The cast

Oral histories




He's probably still best known in Britain for the TV game show The Pyramid Game, but Steve Jones started off in an entirely different world as the bassist for the king of skiffle Lonnie Donegan. That was in the 60s, of course: while the rest of the pop world was turning on, tuning in and dropping acid, Steve was tuning up his bull-fiddle and playing songs about pig-iron.

Thereafter he formed Hunt, Lunt & Cunningham (not a name likely to endear you to DJs), who made one single for Pye after showbiz veteran Tony Hall had spotted them. It was while trying to be his own plugger for this record at Radio One that he was talent-spotted and became a disc jockey almost by default.

He spent a couple of years in the early-70s on Radio One, mostly filling in for people on holiday (he claims that whilst depping for Tony Blackburn, he killed Arnold, which for those of us who had to listen to that bloody dog sounds like a damn good idea). When he wasn't offered his own show, he took up a job at Radio Clyde instead in 1974, just in time to witness the tartan gold-rush by record companies eager to find the new Rollers. Then came the TV work.

When I spoke to him he was working at LBC Radio in London; he's still in demand for voice-overs (The Comedy Awards, stuff like that) and still plays the odd gig with his own band.

'I killed Arnold'
Steve Jones marks his mark at Radio One

Eddie Amoo
Ken Andrew
Dave Bartram
Mike Batt
Wayne Bickerton
David Blaylock
Trevor Bolder
Jacko Boogie
Tony Burrows
Sally Carr
Tina Charles
David Courtney
Rob Davis
Richard Dodd
Patrick Doonan
Ray Dorset
Herbie Flowers
Ken Gold
Graham Gouldman
Dave Hill
Harvey Hinsley
John Hughes
Jim Irvin
Jimmy James
Steve Jones
Lorraine Kelly
Paul Layton
Les McKeown
Russell Mael
Johnny Moore
Mike Moran
Chris Norman
Bill Oddie
David Paton
Lyn Paul
Phil Pickett
Suzi Quatro
Chris Rae
Chris Redburn
Norman Rogerson
Ron Roker
John Rossall
Andy Scott
Eddie Seago
Mat Snow
Chris Spedding
John Springate
Ray Stiles
Alwyn W Turner
David Van Day
Phil Wainman
Johnny Wakelin
Jeff Wayne
Alan Williams
Pip Williams