How and why did you get involved with Irvine Beat FM? : Jack Bennie heard that I had finished at another radio station, after many years. He offered me the chance to volunteer as a presenter on a Sunday afternoon at 2pm. I jumped at the opportunity. Thanks to Jack Bennie. I have had a great support from the Irvine area over the years at live gigs with the Sundowners and with my radio broadcasts, and I am delighted that this has continued with Irvine Beat FM.
What are your favourite types of music? : Vintage rock and roll, 50s and 60s pop, swing, dixieland jazz, country and blues
Name your favourite artist(s) : Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Trini Lopez.
Name your favourite group(s) : Cliff Richard the Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Platters, The Drifters
Name your favourite album(s) : Brian Wilson Reminiscing Gershwin, Songs for Swinging Lovers by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash Live at San Quentin.
Name a song that makes you hit “Repeat” when you listen to it : Ol’ Man River – Frank Sinatra, It Was a Very Good Year – Frank Sinatra, Fever – Peggy Lee, The Day the Rains Came – Jane Morgan, Love’s Been Good To Me – Frank Sinatra, Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley, Shake, Rattle and Roll – Bill Haley and his Comets, Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin, Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole, Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson.
Favourite novelty song : Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley, Bridget the Midget by Ray Stevens.
I hear you’ve recorded a few records : 4 LP albums, 4 EPs, 7 Singles and 3 CDs, all under different labels Scotdisc, Neptune, Thistle and Country House. I’m also on a compilation called “Sound of the West” on the Country House label and the “Pride of Scotland” double CD on the Emporio label. Tommy Truesdale’s “Favourites” and “Come On Everybody” LPs are available on iTunes.
What famous venues have you played : The Marquee in London, The Two Eyes Coffee Bar in London, the Pavilion in Glasgow, the Ayr Gaiety the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock, Fiestaland in Pretoria, South Africa.
What do you love about Irvine? : The Harbour Arts Centre and the Burns Museum
Best view(point) in Irvine? : Harbourside
What’s your favourite breakfast? : Glass of orange juice, plus fruit and nut muesli
What’s your favourite dinner? : Spicy chicken or fillet steak
What’s your favourite biscuit? : Hobnob
If it’s my round, what drink should I get you? : Depending on the mood: Jack Daniels Whiskey, Malt whisky, red wine or San Miguel beer.
When did you last have a lie-in? : Yesterday
What are the last three things you bought? : Cuff links, shirt and tie.
Do you have a hero? : Rocky Marciano, Joe Calzaghe
Have you met anybody famous? : Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Glen Campbell, Guy Mitchell and many more
Who was your favourite interviewee? : Brenda Lee
Who would you most like to interview? : Elizabeth Hurley
Favourite film? : Rio Bravo, High Noon, Enemy at the Gates, King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Cinderella Man, The Godfather Triliogy.