBC's pop music station, began broadcasting on 31 August 1967, designed to replace the various pirate radio stations that had transmitted...

Pirate Radio

The 1960s pirate radio phenomenon was founded on a simple loophole and a cunning understanding of maritime law. If a ship was moored three or...

Radio Luxembourg

Arguably the earliest commercial radio station broadcasting in the English language, Radio Luxembourg started broadcasting to the entertainment-starved listeners of the United Kingdom. Often mistakenly referred to...

Radio London

In November 1964 a 780-ton former WWII minesweeper named MV Galaxy anchored three-and-a-half miles off the Essex coast and became home to Radio London -...

Radio Caroline

The first British pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, was founded by Ronan O'Rahilly in 1964. Having persuaded five City millionaires to back him, he acquired a...

Transistor Radios

When the transistor replaced the bulky and unreliable vacuum tube in amplification units, transistors did the job better and were much smaller, making it...

Wolfman Jack

1 9 3 9 - 1 9 9 5 With the on-air cool of Alan Freed and the smokestack growl of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Weston Smith - a...

Fred Dagg

Fred Dagg was actually New Zealand-born comedian and political satirist John Clarke, who appeared as Dagg on television always wearing a black singlet and...

Disc Jockeys

In Britain, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops began in the Sixties, but by 1970 the Disc Jockeys (or DJ's) had been elevated to stardom,...

Jimmy Clitheroe

James Robinson 'Jimmy' Clitheroe died on 6th June 1973 (the day of his mother's funeral). A coronial inquest found that his death was due...

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby transmitter. Apart from...

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Hot Wheels

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) The best driver at Metro City High, Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler was the son of former racing...

Naked Lady Pens

The internet has made porn accessible to everyone these days - but before the web came along, if you wanted to see a pair...

To Rome With Love

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) Following the death of his wife, college professor Michael Endicott (John Forsythe) decided to leave his...

US comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91

20 August 2017 American comedian Jerry Lewis - famous for his double-act with Dean Martin and his starring role in slapstick comedy films during the...

Eastern Dark, The

With sheer energy bursting out of their amplifiers, dynamic, memorable songs, and a leader with rock & roll animal good looks and the longest...

Bridewell Taxis, The

Always a little bit different, Leeds band The Bridewell Taxis (named after the slang term for a police van) featured a trombone player and...

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

The heroic outlaw returns from the Crusades to discover the country is in the grip of evil Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham,...

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

Originally a Rock & Roll band, The Pirates' greatest days were perhaps behind them when the beat boom began. Formed in 1958 when Rock &...