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Roger Whittaker – Minnenas television

Sveriges Radio TV

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.

Roger Whittaker - Minnenas Television

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.

Roger Whittaker - Minnenas Television

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?)

Roger Whittaker - Minnenas Television

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.

Roger Whittaker - Minnenas Television

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.

Roger Whittaker - Minnenas Television

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He can jive

Jerry Williams, Allsång på Skansen

I almost choked on whatever I was having when I saw that Jerry Williams was going to appear in Allsång på Skansen. It’s not what you expect a cool – albeit somewhat old – rocker to be doing.

But luckily Jerry just did a couple of his normal songs. None of this going round the audience and putting his arm around them and singing with all and sundry. Thank god! Arne Weise was in the audience too, and it’s unimaginable to have the two of them singing together.

Bad enough that Jerry had ditched the denim jacket for a jolly yellow affair. He’s not growing up, is he?

And I apologise for having moved on from photographing the newspaper, to doing the television instead. It won’t become a habit. It was just that yellow jacket. It got to me.