Date: (mid to late) December 1966
Location: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Radio International recording studio, Great Portland Street (behind the BBC studios), London, England
Interviewer: Nancy Bacal, a freelance Canadian journalist based in London, England
The interview was recorded as part of a series on the new concepts in sounds in popular music. The interview was used as part of the weekly one hour CBC Radio program "The Action Set" which appeared on Saturday mornings across Canada. The interview was probably aired in late 1966 or very early in 1967. The interview also includes an early version of "Interstellar Overdrive" which may possibly have been recorded earlier at an Oxfam Benefit Concert at The Albert Hall in London (Dec. 12 1966) or at another venue in late 1966 for specific use by the CBC.
The story of how Nancy Bacal, a freelance Canadian journalist living in London, got connected with Peter Jenner and The Pink Floyd in late 1966 is told in splendid detail on pages 148 through 150 in the highly recommended book "Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd: Dark Globe" by Julian Palacios (Plexus Publishing, 2010).
The CBC interview from December 1966 lay dormant for 9 years until it was used for a Capital Radio, London, England radio special called "The Pink Floyd Story - The Early Years" which was broadcast in several parts commencing in December 1976 through January 1977. This British radio show was produced by Nicky Horne and was recorded to cassette by many fans of Pink Floyd such that the 1966 CBC interview was thereafter included on many Pink Floyd bootleg albums starting in the late 1970s.
It is probable that a first generation tape copy of the CBC interview had been transferred to disc by the Pink Floyd's management in late 1966 and that this disc was used for the Capital Radio broadcast in 1976 as it clearly sounds like a slightly scratchy audio disc is being played. Also, the fact that the programme was developed in England lends itself to this theory. On August 7th, 2012, Nancy Bacal confirmed for me via email that this 1966 recording was indeed her interview from 1966 which she had arranged for the CBC.
For those who will remember, Clyde Gilmour's voice was a fixture on weekends on CBC Radio from the mid 1950s through the mid 1990s. The Beatles were just a blip on the Gilmour highway ... Clyde's weekly one hour radio show provided us avid listeners in Canada with an amazing assortment of recordings from his very diverse record collection. As the CBC web site states, " 'Gilmour's Albums' was the longest-running network radio music show in CBC history". After Clyde passed away in 1997, the CBC was given his entire record collection and they have this proudly on display at the CBC Music Library on Front Street in Toronto. We salute Clyde for passing on his love of old recordings to thousands of record collectors.
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