Early Sound of Music recalled

Here I have transferred all your correspondence re your favourite music and singers.

Keep it coming to the Guestbook and I will carry on transferring.

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                       Tom McLuskey Thursday, 10/18/12, 7:38 AM
 
                   Many of us still have great memories of Billy Connelly and his great sense of humor talking about the working men and women of                           Scotland but mainly having fun with the many Glasgow characters that he worked with in the Clydebank Shipyards where he served                       his appprenticeship as a welder,his humor was a home grown type of comedy,sometimes a bit rough but never offensive and Cathy I                     went a couple of times to see him in Calgary Alberta this was many years ago when he toured with the White Heather Club and the                       Alexander Brothers. He was a tremendous hit over here and still is with his travel documentaries Tom
 
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                     Cathy Wednesday, 10/17/12, 9:37 PM
 
                    Went to the ballet tonight to see Princess and the Goblin,based on a story written by a Scotsman George MacDonald. wonderful                           production by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet,the young ones were fantastic!!
 
From: Canada
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Cathy Wednesday, 10/17/12, 8:56 PM
 
Did anyone see Billy Connolly Journey to the End of the Earth,loved it,love him!!!
 
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Bob Moffat Wednesday, 10/17/12, 2:58 PM
 
Graham just listened to help me make it through the night by Billy C on utube, yes it's quite funny like a lot of his songs.
 
From: Bonnyrigg
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Graham Whyte Wednesday, 10/17/12, 1:30 PM
 
                        As the music theme is still ongoing, John has posted a song by Kris Kristoferson. Does anyone remember Billy Connoly's                                   Version of it???. It went something like this... Take the rollers, from your hair, Shake them loose, and let them fall.Put them down                          by your Glass eye, in the glass upon the wall. Though your Teeth are black and gone, and your breath smells out of sight, I'll put a                         clothes peg on my nose To help me make it through the night.....Always thought that was so funny..
 
From: Harrogate
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                        Wilma Tatnell nee Arundel Tuesday, 10/16/12, 4:59 PM
 
                        I'm from the 60s era I listened to and still do listen to the Seekers, Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Frankie                               Valli and the Four Seasons, The Rolling Stones and who could forget the Beatles.The Monkees,The Everly Brothers, Simon and                            Garfunkel there is just too many to mention. I do know a lot of the songs that have been put up already through my parents my                             dad's favourite was Max Bygraves and we always watched the Black and White Minstrel Show.
 
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            Dusty Springfield                                      The Seekers                                      Lulu                                       Alma Cogan

 











                       Sandy Shaw                                                The Monkees                                       Frankie Valli and Four Seasons



                         Liz Torres Tuesday, 10/16/12, 4:06 PM
 
                         WOW Seekers slowly creeping up to my generation!!!!!
 
From: Florida
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                         Jim Glancy Tuesday, 10/16/12, 3:37 PM
 
                         The Seekers were great and so were The Carpenters. Karen was the first girl I ever heard of dying of anorexia. So sad. I had                                  never heard of that condition before...Jim.
 
From: Leith/Edinburgh
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                        Graham Whyte Tuesday, 10/16/12, 12:01 PM
 
                       Bob..Nice one lol....Just found an answer to a question that I, had got WRONG in a pub-quiz, donkeys years ago. Namely, What                          was the last song the Seekers sang on their farewell perfomance... I put, Georgie Girl... Just emailed the whole show ( in Black                             and White ) to John... The answer that the Quizmaster gave was The Carnival is over....Proves that I was right all along... Great                              show...Great Singers.Judith Durham had a voice that equals Karen Carpenter... The Seekers were one of my Dads Favourite                                 groups. He would always have their record on in the House.. Must be why, I liked and, still like them.
 
From: Harrogate
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                          Jim Gibson aka Gibby Monday, 10/15/12, 6:08 PM
 
                         The weather here is damp and bloody miserable sae what else can abody dae. Just remembered another song that Norman                                  Wisdom sang Dont Laugh at Me , Thats the name of the Song.....
 
From: Ottawa Canada
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                 Cilla Black                                          Everley Brothers                                Andrews Sisters                            Al Martino













         Dionne Warwiick                                 Bee Gees                                          Frank Ifield                                 Barry Manilow             



Jim Gibson aka Gibby Monday, 10/15/12, 5:33 PM
 
                       I know Norman Wisdom was better known as a Comedian but he also used to sing. One of my favorites which I still try to sing in                           the shower. It is called, All The Time and Everywhere. my old girl friend had it on a 45, so it might have been the only song he ever                         recorded.. Anyone else ever heard him singing?
 
From: Ottawa Canada
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                        Bob Moffat Monday, 10/15/12, 1:02 PM
 
                       Music, well this bloke keeps phoning me and singing Stand and deliver down the line, I keep telling him it's the wrong number but                          he's Adamant,!!
 
From: Bonnyrigg
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                          Wilma McLuskey Monday, 10/15/12, 7:10 AM
 
                         I thoroughly enjoy reading the comments and subject matter, John on your guestbook and the Old-Leither Web Page very very                               interesting and historical and I know my husband does as well by the amount of correspondense that he sends to this web page                           and this believe it or not is the first time that I have written anything in your guestbook or any guestbook. Now to the music ,what                           about Frank Ifield,Winnie Atwell and not forgetting Tiger Bays Shirley Bassey, the first two pianists and very good but Shirley was                          an exceptional vocalist with many hit songs Keep up the excellent quality of this Old-Leither Web page and as my old granny                                Liston would say or you will get "Your Bahooky Skelped" Wilma McLuskey
 
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                       Cathy Sunday, 10/14/12, 9:04 PM
 
                        What about ,It's a long way to Tipperrary,Good night Sweetheart,Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and smile, smile,                               smile I am actually singing this now lol and my late Uncle Willie's party piece If You Were the Only Girl in the World....
 
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               Carpenters                                    Al Jolson                                 Chubby Checker                                      Boney M














             Andy Williams                             Anne Shelton                                 Ann Blyth                                  Brotherhood of Man


                        Frank Ferri Sunday, 10/14/12, 8:18 AM
 
                       Leith and Music. Quite a lot of songs take me back to New Year singsongs during the war years. We`ll Meet Again, I`m Gonna                            hang up my washing on he Zeigfried line, Pack up your troubles in the old kitbag, When They Sound the Last All Clear. Trees;. I                            never thought that I would see a poem as lovely as a tree etc, etc, my dad used to sing that. Oh Johnny and the 1959 New Year                            hit  What do you want to make these eyes at me for. (Emile Ford) and many more . Of course Sunshine on Leith by the                                        Proclaimers: always brings a lump to the throat
 
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                          Ruth Sunday, 10/14/12, 7:35 AM
 
                          Leith then - poor oots on a Saturday "Pennies From Heaven"
 
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                         Tom McLuskey Sunday, 10/14/12, 7:31 AM
 
                         For auld Leith, I believe this song sums up my youth and memories of my Leith experiences and that was "Let the good times                              Roll"and also there was another song called "Sailor" I am not sure but I believe it was sung by Petula Clark????which all of us                               Merchant Seaman sang once we had a few sociables inside us.it was a big time favourite A fairly modern song about our Leith                              would be "Memories are made of this"I believe that was Dean Martin but not a hundred per cent sure but anyway that is my                                   contribution to this original subject Take Care aw you auld Leithers Tom,Wilma and Rayanne.
 
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                         Ruth McClounnan Sunday, 10/14/12, 5:36 AM
 
                         Song that reminds of me of Leith "Singing in the Rain" sung by Gene Kelley, Leith..now for me it's "So Long It's Been Good To                             Know You" sung by don't know?? FRANK (our music advisor) LOL will likely ken ....
 
