So, Jimmy Young then

I had absolutely no idea whatsoever that he’d been a singer:

Umm, yes. He could certainly sing. But jeebus, what the hell was that arrangement?

17 thoughts on “So, Jimmy Young then”

  1. Bloke no longer uin Austrua

    That’s why Wogan used to call him the “owd crooner” …

    blimey Tim, where did you spend the 70s and 80s ?

  2. Err, Radio 1 and then DC 101. The station Howard Stern started out upon actually…..or at least was on at that time.

  3. Radio 1? Radio Luxembourg and Capital Radio were my stations, except for the chart show on Sunday evenings, with my Philips N2204 recording the show through the microphone.

    I new Jimmy Young was a singer because my mother was a huge fan and had some of his records.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    He was an underrated political interviewer. He would let politicians talk, listen to what they said and then ask follow on questions based on what they had said. Often politicians would let their guard down and say what they really thought.

    Instead to day they have a clipboard with a series of questions they are going to ask, allow 3 seconds per answer, start badgering then move on to the next question. If you listen carefully occasionally a politician provides information and then later is asked a question that required the same information, they just didn’t listen.

  5. @DocBud

    Dunno where you were living, but I was in the Midlands. Radio Luxembourg was OK until sunset, but then all the Soviet jamming came through and that was it. Dave (then Kid, then Dave) Jensen comes to mind.

    In the Midlands we could get Caroline, Caroline North and Atlanta. Reception was shit but it was a great improvement over the BBC Light Programme. “Now listeners: welcome to 2-way family favourites. Corporal Plod from BFPO 35 has written in requesting Puff the Magic Dragon for his mum”


  6. I read a brilliant Craig Brown parody of Jimmy Young, back in the 90s I think. As Brown had it, it’s TTFN, TTFE…

  7. BiJ,

    I grew up in Surrey. Luxembourg reception was good, Caroline was very patchy so I rarely listened. I always had to have the volume low. We used to joke that my dad (God rest his soul) used to hold a stethoscope to the ceiling. You’d have the volume so low you could barely hear it, and he’d still come up and say “has that thing got a volume control?”

    The upside of that was that in later years, when I could afford decent sound equipment and could listen to it, I got to rediscover all of the rock classics I’d only previously listened to on a tinny wireless at low volume.

  8. You are too young to have any idea of how vile popular music was between the decline of the Goodman and Basie bands, and the arrival of the Beatles.

  9. This version is a soapy Country and Western type treatment for which there was a market in the 1950’s. There was a lot of it about at the time pushed by the record companies. It is why the new breeds of teenagers turned to other styles.

  10. Philip Scott Thomas

    Back in the mid-90’s, when I was listening to R2, Ken Bruce had the slot immediately before Jimmy Young. It was a running gag at the handover that Bruce would razz Young about his version of ‘Unchained Melody’.

    One year, during Children In Need or some such, someone made a sizable donation on the condition that Bruce play Young’s version of ‘Unchained Melody.’ Bruce did. And it really was as awful as Bruce had always said.

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