In 1972 zond RNI voor de tweede keer een Top 100 uit. Je kon deze toen beluisteren op tweede kerstdag tussen 12:00 en 18:00. De Top 100 werd gepresenteerd door Peter Holland, Nico Steenbergen, Leo van der Goot, Alfred Lagarde, Tony Berk en Ferry Maat. De Top 100 werd samengesteld op basis van de noteringen in de RNI Top 50 tussen 1 Januari en eind December 1972.
Deze Top 100 kun je hier beluisteren:
Onder de TOP 100 kun je de muzikale herinneringen van Michael Downing lezen aan RNI in 1972 en daaronder de uitslag van de populariteitspoll 1972 van Muziek Express, waarbij RNI best wel goed scoort.
En als toegift kun je ook nog twee uur van deze Top 100 met beelden bekijken:
The musical memories of Michael Downing regarding RNI in 1972
Over its four and a half year history, there were a number of records that became big hits as a result of their exposure on RNI. The two most obvious examples in 1972 were by Lt Pigeon and Peter Skellern.
“Mouldy old dough” by Lt Pigeon was released in the UK in the early part of 1972 and was not successful. However, in the week commencing 26 August 1972, it was Tony Berk’s kanskaart, as a result of which it started getting airplay on the International service as well as the Dutch service. It soon entered the official UK chart and was no. 1 in October 1972.
“Your’re a lady” by Peter Skellern was championed by Terry Davis, who made it his hitpick for two weeks running (26 August and 2 September). It became a big hit in the UK and was then Treiterschijf on the Dutch service in the week commencing 21 October 1972, following which it also made the Dutch Top 10.
The other record that will always be associated with Terry Davis in 1972 is “You don’t even know me” by Al Stewart, which was Terry’s hitpick in the week commencing 11 March 1972. Although it reached no. 4 in RNI’s International Prediction Hit 40,it was not a hit in the UK and it would be five years before Al Stewart scored a genuine international hit with “Year of the cat”.
Two records played a lot by Tony Allan in 1972 were “Hey my love” by Mark Radice and “This one’s for you” by Mark and John. Mark Radice was 14 when “Hey my love” was released in the autumn of 1972. The single and the album from which it came were much played on RNI and Caroline, being a particular favourite of Tony Allan, who broadcast on both stations whilst the Mark Radice album was newly released. Big things were expected from Mark, but he never got the breakthrough that he needed and he remains best remembered for “Hey my love” and another track from the same album, “New day”. “This one’s for you” by Mark and John was also not a hit, but was a happy song with a radio dedication theme that might have gone higher in the International Prediction Hit 40 than no. 25, which it reached on 21 October 1972, had this not been the final edition of this chart, which was discontinued when the International service was temporarily closed on 24 October 1972.
The record that I most associate with Arnold Layne in 1972 was a B side, “Forever autumn” by Vigrass & Osborne. The A side, “Men of learning”, was a minor Billboard Hot 100 entry, but Arnold was right – “Forever autumn” was a much better song. It would eventually be a hit for Justin Hayward in 1978, but the Vigrass & Osborne version was simpler and better for it.
“Think of me forever” by the Dyke Brothers Band was the Peter Holland kanskaart in the week of 14 October 1972, but is best remembered as being used as the basis for the jingle “Radio North Sea International station”. The record was not a hit. “It’s all right Bill” by Peter Bewley was a minor Super Top 50 entry in the autumn of 1972, but was played a lot on RNI at the time.
Two American records that were minor hits in the Super Hit 50 and no. 1s in the International Prediction Hit 40 were “Jesus was a crossmaker” by Judee Sill and “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Both were heavily played on RNI. Judee Sill made another album for Asylum that was given some attention by RNI in the summer of 1973, but she remains best remembered for “Jesus was a crossmaker” and died later in the 1970s. “Brandy” by Looking Glass was a no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but they never had another hit of the same size in the US. Another of their tracks, “Rainbow Man” was played a lot on Driemaster in the early spring of 1973.
Another no. 1 in the International Prediction Hit 40 in 1972 that came from the US was “I saw the light” by Todd Rundgren – a favourite of all of the International service DJs in the early summer. Todd Rundgren was also a favourite of Alfred Lagarde in 1972, who also played “It wouldn’t have made any difference” from Todd’s album “Something/Anything?” a lot on his programmes on RNI. Another US act championed by Alfred Lagarde in 1972 was Steely Dan, whose “Do it again” single was Alfred’s kanskaart in the week commencing 9 December 1972, during the time that Alfred was presenting Driemaster.
Rob Eden returned to the Mebo 2 at the beginning of December 1972 following a break of three months, although he was only filling in whilst RNI recruited some more DJs for the International service. During December 1972, he played a number of records with an RNI connection. Both “Celebration” by Tony Ashton and “Who is the doctor?” by Jon Pertwee were on Purple Records, whose label manager at the time was Michael Lindsay, an RNI DJ in the summer of 1970. There was also “Golden Golden” by Woolly, which was a pseudonym for Mark Wesley, who had also been an RNI DJ in 1970, but by 1972 was working for Radio Luxembourg.
“it’s great fun” by the Hearts of Soul will always be associated with RNI. A Treiterschijf in the summer of 1972, it reached no. 16 in the Super Hit 50 without ever making the Top 40 on Radio Veronica. Also in the summer, Ferry Maat had “Dance Cleopatra” by Prince Buster as his kanskaart. An unusual choice, but a big hit in the Super Top 50.
Finally, no summary of music played on RNI in 1972 would be complete without mentioning “Listen to the music” by the Doobie Brothers, which was played at least once every two hours on the International service during the latter part of November 1972 as part of a promotion for the group by their label, Warner Brothers. “Listen to the music” was a hit in the Super Hit 50 and the Billboard Hot 100, but did not make the UK Top 40 until early 1974, when it was reissued when the Doobie Brothers played in the UK. By that time, they would have had several other hits in the Super Top 50.
De Populariteitspoll 1972 uit de Muziek Expres van Januari 1973