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Message started by Barry on 20th Aug, 2011 at 10:08am

Title: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 20th Aug, 2011 at 10:08am
Just listening to Jim singing "Questions" on SOTS. Great that someone plays his songs every now and again.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 20th Aug, 2011 at 11:20am
Brian Matthew is a great admirer of P.J.'s music & "S.O.T.S." for me is the best music show on the radio.Today's show was one of the best ever.Six of the tracks played really "got me". Elvis singing "Something Blue",naturally P.J. with "Question",Billy Fury with "Once Upon A Dream",Tony Orlando "Bless You",Michael Holliday with "Drums" (every bit as good as the original by Jay & The Americans) & finally a little known singer, Tony Middleton, with "To The Ends Of The Earth" This song strikes me as a perfect one for P.J. to record.Take a listen to Tony on YouTube,it's great but I'm sure P.J. could improve on it.
    Sixties music will never be bettered..I love it whan I "pop" my clogs I'll have a 60's music funeral! LOL!
          Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 20th Aug, 2011 at 11:41am
You're right Ron. The 60s music will never be equalled, yet alone beaten. I didnt manage to catch all the show today, but I caught the best bit. And thats not a bad idea for the service when we all POP off. But chin up my friend, weve got a heck of a lot of time left to enjoy TheMan yet.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 20th Aug, 2011 at 6:26pm
Hi Barry,
   You're right! A heck of a lot of time(touch wood!). Have you listened to that song by Tony Middleton, "To The Ends of The Earth" yet?, tailored made for P.J.'s voice! It's on YouTube or you can listen to a repeat of SOTS.I think it was the last song on the programme.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 20th Aug, 2011 at 7:27pm
I also thought Tony Middletons's song "To The Ends of the Earth" would be great for PJ - although the voice was not as good there were certain similarities.  I've sent my customary thankyou to Brian Mathew for his continued support. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 21st Aug, 2011 at 2:19pm
Just listened to the tune by Tony Middleton, and I agree PJ could do a very good version of this. Any chance do you wonder ?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by KathyB. on 21st Aug, 2011 at 2:27pm
I am always sending in requests to all the DJs out there to play some PJ, maybe I am getting  through to them!!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 22nd Aug, 2011 at 7:10pm
P.J. would make "To the ends of the earth" his very own if he ever recorded it. Manja take a listen to it. It's virtually an unknown "classic".....seriously!
         Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 3rd Sep, 2011 at 1:12pm
Incredibley Brian Matthew played an unknown Proby record - he sang with The Crickets.  It was the last item played on SOTS this morning - haven't the title at present, I need to relisten to get it but thought others might like to listen. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 3rd Sep, 2011 at 1:44pm
Have just listened again "Fell In Love with Her Face" recorded on Feb. 2nd 1962 - thanks to a guy called Ron Gwen who brought it to Brian's attention.  Apparently PJ was "auditioning" to join the Crickets.  What a gem.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 3rd Sep, 2011 at 2:20pm
Well done Annie. I heard the record too but you beat me to it,  I wonder if anybody can shed some light on this new discovery.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 3rd Sep, 2011 at 4:52pm
When I first read this I was gutted. As usual, the first time for weeks that I wasnt able to listen to SOTS, A very rare PJ song was played. Thank heaven you can now go and listen again. What a gem. Thank you Anne & George for mentioning it, or I wouldnt have been any the wiser.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Bridgetc on 3rd Sep, 2011 at 5:14pm


Thanks Annie, what a great recording for us to enjoy!

Best wishes Bridget

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Dave Harwood on 3rd Sep, 2011 at 11:20pm
Sorry to put doubt on this but I am not sure where Ron Gwen got the information from. I assume Brian Matthew would have checked the story before repeating it but I have listened to this several times and to me it is not PJ singing on this.
Can Manja or Ron T confirm ?
Best wishes
Dave

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 4th Sep, 2011 at 12:57pm
Have to agree with you Dave. Ive played it twice now, and am still finding it hard to pick up any of PJs twangs. There is always something when you hear Jim singing (cant put my finger on it), but I just dont get with this recording.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 4th Sep, 2011 at 1:08pm
Hi Dave and Barry

I have listened to the record as well and I would definately say it is NOT P.J. The wobble in the voice is just not right.

Andy :'(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 4th Sep, 2011 at 4:01pm
I was surprised when Brian recounted this story on "SOTS". It was new to me & I was looking forward to hearing P.J.'s lead vocal BUT I have to say it didn't sound like him at all.I hope Manja can quiz P.J. about this.Of course he could have been singing in a totally unusual voice so never say never!! One thing that puzzles me though is this: Jerry Naylor was confirmed as the lead singer of The Crickets in 1960 & was so until he left to go solo in 1965.So why would P.J. have been after a job with The Crickets as lead singer in February 1962 when Jerry already had that position.Anyone know Ron Gwen so we can ask him where he got the story?
        Ron :)
P.S. Great song "Fell In Love With A Face". Also nice to hear the original of "Mission Bell" by Donnie Brooks but not a patch on the version P.J. recorded later!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 4th Sep, 2011 at 7:00pm
Sadly I have to agree with you guy's, it's not just the lack PJ 's unique voice it's the fact that nothing about him ever doing anything with the Crickets has been mentioned before.   
George

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 5th Sep, 2011 at 9:22am
Bear in mind this was recorded in 1962 - before he had put on his twangs, I thought it was him, doing Elvis of course - I have no reason to doubt it and this guy Ron is often sending in items to SOTS and I'm sure Brian Matthew wouldn't have played it if there was any doubt.  As you say Dave perhaps PJ himself can veriify that he had an audition to join The Crickets.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 5th Sep, 2011 at 11:18am
Bit of a funny one this. I hope PJ can shed some light on it, just to satisfy us all.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Sep, 2011 at 12:55pm
Brian said that Jerry got the job with The Crickets instead of P.J. This is not fact. Jerry was the lead singer already with the group.
    Plus an audition to join a group could not possibly mean you would go to the studio with the rest of the guys & cut a song. That would all be for later when you were officially a member of the group.
   By the way P.J. is supposed to be on a fairly recent Crickets CD singing "Rave On" with them. Savoy Records in Manchester gave me this info.They did not remember the label the CD was released on but they sent a copy to P.J. as they are still good friends with him.Savoy say the track was listed as being recorded in 1965 but Dave at Savoy believes it was more likely in 1962 so this falls in line with the time the "S.O.T.S." track was recorded. The mystery deepens!
    Ron :-/

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 5th Sep, 2011 at 1:48pm
It's interesting to note that The Crickets and PJ were both under Liberty Records in 1962.  I've listened again and I still believe this is PJ.  As you say the mystery deepens.  If only we could locate Ron Gwen (I'm assuming this is the spelling), he is a PJ fan because I remember his name coming up when PJ was played on SOTS a few weeks ago.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Sep, 2011 at 6:09pm
I'm Ron Ten(nant) but I do not know a Ron Gwen. If he's a big fan of P.J. surely one of us would know who he is. Plus most fans of P.J. are members of this forum. C'mon Ron expose yourself...no no!! not in that way! LOL!
     Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 6th Sep, 2011 at 8:08am
I've asked P.J. about this and he says he definitely never auditioned with The Crickets. His only connection with them was his drummer at Metric Music: Jerry Allison, who was also the drummer of The Crickets. I didn't get a chance yet to play the record for P.J., but will keep you all posted.
Manja

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 6th Sep, 2011 at 7:19pm
Will be interesting to hear just what PJ thinks after he hears this Manja.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 6th Sep, 2011 at 8:23pm
If P.J. says its him Ill eat my hat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 7th Sep, 2011 at 11:00am
I think your digestive system is pretty safe Andy.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 8th Sep, 2011 at 12:03am
PJ has just listened to the song "Fell In Love With A Face" and it certainly isn't him. He has never heard the song before and never aspired to be "A Cricket". PJ says it might be Peter James!  [smiley=grin.gif]
Another possibility would be Trini Lopez, who briefly joined the group. Whatever, PJ has nothing to do with this song. Maybe Brian Mathew or Ron Gwen could explain where they base this information on?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Sep, 2011 at 4:58pm
This song is growing on me.I've taken a look at Manja's comment on YouTube & interestingly there was a comment by another listener who thinks maybe the vocalist is a guy called Ronnie Smith.Anyone ever heard of him? I haven't but I'll research him.
        Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Sep, 2011 at 5:15pm
Ronnie Smith was a vocalist hired to replace Buddy Holly after his plane crashed & he died on the 3rd February,1959 flying to the next gig on the "Winter Dance Party" Tour. It's possible Ronnie did the lead vocals on "Fell In Love With Face" but unlikely in my opinion. Here's why: The recording was made in February 1962. Ronnie was only hired for a few weeks in 1959 as a hurried replacement for Buddy on the tour alone.Plus Ronnie, in 1962, had serious drug problems & was committed to an asylum where in October,1962 he hung himself at the young age of 24.Tragic story!
           Ron :'(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 8th Sep, 2011 at 6:14pm
That is a tragic story Ron. But at least we seem to have sorted the  little question about that track.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Sep, 2011 at 1:59pm
Actually serious Cricket fans & experts have always credited the vocals to P.J on "Fell In Love With A Face". I guess they will now have to think again now that The Man himself has said it ain't him.
  The track is on a Crickets 1991 CD called "Ravin' On:From California To Clovis". It's full of previously un-issued songs & hardly anyone knows who wrote them or even who sang the lead vocals on the majority of them.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Sep, 2011 at 8:26pm
The guy who contacted the S.O.T.S. Radio 2 show with the Crickets story & the supposed P.J. connection is, as we know,Ron Gwen.He lives in Bracklesham Bay,West Sussex,a lovely coastal town(from the beach you can see the Isle Of Wight).If anyone on the forum lives near the place perhaps you could possibly try to contact him & invite him to join us.
    Ron :)
      

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Sep, 2011 at 11:59am
More facts about Ronnie Smith.In 1956 aged 18 he was a member of the "Poor Boys" a rockabilly group from Odessa,Texas.Before becoming a temporary Cricket in 1959. He also released 2 solo singles:"My babe/I've got a love" in '58 & "Lookie,lookie,lookie/A tiny kiss" in early 1959. Both, I believe, produced by Norman Petty at his Clovis studios.Ronnie was also in a group called The Jitters with former Poor Boy Carl Bunch.
   Another singer who could possibly have done the vocals on "Fell In Love with A Face" is Derrell Felts who Petty believed could eventually be a Buddy Holly replacement.
   I wonder if P.J. has ever come across some of the names I've mentioned?
   Ron
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Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Sep, 2011 at 6:09pm
The guys in the pic are Texan rockabilly group The Poor Boys.Taken in 1956 the line up was:back row: left, Richard Porter with Eddie Williams. front row from l. to r. Bob Hardwick,RONNIE SMITH & Carl Bunch.
   By the way I've found out contact details for Ron Gwen.I'll be in touch with him soon.
         Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by ron gwen on 14th Sep, 2011 at 10:14pm
Ron Tennant wrote me a nice letter bringing the Fell In Love With A Face discussion to my attention. Unfortunately Brian Matthew didn't read out my explanation of where I got the info. It was a letter written to Now Dig This (rock n roll magazine) by Crickets expert John Ingman. This is what he wrote:

"By the end of 1961, Sonny Curtis was in the US Army and Joe B Mauldin had temporarily retired from music. On February 2nd 1962, J I Allison and Tommy Allsup auditioned potential new vocalists for The Crickets - and one was P J Proby who sang the Elvis-styled 'Fell In Love With A Face.' Cliff Crofford  contributed 'There's No Better Way To Die', 'Never Ever Told Me' and 'Bottom Of The Sea', whilst Jerry Naylor got the job by taking care of 'I'm Not A Bad Guy'. Aural evidence suggests Glen Campbell provided harmony vocals on the titles. The five songs remained unissued until Rockstar's 1991 package 'The Crickets - Ravin' On From California To Clovis' for which I did the booklet notes. At the time the vocalists on the first four titles were a mystery but J I later resolved the matter for 'Crickets File' magazine."

Jerry Allison says it was P J. P J says it wasn't. I have no idea who is correct.

Ron













Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 15th Sep, 2011 at 9:24am
Hi Ron,
Thanks a lot for the info. All the Proby fans are convinced this is not PJs voice on "Fell In Love With A Face". PJ says so as well. Of course it is very well possible that PJ was present at the Crickets auditioning with his friend Jerry Allison. He loved to sing and would have sung anywhere where there was a possibility to be heard. Maybe PJ is singing one of the other tracks that they recorded? It would be interesting to hear those other songs from this session...
Manja

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 15th Sep, 2011 at 4:24pm
Ron Gwen. Thanks for taking the time to post to try and solve this little mystery with us. Im one of the many fans that just dont think it sounds like PJ on that track, but its facsinating hearing the story behind it.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 15th Sep, 2011 at 5:26pm
Jerry Allison is certain that it was P.J. P.J. is certain that it's not him. If I had to bet money on it then I would go for it not being P.J. but never say never!
  We had this same problem a while back...Elvis mafia member Jerry Schilling recounted in his autobiography that P.J. was onstage in 1965 at the Red Velvet Club in Hollywood & Elvis was in the audience with his pals. El was so impressed with P.J. singing "Somewhere" that he sent a note to P.J. onstage asking him to song the song again.P.J. was so shocked he had to sit down onstage. Funnily enough P.J. does not recall this ever happening!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 15th Sep, 2011 at 5:30pm
Just taken another look at the pic of the Poor Boys & suddenly realised that Ronnie Smith(front-middle) who was the same age as P.J. actually looked a lot like Jimmy Smith did!
     Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 17th Sep, 2011 at 3:34pm
Just catching up after being offline for a week.  Sounds as though this little gem has now been sorted - it gave us all something to talk about, which is what the forum is for.  Well done Ron for finding Ron.  (I've been away from the computer because it's apple and plum time - chutney making, jelly making etc. - wish I could get up to Evesham to pick some of PJs).

