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I was a TOP British radio dj in America during the 60's British Invasion !
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THE 60'S WERE GREAT !
ORGINAL, CREATIVE, ABUNDANCE OF TALENT and EXCITING in every sense of the word, there will never be another era like them!
What can I say that hasn't already been said ?
I was a top radio DJ in the uk, Australia and the US at the peak of the British Invasion. I arrived in America by ship from NZ in 65 and went from obscurity and a small station KPLS Santa Rosa, California to WCFL Chicago in 7 months, at 73 I still have more energy than a teenager and boy do I miss those great 60's !
I had a special view from the inside of show business and the media.
I was born in Wales immigrated to Australia in the 50's, worked as a Jackaroo (Australian cowboy). milked cows by hand, rounded up horses and sheep with kelpies (Australian sheep dogs they did most of the work better than humans) At 15 I was Australia's youngest reporter in Melbourne, I wrote, produced and directed my first play, a musical, I also acted in several others, I knew showbusiness was where I was born to be in in some way or another, it's an inexplicable inner drive that only performers feel ! At 16 I was the youngest radio DJ in Adalaide. I returned to the uk in 1960 and was a top dancehall dj in London playing to huge crowds at the Lyceum, Locarno and Hammersmith Palais in between band breaks and keeping em dancing. I got hitched (too young) and returned to Australia, later two Australian Sons who I raised alone after a failed marriage. I owned a very popular nightclub in Perth in 64 called the Peppermint Lounge, named after the one in NY where Joe and the Starlighters performed and they made a movie "The Peppermint Twist" Within a year I controlled all the best bands and dances in and around perth. In 65 I went to America and instantly loved everything about the place, I started on a small station KPLS Santa Rosa 50 miles north of San francisco, then worked on Oklahoma's top stations WKY and KOMA (50,000 watts) after that KBOX Dallas, then KXOK St.Louis and later still WCFL Chicago the fantasy of All top jocks. After that WMEX Boston, KJR Seattle, KNEW Spokane, KEED Eugene (University of Oregon town) and later still KGMB tv and radio and KORL Honolulu. In 74 I returned to Australia and published Captain Fantastic comic and had a live shopping mall show and tv show together with my young Sons consisting of magic and marshall arts, my oldest Son could smash 15 roof tiles with one swipe of his hand, use the numchuks and both were escape artists!
Girls were more decent in the 60's they had self respect and didn't just jump into bed with strangers for one night stands and guys had equal respect for them too ! Entertainers didn't strip and make sexual gyrations when performing and their was no ghetto rap encouraging violence and criminal ctivities like these days.I thought American girls were very attractive and very nice on a whole.
I lived all over the World, was also a foreign correspondent and broadcaster, still do it ocassionally and contribute to numerous newspapers. I also produced a comic based on our live and tv shows. Out of all the places I lived I liked America best, most folk there were VERY kind to me and I had a lot of doors and opportunities opened.
I was into classic cars and we had our share of beauties and also did a lot cruising and camping, The people, attire and music of the 60's was and is unimmitable, a lot of new sounds and dances originated there and I was one of the DJ's who launched them over the airwaves and got to introduce most British bands at their American concerts including the Stones !
I have attached some photographs of my wonderful 60's memories.
Photos and video otn blog paul marin foreign correspondent on browser