Showing posts with label Brian Matthew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brian Matthew. Show all posts

Monday, April 10, 2017

So long, Brian Matthew

Former BBC announcer Brian Matthew and foil to the Beatles during their early days died April 8 at age 88, four days after his former network mistakenly reported his passing.

Matthew can be heard joking with the Beatles during many of their BBC session recordings. He also interacted with numerous other musicians, such as the Who, the Kinks, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more during his time on the air.

Matthew was the host of "Saturday Club" starting in 1957 and "Sounds of the Sixties" from 1990. The BBC dismissed him from the latter job earlier this year. During his time with the BBC, Matthew also hosted the network's 12-part "The Beatles Story" documentary produced in 1973 and was host of the "Thank Your Lucky Stars" TV program on ITV from 1961 to 1966.

Radio Times has a feature on Matthew's career here.

Friday, January 27, 2017

BBC dumps veteran DJ, and Beatles foil, Brian Matthew

Brian Matthew, who can be heard bantering with the Beatles on several tracks of the band's officially released BBC recordings, has been dismissed from the British broadcaster's long-running "Sounds of the 60s" program.

The Beeb said the decision to remove Matthew was a mutual one. Matthew, on the other hand, says "that's absolute balderdash."

Matthew had been off the air for several weeks after recovering from a fall. The BBC said those health issues signaled that now was “the right time for him to step off the weekly treadmill of presenting the show.”

Meanwhile, Matthew told the Telegraph:
"I was ready and willing and able to go back, and they’ve just said they are going to put the programme in the hands of other people.

“I didn’t really have much in the way of ill health. I had a collapse at home at the bottom of our stairs, and my wife called the ambulance service. They came and examined me and said it was a matter for appraisal at the hospital. They put me on a ward, I stayed there for a while and now I’m back at home.

“I enjoyed doing the show very much indeed. I did it for 25 years. I feel very disconcerted, I must say. I do admit I’m a bit of an antique, but that’s never seemed to matter until now.”

In many ways, Matthew was the sound of the 1960s. He joined the BBC in 1954, becoming host of "Saturday Club" and "Easy Beat." He also hosted ITV's "Thank Your Lucky Stars." He played host to countless stars, over the year. Along with the Beatles, you can hear his voice on BBC sessions featuring the Who, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and more.

You can listen to some of his interviews here.

Monday, November 30, 2015

History: BBC Pop Profile interviews with George Harrison and John Lennon

On Nov. 30, 1965, BBC announcer Brian Matthew, host of "Saturday Club" did relatively serious interviews with both George Harrison and John Lennon.

These shows weren't broadcast in Britain, but pressed onto transcription disks for use in overseas markets. Matthew did similar interviews with Paul and Ringo in May 1966. And all four of the interviews are included on the Beatles' On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2 compilation.

You can hear the conversations with George and John below: