by MALCOLM O'NEILL

 

INTRODUCTION

This series of web pages documents most of the LP records used by the ITA and IBA for trade test transmissions from their introduction in 1957.

The origin of ITA trade test music was the 1956 ITV "Standby Music for Breakdowns in Transmissions or Cancelled Programmes". This list of records was virtually identical to the first trade test schedule compiled in 1957 - except that the following were excluded from the latter:

MUSIC FOR SWEETHEARTS (Peter York). BRUNSWICK LAT 8130

VIENNA HOLIDAY (Michel Legrand). PHILIPS BBL 7075

LOVE MUSIC FROM HOLLYWOOD (Paul Weston). PHILIPS BBL 7096

The first trade test schedule commenced on Monday 17th June 1957, and, unlike the BBC, it was always the practice to use commercially available discs.

Initially all broadcasts originated from the Croydon transmitter and were relayed to the four other stations in operation at the time: Lichfield, Winter Hill, Emley Moor and Black Hill, but as more stations opened in the late 1950s, this operation was transferred locally to some of the main regional ITA transmitters.

Until the arrival of tapes in the late 1960s, each station had its own turntable to operate trade tests, and prior to around mid April 1960 the schedules operated over a two-week cycle, with one set of LPs for week 1 and another set for week 2. Every fortnight the cycle repeated, and 14 LPs were allocated (7 each week), usually being retained for at least six months.

Also in these very early days, music was transmitted for a period of 14 minutes in every half an hour, with tone radiated at 400 Hz for another 15 minutes, followed by one minute's silence.

It was in the first half of 1960 that the two-week cycle was replaced, and the new policy adopted of playing the "whole" of one side of an LP (usually side 1), and part of the other in order to make up 24 minutes of music, with a five minute break for tone (at 400 Hz) and one minute's silence in every half-hour period. Except where otherwise indicated in the schedules that follow, it may be assumed that the whole of Side 1 of the LP was played, followed by Side 2 from band 1 onwards until the allocated 24 minutes was completed. This new timing format lasted well into the 1970s. An exception to this timing format occurred in the second schedule of 1960, where approximately 12 minutes of each side were played, varying from region to region.

Fortunately it has been possible to collate the full and accurate details for almost all the schedules, but those for 1958 and late 1959 shown below are very sketchy, as many of the "official" play lists over this early period are unavailable. Any information has, in these cases, been based upon the personal memories of a number of people, and may be unreliable. All items shown in red come into this category. Any help to identify missing records would be most welcome.

 

Contact: The Test Card Circle

 

SELECT START DATE:

June 1957

January 1958

July 1958

January 1959

July 1959

January 1960

July 1960

 

 COMMENCING: 17th June 1957 (WEEK 1)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Waltztime in Vienna

Vienna Volksoper Orchestra conducted by Max Schonherr and Karl Hofman

COLUMBIA

33SX 1049

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Midnight Rhapsody

Joe Bushkin, his Piano and Orchestra

CAPITOL

LCT 6113

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

Dinner at 8.30

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4160

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Band of the Irish Guards

Band of the Irish Guards conducted by Captain C.S. Jaeger

HMV

CLP 1076

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Lullaby of Broadway

Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4137

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Holiday in Rome

Michel Legrand and his Orchestra

PHILIPS

BBL 7048

This LP was never on the Standby Music playlist

16.16 - 16.30

Gypsy Love

Bela Babai and his Orchestra

PHILIPS

BBL 7055

Side 2 only

 

 

 COMMENCING: 24th June 1957 (WEEK 2)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

The Music of George Gershwin

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4113

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

I Love Paris

Michel Legrand and his Orchestra

PHILIPS

BBL 7026

Side 1 Band 1 omitted

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

The Night was made for Love

Stanley Black and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4130

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Smooth, Sweet or Dry

Emil Stern, his Piano and Smooth Music

FELSTED

PDL 85004

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Let's Get Away from it All

Andre Previn

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8093

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Cheek to Cheek

Johnny Douglas and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4132

 

16.16 - 16.30

Song Hits from Theatreland

Mantovani and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4112

Side 1 only

 

 

Mid January - Early July 1958 (WEEK 1)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

David Rose Plays Music from Gigi

David Rose and his Orchestra

MGM

C775

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

All Time Great Trumpet Hits

Charlie Margulis

LONDON

HA/L 2541

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

If I Had a Talking Picture of You

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4135

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

La Danza

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

P8314

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Rio at Midnight

Dante Varela and his Orchestra

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8192

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Bewitching Hour

Bill Snyder and his Orchestra

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8238

 

16.16 - 16.30

A Handful of Stars

Johnny Douglas and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4211

 

 

 

Late January - Mid July 1958 (WEEK 2)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Levant Plays Gershwin

Oscar Levant

COLUMBIA

CL 700

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

After Dinner Music

Victor Young

DECCA

DL 8350

US number - original UK number unknown, but reissued in UK on Ace of Hearts AH9

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

Carnival in the Sun

Stanley Black

DECCA

LK 4108

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Music for Lovers Only

Jackie Gleason

CAPITOL

T628

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Together

Robert Farnon and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4158

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Around the World in 80 days

Victor Young

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8185

 

16.16 - 16.30

Russkaya!