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 18th Sep, 2011 at 5:18pm
Reading the sleeve notes of the Crickets CD containing the song "Fell In Love With A Face" it says the vocalist on the song is unknown. If Jerry Allison was so sure of P.J. being the vocalist then why didn't he say so at the time the CD was released (1991) & then the info could have been added to the sleeve notes.This makes me even more convinced it's not P.J. & that Jerry is clutching at straws.
   Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by ron gwen on 26th Sep, 2011 at 12:59am
With P J saying he wasn't the vocalist on Fell In Love With A Face, I went back to John Ingman to ask if he had any further comments and I thought you might be interested in what he said:-
"I can't really add anything.  When I did booklet notes to the Rockstar CD I hadn't a clue about the vocalist.  Some years later I played the track to JI and he immediately said "that's Jet Powers who you'll know as PJ" and I accepted that.  He added that the two of them had worked togeether on a few sessions in early 1960's but they may have been other demos.  Once he'd identified the vocalists on the mysterious session I had the info I wanted and I no doubt moved onto other matters.  I don't have any tracks crediting PJ Proby on my collection.  I did hear the track on Sounds Of Sixties; it's probably 1st time I've heard it since I  played it to JI.  Of course in Feb 1962 JI was the Crickets."
I'm not expert enough on P J's voice to know whether or not it could be him, so I'm happy to leave it at that as something of a mystery. 

Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Sep, 2011 at 12:11pm
It will have to be the mystery that was never fully solved.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 1st Oct, 2011 at 7:36pm
One more name has crept into the puzzle of who the vocalist is on "Fell In Love With A Face". It's possibly a guy called Earl Sinks who did lead vocals with The Crickets for a while after Buddy died.
    Earl was known as the "man with a thousand voices" so he could imitate anyone.....a bit like a certain person we all know & love!
    Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 22nd Oct, 2011 at 11:18am
I wish Brian Matthew all the best as he has not been too well lately.He should be back doing "SOTS" on Sat. 29th October. I've sent in my request for a P.J. song for his birthday on the 6th November....if mine isn't played then hopefully someone else's is!
   Sir Tim Rice has been sitting in for Brian but to be honest he doesn't do it half as good. Tim does not sound sincere sometimes & he also now & again talks to the listeners as if they are all half demented. When Brian was ill a few years back Johnny Walker stood in & I had to switch him off....he was so full of himself! Come back soon Brian..you are the perfect presenter of "SOTS"
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 22nd Oct, 2011 at 7:18pm
There will never be anyone to take over from Brian Matthew. The SOTS show is his, and his alone. He presents a fabulous show every Saturday. Glad to hear he will be back next week.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by KathyB. on 22nd Oct, 2011 at 11:19pm
Good idea Ron I'll be putting in my request too.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 23rd Oct, 2011 at 11:03am
I didn't realise Brian was 83 years young! Apart from Jimmy Young he must be the oldest radio presenter in the U.K. I think he should get an O.B.E or an M.B.E or possibly even a knighthood.He's been dee-jaying on radio & TV for 50 plus years!!
   He was The Beatles favourite interviewer back when they first got famous.
    Shortly EMI are to release a compilation CD of Brian's favourite hits....wonder if there'll be a song by P.J. included?
   Ron :)
P.S. I was in touch a few years ago with his assistant on the  "Thank Your Lucky Stars" TV pop show....Janice Nicholls.She contributed a pic & a few words to P.J.'s 70th Birthday book.If any fans have not got that yet then you're really missing out! As Janice would have said "O'ill give it foive!"

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Oct, 2011 at 6:43pm
The Birthday Book is the best P.J.Proby publication I have ever seen.....40 pages of b/w & colourful class.Stories from fans & friends & many personalities. Available from DutchBrand & has been selling well since Nov. 2008.Once they have gone then it's too late.
      Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 26th Oct, 2011 at 10:56pm
Hi Ron,
You're right, the Birthday Booklet is a great glossy magazine and a must for the real fans. Sadly, it's currently sold out. However, we're waiting for Leanne to send us some more from Australia. Maybe you could remind her one day? She seems to have misplaced them... [smiley=embarassed.gif] [smiley=cry.gif] [smiley=embarassed.gif] [smiley=huh.gif] [smiley=sad.gif] [smiley=undecided.gif]

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 27th Oct, 2011 at 2:17pm
I'll send Leanne an e-mail asap. At the moment she's in N.Z following her other fave singer John Rowles on tour.
    Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 29th Oct, 2011 at 11:12am
Brian Matthew was back today chairing the programme. He played a great song by Terry Stafford that would be perfect for P.J. to put on a CD " I'll Touch A Star"...a beautiful song written by Ben Weisman.
   Brian also corrected the facts about a Crickets song he played a month ago (Fell in Love With A Face) when he said P.J. was the vocalist.He corrected that so that mystery is still ongoing!. Finally Brian played a great Proby song "Why Baby Why". With P.J's birthday coming up Sunday,6th November on his next show Brian should also be playing another Proby classic.Hopefully it will be a dedication from a loyal Forum fan.
       Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 29th Oct, 2011 at 1:35pm
I heard Brian clearing the mystery involving PJ and that song. And it was great to hear "Why, Baby Why" again. Thank heaven Brian Matthew is back on SOTS, he at least plays PJs tunes, and I look forward to next weeks show in anticipation.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by ron gwen on 29th Oct, 2011 at 5:19pm
I wasn't going to come back to the subject of the vocalist on 'Fell In Love With A Face' and I was really surprised to hear Brian Matthew refer to it on today's SOTS. In fact, Barry and Ron, he didn't clear up the mystery of the vocalist's identity, he just reported a P J fan's point of view. As I said on this forum, we have Jerry Allison, (who should know who he auditioned) saying it was Jett Powers (aka P J) and P J himself (who should know whether he auditioned or not) saying it wasn't him. So the two people personally involved give completely opposite accounts. Mystery definitely not solved.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 29th Oct, 2011 at 7:15pm
It is strange that both guys believe the opposite. I actually wish that Jerry's account was true & it would be yet another string to P.J.'s bow! You're right Ron..it did not clear up the mystery & there's still a 50/50 chance Jerry Allison is correct! As for certain fans saying it's definitely NOT P.J.'s voice.....you can never say that 'cos P.J. is the man of a thousand voices!
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 30th Oct, 2011 at 4:47pm
I was surprised that Brian Mathew said it was cleared up in view of what Ron Gwen had reported on this forum - I'm not convinced it wasn't PJ - simply because his memory goes astray at times.  Brian having played PJ this week may not do so next week because I remember 2 years ago I requested for PJs birthday and a record was played the week before and Not on his birthday - so don't hold your breath folks.  Nice if he does though. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Oct, 2011 at 6:44pm
If no record is played for P.J.'s birthday I'll brain Brian!
      Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Nov, 2011 at 11:52am
Well well well! I don't bloody well believe it!! Brian "Victor" Matthew did not mention P.J.'s birthday on today's programme & did not play a Proby song to go with it! The rest of the year he does give P.J. a fair share of air-time but on his birthday it usually goes quiet. This is not the first time P.J. 's birthday was not mentioned..very strange! it's left me grumpy!
  Anyway I've e-mailed the"SOTS" programme asking if they can put things right by playing a P.J. song next week. Hope they oblige!
  Ron :(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by KathyB. on 5th Nov, 2011 at 6:23pm
Yes I had my alarm set for 8 this morning and waited and waited but no song for PJ, very disappointing. I have sent in a request to Sunday Love songs but don't hold out much hope.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 5th Nov, 2011 at 8:41pm
I especially had my work mates listening out for a PJ mention today too. I told them there was no way BM wouldnt play a PJ song, and give his birthday a mention. Im very surprised at Brian.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 12th Nov, 2011 at 3:24pm
Brian did not mention P.J.'s birthday on his programme on the 5th November.....I e-mailed & pointed this out & suggested that this morning maybe on the latest programme he could make the Proby fans happy with a belated birthday wish to P.J. & a song. Sadly nothing happened.Is it so difficult to remember a Legend's birthday?especially when no other music star of any significance has a birthday on the 6th November.I'm very disappointed in "S.O.T.S."
     Ron  :(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 13th Nov, 2011 at 6:45pm
I too mentioned this last week Ron. I know Brian cant be expected to remember everything, but still, disappointing.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 13th Nov, 2011 at 8:15pm
I know Brian is quite ancient now but his programme organisors & production team should make sure he has the correct info & make sure they sort out the requests for P.J. 's birthday that I know arrived at Radio 2!
   On the other hand for the rest of the year P.J. gets a lot of play time on Brian's show so no complaints there!
      Ron ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Nov, 2011 at 2:14pm
Saturday,November 26th...no P.J. song on "S.O.T.S." but as usual still a great selection of 60's music. Brian played Kenny Lynch's "Puff", a very unusual song I'd never heard before!Betcha wouldn't be allowed to write a song with that title these days!LOL! He also played an album track from Cupid's Inspiration called "Never Trust In Tomorrow" a song that P.J. would do a great job on just as he did with their similar number "Yesterday Has Gone".
   Finally my fave song of the whole 2 hour show was Jimmy Radcliffe's "The Forgotten Man".This was covered by Frankie Vaughan at the time but the ultimate version of this classic is by Gene McDaniels who is my favourite black singer & was a 60's Liberty stable-mate of P.J.'s
   Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 18th Dec, 2011 at 2:41pm
On the most recent "S.O.T.S." radio programme Brian played a Walker Brothers album track. A song I didn't even know they had recorded "I don't want to hear it anymore". Of course we all know that P.J. did this song & it was the B side to "Let the water run down" from 1965.
   Well Scott sang " I don't want to hear it anymore" as a solo singer,Gary & John were nowhere to be heard on this number. Scott's vocal was perfect but the actual impact of the song & the way he did it was nothing compared to P.J.'s version. As usual P.J. put his heart & soul into the recording & made it so believable.That's the difference between P.J. & so many other top class vocalists...P.J. "lives" the song,the rest do not!
      Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Probyfan on 18th Dec, 2011 at 4:22pm
Hi Ron,
I always loved Gene McDaniel's songs, he put so much emotion into a song, just like our man always does. I had no idea Gene was dark skinned but I'm glad to hear he was & it amazes me how many of the 50's/60's stars who were really big that remain faceless to me as I don't recall seeing photos of them back then. Hard for younger generations to comprehend these days but there was a time when songs hit the top without video versions.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 19th Dec, 2011 at 12:47pm
I have everything by Gene McDaniels. They groomed him as a crooner but he was so much better than that. Later in his career he went a bit weird & recorded some strange stuff saying to the world that is how he really was. Scott Engel went down the same road & also started to do strange songs. On one of Scott's later recordings he had a huge piece of raw meat in the studio & was banging on it with a stick as part of the background effect.O.M.G.!!
  My fave Gene song? "Another Tear Falls" this must be on YouTube.
    Ron :'(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Manja on 23rd Jan, 2012 at 10:24am
I've just heard that Brian played Orville Woods last Saturday, singing Wicked Woman! Brian you're the best!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 23rd Jan, 2012 at 11:53am
Brian's a real stalwart for PJ, I heard the programme - it's a must to listen to for our type of music.  I think it's about the only time we get PJ on radio, even though it's not enough times per year.  I've requested for my birthday in April but I shan't be holding my breath.  It was the last record played if anybody wants to take a listen.
;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 23rd Jan, 2012 at 5:49pm
I nearly switched off the radio last Saturday morning when the "S.O.T.S." show was almost over.Good job I didn't as "Wicked Woman",as previously mentioned,was the last track to be played.It's always a great show but for about the last three weeks P.J. hadn't been played & I thought "Here we go again!.....no P.J".
   Brian also gave an explanation to his listeners of exactly who Orville was.So thanks Brian & his researcher Phil (The Collector) Swern.
     Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DevilInRedVelvet on 24th Jan, 2012 at 6:34pm
I missed Wicked Woman as didn't catch SOTS last weekend - will listen via listen again as the show is available until the start of this weekend's episode.

I should point out though that SOTS is not the only BBC radio show to play or mention PJ. Bill Kenwright played JB's chart hit of PJs composition, Clown Shoes, on his Golden Years show yesterday (23/01/12) before discussing his work with PJ in the West End before playing Connie Francis' version of Together. In addition, JB was also played by Bill a few weeks ago, with Bill again stating that Clown Shoes was his last hit and penned by PJ.

Other shows which have played PJ on the BBC are Pick Of The Pops (60s UK hits only for obvious reasons) - if you visit the PJ artist page on the bbc a list of programmes that have played PJ recently is available there. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 24th Jan, 2012 at 8:40pm
Hi Devil,
Thank you for this very interesting information! We had no idea that Bill Kenwright had his own radio show. We just listened back to it and PJ really enjoyed it.
Here's the link for everybody to listen again:
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The artist page on the BBC site is also very interesting!
By the way, P.J. was briefly live on the air in the Philip Solomon Wolverhampton City Radio show last night. Sorry we didn't tell you all before, but it was a bit short notice. I don't think it has a "listen again" option.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 24th Jan, 2012 at 9:23pm
Hi Devil

Thanks for the Bill Kenwright Radio snippet. That was really interesting. Any more like that please let us know.


