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GLENN ADAMS (Caroline South & International)

a) LONG LIVE LOVE - Ken Woodman & his Piccadilly Brass Track on LP That's Nice Strike JHL101 (1966) Used on Caroline South.  

b) THE MAN FROM UNCLE, THE SPIES - Al Caiola Track on LP Al Caiola Plays Hit TV Themes United Artists Records UEP 1018 (1965) The theme to the 60's TV series was used by Glenn on the MV Mi Amigo in late August 1967. The track appears on the CD Ultra Lounge TV Town EMI (1997)

c) TO WHOM IT CONCERNS - Ken Woodman & the Piccadilly Brass Used to close his nightly 6 - 9pm show around the end of 1967 and the start of 1968.

MIKE AHERN (Caroline North & South)

a) BUCKEYE - Johnny and the Hurricanes London HL 8948 (1959) The B side of Red River Rock.

b) THE DIS-ADVANTAGES OF YOU - The Brass Ring Dunhill D50017 USA.1967. A minor US hit in 1967, the track was used as backing to a Benson & Hedges cigarettes TV commercial. Can be found on the CD Hard to find Pop instrumentals Eric Records 11508 (USA.1999)

c) MOOD COOL (The Consulate theme) - Johnny Johnson Orchestra Lyntone Records LYN 1186. A single with picture cover featuring "sixties" couple sitting on a rock by the sea, smoking the well known menthol cigarettes. B side is Consulate Bossa Nova. Consulate also issued another theme disc Get away from the Everyday - The Consulate theme. CON1 This picture cover EP with four different instrumentals, features a group of dancers on the front cover and an advert for Consulate cigarettes on the back.  Commercial promotional discs were fairly common in the Sixties, Galaxy chocolate, for example, issued their commercial theme on disc.

d) SOUL SAUCE - Cal Tjader Verve VS529 (1965), the track also has the alternative title Guacha Guaro.

e) IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR - Little Mac and the Boss Sounds Atlantic 584031 (1966) Also used as a theme by Rick Dane, Carl Mitchell and Steve Young.

PAUL ALEXANDER (Caroline 70's)

WIPE OUT - The Surfaris Paramount Para 3034 (1973). Originally released on London HLD 9751 (UK.1963). Paul used the re-issued version, and later prefaced it with the 5-4-3-2-1 countdown from the start of the Thunderbirds TV series theme. Wipe out is surfspeak for being knocked off your surfboard. Also used by Jim Gordon and Mark Roman.

TONY ALLAN (Radio Scotland & RNI)

a) FLAMINGO - Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass  Pye International 7N 25383 (1966). Track on CD Greatest Hits Vol. 2 A & M 75021 3269 2. Also used as a theme by Andy Archer, Alan Black, Terry Dawson and Mark Sloane.

b) ALIAS SMITH & JONES - unknown Possibly Universal Sounds Orchestra MCA6012 (1972) An instrumental version of the TV show theme (not the TV version) Used on Radio Northsea in 1972. (release details and audio required)

DON ALLEN (Caroline North & South and RNI)

a) TRUMPET TRAMOURE - Stan Reynolds Orchestra  Polydor BM56089 (1966)

b) QUITE A PARTY - Fireballs Pye Int' 7N25092. (1961) / Box Records BOX 301 (USA).

c) RUNAWAY BUNION - Phil Coulter Pye 7N17219 (1966) The B side to The Londonderry Air. The theme to Donís country music show

d) BILE ĎEM CABBAGE DOWN - The Buckaroos Capitol T21157 (mono) / ST 21157 (Stereo) (Oct.1968)

e) ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSA - Les Reed Orchestra Chapter One CH186 (1973) Used as Don's closing theme on RNI in 1974

VINCE ALLEN (Radio 270)

DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS - Duane Eddy RCA1288 (1962). This record was banned by BBC radio, factory workers clapped in time to it instead of working.

BRIAN ANDERSON (Caroline 70's)

SYLVIA - Focus Polydor 2001422 (UK.1973), EMI 1A00626768 (NL.1973)

ANDY ARCHER (Caroline South & Int')

a) FLAMINGO - Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass Pye International 7N 25383 (1966). Also used as a theme by Tony Allen, Alan Black, Terry Dawson and Mark Sloane.

b) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) - Raymond Lefevre and his Orchestra Major Minor MM559 (1968) Written by Michel Polnareff. Also used by Graham Gill.

c) BARWICK GREEN - Sidney Torch & his Orchestra Parlophone R3418 (1953) The B side of La Muse Legere. The theme tune of the long running BBC radio programme - The Archers, was used by Andy for a brief period in 1968.

