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Barrie Hyde / Presenter

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Due to lack of talent I failed as a rock star but for nine years presented ‘The 70s Album Show’ on BBC  radio. I now present the show on Black Cat Radio from 7-9pm every Thursday. It’s an ecletic mix of album tracks from the 1970s, made possible by receiving wonderful requests from my listeners. I play a mixture of 70s rock, folk rock, jazz rock etc.

The show came about due to my shear frustration. Sadly, the genre of music I love, ie album music from the 1970s is virtually forgotten about by the majority of radio stations – so many play seventies singles, some play ‘classic’ album tracks (ie the obvious) but sadly the genre that defined the period has all but disappeared.

Listeners to popular music back in the 70s were split into two camps, those who listened to singles and those who listened to albums. The ‘singles’ listener is catered for well, however apart from ‘The 70s Album Show’ the album listener of that period is a forgotten breed.

There is a genuine audience who really want to hear this style music. Just look at the number of bands and artists from the 70s still touring and playing to packed houses across the UK. For example:- Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Steve Harley, Al Stewart, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Wishbone Ash, Supertramp etc etc etc. I saw Manfred Mann’s Earthband not long ago. Again, it was a sell out and yet they weren’t even a particularly big band back in the day

I’m also a writer and I’ve published three novels, ‘A Higher Authority,’ it’s sequel, ‘My Enemy’s Enemy’ and ‘Still Waters,’ a book of short stories and poems

Last year I had the honour of recording a song I wrote 42 years ago at Perry Road Studios. This is a recording company owned by fellow presenter at Black Cat Radio and acclaimed singer songwriter, Gilly Lee. The song is called ‘Sweet Lady May’ and is available for download from all the usual suspects

I lives in Bedfordshire with my wife Suzanne and a scruffy mutt called Kate. My two children have supposedly flown the nest but reappear on a regular basis. I needs to sell a lot of books and records to keep them all in the manner to which they’d like to become accustomed!

Do tune in to ‘The 70s Album Show,’ Thursdays on Black Cat Radio 7-9pm. I’d love to have the pleasure of your company