The Lunchtime Show

I enjoyed a couple of spells on the SuperGold Lunchtime show. In the Spring of 1994, I took over the show when I became the Acting Network Controller of SuperGold. I tried to add a bit of sparkle to what had been done before, and added one or two features which I'd adapted from my "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" show.

One of these was to bring in and play rare and hard-to-find oldies that listeners requested. This feature proved really popular, but came to an abrupt end when my 'less-than-knowledgeable' Programme Director accused me of playing "unknown and obscure" records, citing "Incense" by The Anglos!

I also booked in the occasional guest, or even phoned one or two up. Ace songwriter Barry Mason came in (and brought his aged mother, too !!??!!). He told some great stories about Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. I phoned up Frankie Vaughan to congratulate him on is appointment of Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, and we played a few of his hits. Of course, I was later to make a special programme with him for BBC Radio 2, entitled "Mr. Moonlight - Frankie Vaughan at 70".

On 7th April 1994, I also phoned Judith Durham to wish her luck on the forthcoming "Seekers" concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and to invite her to come back to our studio, when she was next in the U.K., which she agreed to do. An hour later, I received a call from my old friend and fellow-DJ Keith Skues. He and I spent an hour on-air, discussing his new book, "When Pirates Ruled the Waves".

My second spell on The Lunchtime Show, came about when I succeeded Steve Collins as the SuperGold Network Controller, and kept my costs down by filling the slot myself! The new owners, GWR, were keen for me to add some celebrity glamour to the show, and I began to book guests.

Cliff Richard

 In July 1995, we were pleased to welcome the recently-knighted Cliff Richard to guest on my show. He was doing the rounds, talking about the impending release of "Heathcliff", but was more than happy to let me play, and talk about some of the old hits, too.

He said how much he enjoyed recording a duet with Olivia Newton-John, for "Heatchcliff", though it was not their first duet together. He was amazed when I told him that, whilst I was working for Jet Records, I was the Promotion Man who worked "Suddenly" (from the soundtrack to "Xanadu").

Cliff is probably the most professional artist I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

On 17th Oct. 1995, I was joined by Chris Dreja & Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds, and they brought along Denny Laine (ex- Moody Blues, Wings, etc). We had a smashing time playing lots of the old hits and chatting about the good old days. Knowing that Colin Blunstone was to be my guest the next day, I played Denny's original of "Say You Don't Mind". After the show, Denny stayed to record a piece with me for my Beatles Hour.

Sure enough, on the 18th Oct. Colin Blunstone made a return to our Dunstable studio, having been my guest on "Sunday Will Never Be the Same", back in 1991. We'd been mates for many years, and still are to this day.

Click here to go to my Colin Blunstone page.

Neil Sedaka came to the U.K. to perform and promote his "Classically Sedaka" album, and his record company asked if I would like to go along to his London Hotel, to record an interview with him. This was the procedure for all of the provincial stations. Neil had previously been my special guest on "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" in March 1992 and I had known him since my days with RCA, so I told them to ask him if he'd come up to Dunstable to appear on the show live.

He agreed, and we had a ball on 2nd November 1995

Neil Sedaka

Kiki Dee came in to join me on the 8th November.

(See and click below)

On 16th Nov, I was delighted to be joined by Gerard Kenny, who brought along an electric piano, and he proceeded to entertain us for an hour. He included his big hit "New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice)" and his composer's version of the 'Minder' theme "I Could Be So Good For You". My wife and I went to see him perform at The Green Room at London's Café de Paris, and he was very good.

Gerard Kenny

On Mon 27th Nov, I was delighted to welcome Dean Friedman to the show. An intelligent and articulate man, I was enthralled by his stories and his songs, like "Ariel", "Lydia", and "Lucky Stars". Sadly, no camera with me, that day!

On Thu 14th Dec, I was thrilled to once again welcome Hank Marvin. I had previously interviewed him, at length, for SWNBTS a couple of years before, and this time we focussed on his "Hank Plays Cliff" album. Some years later, I was engaged to record interviews for syndication with Hank to promote subsequent albums. Click here to take you to my Hank Marvin page.

On 17th Jan 1996, I was chuffed to re-unite with my old chum Andy Scott, of the Sweet. See and click below.

On 30th Jan, I was joined for an hour by Paul Evans, as we played through not only the hits he had recorded, such as "Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat" and "Hello, This Is Joannie"; but we also spoke about some of the songs he had written for other artists: "When" (The Kalin Twins), "Roses Are Red" (Bobby Vinton and Ronnie Carroll) plus four recorded by Elvis Presley - "I Gotta Know", "Something Blue", "Blue River" and "The Next Step Is Love".

On 4th March, I was thrilled to welcome the legendary Joan Baez, who performed live in the studio. See and click below.

On 15th March, I held Judith Durham to that promise, and we did the show from the studios of LBC, then part of the GWR group, of which SuperGold was also.

Kiki Dee

8th November 1995

Joan Baez

4th March 1996

Judith Durham

15th March 1996

Andy Scott of Sweet

17th January 1996

On Fri 15th March, the Lunchtime show was taken over by The Pretty Things, who are still doing it! They played a few numbers live. Phil may sounded great and was good to talk to, and Dick Taylor really spanked his guitar, and had a few good stories to tell about the early days of the pretties and the Stones.

I had been a fan of The Spencer Davis Group since I was a lad, and got to know bassist Muff Winwood really well when I worked for B&C Records, who shared offices with Island Records, for whom Muff worked after the SDG had split. Well, with the release of their Anthology "Eight Gigs A Week", he agreed to take the afternoon away from his executive job at Sony Music in London, and come in to the show on Wed 3rd April. We played lots of old SDG hits, and talked about his brother Steve and about how he turned down my offer to release "Diamond Lights" by Glenn Hoddle & Chris Waddle. See here to read the whole story!

My final Lunchtime Show was on 22nd May 1996, when I gave up my position of SuperGold Network Controller, and a few weeks before the network closed down.

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