My Mod Top 5: Peter Young from Jazz FM

20 May


In the first of what I hope will be a regular series, it had to be Peter Young (or PY as everyone calls him).  Why? Well, because PY has been the best friend black music has had on national radio, presenting an eclectic mixture of the best soul, jazz, r’n’b and gospel over the past 30 years (there, that dates us all).  He’s the first person I heard playing northern soul down south, always represents the best of the new along with the choicest picks from his encyclopaedic collection, and his ‘Soul Cellar’ (34 years young!) is an education in where the music we loved has come from (and in some respects is going, with the recent resurgence of new ‘retro soul’ groups, a trend that PY has championed since the off).  All peppered with his trademark quips and cracks that take you back through a rich vein of British comedy heroes (who else do you know who would introduce ‘The Theme from The Men’ by Issac Hayes saying that he didn’t think that this 70s US TV show starred Charles Hawtrey!).  When I asked him for his reasons for choosing this top 5, PY replied: ‘My reasons are the same in all cases.  The most exciting music I ever heard!’.  Thanks PY  – long may you and the Soul Cellar continue.

Anyway, here’s the top 5 (or 6 in this case) – some absolutely brilliant tunes!

Eddie Holland – Leaving Here

Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby

Muddy Waters – You Need Love (warning: abstract visuals on this one!)

Aretha Franklin – Soulville

Miracles – Going To A Go-Go

One more – Ike and Tina Turner – Finger Poppin’

Peter Young’s Soul Cellar is on Jazz FM, Saturdays 3-6pm GMT (and available for a week afterwards on the station’s ‘On Demand’ facility:

And a good overview of PY’s contribution to the British music scene here:


4 Responses to “My Mod Top 5: Peter Young from Jazz FM”

  1. Dean R May 20, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    In the 80s I remember Peter playing Jimmy McGriff and other outrageous choices as the last record on Capital Radio’s daily drive in show.
    What a legend!

    • gavinhughes64 May 20, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks Dean – coincidentally you’re another hero of this site! Love your work at Ace/BGP. Blimey, what a morning! Agree about PY – fantastic music all the time. Love the idea of Capital Drive In listeners tapping the steering wheel to ‘All About My Girl’! Thanks for commenting (and maybe I could tap you up for a top 5?).

  2. Grahame Joyce May 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    exellent choice as I would expect from PY. Muddy had me reaching for my Ben Sherman shirt.
    Can anyone choose a top 5?

    • gavinhughes64 May 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      Hi Grahame,

      Thanks for the feedback, and by all means leave a top 5 in the Comments. I’m trying (probably not very well!) to try and vary the posts I do in the main blog, so I may not do another top 5 there for a while. And PY’s a tough act to follow anyway! Appreciate you looking at the blog, and your comments.


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