Tuesday, November 6, 2012

60 Minute Man: Jukebox Jimmy's Guide to Music

Picture courtesy of Spitalfields Life

A couple of weeks back I made one of my regular runs to London's most classic cafe, for a hook up with my Pellicci pal - the legend that is Jukebox Jimmy.

Jim is a genuine Jockney, moving from Glasgow to London in 1959. During the sixties, and through the seventies he buzzed about the pubs and clubs of the East End DJing at notoriously moody boozers such as The Blind beggar, The Hospital Tavern, Kate Odders and The Green Gate. Jim's also something of a musical purist, and an avid record collector (hard copies only - CD or vinyl, no digital editions here) still scouring around the capital, sourcing and storing away singles and albums from his favoured genres.

On this particular visit, I was joined by Blow Up pal - Paul Tunkin for a lunchtime chat with Jim and a roaring three-way rattle about on all shades of musical doings As a follow up JBJ. very kindly compiled and narrated a sixty minute CD of some cherished tunes for Paul and myself - with Jim splaining the background to the tracks, how he came to hear a tune, or what to look for in the song writing, vocals or arrangement.

So can I present to you the most personal of podcasts you're likely to hear - Mr Jimmy and 60 Minute Man

60 Minute Man: Jukebox Jimmy's Guide to Music - Side 1

60 Minute Man: Jukebox Jimmy's Guide to Music - Side 2

I'm hoping Jim may be able to theme any possible future specials around some his favourite styles: Soul, Motown, R 'n' B, Bluebeat.

To get the full JBJ story (and where the name comes from) take a trip across the tracks to the always excellent Spitalfield's Life.

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