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

P8384

Side 1 only

 

 

 

 Mid July 1958 - Early January 1959 (WEEK 1)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Songs from the Fabulous Thirties (Vol 2)

David Rose and his Orchestra

LONDON

HA/R 2085

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Viennese Night at the Proms

Halle Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli

PYE

CCL 30130

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

The Seasons of Love

Malcolm Lockyer and his Orchestra

PYE / MERCURY

MPL 6538

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Swingin' Shepherd

Bill Shepherd and his Orchestra with the Beryl Scott Choir

PYE

NPL 18018

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

?

?

?

?

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

12 Easy Lessons in Love

Carmen Cavallaro

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8269

 

16.16 - 16.30

Hey Let Yourself Go

Nelson Riddle

CAPITOL

T814

 

 

 

 Late July 1958 - Mid January 1959 (WEEK 2)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Festival in Costa Rica

Stanley Black and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4109

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Mediterranean Moonlight

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4168

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

Orchestral record featuring choral vocals

?

?

?

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Record including Gershwin’s "American in Paris" and "Promenade"

?

?

?

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Record featuring a version of "I Love Paris in the Springtime"

?

?

?

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

?

?

?

?

 

16.16 - 16.30

?

?

?

?

 

 

 

 

 Mid January - Early July 1959 (WEEK 1)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Holiday in Mexico

Pepe Gonzalez and his Orchestra

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8128

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Mantovani Plays the World's Favourite Love Songs

Mantovani and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4215

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

The Golden Instrumentals

Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra

LONDON

HA/D 2025

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Sophisticat in Cuba

Stanley Black and his Piano

DECCA

LK 4234

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

The Tender Touch

Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra

CAPITOL

T 753

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Play, Gypsy!

Toscano and his Tzigane Orchestra

FELSTED

PDL 85042

 

16.16 - 16.30

Skylight Rhapsody

Joe Bushkin, his Piano and Orchestra

CAPITOL

LCT 6126

Side 1 only

 

 

 Late January - Mid July 1959 (WEEK 2)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Holiday in Spain

Jose Albeniz and his Orchestra

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8127

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Music for the Love Hours

Jackie Gleason

CAPITOL

LCT 6131

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

C'Mon Get Happy

Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra

CAPITOL

T 893

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

My Fair Lady

Percy Faith and his Orchestra

PHILIPS

BBL 7199

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Rome at Midnight

Carmen Cavallaro

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8188

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Movie Moods

George Cates, His Orchestra and Chorus

VOGUE CORAL

LVA 906512

 

16.16 - 16.30

Place Pigalle

Stanley Black and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4212

Side 1 only

 

 

 

 Mid July 1959 - Early January 1960 (WEEK 1)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Symphonic Dances

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Slatkin

CAPITOL

P 8369

Side 1 Band 1 omitted

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Black Satin

The George Shearing Quintet

CAPITOL

T 858

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

Broadway Melody

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4151

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Till

Roger Williams

LONDON

HA/R 2115

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Hi-Fi Dinner Music

Frank Barber and his Salon Strings

COLUMBIA

33SX 1072

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Malaguena Music of Cuba

Percy Faith

COLUMBIA

CL 1267

 

16.16 - 16.30

Carmen Cavallaro Remembers Eddie Duchan

Carmen Cavallaro

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8247

 

 

 

 Late July 1959 - Mid January 1960 (WEEK 2)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Echoes of Spain

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

T 8275

Side 1 played in the order bands 2,3,4, 1

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Red Velvet

Stanley Black and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4170

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

Million Dollar Melodies

Ray Martin and his Orchestra

COLUMBIA

33SX 1093

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Night Winds

Jackie Gleason

CAPITOL

LCT 6115

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Music for an Arabian Night

Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra

PARLOPHONE

PMC 1109

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Music from Kismet Percy Faith and his Orchestra

PHILIPS

BBL 7029

 

16.16 - 16.30

Songs by Vernon Duke

Andre Previn

CONTEMPORARY

LAC 12200

 

 

 

 COMMENCING: 21st January 1960 (WEEK 1)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Fiesta!

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

P 8335

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Carmen Cavallaro at the Embers

Carmen Cavallaro

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8199

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

Mantovani Concert Encores

Mantovani and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4241

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Dancing Cheek to Cheek

Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson with the Bill Shepherd Orchestra

PYE

NPL 183031

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Love Letters in the Sand

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4244

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Rebound

Jackie Gleason

CAPITOL

LCT 6172

 

16.16 - 16.30

The Waltzes of Strauss in Hi-Fi

Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valentino

HMV

CLP 1168

Side 1 (or 2?) only

  

 COMMENCING: 28th January 1960 (WEEK 2)

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.16 - 10.30

10.46 - 11.00

Gypsy!

