Here are some of the highlights of our programme schedule from Christmas to the start of the new year.
My World of Music – Musicals
Sunday 29 December 11am
June Barratt plays music from her favourite musical productions. A Rugby Hospital Radio Production.
Top 40 Most Requested of the year 2013
29 December 1pm
Neil Ogden presents the annual chart compiled from requests collected at Basingstoke and North Hants Hospital in 2013.
They Died Too Young
Friday 27 December 4pm
Saturday 28 December 7pm
Sunday 29 December 5pm
In this 3 part series, Graeme Logan plays some of the artists whose career was cut short following their early death.
Andy McCormick’s Big Slice of Kiwi
Sunday 29 December 7pm
Andy returns with a 6th edition of his annual look at the music and people who make music down under plus another chance to hear shows 1 – 5.
The Biggest Albums of the 80s
Monday 30 December 4pm
Wednesday 1 January 1pm
Thursday 2 January 4pm
Friday 3 January 6pm
Saturday 4 January 7pm
Graeme Logan counts down the biggest selling albums of the 1980s in 5 special shows throughout New Years week on HRB.
Sides of London
Monday 30 December 6pm
Iain Smith takes a look at the history of the Decca Group's "London" label, which in the late 50s and early 60s was the best selling 'pop' record label ever. He plays, not only the hits but some of the releases that never made the charts. Produced by Rugby Hospital Radio)
Turn it On Again – The Genesis Story
Monday 30 December 10pm
Wednesday 1 January 10pm
Genesis are one of the most successful rock acts of recent times, this remarkable two part documentary explores the characters and the pulsating music that came from this most English of groups. Featuring interviews with members Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks revealing life inside the ranks also features comments from Daryl Stuermer, Ray Wilson and Chester Thompson.
Programme One explores the groups early years (1966 to 1975) hearing about their progressive rock triumphs pioneering stage theatrics and atmospheric music on the albums 'Foxtrot and 'Selling England By The Pound'. The programme hears lead singer Peter Gabriel explaining his departure after the release of the concept album 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The programme culminates with band returning to the studio as a quartet and the release of their Trick of the Tail' a surprisingly up beat album which confounded critics and confirmed Genesis's long term future.
Programme Two – We continue to hear how Genesis recorded their multi platinum selling albums, 'Duke', 'Abacab' and 'Invisible Touch' growing into one of the great stadium rock bands of the 90's. The band's comment about Phil Collins all conquering solo career and its impact inside the ranks. We hear about Collins departure and the recruitment of Stilskin front man Ray. Part two culminates with how Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reformed for their European and American tour of 2007.
Nathan Freeman talks to The Mayor of Basingstoke
Tuesday 31 December 11am
Another chance to hear Nathan’s chat with Councillor Dan Putty and his wife Julie when they visited HRB in August.
Elvis – The Vegas Years
Tuesday 31 December 2pm
Elvis, The Las Vegas Years' confirmation for an hour that Elvis, has not left the building!
As we hear, Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, was planning The King's return to live concerts with a series of shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in the summer of 1969. We join the rehearsals with comments from lead guitarist James Burton and legendary Presley road manager Joe Espisito. Elvis assembled a new live band for his first Las Vegas concerts. Key group members talk us through the set and the mood within the Presley camp with comments from vocal singers Myra Smith and Estelle Brown.
Presley completed his four week stint on 28th August 1969, when Elvis returned, January 1970 for his winter season, his entourage made a considerable impact, on life at the Hilton International Hotel. Valet Lonnie Pope and bell boy Dan Hakata relive their experiences of serving the king. They explain the routine in his 30th floor suite, Elvis would sit at the piano sing the ol' gospel songs of his childhood. Tony Brown played piano in Vegas on stage but at night would be in the suite singing with the King. Jerry Schilling one of Presley's inner circle and Memphis Mafia talks us through the events surrounding Presley's Las Vegas life style.
Of course the programme explores Presley's use of prescription drugs and his escalating weight. Group members talk about Elvis's personal problems and how it affected life on stage and off. Grappling with his weight and personal problems it was while preparing to play yet another series of concerts in August 1977, the Presley heart gave up in the bathroom of Graceland.
Over thirty years later Elvis is an iconic figure, but his presence can still be felt on the streets of Las Vegas, in the bars and in the showrooms. It would be fair to say the King Of Rock N Roll changed the way we see the city.
Review of the Year 2013
New Year's Eve 3pm
Neil Ogden remembers the events and music of the last 12 months
The New Year’s Eve Big Broadcast
Tuesday 31 December 4pm
Richard Smith is back for another live marathon broadcast.
He will be live on nearly 40 radio stations for 20 hours featuring special guests, competitions and requests, plus some surprises and special features.
Join Richard and his team for the only show that lasts for two years!
Stayin' Alive – 50 Years of The Bee Gees
Wednesday 1 January 4pm
The BEE GEES were one of the most consistent hit-making groups of all time, with worldwide sales of over 220 million records. They also scored a string of hits as writers and producers for a wide range of leading artists.
In this one hour special BARRY and ROBIN GIBB talk candidly about their illustrious career, starting with their days as youngsters in Manchester in 1950's, their rise to success in Australia in the 1960's and finally their worldwide stardom thanks to the soundtrack to the hit movie 'Saturday Night Fever' in the 1970's.
Paul Baker’s Rock and Roll Roadshow
Wednesday 1 January 8pm
Paul Baker plays an hour of great rock and roll hits featuring hits from both the US and the UK of the 50's & 60's. Featured artists include The Beatles, Elvis, Beach Boys, Cliff Richard, Shadows & many more.