A Tale of Two DJs


Last Saturday Brian Matthew presented his last regular ‘Sounds of the 60s Show’ on Radio Two. I believe he is to be replaced by Tony Blackburn, but his 60s show will run from 6-8am rather than 8-10, so I wonder how many regular listeners they will lose? Brian Matthew has had a remarkable run as you can see from this NME article of 57 years ago! Incidentally, I agree with him about the magnificent Sarah Vaughan in particular, but you’re not likely to hear her on the radio very often


Meanwhile, 50 years ago this month, Radio London started a new show called “London After Midnight”, with a new DJ, from Liverpool via USA. It would change its name to the Perfumed Garden and for many of us was a seminal influence on our changing listening habits through the summer of ’67. I don’t think he liked Sarah Vaughan (or jazz) though.

John Peel



Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

2 thoughts on “A Tale of Two DJs

  1. Actually, I’m not sure Peel liked very much Black American stuff except for Jimmy Reed (?) although I think he liked some reggae in the 1970s

  2. Who gets up at 6.00 a.m. on a Saturday morning anyway?!

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