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: as Radio 2

: Mike Read

: Simon Bates

featuring events, birthdays and anniversaries on this day through the year.

: Dave Lee Travis

including at 12.30 pm Newsbeat with Frank Partridge


Unknown: Frank Partridge

: Paul Burnett

: Steve Wright

: Peter Powell

Beginning at 6.0, Peter reviews the new Top 30 album chart including at 5.30 Newsbeat with Frank Partridge


Unknown: Frank Partridge

: Paul Gambaccini

with an appreciation of The Drifters
They pre-date Motown and the Memphis sound by a decade and as such are the seminal rhythm and blues crossover hit singles group.
' The string of hits they accumulated with a variety of lead singers in the 50s and early 60s is astonishing. First there was the beautiful falsetto of Clyde McPhatter ; then the very different and very stirring Ben E. King ; followed by two other not so famous, but equally effective, lead singers - Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore.
' " There goes my baby " was very important as the first rhythm and blues big hit to have an orchestral section. And they have had so many great songs that are just classic sentiments of teenage life. In the 70s they gained a new lease of life in Britain with a few hits written and produced here but their international success and importance lies in the 50s and early 60s.'


Unknown: Clyde McPhatter
Unknown: Ben E. King
Singers: Rudy Lewis
Singers: Johnny Moore.

: David Jensen

: John Peel

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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