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                       Connie Newman Sunday, 10/14/12, 3:48 AM
 
                       Leith as was: 'Hometown' sung by Flannegan & Allen Leith today: There is a song called 'Are the Good Times Really Over' -                                  country & western by a singer called Merle Haggard (hear it in you tube) Will those do to start the ball rolling??
 
From: Tonbridge Kent
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                      Graham Whyte Sunday, 10/14/12, 2:19 AM
 
                     Without using the usual Songs, Which Songs remind you of Leith as was, and which Songs, Portray Leith now???.                         
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                      Ruth McClounnan Saturday, 10/13/12, 7:41 PM
 
                      Just read in yesterdays paper that Sarah Brightman is going to Russia for 6 months training for her flight to space wow!!! brave lady                         I would say eh!!!I hope is disnae change her voice going away up there...
 
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                    Jim Gibson Saturday, 10/13/12, 5:07 PM
 
                     My apologies to all ,Sinatra singing, Where are the Clowns, complete with excerpts of all the great comedians ,like Jack Benny                            Red Skeleton .Jackie Gleason ,etc.,is on U tube . Personally I thought it was great and brought back many memories of what T.V                         used to be like . I don't know about the UK but here we are inundated with Reality Shows. GARBAGE By the way does any one                            remember Johnnie Ray, Guy Mitchell and what about the Great Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Lane. The used to play at the West                            End Cafe some times.
 
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                      June Wood Saturday, 10/13/12, 11:02 AM
 
                    Andrea Bocelli..live from Central Park, on TV,,my oh my, what can one say about his voice,its like listening to an angel sing..Still                          on, Tony Bennett is about to join him, as has many others,,,Andrea is the best?

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                    Ruth McClounnan Saturday, 10/13/12, 6:21 AM
 
                   Maureen, thats great you've held on to those old records all these years, I have a couple that my folks probably brought over here                          with us -Willie Starr, accordinist is one of them and a John McCormick was the other that I can remember...My son in law said to me                     "Ruth why don't you take your old records to the swap meet" I just could not bring myself to do it... Maureen probably Frank would                          answer your question on where to buy small needles....
 
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                  Maureen Logue Saturday, 10/13/12, 4:19 AM
 
                  I have an old floor model wind up gramaphone that I inherited along with a huge collection of 78s. Some recorded on one side only by                    such names as Caruso and McCormick(sp) singing roses of picardy. Also have some 78s that are a complete picture depicting the                        song on them. Has anyone seen them before? I think they came out in the 40s. Have a recording by some one called Hamish                              Menzies but don't know if he is the Scottish singer or the American. All I need to know now is where I can buy the little needles the                       player needs to work...I am glad that records are coming back.
 
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                Jim Gibson aka Gibby Friday, 10/12/12, 6:37 PM
 
                Frank LP,S are also making a come back over here.. My son now scours the Salvation Army thrift shops for records. He grew up                           listening to the Beastie Boys and the like, But now he is looking for records of the Big Band era. I picked him a great Turntable and                       amplifier at the local thrift shop. Another thing they are doing here is selling frames that you can display the covers of the LP,s on,                         Looks good on the wall of the Rec room . Incidentally didnt any one look up Sinatra singing Where are the Clowns ? It sure brings back                  memories of all the oldies such as Red Skeleton Jack Benny Jackie Gleason ,Art Carney , Bud Abbot and Lou Costello ,etc,etc,
 
From: Ottawwa Canada
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               Jim Glancy Friday, 10/12/12, 5:06 PM
 
               A friend of mine has just bought himself a Dansette record player. Remember them? They are collectable now and he loves his. He                        bought it on ebay. I gave him a box of 78s I had lying around and he likes Ted Heath's band playing "The Champ" and also some Victor                 Sylvester records. I got the records from a friend and never had a player that could play them....Jim.
 
From: Leith/Edinburgh
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                Frank Ferri Friday, 10/12/12, 11:55 AM
 
               Yep Ruth, still got a turntable, I have a lot of vinyl records, I've even got an application that I can convert them all to my computer and                     transfer them to CD, making my own comiplations .... In fact Vinyl is making a come back in the UK and in some cases outselling                       other mediums, even new bands are using them, they say its a better sound.... Yes you can still buy record decks, check out the                         internet
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           Ruth McClounnan Friday, 10/12/12, 9:32 AM
 
           Your right Cathy and Jack ask me about things last week forget it, funny how things work eh!!!! Frank do you still play your old records?                 my record player is long gone I don't even know if you can still buy one??
 
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            Cathy, Friday, 10/12/12, 4:57 AM
 
           Jack I'm with you! I am starting to remember things from way back,but not the day before never mind the week before lol... Ruth I am also               enjoying all the chatting back and forth on the music topic,funny how a song can make you shed a tear or make you smile kinda like                     some gentlemen we know eh lol Definitely not our Leithers though smiles only :):)
 
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           Jack Mackenzie Friday, 10/12/12, 1:44 AM
 
           Ruth I can remember some things that happened seventy years ago, but please don't ask me what happened last week. lol
 
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            Frank Ferri Thursday, 10/11/12, 12:05 PM
 
            Bill Snyder on piano.. Classic piece was "Bewitched" ... I'm wild gain, begiled again a whimper siniveling child again, bewitched bothered                and bewildered,... very distictive sound.
 
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           Ruth McClounnan Thursday, 10/11/12, 9:52 AM
 
           You Oldleithers have some kind of memories, to remember names, dates , songs as far back as 70 years or more is marvelous....I admire             you all, and I know we all love music...I came along a few years later , and left the country , so all of this is news to me....I am enjoying                  reading your stories...Thanks Ruth (the bairn) LOL
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          Tom Wallace Thursday, 10/11/12, 8:25 AM
 
          Some other memories that I recall: Ambrose and his orchestra,Sandy Macpherson at the BBC organ,Workers Playtime. Big Bill Campbell             and his rocky Mountain Rhythm,Workers Playtime, Jack Jackson Show, Doris Hare and her Merchant Navy Show and during the war a                  Show called"Into Battle"". Listening to cricket??? Änd theyre bowling from the nursery end...........click
 
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         Connie Newman Thursday, 10/11/12, 3:39 AM
 
         Sure do!! Funny you should mention Charlie Kunz. I listen a lot to Radio 3 & they are doing a feature on the piano right now with the concert           pianist Peter Donohoe giving his selection of the top 50 best pianists (this includes jazz pianists as well!). anyway, listeners have been e-               mailing in with their choices & Charlie was suggested by many people & a couple of days ago, they played a wonderful cd of Kunz with a               selection of his repertoire
 
From: Tonbridge Kent
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         Jack Mackenzie Thursday, 10/11/12, 2:33 AM
 
        A musical memory teaser for the more senior members of OldLeither, open your memory banks of some seventy years ago, the WW2 era. I           think it was on a Sunday night, or it might have been a Saturday, on the wireless (radio hadn't been invented yet) about 8:45 in the evening,            there was a fifteen minute programme of piano music. As far as I can remember there were only two pianists, and each one played every                alternate Sunday. One of the pianists was Charlie Kunz, whose signature tune was "Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie". He had a very                    distinctive piano sound, difficult to describe, but I liked it. The other player was Carrol Gibbons, a Canadian, he was a band leader and his               signature tune was "On the Air". His piano sound was...well it just sounded like a piano. Anybody remember that particular programme?
 
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        Bob Moffat Monday, 10/8/12, 2:36 PM
 
        Like you TAM I agree with most comments, but nobody has mentioned the great Dean Martin, Graham, a stupid pianist banging his head on          the keys, he was playing by ear LOL, differance between a piano and a fish, you can't tunafish, guy walks into rent office £5 in one ear and             £10 in the other, you see he was £15 in arrears.
 
