John Peel’s legendary status is defined by the vast amount of bands and artists he championed. His urge to “hear something he hadn’t heard before” led to a relentless search through demo tapes sent in to his radio show from songwriters and musicians looking for a break. His conviction in not following conventional programming formats, and offering his listeners an alternative to daytime pop pap would ensure that his relevance to broadcasting would remain vital right up to his untimely death in 2004.
His sessions would become an important outlet for new listeners to sample live selections from fledgling and established artists. Many of these recordings have been released to the public, some remain in the vaults. Here is a continuing history of all the sessions, starting in 1967 for his “Top Gear” show right up to the final recording in October 2004.
24th November 1967: Fairport Convention
Producer – Bernie Andrews
Engineer – Pete Ritzema
Studio – Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue
Let’s Get Together
One Sure Thing
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Judy Dyble (Vocals)
Ashley Hutchings (Bass)
Martin Lamble (Drums)
Simon Nichol (Guitar)
Richard Thompson (Guitar, Vocals)