Thanks to music enthusiast A. J. Smith, pop singer Barry Noble has had the chance to listen to a rare recording to the soundtrack to his edition of sixties’ music show Colour Me Pop for the first time in over 40 years.
Barry, who had a hit single in 1968 with “I’ve Got My Eyes On You”, appeared on CMP – a spin-off of BBC 2′s Late-Night Line-Up – on August 23, 1968.
Wiped News spoke to the artist, who still performs today aged 67, about the experience of hearing the Colour Me Pop show, as well as about his music career.
“I really enjoyed listening to it (Colour Me Pop) as I had forgotten what songs I had performed at the time. My voice now is a little lower in range and my speaking voice was quite refined on the audio track. I thought the sound quality was excellent for 42 years ago.
“My memories of the day at BBC Television Centre was that is was a groundbreaking show being among the first shows on colour TV and I was very grateful to have the opportunity of having my own 30-min show with my friends Fearns Brass Foundry – a seven-piece line up from Leicester – who also made records for Decca.
“They also backed me on BBC radio shows I did from Maida Vale studios and Aolian Hall.
“The CMP producer, Steve Turner, was a really nice guy and was a new breed of ‘go ahead’ TV directors. I think he’d heard me doing a broadcast on the Dave Cash show and liked what he heard.
“One funny incident I do remember from that day was I was singing a song and the camera noticed my flies were undone. I was wearing red underpants so the camera had to quickly pan to the brass section!
“I did two other BBC shows: Dee Time, on August 24, 1968, the day after CMP, and also Michael Aspel’s Ask Aspel. I think all three shows came from BBC TV Centre.
“I also did Tony Blackburn’s Time For Blackburn, local ATV show In All Directions, and – in 1970 – I did The Golden Shot from ATV Birmingham.
“On all these shows I was just singing my current EMI release, ‘I’ve Got My Eyes On You’, which sold 40,000 copies and nearly made the top 50. I suppose in today’s market it would have made the top ten selling that amount of singles.”
Sadly, except for the recently discovered CMP soundtrack, Barry has no recording of any of his TV and radio appearances. If you can help reunite Barry with any of these recording then please contact Wiped News.
Here is an excerpt from the Barry Noble edition of Colour Me Pop. The episode is currently missing from the BBC archive but a recording of the soundtrack was located by A. J. Smith in 2009.
A 12-track best-of CD, BARRY NOBLE – The Singles Collection – The Columbia Years 1968-1970, is available from Barry Noble, priced £10 (inc p&p) within the UK/ £12 (inc p&p) everywhere else. Send a cheque for the amount to: “Barry Noble”, 5, Perry Close, Kettering. Northants, NN15 6GU, UK.