James Moir celebrates Brian Matthew, a true icon of the airwaves, who began his broadcasting career in Germany and trained as an actor at RADA before joining the BBC in 1954.
In 1961, Brian became the regular host of ABC TV's Thank Your Lucky Stars, a Saturday evening pop music fixture that went head-to-head against BBC TV's Juke Box Jury. The show featured big acts from Britain and the US and also made a personality of young Janice Nicholls from Wednesbury, who became a permanent fixture in Spin A Disc. During this segment, a panel made up from the audience gave marks out of five to the latest releases and Janice, in her broad Midlands accent, started something of a national catchphrase with ""Oi'll give it foive"".
In 1990 came another long-running show, Sounds Of The 60s, which won a Gold Sony Radio Award in 1996. And at the 2008 Sonys, Brian was presented with another Sony Gold Award to celebrate his impressive record of more than 50 years of national and international radio broadcasting. Brian presented Sounds of the 60s for 27 years.
James Moir, Controller of Radio 2 until 2004, introduces contributors including singers Craig Douglas, Helen Shapiro, John Leyton, Mark Wynter, Maureen Evans, Thank Your Lucky Stars' Janice Nicholls, clarinettist Acker Bilk, and broadcasters David Jacobs and Ken Bruce.