De hoogste nieuwe binnenkomer op nummer 29 is die plaat met een titel, die je thuis niet mocht uitspreken J : Big Fat Mama van Long Tall Ernie en de Shakers uit Arnhem. Op 30 komt de mooie Harlem Song van de Sweepers binnen. Op 36 komt een vroege karnavalsplaat van Sandra en Andres binnen : Dzjing boem. Op 48 verschijnt Henk Elsink voor ’t eerst in de Top 50 met Johanna, toch wel onvoorstelbaar dat zulke platen de Top 50 toen haalden. De Troef 20 wordt aangevoerd door Seals and Crofts met het mooie We may never pass this way again. Verder een troef 20 met een aantal mooie plaatjes van Gladys Knight, Cockney Rebel, Harold Melvin, Stealers Wheel, etc.

Deze Top 50 kun je hier beluisteren:

Uur 1                          Uur 2                          Uur 3

En als extraatje de


Onder de TOP 50 kun je de herinneringen van Michael Downing lezen uit de tijd dat deze Top 50 werd uitgezonden en daaronder een paar scans uit de Muziek Expres van November 1973.

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The RNI memories of Michael Downing for this period


Saturday 24 November 1973

Excluding the Treiterschijf and the Smash Play, the records that I have heard most on RNI over the week from 17 to 23 November 1973 have been:



Adriano Celentano


Colin Blunstone


Marie Osmond

Paper Roses

Gary Glitter

I love you love me love


Dream of me

Ringo Starr


Eddie Kendricks

Keep on truckin'


Dearg Doom

Lynsey de Paul

Won't somebody dance with me

Steve Miller Band

The Joker


This flight tonight

Linda Lewis

Play around

Mungo Jerry

Wild Love


De watermolen

Golden Earring

Radar Love


The party must be over


Ted Bouwens interviews Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers on his programme today. There is a football match between the RNI DJs and an artists’ team this afternoon. The artists’ team includes Ben Cramer, the Lowland Trio and the Cocktail Trio and DJs playing are Ted Bouwens, Tony Berk, Leo van der Goot, Ferry Maat and Piet Romer.


After four calm days on the North Sea there is a Force 10 storm today, which causes chaos at the start of this evening’s International service programmes. Things start well enough with the Smash Play – “Little Girl” by Beckett – but this stops towards the end, to be followed by a period of silence, then an announcement and programme run down by Don Allen, followed by “I love you love me love” first played too slow and then too fast, then the Smash Play jingle too fast, then the Smash Play itself too fast, although it had got back to the right speed by the end of the record. Mike Ross then announces the start of the International service and things return to normal with….the Gary Glitter record again. Programmes are:

20.00 Don Allen (?)

20.10 Mike Ross

22.00 Don Allen (Country’n’Western Jamboree)

24.00 Don Allen

1.00 Graham Gill

4.00 – 7.00 Don Allen

Don Allen plays complete LP sides in the Country’n’Western Jamboree as the sea is so rough. Mike Ross says that the rough weather might mean that they have to stop news broadcasts, but they do continue throughout the evening. Mike Ross and Graham Gill have made promos for the six special International service weekly shows.


Sunday 25 November 1973

There is a very weak signal from RNI in the morning. International service programmes are:

20.00 Mike Ross (Hitback Show)

22.00 Graham Gill (Request Show)

24.00 Don Allen

2.00 – 4.00 Rob Eden (Contemporary Music)

The winner of the hitback competition is, for the first time this evening, Dorothy Stigwood, one of RNI’s most regular letter writing listeners. The sea is calmer this evening.


Monday 26 November 1973

Branding goes back to being non-stop music today, following the announcements made every few records at the end of last week. Tonight’s programmes:

20.00 Mike Ross

22.00 Graham Gill

1.00 Don Allen

4.00 – 6.00 Skyline

Mike Ross says that Rob Eden and Robin Banks have gone to Jamaica on holiday. The medium wave signal is spoiled by tests from another station after 23.30.


Tuesday 27 November 1973

Hans Molenaar goes off on shore leave and Marc van Amstel returns. Marc presents Buitengaats this evening. A lot of new records arrive with the tender today.


Wednesday 28 November 1973

Dutch service news is read today by Marc van Amstel and Gerard Smit.


Thursday 29 November 1973

The sea is very rough again today and the DJs are wondering whether there will be a tender tomorrow.


Friday 30 November 1973

There is a tender today and it takes off Mike Ross, Don Allen and Gerard Smit and brings back Brian McKenzie, Robin Banks and Hans ten Hooge. Dutch news is read during the day by Gerard Smit, then Marc van Amstel and then Hans ten Hooge. The International service programmes tonight are:

20.00 Graham Gill (Top 30)

22.00 Brian McKenzie (Rock’n’roll Special)

24.00 Robin Banks

2.00 Graham Gill

4.00 – 6.00 Brian McKenzie

Brian McKenzie had asked listeners to the Rock’n’roll Special to send in details of their most valuable records a couple of weeks ago, but has decided not to read these letters out on the air as he thinks that it could encourage theft.


Quite a few new records played during the week from 24 to 30 November 1973. Those that I heard for the first time that were not Kanskaarten or in the charts were:




Love Unlimited

Under the influence of love


Having a party

Curtis Mayfield

If I were only a child again


Put your hands together

Bobby Byrd

Try it again

New York City

Quick fast in a hurry

James Brown

Sexy Sexy Sexy


When I look into your eyes

New York Dolls

Jet Boy

Larry Cunningham

Walking on new grass

Ray Lynam

Papa's wagon

Hard Stuff

Inside your life


Richmond Express

David Alexander Winter

Laisse moi le temps

Pete Dunton

Taking time

Jackson Sisters

I believe in miracles


Merry Xmas Everybody

Paul and Barry Ryan

Will you join me

Billy Paul

Thanks for saving my life

Albert West

Put your head on my shoulder


Going back in time



De voorpagina van de Muziek Expres van November 1973

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Boudewijn deze week stationair op 6 met Jimmy

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Niet in de Top 50 maar wel in de4 ME – Rod Stewart

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Veel reklame voor platen in deze ME

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