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"The half-witted, idealistic notion behind Dandelion and our other violent, capitalist enterprise, Biscuit Music, is that any profits, if such there be, should go to the artists, not to Clive nor myself. We want to record people whose songs and poems we like and whom we like as people. At the moment this means Bridget St. John, Beau, (Beau Who?), Principal Edwards Magic Theatre and the Occasional Word Ensemble. If people like their records, and I honestly can't think of any reason why they shouldn't, then we'll be able to record a host of other people you've probably never heard of either."
(John Peel, Dandelion Records launch ad, International Times, 1969-07-18)

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Bridget St. John - Ask Me No Questions Ask Me No Questions 1969

Ask Me No Questions, 1969

Bridget St John (born Bridget Hobbs, 4 October 1946, South London) is a British singer and songwriter, best known for the three albums she recorded between 1969 and 1972 for John Peel's Dandelion label. Peel produced her debut album Ask Me No Questions. She also recorded a large number of BBC Radio and Peel sessions and toured regularly on the UK college and festival circuit. Her popularity peaked in 1974 when she was voted fifth most popular female singer in that year's Melody Maker readers poll. An accomplished guitar player, she credits John Martyn as her guitar mentor. The second album Songs for the Gentle Man, was produced by Ron Geesin. St John then recorded another album, Jumble Queen, for Chrysalis Records in 1974. She emigrated to Greenwich Village in 1976 and virtually disappeared from the public eye for over 20 years... (read more at Wkipedia)

Links To Peel Edit

Bridget St. John was a regular guest on John Peel's shows in his early years at the BBC. Her first session was for Night Ride in 1968 and she was also one of the artists featured on the rare 1969 BBC Records LP John Peel Presents Top Gear . She became a personal friend of the DJ as well as a favourite artist, and remained in contact with him after she emigrated to the USA in 1976. Speaking about Dandelion Records on 30 July 2002, Peel says that Bridget was "the main reason why we started the label 'cos nobody else was going to record her stuff".

On the same show he recounts this tale:

"I did a lot of gigs with her and there was a memorable one that we did in Sunderland together. The promoter there assumed that Bridget and I were an item and put us in the same bed. She remained fully dressed all night - didn't even take her boots off (laughs). That's true. She got knee-length boots and they stayed on all night. It makes me laugh just to think of it even now."

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Festive Fifty Entries Edit

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Sessions Edit

  • Ten sessions. Any commercial release of sessions?

1. Recorded 1968-08-21. First broadcast 28 August 1968. Repeat

  • To B Without A Hitch / Ask Me No Questions / Many Happy Returns / Hello Again (Of Course) / Rochefort / Lizard Long Tongue Boy

2. Recorded 1969-07-21. First broadcast 24 August 1969. Repeat 18 October 1969

  • Curl Your Toes / Night In The City / Hello Again (Of Course)
  • (Repeat only) The River / Song To Keep You Company / Lazarus / Like Never Before

3. Recorded 1970-11-09. First Broadcast 21 November 1970. Repeated:

  • Back To Stay / The Leaves Of Lime / City Crazy / If You’d Been There

4. Recorded 1972-03-27. First broadcast 25 April 1972. Repeat: 27 June 1972

  • Thank You For … / Happy Day / Silver Coin / Fly High (first broadcast 27 June 1972

5. Recorded 1972-06-05. First broadcast 07 July 1972. Repeated: 11 August 1972

  • Fly High / To Leave Your Cover / If You've Got Money In Your Pockets Ask Me No Questions

6. Recorded 1973-05-07. First broadcast 07 June 1973. Repeated: 05 July 1973

  • Sparrow Pit / Passing Thru / Jumble Queen / The Road Was Lonely On My Own

7. Recorded 1973-12-03. First broadcast 18 December 1973. Repeated:

  • Curious And Woolly / Choosing You Lose One / Jumble Queen / Sparrow Pit / In The Bleak Midwinter

8. Recorded 1974-08-12. First broadcast 29 August 1974. Repeated

  • Want To Be With You / Song For The Waterden Widow / Some Kind Of Beautiful / I Don't Know If I Can Take It Anymore / Present Song/Pig & Peel

9. Recorded 1975-12-11. First broadcast 07 January 1976. Repeated

  • Come Up And See Me Sometime / Catch A Falling Star / Untitled Song / Bumper To Bumper

10. Recorded: 1976-11-04. First broadcast 26 November 1976. Repeated

  • Moody / Grow / Crazy Have You Eton / Song For You

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Other Shows Played Edit

  • 11 October 1969: Ask Me No Questions (LP - Ask Me No Questions) Dandelion
  • 14 November 1970: If You’ve Got Money (single) Warner Bros
  • 05 December 1970: If You've Got Money (single) Warner Bros
  • Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2: Fly High (single) Dandelion
  • Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2: Fly High (single) Dandelion
  • Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 5: Nice (LP –Thank You For... ) Dandelion
  • Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 6: To Leave Your Cover (LP – Thank You For) Dandelion
  • 15 February 1972: Fly High (single) Dandelion
  • 25 February 1972: Fly High (single) Dandelion
  • 16 June 1972: Love Minus Zero, No Limit (LP – Thank You For) Dandelion
  • 04 July 1972: To Leave Your Cover (LP – Thank You For…) Dandelion
  • 21 July 1972: Fly High (LP – Thank You For...) Dandelion
  • 17 May 1973: Passing Thru’ (single) MCA
  • 22 May 1973: The Road Was Lonely On My Own (single - Passing Thru' b-side) MCA
  • 05 September 1974: St John appears to be in the studio with Peel
  • 11 October 1978: (JP: "And that begs the question, is there another track called Ask Me No Questions? And indeed there is, by Bridget St John, and it includes a ridiculous two-minute break for birdsong and church bells. And my considerable affection for the track nothing to do at all to do with the fact that I produced it myself back in 1969.")
    Ask Me No Questions (LP – Ask Me No Questions) Dandelion
  • 05 October 1988: Many Happy Returns
  • 07 November 2001: After an email query from Lianne Hall, emerges that a few days earlier Peel had called her a modern-day Bridget St. John. Claims that if Dandelion Records had been commercially successful he’d probably be “living a fantastic life” somewhere in America, “and be a cocaine addict, among other things.”
  • 15 November 2001: Remembers producing the title track from Bridget St John’s debut LP for Peel’s Dandelion Records: “I was allowed my head on this one, so there’s an unparalleled number of birdsong on there. Because we weren’t quite sure about the copyright on the original recordings, we just stacked loads and loads on top of each other … so you probably hear things like corncrakes existing in an environment along with meadow pippets – are there such things as meadow pippets? And someone will tell you that they can’t coexist and don’t live in the same part of the world … but on this record they do. There are also church bells and kind of wind effects, and two guitars, the second of them played by John Martyn. And a bit of a masterwork, I see it as being. I am almost entirely certain that I am unique in this.”
    Ask Me No Questions (CD – Ask Me No Questions / For The Gentle Man) See For Miles reissue
  • 25 July 2002: Ask Me No Questions (LP - Ask Me No Questions)' (See For Miles)

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