TGB Elder Music Contributor, Peter Tibbles

PeterTibbles125 Peter Tibbles contributes the weekly Elder Music column to Time Goes By which appears each Sunday. His knowledge of just about every genre of music is formidable. It has been gained, he says, by sitting at home listening to music. “That's it, really,” writes Peter. “I read a lot and drink wine as well. Oh, I cook a bit so I'll have something to go with the wine."

In the 1980s and early 1990s, he was a part-time deejay on a community radio station for ten years. He was originally asked to do a Fifties rock 'n' roll and country music program. Later, he did a RandB/soul show, a “general-what-he-wanted program," also filling in for the blues, jazz and classical shows whenever those presenters were unavailable.

Peter, who worked in the IT industry, is now retired and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 04:51 AM | Permalink


Tibs - the back-up's here :)

Posted by: Tony Hayward on Jul 29, 2009 7:10:11 AM

Hi Tony
Somebody who can keep me honest.

Posted by: Peter Tibbles on Aug 7, 2009 3:38:55 PM

I am Alicia 63 years, I work with journalist, making better the work, I live in Argentina, Buenos Aires, were I am making a new radio program- Its La jubileta, the name of my blog is
Here in general the problem is money and cost of life and soledad.
People is very sad, people become old and without salud, thinking in past and future.I propose a radio program,multimedia , blog or web page, with audios the instant program of life , "La jubileta"humor,notes, music,love words,travels, and do not to be alone,living the present.Hart knows. Information needs hart.Cooking,smelling, looking, speaking, from Buenos Aires with people in the world.I am sorry by my english I hope you understand spanish

Posted by: Alicia on Nov 2, 2009 1:30:33 PM

Seriously?????? - you, of all people have NO Crosby, Stills & Nash rekkids???? - Really??? - I, at least have a compilation!!

Posted by: Tony Hayward on Jan 17, 2010 8:32:29 PM

Okay Tony, I have a couple on vinyl somewhere. Nothing on CD though.

Posted by: Peter Tibbles on Mar 6, 2010 3:43:43 AM

CSN and CSNY are legend. Love all those guys. Of the band, CSNY, Young is my favorite in the solo column.

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on Mar 22, 2010 9:20:17 AM

These are a good groups, and some are great, but why did you pick them and not dozens of others? What do the Kingston Trio (folk), have in common with Dion and the Belmonts (doo-wop), and what do either of them have in common with The Platters? And why did you throw throw in the Argyles, a B-List group who were one hit wonders? It's all a big mystery!

Posted by: daniel sachs on Apr 11, 2010 11:16:52 AM

I just have a forlorn little request. You put such great music in these blogs, & I often want to own that exact same music. But of course I don't know who the artist is (I'm referring to the Bach post here). When you do one of those, would it be too much to ask if you could name the artist &/or the recording? I'd be ever so grateful!

Posted by: K8 on Jul 20, 2010 8:59:25 PM

Thank you for the selections of music and the fond memories of these recording artist. I seem to hold on to some of their records just for memory sake and have Johnny Ray and Eartha Kitt and also Marlena Dietrick singing to the troops in WWII.

Posted by: Pat on Oct 18, 2010 4:15:44 AM

Stupid question - what's your e-mail address - is it still the "mira" one - if not PM me

Posted by: Tony Hayward on Nov 2, 2010 9:10:45 PM

What do you think of Graham Abbot and his Keys to Music?..found this program a few months ago...just found you..I saw the person who founded TBG on TV.

Manhy thanks,


Posted by: pauline rothstein on Jan 27, 2011 6:47:43 AM

Hey, Peter, I have a blog about what turns BabyBoomers on - especially music - and I'm doing a post about your column here. But I have a couple of questions - can you email me?

