Derek McCulloch "Uncle Mac". Fromfor generations of children, Saturday morning was one of the great highlights of the week. Although the weekday " Children's Hour " provided rich entertainment for those between the ages of potty and puberty, the selection of record requests was something very special: you might even hear your name being read out!
Sheer bliss!!! The opening words "Hello Children Everywhere! Larry the Lamb and Norman and Henry Bones the Boy Detectives, were all very well in their way, but to have your spine chilled by the evil Troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff or listen to The Runaway Train blowing its erratic way down the track - now that was a different thing entirely.
Why, you could even bear sitting through those ghastly, relentlessly cheerful Austrian children fal-da-reeing their way through The Happy Wanderer. Or "dear" little Christopher Robin kneeling down at the foot of his bed in order to say his prayers for the keenly anticipated pleasures of The Three little Fishes and Arthur Askey's Bee Song.
Derek McCulloch Uncle Mac was the presenter of choice. One of the old school BBC men, he was rather like a favourite elderly relation, firm but friendly; and a certain decorum was expected. Children's Favourites introduction around As spotty adolescents caused hormones to run riot and began to turn a young man's fancy to pursuits rather more visceral than Little Red Monkey - Various - Childhood Songs: 40 Nostalgic Recordings tables or the county cricket averages, the tenor of the programme changed as well.
While Nellie the Elephant continued to trundle back to the jungle, new presenters Little Red Monkey - Various - Childhood Songs: 40 Nostalgic Recordings 26 Riesen - Einstürzende Neubauten - The Jewels over and faint stirrings of the embryonic "teenage revolution" could be detected as ultra-modernists like The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers began to invade the territory previously occupied by Sir Hamilton Harty and the Manchester Children's Choir.
Requests for Terry Scott singing My Brother or any other old favourites were usually from conservative parents who disapproved of the cacophonous, electric-guitar-based sound that their easily deluded offspring liked to refer to as music. When Cliff and Elvis started to replace teddy bear's picnics and runaway trains in the affections of the audience, the programme couldn't continue to be safe and square and it died with the Light Programme in Here is a list of some of the recordings which were most popularly requested by the young listeners:.
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