From: Bonnyrigg
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        Graham Whyte Monday, 10/8/12, 1:46 PM
 
        As far as Music is concerned, I started playing the Viola at Fort st Primary school aged 10. My Lyons was the Teacher.. Approx 1 year into           learning, he sadly, Passed away. From that day onwards, I have never touched another Viola. I messed about with Guitars and An Organ,              Still have one. I can play by ear but not with a Music sheet in front of me.. Even played in a Pipe-band ( as seen on you-tube ). My real wish            in life was to play an instrument PROPERLY.. Yet to succeed. LOL
 
From: Harrogate
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         Tam,Wilma and Rayanne Monday, 10/8/12, 1:15 PM
 
        Just want to say that I agree with Graham, Frank and all the rest of you Old-Leithers 100% about the stories, the singers the bands,the                  dancehalls and the clubs and the good pals we all had when growing up in Sunny Old Leith,the music especially bring back so many                     memories of my growing up and my youth,spent in Leith as it must do all you Old- Leithers,great great memories thank you all Well anyway          I will getaway now but unfortunately with it being Thanksgiving over here it will be the dreaded turkey dinner,turkey soup, turkey                              sandwiches,turkey everything till the bird is finished.but anyway all of you Old Leithers Take Care Tam,Wilma and Rayanne.
 
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       june wood Monday, 10/8/12, 1:07 PM
 
       thanks lots for the info Connie,,will start looking for her recordings,,,,Also an old one, cant remember who the singer was, but the song                  was,,,,Down by the old Mill Stream,,,As i walked up the Canongate, up the high st, heard it coming out of every window as I passed                       by,,guess it was liked by one and all,,Cheers,,
 
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       Graham Whyte Monday, 10/8/12, 12:35 PM
 
      Just checked out the new Music section... WOW!!!!. Someone has been VERY busy.. Something for EVERYONE. Bet, most of you will                remember the songs off by heart. You should be able to think of the song and just start singing along to them..
 
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            Frank Ferri, Monday, 10th October, 2012


     Music .. It’s difficult to know where to start so best approach it by decades …… having been born in 1935 and by the time I was about 5, I              heard adults sing songs of the late 1920s and the 30s, which accounts for me acquiring some of this music in later life… Firstly my Italian              paternal grandmother would listen to Gigli and Caruso on an old wind up gramophone, and then on my maternal side, some played piano at            family gatherings, hence the influence from the decades mentioned …. The advent of the Cd gave me the opportunity to buy the back dated            music of my youth ….. I loved the ballads sung by crooner Al Bowlly who was killed in London in an air raid of WW2, the guitar of Django               Reinhard with Stephene Grappelli on violin of Hot Club of France fame and George Shearing ….

    Then there was the old movies of the late 30s & 40s with Fred & Ginger, Fats Waller ….. ….The war years came along bringing with a stream        of patriotic music from Flannigan & Allan, Tommy Trinder, Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields  to name a few from the UK…... State side brought us             Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, Andrew sisters, Ink Spots, Mills Bros, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Sinatra, Tony Martin, Bing Crosby, Jeanette                 MacDonald & Nelson Eddie …. In the late 40s/50s came Donald Peers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Guy Mitchell, Frankie Laine, Mario Lanza,              Teresa Brewer, Kay Star, Doris Day, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Sammy Davis, Al Martino, Vic Damone, Ray Anthony band, Harry James, Earl      Bostic and his alto sax, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell, Johnny Ray, Ted Heath, Edmuno Ross, Hank Williams, Roberto Igles,         Xevier Cugar (Latin American) , Mantovani and our own Victor Sylvester…….

   Moving on we had Its Trad Dad (Dixieland Jazz) and Skiffle, Lonnie Donnigan, Nancy Whisky, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Chris Barber, (Otillie             Patterson) Clyde Valley Stompers,  Ken Collier… of course this was not new to me, at the tender age of 14 years, I was accidental introduced       to it.. One Sunday evening, my two pals and I with nothing to do, every where was closed, we heard music coming from a small side door of          Woolworth in Constitution St, it lead up to the top flat which was then known as the Palace Ballroom, we sneaked up the stairs to investigate         when a man appeared and we asked sheepishly if we could come in, he said yea if you got 1/9d, which we paid. We sat at a table got a cup of       coffee and cake included and listened to Archie Semple and his jazz band, this was the first time we had heard live music and it made us feel        quite grown up, from then on I was hooked, moving on to the India buildings Victoria St up town to listen to Sandy Brown (both musicians home      grown, became quite famous in the London scene. (As a former merchant seaman, I had the privilege of visiting the home of jazz New Orleans
  in 1954)  … …

  Once a month they would have a Jazz Band Ball in Oddfellows halls in Forrest Rd…. On with the music .. Lapping the 50s /60 along came Rock    N Roll, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Country & Western etc…. Rolling Stones, Beatles, Animals, Kinks, Moody Blues, Cilla, Sandy Shaw, Dusty      Springfield , Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, Fats Domino, Roy Orbison, Righteous Bros, Isly Bros, Everly Bros,  Ronnetts, Patsy Cline, Andy    Williams, Inglebert, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manillo, Andy Wiliams, Neil Diamond .. in the 80s came along Julio                 Englesis, Chris Deburgh, Chris Rea, Tena Turner, Long Jon Baldry,…. I could go on and on …

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      Connie Newman Monday, 10/8/12, 12:18 AM
 
     Sorry - meant to say, if you are looking for her stuff the name is Caterina Valente - and she is one of Willie,s favourite singers!!
 
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     Connie Newman Monday, 10/8/12, 12:15 AM
 
     Caterina recorded many songs June. And if you go onto Amazon you will find a range of her available CDs - including one recorded with the            great Edmundo Ros! She was a lovely singer and a great looking girl.
 
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     june robertson wood Sunday, 10/7/12, 8:19 PM
 
    Does anyone remember a singer by the name of Katrina Valenti,,She only recorded one song and that was,,,The Breeze and I,,it was just              lovely..If she did record more songs I would like to know,,She had a lovely voice..Italian I believe..Cheers.
 
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     Ruth Sunday, 10/7/12, 5:12 PM
 
    And Eartha Kitt, Theresa Brewer, Judy Garland, Diana Shore, Joni James (I'm not sure of some of there spellings)
 
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             Alex Wallace Sunday, 10/7/12, 2:09 PM
 
        Interesting info on Peggy Lee. I was told way back when that Sammy Davis was born in Bangor Rd. his dad delivered coal for Leith Provy.              Regarding the GREAT female singers don't forget,Joni James,Julie London and of course the Fabulous Lena Horn. ecky.
 
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  Maureen Logue Sunday, 10/7/12, 10:24 AM
 
       Speaking of Nessun Dorma.... I had the opportunity to see the opera Turnadot while in Sydney, Australia. While I can't fault the singers I was         a little bit disappointed in the costumes and stage settings. The clothes and settings were black, gray and white. I guess I was expecting               elaborate chinese outfits in Red, gold, yellow etc. The star piece, Nessun Dorma, although beautifully sung was very short... Mind I really did          not know what to expect..... When visiting other countries we always try to see a play, stage show, opera or what have you while there. I find          often it is the only way to see the inside of some of these beautiful buildings and they always look much better when full of people.
 
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        Graham Whyte Sunday, 10/7/12, 9:14 AM
 
       Tom, I will let you off with Nessun Dorma, But the rest of it.. NOT A CHANCE..I can put that down to D.K. The music teacher, she was one of        those that only allowed singing in the style of Opera.. OH..NOT OOO. was her Mantra.
 