Andy :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 25th Jan, 2012 at 10:18am
Bill has always been a P.J. fan as well as being a talented actor himself in his younger days.He's also the Everton FC chairman & a top West End show promotor for anyone that didn't know that.
   I knew he had his own late night radio show but it was a bit too late for me!!LOL! :D
          Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 26th Jan, 2012 at 6:38pm
Thanks for the info on Bill Kenwright.  I record this show every week and catch up later as it's too late at night for me, I keep falling asleep after 9.0' clock.  I'll be listening to it tomorrow morning.  I didn't realise this was Bill's 2nd show, I missed the first one, which was obviously some time ago from things that he says.  I've been hoping for PJ to be mentioned. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 31st Jan, 2012 at 12:32pm
Listened to Bill's last night programme today - he mentions PJ again, having played Billy Ekstein & Sarah Vaughan passing strangers. I just wish he'd play PJ and not just mention him. :(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 31st Jan, 2012 at 6:12pm
P.J. sang "Passing Strangers" a few years back with Anita Harris at a Heritage "do".It was excellent.
   If anyone wants Bill to actually PLAY a P.J. recording then contact his show via the BBC radio site with a request.Same as we do for "S.O.T.S."
       Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Apr, 2012 at 1:00pm
Listened to "S.O.T.S." this morning & was pleased to hear yet another P.J. song played by Brian Matthew. It was part of a "three in a row" request for super P.J. fan Annie Lean's recent birthday. First song was Dickie Valentine with "Wanted"....a song that P.J. did on a 2003 C.D.Second was Elvis singing "Indescribably Blue" & last, but certainly not least, was P.J. with the classic "I Can't Make It Alone".Three great singers,three great songs but if I had to pick one then I'd go for P.J. & the Goffin/King written classic.
  Annie specifically asked for the version of "I Can't Make It Alone" with P.J. double tracking as she & many P.J. fans prefer that version,as does P.J. himself.
   Hope you had a wonderful birthday Annie with many, many more to come.
   Enjoy your cruise that's coming up soon!,
               Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 19th May, 2012 at 12:37pm
No P.J. song today on "S.O.T.S.".....can't expect one every week. Some other great music as usual got airplay,lovely Bacharach/David song by Richard Anthony, "Too Late To Worry" which I hadn't heard for 20 years or more.Plus a Jim Reeves track which made me realise what a lovely smooth voice that guy had.Then Johnny Mathis with "My Love For You"....what a unique voice he has.Also P.J.'s favourite English rocker Billy Fury sang for us "Halfway To Paradise".I ws in paradise just listening to that song.
   So much fabulous music came out of the 60's & 70's.On T.V (BBC 4) last night the whole evening was Barry Manilow & Neil Diamond documentaries & live shows first transmitted a couple of years ago. Two great composers & vocalists.They are regarded, rightly so, as legends...when will P.J. Proby also get this recognition? he truly deserves it also!
   Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 20th May, 2012 at 6:12pm
Watching the Neil Diamond concert on BBC 4 it was great to see drummer Ronnie Tutt being part of the massive group of backing musicians accompanying Neil. Ronnie was the drummer who backed Elvis from his comeback in Las Vegas in 1969 right up until his last concert shortly before his death in 1977. He's a fantastic percussionist & still tours the world as part of the massive Elvis shows that  take place with The King on screen & various original backing singers & musicians "live" onstage.I saw Ronnie,Glen D. Hardin,James Burton & Jerry Scheff, also known as the TCB Band, onstage about 10 years ago & they were fabulous. They backed P.J. in Randers,Denmark 9 years ago at an Elvis tribute show....love to see that happen again.
    Ron ;D
P.S. When Neil Diamond first got famous they called him "The Jewish Elvis"....that's according to the TV documentary.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 16th Jun, 2012 at 3:56pm
Cruise over - it was wonderful.
PJ on SOTS again this morning - That Means a Lot.  I've missed the last 3 weeks but have them recorded, so will be taking a listen in case I've missed anything good.
:D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 21st Jun, 2012 at 2:51pm
Ive missed the last few weeks Annie, so its nice to hear BM is still playing some good music.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 18th Aug, 2012 at 9:21pm
Mary In The Morning was played by Brian this morning.  I've only just listened to my recording of SOTS as I had an important date with Grand-daughter to buy her 21st birthday present. Brian Matthew is a star.  I hope he lives forever. :D
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Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Bridgetc on 18th Aug, 2012 at 11:09pm
Hi Annie,thanks for keeping us all posted about SOTS.That track is so beautiful.When I first heard it on the" If I loved you"
CD I played it over and over.

Bridget

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Probyan on 19th Aug, 2012 at 8:31am
Hope you don't mind Annie, added YOUR recordings to your message.
U.P

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 19th Aug, 2012 at 11:00pm
I don't mind at all anybody adding things to myposts - as long as they are to do with PJ, I'm no good at adding things myself.
Just to warn you all, not around for a little while - off to East Wittering again and when I come back a new internet provider - I hope.  I'll catch up again when I can. :-*

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 22nd Sep, 2012 at 11:44am
Although Brian didn't play a PJ this morning, he was talking about "It's Only Make Believe" and how many times it had been in the charts by different people and he suggested it was time somebody else recorded it - how about it PJ. 8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 27th Oct, 2012 at 2:09pm
November 6th coming up soon. My request for a P.J. song to celebrate his 74th birthday is with Brian.Should be on this Saturday coming,3rd November. Last year P.J's big day was not mentioned. If it's ignored this year then in protest I will stop listening to "S.O.T.S."
    Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 27th Oct, 2012 at 3:57pm
He cant be ignored for two years running surely ?  We will keep our fingers crossed for a positive response this year.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 28th Oct, 2012 at 4:18pm
Brian regulary plays P.J. songs & us P.J. fans are happy with that but I really think his birthday should be mentioned every year & a request or two read out. Surely it can't be that difficult to check the birthday list of pop stars to see who is celebrating their big day & when.
          Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 3rd Nov, 2012 at 7:06pm
Listened this morning to "S.O.T.S." & no mention of P.J.'s birthday. Maybe it will be mentioned next Saturday. I'm not holding my breath though!. Last year myself & other P.J. fans sent requests to the show & heard NOWT! This year I've sent a lovely P.J. postcard to Brian with snail mail & also e-mailed the show.I'm guessing other fans have too. I don't blame Brian himself,he just reads out & plays what his producer tells him to. The producer(s) & programme organisors are to blame & if for the second year on the trot P.J.'s big day is not worthy of a mention then "S.O.T.S." will be history for me!
    Ron. :(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 3rd Nov, 2012 at 7:11pm
Forgot to say that I enjoyed hearing "Stage Door" this morning on "S.O.T.S." It was sung by the late Tony Jackson (The Searchers) & wasn't bad at all. Still nowhere near as good as the version by Peter James who was thought to be aka P.J.Proby years ago.
    The mystery of Peter never was solved about who or where he is these days....great singer!
         Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 3rd Nov, 2012 at 7:45pm
Changed my mind already! LOL! "S.O.T.S." is sooo good that even if I am p****d off that P.J.'s birthday was forgotten there is no way that I'll stop tuning in every Saturday morning. It's the best music on my radio!
       Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 3rd Nov, 2012 at 8:57pm
I was starting to get worried for you there Ron.  I think we will just have to be patient, and hope that Brian mentions our man next Sat. But dont ever think of abandoning S.O.T.S.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 4th Nov, 2012 at 3:24pm
No I won't abandon "S.O.T.S." but is it so hard to mention birthdays of pop legends? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that maybe next Saturday Brian will mention P.J.'s 74th birthday.
   Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 10th Nov, 2012 at 10:19am
Listening to "Let the water run down" right now on S.O.T.S.   Well done Brian Matthew.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 10th Nov, 2012 at 11:24am
One of the greats.  I was surprised Brian didn't mention PJ's birthday.  I'll be sending my usual thankyou note to him.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Nov, 2012 at 12:24pm
Great to hear a P.J. song....strange his birthday was not mentioned as well. Think they need a better researcher on the programme.LOL! I'm free!
   Loved listening to the 3 different "Mama" songs on the show.It's still Dave Berry's that brings a lump to my throat especially when next week it'll be 3 years since my Mom passed away.
  "S.O.T.S." closed with Tom Jones as usual shouting out a song...this time "I get a kick out of you".He'll never be a patch on our Man!
       Ron :D
P.S. Brian also played my fave Johnny Rivers song (see elsewhere on the forum for the Proby/Rivers connection)  "Poor side of town".

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 10th Nov, 2012 at 4:57pm
Have to agree with you about the Tom Jones song Ron. What a pity the guy cant sing like PJ !

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by sue enfield on 10th Nov, 2012 at 5:20pm
yes heard p j on s o t s today do not listen to it all the time but caught p j today yes love the mama record by dave berry and loved the johnny rivers song
as well

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 11th Nov, 2012 at 10:47am
if I ever miss "S.O.T.S." I go to their web site & press on the "listen again" button.They keep it available for a week.If I have not got 2 hours to spare for the complete show I look at the "play-list" to see if P.J. was featured. Then I'm back to "listen again" & I go forward until I'm roughly where P.J.'s song can be heard.
     Ron  :)
P.S.I'm a sucker for all sorts of 60's Gold music! Yesterday I even enjoyed Max Bygraves "When you come to the end of a lollipop"  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 11th Nov, 2012 at 3:41pm
Oh Ron. How can you actually like that tune. I cringe whenever I hear it.  Thankfully its not that often.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by KathyB. on 11th Nov, 2012 at 4:01pm
Managed to catch PJ on SOTS while still in bed!! :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 11th Nov, 2012 at 8:29pm
Thanks for the Tip Ron, I just listened to SOTS on the internet. Wow that brought back some memories. Especially Shane Fenton and " Moody Guy" before he became Alvin Stardust. Listened to the P.J. Track of course. Great !!!!!!

Andy :P

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 12th Nov, 2012 at 3:23pm
Alvin is now back to being Shane Fenton.For the first time in 45 years Shane will be playing a big Xmas gig at Pontin's,Pakefield at the start of December. He'll be backed by The Fentones but I don't know if they are the original members.Pakefield by the way is near Lowestoft.
   The organisor (Ritchie Gee) wanted an early years of British Rock 'n Roll act so Alvin/Shane obliged.I remember a good few years ago P.J. did an interview for a magazine called "Now Dig This" & he said if the right offer came along he would go onstage as Jett Powers. Perhaps this is where Alvin got his motivation from.
       Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 24th Nov, 2012 at 12:13pm
Listened to "SOTS" this morning,as usual excellent.No P.J. today but Brian played a Trini Lopez hit "If I Had A Hammer" & then commented it was recorded "live" at a club called P.J.'s.To me he should have then said the following, "...& now onto the real P.J." Unfortunately of course he didn't.
   Heard Scott Walker sing 'Joanna",he had a beautiful voice but he doesn't use it properly these days. I was also surprised at how good Jess Conrad's cover was of the Gene Pitney song "Every Breath I Take". I remember driving P.J. to a gig in Wales many years ago & Gene's original version was on the car radio. P.J. sang along with it...magic!
   Finally a song I think never gets the credit it deserves.One of my fave 60's songs "Yes I Do" by a Liverpool group who are hardly known, Pete Mclaine & The Clan.Beat music at it's best. Pete released just the one single in 1963 & played the Cavern a few times but never really made it.I believe he's still out there playing small gigs.
       Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 24th Nov, 2012 at 12:32pm
Can't find that Pete McLaine & The Clan single "Yes I Do" anywhere on my 60's music compilation CD's so I'll be after the original single on e-bay. It's a beat song that you cannot listen to & stand still.....I go bopping & a hand clapping around the room.Brilliant! (the single not me!!) 
  Pete also played The Batley Variety Club as well as The Cavern Club with Gerry & The Pacemkers. He was also in the Dakotas.
Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 24th Nov, 2012 at 12:35pm
I didn't manage to catch SOTS today, so sounds like I didn't miss PJ.  You would think that after all the hundreds (thousands?) of tracks that Jim recorded during the 60s, that we would get to hear at least, one track every week on the show. Maybe the only way to achieve this is for Jim to have his own radio show, or better still, his own radio station, where we could listen to proper music whenever we wanted. Don't think there's much chance of this happening though, but it's a nice thought.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 24th Nov, 2012 at 12:48pm
To me, apart from two or three D.J's on a few different major radio stations,it seems like they have forgotten P.J. & his magnificent voice or maybe there is still a bit of resentment even now against him & his rebel image that not everyone agreed with in the 60's & to a lesser extent the 70's.He should be on the radio lots, lots more & us fans also want him on the TV. Any chat show with a song included or even better "Later...with Jools Holland". I bet he'd be great on "Loose Women" too.
    Ron :D
P.S. It seems the regional radio stations do not have a problem with P.J. Just the national BBC stations.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 24th Nov, 2012 at 1:05pm
You're so right about him being forgotten Ron. Maybe it's time for another appearance on a show like BGT, with a paper bag over his head. Seriously though, I really can't understand the music industry in this country, when we have such a gifted and  talented singer on our shores, and just totally ignore him. Any other country would be hailing him as the best thing since sliced bread. But then again, I suppose thats what being British is all about.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 24th Nov, 2012 at 1:31pm
Being Dutch, I agree with you Barry. Slowly but surely I'm beginning to see the picture. I believe the biggest issue that the British have with P.J. Proby is that he is not British. He's never been welcome or wanted. He steels the work from the British lads. He was banned from theatre and television. In a way he still is. The BBC have sworn never to have him on television again. Nobody wants to have him in his/her show. PJ was erased from the British history. I was looking in a book about New Musical Express in the Sixties. I know for a fact that NME wrote about PJ on numerous occasions in the Sixties. At a certain time PJ was mentioned weekly and I bought each issue. Yet, the name P.J. Proby is not in the book. Likewise with the new Mary Whitehouse book "Ban the Filth". The only pop star that she banned successfully was P.J. Proby. There even was a big petition afterwards to lift the ban. Still not one word about P.J. Proby in the book......
Manja

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 24th Nov, 2012 at 3:21pm
I agree with everything you all say, the BBC are like elephants, they never forget.  One thing we must remember though, PJ was a drinker and this caused lots of problems for him - I know the first time I booked to see him live - in Solihull - I was convinced he wasn't going to turn up, he had that sort of reputation and when I was in the Elvis fan club I asked many times for them to have him as a turn at the annual Elvis convention and Todd Slaughter's answer was "He's too unreliable".  Happily the fan club has changed their mind and have had him on but he had a reputation and nobody will accept that he has changed - except us stalwarts of course and we know how much he has changed and whereas we have forgiven him, the powers that be won't.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 24th Nov, 2012 at 6:34pm
Hi Annie,
It is very difficult indeed to get rid of a bad reputation. It's so unfair! PJ hasn't had a drop of alcohol for over 20 years now. He's always the first to show up at the theatre, sometimes even two days early! He's the most reliable performer that I know. Still a lot of agents are afraid to book PJ. What would it take to make the see how wrong they are?
However, surely PJs former drinking can't be an excuse to erase him from history?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 24th Nov, 2012 at 7:16pm
It's true what everyone is saying here. Just because he was wild in the early years shouldn't be held against him for evermore. Even hardened criminals get a second chance, but not PJ. And Annie, I too went to see him in Solihull, back in 1973, I think it was. Maybe I saw you there, but didn't know

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 25th Nov, 2012 at 1:49pm
Hi Barry, I was in a high state of expectation on the day but absolutely convinced it wouldn't happen - my blood pressure must have been sky high I had a headache and felt quite ill, I was with my husband (No.1).  The only thing I recollect was PJ standing up on a smallish stage, lifting his trouser leg up to show us how beautiful his legs were, that caused Mary Whitehouse's blood pressure to rise - for a different reason than mine.  He was wearing black boots.  Is that awful that is all I can remember.  Well that's how this man gets to you - I still go week at the knees when I get to see him, and totally gaga when I actually meet up with him.
What about ITV, I do remember him singing on breakfast TV, sitting on a stool singing "love Me Tender", perhaps they're worth a try, I can't remember the year but I said to myself "Well done PJ, that was good".