Posted by: Susan Harris on Feb 2, 2011 7:03:05 PM

Tibs - re Bob resung - there's one you might not be aware of
Tim O'Brien does an exceptionally good version of "Senor(Tales Of Yankee Power)" on an album called Red On Blonde - I have the track on a Sugar Hill compilation called The Road Goes On Forever. 'tis good

Posted by: Tony Hayward on Feb 15, 2011 11:37:59 PM

I'm new here and just wanted to tell you I am injoying you site immensely. Thank you

Posted by: Mary Danforth on Mar 13, 2011 11:58:06 PM

Today while I listened to your musical selections, I also sang along... Had not forgotten any of the words to GlowWorm or You Belong To Me....
Did you ever hear JoStafford's really silly "You Was Tim-tation?" I probably still know the words to that one too...I think it was Spike Jones with Jo Stafford..
Music has always been my primary passion...choirs, choruses, went to radio shows in Hollywood every saturday in my early teens..(mid forties).Big Bands and Singers were on many radio shows. Also listened to records, 78's, 33.1/3, 45's...wish I still had my collection....
Taught myself to play harmonica, guitar, piano... Now play an Awesome arranger keyboard...has all instruments and many rhythms....
I really look forward to Time Goes By every Sunday...Keep up the good work! The oldies are the goodies for sure!

Posted by: Elizabeh Evelyn on Apr 10, 2011 12:09:39 PM

On that really silly "You Waz Tim-tation"....Jo Stafford was billed as, "Cinderella G. Stump."....


Posted by: Elizabeh Evelyn on Apr 10, 2011 4:35:28 PM

Hello Peter,
Thank you for your Elder Music column.

I look forward to it every week and it is like an unopened present for me just waiting to be unwrapped and enjoyed.

Keep it up. You make my day.

Posted by: Carmen on Jul 10, 2011 11:24:24 AM

I'm a relative newbie to this blog, but love it! I've really enjoyed your music posts, but have a technical question. How do you post the music to your blog? thanks for any help you can give.

Posted by: Donna on Mar 3, 2012 6:31:03 PM

Hi Peter,

I am a young man from China, and pretty like your post.Thanks for your job.

Posted by: Jackie Zhang on Apr 12, 2012 8:22:43 PM

Your Sunday columns are a highlight of the weekend.
Re: Silly can you leave out LOUIE LOUIE???
To this day no one agrees on the lyrics and everyone eventually sings oeoeoeoI...oaoaoaoA.
It's all fun.

Posted by: Naturally Curlie on Jul 8, 2012 4:09:27 PM

Love your music. Woody Guthrie was an amazing talent and inspiration, as you know. You may not know, as do I as an American living in the Scottish Borders, that Guthrie is a Scots name.

Hugh Peebles
Peebles, Scotland
Retired Teacher

Posted by: Hugh Peebles on Jul 15, 2012 8:09:13 AM

Love your choice of music Peter. It brings me back to the 60's -where I remember some good times
visiting long narrow jazz clubs on the upper west side of NYC, somewhere around 54th, or 55th St. I don't remember all the artists but it was great fun and I loved the SCENE!!!

Posted by: Ellen Younkins on Jul 29, 2012 7:54:42 PM

Hi Peter
I may have mentioned the pianist Dave Mckenna to you before (blame it on my being a senior if I did and don't remember it.) Anyway Dave McKenna was in my opinion a great stride pianist and played for many years with jazz groups and also did solo gigs and made CDs . Most of his recording was done with Concord. One of my favorites is "Dave Mckenna - A Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael". He played concerts in Japan and gigs in several places on Cape Cod, MA and also in my home area Albany NY. both solo and with groups. Unfortunately he passed away a few years ago. I miss seeing him perform but I really enjoy listening to the CDs that I have and remembering this rather large expressionless man making beautiful music on the keyboard. Hope you get a chance to hear him.

Posted by: Ellen Younkins on Aug 11, 2012 6:41:36 PM

Hey - nothing wrong with drinking wine while you're cooking so you have something to go along with the wine - I do it all the time. Love your music - especially enjoyed Summertime by various artists - especially Billy Holiday. Have you ever heard Madelaine Peyroux - a contemporary somewhat sound alike Biliy Holiday who writes a lot of her own music.?

