L TO R - Graeme Dickenson and David (The Legend) McHardy

Let It Be Beatles had a bit of a problem with presenters and indoor sport. Dave McHardy finally left LIBB when it began to clash with his indoor tennis commitments. Several years later Simon Smith would not be able to make the show because of the demands for his indoor cricket talents.


 Above: Molly Meldrum and Andrew Probyn

The panel from the mid 90's were a hard working lot and one of the most productive was Andrew Probyn. Andrew set up interviews with George Harrison, George Martin, Astrid Kircher, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon and Kenn Brodziak. As well as several Aussie stars of the sixties including Jim Keays, Russell Morris, Ross D. Wylie, Darryl Cotton and Ian Meldrum. He also managed to get comments from Bono and The Edge as well as a multitude of taped greetings and best wishes on our 300th show including messages from Mike Rudd, Ian Turpie, and Barry Crocker. (Which could be good or bad depending on your taste)


L TO R: Graeme Dickenson, Simon Smith and Ian Meldrum

The Ian Meldrum program took place during the Spring Carnival in Melbourne and Molly had spent the whole day at the races. Even so he still kept his promise to Andrew and appeared on the show. We tried to get some details from him about the Beatles Roof Top Performance which happened while he was working at Apple. He was quite tight lipped about it. His only comment being "I was there somewhere". He did want to talk a lot about Lady Di though. After all is said and done for a man who has interviewed just about every significant rock star in history it was very kind of him to appear on LIBB.

panel with molly

L TO R: Simon Smith, Andrew Probyn, Ross McLean, Ian Meldrum,

Graeme Dickenson and Steve Kernohan.


L to R: Graeme Dickenson & Jim Keays

The Jim Keays program was a very exciting one for the program. Jim had met John Lennon while recording at Apple and was a big star in Australia in his own right. Jim was of course lead singer of the Masters Apprentices who had the misfortune of having a single break into the charts in the UK just as the band had broken up and returned to Australia. This LIBB panel of the mid 90's were all big fans of the Australian sixties music scene and it was amazing to meet these people who I personally had watched in awe when they performed on the Go Show and Uptight.


L to R: Graeme Dickenson, Andrew Probyn, Ross McLean, Simon Smith,

Jim Keays and Steve Kernohan

When Jim was on the show I had taken in several copies of the Australian Rock newspaper Go Set which I wanted him to sign. One of them contained a poster of the Masters Apprentices which Jim didn't have in his collection. I gave it to him as he had more right to it than I did.

In the picture above Snapper (Ross McLean) is holding that poster.

libb panel with jim keays

L to R: Graeme Dickenson, Ross McLean, Andrew Probyn, Jim Keays,

Simon Smith and Steve Kernohan.


L to R: Steve Kernohan, Graeme Dickenson, Mark Hayes, Ross McLean, Bob Gruen, Simon Smith and Andrew Probyn.

The LIBB panel were invited to the Australian launch of Bob Gruen's Genesis publication "Sometime In New York City". The reception was held at the Beatles Shop In Prahran.


Above: Bob and the Roy Girls

Bob's visit to Australia coincided with the beginning of the demise of Australian Rules Football Team "Fitzroy" There was a story at the time that George Harrison was going to be Fitzroy's number one member. Harrison denied the claim but anyway the Roy Girls and Football player John McCarthy turned up to support the Beatle cause. I think Bob has been wanting a copy of this photo for years.

bayesy, Simon and John McCarthy

L to R: . Mark Hayes, John McCarthy and Simon Smith.

panel with Beatle Shop staff

L to R: Back Row.  Paul Holmes, Steve Kernohan Brendan Pearce, Graeme Dickenson,

Mark Hayes, Andrew Probyn.

Front row: Charlie Beattie, Ross McLean and Simon Smith.

The Bob Gruen night was organized by Brendan Pearce who was at the time running The Beatles Shop. Paul Holmes was working in the shop. Charlie Beattie was one of the earliest of the LIBB listeners.