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Jan, 2013 at 1:13pm
Listened to "SOTS" this morning.As usual very good. One thing that miffed me though.Brit singer Mark Wynter is coming up to being 70 years old soon. A listener wrote in & got a request for "Three in a row" Mark songs to celebrate his big day. I've no problem with that,Mark was not a bad singer.I do find it strange that for two years on the trot no mention at all was made about P.J.'s November birthday. I sent in e-mail requests & snail mail P.J. picture postcards requesting a song but had no success.I know other fans made requests too for a P.J. number. C'mon Brian & your gang...please play fair!!
     Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 26th Jan, 2013 at 3:53pm
My thoughts mirrored yours Ron, I wonder whether it's worth asking for "both sides of the record", it was the Walker Brothers this morning, worth a try perhaps - maybe The Tips of my Fingers and Hold Me - I think I'll give it a go, what about you others trying the same thing. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 27th Jan, 2013 at 7:36pm
Hi Annie,
    Yeah give that a go!
           Ron
P.S. What a great voice Scott Walker had....sometimes almost as good as P.J.'s. He's got a new L.P. out & the review I read said that he sounds nothing like he did in the 60's.I'm so pleased P.J. still does!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Feb, 2013 at 2:59pm
Just this minute e-mailed "SOTS" with a P.J.P."Three in a row" idea/suggestion.
    Hope Brian & his team go for it!
               Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Mar, 2013 at 1:31pm
Great to hear P.J. singing two songs on "S.O.T.S." this morning (2nd March). Both sides of his 1966 single "I Can't Make It Alone/ Sweet Summer Wine".
   Two lovely,classy songs giving listeners the chance to hear the best of 60's music.Now & again on FaceBook there is always someone stating that they do not like 60's music.This I fail to agree with but everyone has an opinion of course. Listening to P.J. strengthens my argument. The next couple of tracks after P.J. were not so hot,"Apples & Oranges" by Pink Floyd & then "That's Alright Mama" by The Gonks. Music that was just average & makes me understand why some people are not keen on 60's stuff.They need to listen to the real top artistes from the 60's...there were so many!
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Mar, 2013 at 1:35pm
On S.O.T.S. I loved the track played before P.J.'s songs. It was called "Will You Be Staying After Sunday". Sung by "The Peppermint Rainbow", who I must admit I've never heard of.
   By the way the lady who requested the two P.J. gems was Christine Hall from Suffolk. Thanks Christine!
       Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 2nd Mar, 2013 at 2:48pm
I also was pleased to hear those two songs, I only played the record last week and would point out that "I Can't Make It Alone" was NOT the single version but from an album, as the orginal was double tracked - by far the best.  Sweet Summer Wine is a good song but I found the backing was too overpowering, I couldn't hear the words - I noticed this when I was playing the record.  I loved hearing the Mike Sarne number again, we saw him at Windsor a few months ago and he did all his old numbers, a great performer still.  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 2nd Mar, 2013 at 9:54pm
I too was lucky enough to here the two tracks on S.O.T.S. today (thanks Christine Hall). I was at work again, so the guys with me got another chance to hear some PROPER singing. Especially when I turn the volume up.  Lovely surprise today.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 3rd Mar, 2013 at 10:26am
Thanks for letting us know as i listened to the show on the internet . Great to hear both sides of " I cant make it alone". It was a shame though that they didnt actually use the dual tracked single.

Andy :-?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Mar, 2013 at 8:04pm
Couple of gems on "S.O.T.S." this morning. "The Twelfth Of Never" & "And The Heavens Cried". I was not mad about the two average versions played today.In my view Elvis did the best ever version of "The Twelfth....." & ditto Anthony Newley with "And The....."
    I bet P.J.could do wonderful recordings of both of these songs.
    Ron ;)
 

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Jun, 2013 at 6:00pm
Listened as usual to "S.O.T.S." yesterday....no P.J. this time but still some fantastic music from the 60's.
   I love the song "If I Loved You" & yesterday Richard Anthony's version, which got to no. 18 in April 1964, was played.Not bad but nowhere near as good as what I think are the two best ever versions of this classic from "Carousel".The original, from one of P.J.'s favourite singers Gordon MacRae, & of course P.J.'s own magic version from his second album. Elvis had a bash at singing this song too,not in the recording studios but in private.I've got his version on CD & I can see why he did not take it any further....his voice just did not properly suit this great song.
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 28th Sep, 2013 at 12:26pm
Lovely to hear P.J. on the "Sounds of The Sixties" radio programme this morning. Brian played "Somewhere" & as usual had some nice words to say about him.
          Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 28th Sep, 2013 at 8:55pm
Yes Ron. It was good to hear Jim on SOTS again today. People at work are starting to hear what a singer sounds like now.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by SueCooksey on 29th Sep, 2013 at 6:13pm
hurray logged on again to the forum yes heard p j on brian Matthews yesterday

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 13th Oct, 2013 at 12:49pm
Don't forget guys 'n gals now is the time, if you haven't already done it,to contact Brian Matthew on "S.O.T.S" radio show & request a song (or two) to celebrate P.J.'s 75th birthday on the 6th November.
   You can go to the Radio 2 website for e-mail contact details or simply e-mail Brian at: sots@bbc.co.uk
    Don't leave it too late tho' as the programme is usually planned a couple of weeks in advance of the actual broadcast.
    I've sent in my request twice already by e-mail, lol!Tomorrow I'll also be posting the same request by snail mail on a fancy P.J. themed letterheading that hopefully grabs Brian's attention!
      Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 13th Oct, 2013 at 2:04pm
Blimey!!...I've just been checking out facts & figures about D.. Brian Matthew & discovered he's 85 years old! I knew he was a golden oldie but never realised he was that age!.
   He does a great job on his "SOTS" radio programme.He's been doing that show since 1990. Aged 20 in 1948 he began radio broadcasting in Germany.Then he studied acting at RADA & performed onstage in many plays at big UK theatres. He joined The Beeb in 1954. He famously hosted the Light Programme's "Saturday Club" & "Easy Beat" & also TV's great pop show "Thank Your Lucky Stars" from 1961 to 1966.
  I think he's a great DJ because unlike plenty of other DJ's he does not try to be the star of his radio show & rattle on & on. Brian knows that the guys & gals on the discs he plays are the real stars. Keep going Brian & keep on playing P.J.P. records.
    Thanks,
       Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 13th Oct, 2013 at 2:06pm
Should have been D.J. NOT D.. My "J" went walkies!
         Silly me & I'm nowhere near 85!! LOL!
            Ron ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by SueCooksey on 13th Oct, 2013 at 4:31pm
listened to brian yesterday morning and ron he played 2 of our favs gene and billy he could have made it three with p j

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 14th Oct, 2013 at 10:31am
Have sent my request to SOTS this morning. Lets hope for a positive outcome.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Oct, 2013 at 2:58pm
Great Barry. Hope Brian can mention P.J.'s birthday on the Saturday before the 6th November or even the Saturday after.
   In June Georgie Fame was 70 & he had 3 songs played by Brian to celebrate the occasion. Then later in the year a Mark Wynter fan also asked for 3 songs for Mark's birthday, so if those two singers can get "3 in a row" then I fail to see why the same cannot happen for P.J. who can sing the pants off both of them! LOL!
     Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 15th Oct, 2013 at 12:11am
AS we've posted the new CD Enigma In Gold to Brian Matthew, you may ask him for a new version of one of your old favourites. How about Ain' Gonna Kiss Ya? Brian could add a nice story to that one...

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Dave Harwood on 15th Oct, 2013 at 1:11am
Hi Manja, I would love that to happen but on SOTS Brian will only play recordings made in the 60's. :(
I have also sent a request for a record . I have requested "You've Come Back" or any other PJ recording to celebrate his birthday. I have sent requests before but never been lucky.
If we send enough requests Brian should get the message.
Dave :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 16th Oct, 2013 at 10:27am
I have sent another request today. If we keep on sending, we might get lucky.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by KathyB. on 16th Oct, 2013 at 8:49pm
me too !!!
:D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DutchBrand on 17th Oct, 2013 at 11:22pm
You've come back is a great choice!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 18th Oct, 2013 at 11:58am
I've sent many requests to Brian over the years ....sometimes got lucky,sometimes not!! I've even been frustrated sometimes as he doesn't always mention P.J.'s birthday...grrrr!
  Hopefully with stacks of requests this year P.J. will be featured. I actually do not mind whose request is played just as long as P.J.'s voice comes booming out of the radio!!
    Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Oct, 2013 at 6:45pm
So this coming Saturday morning (2nd Nov.) on "S.O.T.S." Brian Matthew should be mentioning P.J.'s birthday & also playing a song..maybe two!
    So many of us have e-mailed him & a few, including myself, also snail-mailed Brian that if P.J. is not mentioned then Brian has no excuse.
   Of course the requests could be included on Brian's show the Saturday after P.J.'s birthday, so we have to hope that happens if nothing is said on the 2nd about P.J.P. being 75 years young!
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Oct, 2013 at 6:52pm
If P.J. is not mentioned on either of the "S.OT.S." shows before or after November 6th then I personally will not be a happy bunny!
     Ron :o
P.S. On Yorkshire's BCB Radio (106.6 fm) DJ Rockin' Ronnie has told me he will play some P.J. songs on his "The Old Ronnie Show".This will happen on Tuesday, 5th November in the late evening. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 31st Oct, 2013 at 4:02pm
As you say Ron, with the number of requests that have been sent to SOTS, I really don't see how PJ wont get a mention for is 75th. I'm still holding out for "Its Your Day Today".

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Nov, 2013 at 11:08am
Disappointed NOT to hear a P.J. track on this morning's  "S.O.T.S." radio show. I'll patiently wait till next Saturday & hopefully P.J. & his birthday will be mentioned then.
   Ron :-/

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Nov, 2013 at 11:11am
At least I know that DJ Rockin' Ronnie will keep his word & play some P.J. tracks this coming Tuesday on his late evening "The Old Ronnie Show" on the BCB Radio located in Bradford.
        Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 2nd Nov, 2013 at 4:35pm
I too was disappointed that Brian didn't play PJ.  I was interested to hear "Cuttin In" by Chris Farlowe, what a great record and PJ recorded it on his early album I Am P J Proby or was it P J Proby?  Sorry, my memory banks are not what they were. ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Nov, 2013 at 7:09pm
"Cuttin' In" by P.J. on his album "I Am P.J.Proby" from 1964 was twice as good as the version by Chris Farlowe this morning on "SOTS". In fact any song by any singer on "SOTS" which has also been recorded by P.J. has no chance of ever beating P.J.'s version. He & one other singer,Elvis, simply "make" songs their own!
       Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 6th Nov, 2013 at 10:26am
I've reminded "SOTS" that P.J. was not mentioned at all last Saturday. I've asked them to please make sure he's a part of this coming Saturday's show.
   When Mark Wynter & Georgie Fame each had a birthday earlier this year Brian did a "three in a row" for both singers. P.J.Proby deserves at least the same!!
           Ron ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 6th Nov, 2013 at 12:11pm
You're not biased of course Ron!  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 6th Nov, 2013 at 1:38pm
Well Georgie Fame had a good voice,Mark Wynter had some cute hits but P.J. is a class apart! Brian Matthew treats P.J. very well & often plays his 60's songs so why would he forget the birthday? I guess it's the producers & organisors of "SOTS" who will be to blame NOT Brian if P.J.'s 75th is not mentioned.
     Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 7th Nov, 2013 at 11:28am
A VERY good record is "Wanted" by Dickie Valentine - I know PJ has done this as well but Dickie knocks me out. ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Nov, 2013 at 3:06pm
It's the same "Wanted" as P.J. sang on his 2003 CD "Wanted For Singing Love Songs"....Dickie was a fine singer.
    Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Nov, 2013 at 3:12pm
Not good news about tomorrow's "S.O.T.S." radio show.P.J. & his birthday will not be mentioned.
   I sent a polite e-mail last Monday to "S.O.T.S." saying that P.J. was forgotten on the show from the 2nd November.I asked if they will be fitting him in on tomorrow's show. The answer from Phil Swern was "no!" he said "we simply cannot accommodate all the birthday's & anniversaries every week". However I did get him to promise that "we'll play some of P.J.'s music in the coming weeks"
   Ron :P

