Saturday, November 28, 2020

10th Anniversary update

It's coming up to the 10th anniversary of this blog, set up entirely for the purpose of keeping the flame of Mark Lamarr's radio shows alive, most particularly God's Jukebox, but also his Reggae, Shake, Rattle & Roll and Alternative Sixties shows, and other assorted BBC broadcasts.  

When we began, Mark was generous and supportive, sending contributions over to be posted and providing song lists and other data for inclusion.

We went to the trouble of creating our own playlists, through either Mixcloud or Spotify and provided links to a variety of resources to send the reader off in search of a tune or two.

And as a result of these efforts, readers were kind enough to send in their home recordings of Mark's shows, which we began archiving on Mixcloud a few years ago.  The archiving project has taken over from our efforts with this blog.  Although largely dormant now, the posts remain for the new reader and we will most likely return again in the future.

For now, we greatly encourage anyone landing on this page to head over to our Mixcloud archive, where there are hundreds of Mark's fantastic shows.  The guy worked his arse off to put them together and if you haven't heard them before, you should now.  And if you have, you know they stand up well to repetition.

Mark has been happily retired from broadcasting for these past 10 years, but can be found over on twitter, where he posts links to great tunes on YouTube.

Oh, and if you are reading this and think you may have recordings of any of Mark's shows, please get in touch using the email link further down this page.  We have amassed more than 500 shows, but there are half as many again to track down.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Midnight Hour #37 - Smack Dab In The Middle: Songs of Jesse Stone

This song writing giant of the 20th Century took lessons from Cole Porter and wrote Blues, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock and Roll and Soul standards.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Midnight Hour #36 - Earl King's Bag of Tricks: 1955-1986

More tunes from an ace songwriter, this time from legendary New Orleans artist Earl King.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Midnight Hour #35 - Mighty Mighty Curtis Mayfield: Songwriter 1961-1970

Following our recent Van McCoy post, here's another selection of tunes from a legendary soul artist, performed by others.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Midnight Hour #34 - Sweet Bitter Love: More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1961-1969

There are some excellent CDs featured in Ace Records songwriters series, none better then the Van McCoy set issued in 2010.  We've put a further selection together to demonstrate what a superb craftsman Van McCoy was when it came to a tune. We've also added playlists featuring songs from the original Ace set for trying before buying.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Midnight Hour #33 - Fat Stuff Boogie

Here's an hour to spend with the unashamedly large that will leave you wanting more and more.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Midnight Hour #32 - Prettiest Stars

Seems like as good a time as any to be star gazing...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy Christmas - 2015

Hope all our readers / listeners make it through with Merle this year and especially that the 25th is a good one. To help the long, cold winter days hurry by, we've compiled our annual list of Christmas tunes right here, one for each day up to the 25th as usual...


As stocking fillers, we've also uploaded two mixcloud Christmas specials broadcast by Mark, more than a few years ago now...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Midnight Hour #31 - Size really doesn't matter

And to prove it, here's 60 minutes of tiny tunes we think you'll massively enjoy