40 years ago this man was inflicted on the British listening public, introducing Flowers in the Rain as Radio One kicked of on September 30 1967.
As we mark this anniversary we finally learn what happened to Arnold. From the voice of "Sensational"
Arnold, unfortunately, is not too well - he's dead. It would have been amazing if he had still survived because he'd have been 43 years old by now. He passed away at quite an elderly age, but it's not all bad - I had him stuffed and he nods in the back of my car even to this day. I'm joking!
Too right, he had us all fooled. Apparently Arnold was just a virtual dog, cropped from a BBC Sound Effects Tape. Shame on you Tony Blackburn.
And check out this fashion parade from 1967. John Peel with hair. Tony Blackburn top left.
And this one from 1977. Check out Noel Edmonds hair, Jimmy Saville with the cigar, Tony Blackburn with the fake tan and the bellbottoms. What fashion!
I have vivid memories of the time, not so much listening to it, because my parents listened to Radio Four, but all the news coverage and the older kids around me talking excitedly about it as we were driven to school.
That whole generation are a bunch of old farts now. I mean Tony Blackburn himself is well into his sixties.