Normally my Theme Time posts are related to TV programmes but I can't let what has happened this week pass by without marking it in some way, and so today I'm sharing The Shadows' 1963 hit Foot Tapper, the theme from Radio 2's Sound of the 60s, the long running Saturday morning series that has been a mainstay of the station since 1983.
The reason I'm sharing it is because the time has come for the show's legendary presenter, the warm and mellifluous toned Brian Matthew, to hang up his headphones of the show at the age of 88 due to recurring ill health.
Brian Matthew joined the BBC in 1954, hosting the Saturday Skiffle Club on the Light Programme in 1957, which became Saturday Club the following year and Easy Beat, interviewing the very best of the music world in the 1960s. By the '70s, Matthew was hosting My Top 12 on Radio's 1 and 2, before becoming the presenter of Round Midnight on 2 from 1978 to 1990. He received the Gold Award at the Sonys in 2008, a fitting tribute to the man whose catchphrase was "That's your lot for this week, see you next week"
It's a shame we won't now.