The Day the TV Stood Still (Catalogue number WHRCD701)

Daytime TV in the late 1960s and early 1970s was very different to the kind of programming which we see today.

Much of the day consisted of the Test Card and music. At the time, most of the music played was unavailable to buy in the shops, which was very disappointing to those like me who enjoyed the wealth of quality music material that was used. Much of it originating from German music production companies and German Radio Orchestras.

However, over the last ten years, thanks to many enthusiasts, a number of CDs have been issued representing a good selection of the original recordings played during that classic era of daytime TV.

This CD concentrates on music played during the intervals between the programmes during that period, particularly during the Schools TV broadcasts. Gaps were needed between the programme schedules to enable time for schools to change-over a class of pupils in the TV room, at the time video recorders were in their infancy and most schools did not have the luxury of such equipment. This meant programmes were watched "live" or not at all.

Also, when resuming programmes after a Trade Test Transmission, it was often customary to have a two minute interval sequence before commencement of the first programme. At the time of viewing, it soon became apparent that the quality of these interlude recordings were fabulous, with an amazing number of tracks played from small group jazz to full orchestral numbers.

The music was picked from various sources, but in particularly from one the larger London music publishers "Chappell Recorded Music Library" where music was chosen and played from a vast collection of LPs. It soon became apparent, however, that some tunes were repeated quite regularly. This happened because tapes were made-up prior to broadcast, the timing of the music tracks were also considered as well to ensure that the music filled the gap exactly. (mostly!!)

This selection may well bring back many memories to those of you who remember these tunes used during the era, first time round! Indeed there is now a cult following for this kind of music material by many others as well. If you consider the talents behind these recordings, like Roger Webb, John Cacavas, Angela Morley, Pete Moore and the legendary Robert Farnon to name but a few, it's not surprising.

Plus, there a few bonuses on the compilation. For instance, on The Morning CD before Brass Bugaloo commences, you'll hear Producer John Timperley announce "This is Take 3, Here's the Light" before the Count-Off and Orchestra Leader John Cacavas saying "Good!" after the track finishes. All thanks to the original multi-track master tape of the session recording surviving!!

Then to end The Afternoon CD, the final track features a montage of three familiar tracks regularly used in Vision On. Indeed the last track of the Montage also features famously in the Trade Test Colour film Roads To Roam.

Track Listing

CD1 The Morning

  1. Skydiver Lee Mason and his Orchestra
  2. Casanova Nicholas Adriano and his Orchestra
  3. Five Square Paul Dupont, his Piano and Orchestra
  4. Free Time Rene Costy and his Orchestra
  5. Dakota Country Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (conducted by Charles Williams)
  6. Bright Eyes Ole Jensen and his Music
  7. Go-Girls Paul Dupont and his Orchestra
  8. Flute Allegro The Ole Jensen Ensemble
  9. Island of Sun Eddie Thomas and his Orchestra
  10. The Bright Life The Eiffel Tower
  11. Bumby-Boo Paul Dupont and his Orchestra
  12. Brass Bugaloo John Cacavas and his Orchestra
  13. Pleasure Drive Roger Roger and his Orchestra
  14. The Lonely Troubadour Ole Jensen and his Music
  15. Lemon Cream Paul Dupont and his Orchestra
  16. Travelogue Roger Roger and his Orchestra
  17. A Summer Tale Ole Jensen and his Music
  18. Surf-Riding Ole Jensen and his Music
  19. Monkey on a Stick John Cacavas and his Orchestra
  20. The Wishing Well Ole Jensen and his Music
  21. Avocado Paul Dupont and his Orchestra
  22. Sun-ride (Ask the Family Theme) Ole Jensen and his Music
  23. Touch of Plush Ole Jensen and his Orchestra
  24. Bonzo Ole Jensen and his Music
  25. Lady of the Mist The Johnny Burt Sound
  26. Sarabande in the Olden Style Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (conducted by Charles Williams)
  27. Birthday Girl Ole Jensen and his Music
  28. Spick and Span Mark Duval and his Music
  29. Pavane Roger Roger and his Champs Elysees Orchestra
  30. Merry Peasant Hayride The New Festival Orchestra (conducted by Oswald Cheesman)
  31. And Now-Showtime! Ole Jensen and his Music
  32. Fun with Fido Ole Jensen and his Orchestra

CD2 The Afternoon

  1. Prelude in Rhythm Jos Cleber and his Orchestra
  2. Sunday Afternoon The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Charles Williams)
  3. Autumn Pastorale The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Robert Farnon)
  4. Invitation to Rhythm Rhythm Group (directed by Richard Benjamin)
  5. Children’s Hour Melodi Light Orchestra (conducted by Ole Jensen)
  6. Goofy Guitar Mel Young and his Orchestra
  7. Travelling Along The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Elliott Mayes)
  8. French Flirt The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Charles Williams)
  9. Music Box Lullaby The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Charles Williams)
  10. In the Park The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Elliott Mayes)
  11. Black Cat The Svend Asmussen Orchestra
  12. Spring Serenade Jos Cleber and his Orchestra
  13. Cocktails by Candlelight The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Peter Yorke)
  14. Nurseryland The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Angela Morley)
  15. Playtime Polka Mel Young and his Orchestra
  16. Ballet Star Melodi Light Orchestra (conducted by Ole Jensen)
  17. Nursery Rhythms The Bunny J. Browne Trio
  18. Water Ski Waltz Mel Young and his Orchestra
  19. Pacemaker Steve Race and his Orchestra
  20. A Lonely Affair String Ensemble (conducted by Robert Farnon)
  21. Toytown on Parade The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Angela Morley)
  22. Mr Bach In Rhythm The Roger Roger Ensemble
  23. Stiletto Heels The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Peter Yorke)
  24. Going with a Swing Jos Cleber and his Orchestra
  25. Walking Tune The Telecast Ensemble
  26. Blue Moment Melodi Light Orchestra (conducted by Ole Jensen)
  27. Alone in a Crowd Steve Race and his Orchestra
  28. Micrometer The Telecast Orchestra (conducted by Peter Yorke)