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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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Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

William Francis Washington was born in 1943 and raised by his aunt in a house of ill-repute called The Big Boot in Evansville, Indiana. His...

Friday the 13th (1980)

This first instalment (in a seemingly never-ending series) was actually a bit of a clunker. But the millions of scared teens and adults alike...

Sonny Boy Williamson

Alec Rice Miller was born into a sharecropper's family around 1897 in Mississippi and travelled from town to town trying to eke out a...

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev's debut album Yerself Is Steam (1991) flopped in the US following Rough Trade’s collapse and didn’t hint at later commercial successes like Deserter’s Songs....

Coca Cola Kid, The (1985)

A fizzy, offbeat Aussie comedy about corporate ideals, from Serbian director Dusan Makavejev. Eric Roberts is Becker, a go-getting Coca-Cola troubleshooter who is sent to Australia to boost...

Remains, The (Barry & The Remains)

The Remains formed in 1964 at Boston University, where all four members were first-year students living in the same dorm (Myles Standish Hall) in...

Don Lane Show, The

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 8 3 (Australia) The "Lanky Yank" was born Morton Donald Isaacson, but is known to millions of Australians as...

Men Into Space

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) 38 x 25 minute episodes A little-known American space adventure serial featuring brave US Air Force astronaut...