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

P 8341

 

11.16 - 11.30

11.46 - 12.00

Nightsounds

Joe Bushkin, his Piano and Orchestra

CAPITOL

T 983

 

12.16 - 12.30

12.46 - 13.00

The Music of Lecuona

Stanley Black and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4159

 

13.16 - 13.30

13.46 - 14.00

Latin Escapade

The George Shearing Quintet

CAPITOL

T 737

 

14.16 - 14.30

14.46 - 15.00

Immortal Serenades

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4283

 

15.16 - 15.30

15.46 - 16.00

Around the World in 80 Days

Victor Young

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8185

 

16.16 - 16.30

From the Highlands

Robert Farnon and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4220

Side 1 only

 

All the records shown in the two-week schedules above, with the exception of the Robert Farnon Orchestra LP "From the Highlands", were used in the revised schedule below. Here we see that the two-week cycle was replaced, and the new policy adopted of playing the "whole" of one side of an LP (usually side 1), and part of the other in order to make up 24 minutes of music, with a five minute break for tone (at 400 Hz) and one minute's silence. However, see the note relating to the late 1960 schedule below.

  1960 (January to July) - Revised Schedule

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.06 - 10.30

Fiesta!

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

P 8335

 

10.36 - 11.00

Carmen Cavallaro at the Embers

Carmen Cavallaro

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8199

 

11.06 - 11.30

Mantovani Concert Encores

Mantovani and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4241

 

11.06 - 11.30

Star Dancing

Ray Anthony and his Orchestra with vocals by The Belvederes

CAPITOL

T831

Briefly replaced the Mantovani LP, which was later reinstated

11.36 - 12.00

Dancing Cheek to Cheek

Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson with the Bill Shepherd Orchestra

PYE

NPL 183031

Side 1 Band 6 omitted ?

12.06 - 12.30

Love Letters in the Sand

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4244

 

12.36 - 13.00

Rebound

Jackie Gleason

CAPITOL

LCT 6172

 

13.06 - 13.30

The Waltzes of Strauss in Hi-Fi

Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valentino

HMV

CLP 1168

 

13.36 - 14.00

Gypsy!

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon

CAPITOL

P 8341

Side 1 Band 4 omitted

14.06 - 14.30

Nightsounds

Joe Bushkin, his Piano and Orchestra

CAPITOL

T 983

Side 2 first

14.36 - 15.00

The Music of Lecuona

Stanley Black and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4159

 

15.06 - 15.30

Latin Escapade

The George Shearing Quintet

CAPITOL

T 737

 

15.36 - 16.00

Immortal Serenades

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4283

 

16.06 - 16.30

Around the World in 80 Days

Victor Young

BRUNSWICK

LAT 8185

 

 

 

For 18th July 1960 schedule only, 12 minutes of each LP side were played, varying from region to region, with the exception of the Dvorak symphony, where the whole of side 1 was played before the turnover to side 2.

 COMMENCING: 18th July 1960

Time

Title

Artists

Label

Number

Comments

10.06 - 10.30

Mexican Magic

Pepe Jaramillo and his Latin American Rhythm

PARLOPHONE

PMC 1100

 

10.36 - 11.00

Blue Chiffon

The George Shearing Quintet

CAPITOL

T 1124

 

11.06 - 11.30

Erroll

Erroll Garner

MERCURY

MMB 12010

 

11.36 - 12.00

Oscar Peterson plays Cole Porter

Oscar Peterson Trio

COLUMBIA

33CX 10016

 

12.06 - 12.30

16.36 - 16.45 *

Lollipops - Favourite Pieces of Sir Thomas Beecham

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

HMV

ALP 1533

 Side 1 Band 3 with Beecham Choral Society

12.36 - 13.00

Porgy and Bess

Percy Faith and his Orchestra

PHILIPS

BBL 7312

 

13.06 - 13.30

Sir Thomas Conducts

Columbia, Philadelphia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras & Chorus

FONTANA

CFL 1033

 

13.36 - 14.00

Continental Encores

Mantovani and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4297

 

14.06 - 14.30

Two in a Gondola

Dino Olivieri and his Venetian Strings

COLUMBIA

33SX 1142

 

14.36 - 15.00

From the Emerald Isle

Robert Farnon and his Orchestra

DECCA

LK 4267

 

15.06 - 15.30

Soulville

Ben Webster Quintet

COLUMBIA

33CX 10122

 

15.36 - 16.00

The Belgian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Belgian National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Franz André

TELEFUNKEN

GMA 14

 

16.06 - 16.30

Viennese Dances

Philharmonia Promenade Orchestra conducted by Henry Krips

COLUMBIA

33SX 1167

 

16.36 - 16.45

12.06 - 12.30 *

Dvorak: Symphony No 8 in G major / Scherzo Capriccioso

Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

PYE

CCL 30122

 

* Two sets of timings are given for the LPs "Lollipops" and the Dvorak Symphony No 8. The first timing covers the period from 18th July 1960 until September 24th 1960, the second from 26th September 1960 until 18th February 1961.

 

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