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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 08 December 2012

Brian Matthew presents more music, facts and figures from this outstanding decade in pop music.

As always Brian will be honouring "avid" requests, adding a few forgotten classics to his already eclectic record bag. Among the requested tracks is Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, a 1964 release for Ketty Lester.

American-born singer Ketty first began touring the club circuit as a solo artist in the early 50s, before joining Cab Calloway's Orchestra as a singer and touring with the group.

It wasn't until she returned to her solo roots and released the track I'm A Fool To Want You in 1961 that she began to gain notoriety. The song gained a lukewarm reception, but the DJs at the time were so taken with the B-side, Love Letters, that it turned into a huge hit.

Whilst Ketty was never able to repeat her success in her later recording years, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid is often deemed a collectable Northern Soul Classic; with people willing to part with over a hundred pounds to get hold of a copy.

Brian has more stories behind the songs to keep you entertained, whilst playing music from the likes of The Spencer Davis Group, The Move, Billy Fury, Otis Redding, New Generation, Lesley Gore and many, many more!

Music Played

36 items
  • Image for The Move

    The Move I Can Hear The Grass Grow

    The Very Best Of…, Metro, METRCD031

  • Image for Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry

    Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry Less Of Me

    len Campbell & Bobbie Gentry, Morello, MRLL7

  • Request

    • Image for Ketty Lester

      Ketty Lester Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

      Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, RCA, 1394

  • Image for The Spencer Davis Group

    The Spencer Davis Group Time Seller

    Time Seller, RPM, RPM 508

  • Both Sides Of The Record

    • Image for Billy Fury

      Billy Fury I Will

      Love Songs, Decca, 8829512

    • Image for Billy Fury

      Billy Fury Nothin' Shakin' But The Leaves On The Trees

      Classics & Collections, Decca, 984 922-6

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding Champagne & Wine

    Stax Profiles, Stax, 0025218862352

  • Request

  • Image for Johnny Preston

    Johnny Preston Feel So Fine

    1960 British Hit Parade Part 2 CD2, Fantastic Voyage, FVSD091

  • Loose Connections

    • Image for Bob Dylan

      Bob Dylan Dear Landlord

      John Wesley Harding, Columbia, 512347 2

    • Image for Dion

      Dion Lost For Sure

      Lovers Who Wander, Ace, CDCH 943

    • Image for Diana Dors

      Diana Dors So Little Time

      The Girls Are At It Again: UK Beat Girls 1964 – 1969, Eclipse, 0-06024-9841094-3

  • Image for Gladys Knight & The Pips

    Gladys Knight & The Pips Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me

    Motown Chartbusters, Spectrum, 554 1442

  • Playing Hard To Get

  • Image for Lesley Gore

    Lesley Gore What's A Girl Supposed To Do

    The Ultimate Collection, Raven, RVCD 225

  • Request

  • Image for Cliff and Hank

    Cliff and Hank Throw Down A Line

    40 Golden Greats, EMI, CDS 7924252

  • Request

    • Image for The Krew-Kats

      The Krew-Kats Peak Hour

      UK Teenage Jamboree, Deep Records, FR1003

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Pinball Wizard

    Then And Now, Polydor, 1732918

  • Image for The Viscounts

    The Viscounts It's You

    Who Put The Bomp – The Pye Anthology, Castle Music, CMRCD150

  • Request

    • Image for Skip Bifferty

      Skip Bifferty Happy Land

      Skip Bifferty, Grapefruit, CRSEG008

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes Stop In The Name Of Love

    Soul Legends, Motown, 0602498417546

  • They Sang It First

    • Image for The Dells

      The Dells Higher And Higher

      You Heard It Here First Volume 2, Ace, CDCHD 1250

  • Image for Jackie Wilson

    Jackie Wilson Baby Workout

    The Best Of…, Metro, Metrcd083

  • Image for The Brook Brothers

    The Brook Brothers War Paint

    200 Fab Sixties Favourites, Castle Pulse, PBXCD900X/5

  • Request

    • Image for Rupert's People

      Rupert's People Prologue To A Magic World

      The Magic World Of Rupert’s People, Circle, CPW C103

  • Image for Etta James

    Etta James At Last

    The Best Of Etta James, Spectrum, 544 367 2

  • Three In A Row

    • Image for The Cryin' Shames

      The Cryin' Shames Please Stay

      The Hits Of Joe Meek, Telstar, PDSCD 651

    • Image for Twinkle

      Twinkle Golden Lights

      Golden Lights, RPM, RPM 505

    • Image for Elvis Presley

      Elvis Presley If I Can Dream

      2nd To None, BMG, 82876 57085-2

  • Image for Danny Williams

    Danny Williams Moon River

    The Hits Of 1961, MFP, cd-mfp 6019

  • Image for Homer & Jethro

    Homer & Jethro El Paso

    Assault The Rock and Roll Era, RCA Victor, BCD 16857 AR

  • Image for Freddy Cannon

    Freddy Cannon For Me And My Gal

    The Very Best Of Freddy Cannon, Varese Sarabande, 302 066 1112

  • Request

    • Image for The Crystals

      The Crystals Then He Kissed Me

      Phil Spectors Wall Of Sound Retrospective, ABKCO

  • Image for Tommy Sands

    Tommy Sands Old Oaken Bucket

    1960 British Hit Parade, Fantastic Voyage, FVSD091

  • Image for The Shadows

    The Shadows Foot Tapper

    More Hits!, EMI, 744 744

  • 1964


    Courtesy of Radio Times


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