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         Sandra Cochrane (Johnson) Sunday, 10/7/12, 6:06 AM
 
      Thanks Frank for the info on Peggy Lee - I had heard recently that she was born in the U.S. but they didn't have all the information you did. It's        nice to know something of the history of these big stars - not just all the sordid gossip we hear nowadays. She sounds as though she had a
      tough time - maybe that caused the confusion of her being a 'Leither' - her PERSEVERENCE (had to get that in). CATHY glad you are a John         McDermot fan. I keep missing his shows when he's out our way - he's married to a lovely Polish girl and does a ton of work for the old                   veterans.
 
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          Tom Wallace Saturday, 10/6/12, 4:07 PM
 
       A name that I cant recall seeing on this site is Gracie Fields. She was quite popular during ww2
 
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         Tom Wallace Saturday, 10/6/12, 4:03 PM
 
       Hi Jim My favorite Kenton recording was "Midnite Sun" with June Christy as the vocalist. She was right up there in the class of Ella and                 Peggy Lee. Graham, can't believe you don't like opera. Listen to Pavorotti singing Che Gelinda Manini and Nessum Dorma.
 
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      Jim Glancy Saturday, 10/6/12, 3:20 PM
     
       The "Peanut Vendor" must have been one of Stan Kenton's few "Hits" as his music was too serious for most tastes. John Dankworth did an            arrangement of the children's tune "Three Blind Mice" and they played it in the style of various popular bands. For the Kenton version they              renamed the tune to "A Fugue For Three Sightless Rodents" which I thought was very funny. they played it great, though... The Basil                    Kirchen band at the Palais did a cover of the Peanut Vendor and the no jiving rule was suspended for that one...The joint really rocked...Jim.
 
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           Tom McLuskey Saturday, 10/6/12, 8:27 AM
 
          What about Frankie Vaughn,Max Bygraves ,Kay Star very memorable singing artists of that era,the Big Band Era although they were                    mostly individual artists
        
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          Connie Newman Saturday, 10/6/12, 6:42 AM
 
        I am not sure just how Vera bacame such a war time icon - but she did. Personally, I thought Anne Shelton had a better voice - but it was             the songs that made Vera Lyn. They WERE pretty sad, and can understand how service men away - or families waiting for them at home -            would find them a bit on the gloomy side! But she has remained the 'Forces Sweetheart'! Does anyone remember the song by (I think by the         Squadronnaire? Frank will know probably!!) 'Coming in on a wing & a prayer'. I liked that one - even if I WAS a little girl at the time. The thing          was that my sister was almost 10 years older than me so I used to be in on all the latest songs & dances!
 
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        Jim Glancy Friday, 10/5/12, 1:54 PM
 
         Ruth, you are not alone. My dad was in the RN during the war and he told me that anytime a Vera Lynn record came on the radio there                would be requests to turn her off. I'm being polite here. Vera's material wasn't everyone's cup of tea when they were far from home....Jim.
      
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           Ruth Friday, 10/5/12, 8:13 AM
 
        Sorry to say there is one female singer that I can't listen to is Vera Lynn and her war time songs, I didn't like them at home especially" I'll              Be Seeing You" and" White Cliffs of Dovar" use to make me cry, too too sad, my English pals will break into song at our lunches                          sometimes and I just won't sing with them, (Just the way I have always felt)
 
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  Frank FerriFriday, 10/5/12, 3:50 AM

Sorry to disappoint Sandra, Peggy Lee cannot lay claim to being a Leither .....Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North              Dakota, the seventh of eight children of Marvin Olof Egstrom, a station agent for the Midland Continental Railroad, and his wife Selma Amelia        (Anderson) Egstrom. She and her family were Lutherans[1]. Her father was Swedish American and her mother was Norwegian American.[2]           Her mother died when Lee was just four years old.[3] Afterward, her father married Min Schaumber, who treated her with great cruelty while            her alcoholic father did little to stop it [1]. As a result, she developed her musical talent and took several part-time jobs so that she could be           away from home.                                                         
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  CathyThursday, 10/4/12, 10:12 PM

Music, great never ending topic good for the soul.. the great thing about entertainers back in the day they were the whole package,they could        sing,dance, act unlike many today they are famous with one record or movie...Judy Garland,Doris Day were much loved female stars. I loved        Buddy Holly,Patsy Cline,and so many more I agree there were tons of great dancers come from Scotland it was everyone's favourite pass              time then .. sorry lads well almost:)The kids nowadays seldom learn to dance to busy playing video games and listening to head banging so          called music.. They have missed out we were the lucky ones I'd say..

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  Anne KaczkaThursday, 10/4/12, 9:01 PM

Sandra At fthe moment I am listening to John McDermott. He has sung My Love is like a Red Red Rose, THe SKye Boat SOng and at the            moment AMazing Grace. Strange thing is I have not played this cd In a long while and was listening to it when I read your comment. Really           enjoying this discussion of everyone's likes and dislikes of music.

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  Jim Gibson aka GibbyThursday, 10/4/12, 5:27 PM

I always remember one of the names we used to see on the billboard advertising the Wrestling was Hassan Ali Bey which was quite an                exotic sounding name a way back in the fifties, All the kids when they fooled around wrestling aw wanted to be Hassan Ali Bey. It might be           quite a common name in this day and age.

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       Graham WhyteThursday, 10/4/12, 1:37 PM

       Connie, I am in the same situation.. My Mother also was taken to the Wrestling. It was at the Eldo.. anyone that did take her, NEVER                  did again.. She was one of those that would go to the ring and try to have a go at whoever was in there. She would also, sit in front of                    the T.V. if her horse was second coming up to the finish line, she would literally, put her hand on the screen covering the first horse and                 start giddying-up, her horse.. I KID YOU NOT..

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                Connie NewmanThursday, 10/4/12, 10:36 AM

       Ruth, I think when 'all-in' was introduced it was as an amalgamation of all the different wrestling styles - such as Judo, Greaco-Roman                   etc. I might be wrong though! My mother used to love the wrestling! A more peaceable (unless I had done something REALLY wrong!)or                 inoffensive little body you could never meet, but she loved the wrestling! My brother-in-law used to take her (to the State I think?) & the                  name Jackie Pallo springs to mind!!

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  RuthThursday, 10/4/12, 8:56 AM

    Just to change the subject of music for a minute I have a question?....my dad when we lived in Leith use to go down the street to watch                THE ALL IN WRESTLING???? what did "the all in mean"??? why not just the wrestling????

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  Frank FerriThursday, 10/4/12, 8:44 AM

  Jack is your email in box choked up with mail, a few music tracks I sent have bounced back.
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       Sandra Cochrane (Johnson)Thursday, 10/4/12, 6:07 AM

Well, this topic sure got the old keyboard buzzing. Funny thing I was just thinking the other day of something my Mum used to keep                    wondering about. Apparently she had heard somewhere that Peggy Lee was actually born in Leith (but I've since heard that she wasn't). Did           anyone else ever hear this rumour? Music means a lot to everyone - conjurs up memories of different people/places. I remember my auntie           ( 9mos. older) and myself used to go to the 'Cappie' on Saturday mornings and every so often they'd have a talent show. At that time we
     were big fans of Doris Day and had decided to sing 'Black Hills of Dakota' (from the movie 'Calamity Jane'). We practiced for ages and planned       to do it just before I left for Canada, but I chickened out! Always have been too embarrassed to sing in public, but we still have a giggle about it       (and can still sing it too).

