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               CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                     Theo van Bynen

               I have grown up with operetta and wind band music, which my father used to
               play.

    ± 1957     I developed my own musical taste when I was 10 years old. My first idol was
               “Dorus” (Tom Manders), a Dutch comedian and singer. I knew all his songs by
               heart. I listened to Radio Luxembourg (Dutch transmissions) every Sunday,
               where they played the "Muziek Parade" Top 5. Popular artists in Holland in
               those days were Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Conny Francis, Peter & his
               Rockets (Holl.), The Blue Diamonds (Holl.), Conny Froboess (Germ.), Peter
               Kraus (Germ.) and Rex Gildo (Germ.). I was an Elvis fan. Now I even
               appreciate the early Elvis more than in those days. One of my first 45's was
               Oky-Dokey / Firulin by Conny Froboess & Rex Gildo. Music for the youth was
               called “Teenager Music”.
               I used to buy "Muziek Parade" and "Tuney Tunes", two music magazines, and
               I made scrapbooks of these.

   ± 1963      It was the beat era and my favourite group was The Rolling Stones.
               I made notebooks in which I wrote the hitparades of several countries and of
               various radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Later I added titles which I
               liked myself very much. From 1970 till 1972 I only noted down those records
               which I liked. In May 1972 I stopped compelling these notebooks.

as fr. 1965    In the years hereafter I got more and more interested in records that did not
               reach or hardly reached the charts. I mainly preferred “strange” music with a
               strong rhythm and I also liked music from the American Hot 100. I used to
               check out shop sales to find my musical taste. I listened to the radio day and
               night, mainly to Radio Caroline and Radio London, British pirate radio
               stations.

±Mar 31,„67 Radio Caroline all of a sudden started playing a very strange kind of music:
            Blue Beat, SKA and Rock Steady, every half hour one record. There were even
            Blue Beat commercials. After a while Radio Luxembourg (English broadcasts)
            followed. I was immediately struck by the music. I never had heard such
            strange, rhythmic music before. I thought it was a kind of Brazilian Jazz. I
            wrote to Radio Caroline for information. They replied: "We don't know
            anything about Blue Beat".

Oct. 20, „67   After searching for half a year in Dutch record shops I found my very first Blue
               Beat single: "Al Capone / One step beyond" by Prince Buster's All Stars.

as fr. 1967    For several years I had contacts with the "Saarländische Rundfunk" in
               Germany. By sending in requests I tried to have them pay attention to Blue
               Beat, although they hadn't nearly any records of this kind of music. But I also
               lended them records of my own.
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             CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                      Theo van Bynen

   mid „69   In 2 years time I had only found 20 singles and 2 LPs in the Blue Beat genre.
             By placing ads in music papers I found someone who imported Reggae, as he
             called it. It was the very first time that I heard the name “Reggae”. I started
             ordering records from him. His name was Bart Trenning from Bergen op
             Zoom.
             On one of the singles I found the address of Island Records. I wrote to Island. I
             received a catalogue (a book) with thousands of Reggae and Ska titles. I was
             astonished.
             Now I started importing myself through shipping and record companies.
             When in the Army, I took my Reggae records and record player with me to the
             barracks and played the tunes for the comrads. They sang along.

    1969     I took a subscription to the British pop magazine Melody Maker. They printed
             the Blue Beat Top 10 from Pama Records. But at first MM published little
             information on Reggae.
             I wanted to know more about Reggae. In Melody Maker I found the addresses
             of Caribbean discotheques in London. I wrote to them asking if there was any
             Reggae magazine. One discotheque sent me a copy of The Jamaican Weekly
             Gleaner, a weekly newspaper.

Aug. 19, „70 Subscription to "The Jamaican Weekly Gleaner". It included the Trojan
.     -1991 Reggae Top 50, but it had little information on Reggae. Later on it had.

             I wrote to embassies and ministries hoping to get information on a possible
             Reggae magazine. The Jamaican embassy in Germany gave me the address of
             "Swing".

   mid „72   Subscription to "Swing", a Jamaican Reggae magazine. It contained a lot of
             info and an original Jamaican Top 20.

