A blast from the past for Radio Yare man

THE sounds of the swinging sixties came back with a bang for a musician who caught a glimpse of himself via the very modern wonders of the worldwide web.

Northgate Hospital Radio Yare’s press officer Brian Frederick was delighted to discover that he could be viewed on the YouTube website performing on a German television music show in the 1960s.

Brian’s youth was spent as a professional drummer and one of the groups he played for was The Untamed, hailing from Sussex, who had a hit record I Go Crazy.

However, The Untamed became even more famous through their association with Radio London when it played the jingles for the station’s star DJ, Dave Dennis. In the sixties the pirate station broadcasted from the ship MV Galaxy, moored off the coast of Essex.

Mr Frederick commented: “I knew this TV footage was in existence as radio DJ Mike Read had told me he had seen it when I was helping him write his book The South Coast Beat Scene of the 1960s.

“I remember being more than pleasantly surprised when our manager told us, at a gig in Jersey in 1966, that our record, Daddy Longlegs had done well in Germany and that we had been booked to appear on the German version of Top of the Pops, curiously named Beat Beat Beat.

“Unlike many of the British pop TV programmes, the show required artists to perform live on the show.

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“Also appearing on the show was Tony Sheridan, of Beatles fame, Cherry Wainer, a hot organ player, and The Small Faces. I knew we were going down well on the show as I saw the producer’s face light up as we went into our UK hit.”

Nowadays, Brian can be seen jamming every Thursday night with local musicians at the Lady of the Lake in Oulton Broad.

l Anyone interested in seeing the footage of The Untamed on Beat Beat Beat can search for it at www.youtubecom, using the search terms The Untamed Beat Beat Beat.