    There's much to be said about music (as has been shown)so I think a new feature is a good idea. I'm really surprised that SUSAN BOYLE             hasn't been mentioned yet. I got a CD as a gift and she is very good on it. Also that little EVANCKO lassie is unbelievable. My favourite 50-           60's artist is BUDDY HOLLY but at this age I think it is JOHN MCDERMOTT He lives in Ontario but can't quite decide which side of the Irish         Sea his heart lies. If you haven't heard him I'm sure he's on UTube - give him a listen, especially his earlier CD's. He grew up in Edinburgh (I           think) but I'm sure he's Irish descent. You'll think you're back in the Kirkgage on a Saturday night, but he has quite a repertoire. I can't believe        NO ONE has mentioned the great AL JOLSON. I think I mentioned once before about our Ontario radio station AM 740, check it out on the            internet - they play all the oldies and I think they have a 'big band Saturday Night' plus they used to have Frank Sinatra on every week for 1 hr. -     don't know if they still do. I never listen to Frank Sinatra. I know he is a great singer, but I am sick listening to him, plus he reminds me of my        late father-in-law (cocky and conceited) but I digress. Turn up the wireless(or the internet) and enjoy yourselves!

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  Jim GibsonWednesday, 10/3/12, 6:19 PM

Ruth Iam not sure about Scotsmen being better dancers than Americans,however I was in New York one time on business and a bunch of us        went out to some of the clubs I watched for a good Jiver and finally got her up to dance . This club had every thing the fog on the floor ,                 cameras filming the dancers with playback on the walls around the hall and most importantly a great Band. I was so enjoying my self that I            did not notice until the music stopped that we were surrounded by Black people . I thought for a minute that I was intruding in their club , but          all they wanted to know was. :Where I had learned to dance like that: . Nae sae bad for a wee man from Leith

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  Jim Gibson aka GibbyWednesday, 10/3/12, 6:00 PM

Hi Tom it was Fortes Cafe and it was probably the same Dance Hall as I believe it was the only one in town. We used to go down there every        second weekend and the girls from Gala hired a bus and came to the Palais every other weekend . We used to get Bed and breakfast at an           old lady,s house for 5 shillings and then the girl I was going out with Mum found out and said I was spending to much money and told me to          come to there house. That was Ok for a while until your buddies start to tell you that :You,ve got your Feet Under The Table " and seeing that        I was only 19 I thought it was time to quit. Oh what a waste youth is.

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  Jack MackenzieWednesday, 10/3/12, 5:54 PM

  Doris Day sang Secret Love in the film "Calamity Jane".

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  RuthWednesday, 10/3/12, 5:01 PM

Yma Sumac a Peruvian singer, May of 1955 I went down to the Los Angeles Court House to get my American Citizenship,after we all stood           with our hand up and took the oath the Judge announced that the singer was also there with us, and a Russian Countess..( and Ruth                   McRobbie )I'm kidding LOL...I already had liked her singing and had her LP...never will forget her name or that day....I was there by myself no        friends or family with me to celebrate the day... just another day...
                                                        
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  Willie BellWednesday, 10/3/12, 2:19 PM

who remembers Yma Sumac ftom the 50s,? I bleieve she had a range of at least 4 octaves

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  Frank FerriWednesday, 10/3/12, 2:08 PM

Agree Willie, Doris Day, Kay Starr, Connie Francis, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London ... Yep Graham Doris Day was first in the 50s then             Kathy Kirby much later
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  RuthWednesday, 10/3/12, 2:08 PM

Frank put me down for a yes for music etc. I love musicals and light opera ballads, bagpipe music love reels.....I can say music in general,           BUT not rap no no no..... I listen a lot on the radio to soft contempary jazz

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  Willie BellWednesday, 10/3/12, 1:42 PM

Must agree with Frank on this, was there ever a better female singer than Ella Fitzgerald,? not in my opinion, heres a female singer to                  conjure a few memories Caterina Valente, loved her what a voice, I'll throw in a few others, Dinah Washington, Jo Stafford, Mary Ford (with            Les Paul), opinions please

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  Graham WhyteWednesday, 10/3/12, 1:38 PM

Just remembered, Secret Love, was that not Doris Day's Record originally???. Maybe wrong AGAIN LOL

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  Graham WhyteWednesday, 10/3/12, 1:34 PM

So true Frank, I did think her Ruby red lips had men drooling LOL. Glad you mentioned " in general ". My real hate in Music is, Opera and,           Musicals. Although, saying that, Phantom of the Opera has a good song in it, Master of the House. Otherwise, ZIPPO as far as that goes.           What about Billy Cotton Band Show on the TELLY???. WAKEY WAKEY ...or, The Black and White Minstrels ( oooopppsss can't say that           anymore ).

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  FRANK FERRIWednesday, 10/3/12, 1:08 PM

PS ... I respect your individual taste Graham, but comon man Kathy Kirby? eye candy for the men yes in her day, but no singer compaired          to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sahara Vaughn just to name just a few, her only claim to fame was Secret Love .. lol

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  Frank FerriWednesday, 10/3/12, 12:43 PM

The subject was started mainly about bands plus music in general Graham, but valid point

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  Graham WhyteWednesday, 10/3/12, 12:28 PM

May I, pass comment on the Music theme???. There are not many mentions of Ladies that could sing. Is ths because they were not                   prevalent or, not many were any good ???. I know that most men-folk had a crush on Cathy Kirby, ( married or otherwise ). I am sure that             there were many female singers around everyones youth but, Just not noticed many here on site.

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  Frank FerriWednesday, 10/3/12, 11:47 AM

Hi Folks, our webmaster John has shown interest in the music theme conversation and is thinking about creating a new hub for us to                   comment on the bands we favoured in our time, should be intersting, if and when it comes about, lets here your views.. happy memories

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  Tam,Wilma and RayanneWednesday, 10/3/12, 10:15 AM

I go back a lot of years with this memory but it is one that I still cherish. I had just came home from sea and my mom and dad told me you          have to go to the Usher Hall tomorrow night as your sister Janice is appearing on stage,so myself and a few of my hard nosed friends so we         all went and got settled in awaiting the grand entrance of my sister the star. Then the great moment arrived and onto the stage she                      appears,with a bunch of Hara Krishnas banging on a drum and that was my sisters first and only appearance on stage at the Usher Hall.              needless to say were all speechless but gave her a great big hand,it was quite a memorable night not what we really expected but we all              loved it just the same Tam

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  RuthWednesday, 10/3/12, 9:30 AM

Another thought came to mind, my mum and dad use to go to Princes Street Gardens stage there was dancing there and it was always               packed as I can remember, I would sit on the steps at the right hand side and loved to watch everyone dance, I have no idea of the bands             that were playing , afterwards mum and dad would let me roll down the hills me and a bunch of other bairns LOL all doing the same                      thing.....ah!!!easy amused then eh!!!! came home with green stained nickers and knees but happy...

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  RuthWednesday, 10/3/12, 8:16 AM

Gibby, you mentioned about shining the spotlight on jivers or the band, it happened to me and my husband at the Locarno in Glasgow my            husband was a really good jiver he won jiveing competitions in Cape Town SA while he was there on his trips, anyway we were jiveing and            the light went on us but there they kicked us off the floor and told us to dance at the side, and we were jiveing to Rock Around the Clock....I          always maintain Scottish guys are better dancers than they are here..On my trips home my Aunt would take me up to St. Marys for the               dancing on Saturday nights. loved it.......

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  Frank FerriWednesday, 10/3/12, 5:17 AM

No wanting to stray to far away from Jacks memories of Fred and Ginger, its all linked, but on reflecting back to the days of listening to                music in the earl 40s, we were not exactly spoiled for choice where it came from. Main sources were the movies and dance halls.Few                  of us had record players and even if we had that luxury, records were expensive. Maybe old Uncle Joe had a piano accordion at family dos.          The BBC was our main outlet, even then you perhaps you had to listen to a lot of dross before you heard a popular piece on shows like                Family Favourites¿ on a Sunday morning or Housewives Choice. Then in the late 40s along came Radio Luxemburg and AFN (American              Forces Network) from Germany, what a pleasure that was and of course it moved on to pirate radio in the 60s such as Radio Caroline.  Now        we are spoiled. Every one has an application at home that can play music and were are inundated with music where every we go.                        Supermarkets, Department stores, lifts, mobile phones, laptops, Ipads TVs, you name it. I`ll have to take time out to listen to more of my own ..    I`ve enjoyed this chat we`ve all had, keep it coming, its god for the soul.