             I became a member of The Trojan Appreciation Society, a Trojan
             Records fanclub. They sent a lot of information by means of their Trojan
             Reggae Top 50, release lists and information on the artists.

   Oct „72   I had the Swing charts published in the Veronica magazine. Veronica was a
             pirate radio station and is now an official Dutch broadcasting company on
             radio and TV.

  Nov „72    Swing paid attention to "Veronica" and printed the particular page from the
             Veronica magazine. They were lyrical about it.

             From now on I "attacked" the national broadcasting companies. I sent letters,
             records and tapes to the DJs and to request programmes. I could not understand
             that thousands of Jamaican records had been released, that every week there
             were about 40 new releases, and that the Dutch radio and the European radio
             stations in general hardly paid any attention to Reggae or Ska.
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              CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                    Theo van Bynen

              My promoting resulted in getting two DJs interested in Reggae: at first Joost
              den Draayer (Willem van Kooten) and then also the late Krijn Torringa.
              I also found some other people in Holland being interested in Reggae and we
              traded tapes. These were a.o. Henk Brugge (I call him Henk Bruggae), Berry
              Scheper and the late Ton Brunier. There was also a guy in Belgium, Michael
              Maas.

Jun 26, „73   FIRST NATIONAL REGGAE PROGRAMME IN HOLLAND                in AVRO's Dream
              Top 10. I presented the programme together with radio DJ Cees van Zijtveld.

Aug 11, „73   I was a guest for the first time in the show of Holland's Top DJ Willem van
              Kooten. Many visits followed.

Sep 27, „73   I presented the first Reggae show on Holland's No 1 pirate station "Veronica"
              in “Welkom op 538”.

Mar/Apr „74 Production of a series of two programmes on the national radio (NOS) for DJ
            Vincent van Engelen. His show was called: VSOP (Vincent Speelt Oude
            Platen, Vincent Plays Vintage Records).

   mid „74    Nominated for a Swing Magazine Award in Jamaica for my merits in the
              Reggae field.
              In those days I used to visit a club in Tilburg. Sometimes I took some Reggae
              tunes to the club and although it often took me quite some time to convince the
              DJ, he selected a few to play. I‟m still friends with him (Frans van Lieshout).

 Sep 5, „74   I produced and presented another Reggae special on the national radio (TROS),
              together with DJ Tom Mulder.

Dec 21, „74   Guest in a programme for Surinamese migrants on the national radio (NOS):
              “Het Zwarte Schaap”(The Black Sheep”).

 Sep 6, „75   I produced and presented a Reggae show on the national radio again, now with
              the late Krijn Torringa for AVRO radio. The show was called: “Kontinu de
              Nacht Door” (“Continuously through the night”).

Oct/Nov „75 Visit to Jamaica. Interviewed by Neville Willoughby of RJR radio. I produced
            a Reggae programme with him. I stayed with Mr. Ted Powder (Theo Kruijt),
            Dutch Reggae producer in Jamaica.

Mar 31, „76   "Reggae from Jamaica": 4 hours "live" from Jamaica on the national radio
              with Theo Stokkink and Vincent van Engelen (KRO radio). It was a 1 st of
              April joke. We were not in Jamaica, but the show was taped in Holland. I
              supplied texts and records and I gave interviews.
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               CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                    Theo van Bynen

Apr 28, „76    I Supplied texts for a Bob Marley special on KRO radio as part of the series:
               “The Continuing Story”. DJ: Theo Stokkink.

 end of 76     Took part in a radio discussion on Reggae with pop journalists, led by the late
               Dave van Dijk (VPRO radio).

Mar 23, „77    I did a Reggae show with top DJ Willem van Kooten on NOS radio.

   Mar 77      Supplied texts for a series of 3 programmes on the history of Reggae for the
               Belgian national radio (BRT).

Aug 5, „77     Supplied records and information for a Prince Buster special in the “Amigos de
               Musica” series by Dave van Dijk on VPRO radio (national).

    Jun 78     Visit to Suriname (where my wife was born). Produced and presented a Reggae
               special on a national radio station with Henk van Vliet (Radio Apintie).

