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The Summer of Love - 1967 - the year when the Beatles were at the pinnacle of their career and new talent was emerging in the form of Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens and others.

Surrey Sound are celebrating this musical heritage every morning on the Breakfast Show between 9 and 10am with Philip Grant. 

It's not just about playing the songs as Philip will be looking at the music and telling the story of the artists, the songs and putting it into context with the times.

If you've missed any of these features, they'll be repeated on Sunday morning between 10am and midday.

The Summer of Love features are written and produced by Philip Grant. Here he explains his approach.

I'm not generally into 'nostalgia', preferring the present and looking forward. This is particularly the case with music. Whilst I grew up in the 1960's and was greatly influenced by 60's music, I prefer to listen to today's new music and emerging talent. That is not to say I have dismissed the music of my youth.

Many stations play 'oldies' from the 1960's and 70's which in my opinion should be left in peace. Hit songs 50 years ago don't necessarily sound good on the radio today. They were songs of their time but which just don't stand up today.

Unless you're over 60 or 65 you probably won't remember them first time round. Surrey Sound isn't an 'oldies' station. We don't play old tunes just because they were a hit.

There are those in their 20's and 30's who like the music from the 60's but its generally quality music that sounds as good to day as it did 50 years ago. Music that has survived the test of time.

As I mentioned above, I was influenced by by the music of the 1960's, and the radio stations around at the time. However I would not want to go back to those days. 

Many people look back at the past with rose tinted glasses. But the 1960's? Do we want to go back to the days when smoking in pubs and restaurants was considered the norm? Or when pubs shut at 3pm until the evenings? Or when the trains were dirty, late and do we really want to bring back the BR sandwich? Pirate radio from the 1960's was exciting and new and a breath of fresh air. But I don't think it would work today. Today, youngsters don't look to the radio for their music but the internet and streaming services such as Spotify.

So if I'm not nostalgic, why am I doing this feature on the music of 1967?

I guess curiosity. I wanted to find out a bit more about the music that influenced me. I definitely won't be playing back to back music or giving meaningless chart positions (who cares whether a song made number 4 or number 14 in the charts?).

Instead I will be exploring the music, looking at the stories behind the songs, the influences on the artists and putting the music into context of the era. Generally I'll be telling a story where, hopefully, you'll come away and think - I didn't know that.

Philip Grant
14 July 2017 






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