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 7th Dec, 2013 at 11:30am
Michael tells me that Tom Jones was singing Delilah on SOTS this morning - my reason for missing it, I was still asleep!!!!  Please tell me it was tj and not PJ as I can't find SOTS in the play it again list on BBC web site. :'(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 7th Dec, 2013 at 11:35am
Brian played "I've Got my Eyes on You" by The Vogues, he could have played it by PJ of course. :-?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 7th Dec, 2013 at 3:36pm
At last managed to find SOTS on the bbc site - what a palaver trying to get through these things. Luckily it was tj that was singing, so I didn't bother to listen. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Dec, 2013 at 7:48pm
In the "Radio Times" it did include P.J. in the printed play list that was going to happen on the 7th Dec. BUT it didn't happen!
          Ron >:(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Dec, 2013 at 8:50pm
Sorry I was looking inside next weeks "Radio Times" so it will be on the 14th December when P.J. can be heard on "S.O.T.S."
   Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 13th Dec, 2013 at 6:27pm
Tomorrow morning on "S.O.T.S." at long last a P.J. track.I hope Brian belatedly wishes P.J. a happy birthday even if it is 5 weeks too late!
        Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 13th Dec, 2013 at 7:38pm
Whats that about "better late than never"?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Dec, 2013 at 10:25am
Brian Matthew at last played a P.J. song towards the end of the first half of "S.O.T.S." this morning.It was the fabulous "Let The Water Run Down" which scraped into the top 20 back in July 1965. Should have gone a lot higher!!
   The song was requested for a P.J. fan who is just out of hospital after a double knee replacement operation.
   He needed ;D that song....so did we!
      Ron
P.S. About 50 of us on the Fan Forum,so many, many more P.J. fans out there who don't bother with forums,fan clubs or facebook.They are just Proby fans who need no connection to computers,organisations, etc....they simply just collect his records & love the man.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Bridgetc on 14th Dec, 2013 at 12:06pm
Yes just heard it a great track and a good choice
Bridget

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Dec, 2013 at 3:17pm
The guy who the song was played for was Proby fan Chris Rush.He has recently left hospital after his operation. Brian didn't mention where he comes from. Anyone heard of Chris or his wife Alex? Hope he recuperates fine.
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 21st Dec, 2013 at 10:11am
This morning (21st Dec.) as usual I turned on the radio to listen to "S.O.T.S.". Brian played a P.J. song last week after he &  Phil Swern told me they would play more Proby after having no time to mention his birthday recently.
  Brian was now & again playing a Xmas song this morning, including a couple by Brenda Lee.I thought to myself today's show would be the ideal time to play a track from P.J.'s 1965 Xmas E.P. :D Blimey 10' later what happened? Brian played "Silent Night " by P.J. & it was fantastic. Totally unexpected but so welcome.Thank you Brian & Phil.
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 21st Dec, 2013 at 1:03pm
Yep, I heard it too. I was in bed a little bit hung over from last night but the radio was on downstairs and I could faintly here Silent Night and thought that sounds like our man so I switched my radio on and sure enough it was PJ.  One of the best things about Christmas for me is being able to play this song which is one of my favourite PJ tracks.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY  George

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 21st Dec, 2013 at 2:19pm
Linda was in the bathroom washing her hair when P.J. came on the radio this morning. I turned it up to full volume. After she came out of the bathroom I asked her "Did you hear "Silent Night" by P.J.?? Her reply was "P.J.?....I thought it was Elvis!"
     Grrrr! Ron  >:(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by heather on 21st Dec, 2013 at 4:49pm
I heard it to.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 21st Dec, 2013 at 6:00pm
And i missed it because of work. Blast.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 22nd Dec, 2013 at 8:12am
Like you Ron I was totally surprised that Brian played PJ 2 weeks running, I have already listened to the ep this year, we start listening to Xmas music on Dec. 1st, have to start that early or we wouldn't get through them all.  This has got to be the best recording of "Silent Night" bar none - even Michael agreed it was very good - praise indeed from a man who dislikes my choices and he was still getting over having all his teeth removed on Friday - results of the radio therapy from 2.5 years ago.
Another Xmas record I love is Jackie Wilson's silver bells, so I've been able to listen to this one as well.
Looking forward to next week's sots, I hope it's the connections that Brian usually does. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Adpol on 22nd Dec, 2013 at 9:31am

wrote on 21st Dec, 2013 at 6:00pm:
And i missed it because of work. Blast.


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Merry Christmas to all of you !

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 22nd Dec, 2013 at 12:10pm
Barry & the rest of us can now listen to a Xmas blast from the past by the one & only P.J.Proby. Thanks U.P.
     Ron  ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Dave Harwood on 22nd Dec, 2013 at 1:47pm
Thanks for that U.P. I missed it on Saturday. What a great recording. I agree with Annie, definitely the best recording of "Silent Night" ever. I will be playing it a few more times over Christmas.
Dave

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 22nd Dec, 2013 at 10:11pm
Thanks for that U.P.  I was going to find the BBC radio player in the next couple of days when i stop work. And a Merry Christmas to you.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Barry on 22nd Dec, 2013 at 10:13pm
In fact i would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Hope everyone has a great time.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 23rd Dec, 2013 at 10:20am
Yes a big thanks Joep. I have always loved that Christmas E.P. All the tracks are brilliant and lovely to hear silent night again. All 4 tracks will be played in my home over Christmas.

Andy :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 23rd Dec, 2013 at 11:32am
I'd love, towards the end of 2014, for P.J. to release a Xmas album on CD. Bung his 4 classics from the 1965 E.P. on there plus say about 8 new recordings of some of the top Xmas songs.
   Hope Dutchbrand could get a project like this going. One song I'd love P.J. to record is "O Holy Night". This was number one yesterday on the BBC TV's "Big Sing" from The Royal Albert Hall. We heard the top ten U.K. carols. The winning number was sung by Michael Ball. P.J. could make a classic like that & others his very own!!
   Ron :)
P.S. Happy Xmas & a great 2014 to all the fans & friends of P.J. on here. My New Year resolutions?? Plenty of top gigs for P.J. himself, good health for all of us including P.J. of course.Tilly being able to stay as long as possible with her best pal & finally that this part of the Official Fan Forum will sail thru' 2014. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 25th Dec, 2013 at 6:50pm
Thanks guys for the instant Silent Night when I logged on - what a surprise.  Terry Smith - my brother , wants to know why Brian Matthew plays so much P J Proby on sots, when he wasn't a real big name in his day - before you get on your high horse, Terry loves PJ and he has told me to ask the question here - I know why Brian plays him so much, it's because he's got the greatest voice ever and Brian is a fan of course. ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Dec, 2013 at 11:15am
Tell Terry that in 1964 & 1965 P.J. was the most popular & most booked solo male singer in the U.K. I bet Terry knows that anyway.P.J. was for a while the biggest name! The only acts that were more popular were The Beatles & The Rolling Stones & they were the top two groups.Surely Terry remembers that?
   The press loved him & he was in all newspapers & music magazines almost every week.
   P.J. had 11 top 40 hits in the U.K. including 4 that were awarded silver discs.
    Brian is a D.J. with class & knowledge. P.J. is still going strong so Brian shows him the respect he fully deserves.
   Please ask Terry to join the Fan Forum,he'd be most welcome.
     Ron :)
P.S. Forgot to say why P.J. was & still is popular....HE IS THE VOICE! No-one can match it.Many top singers with wonderful voices but none so versatile as P.J.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Dec, 2013 at 11:18am
To start out as a professional singer in 1958 & to be still going 56 years later is absolutely amazing.
    Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Dave Harwood on 28th Dec, 2013 at 12:13am
Hi Annie, I think Terry is winding us up  ;D
if Terry was around in 1964-65 he must know that PJ was the biggest name in pop music at that time.
Best wishes to you, Michael and Terry for the new year. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 28th Dec, 2013 at 12:32pm
No P.J. on todays "S.O.T.S."  :( Well I guess that was to be expected.
   I loved Chubby Checker's "The Twist" & for 2 minutes I twisted around the living room like a "nutter"
    Also loved "I'm Coming Home" by Tom Jones but slightly more prefer P.J.'s version which was an L.P. track but also released as a single in few countries. A fantastic Les Reed song!The amount of wonderful songs Les wrote is second to none. Even Elvis asked him for songs. Les sent five & Elvis recorded three.
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Bridgetc on 28th Dec, 2013 at 10:18pm
I played PJ's " Silent night "  to everyone at our party on Boxing Day because I love it. They wanted to hear one of his hits so I played "Hold me" and those of a certain age  remembered and enjoyed it. I told them that he includes it today as everyone still wants to hear it.
Best wishes to everyone for 2014
Bridget


 

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Dec, 2013 at 11:42am
Well done Bridget.....keep "plugging" P.J. to friends old & new.
   Happy New Year.
       Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 30th Dec, 2013 at 6:55pm
Re, Terry's remark Ron, yes he was winding us up, he is a great PJ fan, I think the point he was making was that PJ was only at the top for a very short time "3 Weeks" perhaps, although he (Terry) was drunk at the time and he dared me to put his comment on the forum and I wasn't drunk when I put it on - anything for a dare (well almost). ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Dec, 2013 at 7:04pm
Three weeks?....no way Annay!LOL!
   P.J. was at the absolute top in the U.K. for three years......1964,'65 & '66.
    Ron :P
   

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 18th Jan, 2014 at 7:12pm
No voice of P.J. on "S.O.T.S" today but there were a few P.J. connections. The main one being Solomon King singing his "giant" 1968 hit "She Wears My Ring". Solomon was a 6ft. 8 inch vocalist from Kentucky,USA.
   He was a friend of P.J.'s & a special guest at P.J.'s 1975 wedding to Dulcie. On some wedding pics you can see him in the background.
   Solomon passed away in Oklahoma in 2005 from cancer at the age of 74.
   If you want to hear the song then I've put it on my FB timeline.Elvis also did the same beautiful song,I'd love to hear a version by P.J.
    Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 21st Jan, 2014 at 11:21am
This was a great recording by SK, one that PJ would do very well I always think.  It was a good week for SOTS this week, Tom Rush - No Regrets, I bought the single of this in a record shop sale for 1 shilling, better than the Walker Bros. of course but Tom did write it, and another Jackie Wilson - Brian does play him now and again, a great singer in the same vein as PJ, a great voiice. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Feb, 2014 at 4:40pm
No P.J. on today's "S.O.T.S." but there was a Dusty Springfield version of a wonderful P.J. song from 1965, "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore".
   Dusty did a good job but the way P.J. delivered it was amazing & with such emotion.Another absolutely top class B side.
  Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 9th Feb, 2014 at 12:28pm
Yes I heard this, it's a most difficult song to sing I think, Brian did mention that it took a lot of takes until they were all happy with it.  Not many good listenting records on this week, I found most of them, much of a muchness, love Roy Orbison thought and I thought the Cliff Richard song was good for him. 8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Mar, 2014 at 12:25pm
Once again no P.J.P. on "S.O.T.S." this morning 8th March.Still heard some wonderful songs tho'. The one by The Righteous Brothers "He" was brilliant & so full of soul & emotion. Most people,including me,thought that Bill Medley was the vocalist of the duo who possessed the most soul in his voice but after hearing "He" I now thoroughly believe the late Bobby Hatfield was his equal & together they were magic.
  Next Saturday the 15th March it's exactly 50 years since P.J. flew over to London to start work on the TV show "Around The Beatles". I've sent that news & a request to D.J. Brian so I hope P.J. is featured on next weeks radio show.
    Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Annie on 8th Mar, 2014 at 2:57pm
I personally wasn't too keen on "He", I was a "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" fan.  Not such a good SOTS this week, Gene Pitney & Joe Dolan I do enjoy.
Whilst on, take a look at The Beat magazine for this month, a 2 page spread on PJ by our own Ron Tennant, along with pics.  Beat as usual changed something - pics listed didn't tie up with those shown - but enough to enjoy.  Well done Ron, thank goodness you are around to keep the legend alive. ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by mazzajones1 on 8th Mar, 2014 at 3:41pm
I second that! Well done Ron my copy has just arrived and it was great to see the two page spread. A really good article. :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Mar, 2014 at 10:55am
Now & again "The Beat" always make a big or small mistake with a P.J. article I send them. It's because everything at their HQ is "rush rush rush". I usually get the blame afterwards for any "Beat" mistakes ! LOL!
   I'll make a note of the things they've got wrong about P.J. in the current issue & tell editor David in a "readers letter" for next months edition. I'll also send a review of the April 11th "Doggie Show" in Nottingham for publication later on.
   P.J. has been in "The Beat" magazine many,many times but the article which got me in trouble was entitled "Jim,the 'nearly man' at 70 years young". This was from late 2008 & the article was written by me but David himself decided on the title which nobody agreed with including me.
    Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Mar, 2014 at 11:02am
It's not just an article about P.J. in "The Beat" that sometimes gets a mistake made. Some "Beat" readers write in to say that a certain pop pic had the wrong date or person in the text under the photo.The "Boss" should perhaps get things controlled/checked a little better before giving the "thumbs up" for the printers to go ahead.
     Ron ;D
P.S. I still think "The Beat" does a great job regarding P.J.!!!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 16th Mar, 2014 at 5:42pm
Well I sent in a request to yesterday's "S.O.T.S" radio show  for a P.J.Proby song or two to celebrate the fact that the 15th March was the exact day in 1964 that P.J. flew to London from Hollywood to prepare to appear on the  "Around The Beatles" TV show.Sadly no response to my request....hopefully it'll happen next week. Fingers crossed!! A 50 year Golden Anniversary is surely a "must" for a mention??
   Ron  :o

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by JamesRobertson on 17th Mar, 2014 at 12:55am
Blimey Ron you have got me going on this site.
I just read the post here about an Anniversary and PJ and it jogged my brain cell. Only the one but I'm hoping I will grow some more.
A few years ago it was an anniversary of the death or something of Elvis which was in our local Yellow Advertiser, I may have the cutting which I wrote somewhere, but that would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
I wrote to the readers letters page telling them that we once had our own Elvis in this country, and that was PJProby. I then gave a brief story similar to what I have just wrote, and   I remember he told me that the splitting of the trousers was an accident, and if it had not happened he could have been on his way to the top.
So your post here started me off again. I really must go now so toodaloo for now
:)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 17th Mar, 2014 at 9:22am
That's just the kind of clipping I put in my P.J. scrap-books.I have thousands but I've never come across your cutting yet James.
    In early '65 lots of people said that P.J.'s "pants splitting" was a set up publicity stunt but P.J. always maintained it was accidental thru' lesser quality velvet. He only showed his knees anyway & a bit of thigh but Mary Whitehouse claimed to have seen something else!! LOL! Not one other audience member did so I reckon she was dreaming!!
  Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by JamesRobertson on 19th Mar, 2014 at 4:37pm
Ron About that clipping. If you contact the Yellow Advertsier Great Oaks Basildon Essex they may have a copy they can send. I have it somewhere but as I say  Needle-Haystack
It was in the readers letters and would have been around the time of the anniversary of Elvis's death
I think that was the reason why I wrote it. If not another anniversary--possibly 10 years ago  Not sure.