Dec 10, „79    KRO radio (national) gave me the opportunity to tell about myself, how I came
               across Reggae and Ska and what I did so far in this field. It was in the
               “Walhalla” series. Supervision of the show: Theo Stokkink

               Then I took a "rest" for 5 years.

     84/85     "Theo's Reggae Café" on LOG local radio (15 minutes per week). It was not a
               Reggae Show, but a kind of cabaret.

     85/86     "History of Reggae Music" or: "Theo's Reggae Experience". 45 programmes of
               20 minutes on LOG radio.

     85/86     Contributions to the "Pinacolada Show" (half an hour per week) by supplying
               information and Reggae charts, on TROS (national) radio. DJ: Ferry Maat.

  aug „86 -    Reggae block on Radio Tilburg (local radio), 15 minutes per week. It was part
   sep „88     of a news and music broadcast.

March „87      I won the first price in a Reggae quiz on BRT radio (Belgium). I attended the
               British Reggae Awards in London, presented by Tony Williams of BBC Radio
               London.

Apr 14, „87    "Theo van Bynen's Blue Beat SKA Skank Hot Shot Rock Steady Reggae
. - June „89   Show", 75 minutes per week on LOG radio, with live on the phone
               from London Tony Williams. There were 77 shows.

 Oct. „88 -    "Theo van Bynen's Blue Beat Reggae Show" on Radio Tilburg, 1 hour per
. May „91      week. 118 broadcasts
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               CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                   Theo van Bynen

 May 7, „91 10th anniversary of Bob Marley's death. Special on VARA Dutch national
            radio, presented by Jan Douwe Kroeske. I contributed by supplying
            information.

Mar 31, „92    My own 25th Reggae anniversary. It was also the 25th anniversary of Ska,
               Blue Beat, Rock Steady and Reggae being played on European radio stations.

 Apr 3, „92    Interviewed in “De Avondspits” by Frits Spits (NOS radio) about my "jubilee".
               I organised a big Reggae party in Tilburg, where I am living.

  Jan „93 -    "Theo van Bynen's Blue Beat Reggae Show" on mArt Radio, local radio in
   May „93     Amsterdam, 1 hour per week.

Mar 31, „92    "Theo van Bynen's Blue Beat Reggae Show" on Radio Paloma in Poppel,
-Jan 31, „06   Belgium, (regional radio), 1 hour per week. I made 605 shows in nearly 14
               years.

 Jun 1, „95    Blue Beat Reggae Show sent in as part of a day for foreign Reggae radio shows
               to be broadcast in Jamaica. I have never heard if my show was on air.

Dec 12, „95    My 1000th radio programme (± 400 Reggae Shows en ± 600 other local
               programmes)

Aug 3, „96     Interviewed by Marlon Hoogdorp on Radio Apintie, Suriname. We did a
               Reggae show together.

Aug 9, „96     Interviewed by Willy Alberga on Radio Apintie, Suriname. We did another
               Reggae Show together.

Nov 17, „98    My 500th Reggae Show (of 4 stations)

May 10, „00 My wife and I appeared on TV (Net5) in a documentary, which also featured a
            piece of the Blue Beat Reggae Show on Radio Paloma (Net5 is a Dutch
            national TV).

 Sep 1, „00    On Radio Apintie in Surinam once again, in Willy Alberga's show. We played
               Reggae for more than one hour.

Mar 10, „01 A national radio and TV guide (VARA Gids) had a series called "Single Club",
            in which people could tell about memories of their first 45. This time it was
            about my first Jamaican single: Al Capone by Prince Buster's All Stars (Ska). It
            was also the first Single Club article which VARA published on their Internet
            website.
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              CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                   Theo van Bynen

May 11, „01 I contributed to a Bob Marley day on Dutch national radio station Colorful
            Radio. I wrote a Bob Marley story in 10 parts and did live interviews and
            quizzes. I also chose several records for the story. They still owe me €450 for
            my work (plus interest).

Oct 25, „05   I was in Suriname once again with my wife and I did again a Reggae show on
              Radio Apintie, in co-operation with Winston Echteld.

As from       “The Blue Beat Reggae Show" on Radio Diemen (near Amsterdam), 2 hours
Feb. 14, 06   per week. I stopped in October 2008 in Diemen, but they keep repeating old
              shows of mine, till now.

