Alan Freeman – Pick Of The Pops

Alan Esdaile…Great memories of listening to Pick Of The Pops on a Sunday Afternoon and taping on a reel to reel tape recorder. Microphone held close to the radio but usually ruined with someone coming in the room and talking or teas ready or turn that music down and it would always be when you are recording your favourite track!

Andre Martin… Might have some early programmes from 1965 working on a contact

John Storer… About 1969, my uncle gave me a Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, together with four of five tapes. Most of the tapes contained recordings that my uncle had made with us as kids, including him playing his clarinet and saxophone (he was an excellent jazz player). However, one of the tapes had “Property of the BBC” stamped on the box and also on the plastic reel itself. It contained a complete edition of “Pick of the Pops” with songs by Cliff, The Shadows, Joe Brown and The Beatles amongst others long forgotten by me. The Beatles song was “Please, Please Me”, so guessing it was from 1963. Played it loads of times, then … yep …. recorded over it! Doh!

Jim Breeds… I have loads of Pick of the pops on cassette tapes. Some of them must be with Fluff Freeman. I used to take them to parties and we’d all be bopping away in someone’s front room when the tape playing would suddenly include news bulletins, weather forecasts and travel updates, lol.

Steve Thorpe… Used to tape the Top 20 on a Sunday evening, had a collection going from around 75 to 78, lost quite a number but still have a few, mainly Tom Brown and Simon Bates.

Chris Meachen… OK pop pickers, picture this.. Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the empire pool,- quadraphonic sound system gives dreadful delay effect at back of hall… Meachen goes off in search of sonic sweet spot & finds empty seat just behind mixing desk; turns to person in next seat;- that’s right, it’s Fluff Freeman…. Bloody nice bloke, as it turned out….

Carol Ann Bolton… My dad bought me a tape recorder when I was 10, but he rigged a lead directly from the radio into the tape machine. That was before it’s time and I had clear recordings of music and radio programmes. D.I., in the late 50s, early 60s. My dad was a very clever man.

Mick O’Dowd… He was Pick of The Pops. No-one has really captured the same mood. Brian Matthew is another with The Sound of The Sixties on Saturday mornings. He’s got such an authoritive voice and certainly knows what he’s talking about.

Jim Breeds… Not ‘Arf. I think I also have some recordings from the radio of Alan F’s Saturday afternoon shows too. And a couple I recorded of the John Peel show.

 

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  1. About 1969, my uncle gave me a Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, together with four of five tapes. Most of the tapes contained recordings that my uncle had made with us as kids, including him playing his clarinet and saxophone (he was an excellent jazz player). However, one of the tapes had “Property of the BBC” stamped on the box and also on the plastic reel itself. It contained a complete edition of “Pick of the Pops” with songs by Cliff, The Shadows, Joe Brown and The Beatles amongst others long forgotten by me. The Beatles song was “Please, Please Me”, so guessing it was from 1963. Played it loads of times, then … yep …. recorded over it! Doh!

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