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If you get it could you put it on here to jog my memory as a bit of fun thanks

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by JamesRobertson on 19th Mar, 2014 at 4:47pm
Ron He died August th 1977 so I reckon it was the 30th anniversary, 2007 and my post would have been within the next 2/3  weeks afterwards I would say, so if they do look for you, give them that time area If it was the 25year anni then that would be too far back I would say. But its possible as time flies and its hard to keep track.

And that makes it twelve years ago, and around what I said earlier (10 years)

August 16th   to  September 25th 2007 --------  or   Aug to Sept  2002

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Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 20th Mar, 2014 at 11:41am
I'll have a bash but it could take a while!!I know a guy in Kent who says in his massive giant old video collection he has a cassette containing a TV advert for Thomson's Yellow Pages screened in the 1970's.
   He cannot find it & I personally don't think he ever will as I'm 99% positive he's mixing P.J. up with another star.
     Ron ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by JamesRobertson on 20th Mar, 2014 at 2:02pm
I know what he means about looking for lost items.
the Yellow Advertise is a local free paper with a small bit about local news and mainly local advertisers.
Used to come through the door every week. Do you recall that advert about the Secret Lemonade Drinker, when I heard it I thought it was PJ but wasnt it was Elvis Costellos father? I think.
If you send an email to that paper they might find it. I used to advertise with them, and when they first started
it was about 3 sheets At that time which was a xmas they had a competition on putting a funny phrase or slogan to some who  advertised with them
With a central heating company I put 'OUR CUSTOMERS ARE OUR WARMEST FRIENDS'
I won the competition only because I doubt anyone else entered as it was xmas
I was sent a token to spend, and instead of choosing a Rolex Watch--only joking- I bought a set of six saucepans for my wife--Ideal present I thought!
I had already bought her a nice lawn mower the previous year. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 23rd Mar, 2014 at 2:17pm
Yesterday, a request for P.J. seemed so far away...on "S.O.T.S." Radio Brian just didn't play.
     I sent the request in weeks ago as 15th March,2014 was the 50th anniversary since P.J. arrived in London from Hollywood to start work on the great TV show "Around The Beatles"
   D.J. Brian Matthew did not oblige so I'll send more & more requests in until he gets the message & talks about P.J.'s Golden Jubilee & plays a song or two.
   Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 25th Mar, 2014 at 9:45am
My latest request to Brian Matthew for a song or two on "S.O.T.S." by P.J. is in (Mon.24th March). I themed my text to Brian, & his BBC advisor Phil Swern, around the Golden Jubilee of P.J. which is happening in 2014. If nothing happens in the next 3 weeks then I'll send the identical e-mail thru' again & if necessary again! LOL!
    Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by FrankJohns on 25th Mar, 2014 at 7:05pm
Hi Ron
I'm pretty sure I can recall PJ on a Thompsons local ad in the 80s. Also a TDK tape ad around the same time. It was in a rock n roll type song with the lyrics " open up another pack of TDK "
Seems like another lifetime !

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Mar, 2014 at 10:25am
Thanks for that info Frank.....great new info about P.J. just keeps popping up constantly.
  Ron :D
P.S. Wish some of this rare P.J. footage would appear now & then somewhaaaar!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 27th Mar, 2014 at 6:04pm
PJ was featured in the AD for Thomsons Local. There was a split second image of him with some vocals and then the sound of trousers splitting and how to find the address of a good tailor.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 28th Mar, 2014 at 11:08am
Great to get this info....now I know my mate Barry of Deal in Kent actually was speaking a truthful fact about P.J. I'll ask if he fancies going thru' his thousands of old video's to find the clip. Hope he obliges!!
      Ron ;D
P.S. Anybody know roughly the year?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Apr, 2014 at 3:08pm
At last a few days ago on the radio show "S.OT.S." a Proby song once again got played.
  I sent the info thru' to Brian that it was 50 years since P.J. came over to England to appear on the TV show "Around The Beatles" in 1964 & also a little later to have his first giant hit,"Hold Me". I did request that if possible could the B side also be played ("The Tip Of My Fingers") but I guess I was asking too much! LOL!
    Still it was great to hear P.J. opening the show on Saturday,12th April! Thank you Brian & your assistant Phil Swern.
   Ron  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 3rd May, 2014 at 12:21pm
Have now listened to ~SOTs for 12th April, what a lovely surprise to know that PJ was singing on my birthday. I've still got subsequent weeks to listen to.  I always record them when I'm away. :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 24th May, 2014 at 2:06pm
Since 12th April P.J. hasn't been on "SOTS" but it's still a great radio programme even without our legend. Today 24th May some wonderful music got played. I was impressed by:Forget Me Not (Eden Kane),The River (Ken Dodd), Woman,Woman (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap),Shalom (Dickie Valentine) Willingly (Crispian St. Peters),The Wayward Wind(Frank Ifield) & the wonderful Roy Orbison singing Blue Bayou.
   As usual there were a couple of songs with a P.J. connection. His co-star on the early 1965 U.K. tour, Cilla Black sang Surround Yourself With Sorrow & Dobie Gray did The In Crowd. This great song is one that P.J. opened his shows with for a while in the mid 90's. It's on YouTube posted by jimproby with photos taken by me at P.J.'s Brentwood concert.
   For me the 1960's had the best & most variable music than any other decade.I still really enjoy it!
     Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 24th May, 2014 at 2:29pm
Yes Ron, it was a good SOTS this week even without PJ - Dickie Valentine, as you know, was my favourite in the 50s. Crazy, by Patsy Clyne is a PJ song from his "Wanted" For singing love songs cd (Wanted is an old Dickie Valentine song).  Connections there all the time. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 25th May, 2014 at 7:37pm
You're right Annie. P.J. has had such a long & remarkable career that there are so many connections out there.
   Ron  8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Jul, 2014 at 9:40am
Today, the 5th July, we had two 1965 songs by P.J. played on "S.O.T.S.". Firstly the beautiful "Maria" & then it's B side "She Cried". Thank you Brian.
  Straight after the P.J. songs we had Vanity Fare & their very first hit froim 1968 "I Live For The Sun"
     Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 6th Jul, 2014 at 9:11pm
I missed it this week (typical) but I (we) are not the one's that matter. It's a case of reminding everyone else of that era what a fantastic artist he is.
   George.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 7th Jul, 2014 at 2:50pm
Hi George....if you go to "S.O.T.S." web site you can get the whole playlist from all the recent shows & also play the whole show as often as you want. If you just want to hear the two P.J. songs from last Saturday then scroll forward from the start to about the 15th minute.
  Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 18th Jul, 2014 at 2:31pm
Nice to hear to Brian is listening to us avids.  I missed it I'm afraid as I was away - I usually record it but didn't remember to do so this time.  Never mind, I have them on cd. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 16th Aug, 2014 at 2:13pm
Not on SOTS this morning but on Pick of the POPS - Hold Me,, Number 18 this week 50 years ago. :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Bridgetc on 29th Aug, 2014 at 1:11pm
I think I may have finally converted some of my family.Our eldest daughter telephoned us while we were on our way to them when they played this, to let me know PJ was on.
Bridget

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 16th Oct, 2014 at 5:29pm
An amazing fact: This part of the forum about S.O.T.S. has been read.....gulp, 42,349 times.
   Be a few more reads now to add to that fantastic figure.
Over the last year I've e-mailed Brian Matthew & his assistant Phil Swern (an ex neighbour of P.J.'s) three times for different birthdays to play a P.J. classic. Firstly for Manja...no joy! Then for my Linda ...no joy! Then for myself in Linda's name...no joy! Ten days ago I sent in a request to celebrate P.J's birthday on November 6th. I've asked for a song by P.J. & if possible two,A & B sides, "Let The water Run Down/I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore".
   I do hope & pray it's FOURTH time lucky!
Please comrades also send in a request to celebrate P.J.'s birthday...but do it asap please. sots@bbc.co.uk
    Ron  :o
P.S. I've duplicated my request to Brian yesterday..& will do it another couple of times. Perhaps pushy-pushy is the only way! LOL!  ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by DevilInRedVelvet on 16th Oct, 2014 at 6:27pm
We don't only have to pester SOTS - Michael Ball's show on R2 has a Singers Hall Of Fame (P.J. is not yet in there) and Paul O'Grady's R2 show has a Triples slot (3 great songs from one artist). I also think Paul's show has a northern soul slot - You Can't Come Home Again, anyone? ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 17th Oct, 2014 at 6:15pm
I wouldn't call it "pestering" LOL! It's known as "requesting" And I thought two or three "requests" would maybe do the trick. We'll soon see when P.J's birthday arrives.
    Ron :D
P.S. There are plenty of BBC Radio 2 shows that could play P.J. music....why don't they!? Once in a blue moon is not good enough.  :(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 20th Oct, 2014 at 6:55pm
Last Saturday morning, as usual, I put the radio on to listen to "S.O.T.S.". I managed to hear the last song on Anneka Rice's programme before the news at 8 a.m. It was "You Were Made For Me" by Freddie & The Dreamers.
   Then came the 3 minute news followed by Brian Matthew & "S.O.T.S." He introduced the first hit record. Guess what it was? "You Were Made For Me" by Freddie & The Dreamers.  Unbelievable that the same disc could end one programme & start the next! I bet Freddie looked down & had a good giggle.
     Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 25th Oct, 2014 at 2:28pm
Great to hear this morning on "S.O.T.S." P.J. singing "Together". Brian introduced him as one of his all-time favourite singers ever. Strangely Brian made a mistake after the record was played. He said it was a P.J. hit from 1962....but we all know it was from 1964.
   I sent in a P.J. request 5 weeks ago to Brian for a song(or two) to be played next Saturday in celebration of P.J.'s November 6th birthday. I do hope that happens!
   Brian also suggested folk go to the "S.OT.S." web site & read the blog about P.J. written by Bob Stanley. Bob worked on the "Legend" CD with P.J. & also co-wrote a really unusual song on that album, "Pain In Your Heart".
       Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Oct, 2014 at 12:48pm
Never done it before but soon I think I'll send P.J. requests in to the BBC Radio 2 shows "Sounds Of The Seventies" (Johnnie Walker) & "Sounds Of The Eighties" (Sara Cox). No reason not to as P.J. released some great discs in both of those decades.
   Us Proby fans & P.J. himself do not consider that he's only a 60's singer. He's a man for ALL seasons.
   By the way has anyone heard a DJ playing the marathon long recently released P.J. single "We Are One"? I'm sure if it was only roughly 3 minutes in length some radio stations would have played it.It certainly deserves some air-play.
         Ron ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd Nov, 2014 at 10:59am
On yesterdays "S.O.T.S." no mention was made of P.J.'s forthcoming birthday. I do not understand the way they work on that radio show. You send in a request 6 weeks before time & most of the time nothing happens. Hopefully on next weeks show P.J.'s birthday will be mentioned,better late than never.
   It's been quite a few years since P.J.'s November 6th birthday has been mentioned by Brian.
   Come on D.J. honour P.J.!!!
            Ron  ;D
P.S.Still think it's a great radio show though.Simply the best.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Nov, 2014 at 11:49am
No mention of P.J.'s recent birthday on "S.O.T.S." this morning. I knew that wouldn't happen.A couple of days ago Brian's assistant, Phil Swern, e-mailed me to say that they are trying to cut right down on mentioning 60's stars birthday dates. He strangely said because it's takes up too much time.Huh! NOT in my book. To me it's respecting the handful of legends still around.
   He did say that they will continue to give P.J. plenty of air play tho' in the future.I thanked Phil for that.
          Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 10th Nov, 2014 at 6:31pm
Hi Ron, yea that is a bit of an odd comment, how long does it actually take to read out one, or even two or three birthdays if there is a week when a few occur together. He did play The Searchers "Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya" but didn't bother to mention who wrote it. So PJ will get a bit of cash for that.   A local station that a friend of mine listens to have a programme "The Sixties At Six"(which goes out at 6pm every day strangely) and they did mention PJ's birthday and played a track but he can't remember what it was?. 

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Nov, 2014 at 6:53pm
Some radio stations are very kind to P.J.,others less so! Although I was a bit surprised at Phil Swern's "S.O.T.S." comment to me that they are cutting right down on mentioning 60's stars birthdays I still think it's a great show & they are very fair to P.J.
   I heard on last Saturday's show that they now need requests to be sent 2 months in advance.
    Ron ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 16th Dec, 2014 at 11:39am
After receiving an e-mail from Phil (The Collector) Swern not long ago about the topic of pop stars birthday's I'm surprised at what I heard on last Saturday's "S.O.T.S."
   Me & others have been sending in every year a request for a song to celebrate P.J.'s November 6th birthday.It has not happened for a couple of years. I contacted Brian & Phil to ask why not? Phil answered that they are slowly cutting out stars birthday requests as it takes up too much time.So last Saturday what happened?....Brian did some chatting about Brenda Lee becoming 70 on the 11th December & he played one of her recordings. Part of his talking was that she was so significant. She IS a Legend & I loved hearing about her,so why didn't it happen for P.J. a month ago??
  Mention 'em all please Brian OR none at all.
         Ron ::)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 27th Dec, 2014 at 1:02pm
As usual this morning a great "S.O.T.S." radio show with some lovely records. BUT no P.J.,.....the last time a Proby song was played was towards the end of October. Surely in early January another is due? For me one a month would be about right.
      Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Jan, 2015 at 7:14pm
Listen to "S.O.T.S." tomorrow(10th January) on the radio. Brian Matthew assisted by Phil Swern will definitely play a P.J. record.
    Yippee,
      Ron  ;D
Great start to the New Year!

