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20/02/2010



my music memories, 1970s ...

Which waveband was your family radio tuned to?

In our home it was Radio One on 247, playing all day, every day. Remember Junior Choice with Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart, Noel Edmonds on the Breakfast Show, David 'Kid' Jensen and Dave Lee Travis, the Hairy Cornflake! Mike Read, Peter Powell and Simon Bates' Our Tune?

Remember the portable cassette recorder, and recording the Top Forty on a Sunday afternoon, stop/starting at the beginning and end of every tune. Losing your favourite tape when it got all caught up and tangled around the spools!

Remember the music centre, in trendy plastic casing! When songs were cut on vinyl, singles played on forty five and albums on thirty three.



Remember the Disco 45 songbook, with all the latest lyrics? Look at the price, 5p! I bought every copy, from Issue No 1 until the time came when it was taken off the shelves. Then one day I lost my marbles and binned them, every single one of them!



I also remember buying the Words songbook at an increased price of 15p, well, inflation was a big thing in the 1970s! At the time when a David Bowie calendar shared my bedroom wall with The Police!



I really liked the magazine Smash Hits, my collection starting from Number 1 to whatever number it was when it dawned on me where would I find the space for another copy?

I'd love to get to hear any music memories from your childhood, or who you had plastered to your bedroom wall during your teenage years!

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13 comments:

nikkipolani said...

:-( no posters on walls for me. Not even kitten and baby seal posters. But I did like Abba and The Carpenters.

LizzieJane said...

Oh my goodness does this post bring back memories.It was Radio one in our house too. Lots of posters in my room much to the dismay of my Mum and Dad. I really messed up the wallpaper with all the tape and drawing pins! And yes I had a portable cassette recorder that did indeed tandle around the spools! Thanks for the memory!
x

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

When I was growing up it was The Beatles, Herman's Hermits, and then as a teenager Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel

Those were the days! :-)

Simone said...

I think my Mum used to have Terry Wogan on but I used to listen to Capital Radio when I was young. My bedroom walls had David Cassidy and the Bay City Rollers. I used to wear the tartan scarf around my wrist! I still have all my singles and albums from those days. My magazines back then were Jackie, Mates and My Guy!!!! x

Big Bro said...

Haha Lou, we were certainly Radio GaGa in our house! Radio One was initially 247, but I don't think it broadcast in the evening so I used to switch to Radio Luxembourg 208 - the DJs always seemed much cooler thn the Radio One jocks! I used to have a transistor and listen with an earpiece - Emperor Rosko and Stuart Henry etc , probably you were already asleep... We used to wake up in the morning with Mum having a young Wogan on Radio 2 FM blaring from that old television which had VHF as well as UHF option. Only the other day I told Stella I remembered listening to Alexis Korner's Blues Radio Show on Radio2FM at 7pm on a Sunday the obligatory bath time (it was the show that came on after the charts on Radio 1 but broadcast for 2 hours on Radio 2 but then only Radio 2 was FM), she thought I was odd Haha. Happy days. ps, stay in the bath to long and you ended up with Sing Something Simple which was enough to make you jump out ASAP! How I never ended up in music industry I'll never know.

pebbledash said...

Oh what fun! My mother always listened to Terry Wogan on Radio 2...and after making fun of her for her choices, I found myself listening to him until he gave up the morning show just before christmas. Posters on the wall - T Rex and Marc Bolan. I went through an Abba phase too....

Kathy said...

I was forced to listen to Terry Wogan in my dad's car on the way to school, and then a lifetime later chose to listen to him as I drove myself to school! Some things come full circle.
As a teenager I loved listening to Johnny Walker and the chart show on Sunday evenings. I hated sing something simple!!!!
Love Kathy xxx

periwinkle said...

oh yes , i remember the cassette recorder with the tape wrapped around the spools lol....... my parents have lots of 7" singles from the 50's so I spent a lot of time listening to the likes of Buddy Holly and the Everley Brothers

OhSoVintage said...

I remember listening to Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline on my portable trannie underneath the bedclothes. I also had a reel to reel tape recorder and had to put the microphone against the speaker on the tv to record Top of the Pops. I wasn't allowed to put pictures up on the wall with sellotape (no blu-tack then).

Jane said...

We didn't have any of the music stations on the Radio, it always had to be Radio 4! so finally when I was about 10 years old and elderly friend gave me a tiny black bakelite radio with a gold grille. Then I listened to DLT, stewpot and Wogan plus at night i used to listen to Radio Caroline. Top of the pops was just about tolerated but picked over and talked through which drove me nuts. Jane x

Carol said...

What memories. On my bedroom wall was Slade, Bryan Ferry, David Bowie and some fella who's name escapes me but was in a cowboy series, he had blonde hair and loked a little like Paul Newman...em no can't remember! thats worrying!
I remember after being a little bored with listening to the charts I would tune into the local police radio, that was interesting!x

Rosie said...

Oh, my goodness, what memories that all brought back! I was a teenager in the 60s so I used to listen to radio Luxemburg and radio Caroline - I remember the start of Radio 1 and Tony Blackburn playing Flowers in the Rain to start it off. My wall posters pulled from the centre of Fabulous (wich became Fab208 I think) were of Scott Walker (Walker Brothers) can't remember any others after that as I only had posters up when I was 14 or 15 not when I was an older teenager:)

Amanda and Tim said...

I am slowly working my way though the blog posts I have missed recently, so bear with me!

My family never listened to the radio much (growing up in the 80s and 90s meant tv was really starting to take over, even music wise), but I do remember my parents buying me my first tape player and a "20 Golden Number Ones" tape that included songs such as January, You're My World, Lily the Pink and so on. Then when I got my first cd player I still didn't know much about music but quickly developed a love of Boyzone (somehow I missed the Take That phase, despite all my friends loving them) and then in my later teens I was a massive fan of Celine Dion (which also helped me get great grades in my French, thanks to my deep love of her french albums as well as the english ones!) Now I still love Celine Dion but have expanded to love folk music and solo artists much more than bands, so Jewel, Eva Cassidy, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox etc...

I love seeing these older music mags and collections - I had a couple of Smash Hits my parents bought me but when I was old enough to buy my own mags I had teenage "girly mags" and then when I got bored of them I changed to craft magazines and then went on to Country Living... I always was quite a girly, homebody kind of girl!