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Forgotten songs from the broom cupboard

Nov 27, 2020

Just one record in this wee FS special. Julie London sings S'Wonderful and Cry me a River,  both recorded in 1955. Cry me a River was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the film Pete Kelly's Blues. The film was directed by London's husband of the time Jack Webb(Dragnet).  London obviously saw...


Nov 18, 2020

I have a shelf of records in the studio, favourites that I keep returning to and this is a quick selection from those tracks. No notes, less blether. In no particular order we have: The Rhythm Maniacs- Singin' in the bathtub, Phyllis Robins- In my little bottom drawer and I'll string along with you, Effie...


Nov 11, 2020

Two folky tunes from Burl Ives start us off. A jolly orchestrated(Percy Faith) version of Oh! Dear! She's wonderful beautiful and the more pared down Bonnie Wee Lassie. Ives spent the 1930s travelling the USA as an Itinerant musician and developed his singing career via the radio. He was also a well known actor,...


Nov 4, 2020

A right mix of records this time round. 1910 to 1956. Sixteen tons- Tennessee Ernie Ford, A little bit Independent-Dave King, Thirteen Women- Bill Haley, Irish Mambo- Alma Cogan, I can't tell a Waltz from a Tango- Ray Burns, In the Garden- George Beverley Shea, Jonah and the Whale- Louis Armstrong, Cuban Love Song-...


Oct 28, 2020

Its lurve all the way in episode 46. Frankie Laine start us off with a tale of passion amongst the oil fields, Blowing wild. Its a song full of sweep and crescendo, that certainly suits old 'leather lungs.' His good pal Kay Starr follows him. Both are acknowledged as having vocal styles that influenced later rock and...