Drive Time

top of the pops cover girl

Great little featurette about the Top Of The Pops albums on the Radio 2 Drive Time show on April 20th. We were contacted by one of the show’s researchers about mid-day ‘desperately seeking Tim’.  I got hold of Tim (author of the upcoming book When Cover Girls Ruled The Charts) and he was feeling up to it, so put them in touch. They had apparently been talking about the albums on the show the day before, so this was by way of a follow up. The DJ played a few clips of TOTPs cover versions and Tim (on a landline, there wasn’t time to get down to the nearest BBC studio for a high-quality connection) was able to fill in some of the background.

Pushed for a release date for the book, Tim announced a pre-Xmas publication this year. Now he’s on record we can hopefully – judging from the amount of pre-interest over the last couple of years – make the best-seller chart!  Mind you, someone did remind me that I had mentioned the possibility of the book way back in 2002 on the sleeve notes to a Hot Hits CD compilation (issued by RPM Records – well worth tracking down). So it has been a long time in the works.

Advertisements

Vintage Rock

Vintage Rock magazine are running an illustrated feature on photographer Brian Smith, which is great publicity for our upcoming Blues photo book Boom Boom Boom Boom.  They have requested a batch of photographs, though as yet we are not sure what they will use.  We will post more details when we know the issue date.

In the meantime here is a photograph which Brian most certainly did not take!  It shows him back-stage meeting Little Richard at a show in Manchester in the early 60s.  Although Brian went along to snap the musicians, he was a big fan and if the chance to be recorded for posterity with one of the stars came up, he and his friends would take turns with the camera.  So we don’t know who took this,  but it’s one of those magic moments a lot of people would be happy to have experienced.  There are a couple more shots of Brian with the stars on the site.  It just leaves one question, who knitted that jumper?

Little Richard and Brian Smith, Manchester

Chapter 14

Graham Bonnet

Just to let people know we have finally got to the end of the last chapter of the Graham Bonnet biography layout.  We have overshot the page count by a bit, but are meeting up with the author in a couple of days to run through the pages one more time, so will hopefully be able to squeeze everything in.  Inevitably new pictures are still arriving but we have to draw a line somewhere!  There are a few photographs which now have to be cleared and licensed and then we can begin to prepare the artwork files for print.