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Jan, 2015 at 11:12am
Yes sir...P.J.'s great song "Try To Forget Her" was played this morning on "SOTS". Some of you may have missed it as it was the second song to be played on the show nice & early. Good chat from Brian also about P.J. & Dick Glasser.
  Newer P.J. fans can learn a lot from the info that Phil Swern & Brian dig up about all of their singers, including P.J.
    Thanks Brian,
          Ron 8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 10th Jan, 2015 at 2:56pm
Thanks Ron. I missed it this morning but I've just listened to it now. It's good to here tracks you don't play so often yourself, and they sound so much better on today's modern equipment.
  George.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Jan, 2015 at 7:27pm
That is so true George.
      Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 12th Jan, 2015 at 10:35am
I'm pleased to say I caught it, dragging myself out of bed during the first record. Slight deviation here, on Friday I picked up a copy of 50th Anniversary of Top of the Pops in a pound shop and therin was a note by Stanley Dorfman talking of miming - "P J Proby stretched his hands out to the audience and disappeared from view as he was pulled into the crowd, popping up every few seconds, still miming his song!" Those were the days.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Jan, 2015 at 1:16pm
The guy who requested the great P.J. record on the latest "S.O.T.S." was a Paul Smith. A P.J. fan who's new to me. Anyone associated with Paul?
     Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 24th Jan, 2015 at 1:03pm
Great to hear P.J. once again on "S.O.T.S." this morning (24th January). He opened the "three in a row" weekly spot. The brilliant "You've Come Back"  was P.J.'s contribution followed by Crispian St. Peters & then Cliff Bennett.
   I think the guy who requested the three songs was a Tom Brett from the Manchester area.
     Magic!  :D
        Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 24th Jan, 2015 at 1:16pm
Unbelievable, I turned my radio on and the very first words I heard were " PJ PROBY  YOU'VE COME BACK". What a way to wake up, (well it is Saturday!). ;) ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Dave Harwood on 24th Jan, 2015 at 10:25pm
Thanks for that George, I missed SOTS this morning. Always great to hear PJ on there and especially with my favourite PJ song.
Dave :)




Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 21st Mar, 2015 at 12:03pm
This morning (21st March) it was great to hear P.J. once more on the radio's  "S.O.T.S." And what a song, "The Nearness Of You". It brought a tear to my eye just listening to that VOICE! Brian also gave out some new info for us....that the song originally was featured in a 1938 movie "Romance In The Dark".
  The request was sent in by a P.J. fan, Christine Hall (if I heard right).....so thanks Christine,great choice & she dedicated it to all of the Proby U.K. fans & friends.
      Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 21st Mar, 2015 at 12:56pm
I've just caught up with it - I record the programme every week in case I miss it and today family arrived at 8.30 for a visit, so no problem there then.  Every time I hear a proby song I think it's my favourite, so I suppose they must all be - I love the high notes at the end on this one.  A very good choice Christine (are you a member?) ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 22nd Mar, 2015 at 9:28am
To all who miss any "S.O.T.S." radio show you can always get on your computer & go to their web site & click on "Listen Again'. I do this with quite a few radio shows especially when I hear I've missed a P.J. record.The latest was "The 60's Scene" on Radio Cambridge 105. D.J. John Gannon played "To Make A Big Man Cry" on his Sunday,March 15th show.He kindly dedicated it to me.After listening I left a nice comment on my computer screen for John.
   Ron 8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 17th Apr, 2015 at 7:20pm
Tomorrow morning (Saturday,18th April) us P.J. fans get yet another song played by Brian Matthew on his "S.O.T.S." radio show.
Then on Sunday morning John J. Gannon will also play a P.J. song on his show "The 60's Scene" on Radio Cambridge 105. John, just like Brian, is a big Proby fan.
  Both radio stations have a "listen again" computer channel so you can make up later for missing the actual show.
   Ron  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 18th Apr, 2015 at 10:20am
At about 8.44 this Saturday morning Brian Matthew once again played a P.J. song on his great radio show "S.O.T.S."
    It was "The Other Side Of Town",a release from 1963 written by DeShannon/Sheeley.
    Requested by Brian Kimber from Co. Durham. He's a guy I have heard of & he's been a P.J. fan & big collector for decades.
  Beautiful song by P.J. It came on after the Beach Boys & before Susan Maughan.
   Thanks Brian the D.J. & Brian the requester.
    Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Dave Harwood on 18th Apr, 2015 at 2:34pm
Well done Brian Kimber for getting your request played. I know Brian is a great PJ fan and is a member of this forum.
Dave :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 21st Apr, 2015 at 11:07am
Hey Brian....love to read some statements or comments from you. Hope you had a great birthday.
    Ron  ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 21st Apr, 2015 at 11:10am
I was automatically assuming your P.J. request was for a birthday Brian. Sorry if I was wrong! Whatever your reason the P.J. song was very welcome & an excellent choice.
       Ron 8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 2nd May, 2015 at 11:34am
No P.J. this morning on "S.O.T.S." but it's still a wonderful programme. Brian, helped by Phil Swern, plays some wonderful songs.
   Some songs such as "His Latest Flame" by Elvis is something everyone in the whole world knows & remembers. Also played today were two songs I'd never heard of before...."Take A Chance" by Glenda Collins & a great single by a group called The Soundsations.Never heard of them either. So that proves that even unknown names & songs from the 1960's can still be brilliant!
  Now & again of course Brian plays a real poor song LOL!.Today it was an album track by The Moody Blues. Called "Higher & Higher", an almost 2 minutes intro which was a boring & irritating, headaching "noise". It ended in the same way....pointless in my opinion. Brian said it was a track that was impossible for the Moody's to do onstage.I'm not surprised. The theatre would have emptied,even in their native Brum!  ::)
    Ron  ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th May, 2015 at 9:47am
On today's "S.O.T.S." (9th May) we've already heard a P.J. song. It was "Whatever Will Be Will Be) from the A side of his very first 1964 L.P.
   In the second half of the show Brian will play another song from the B side of the album.
  Thank you so much Brian, you are a real P.J. fan.
Lovely to hear P.J. regulary on a radio show. He'll also be on "The 60's Scene" tomorrow with D.J. John J. Gannon who is also a big Proby fan. His programme is on Cambridge 105 for 2 hours from 11.00 every Sunday morning.
    Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th May, 2015 at 10:27am
Second song played this morning was "You Don't Love Me No More". So a lovely ballad to accompany the great rocker sang by P.J. in the first half of "S.O.T.S."
   The listeners will have heard just how versatile P.J. is.
     Ron  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 9th May, 2015 at 11:27am
A great album "I Am P J Proby", I purchased this when it first came out.  Brian must play PJ more than any other artist - do we have the stats anywhere to check? :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th May, 2015 at 8:02pm
There must be stats "somewhaaaar", but gawd know where Annie.
   Brian does give P.J. a decent share of his programme time. So does John J. Gannon on Radio Cambridge 105 every Sunday morning.
   Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Aug, 2015 at 11:02am
Great to hear on "S.O.T.S." this morning (8th Aug.)the fantastic P.J.Proby song "Let The Water Run Down". If you missed it then very soon you can go to "Listen Again" on your computer & catch this magical rock song!
   Brian added that the original version was by Ben E. King....something that was new info for me.
   The time that P.J.'s song appeared was about 9-43 a.m.
           RON  8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 9th Aug, 2015 at 10:40am
Yes I never realised that Ben E. King sang Let the water run down, but just listened to it on You tube and its a great version. Not very different from P.J.s version. Of course you know which one I prefer but that's just a matter of taste. ( Good Taste ). :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Aug, 2015 at 5:19pm
Well said Andy!
  It was also good to hear Brian mention P.J. when he was talking about Steve Rowland & The Family Dogg. Brian then played an excellent song by them that never charted called "Silly Grin".
  P.J. also had some magnificent singles released that never charted! And then sometimes you'd hear a right crappy song by a poor group or singer that bursts into the charts without a problem! Very puzzling!  ::)
     Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Joep(U.P) on 10th Aug, 2015 at 7:33pm
Hi Andy,

andy cole wrote on 9th Aug, 2015 at 10:40am:
different from P.J.s version. Of course you know which one I prefer but that's just a matter of taste. ( Good Taste ). :D

I love the way you say that, and not use the word "better", different is a much more better word.
Thank you.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 10th Aug, 2015 at 10:27pm
This was the first time I'd tuned in to S.O.T.S. for a while so it was great to here PJ. I was also unaware of Ben E Kings version but I've just listened to it and I agree with Andy it's so similar to PJ's recording. 

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 11th Aug, 2015 at 9:48am
Its always good to listen to original versions of songs. I have always loved P.J.,s version of Glory of Love. Not sure who had the original of this song as so many people have recorded it. However for years  I always wondered where he got the spoken part from as most versions certainly don't have this. Then I discovered some time ago the " velvetones version with the identical spoken part. Good version but I still prefer P.J.,s of course. Still its worth a listen for those of you who have not heard it. [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]  :-*

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Sep, 2015 at 10:08am
This morning (5th Sept.) on "S.O.T.S." the unique Orville Woods was to be heard singing "Wicked Woman". Great song from 1963. It got played at 8-44,in the first half of the show.
  Lovely to hear also the late, great Cilla Black singing "They've Taken London Bridge Away". This was a B side from the 60's that her hubby Bobby co-wrote. Hearing her sing this wonderful song made me realise WHAT a voice she had back then.
   Thank you Brian M.
     RON :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 12th Sep, 2015 at 11:36am
This morning's "S.OT.S." did not include P.J. but as usual had many other wonderful artistes singing. Outstanding was Scott Walker (Engel) singing "Angelica". Absolutely brilliant! But still P.J.'s version is better  ;D. He did it "live" last year in Nottingham & for me it was my fave of the whole 31 song evening that P.J. performed. I filmed this one song on my little digital camera & I'm so glad I have it forever.Especially as P.J. decided that the whole of the Charity Dog Show would not be coming out on DVD.
  Another song on "S.O.T.S." I enjoyed this morning was the original of "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" done by the actor Tom Courtenay. Herman's Hermits got to no. 1 in the USA with their later version but Tom's was classier & more amusing.
  Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 3rd Oct, 2015 at 10:40am
Today,3rd October on "S.O.T.S." the great Brian M. dedicated a P.J. song for my birthday on the 1st Oct. I requested "It's Your Day Today" & he played that with some lovely chat & messages.I actually e-mailed Brian 2 months ago telling him about my birthday & requesting P.J. but you have to send in your requests 6 - 8 weeks before you want them to happen.
  Hearing P.J. sing that song was the icing on the (birthday)cake for me.
  Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 3rd Oct, 2015 at 12:05pm
Ditto Birthday Boy. 8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 4th Oct, 2015 at 8:00pm
Well done Ron, sorry I missed that i'll go on "listen again" when I have time, but PJ got a double do yesterday. Tony Blackburn played the chart from this week 1964 and our man was at No11 with "Together". :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Oct, 2015 at 3:35pm
Thanks also to Tony. Does he pick the songs or just follow orders? Brian & his assistant actually select most of the records played.
   Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 24th Oct, 2015 at 12:27pm
As usual I listened to "S.OT.S." this morning (24th Oct.). No P.J. but I heard two of my fave songs. Danny Williams singing "Moon River" & The Four Pennies singing "Juliet"...both wonderful.
   Hopefully next week or the week after Brian will mention P.J.'s birthday & play a P.J. song.I sent in a request 4 weeks ago.
   On Radio Cambridge 105 fm the great D.J. John J. Gannon will play a Proby "A" side & "B" side on Sunday,8th November to celebrate P.J.'s 77th birthday that happened a few days earlier. I always listen weekly to this show on my computer & it's always brilliant.The show is called "The 60's Scene".
            Ron   :)               

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 7th Nov, 2015 at 4:43pm
Sadly on this morning's "S.O.T.S." radio show Brian Matthew did not mention P.J.'s birthday or play a P.J. song. :-X
  Never mind! I did send in a request 7 weeks ago & I bet quite a few other P.J. fans did also. Pity none of our messages were read out. Brian did not mention P.J.'s birthday last year either so I sent him a friendly e-mail asking at the time.... why not? He replied that with so many stars having birthdays he could not fit in a mention of everyone's special day. I answered that half of our legends have "left the building" so out of respect for the survivors us listeners would please love to hear all of their birthdays mentioned.Obviously Brian & his assistant Phil Swern have not gone along with my idea yet. ::)
    Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 13th Nov, 2015 at 9:24am
Well Brian on "S.O.T.S." may not have celebrated P.J.'s birthday with a song but on Cambridge 105 "The 60's Scene" show played  two great Proby songs. A side "That Means A Lot" & B side "My Prayer" from 1965. The D.J. John J. Gannon also read out a lovely message to P.J. & mentioned it was my requests he was playing.
  At the moment the show can be listened to on FB via your computer. It's also on my FB timeline if you scroll down a bit. P.J.'s singing & info all happens in the first 10 minutes.So if you haven't got time for the whole 90' show then just catch P.J.'s gems.
    Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 14th Mar, 2016 at 7:30pm
After a long "break" P.J. was once more to hear on "S.O.T.S." last Saturday. Not too far from the end of the show Brian played the wonderful 1966 Italian "A" side "Per Questo Voglio Te". One of the two great songs P.J. did at the San Remo Song festival.
  Thanks Brian....I'd love to hear P.J. discs get played a little more regulary but I do realise that the 60's had so,so many wonderful singers & groups & they all need a play at sometime or other.
    Ron  ;D

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Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 19th Mar, 2016 at 11:35am
PJ on SOTS again this morning, what a surprise 2 weeks running - Niki Hoeky.  2 songs in foreign language!  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 19th Mar, 2016 at 5:17pm
Ha ha! Annie,so right!
   P.J. sang us "Niki Hoeky" his giant USA 1967 hit. The record following P.J.'s was also so interesting....Barry Benson singing "Not A One Girl Guy".
  For those who don't know it....before he started singing & making records Barry was P.J.'s "Personal Coiffure".
   Sadly Barry is no longer with us.
         Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 16th Jul, 2016 at 11:52am
Brian has come up trumps again, this time a song just for me, Work With Me Annie - what a treat.  Way back in the 60s my 1st husband bought me this record from Paris - it had a picture cover - I think he was keeping in my good books because I stayed at home with the kids whilst he went on holiday with my brother.  Nevertheless it was one of the best gifts he ever gave me.  The record was sold when I replaced all my vinyl for cds - lack of space. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 20th Jul, 2016 at 4:39pm
At last on "SOTS" another P.J. song got played. This song (Work With Me Annie) was the B side of the 1967 single "You Can't Come Home Again".
  All of us Proby fans are now happy bunnies!(especially Annie)
    Ron  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 23rd Jul, 2016 at 7:46pm
Tomorrow (Sunday 24th July) take a listen to "The 60's Scene" on Cambridge 105fm. The shows host, John J. Gannon, will be playing an amazing P.J.Proby song. It's one that normally never gets played on the radio,......What is it? The great demo done by P.J. in late 1962 for songwriters Weisman-Wayne: "Fun In Acapulco". A beautiful song & so incredibly sung by P.J. that Elvis sang it in exactly the same fashion for his 1963 hit movie.
    Ron
P.S. The radio show begins at 11 in the morning & lasts for 2 hours. For people not in the Cambridge area then you can listen to it "live" online or wait until John posts it to Facebook a few days later.

