Friday, September 28, 2007

The Truth about Arnold

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.


Lord Higham- Murray said...

60s is an old fart? Interesting.

Colin Campbell said...

Sensitive eh James? I am not so far away myself. Only as old as you feel I suppose. To think that I was 8 years old when all this was going down. It was such a revolutionary thing at the time.

Shades said...

It is all lies, I tell ya. He gave Arnold to Ed (Stewpot) Stewart. I used to hear him barking on Junior Choice.

Surprisingly, I couldn't find an audio file of Arnold on t'internet

Lord Higham- Murray said...

Haggiso? Oh, I love it.

LadyBanana said...

Very similar here, I remember those days and my parents also listened to Radio 4 most of the time. If they went out I used to tune in to Radio 1 and have a little dance about, but the signal was so poor it used to keep disappearing.

Sueblimely said...

Do you know the name of the guy to the left of Noel Edmonds. He is so familiar looking and my brain is racked with trying to drag the memory out of it.

I have tagged you with a meme in my latest blog post - which I thought you would tackle with humor and sense rolled in together. The task is to list some ways to make your fellow bloggers hate you! Please do not feel obliged to take part.

Chris said...

D'ya mind! Old farts?? You young whippersnapper, you!

DLT (Dave Lee Travers) to the left of Noel Edmonds, I think.

Colin Campbell said...

James and Chris

I unreservedly withdraw my comment about old farts and will in future use moderately old farts instead.

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