Inevitably the names of Alan Freed or Wolfman Jack are the first to come to mind when thinking of Rock’n’Roll on the radio, but on this side of the Atlantic the title of Mr. Rock’n’Roll Radio is held by Stuart Colman without a doubt.
A cornerstone of our scene in the last 45 years, his recent death on April 19 has left no one indifferent.
He was a tireless contributor to the magazine « Now Dig This » and responsible for countless back cover texts for various record labels.
Perhaps his best-known feat was to be the architect of the historic march of the Teds in Picketts Lock on May 15, 1976, claiming greater spread of Rock’n’roll in the media (See pill « The march of the Teds« ).
That was the same year he took command of the weekly program IT’S ROCK’N’ROLL! on BBC Radio 1, thus putting the main ingredients so that many listeners became true fans of Rock’n’Roll at a time when this subculture was at its peak.
Key piece also of the meteoric success of Shakin ‘Stevens in the 80’s, exercising at the same time as bassist of this.
Throughout his career he worked with stars such as Little Richard, The Blasters, Phil Everly, The Jets or Cliff Richard to name a few. I think there was a time that it was practically impossible to find a record that was not under production.
His death because of cancer leaves a huge gap in our scene, I’m sure of it! But his contribution and entire dedication to Rock’n’Roll is endless.