The Swinging Sixties and Yorkshire Pirate Radio

| On the day Yorkshire’s first radio station attempted to broadcast from a trawler moored off the East Coast, the Walker Brothers were at number one with The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.

It was a fitting anthem. Radio 270’s entry into the increasingly crowded waters of off-shore and pirate broadcasting had been scheduled for April Fool’s Day 1966. However, thick fog, equipment problems and the worst gale in living memory conspired against the radio pioneers determined to break the BBC monopoly.

In the early days, it seemed like the good times would never end. Advertising revenues for these new commercial stations were going through the roof and the public were tuning in in their millions. However, it wasn’t long before off-shore radio became a political hot potato.

Despite much opposition, the Government pressed ahead with its Marine Offences Bill, which would take Radio 270 and its sister stations off the air and fearing the axe was about to fall many of its staff, fled the sinking ship. At one minute to midnight on August 14, 1967, just as the summer of love was reaching its peak, 15 months of broadcasting history came to an end.

The Beatles achieved mainstream success in the United Kingdom in late 1962 with their first single, “Love Me Do”. Gaining international popularity over the course of the next year, they toured extensively until 1966, and then retreated to the recording studio until their break-up in 1970. In the wake of the moderate success of “Love Me Do”, “Please Please Me” met with a more emphatic reception, reaching number two in the UK singles chart after its January 1963 release. Released in March 1963, the album reached number one on the British chart. This began a run during which eleven of The Beatles’ twelve studio albums released in the United Kingdom through 1970 hit number one.

Whilst the decade might be said to have been by dominated by The Beatles, there were many other memorable recording artists who achieved prominence during this time.

So many great tracks and artists in fact,  that it’s impossible to single out any special favourites but lets try these for starters:

Shout – Lulu & The Luvvers:  It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones: Where Did Our Love Go – Ross, Diana & The Supremes:  Downtown – Petula Clark: Lazy Sunday Afternoon – Small Faces:Sweets For My Sweet – Searchers: Blackberry Way – Move :  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones: Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group: Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations: Standing In The Shadows Of Love – Four Tops: Wild Thing – Troggs: Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame: Hole In My Shoe – Traffic: Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann: This Wheel’s On Fire – Julie Driscoll: Fire – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: Do You Love Me – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes: Telstar – Tornados: I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye: Mr Tambourine Man – Byrds:  Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman:  Nights In White Satin – Moody Blues: Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum: Streets Of London – Ralph McTell: Catch The Wind – Donovan

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