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It was in September 1961 (I was fourteen years old) that I started to listen to Radio Luxembourg. Regards Jan-Erik Olsson Sollentuna, Sweden (11/11/2011). Well he got her to do a duet with him on the phone and of coarse it went out over the air waves,he had a good voice and I think he was married to Pearl Carr,either that or they sang together. The veteran DJ started his broadcasting career on Radio Luxembourg in 1958. " and the signature tune was a very sixties instrumental. Thank you very much indeed to radio Luxembourg for the so many wonderful hours spent on your tune in the late seventies!
I used an old Grundig radio with a (so called) green tuning eye. In 1964 Jimmy Savile hosted the first episode of Top Of The Pops, and the week after its launch guested on the second edition from a Manchester Church suspended upside down from a rope with Todd Slaughter desperately hanging on the other end. I've been trying to find the name of it so I can get a recording but to no avail! I was an avid listener of Luxy from about 1970 through to the 80s.
Of course the power of the two Telefunken medium-wave transmitters, with the antenne on the high mountain of Marnach, was important too; with the power of 600 Kilowatt (1968: 1200 Kilowatt). Found this site by accident whilst looking for a luxembourg memoribillia site as wife has signed pics 5 djs on 1 page of Kid Jensen, Bob stewart, Paul Burnett, Tony Prince and David Christian.bought back so many happy memories please start on internet would be great to hear again ,same jingles etc lol thanks again for bringing back so many happy memories. In Stavanger we could only listen to Radio Luxembourg after dark because of atmospheric conditions.
So almost everybody in Europe could hear the sound of fading Radio Luxembourg; on the great 208.
Then a tape with a programme from London was running. For a teenager at the west coast of Jutland, the NME Top Twenty at Sundays at midnight was the ultimate climax of the week.
In the mean time the engineer was sitting at the window; kissing his girlfriend. In spite of this rather poor furnishing and apparatus they had every night fifteen million listeners; all over Europe. Thanks for the many hours of great music in the past. Used to listen to Radio Luxemburg when I was a kid in Leeds, UK. Not even the Danish Top 20 could compete with that.
He just had to say the stationcall and wait another quarter hour or half an hour. Then as a teenager, and I still do..living in The Arctic Part of Norway the NME TOP TWENTY LIST was written down and taken to the school next morning. Mr Knut Harald Forsgren Fauske, Norway (04/05/2012). Yeah, it was Barry who made me very sleepy at school on Monday mornings. I suppose its imposible..we all have those great days (nights) in our memory...this site makes them come up again...thanks. I see your page is asap but that has been a good while now. From 1958 till 1966 he was the presenter of the English Top Twenty; every Sundaynight at eleven 'o' clock.
I found two old brown tapes with original Top Twenty's. And "The Friday Spectacular" (EMI records); each Friday between 10 and 11 p.m. And I'll never forget that week when the Beatles had 2 singles, an EP and a LP in the Top 10. In the 70's the only way for Irish kids to hear pop music was 208. A superb site - brought back many happy listening memories - thank you.
Between the recorded programmes the resident discjockey told that "This is Radio Luxembourg, Your Station Of The Stars" and pushed the button to sound the (famous) gong. In the engineer's room stood a small mixing console, two turntables and three taperecorders. 208 was on all night in my late teens in the early 80s and a potential girl friend just had to love or at least stand it. Even Barry Aldis thought that was something special. Lovely memories of listening to Luxembourg under the bed clothes so my mum wouldn't know I wasn't asleep!!
It was very strange that he always started with number one. During the wintertime this Top Twenty was from midnight till one o' clock. To play as much records as possible in half an hour they played only the first two minutes of a record. Brings back so many memories of listening to Radio Luxembourg's Top 20 Sunday Night show on an old bakelite radio. Sir Jimmy raised millions for charity and for many years was a regular marathon runner in support of good causes, though his finest achievement must be the 20 million he collected for the creation of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1983, following damage caused by severe weather to the old pre-fab wooden huts which had housed spinal cord injury patients. I was one listeners from the early years 1952 until the beginning of the 70th.
Because I was young I went to bed at ten; and waked up by the alarm-clock at midnight. Most of the programmes before midnight were recorded in the Radio Luxembourg studio in London; at 38 Hertford Street, W1. J.'s were Jimmy Savile , Jimmy Young, Tony Hall, Alan Freeman Jack Jackson, Don Moss, Keith Fordyce, Peter Murray, Peter Aldersley, Ray Orchard, Muriel Young, Pete Brady, Brian Matthew, Sam Costa, David Jacobs, Kenny Everett, Keith Skues, Johnny Moran, Simon Dee, Barry O' Dee, Hughie Green, Doug Stanley, Alan Dell, David Gell, Katie Boyle, Carol Deene and Ernie Williams. Some of these recorded programmes were: Topical Tunes, , Battle of the Giants, Jimmy Young Show, Tony Hall show, Jack Jackson's Jukebox, Guys, girls and groups, Tune a minute , Top pops, Pops till midnight, Sam Costa's Corner, Teen and Twenty Disc Club, David Jacobs Show, The Peter Murray Show, Brian Matthew's Pop parade, Simon's Scene. Muffled the sound with a cushion so my parents wouldn't know I'd sneaked downstairs. I used to write the Top 20 down in a notebook, religiously, between 19. Todd Slaughter Leicester, United Kingdom (05/11/2011). I hear now from the satellite astra 19 degrees aest in the german talk.
This time he was playing the records by himself (no engineer); like he always did before in Australia. This was the first time I was there during the whole night from eight o' clock in the evening till almost four o' clock at night. And of course Benny Brown was reading the news that night.