Mike Hayes' recording of his own Christmas song is available to download again this year, just in time for Christmas. It's called "I Fell in Love with a Snowgirl (but she melted in my arms)" . It's an uptemo, bright and bouncy pop number that Mike recorded a couple of years ago.
Fellow DJs note - it is danceable, we have had people dancing to it!
The Final Hour
AUGUST 14TH - 1967
Radio 270 closedown
Featuring Head of Programmes,
Vince 'Rusty' Allen,
This is the final 60 minutes of the life of Radio 270. The programme includes many of the voices of Radio 270 DJ's, including Ross Randell, Paul Burnett and Guy Hamilton.
Rusty also chats to the members of the crew of the Oceaan 7, and plays recordings of other DJ's who were unable to get out to the radio ship for the last night on the air due to the weather. Hear again messages from Leonard Dale, the Chairman and Wilf Proudfoot, the MD of Radio 270.
Over an hour of nostalgia make up this historical recording, right up to Radio 270 leaving the air with National Anthem at one minute to midnight. (This is a good quality off air recording, not the rubbish heard on YouTube!.)
Only £7.75 incl P&P in the UK
(£9.75 to send outside UK)
Bye Bye Blues
by BERT KAEMPFERT
The tune used to close Radio 270 every night at 1am in 1966.
Bert Kaempfert's Bye Bye Blues, spent seven weeks in the American charts but got no higher than # 54. In the UK, the Polydor release made Number 24 and spent ten weeks on the chart. Amazingly it was his only UK chart hit - the man who took the Beatles under his wing in their Hamburg days and gave them their first taste of the recording studios!
Bye Bye Blues was also used on another radio ship, Radio Scotland (242m) as the theme tune for the 'Apron Strings' programme. Bert Kaempfert didn't write this tune himself, but he DID write "Strangers in the Night."
RADIO 270 STATION OPENER
For some time Radio 270 used Telstar, the Tornadoes' 1962 world wide chart topper, as first record to open the station up at 6am. To hear or buy a download of this excellent atmospheric track, just click the cover Number
There has been much debate about the first record heard on Radio 270. The first music played when the station eventually began official test transmissions on June 4th was Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra. When Roger Gale officially opened the station the following week (11 June 66), the first track he played was Wild Thing by The Troggs.
However, Radio 270's first transmissions were several months earlier, just immediately prior to the mast collapsing on April 1st. Neither of those records that were mentioned above were even on board at that time, indeed there was very little music in the ship's library at all! The actual record played, over and over again, was the latest LP by The Beach Boys, called simply Party!
It has some great tracks and really does sound like it was recorded at a party. The three and a half minute version of Barbara Ann
is probably the best known, as it became a Top 10 hit in 1966, but all the tracks are well worth a spin. You can hear it, or order a copy, here
(or just click on the cover).
There are not so many hours of Radio 270 's acual output available; we avid collectors have at most aout 200 hours of programmes. Perhaps we Northerners were not sufficiently affluent to own tape recorders?
We plan to make as may of the recordings of Radio 270- programmes as possible available and have already started with the items you find on this page.
These are good quality recordings - if they are of actual programmes, please remeber that they were made "over the air", mostly in Bridlington, where reception was prefect. Sometimes the tape used wasn't always the best quality and while these have been digitised to protect them forever, they still have the artefacts of AM transmission, with the occasional crackle of distant lightning, etc, manifesting itself.
More Recordings available soon
featuring many of your favourite
Radio 270 disc jockeys.
RADIO 270 DJs' THEME TUNES
Radio 270 DJs each had theior own 'theme tune' which they began and ended each programme with. Some used the same one for many years on several radio stations, others (stand up Ross Randell - oh, you ARE standing up!) would change them half way through the programme sometimes! Here are a few of the best known:
Paul Burnett Peridot BOB MILLER
Dennis Straney On the Street where you Live Dave Macey orch'
Mike Barron Climb The Apples BOB WALLIS
Neddy Noel Bye Bye Love, later an arrangement of his own
Now you can download the track and listen to it whenever you wish on your own Smartphone, laptop, tablet or desk top PC. Just click the cover above to visit the Amazon page with the link. It will cost you just 99p and you can then play it again as many times as you wish.
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Mike recorded several little "ditties" in his time on the Radio 270 ship, including his very own programme theme tune: "Mike Hayes is Back in Town" which alternated with the slightly more conventional theme tune "There's a Rainbow Round my Shoulder".
More details of Mike's other products HERE.
DJ Andy Kirk was born in Leeds in 1947 and joined Radio 270 in time for the aborted launch of 1st April 1966. In 1966 Andy was just 19 and had been playing with a folk group.
Andy usually presented the 9pm-midnight show, alternating with Alex Dee, but we have found a recording with them both on board together.
This is one of his last programmes on Radio 270, made on the 14th November 1966. Andy and several others left the station at the next crew change that Friday morning and wasn't heard on Radio 270 again. (Andy and two other Radio 270 DJs complained to a local newspaper journalist about sea conditions; the story was blown into a tale that the ship was dangerous, although all three DJs claim they only said it was uncomfortable in winter gales.
The recording also has Neddy Noel flogging the Radio 270 Duo Sander, Dennis the Menace and many others, including a drop-in by Manfred Mann; a great bit of nostalgia for Radio 270 fans.
(Poor quality copies of this recording has been seen 'for sale' recently elsewhere marked as August 1966 but the records played mean that was impossible. Our tape is from Mr Proudfoot's own collection and clearly states 14 November 1966) which agrees with new releases played and certain commercials.