A few weeks ago, at the end of July, we received a message out
of the blue from Mr. Ronnie Ronalde - the Greatest Whistler in
the World. Regulars
of the John Peel Show will know all about Ronnie, he has become
a big favourite amongst the listeners, and although the bulk of
his recordings date from the 50s, he has still proven popular
enough today to do a recent session for the show.
we struck up a friendly email correspondence with Ronnie and his
lovely wife, Rosemarie, and we soon hit on the idea for us to
remix some of Ronnie's songs as a special gift for John Peel's
bithday on the 31st August. Ronnie was a great sport and immediately
gave us permission to tinker, apart from loving the idea of doing
something special for John, he also suggested that it would be
interesting to hear the songs re-interpreted through younger ears.
that some of Ronnie's works had appeared on EMI, we contacted
our old friend Mike McNally at the label. He in turn put us in
contact with Jon Wilson, who deals with the Easy Listening catalogue.
Jon was most encouraging, apart from giving us the greenlight
to do the remixes, Jon was also kind enough to supply us with
a copy of Ronnie's HMV Easy album. Our sampler was poised!
Without a moment to lose, we set about remixing four of Ronnie's
tracks - The Buccaneers, The Yodelling Whistler, The Happy Whistler
and Mockingbird Hill. Once complete, the four tracks were mastered
to CD, packaged together with a homemade cover, and shipped to
John for his Birthday. Ronnie was even kind enough to provide
us with a personal message for John, which we included on the
The whole project had a happy ending when on Thursday, 30th August
2002, a mere twenty minutes before John's birthday, our remix
of Mockingbird Hill was broadcast live from Peel Acres across
the national airwaves on BBC Radio 1 - with Ronnie and Rosemarie
listening in from New Zealand.
entertainment for you!