Middernacht van de Gebroeders Brouwer is deze week de hoogste nieuwe binnenkomer. Op nummer 40 verwelkomen we het prachtige If van Bread. Brown Sugar van de Stones neemt deze week de eerste plaats over van Underneath the blanket go van Gilbert O’Sullivan. De Andalusische gedichten van Aguaviva stijgen deze week maar liefst 18 plaatsen van 25 naar 7. Ocean stijgt 22 plaatsen van 43 naar 21 met Put your hand in the hand. De kanskaart van Ferry Maat kende ik niet, maar is hetzelfde nummer als dat wat we van de Buoys kennen.

Deze Top 50 kun je hier beluisteren:

Uur 1                          Uur 2                          Uur 3

Als toegift deze week platen uit de RNI playlist, de kanskaarten, de treiterschijven en een track van de LP van de week in de vorm van een Top 17. De volledige playlist vind je onderaan deze pagina.


Onder de TOP 50 kun je de herinneringen van Michael Downing lezen uit de tijd dat deze Top 50 werd uitgezonden en daaronder scans van de Popfoto van Mei 1971.

The RNI memories of Michael Downing for this period


Saturday 22 May 1971

Tony Allan and Stevi Merike permanently change shows, so that Tony now does the 16.00 to 18.00 slot and Stevi is on from 22.00 to 24.00. However, Tony will be retaining Stevi's special features such as Tea Time Tunes and Favourite Things. Today's full programme schedule is:

6.00 Peter Holland

6.30 Johan Maasbach

7.00 Peter Holland

9.00 Jan Van Veen

12.00 Joost de Draaier (Top 50 and Toekomstmuziek)

16.00 Tony Allan

18.00 Dave Rogers

20.00 Mike Ross

22.00 Stevi Merike

24.00 - 3.00 Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers has an interview with Aquaviva in his 24.00 to 3.00 show. Dave also features only records by the Kinks, Cilla Black and Little Richard between 2.00 and 3.00, a special hour planned for the previous week which did not happen as a result of the bomb attack. The repairs to the Mebo 2 needed after the bomb are to be carried out at sea, as the management of RNI think that, if the ship goes into Scheveningen, it may not be allowed out again.

Stevi Merike mentioned United Artists records after playing one of their new records, so maybe United Artists are supplying records to RNI.

Mike Ross gets a hitpick jingle like the others and there is also a new Smash Play jingle introduced today.

Tony Allan reads the news today.


Sunday 23 May 1971

The breakfast show is presented live from the Mebo 2 today. Tony Allan does the Top 50 show in English from 15.00 to 18.00, so there is no change to the programme schedule later in the day from yesterday.

Stevi Merike says that there will be no regular features in his new 22.00 to 24.00 programme, as he is fed up with doing them.

Dave Rogers, Stevi Merike and Tony Allan read the news today.


Monday 24 May 1971

A number of new features in the Tony Allan show from today - at 16.15 there is the Kiddies spot and Tony's hitpick will be played each day at 16.55 from Monday to Friday. Tony also plays the new White Plains single, "When you are a king" twice in a row and says that all the RNI DJs like it, but consider it too obviously a big hit to make it a hitpick.

Dave Rogers, Stevi Merike and Tony Allan read today's news.


Tuesday 25 May 1971

Dave Rogers interviews Guy Fletcher at 24.10 on Wednesday morning, Dave also reads news, as do Stevi Merike and Tony Allan. Tony asks for listeners to send in children's stories for his Kiddies spot.


Wednesday 26 May 1971

Ferry Maat is on board the Mebo 2 today, although his programme is recorded as usual. Another interview on tonight's Dave Rogers programme, this time with Euson. Dave Rogers and Tony Allan are today's newsreaders.


Thursday 27 May 1971

Dave Rogers and Stevi Merike go off on shore leave and Alan West and Crispian St John return. The programme schedule therefore changes to:

6.00 Peter Holland

6.30 Johan Maasbach

7.00 Peter Holland

10.00 Jan Van Veen

12.00 Joost de Draaier

14.00 Ferry Maat

16.00 Tony Allan

18.00 Alan West

20.00 Crispian St John

22.00 Alan West

24.00 - 3.00 Mike Ross

Newsreaders are Crispian St John, Mike Ross and Tony Allan.

There is a mobile discotheque today with Jan Van Veen and Ferry Maat.


Friday 28 May 1971

Bad news for RNI today - it is reported that the Dutch government has decided to introduce its equivalent of the Marine Offences Act.

Alan West reintroduces the Queen Victoria's water closet jingle at the beginning of his 18.00 to 20.00 programme.

Newsreaders today are Crispian St John, Mike Ross and Tony Allan.

There is a mobile discotheque show today with Dave Rogers and Peter Holland.

Ex-RNI news........David Gregory is now presenting Radio 1 Club Bulletin Boards on BBC Radio 1.


The new records that I heard played on RNI during the week commencing 22 May 1971, excluding the Smash Plays and hitpicks, were:

Ray Stevens - A mama and a papa

Clem Curtis - Mountain over the hill

Jerry Lee Lewis - Great balls of fire (Re-issue)

Peggy Scott and JoJo Benson - Thank you

Tom Jones - Puppet Man

Janis Joplin - Cry baby

Perry Como - I think of you

Solomon King - Answer me

Wadsworth Mansion - Sweet Mary

Ry Cooder - How can a poor man stand such times and live

Tommy James - Adrienne

Chicago - Lowdown

John Dummer Band - Nine by nine

Baskin and Copperfield - Roly Poly

De voorpagina van de Popfoto van Mei 1971

Nieuw binnen op nummer 39 deze week met Dode Dinsdag

Gezakt van 18 naar 23 deze week met Ich hab nur dich


De playlist van de 18 extra platen deze week





Malt And Barley Blues

McGuinness Flint



Railroad Song

April Shower



Rainy Day And Mondays




On The Dole

Arthur's Mother







Goodbye Yesterday

Jimmy Cliff



Heaven Must Have SenT You




And I Love You So

Bobby Goldsboro



Pass Me By

Hello People



Treat her like a lady

Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose



Lady Rose

Mungo Jerry



Let Me Tell You

Fickle Pickle



Sugar Sugar




Me and my arrow




You're my man

Lynn Anderson



Don't pull your love

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds



It's too late

Carole King




Tom Jones

LP van de Week