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  Sounds of the 70's

 

This highly influential series launched April 1970, playing 'adventurous contemporary sounds'. It was presented by a variety of D.J.'s including David Symonds, Bob Harris, Mike Harding, Andy Ferris, Stuart Henry, Pete Drummond, Alan Black, Anne Nightingale, John Peel and even actor Vincent Price in 1973.

 

The show was heard originally as a 1 hour 6PM show Monday-Thursday on 247m AM only, with John Peel on Saturday Afternoons.

 

Sounds of the seventies highlighted the new sounds in soul, rock and folk music from the USA and UK. Regularly featured artistes included Yes, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, Nazareth, Thin Lizzy, Genesis, Roxy Music, Led Zeppelin, and Santana. Many bands were invited to record their music in the BBC studios with renditions as close as possible to the commercially released track in order to save the scarce 'needle time' restriction imposed on the BBC by the Musicians Union.

 

These programmes were subtitled The Sequence since records were introduced by DJ's with a minimum of chat or jingles. The whole of the tracks were played with no talking over the intro! 

 

From October 1971 it moved to a 10PM slot as a two-hour show with the added benefit of improved sound quality of the Radio 2 VHF frequency. It remained until sadly axed due to financial cutbacks on the network in December 1974.

 

 

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Stuart Grundy introduces Alan Black and Bob Harris (1971)

Pete Drummond trail

 

Bob Harris

 

The following clips are taken from 1973 editions of the programme.

 

Pete Drummond

 

Introducing is Simon Bates

Check out Your Mind

Folk music from Bridget St John

Black Magic Woman from Santana

The Strawbs with Lady Fuschia

Sam Apple Pie Call Me Boss

More from Bridget St. John

David Bowie and Space Oddity

Stray Leave it Out

Simon announces News time

Straight into the music in the 2nd Hr!

 

 

 

 

Pete Drummond

 

1970s

 

Vincent Price 1973

 

Introducing himself

Special Guest Jacqui MacShay

 

 

Vincent Price

 

David Miller from Leeds wrote to Radio Rewind;

 

"It was wonderful being able to hear these programmes again! I was living in Glasgow back then and as I recall, although these programmes went out on VHF, they were still broadcast in glorious mono. I don't think the BBC's Black Hill transmitters were converted to multiplex FM stereo until quite late in the day (probably 2nd half of 1973).

 

Back then, I recorded several Sequence programmes on my Dad's old Grundig TDK140 reel-2-reel, but they all disappeared when my parents sold the house... bummer!! I wonder if the BBC has kept archives of this stuff If so, they should really consider putting them in the public domain."

 

 

 

 



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Steve C (London) says...
Wonderful to hear these again! I knew I'd been listening to early rock on BBC VHF but couldn't remember the name of the show. "The Sequence" was the closest thing UK had to FM radio for a very long time. Ended up here after googling Tommy Vance who used to do the Friday Night Rock Show - I see he died way back in 2005. Alarmingly I still listen to the radio with a small "transistor" plugged into my stereo hi-fi, albeit on DAB, and of course Planet rock broadcasts in ... Read More
27th June 2017 2:31pm
Alan Thompson (North Walsham) says...
As a fomer BBC PO and producer, I discovered an interview I reworked for a Sounds of the Seventies programme with Mike Harding, who had actually produced some of the music for the originla series. Mike and I met at BBC wilthsire Sound where I was head of programmes. Does anyone know where he is nowadays? I'd love to meet up again and hand him a copy of the interview.
22nd July 2016 10:31am
ANTHONY JONES (BLACKWOOD) says...
HOW SMART DO WE HAVE TO BE TO PROVE WE'RE HUMAN ?
1st June 2016 11:20pm
TONY JONES (BLACKWOOD) says...
NICE TO FIND THAT SOME OF US ARE STILL BREATHING ....JUST DISCOVERED DRUMMOND'S FATE, 45YEARS SINCE I'VE HEARD HIS VOICE, TAPED HIM ON AN "ALBA" R TO R AND GOT RON GLEASON AND MANY MORE OBSCURE REVELATIONS, I WAS 16, A RHYMNEY VALLEY FARM BOY AND ,FOR BETTER OR WORSE THE MUSIC HE PLAYED ,CHANGED MY LIFE'S DIRECTION .SO!DESPITE ALL. THANKS PETE FOR THE MUSIC THAT HAS BEEN MY LIFE LONG PASSION , FROM HARDANGER FIDDLE TO OKINAWAN R AND B . P.S. TRY " LATE JUNCTION " ... Read More
1st June 2016 11:12pm
Clive Zone (Hoddesdon) says...
has anyone got a recording of T. Rex from a Stuart Henry show or Bob Harris show from summer 1970 ?
26th July 2015 7:45pm
Dave W (Chichester) says...
I taped one of the Vincent Price "The Sequence" broadcasts in July 1973. I might still have some of it on reel to reel tape up in the loft. I remember he played Johnny Jenkins 'Dimples', Ry Cooder 'One Meatball', Paul Simon 'Something So Right' and one track who artiste escapes me 'Back on the Road Again'. Classic radio, ahh!
24th May 2015 5:33pm
Nigel Andrews (WORTHING) says...
Searching I was pleased to find this mentioned.
I am sure I have one or two of "The Sequence" recordings inc' one with Vincent Price (an unsual choice perhaps until "Thriller"!). They are on cassette an I must try and get them into mp3.
25th October 2014 9:27pm
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