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  Frank FerriWednesday, 10/3/12, 4:57 AM

Hi Jack, loved all the Fred & Ginger movies, still do, they danced as one, love hte one wher the dance to "Smoke gets in your eyes"

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  Jack MackenzieWednesday, 10/3/12, 1:47 AM

Moving away slightly from the music theme. Last night I was on YouTube watching Fred Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers, it goes without        saying that it was a sheer delight. Reading some of the positive comments from younger viewers, it got me to wondering that if these clips            were shown to school kids on a regular basis they might be tempted to dress in a similar fashion, get away from the 'head banging music'            they listen to today and go to dancing lessons. Do you think I'm into the realms of fantasy? I read somewhere that the costume designs               worn on Downtown Abbey are appearing on the catwalks of fashion houses. With the coming series set in the 1920's we could well see                some classy clothes being sold on the High Street. We/I can but hope.

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  Tom WallaceTuesday, 10/2/12, 11:19 PM

Hi Gibby I recall one Saturday night we left the base and instead of going into Edinburgh we headed the other direction. We saw two girls              waiting by a bus stop and pulled over to talk to them. They were waiting for a bus to take them to the local miners club to a dance. There             were four of us and we were invited to attend the dance. Well the reception was kinda chilly when we entered so we headed out and ended           up in Galashiels where we attended another dance. Probably in the same hall. Was it Fortes Cafe where you played your records'? I knew            the daughter Dominica.

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  Jim Gibson aka GibbyTuesday, 10/2/12, 5:57 PM

Frank you hit it on the nail when you said music brings back memories. A bunch of us used to go down to the dancing in Galashiels for the          weekend,,(5 women for every man ) On Sunday morning we used to go to a little Cafe^ They had a Juke Box there and that was the first time         I heard Stan Kenton playing :Peanut Vendor:. I think we played it till we were broke. To this day it is still one of my favorites. Talking about           the Eldo . I worked there for 2 years checking the coats and shining the spot light on the solo performers in the band and the Jivers. How I            cursed the guy doing the same thing to me when I learned to Jive. PS one of the regular bands there was Joe Loss and his band of renown

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  Jim GlancyTuesday, 10/2/12, 5:11 PM

I'll be playing "You'll Never Know" a few times in the coming weeks as it is #4 on our dance bands current play list. We have paired it with            "Once In A While"....Many years ago I heard a radio programme called "Down Your Way" in which an outside broadcast vehicle visited local          areas, spoke to people and played a request for them. On this occasion they were at the quayside talking to people coming off the Queen           Mary. An American lady asked for Tommy Dorsey's "On The Sunny Side Of the Street". Turns out she had sang on the record as part of the         vocal group. I think they were called the Sandpipers...Jim.
                                                                                  
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  Frank FerriTuesday, 10/2/12, 12:01 PM

Thanks Philip, already done that, I've got it on a CD and an LP just wanted to introduce it to others.. cheers

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  Philip GlancyTuesday, 10/2/12, 11:45 AM

Frank, You'll get Bunny Berrigan on Youtube51094

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  Connie NewmanTuesday, 10/2/12, 8:49 AM

Oh Dear, Tom. That was a pity. The Stella Maris Sunday dances were great fun!!

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  Tom WallaceTuesday, 10/2/12, 7:41 AM

How many of you used to go to the YMCA dances each Wed and Saturday nites on Fire Brigade Street? With a trip to Lannies or Alberts             afterwards. My girl friend used to attend St Mary's Star of The Sea but she never told me about the Sunday dances being held there.

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  Frank FerriTuesday, 10/2/12, 6:58 AM

Ooops SENIOR moment Willie Bdell corrected me, the Biopic was of Red Nicoles in the 5 Pennies, not Bunny Berrigan, thanks Willie

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  RuthTuesday, 10/2/12, 6:58 AM

You two guys Frank and Jack could write a memory book on MUSIC of the ( good old days) LOL ....I love it, you are mentioning places and           names I have never heard off (well thats no hard LOL)..I did see Harry James a few times at the Hollywood Pallidium,I just can't remember             his lead singer this was late 1950's...it wasn't Betty Grable his wife I know that.....Leith and Edinburgh sounded like it was a great place to           be if you wanted good music and wanted to dance...

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  Connie NewmanTuesday, 10/2/12, 6:46 AM

During one of our periodic discussions on our music collections, Frank mentioned Berrigan a few years ago. I did not have him in my                    collection so I bought his 'I can't get started' CD (it is the top track of 15). A great listen I highly recommend it! Includes such classics as              'Jelly Roll Blues', 'Frankie & Johnny', Swanee River' Black Bottom' etc etc.

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  Frank FerriTuesday, 10/2/12, 6:18 AM

Anyone heard of the great trumpeter/cornet player Bunny Berrigan, he played with all The big bands at one time or other . Danny Kaye               plays his part in the movie the 5 Pennie,. his most popular track was I can`t get Started. Wonderful trumpet solo. I remember hearing this on t        the radio in the 1940s AFM (American Forces Network) and in 1953 a made a point of buying the record in a shop on Princes  St just                  opposite  the Floral clock. They had specially order this 12" 78rpm it for me. In the mean time I was called away to do a year trip on  an MN          ship to the  American east coast .. On my return, I was surprised they had kept it for me.. It only got broken about 20 years ago, but I have a        copy on a  remold LP
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  Frank FerriTuesday, 10/2/12, 5:42 AM

Eastway top of Easter Rd now a supermarket. "You'll never Know" love Wiilie Nelson's arrangement of this, "Sunny Side of the Street" a big         hit for Frankie Laine in the late 40s
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        Jack MackenzieTuesday, 10/2/12, 2:39 AM

Frank, you mentioned how music brings back memories of people places and happenings, I have a couple of such songs that trigger                    memories. The song 'You'll Never Know' was sung by Alice Faye in the film Hello Frisco Hello. It's the only song of which I know all the                words though I only saw the film once. I must have been about ten and I went to see it at the Happydrome or was it the Picturedrome which          was later renamed the Eastway. The other song is 'Sunny Side of the Street' played by Tommy Dorsey. When in the RAF I was on a fire-              fighting course, and every morning we were wakened by the dramatic opening bars of that song. Grab your coats and get your (tin) hats, and          that's exactly what we did when leaving the billet, as there was bound to be a lot of water being sprayed about the training ground by a lot of          demob happy silly laddies.

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  Frank FerriMonday, 10/1/12, 1:42 PM

Can't forget Tommy Dorsey and his signature tune "getting sentimental over you" .. the big bands that came to the Eldo once a month for              the 12.00 till 4.00am, we'd go to the Palais till about 11.00 then catch last bus to Leith and the Eldo ... bands such as Ted Heath,Harry               Gold, Harry Roy, Carol Barito etc.. Alexander played in the Leith Assembly Rooms5 nights a week

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  Graham WhyteMonday, 10/1/12, 12:39 PM

Maureen... Found the film on DVD at Amazon... 1492 Conquest of Paradise. A film starring Gerrard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver. It               came out in 1992. Best thing is, I Googled that name.. It came up with the Lyrics.. AS FOLLOWS... MMM MMM MMM MMM MMM MMM,          ETC. Made me laugh at myself being so stupid....Yes.. I will be getting a copy....now I know the Lyrics LOL. The list of REAL songs could            make very interesting reading/Listening to..I am fairly sure that they will all have words that we can understand straight away. Not the                  gibberish some of the Modern stuff is..