Posted by: Ellen Younkins on Aug 13, 2012 7:25:19 PM

Hey - nothing wrong with drinking wine while you're cooking so you have something to go along with the wine - I do it all the time. Love your music - especially enjoyed Summertime by various artists - especially Billy Holiday. Have you ever heard Madelaine Peyroux - a contemporary somewhat sound alike Biliy Holiday who writes a lot of her own music.?

Posted by: Ellen Younkins on Aug 13, 2012 7:27:25 PM

Hey - nothing wrong with drinking wine while you're cooking so you have something to go along with the wine - I do it all the time. Love your music - especially enjoyed Summertime by various artists - especially Billy Holiday. Have you ever heard Madelaine Peyroux - a contemporary somewhat sound alike Biliy Holiday who writes a lot of her own music.?

Posted by: Ellen Younkins on Aug 13, 2012 7:30:16 PM

Sorry Peter, I guess I posted two too many comments. that's what happens when you drink wine while you're cooking.

Posted by: Ellen Younkins on Aug 13, 2012 7:56:31 PM

Ellen, we've included Madeleine Peyroux in several earlier columns, most recently with a Leonard Cohen song. Try the Search button on Peyroux to find the older columns. Happy listening!

Posted by: Norma, the A.M. on Aug 26, 2012 7:22:25 PM

Love the columns and look forward to more Ricky Nelson--he was soooo good!

Posted by: charlotte white on Sep 24, 2012 10:54:29 AM

Thanks Peter for "Coattails of the Beatles" Enjoyed listening to your selection and suggest you add at least three other major bands:
The Dave Clark Five eg "Glad All Over"
=The Hollies eg "Bus Stop"
=The Troggs eg "Wild Thing" These bands and many others are well represented on Youtube. As with the Stones and Beatles some of their early work was big here in England but barely made the top 100 in the States until they caught on...

Posted by: Tim Preston on Apr 14, 2013 4:58:09 PM

Having just discovered Elder Music and TGB a few months ago, I am a bit late to the party. I love all your selections, find it delightfully eclectic.
If you haven't in the past, would you include Victor Borge in the mix at some point?
thanks for a lovely Sunday afternoon peruse.

Posted by: Lori on Jun 2, 2013 2:02:51 PM

Um, dude...

You rock!

Thanks and kudos to you and Ronni.

Posted by: Patrick Rosenheim on Jun 12, 2013 3:12:31 AM

I am rather new to this site and utterly delighted to sing (and sometimes) dance along with many of the wartime-era tunes you generously give me. I love remembering the words to some Ink Spots' work. Q: Do you have "Java Jive" by chance?

Thank you so much!

Barbara just outside
Washington, D.C.

Posted by: barbara young on Feb 2, 2014 8:54:12 AM

I'm back, just after posting the "Java Jive" question.

In addition to the Ink Spots, etc., I'm something of a Bach aficionada and just finished enjoying hugely the Bach cello suite No. 1.

You referred to having provided some other Bach work earlier, but I'm not sure how to find it in the list of your weekly offerings.

Any chance you can tell me on which weeks anything of Bach has been presented?

Thanks so much again for all you're doing by presenting us with such a variety of wonderful music.


Posted by: barbara young on Feb 2, 2014 9:46:04 AM

Barbara, there is a Search box down on the right-hand side. Just enter Bach (or whatever else) and you'll get a list of the columns. Happy listening!

Posted by: Norma, the AM on Feb 2, 2014 1:23:29 PM

G'day Peter

Been really enjoying all your history of music - and just had to drop you a line when you hit my birthday year of 1955.... Nostalgia, terrific music, and so well presented in your inimitable way! Just keep it up Peter, your recipe for allowing everyone to enyoy such music trivia, fact, memories and soud, is something that we look lforward to getting every week from your Sunday column.

Cheers from Gaz and Betty VIC.
(kids of OL'55)

Posted by: Gary Pope on Jul 6, 2014 7:56:40 AM

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