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, his most famous acting role was probably as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Old favourites Carroll Gibbons, Len Fillis Roberto Murolo, Archie Lewis, Ted Heath, Bob and Alf Pearson and Harry Roy return. Edna Kaye does vocals for Gibbons. A new Italian singer joins us though, Carlo Butti. We have Miss Lee Wiley, whose jazz singing career was at its peak from the 1930s to 50s. She had a short tempestuous marriage to Jess Stacy, the jazz pianist. Great voice. Big Bill Campbell was a Canadian born purveyor of Cowboy music here in Britain- I'm Rocking to the Rockies is jolly and cheesy. Nowt wrong with that. Ted Wallace and his Campus boys provide some lovely 30s music and vocals. Wallace was Wallace T Kirkeby, manager of the highly prolific Californian Ramblers. Must play them again. Penultimate record is Jimmie Rodgers, Blue Yodel from 1927. So bluesy, great lyrics. Just to prove we like a good mix of music on Forgotten Songs we go out with The Jacques String Orchestra and Berinice by Handel. How Highfalutin is that!