   

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 6th Sep, 2016 at 10:47am
Last Saturday there was no P.J. on "S.O.T.S." but the week before (27th August) he did sing. It was a request by Proby fan Christine Hall of Holton in Suffolk. She was celebrating her birthday but didn't want us to know her exact age! LOL!
  Anyway Christine had the song "Mission Bell" played.
Does anyone on here know Christine?
    Ron  :) :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 9th Sep, 2016 at 10:52am
Christine Hall is not registered on here. She's also not one of the 2,023 friends of P.J. on Facebook. And as far as I can see she's not a Fan Forum FB member.
  However I have just been looking at an old list of fan club members from about 10 years ago & her name & full Suffolk address is on the last of those five pages. So I hope we can attract Christine to re-join the P.J. "fan club".
   Ron  8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 5th Nov, 2016 at 11:46am
I did send in a request to "S.O.T.S." for a P.J. song to be played today to celebrate his 78th birthday but it never happened!  :-/
  HOWEVER tomorrow on Cambridge 105 fm radio show at 11.00 a.m ("The 60's Scene") that great DJ John J. Gannon will play two super P.J. songs & wish him & great birthday.
I requested the A & B side of a superb single.Take a listen on the radio or via you computer tomorrow or later in the week on FB John posts the show on there to "listen again".
   Ron  :D ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 12th Nov, 2016 at 9:44am
Great to hear at about 8.20 P.J. singing this morning (12th Nov.) on "S.O.T.S.". His recent birthday did not get a mention,it was a request for listener Sue.
   He sang the great rocker "Rockin' Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu" for her (& us!)
   Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 12th Nov, 2016 at 9:48am
John J. Gannon played two magical P.J. songs last Sunday & praised him a lot.
We heard the singles A & B sides:Let The Water Run Down/I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" from 1965.
Two fantastic & totally different songs proving what a versatile & unique singer P.J. is!
   Ron ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 12th Nov, 2016 at 11:52am
Back to this morning's "S.O.T.S." show. The lady who requested a P.J. song was Sue Maskell. It was for her hubby Sonny's 70th birthday. The two of them also have a lovely doggie called Roxy...a 2 year old Labrador.
  Brian did not say where they live in England. This is a Sue I've never previously heard of although I do know other P.J. fans with the name Sue.
  Anyone on here know a Sue Maskell...or a surname with a similar sound?
  Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 26th Nov, 2016 at 12:01pm
This morning, Sat.,26th November, once more P.J. got to sing for us on "S.O.T.S."
  Tha amazing "Somewhere" which was played at the request of Barry Orton of Hinckley,Leics. to celebrate his own 70th birthday yesterday. Plus Barry also said that at his wedding 49 years ago the same song was what he & his wife got married to.
   I'm sure a few years ago I read in some newspaper the story about Barry & his great admiration for the one & only P.J.Proby.
  I don't think he's on any P.J. forums but I send him my best wishes any way!
   Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 26th Nov, 2016 at 5:43pm
SOTS has been so good to PJ  this year, we've heard him more times than Elvis - I wish Brian Matthew get-well-soon, although Tim Rice did a good job.  Thanks Tim for keeping up the good work. ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 27th Nov, 2016 at 6:27pm
Great start to the day I just turned the radio on and it was the first song I heard. I listen on the television (channel 702), naturally I turned the volume up (my neighbour was out) and filled the house with his fantastic voice, luckily my wife is very understanding ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 30th Nov, 2016 at 3:09pm
Hope the wonderful "Golden Oldie" Brian Matthew gets well & is soon back. Sir Tim Rice is a wonderful song writer but when I heard his voice on "S.O.T.S." it sounded like he was just reading all the facts & figures from a piece of paper
  I have heard that the BBC were considering "retiring" Brian anyway in the near future even tho' he wants to stay! Some of the names who were mentioned as his follow-upper were just not right!
  So Brian....get well & get back soon!
     Ron  8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 3rd Dec, 2016 at 9:20am
Today..Saturday,3rd December. Coming up soon ,yet another P.J. song.
  Sir Tim once more the host of SOTS but soon Brian will return.
      Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 3rd Dec, 2016 at 9:58am
Voila....at 8.35 it happened. "Three In A Row" requested by Roger Clough of Wolverhampton.
  First Gene Pitney singing "Just One Smile",then Noel Harrison performing "Windmills Of Your Mind" & finally P.J. singing "I Can't Make It Alone". Three magical songs!!
   The connection was: Dusty Springfield put those three songs on her album "Dusty In Memphis".
   Wonderful listening...thanks Sir Tim Rice.
      Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Dec, 2016 at 1:51pm
This Sunday (11th December) a P.J. song on "The 60's Scene" & then on the "Xmas 60's Scene " show on the 18th Dec. a song dedicated to me & Linda....P.J. singing one of his 1965 Xmas E.P. songs.
   Ron  :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 9th Dec, 2016 at 10:22am
I wish they would play the "original" I Can't Make it Alone, with the double tracking.  Why they have to take the LP version I do not know.  Having said that any Proby play is wonderful.  We just call SOTS THE PROBY SHOW.
Ron, where is "The 60s Scene", I don't know it at all?

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 10th Dec, 2016 at 10:54am
Cambridge 105 fm. Every Sunday morning at 11 o clock. Host is John J. Gannon,a big P.J. fan.
  I cannot get it on my radio so I tune in via my computer. I sometimes listen "live" on a Sunday or I listen a few days later also on my computer when it's "listen again" time.
   P.J. song coming up tomorrow & then another on the "Xmas 60's Scene" show on the 18th December when a P.J. Xmas song from his 1965 E.P. will be played for me & my wife Linda.
   Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 11th Dec, 2016 at 1:00pm
Thank you John J. Gannon for playing at 11.37 this morning "Hold Me" by P.J. for me & Jean Ann Kostilek.
   John was very complimentary to P.J. & also to Jean & I.  And to make things even better John said that he also likes my version of Hold Me" that I put on a CD called "Heroes" a couple of years ago. John had visited You Tube to take a listen & view the super clip.
   This time next week a Xmas Proby song will be aired on his great radio show "The 60's Scene". I am listening on my computer at the moment.....perfect quality.
      Ron :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 22nd Dec, 2016 at 3:14pm
Last Sunday on the "60's Scene" radio show on cambridge 105 fm the great John J. Gannon played the fab P.J.Proby 1965 recording of "The Christmas Song" & kindly dedicated it to me & my lovely Lady Linda.
  For the next few days the whole show is now on FB & P.J. comes on just after the second half of the show begins.
  Wonderful!
     Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 31st Dec, 2016 at 12:41pm
This morning on the final 2016 "S.O.T.S." radio show we heard P.J. singing "Hold Me".
   At about 9.30 host Sir Tim spoke about The Walker Bros.,P.J.Proby & Elvis Presley & their connection & played a great song by each of all those three legendary acts.
   Anyone who missed it can "listen again" as many times as they want to,just go to the "S.O.T.S. web site.
   HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL
     Ron  8-)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by andy cole on 1st Jan, 2017 at 10:09am
Happy New Year to all Proby Fans. Heres to a great 2017 and more live performances from the one and only. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 8th Jan, 2017 at 3:32pm
This morning (8th January) & every Sunday from 11.30 until 1.30 there's a great two hour radio show on Cambridge 105 fm. It's called "The 60's Scene". I listen via my computer "live" or if I miss it then a few days later it's repeated on my computer, usually via FB.
  John J. Gannon,the host,played a great Proby song in the second half of the show. It was "That's The Tune" & John chatted about P.J. & told us where the song came from back in 1967.He's a real P.J. fan & I'm helping that to happen LOL! Thanks John.
    Ron  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 21st Feb, 2017 at 9:47am
This Saturday (25th Feb. 2017) it's Brian Matthew's last "S.O.T.S." radio show. The BBC have decided to "retire" him even tho' he's only 88!.
  So Brian will do his final show & it will be highlights from many shows he's hosted since he started way back in 1990.
   New host will be Tony Blackburn.
      Ron  :'(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 25th Feb, 2017 at 10:38am
I'm listening right now to Brian's final "S.O.T.S." radio show. He sounds great & his voice is still clear & natural! So why retire him!?
   Tony B. taking over next Saturday at 6 in the morning  ::),for me that's too early but I'll try & get up on time. Otherwise I'll listen to a repeat on Sunday midnight or probably go to the BBCiPlayer.
   Brian has not played a P.J. song today so far but in two hours not every huge 60's star can get a song played.So I forgive you Brian. LOL!
  Great to hear that two or three times a year Brian will get an occasional show on Radio 2 called "The Brian Matthew Years"  :)
   Ron

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 25th Feb, 2017 at 11:30am
My Saturdays have now been completely upset - my first 2 hours of the day were with SOTS, no way will I be getting up at 6.00 am to listen  I do record it and will have to change my routine to catch it later in the day.  It's a funny old year - what with the stent incident and now no SOTS, I'll have to wear out my cds instead.  I do approve of Tony Blackburn taking over - he's an ideal choice.  I hope he's a PJ fan. :(

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 6th Mar, 2017 at 3:35pm
I listened to the last hour of the "S.O.T.S." last Saturday when Tony Blackburn took over.
   I was not impressed..he made the odd mistake when he spoke plus he rambled on about a dog he once owned in the 1960's. He kept telling us it was being brought back from the dead & at the end of the programme his doggie "returned" & gave us some barkingg! All a bit childish!
   So I'll always want Brian Matthew back & I give him 10/10. I give Tim Rice a 6/10 & Tony Blackburn only gets a 4/10 from me.
   Ron  ;D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by George on 8th Mar, 2017 at 8:21pm
6am is much to early for me so I don't know when I'll here the show again but I went on their home page to see what tracks he played and noticed he began with Flowers In Rain which is the same song he started Radio One with in 1967. I'm guessing the dog!! was Arnold who featured on his show for years in the early days.

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 11th Mar, 2017 at 8:19pm
Arnold is his dog. And now Tony has made a giant piece of news that Arnold at the age of 53 is back from the kennel up in Heaven.This morning he rambled on again about this "miracle"! LOL!
  This is more for kids than for us golden & mature adults! Never had such nonsense when Brian Matthew was the shows host.
   Please BBC radio...B.B.B.(Bring Brian Back)
     Ron  ;)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 20th Mar, 2017 at 11:06am
I don't get up early for sots but I record it and listen later in the day.  Although Tony Blackburn has an odd sense of humour I prefer the music he plays.  Brian usually played obscure songs from the sixties - which of course Phil The Collector plays now, Tony plays the popular ones that we all loved.  I'm obviously hoping he will get round to P.J and I will try to get a request in.  I'm looking forward to hearing Brian again on the radio though because I miss him after all these good years. :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 23rd Mar, 2017 at 9:40am
I've read in the "Radio Times" that on this newer "S.O.T.S."  radio show D.J. Tony Blackburn plays a heavier concentration of familiar radio hits punctuated by the occasional request or obscure track.
  I listen to most of the show but for me it's not so interesting any more as when Brian did it.
   Lots of complaints being sent to the "Radio Times" feedback page...so many listeners want Brian Matthew back.I agree with them. The latest moan from a guy in Grimsby says this:
    "Peerless Brian on "S.O.T.S." is replaced by Blackburn's kiddies show,complete with infantile jokes,barking dead dogs,stories all about himself,endless & unneccesary time checks & pointless text messages. Please,please Radio 2 bring back the grown up version of this show".
  So most people want Brian Matthew back in charge! Tony is not a bad DJ BUT in my view (& thousands of others) he does not suit "S.O.T.S."
    Ron  :D

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by Ron on 27th Jan, 2018 at 10:06am
Great to hear this morning on "S.O.T.S." the wonderful song "Per Questo Voglio Te" performed by P.J. Done at the 1966 San Remo Song Festival it was absolutely brilliant.
   Also this morning great comments by Tony Blackburn & Phil Swern.
P.J. came on air singing this morning at about 7.25 a.m U.K. time.
  If anyone missed it then you can always listen to the repeat.
P.J. was planning to sing this song & "Quando Tornera" in English later in 1966 but unfortunately that never got to happen.
   Ron :)

Title: Re: PJ on SOTS
Post by AnnieLean on 29th Jan, 2018 at 8:39am
I was up early enough to hear this lovely song - since 4 am in fact, couldn't sleep!!!  I have it in my collection somewhere - must take another listen.  Thank you Phil Swern. :D

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