I love the song Country Girl and wonder if you could tell me about its origins please ? Was it based on an old folk tune or is it an original composition ? Was it first sung by Kenneth McKellar? I know Tony Bennett and Scott Walker sang it , has it been covered by others?
Thankyou for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
I am writing to you today, as my father who lived in South Africa had been in contact with David Ades for many years. Sadly my father also passed away on the 7th April in South Africa this year, I am keen to join your society to keep hold of the memories of the wonderful light classical music he loved so dearly. However the link on your website does not allow me to join and no matter how I try, it comes up with a default problem about not entering the correct details. I subsequently requested to join your Facebook page.
However I also have another pending question. My father had a huge collection of classical music that he collected since he was 12 years old. I still obtained records and CDs for him from Australia, the UK and elsewhere.
For the sake of my dads estate, I want to find out where in the world does one find a person who could put a value on my dads records? This is for notation by the lawyer.
I wish to keep hold of the records as they are very dear to my heart.
I hope you can help me with some advice please?
Very sorry to hear of the passing on Alan Bunting.
When I published the Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music in 1989, Alan read the whole thing, cover to cover. Then he wrote to me, and we had a fun correspondence for many years. I’ll never be able to stop pawing through old 45 singles looking for rare Percy Faith items for Alan.
I learned of his passing when I wrote to him about a light music mystery. I’m trying to find albums for an elderly widow whose CD copies have rotted without any documentation. I rescued four tracks: Stairway to the Stars, These Foolish things, My Heart Stood Still and Autumn in New York. The unusual thing is that a soprano, almost obbligato, sings only the title line of each song, followed by a rather nice arrangement for a large string orchestra, with a piano. Does anyone know what arranger/leader that might be?
Alan loved this sort of question! I’ll miss him.
Colorado Springs USA
Brian Reynolds' May 2012 meeting report mentions Frederick Bayco's "Lady Beautiful."
How can I obgtain a copy of this recording, strictly for private listening use. It was the theme music for a 1950's NBC TV program called "Home" and is from the KPM library.
Robert Farnon very kindly stood as a reference when I joined the Performing Right Society, Ltd in 1979. I have always been grateful for this kind act. George Pollen
I’m searching for the score of the London Transport Suite by Sidney Torch, but I can’t find one. Preferably I would like to have a piano score, but otherwise a orchestral one would also be fine. After a search on Worldcat I knew that the first movement of the suite (The hansom cab) is published by Chappell & Co and available in the Trinity College Library of Dublin. Actually I would like to play the whole suite that consists of 3 movements. If you have any idea how I can get copies of the score or a manuscript I would be very pleased to know it from you. I’m an organist from the Netherlands with a big interest in light music. I’ve transcribed for example pieces by Eric Coates, Percy Grainger and Robert Farnon for church organ. Many thanks already for the one who can help me further.
Whilst sorting through some of my late father's 78s I have come across a
'music while you work' Decca 78 by Reginald Pursglove and his Ochestra 'in an18th century drawing room' and 'The Toy Trumpet' supervised by Wynford Reynolds but cannot find any information when googling this 78.
Can anybody help
I grew up in South Africa in a house with wonderful classical music that my dad collected all his life. David Ades and my dad communicated until recently as they share similar music tastes. I would like to establish contact with David again but his email address is not responding. He may have changed it? Could you please help out with that.
I love your website, the music themes, the articles and interesting information. Thank you for keeping the soul of light music alight!
I was also wondering if you have an active membership through online registration available?
Wonderful website. Many congratulations! I wish the John Barry website looked only a bit like this. Jealous!!