Above: Dicko confronts McCartney Photo: Ian Kenins

I make no mistake of the fact that it is the Beatles that I love and that other than Lennon's work and the first couple of solo albums by the other 3 I'm not really that interested in their solo work. This is not to say that I don't like the occasional song. It's just that in my opinion there was much better material around by other artists at the time. I was particularly horrified by McCartney 2 when it came out. I had this photo taken by a friend of mine, Photographer Ian Kenins . We visited the Madame Tussauds Exhibition when it was in Melbourne with the sole purpose of taking this photo. 


Above: Gavin Myers and Roger Savage. Photo: Ian Kenins.

Gavin Myers is a Sound Engineer and a long time listener to LIBB. Gavin worked with Roger Savage. Roger Savage was of course the man who produced the first Rolling Stones single by sneaking them into a studio he was working for. Roger moved to Australia where he produced thousands of Australian acts even working on The Real Thing with Ian Meldrum and Russell Morris. Roger and Gavin came in to do For What It's Worth a program which was hosted by Steve Kernohan and preceded LIBB. Roger spoke a little about the Beatles but as he was more about Aussie music we featured him on FWIW.


Above: Dicko and Roger Savage. Photo: Ian Kenins

Ian Kenins was present during this show and took some really nice photos.


Above: Andrew Probyn. Photo: Ian Kenins


Above: Simon Smith and the ghost of Stereo 974. Photo: Ian Kenins

andrew probyn & simon smith

Above: Andrew Probyn & Simon Smith Photo: Ian Kenins


When LIBB moved time-slot to Monday nights it no longer suited Simon and Andrew and they decided to call it a day. Andrew had started in January 1994 and he finished on 11th february 1999. Simon had commenced with Dan on the 21st of July 1994 and he retired on 18th February 1999. Gary Lally and Greg Armstrong would become permanent replacements for Simon and Andy on the panel. 


Above: Graeme Dickenson Photo: Ian Kenins

steve kernohan

Above: Steve Kernohan. Photo: Ian Kenins.

Steve was a listener to the show who turned up on the 21st of September 1994 to hand in his  membership forms and we asked him to stick around for the show. That ended up being over ten years. Steve has a very sharp wit and was a great conversationalist as well as being very well read on both the Beatles and music in general. He did marvelously well researched  music program For What It's Worth for many years. Steve final LIBB program was on the 27th of may 2007 

steve & dicko

Above: Steve and Dicko in the lobby of the West End Market Studios.


Above: Simon Smith and Mark Hayes at Club 38.

Over the years it has become a bit of a tradition to meet at my place before the show just to catch up on the previous week basically. That beer can may suggest this photo was taken after the show but they were crazy days. Mark Hayes was the fifth official panel member of LIBB starting on the 28th of July 1993.

ross mclean

Ross McLean was the 6th official member of the LIBB Panel he commenced in July 1993. Ross was a friend of John Shorton and he had visited the studio to see our show because he wanted to start his own Bob Dylan show along the lines of LIBB. Ross asked if he could continue coming in so he could get some idea's on the way to do his show. Ross initially had little interest in the Beatles but within weeks he was wanting to stay on. Once the show had gone to a new time-slot I was growing tired of doing the panel because I saw it as a distraction. Ross volunteered to do the job. Ross became very involved in the local music scene in Melbourne's Western Suburbs and was eventually booking band for pubs in Williamstown. This was a large distraction from LIBB and Ross moved on. Ross developed cancer and died on the 27th of August 2007.

One of the great stories about Ross was when Simon  got a hold of the 20 minute section of Think For Yourself  from the overdub sessions tape and we put it on. Everyone left the studio leaving Ross on the panel. The existence of the track was virtually unknown in Australia and certainly had never been played on air. A few minutes later Ross emerged from the studio saying I took that crap off, It just went on and on, nobody want's to hear that. And that was it for the exclusive debut of the Think For Yourself Tape.

Ross can be heard saying "Well done boys, absolutely fantastic job, cheers" at the end of the closing theme to LIBB.

panel in the carpark

Above: L to R: Mark Hayes, Steve Kernohan, Simon Smith, Ross McLean (In Car) and Graeme Dickenson.

When we were going to air from the West End Market studio we used to congregate in the car park after the show and have a bit of a singalong and obviously drink beer. This became a weekly tradition Steve would play guitar and basically the rest of us would sing and drink beer.

Ross Grave

Above: Ross grave shortly after the burial.