The Friday 5×2: Top Ten from Radio Veronica, 6/29/68

Today, ARSA suggested the survey from Radio Veronica, which operated from a ship called the Borkum Riff (also a brand of pipe tobacco) off the coast of the Dutch town of Hilversum, the media center of The Netherlands. It has an interesting history, which you can read on Wikipedia. You’ll recognize some of these songs, from their June 29, 1968 survey (fifty years ago today), I’m sure, and others will be just as much a surprise to you as they were to me. In the event you have trouble with playing this playlist here, try listening over on YouTube.

  1. Sir Henry & His Butlers, “Camp” This was a Danish band fronted by Ole “Sir Henry” Bredahl, best known for the song “Let’s Go.”
  2. Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson” From the 1967 film The Graduate, which was really popular, a good thing for S&G.
  3. Bobby Goldsboro, “Honey” There’s a debate going on over on this song’s page about whether Honey died of natural causes or by her own hand. The more I listen to it, the more I think it was the latter. What about you?
  4. The Easybeats, “Hello, How Are You” The Easybeats’ big international hit (and the only one to reach the Top 40 in the US) was “Friday On My Mind” from a couple of years earlier. This Australian band featured George Young, the brother of Angus and Malcolm of AC/DC, on guitar.
  5. Small Faces, “Lazy Sunday” These diminutive rockers had a big international hit with “Itchycoo Park” the previous year. This was a Top 10 hit for them in the UK, Australia, Germany, and The Netherlands, but failed to reacdh the Hot 100 in the US.
  6. John Rowles, “If I Only Had The Time” From Whakatane, New Zealand, this was Sir John’s biggest hit in the UK (#3) and The Netherlands (#2).
  7. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” Gary and the boys, from Union Gap, Washington, had an international hit with this song.
  8. Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” Maybe my favorite cover of Eddie Cochran’s 1958 hit, it went to #1 on the Dutch Singles chart.
  9. The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Rolling Stone magazine called this “supernatural Delta blues by way of swinging London,” it’s hard to believe this song is 50 years old.
  10. Heintje, “Ich Bau’ Dir Ein Schloß” I saw the name and thought it looked familiar. We heard from Heinje back when we did the survey from South Africa a couple of weeks ago. Heintje was not quite 13 when this record was released.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 29, 2018.

12 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Top Ten from Radio Veronica, 6/29/68

  1. In my mind’s eye, I can still see sax player / singer Bob Kuntz go down on his knees as he sang “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” during Horizon’s live shows. The keyboard part was easy – I was a rhythm guitar in that song.

    And there were at least a few versions of “Mrs Robinson” – the movie version was a little different, and the basic riff appeared throughout The Graduate. Also check out this version by the MonaLisa Twins – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5fnjhCp6uU

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  2. Hi John – never heard of Radio Veronica … that made me laugh. However the songs are all good old favourites … but I must listen to Heintje – I haven’t come across him, that I’m aware of – despite living out in SA …. cheers and have a good weekend – Hilary

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    1. I hadn’t either. We had heard of Radio Caroline because of The Beatles, but never Radio Veronica.

      Heintje was more popular in Europe, particularly in Germany and the Low Countries, and only started doing songs in Afrikaans in the mid-’70’s. So it’s possible you heard him without knowing who it was.

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