CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 122 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 22.7.2020 BLOG 24th July 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 122 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Wednesday 24th July 2020

An internet site MusicRadar provides a free newsletter, serving up the week’s biggest music artist and product news stories alongside exclusive tuition and gear reviews.

Recently it published this list of tracks it says is music that should have been included in the 2009 film soundtrack of the Boat that Rocks, written and directed by Richard Curtis. In my eyes Richard Curtis can do no wrong even though with this film the Budget was US$50 million and Box office only US$36,348,784. I am an avid Pirate Radio fan too

  1. Caroline – The Fortunes (1964)

An anthem for the original pirate radio ship, this Greenaway and Cook classic launched a harmony group from Birmingham and would have livened up the nostalgia.

  1. Days Of Pearly Spencer – David McWilliams (1967)

This was one of the earliest examples of an artist being shamelessly built up by continuous playing of a single song on the airwaves and promoted in a blitz of publicity by manager Phil Soloman, who was also a Caroline director.

  1. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge (1966)

Great romantic signature song played by Johnnie Walker in his Kiss-in-the-Car spot on late night radio. He got thousands to cuddle up as he talked the smoochy mood. Cars with couples parked along the Essex coast facing out to sea and flashing headlights at a given signal while kissing someone in the car!

  1. Reach Out I’ll Be There – The Four Tops (1966)

Arguably one of the top three greatest Tamla Motown hits out of Berry Gordy’s Hitsville studio in Detroit, this footstomper was a turntable regular and also part of the influence into Northern Soul development that Radio Caroline had.

  1. My Boy Lollipop – Millie (1964)

An old song from the 1950s updated by teenager Millie Small, this was one of many hits promoted by Caroline that DJ Johnnie Walker reckons would not have been such without pirate radio exposure. It also launched Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, was DJ Simon Dee’s favourite song and became the first international ska/reggae biggie.

  1. Beefeater – Johnny Dankworth (1964)

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This was Tony Blackburn’s theme, with a barking dog – Arnold – layered on. Annoying as he was/is, (he did make some forgettable singles, including Don’t Get Off That Train), Blackburn was youngest DJ at the time, nicknamed ‘Tea Cosy’ because of his early Beatles’ haircut and has been a constant on the broadcasting scene for the past 40 years plus, even if he’s nowadays a standby for nostalgic reminiscences spots.

  1. It’s All Over Now – The Rolling Stones (1964)

Ironically this was not the last song ever played on pirate radio, but the first, introduced by Simon Dee – on Caroline, 199 medium wave, Easter Sunday, 29th March 1964. The actual station theme then was Round Midnight by Jimmy McGriff.

  1. A Day In The Life – The Beatles (1967)

The final commercial was for Consulate cigarettes and this was the final track aired by Radio London as it closed down at 3pm on 14th August 1967, as well as being the seminal album of the Summer of Love 67 – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song, multi-layered in complexity and featuring a 40 piece orchestra broke new musical and pop ground, it took over thirty hours to record.

  1. Moonchild – Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band (1966)

This because it was from the left-field of experimental underground rock championed by DJ John Peel in his ‘Perfumed Garden’ late night show, which laid his foundations as the finder and promoter of some of the more adventurous musical revolutions over the years, many of which became mainstream, including punk!

  1. The Mad Hatter’s Song – The Incredible String Band (1967)

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Another of the innovative groups discovered and pushed by John Peel, this was from their album The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion, number one folk album of that year and apparently one of Paul McCartney’s favourites of the period. It included a mix of musical and vocal styles that foreshadowed their voyage into the outer reaches of psychedelia.

  1. Jingles – PAMS Studios

These record-introducing, time fillers, countdown tickers, station and jock identifiers and mood setters were first brought from the States by Caroline’s founder Ronan O’Rahilly and later developed into an art form by Radio London and copied by every radio station since, right up to the present day.


This is the Pirate Radio version of The Boat that Rocks Soundtrack.,

Disc 1

No.          Title                                                                                                                        Performer             

  1. “Stay with Me Baby” (originally performed by Lorraine Ellison)           Duffy    
  2. “All Day and All of the Night”                                                                 The Kinks             
  3. “Elenore” –                                                                                                       The Turtles           
  4. “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)”                                                                 John Fred & His Playboy Band
  5. “Dancing in the Street”                                                                                 Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
  6. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”                                                                                 The Beach Boys 
  7. “Ooo Baby Baby”                                                                 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  8. “This Guy’s in Love with You”                                                Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass    
  9. “Hi Ho Silver Lining”                                                                                 Jeff Beck
  10. “I Can See for Miles”                                                                                 The Who              
  11. “With a Girl Like You”                                                                 The Troggs
  12. “I’m Alive”                                                                                                 The Hollies           
  13. “Yesterday Man”                                                                                      Chris Andrews     
  14. “I’ve Been a Bad Bad Boy”                                                                 Paul Jones
  15. “Silence Is Golden” (originally performed by The Four Seasons) The Tremeloes    


Disc 2

No.          Title                                                                                                                        Performer             

  1. “Friday on My Mind”                                                                                  The Easybeats    
  2. “My Generation”                                                                                         The Who              
  3. “I Feel Free”                                                                                                 Cream   
  4. “The Wind Cries Mary”                                                                                 The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  5. “A Whiter Shade of Pale”                                                                                 Procol Harum     
  6. “These Arms of Mine”                                                                                 Otis Redding       
  7. “The Happening”                                                                                            The Supremes     
  8. “Cleo’s Mood”                                                                                                 Jr. Walker & the All Stars
  9. “She’d Rather Be with Me”                                                                           The Turtles           
  10. “98.6” (originally performed by Keith)                                                 The Bystanders   
  11. “Sunny Afternoon”                                                                                 The Kinks             
  12. “Father and Son”                                                                                           Cat Stevens          
  13. “Nights in White Satin”                                                                                 The Moody Blues               
  14. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”                                                 Dusty Springfield
  15. “Stay with Me (Baby)”                                                                                 Lorraine Ellison   
  16. “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)”                                            The Isley Brothers              
  17. “Let’s Dance”                                                                                                 David Bowie

I agree with the additions but with two notes.

Firstly, I think No.3 When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge should really be Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge. I used to listen to Johnny Walker every night and went to sleep listening to that track dreaming who would be my Warm and Tender Love.

Also, a favourite of mine was “We Love The Pirate Stations” By The Roaring 60s.

We had a few hours with our two grandsons yesterday. Such a brilliant time. We need more of such times!





“You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”

— George Lucas.


Happiness is…the boat that rocks.


Best meal for those who don’t like fast food?  Snails.


Love is…the way to grow.

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to make a blockbuster successful movie…A time to make a flop at the box office.
  2. A time to play records from a boat…A time to play records on dry land.
  3. A time for Tony Blackburn…A time for Kenny Everett.
  4. A time for Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge…A time for When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge.
  5. A time for “Stay with Me Baby” by Lorraine Ellison…A time for Stay With Me Baby by Duffy


DAY 109       16 Times – 144 Feet               Cumulative Total 16,299 Feet






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