Onze Vilendamse Cats zijn de hoogste nieuwe binnenkomers op 27 met Let’s go together. Bitch met Good Time Coming verwelkomen we deze week op nummer 38. Dawn staat onveranderd op nummer 1, hoewel Cliff ze op de hielen zit, onveranderd op nummer 2. Deze week wordt er ieder uur reklame gemaakt voor Kodak door Paul Simon, wanneer de treiterschijf wordt gedraaid. De hekkensluiter van de Troef 20 is een nogal bekend deuntje, luister maar ’s naar wat je aan ’t eind van ’t nummer hoort (met dank aan Juul).

Deze Top 50 kun je hier beluisteren:

Uur 1                          Uur 2                          Uur 3

Als toegift deze week de

TROEF 20   

Onder de TOP 50 kun je de herinneringen van Michael Downing lezen aan RNI in Juni 1973 en daaronder een paar scans uit de ME van Juni 1973.

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The RNI memories of Michael Downing for June 1973


Steve King had only one tour of duty on the Mebo 2 and found that life on board an offshore radio station was not for him due to seasickness. Consequently, at the beginning of March 1973, the International service required another DJ and, during the week commencing 10 March, Graham Gill joined the DJ team, having worked for a week or so on Radio Caroline. Graham joined Mike Ross, Brian McKenzie, Don Allen and Arnold Layne. Also Ian Anderson, who had been on board from time to time since late 1972, started presenting programmes on a regular basis in March 1973.


Mike Ross presented the International Top 30 show from 20.00 to 22.00 on Friday 9 March. At the beginning of 1973, Focus were very popular in the UK and this Top 30 included both “Hocus Pocus” (from 1971) at number 9 and “Sylvia” (from 1972) at number 15. Following on from the success of Focus, the International service tried to help Earth & Fire to have a UK hit with “Maybe Tomorrow Maybe Tonight”, which was at number 10 in the International Top 30 on 9 March, but unfortunately it did not become a hit in the UK. This Top 30 also had, as a new entry, the first hit by Mud, “Crazy”. Mud had been around for some years, but “Crazy” was their first hit. Within a year they would be one of the most popular acts in Europe. Also entering the Top 30 this week at number 30 was “Plastic Man” by the Real Thing – this was not a hit in the official UK chart, but the Real Thing would have a number of hits – in both the UK and the Netherlands – later in the 1970s.


At about this time, Alfred Lagarde left RNI after about 10 months with the station, during which time he had presented Espresso from 9.00 to 11.00 up to October 1972 and then Driemaster, recorded in Holland from October to December 1972 and then live, in alternate weeks with Leo van der Goot in January and February 1973. After Alfred left, Dick de Graaf took over as one of the presenters (with Leo staying as the other one) and was in his first week on 10 March 1973.


The breakfast show in March 1973 continued to be presented on alternate weeks by Gerard Smit and Marc van Amstel. Following an hour of non-stop music from 9.00 to 10.00, there were two hour programmes on weekdays by Peter Holland (10.00 to 12.00), Tony Berk (12.00 to 14.00) and Ferry Maat (14.00 to 16.00), followed by Driemaster from 16.00 to 18.00 and then the Dutch service was completed by Nico Steenbergen from 18.00 to 20.00.


The Super Top 50 show on 10 March 1973 was presented, as usual, by Ferry Maat from 12.00 to 15.00.

De voorpagina van de ME van Juni 1973

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Gezakt van 13 naar 14 met Long Train Runnin’

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Deze week gezakt van 15 naar 18 met The Show

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Het songfestival...

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Zo te zien was het dragen van een helm toen nog niet verplicht...

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