The first DJ at the Blue Note was Roger Eagle way back in 1966. Now an almost mythical figure, I first came across him at the Twisted Wheel where he edited a magazine, R&B Scene, as well as lining up the tracks. In all the time I heard him, I don’t think I ever heard his speak on the mike. He wasn’t a personality who imposed his inanities upon a captive audience, he just played the most authentic music it was possible to get hold of. When I first went to the Wheel, R&B and blues was the staple diet with the odd curve ball thrown just to see what would happen. The first track I remember as I went down the stairs for the first time was ‘Life is just a slow train, crawling up a hill’ which I thought may be was Little Stevie Wonder but turned out to be John Mayall in a high key.
I honestly can’t say much about what Roger played at the Blue Note, to be frank I don’t think he was there for that long. I seem to remember a great deal of Stax (this was after his own club, STAXX had recently closed). There was probably some Jimmy Smith as well. Basically, if you remember what Roger played the last time he appeared at the Wheel, you can safely say his time at the Blue Note was mainly a continuation.