It's very difficult to relate to current radio audiences just how really awful public radio pop broadcasting was prior to 1967 (and the advent of Radio One). True, there was the odd musical oasis (Brian Matthew's Saturday Club, for instance) but, generally, youth radio did not exist at the BBC. Instead, the source for all the new youth sounds was Radio Luxembourg and, in the 60s, pirate stations like Radios Caroline and London. These stations not only paved the way for youth programming nationally via the BBC, they also created a public thirst for commercial radio."Radio Gold 3" is the third volume in Ace Records' acclaimed and much airplayed series of classic airwave hits. It ranges confidentially across the various rock'n'roll, R&B, soul and pop genres in the manner of those early commercial shows. Consequently, the blissful soul singing of Jerry Butler on Make It Easy On Yourself (covered later by The Walker Brothers) is followed by Betty Everett's girls talk hit It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song), and Chas McDevitt & Nancy Whiskey's skiffle favourite Freight Train follows Johnny Mathis' tenderly rendered ballad The Twelfth Of Never. Tough little rockers like Brenda Lee's Sweet Nothin's and Smiley Lewis' New Orleans R&B grinder I Hear You Knockin' are nicely counterbalanced by such novelties as Paul Evans & The Curls' Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat. 30 wonderful sides and another essential slice of music radio history.
Trivia: Chas McDevitt & Nancy Whiskey 's Freight Train was an even bigger hit in America than it was in Britain and, unusual for the era, it was a British recording.