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  Willie BellMonday, 10/1/12, 5:31 AM

Just about forgot,I remember seeing Teddy Wilson in the Usher Hall with his Trio, they were on just before Buddy Rich (kilt and all)must be            about 40 years ago

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  Willie BellMonday, 10/1/12, 5:25 AM

Jack, you are correct, Jess Stacey did play the piano solo on Sing Sing Sing, the records we had had sides 1 and 4 on one and sides 2 and         3 on the other so you put both on the spidle and played 1 and 2 then turned both over and played sides 3 and 4, was Benny Goodman not            the first band leader to publicly have an interracial orchestra ?

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  Jack MackenzieMonday, 10/1/12, 4:40 AM

Willie Bell you have just written the magic words, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. Big band jazz at its very best, and the Carnegie Hall          concert was the peak. I was introduced to this concert when I was in the RAF, a fellow erk had it amongst his large collection of LP's. I think         it was the first LP I bought on leaving the Service. There were many stars in that band some of whom you named, but my stand out favourite         was pianist Teddy Wilson, his playing was/is effortless. There was another pianist playing in that concert, Jess Stacey I think his name was,        he played an unforgettable solo during Sing Sing Sing. I'll have to have a rummage and find that album and play it again, while I'm at it let's            hope I can find a turntable.

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  Connie NewmanMonday, 10/1/12, 4:32 AM

Ah Willie - we did our courting to that LP!

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  Willie BellMonday, 10/1/12, 1:15 AM

Good to see all the comments about a subject everyone seems love, music, my favourite album of all time is a double album I first heard              when my eldest brother brought it home on leave from the army in the late 50s from Cyprus. It is the 1938 jazz concert from the Carnegie              Hall with Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, all the big names played on it, Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, I             could go on and on. As for singers, I think Frank Sinatras Songs for Swinging Lovers stands supreme.

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Liz TorresSunday, 9/30/12, 6:06 PM

Dear Old Leithers, I was just reading all your comments of age old days gone by music. I am a product of the 70s music DISCO BABY.               As you were talking about, all the old lyricists and bands etc. I know every generation think theirs is the best. The stuff my grandkids play            UGHHH and my husband is a bass player old back up studio player for Carlos Santana. Anyway, every Saturday night we went to my                  grandma and grandpas house in Arthur Street. All of us cousins there had to be at least 15 of us and we played outside, GOD forbid we went        inside unless we had to go PEE. The ladies my mum and aunts had their little drink which they called their kitty. In those days , the pubs             closed at 10pm. I remember it like yesterday. My dad, uncles and grandpa like magic suddenly appeared with fish suppers, mince pie, black        pudding, white pudding suppers (meaning with chips). We all ate, men brought drink in brown paper bags, kids had lemonade, and adults had      cups of tea the fun began. Not only was it family it was also neighbors. My grandma had a piano and my aunt Jean who is still living (94) use        to belt out numbers from the 40s.

    My uncle Alex who loved Perry Como, Uncle Barlo Sinatra and then the oldies, OLD SCOTCH MOTHER OF MINE, LONELY I SIT BY THE           FIRESIDE, WILL YOU NO COME BACK AGAIN. Now when I think about it these were probably the best days of my life. I learned to                    socialize, verbalize and show our creativity. But, it was with family and friends and todays families I think lack that connectivity with each              other. The adults use to say to us kids, do a turn or show your bum and if they liked it 2 shillings old money a FORTUNE. I personally like the      old music from Glenn Miller and my dad¿s favorite Begin the Beguine and Little Brown Jug. So you see good music transcends all                       generations. Now as we are talking about music they are playing a BBCUK show called Call the midwife, goodness glad I was born in the            50s all women before me were heroes in my eyes. The BS they put up with and that goes along with romantic music. LOL it can get women          in TROUBLE. (haHa).

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  Graham WhyteSunday, 9/30/12, 1:43 PM

OOOPPSSS. 1492 CONQUEST OF PARADISE. Plenty films on You-tube..short versions

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  Graham WhyteSunday, 9/30/12, 1:34 PM

. Maureen.. I am pretty sure that Conquest of Paradise, is on a Vangelis collection disc which also has, Chariots of Fire, to which, many                people on site will know where some of it was filmed. I believe Conquest of Paradise, was something to do with a film named, "1498                     Conquest of Paradise".. Most of us know which songs we all love but, as Instrumentals, can we make a list of them, starting with the                   earliest recollections up to, the present day ???.

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RuthSunday, 9/30/12, 10:21 AM

Maureen, Military Wives Choir---Wherever You are on BBC is beautiful...on you tube

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   Connie NewmanSunday, 9/30/12, 10:21 AM

Maureen, I must warn you, if this IS the music you heard & you do not know the piece, it is a very long work - well over an hour long (and a           bit heavy going in parts!), It is not a traditional Catholic Requiem Mass - though based on it. It is non-liturgical but includes traditional Latin            texts as well as the war poems (1914) of Wilfred Owen. and yes, some of it is lovely. It was commissioned from Benjamin Britten in 1961 for         the opening in May 1962 of the new Cathedral in Coventry, after the old 14 cent. building was destroyed by the awful raid on Coventry in                November 1940. Of course Germany lost many of its old buildings as well, in our awful raid on Dresden later on. War is so terrible.

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  Maureen LogueSunday, 9/30/12, 9:50 AM

Thank you Connie, That is the music I was listening to. I must make a point of trying to buy the disc and Vangelis' Conquest of Paradise              when I go to Toronto. here in London, Ontario, population 350,000 only has music stores that sell noise not music. We used to have a                  classical music store but it closed, not enough interest I guess.... This is a university town I guess that says it all.

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  Connie NewmanSunday, 9/30/12, 9:22 AM

Oh Maureen, the choice of music there is VERY wide. But if it was a 'modern' piece - well Benjamim Britten's War Requiem' is always                 popular.

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  Maureen LogueSunday, 9/30/12, 8:23 AM

I have a music question that someone may be able to answer......Four or five years ago while in Britain in late October early November while         driving I heard, several times, a snippet of a piece of music on the radio. It was something to do with war or army as it was close to                       rememberance day. If I remember correctly it was sung by a choir but maybe it was orchestral and had been I think commissoned for some           reason..... Anyone have any idea what it might have been called.

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  Frank FerriSunday, 9/30/12, 4:51 AM

Music is the greatest memory stimulant ever, many songs can pinpoint a time, place, event or loved ones, creating a multitude of bookmarks in ones mind, some sad some happy..let the music begin.. In our busy day lives even in retirement dominated by new technology and television, few of us now take the time to chill out and listen to music. I have such a large collection of music cibver such a wide spectrum of tastes on old 78s,45s, Lps, Cds, DVDs,video, I don't know if I could live long enough to listen to every track, must do something about that

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      Connie NewmanSunday, 9/30/12, 4:38 AM

Ruth, Graham - the lyrics to Conquest of Paradise are not Italian. They are supposed to be Latin (but certainly not as taught to us by our               Latin teacher at Holy Cross Academy!!) They are in fact pseudo (or false) Latin & are a form of 'wordpainting' used for dramatic effect. If you            tried to translate them - it would just be gibberish! sounds good though!

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  RuthSaturday, 9/29/12, 6:14 PM

The bunch of yous, I think we are all a bunch of romantics by the sounds of it..Dae you think it wis the Leith upbringing??? or maybe jist the           sea air LOL by the way Jack I was singing the words to the songs , beautiful wording......makes you feel good eh!!!!

