Monday, November 3, 2014

48 Years Ago, November 1966...Beaker Street Happened...


...and the following continues!  Wow, who thought that a program, on a trial basis to fill up airspace, would become SO popular!  We don't have the exact date (I don't think anyone does), but the best recollection of all concerned was November 1966 when it all began.  One story has the idea being batted around at a party- and there are several...but, supposedly, upper-level management didn't think it would work.  It was wildly successful....

...so we thought we'd bring over some audio from the archives Dave S. saved from A. J. Lindsey's blog before the players died after A. J. passed away.  The audio hasn't been heard since, that we know of (unless one had the foresight to download it for themselves).

The versions you are about to hear (in several posts) are of when "Clyde Clifford" (Dale Seidenschwarz) utilized some background music from "the dream sequence" of the movie, "Charade".  I have downloaded and listened to the soundtrack from the movie and nowhere could I find that particular audio- nor has anyone else that I know of.  This "dream sequence" audio was played in the background to "hide" the fan noise of the 50,000-watt RCA transmitter only feet from "Clyde's" operating/control desk, well before he used Head's "Cannabis Sativa" in the early 1970s (and beyond).

I was there in 2011...and it was amazing to me, the genius of "Clyde", to be able to mask the fans only ten or so feet away.  The background music- both versions- were part of the allure of the show.  So, dear visitor, don your beads, get on your favorite sandals and tie-die T-shirt and let's go back a few years!  The versions we have are from 1970, but should be representative of those early days (daze?)...and if anyone has any audio from 1966 to 1970, we'd be glad to post it here, for everyone to enjoy!

I see Greg B. has his shades on and Dave S. has his hair pulled back in a ponytail already....



Happy 48th birthday, Beaker Street!  Thank you, "Clyde Clifford"!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

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