Aug. 4, 06    Another time on Radio Apintie in Suriname. I was a guest in Willy Alberga‟s
              show: “Niet Zomaar Een Gesprek” (“Not Just A Talk”). And we played
              Reggae of course.

Apr. 21, 07   The Skatalites performed in Paradiso in Amsterdam and I was surprised on
              stage with flowers and congratulations as it was my 40th Reggae anniversary
              and the 20th Anniversary of my Blue Beat Reggae Show.

As from       “The Blue Beat Reggae Show” on Salto Radio, Stads FM, Amsterdam
Oct. 19, 09

            In 2011 or 2012 I will appear in Willem van Kooten‟s autobiography.
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              Characters that performed in my Reggae Shows up to now:
              - Johnny Reggae: wanted to play a unique Reggae record from his collection
              every week, but every week he had a Dutch tear-jerker, which could
              not be played, except in his last contribution.
              - The Reggae Troubadour. He tried to sing every week, but failed every week
              (except for his last performance).
              (I did both characters with different voices.)

Other facts

In the seventies I published several articles on Reggae in regional and national papers and
magazines.
Reggae collection: more than 13,000 different titles, numerous tapes including important
Reggae concerts and specials from the early years.
Organisation of Reggae parties.
I have and had good contacts with people in the Reggae World, e.g. The Skatalites and Laurel
Aitken, also with Ska specialist Brian Keyo and with Dutch DJ Dr. Ska (Kink FM). I also
mention Rude Rich & The High Notes, that play Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae in the 60s
style.
I did more than 1,000 Reggae radio shows up to now.
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CURRICULUM REGGAE VITAE                                                Theo van Bynen

Interviews with:

G.T. Moore and The Reggae Guitars (Engl.)   Cebert Bernard (Kingstonians)
Sophia George                               Yellowman (2x)
Sly (2x) & Robbie                           Cake (Holland)
Ini Kamoze                                  Revelation Time (Holland) (4x)
Willem van Kooten (former national DJ and   Lee "Scratch" Perry ("The Upsetter")
                      record producer)      The Wailers (4x)
Dennis Brown (2x)                           Black Uhuru (2x)
Eek-A-Mouse                                 Gregory Isaacs (2x)
Bacchanal (Dutch Latin group)               New Boney M (Pop)
Mighty Diamonds (2x)                        U Roy (2x)
Kotch (2x)                                  The Itals
Vital Band                                  Andrew Tosh (Peter Tosh‟ son)
Rhythm Express (Surinam Kaseko group)       Lt. Stitchie
Freddie McGregor                            Marcia Griffiths (from Bob & Marcia &
Nardo Ranks                                      The I Threes
Roots Syndicate (Holland) (2x)              Toots Hibbert (Maytals)
Pinchers                                    Carlton Jackson
Phyllis Barnes                              Jimmy Cliff
Dave (Barker) and Ansel Collins             Aswad
Laurel Aitken (7x)                          Rita Marley
The SKAtalites (4x)                         Inner Circle (2x)
   (Roland Alphonso 2x, Tommy McCook        Pietro Devilloni (Runnetherlands Records)
   2x, Lester Sterling 2x, Doreen Shafer,   Panache Culture (Belgium/Morocco)
   Ken Stewart 1x, Will SKAbone Clarke      Mad Professor (producer of Ariwa Records)
   1x, Greg Grossman 1x)                    Let‟s Quit (Dutch SKA Band)
Desmond Dekker                              Third World
Ras Fire (Aart Timmermans) (Holland)        Frankie Paul
Dr. Alimentado, who owned                   Captain Natty Remo
    a Reggae record shop in Tilburg         Prezident Brown
Mikey Spice                                 Barry O'Hare (Producer of X-Rated Rec.)
Rude Rich & High Notes (Holland) (live)     C-Sharp (live on the phone from Jamaica)
The Soundabout (Holland)                    Jacqsteven & Tha Originals (Holland) (live)
    (live performance)                           (Jack Steven & Lea Abdulhak)
Cyriel Clement (Reggae fan and former
    DJ of Effenaar venue in Eindhoven
    (live)
June 3nd , 2006

				
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