Pictorial Musings

 

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Some fungus on a tree seen on my walk into town – is this a sign that the weather is getting warmer?

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The return of LP sleeves, cannot remember Dottsy, although she says she is trying to satisfy you!

A quick flick over to You Tube reveals that she is a Country singer!

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I used to love the Decca compilation albums – this is one I would not have been in a rush to buy!  The World of Hits series were terrific value for money!   The Carpenter’s album was in my collection!

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A very young Shirley Bassey!

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This is a compilation album which is on YT to listen to

Dave Clark Five

I have just caught up with the Dave Clark Film that was on BBC Two on Saturday.

I did l like the group in the sixties but did not realise what other music they produced beyond Glad All Over!  Dave Clark was a a shrewd business man, and apparently is to this day, owning all his tunes and managing the group himself.  They also only ever did a 5 day week, and took time off to relax and enjoy themselves.

So here are a few videos, mainly for my benefit, and maybe some of  yours to remind me what they were like singing different numbers, not as widely known.

From the 1964 Panavision teen movie, “Get Yourself A College Girl”. State Senator Willard Waterman is one uptight dude, but a politician with his ear to the ground. In danger of losing his election he decides to go to a ski resort to see what the youth of today are all about. Music publisher Chad Everett and coed/songwriter Mary Ann Mobley are ready to show him as well.

If you have time here is a 54 minute feature of their songs

 

 

 

Gerry Wells Obituary from the Daily Telegraph

From the Daily Telegraph – an obituary for Gerry Wells!
Gerry Wells

Gerry Wells

Gerry Wells, who has died aged 85, was a self-confessed obsessive whose life was dominated by his fascination with radio apparatus.

By the time of his death he had amassed a collection of more than 1,300 radio and television sets and associated equipment, covering the entire pre-transistor history of broadcasting. This had become the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum, and today it occupies his lifelong home, a substantial Edwardian house in Dulwich, south-east London.

The collection contains many working examples, most of them found and brought back to life by Wells himself. Visitors can have the unique and somewhat unsettling experience of watching live television programmes in the old 405-line, black-and-white format, abandoned in 1984. Wells rescued the converter from the nearby Crystal Palace transmitter. He was a bit short of space at the time, so he set it up in his bedroom.

Gerald Lloyd Wells was born in the same Dulwich house on September 18 1929, the son of an insurance clerk. His future obsession with things electrical made itself known early when, aged three, he carefully inserted a piece of tinfoil into a power socket and blew every fuse in the house. Thereafter, electricity, radio especially, became his overwhelming interest.

As an unconventional child, the young Gerry was alternately ostracised and bullied at school. This, combined with difficulties at home, led him to play truant at the age of 11. He occupied his illicit free time in exploring bombed houses, scavenging for electrical switches, fuse boxes and other bits and pieces. From this he graduated to stealing radios from neighbouring flats. These he dismantled and hid in the attic; but he was found out and sent to a remand home.

This pattern of behaviour was repeated several times until, at 15, he was sent to an Approved School in Lancashire. There his skills found a legitimate outlet, and he was soon happily employed on electrical tasks, including renovating the local cinema’s projector. It was correctly judged that his life of crime was over and he was released on licence.

With television starting up again after the war, and everything in short supply, he found his skills in great demand. It was a good time to set up in the repair business. The Coronation made 1953 a particularly busy and profitable year. He even designed and manufactured his own television sets.

With increasing affluence, the demand for small-scale repair work fell away, and in the early 1960s Wells turned to general electrical contracting. Never an astute businessman, he was an even worse employer, and his business struggled. That, plus a back injury, finally brought it to an end in 1974.

This was when (encouraged by friends who told him “If Lord Montagu could do it with cars, you can do it with radios”) he determined to turn his home into a wireless museum. In a very short time it had taken over every room in the house, including the attic, and spread to a sizeable wooden structure that he built in the garden. The collection continued to grow until it became necessary to purchase a strip of garden from the house next door, for a further building.

The establishment, now a registered charity, is closed at present, while his devoted team of helpers reorganise it – not least to get some of the weight off the upper floor before it gives way. But it will reopen to visitors, always by prior arrangement. No doubt its annual summer garden party will take place again this year, at which people will crowd into a darkened room to watch BBC television “Interludes” from the early 1950s in glorious black and white.

Gerry Wells is survived by a daughter.

Gerry Wells, born September 18 1929, died December 22 2014

Chris Evans in Camden Market

I was going through an old photo album today and found this gem

Chris Evans had just parted from Billie Piper and I got this picture of him sitting on chair, waiting for people to buy his furniture and effects.  Who would imagine that he would take over breakfast on Radio 2 from Terry Wogan?

Also, totally unrelated pictures I took when I went on a Beatles Tour of London

 

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Whilst on the subject of Abbey Road and the Beatles, here is a video all about the making of the Beatles Abbey Road album pictures. One of my favourite albums is side 2 of Abbey Road (we are talking vinyl not cd!)

 

Henley on Thames at night

Last night I came back from a party in town. The riverside, New Street, and Northfield End were so quiet.

Here is a panoramic view taken last night
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Next a gallery of pictures I took

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Wolfman Jack ……………………….

A great video has been brought to my attention today. It features someone who has rebuilt the XERF transmitter to work at full power. It also shows Wolfman Jack at work on the station – a great DJ and sadly missed by radio anoraks I am sure.

Here is it is for you to, hopefully enjoy!

The youngsters seem to think radio like this is “cheesey” I totally disagree.

Radio on You Tube

This radio series was broadcast in America in the 1930s! The You Tube video picture reminded me a bit of the comic Beano and attracted me to listen. I hope you enjoy this vintage radio programme!

The BBC’s programme Hancocks Half Hour is a superb programme – this one is from 1958, and about a scandal magazine!

During the golden age of radio, Robert Olson wrote Hall of Fantasy and adapted several suspense thrillers as well as a popular crime and punishment series in the late 1940’s. The stories became part of the Hall of Fantasy radio anthology that ultimately enjoyed local airtime at Kall studios in Salt Lake City, Utah. These old radio shows were brought to life by skilled announcers Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson.
This Gem is almost comical
– sorry but if you are interested you will have to click on this link, they will not allow embedding

Here is a full length radio drama about a Ghost Train from the BBC – it is enjoyable!

To finish this post of videos – a great radio song by REM!