De zomer van 1970 kenmerkt zich voor mij als een zomer met heel veel mooie muziek op de radio. Wat te denken van Lady díArbanville, All Right Now van de Free, Rainbow van de Marmalade, In the summertime van Mugo Jerry en ga zo maar door. Vanwege de 100-ste Top 50, die vandaag on-line is gekomen, deze Top 30 uit 1970 als extra-extraatje.

Deze Top 30 kun je hier beluisteren:

top 30 26 Juli 1970

Onder de TOP 30 kun je de herinneringen van Michael Downing lezen uit de tijd dat deze Top 30 werd uitgezonden en daaronder een aantal scans uit de MP van Juli 1970.

Top 30 26 Juli 1970

1

Cat Stevens

Lady díArbanville

Island

2

Hotlegs

Neanderthal Man

Fontana

3

Elvis Presley

The Wonder Of You

RCA

4

The Kinks

Lola

Pye

5

Shirley Bassey

Something

United Artists

6

Pickettywitch

Itís Like A Sad Old Kindaí Movie

PYE

7

The Free

All Right Now

Island

8

FairWeather

Natural Sinner

RCA

9

Jimmy Ruffin

Iíll Say Forever My Love

Motown

10

Ten Years After

Love Like A Man

Deram

11

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Up Around The Bend

Liberty

12

Stevie Wonder

Signed Sealed Delivered Iím Yours

Motown

13

Four Tops

Itís All In The Game

Motown

14

The Marmalade

Rainbow

Decca

15

Jackson 5

The Love You Save

Motown

16

Les Reed Orchestra

Man Of Action

Decca

17

Mungo Jerry

In The Summertime

Pye

18

Joni Mitchell

Big Yellow Taxi

Reprise

19

Diana Ross

Reach Out And Touch

Motown

20

Blues Image

Ride Captain Ride

Atlantic

21

Nicky Thomas

Love Of The Common People

Trojan

22

Salamander

Crystal Ball

CBS

23

Alive & Kicking

Tighter & Tighter

Roulette

24

Cliff Richard

Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha

Columbia

25

Chicago

24 Or 6 To 4

CBS

26

Andy Williams

Itís So Easy

CBS

27

The Who

Summertime Blues

Polydor

28

Cuff Links

Robinís World

Decca

29

Canned Heat

Sugar Bee

Liberty

30

Brotherhood Of Man

Where Are You Going To My Love

Deram

The RNI memories of Michael Downing for this period

After the Conservative Party had won the election on 18 June 1970, we were hopeful that the jamming signal on RNI's medium wave signal would be lifted, but it was not to be. Instead, the Mebo 2 moved from the coast of England back to the coast of Holland in the week commencing 19 July 1970 and, when transmissions resumed on 244 metres on 24 July 1970, fortunately the jamming did not recommence.

At this time the DJ team consisted of Andy Archer, Alan West, Carl Mitchell, Mark Wesley, Michael Lindsay, Spangles Muldoon, David Gregory, John Denny (who had just joined) and Axel on the German service, although the German service was soon to be discontinued.

It was good to hear RNI on medium wave without jamming. Andy Archer presented the Top 30 show on Sunday 26 July 1970, which was broadcast from 12.00 to 15.00 each Sunday. The chart was based on the UK Top 30, although there were a number of records that never made the UK chart and even the occasional Dutch hit that was not even issued in the UK, such as "Wild and exciting" by Earth and Fire, which had made it up to number 2 in RNI's Top 30 by Sunday 20 September 1970, the last chart before RNI closed down, temporarily, on Thursday 24 September 1970.

 

Between the end of July 1970 and the closedown, both David Gregory and John Denny would leave RNI and Stephen Ladd, Mike Ross and Dave Rogers would join. Rob Eden also presented some programmes and was due to return to the Mebo 2, but RNI closed before he was able to do so. Andy Archer announced his resignation and presented a farewell show on Saturday 5 September 1970, but he changed his mind and was soon back.

The major event of the summer of 1970, though, was the attempted hijacking of the Mebo 2 by Kees Manders on Saturday 29 August, when Spangles Muldoon, Andy Archer, Alan West, Carl Mitchell, Michael Lindsay and Mark Wesley all appeared on the programme appealing for help and for listeners to call RNI's offices in Zurich. Fortunately the raid was unsuccessful and RNI was not troubled by Kees Manders again.

Earlier in August 1970, RNI had moved from 244 metres to 220 metres, which was to remain their medium wave frequency until the final closedown on 31 August 1974.

When the decision was taken to close on 24 September 1970, it was clearly a shock to the DJs, who had just started a World Service on shortwave on 23 September. But luckily RNI did not close for good, being back on the air (initially with non-stop tests) at the end of January 1971.

De voorpagina van de Muziek Parade van Juli 1970

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In de Muziek Parade van Juli 1970 staat een artikel over de film Let it be van de Beatles

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