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Month: August 2013

Dog gnaws dog

Dog gnaws dog

A while back, when I still lived in the mysterious east, I found myself writing about one of the presenters on the BBC local radio station I favoured. BBC Radio Norfolk is a superb station, one with a rock-solid sense of identity and some excellent presenters. However, there was one I just couldn’t bear, a chap called Nick Conrad. I felt his style jarred. When I realised that he’d come from LBC, it all fell into place. What works on…

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Hayes by-pass

Hayes by-pass

For many years, I’ve been an obsessive fan of the British multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes.  I’ve tried to gather every surviving scrap of music he recorded, including radio and television broadcasts. I’ve been aided in my pursuit by fellow Hayes lovers and a slight volume of discography published over 20 years ago. The discography in question lists the titles played when Tubbs and his big band appeared on BBC2’s Jazz Goes to College in 1966, saying that versions of ‘Sonnymoon for…

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