Now, wasn’t that lucky? Me and Son arriving on the very day that Swedish television broadcast an old recording of Roger Whittaker performing in a pub in Stockholm.
Yes, it was.
They had rolled out ‘retired’ presenter Arne Weise for this, which shows the importance of the occasion. They even seemed to know about Roger’s recent farewell tour in Germany, which is why they showed this half hour programme again.
Thank you! Very nice.
First Roger is seen wandering through some Stockholm concrete townscape (so 1972) before he peeps through the door to the pub.
It’s a weird kind of time travel, as I never saw him perform when he was that young. Still – or even then – a fondness for strongly coloured shirts. The songs were a standard selection of early favourites. (Well, Roger could hardly sing later songs, could he?)
For a half hour programme it’s not bad to have got in nine songs. I suspect they cut out some of the chat, although Roger does a fair bit of it, including teaching the audience to whistle.
The songs were: Blowing in the Wind, From Both Sides Now, New World in the Morning, Why, Mexican Whistler, What Love Is, Early One Morning, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, and My Song.