Sounds of the 60s

Happy International Women’s Day – to everyone.

On BBC London 94.9 this afternoon, Danny Baker is wearing high heeled shoes to mark the occasion.


But I remember about 20 years ago on GLR when Johnnie Walker became Jenny Walker to acknowledge International Women’s Day. All the records he played were by women and it is one of those shows I wish I’d recorded for posterity.

All of which, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with Sounds of the 60s which is the main topic for today.

This is another one of those shows that I try to listen to each week, but usually end up hearing later in the week. It’s presented by Brian Matthew, and has been for over 20 years now, although the show itself has been running since 1983. The format has evolved over the years but I do like hearing songs from the 1960s, probably for the first time. Equally, it’s nice to hear some old favourites for the first time in many years.

Lately, Brian has also been playing old BBC sesions, whether from his old 1960s show Saturday Club (which I would listen to whenever I could get away with it) or from later in the ’60s, bands like Pink Floyd on John Peel’s Top Gear programme.

So, that’s Sounds of the 60s on Radio 2, and pretty much every show on BBC 6 Music playing John Peel sessions.

Something that I don’t think will ever stop surprising me is just how much 1960s music is being released now on CD: so many compilations.

And, not only that: I was too young in  the ’60s to buy new records, and I feel I ought to make up for lost time, and buy some… But then, with a programme like this on every week, I probably have my fill of 1960s pop music.

Playlists for every show are available at the BBC Sounds of the 60s site.

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