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  • Craig Ranapia,

    The last show features a farewell from Craig

    Yeah. Recording that was preceeded with a stiff talking to self along the lines of "Don't snuffle, or I'll stab myself in the face with the mic stand." You get to decide whether it worked.

    There are a lot of people to thank, so I’ll keep it to two: our producers Glynis Bartlam and Thomas Watts. Good people.

    True that, but since you're far too polite to blow your own whatever, thanks for giving someone with a face for radio and a voice for mime the opportunity. Took some convincing on my end, but "you'll get paid" is remarkably persuasive.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Esther Phillips - Home is the where the hatred is

    Astonishing, heartbreaking.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Daphne Oram . . . worked at the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop and then on her own account, creating in 1957 a system called Oramics, which "played" drawings made directly onto 35mm film.

    Thanks for that. A bit of optical sound history here that includes Oram. Plus something Canadian from c. 1951:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q0vgZv_JWfM

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Penny & The Quarters, "You & Me (demo)", 1970:

    Penny & The Quarters are a "lost" soul band which came to prominence in 2010 after an unreleased demo of their song "You And Me" was used in the film Blue Valentine.

    Presumably teenagers at the time, Penny & The Quarters were invited to audition by Harmonic Sounds Studio in Columbus, Ohio, recording three demo songs in all. The group consisted of Jay Robinson, the lead male vocalist and songwriter, and a female lead with three or four male backup singers and an accompanying guitarist.

    The songs were recorded some time between 1970 and 1975 at either Harmonic Sounds Studio or at the home of studio co-owner Clem Price in Columbus. Relegated to storage, the songs were discovered after Price's death in 2006 when a collection of tapes and acetate records was purchased at his estate sale. They were subsequently given to an archival record company, The Numero Group, after a Columbus, Ohio musicologist came into possession of the recordings.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Marsha Gee, "Peanut Duck", 1965

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    In keeping with your lovin' the ladies, Pauline Black seems apposite, both in context, and as a fond farewell to PA Radio.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Juanita Rogers singing 'I'm So Glad You Love Me', from Sun Ra: The Singles, which covers Sonny's doo-wop era:

    Love that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to 3410,

    Marsha Gee, "Peanut Duck", 1965

    Threefer, you are the man with this stuff.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Patti Drew, "Keep On Movin'", 1968

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    One more and I'm out. :)


    Jo Armstead, "You Cut Up The Clothes", (1973)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Stranger Cole and Patsy, 'Down at the Train Line', 1986. Respect to Mrs Pottinger.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And here's an early Beeb performance on the famous Moog Modular, by who would later become Wendy Carlos:

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Mark,

    I don't know if there are any cricket fans here but (without even having seen it) I recommend watching "Tangiwai A Love Story" on TV1 on Sunday at 8.30. I grew up with the tale of the Tangiwai disaster and the poignant events happening on the field at Ellis Park with Sutcliffe, Blair et al. The tale of what happened still brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.

    Since Dec 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart, in reply to Mark,

    My family (and I) will be watching with rapt attention, Mark, as they were extras in it! (the cricket crowd scenes).
    By the way, Kathryn Ryan talked to the actual Bob Blair this morning on her programme.

    Usually these disaster movies are awful (the Auckland volcano one certainly was) but there is quite a good buzz about this one.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 828 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to 3410,

    Dude. I thought I was the only person on earth who loves 'Peanut Duck'! Are you me??

    (It's on the box set One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found, which, if you are that way inclined, is a treasure trove of lady-lovin' things. Including my all-time favourite version of 'You're No Good' by Dionne's sister Dee Dee Warwick.

    She sounds like a YELLING ROBOT. With her badass robot backing-vocalist pals. Hey! Oh! Hey! Oh! HEY HEY!)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Betty Swann - it's all about that thigh-shiverin' vocal rasp....

    Penny & The Quarters, "You & Me (demo)"

    Man, I love that song. And I love The Numero Group for the huge swathes of pure heaven they've unearthed over the years.

    Another (from this):

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    As wonderful as this is, it's seemingly not about the 'ladies'

    until you follow the link on the YouTube page which takes you to this fabulous site:

    Pixie Williams was a shooting star of New Zealand music – a clear, bright magical voice, a brief luminous career, a brilliant flash of light that lives on as a memory for some - both distant and familiar.

    Man, I love this stuff. Time to re-read Mr. Bourke.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    More ladies of Reggae.

    'Where have all the good men gone?'

    And I quite like this cover by Hortense Ellis.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to recordari,

    More ladies of Reggae.

    Jennifer Lara and Hortense Ellis are both tops mate. Good call. #reggae

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan,

    Woman of the Ghetto, Marlena Shaw covered by Phillis Dillon

    and one more from Ms Dillon, great tune , one of my fave reggae sevens

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    One from the tigress of Cremona.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Aretha Franklin - because she is divine.

    Bette Midler - because this song is the one that slices me open, all the way through, every time

    Lena Horne - because she is, and was, so beautiful

    and
    Ella Fitzgerald - because she is and was and ever shall be the gold standard, for me at least

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    OOOHHH!
    I'd never heard Her rendition that way before....oooohhhh.
    She Is So Good As To Be Deathless....

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Islander,

    I know! Me neither till recently. That sardonic delivery she has.......

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Actually while we're on about the Ladies, here's my little Ruby......

    http://yfrog.com/h7ebv5j

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

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