d) IN THE HOUSE OF THE KING - Jan Akkerman Atlantic K10427. (Jan.1974), Atlantic ATL10427 (F.1973 & NL.1974). House of the King was originally recorded in Holland in 1970 and became a major hit for the group Focus. It was written by Focus member Jan Akkerman after a disastrous Spanish gig, when the power was switched off just ten minutes into their act. There is some confusion over which version of the track Archer used, that by Akkerman or by Focus. Latter is on single Polydor 2001 134 (UK Jan. '71).

e) PAPILLON - Refugee Track on LP Refugee Charisma CAS1087 (1974) Andy used this track for a few weeks around August 1974.


a) Wie ein Blitz - Sam Spence Orchestra Colosseum 8077.2 Used by the German deejay at the end of his Axel Abend show on RNI in 1970. Available on the CD 'The mad mad world of Soundtracks Volume 2

b) COME AND JOIN US - Bob Leaper & the Prophets Pye 7N15616 (UK.1964)

SIMON BARRETT (Caroline 70's & 80's)

COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER - Fleetwood Mac Track on LP Heroes are hard to find Warner Brothers K54026 (1974). Simon used this theme from his very first programme on Caroline from the MV Mi Amigo on 15th December 1974, using it to close down his programme before handing over to the next presenter. He then re-used it on his return to Radio Caroline in the 1980's from the MV Ross Revenge. Info' from Buster's radio diaries


THE LONESOME ELECTRIC TURKEY - Frank Zappa / Mothers of Invention Track on LP Fillmore East June 1971 Reprise K44150 (1971) Norman used this from mid 73 to mid 74 and comments that "I chose it because it has a funky, cooking start, but slowly disintegrates into chaos!"

EDDY BECKER (Veronica)

MERRY GO ROUND - Baccarat   Imperial 5C 006-25026 (NL.1974) Released through EMI Bovema, produced by MM Recording and engineered by Studio Intertone, Heemstede. Eddy Becker used this in 1968 and later on Hilversum III. (original release details required)


a) BEETHOVENS 9TH - Apollo 100 Pink Elephant PE22.661H ( Track on LP Masterpieces Youngblood Int' SSYB 3005.

b) FORTY MILES OF BAD ROAD - Duane Eddy London HLW8929. (1959). This instrumental was used as a backing for A.J's offshore radio songs

BERT BENNETT (Radio Mi Amigo & Atlantis)

a) THE SPIRIT IS WILLING - The Hands of Dr. Teleny RCA 2163 (1972). Dr. Teleny is better known as writer, arranger, producer, orchestra leader and music publisher Zack Laurence, who also has a company called Telany. This theme was the instrumental B side of the single "The Spirit is willing" by Peter Straker and the Hands of Dr. Telany, that reached number 40 in the charts in February 1972. The tune was originally sung as "Jesu Joy of Mans Desire" composed by J.S.Bach.

b) JOY - Apollo 100 Youngblood YB1034 (1972) / Pink Elephant PE22 597 (NL.1972) picture sleeve. Another instrumental version of "Jesu Joy of Mans desire", and a number one in the USA. Apollo 100 were a group of British session musicians, who in 1972 were voted as one of the best three instrumental groups in the World by the US Cashbox music magazine. This theme had the distinction of having the unfitting guitar solo edited out when played on RNI, whether done by the station is not known.

c) MELODY ONE - Tony Hiller Orchestra Vogue DV14780 (FR.1973?) Used by Bert on Atlantis during 1973.

d) A TOUCH OF VELVET, A STING OF BRASS - Ron Grainer Orchestra Casino Classics CC5 (1978 re-issue)  Used by Bert on Radio Atlantis. (original release details required)

BONGO ROCK - Incredible Bongo Band MGM 2006 161 (1973) / MGM K14588 (USA). This theme was much used by Bert during 1975 - 76. Also used by Fred van der Bosch

ALAN BLACK (Scotland, England, Britain & 355)

a) FLAMINGO - Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass Pye International 7N 25383 (1966). Also used as a theme by Tony Allan, Andy Archer, Terry Dawson and Mark Sloane.

b) WOODEN HEART - Gary Blake & his Music Track on More Sounds Like Swinging EMI Studio 2 TWO124 (1966), also on Big Band Dancing - Big Bands International 3 Columbia SMC 74282. Used by Alan on Radio 355. If you think this instrumental version, of a song most associated with Elvis Presley, sounds like Bert Kaempfert , it's because the German orchestra leader wrote the track.

TONY BLACKBURN (Caroline South & London)

BEEFEATERS - Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra Fontana H512 (1964) / Fontana TF 267395 (re-issue). The version used by Blackburn was slowed down to include a dubbed Arnold the dog. The track was also the theme tune of Redifussion TV's Search for a Star.

