I LIKE IT LIKE THAT * THE MIRACLES * STATESIDE 324 * UK
Released in the USA in July 1964 and in the UK the following month, this was a high summer in the fortunes of Tamla Motown and many of its artists. It was the emergence of the 'pirate' radio stations that same year that helped Tamla and black music in general to reach a wider audience in Britain. Six of these 'pirate' stations were launched in 1964 defying the hegemony of both left and right political ideologies and, apart from Radio Luxemburg which only had a Sunday night spot playing Soul, and another 'pirate' Radio Veronica a Dutch outfit, it gave audiences their first taste of what the Americans had been enjoying for years, Dee Jays playing popular music un inhibited by the monopoly of the major corporations: Decca, Philips, EMI and Pye and their co-conspirators the legislators. Radio Caroline was launched in March 1964 and within three months had seven million listeners, 'Caroline' was the first and the most popular of these pirates, so called because they were anchored at sea just outside territorial waters, close enough to beam in a good reception (to Southern England) yet outside of the jurisdiction of our paranoid and repressive M. P.'s / corporate lawyers.
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