Spencer Leigh


“On the Beat” Programmes on BBC Radio Merseyside.

The programmes are broadcast on 95.8FM and 1485AM , from 5pm to 7pm on Sundays.  on most Sundays. It is also online and available on Listen Again for a month.

On The Beat No 1826, Sunday 10 April 2016 5-7pm
Gordon Lightfoot plus Martin Murray from the Honeycombs

On The Beat No 1827, Saturday 17 April 2016 5-7pm
Muscle Shoals songwriter Donnie Fritts (Arthur Alexander, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis) and laying down his hat, Paul Young

On The Beat No 1828, Sunday 24 April 2016 5-7pm
Pianist Don Randi from the Los Angeles session group, the Wrecking Crew, the artist Ron Chadwick and soul singer Mel Carter (Hole Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me)

On The Beat No 1829, Sunday 1 May 2016 5-7pm
Prolific music biographer, Dafydd Rees, who is in Liverpool researching a book on the Beatles. Dafydd wrote the enormous Encyclopedia Of Rock Stars

On The Beat No 1830, Sunday 8 May 2016, 5–7pm
Juke Box Jury with Mike Badger, David Charters, Norman Killon, Mick O’Toole

On The Beat No 1831, Sunday 15 May 2016 6-7pm
Mari Wilson

On The Beat No 1832, Sunday 22 May 2016 5-7pm
Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats and a live session from James J Turner

On The Beat No 1833, Sunday 29 May 2016 5-7pm
Carol Connors, lead singer of the Teddy Bears, Elvis’ girlfriend and hot rod songwriter and new folk sensation Blair Dunlop, son of Ashley Hutchings

On The Beat No 1834, Sunday 5 June 2016 5-7pm
Modern jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood and the man who named the Dead Kennedys, Mark Bliesener

On The Beat No 1835, Sunday 12 June 2016 5-7pm
Forget the lead singers! A special programme with Bobby Elliott (drums, Hollies), Billy Hatton (bass, Fourmost) and Brian Jones (sax, Undertakers)

On The Beat No 1836, Sunday 19 June 2016 5-7pm
Steve Millward on his new book about music and politics in 1974

On The Beat No 1837, Sunday 26 June 2016 5-7pm
Ray Foulk on staging the famed Isle of Wight festivals

On The Beat No 1838, Sunday 3 July 2016 5-7pm
Bluestime with Eric Bibb and Lil Jimmy Reed plus Nikki Weller on The Jam exhibition in the Cunard Building

On The Beat No 1839, Sunday 10 July 2016 5-7pm
Juke Box Jury with four experienced and opinionated panelists -Chris Beazer Pete Cowley Colin Hall and Sylvia Hall

On The Beat No 1840, Sunday 17 July 2016 5-7pm
Skiffle special with David Charters, Bob Pemberton of the Otters, Vince Earl with the Teenage Rebels,  plus George Orr on his new Dylan scrapbook and Hughie Jones talking about the late Stan Ambrose

On The Beat No 1841, Sunday 24 July June 2016 5-7pm
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin

On The Beat No 1842, Sunday 31 July 2016 5-7pm
Alyn Shipton (Presenter, Jazz Record Requests, BBC Radio 3) on his biography of Billy J Kramer, Tom Robinson (BBC radio 6 presenter Glad To Be Gay and a new Companion at LIPA) and Roxanne De Bastian (with a new interpretation of the Revolver album)

On The Beat No 1843, Sunday 7 August 2016 5-7pm
Pattie Boyd (on her exhibition at The Beatles Story) and Margaret Ross Williams of the Cookies (Chains)