GUY BLACKMORE (Caroline South & 390)

WIPE OUT - The Surfaris London HLD9751 (UK.1963). Also used by Paul Alexander, Jim Gordon and Mark Roman.


a) HONKY TONK - Earl Palmer Liberty 55356 (USA.1961).  Whilst Chuck certainly used Honky Tonk as his theme, there is some doubt as to whether he used the Earl Palmer version, or the original version by Bill Doggett version - Parlophone 4231 (UK.1956). 

b) GASSIN' - The Peddlers Philips BF1530 (1966) The B side of Iíve got to hold on. The Peddlers were the resident group at London's Pickwick club in the mid 60's, Roy Philips (organ and vocals) and Tab Martin (bass guitar) previously backed Billy Fury in the Tornadoes, when they left to form the Peddlars they were joined by drummer Trevor Morais who'd previously played with various Mersey groups.

LOOK BODEN (Radio 227)

SHAKE - King Curtis Track on LP Have Tenor Sax Will Blow Atco LP 33-113 (1959)

JEFF BOLAN (Caroline 70's)

a) WRING THAT NECK - Deep Purple Parlophone R5763 (1969) The B side of Emmaretta.

b) SCRUB BOARD - The Trammps Buddah BDS415 (1975) The instrumental B side of Sixty Minute Man. Also used by Peter van Dam on Mi Amigo


SO WHAT'S NEW? - Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass  Pye Intí 7N25372 (1966).

PETE BOWMAN (Radio 270)

a) BIRD ROCKERS - The Ventures Dolton 308 (USA.1965) The B side of Ten Seconds to Heaven.

b) TAKE THE A TRAIN - Ken Woodman Track on LP That's Nice Strike JHL101 (1966)


a) DANGER MAN - Edwin Astley Orchestra RCA Victor RCA1492 (11.1965). Also track on LP's Secret Agent RCA Victor LSP3530 (US.1965) and Secret Agent meets The Saint RCA Victor LSP3467 (US.1965). The theme for the Danger Man series, first shown in 1961, was written by Edwin Astley, but was not at the time released on record. It was closely covered by the Red Price Combo Parlophone R4789 (June 1961). Also track on LP Your Favourite TV and Radio Themes Various HMV CLP1565 (June 1962) and CD Instrumental Greats of the 60's Music for Pleasure CDCC260 (1990). For a new series of Danger Man, several years later, Astley re-recorded a more uptempo version of the theme. In the US and outside the UK, Danger man was re-titled Secret Agent Man and featured an entirely different theme sung by Johnny Rivers. (Liberty LIB 12023 April 1966) and as an instrumental by the Ventures on Liberty LIB 316 1966. The original 1961 Astley version of the theme was re-titled High Wire and covered by Ivor Slaney Orchestra HMV POP1347 10/64 and Bob Leaper Pye 7N 15700 2/65.

b) WALKING WITH MR. LEE - Lee Allen & his Band  HMV POP452 (1958) Lee was a saxophone player, who backed many of Little Richards hits. This track was his only solo hit, reaching 54 in the US Billboard chart in December 1957.


FUZZ DUCK - Jerry Allen Trio Columbia DB7912 (1966)


WORK SONG - Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass Pye Int 7N25337(1966)

ROSS BROWN (City, Caroline North & South)

RAUNCHY 65 - Ernie Freeman London HLA9944 (Jan.1965). Originally a 1958 hit for Bill Justis on London HLS8517.

ERROL BRUCE (Caroline South & North)

I'VE GOT A WOMAN - Jimmy McGriff  Sue 770 (US.1962). Sue WI317 (UK.5/64), "I've got a woman" was a 1955 hit for Ray Charles, jazz organist McGriff's 1962 release took him into the Top 20 of the US Billboard chart, making him one of the most successful crossover artistes of the time. You should have no trouble finding this recording, although the original is now quite sought after by mod collectors, if you obtain the original 1962 Sue LP or the 1983 re-issue, you'll also find Radio Caroline's original theme tune "Round midnight" on it.

GERRY BURKE (Caroline South)

SUCU SUCU - Laurie Johnson Orchestra Pye 7N15383 (1961) The track was the theme to the Sixties TV series "Top Secret" starring William Franklin and other instrumental versions were covered by Ted Heath and his Music on Decca F11392 and Joe Loss and his Orchestra on HMV POP937. Gerry Burke was later known as Henry Morgan on Caroline. 

PAUL BURNETT (Radio 270)

PERFIDIA - Glenn Miller Long thought to be by Bob Miller and his Millermen, this erroneous information came from the original Anoraks UK theme list. It seemed strange that Burnett used this version by a band well known for their BBC radio session work. When asked, Paul Burnett could only recall his theme was Perfidia, but couldn't remember who it was by. Keith Skues updated Pop went the Pirates book states the theme was by Glenn Miller. As we've been unable to find a version by Bob Miller, we can only guess someone got their Millers mixed up?. (release details required)

CLIVE BURRELL (Caroline North)

COMIN' ON AGAIN - Bob Keene Orchestra President PT155 (1967). The instrumental B side to Felice Taylor's I feel Love Coming on.

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