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  CathySaturday, 9/29/12, 5:23 PM

So true the oldies but goodies:) My Mum and her two sisters were nicknamed the Andrew sisters, every week they went to the club and               sang Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy among others, the words have always stuck in my head from the many songs we heard when we were                 young.. My late Husband was a great fan of Sinatra and my kids get teary eyed when they hear any of his songs still as it reminds them of           their Dad and their childhood.My Mum would take me from a young age to the pictures she loved to sing, unfortunately I didn't acquire her               voice ,but love to sing along anyway :)

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  Jack MackenzieSaturday, 9/29/12, 5:11 PM

I know dozens of tunes, and play dozens of tunes, but never pay much attention to the words. Since getting into the habit of reading the                lyrics my enjoyment of songs has been much improved. Irving Berlin's "How Deep is the Ocean" is a case in point. The words to this song is         made up entirely of questions, even the answers to the questions are questions. e.g. How much do I love you?...Answer:- I'll tell you no lies,         How deep is the ocean, how high is the sky?...How many times a day do I think of you?....Answer:-How many roses are sprinkled with dew? .
     The last two questions to end the song are... And if I ever lost you how much would I cry?....Answer:-How deep is the ocean how high is the          sky? Brilliant. I've already admitted to being a 'romantic old fool' and reading the words to this song "I'll Buy You a Star" from the show "A Tree       Grows in Brooklyn" has me swallowing hard every time. The song is sung by a ne'er-do-well husband trying to reassure his hardworking wife          about their future......I'll buy you a star, not just a star, but the best one in the sky. You'll have a cloud to sleep on, a cloud as light as an               angels sigh. A fine silver chain made from the rain of a summer afternoon. I'll buy you a star, my darling, but I wont rest until I buy the moon.          Excuse me while I reach for a tissue. I think I might have out stayed my welcome with these few words. Well OK then, more than a few                words.

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  RuthSaturday, 9/29/12, 5:03 PM

GRAHAM, I know how you feel about listening to a certain piece of music over and over mine is Ravels Bolero, it starts off quiet and builds up         to the loud climax, Andre Rieu does a beautiful job with it...I bought the 78 record of Bolero somewhere in the 50's and wore it out, it didn't             have the sounds that we have today, but I still enjoyed it....

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  John StewartSaturday, 9/29/12, 4:31 PM

One of my favourites in the early 50s was Jo Stafford. With her alto voice she had some lovely hits including Shrimp Boats and Allentown              Jail. You could sing along with her.

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  Ruth McClounnanSaturday, 9/29/12, 4:28 PM

Graham, I went into you tube for Conquest of Paradise and one of them has over 14 milliion hits, wow!! it sounds like they may be singing in           Italian??I agree it is beautiful .....I got a card from Moira and she is warming up nicely down South....LOL she probably doesn't want to come          home to Sunny Leith LOL....

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  Graham WhyteSaturday, 9/29/12, 12:10 PM

Scott, Why would anyone wish to play, A BAG OF CRISPS LOL.. Welcome back... Frank....both my Dad and my Uncle Jim said, I if you             can't hear the words of a song, it's not worth listening to.. With the Artists you mentioned, There are very few modern songs that you could            sing along to, not you personally...One exception is, Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis. I would love to know the words but not even sure if it         is Latin...I play it over and, over again, every day. How many new songs do any of you really like ???. NOT MANY I BET.

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  Ruth McClounnanSaturday, 9/29/12, 11:46 AM

Many years ago my husband and myself were in Las Vegas at the Dunes Hotel/Casino (no longer there)we were walking through the casino          and went into the lounge bar and Billy Eckstine was performing, well what a treat that was, singing just feet away from where we were sitting,        ah!!!the good old days when there was decent music to listen and sing to.....Hi Scott glad your back........

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  Scott Porter.Saturday, 9/29/12, 11:01 AM

I listen to Cole Porter very regularly, in real life, he is one of my great grandsons, he is 3 years old, I told grandson Andy when he was born, I          know you are a bad speller, it is not C O A L anyway he is a grand little lad, I pay for all my children, grand and great grand children s music         lessons and acting, watched Jack 12 years old as Phileas Fogg in Selby High on Wed night, he was good He has auditions in York Theatre          Royal next week for Oliver. It is good to be back on site again. Regards Scott.

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  Tom WallaceSaturday, 9/29/12, 9:44 AM

After reading Frank and Jack's entries in the guest book I typed Cole Porter into You tube and spent the next hour or so viewing Cole and              others performing his music. Like both of you I love the old ballads, sheer poetry. He was pretty risque for his time as in "the double crossing         of a pair of feet" which made it past the censors unnoticed. George Shearing came to the Black Cat in San Francisco periodically and I
      would  go see him. It was a small nite club maybe 40-50 people. An intimate setting unlike the hordes of people who now attend current                performances guess I'm just another old foggey. Jack look out your Cole Porter song book and get ready for our New Years Eve party

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Frank FerriSaturday, 9/29/12, 2:41 AM

Hi Jack, Its heart warming when you can empathies with someone else¿s feelings . I too have the DVD De Lovely.. Kevin Kline played the             part of Cole Porter so well .. My wife Mae enjoyed the music, but not the story line dealing with Cole` s infidelity and promiscuity, that                   seemed to sour it for her. Lyricists of that era wrote some great stuff and very clever with words.How many artists over the past few decades          have done the same?.. Perhaps Chris De Burgh with Lady in Red and Eric Clapton with You look wonderful tonight and a few others . We              lived in an age when we didn`t have much but the movies and such wonderful music was our escape from some of the gloomy days, giving
     us a feeling that we could all allude to being a Cary Grant or Paul Henreid... A time when men paid great attention to their appearance and             that of their lady friends.. A time when the men paid for everything on a date even if the didn`t have a bolt afterwards, I also mourn the demise         of  George Shearing who played all that music in his own inimitable style so beautifully.My brother-in-law, an avid Sinatra fan has recordings of      nearly every piece of music he recorded,many covering Cole Porter and he copied them all on Cd for me wonderful stuff...... Graham, I too              asked my father-in-law for my wives hand in marriage (an old fashioned term) and so did my son- in-law.

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Graham WhyteSaturday, 9/29/12, 2:01 AM

Jack, Funny how things bring back memories...I too was one of those that actually DID ask my prospective Father-in-law, for Permission to           marry his Daughter.His response was,( She can do whatever she likes Lad )...Was anyone else in the same situation ??. Being asked or,             having to ask.... Must have had some really cold winters in our Parents days.. We do have a lot of Birthdays around this time. LOL.

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Jack MackenzieFriday, 9/28/12, 6:04 PM

Frank, you are not alone, I too am a romantic old fool yearning for days gone by, and I am also a great fan of Cole Porter's music. A few                years ago while sitting at home watching the video De Lovely, Cole Porter's life story, not the sanitized Cary Grant version, the future son-in-          law arrive to ask my permission to marry my daughter. It took me about twenty seconds before I could reply as I had become so immersed in        the music of the video that I had a lump in my throat. "In the Still of the Night" is a lovely tune, but when I read the words they took it to a              whole new level for me. They don't write them like that nowadays.

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  Frank FerriFriday, 9/28/12, 3:17 PM

Feeling a bit nostalgic . or just a romantic old fool yearning for days gone buy. Just had to share this with some of the older contributors to            this website. If there are such people. I was listening to an old song by Cole Porter You`d be so easy to love that brought a lump to my                  throat, as many of his songs do and it made me feel quite motional. I tried to sing a couple of the lyrics quietly to myself but couldn`t, my              voice kept breaking up. Must be time of year, late in the evening or an age thing

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