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Brian Matthew 1928 - 2017

It had been a long-standing pleasure of mine on a Saturday morning; setting out early and tuning into Sounds of The Sixties on Radio2, as hosted by “your lod mate” Brian Matthew. As well as having that clear, BBC modulated tone, Matthew had that avuncular but knowledgeable delivery; he met the bands, knew the bands loved the music, but didn’t chase the attached celebrity as other DJs.

Brian started broadcasting in 1948 and started working for the BBC in 1954 and was among the first advocates of “pop” music with shows like Saturday Club and Easy Beat , the BBC’s concessions to pop music before being superseded by pirate radio before Radio 1 came about. Brian also did some TV work, hosting ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars from 1961-66. Laterly, he hosted Radio 2’s Round Midnight arts magazine from 1978-1990 and from 1990 became the voice of Sounds of The Sixties..

In October 2017, he became the oldest, regular broadcaster on BBC radio, but shortly after, was taken ill and Sir Tim Rice stood in for a few weeks. The BBC thought they could “retire” Matthew, but loyal fans and an e-petition said otherwise and he was back in late February. However, combination of failing health and re-scheduling, it was a brief return and the show was handed over to Tony Blackburn.

     

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I wonder if T2 will be as big a disappointment as the original Trainspotting was to the railway enthusiast.

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John Warren “J” Geils -  1946 - 2017

News broke yesterday that John Geils, founder and lead guitarist of The J Geils Band was found dead by police at his home in Groton; Massachusetts yesterday morning. Death is being attributed to natural causes.

The J Geis Band started while he was at college and released their debut in 1970. A shift in styles from Soul & R’n'B to more pop rock saw them reap success in 1979 - 80 with Love Stinks and Freeze-Frame albums, the latter spawning the single Centre-Fold. The band eventually broke up in 1985 when geils put down his guitar to open an auto repair shop for high-end Italian sports cars; a business he owned and ran into the mid 1990s.

He returned to music in 1992 when he produced an album for Danny Klein and formed the band Bluestime with Magic Dick. He played in the New Guitar Summit with Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin and in the acoustic trio Kings of Strings with Beaudoin and Jerry Miller. In 2005, he released his first solo album, a jazz album.

     

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I wonder if T2 will be as big a disappointment as the original Trainspotting was to the railway enthusiast.