Episode 347 – That Red Red Robin!

On this weeks show we take you back to 1980 and to a live performance given by Robin Richmond! Robin’s unique style and personality is radiant in this recording.

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Music Played

Blaze Away/Waltz In C Sharp Minor/Taboo/Li’l Darlin’/9:20 Special

Bats In The Belfry/I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good/It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie/Lovely Lady/Alabama Jubilee

French Selection: Reine De Musette/Ces’t Magnifique/I Love Paris/Ca Cest Bon/Boom!/I Wish You Love/Under The Bridges Of Paris/Pigalle

Poodles On Parade/The Carioca/Dream/Love Is The Sweetest Thing/Windows Of Paris/Mack The Knife/Pompton Turnpike/Whirly Bird

Ivor Novello Selection: Glamorous Night/Shine Through My Dreams/I Can Give You The Starlight/Waltz Of My Heart/We’ll Gather Lilacs/Rose Of England

All tracks played on the 2/10 Wurlitzer in the Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh PA on 23rd September 1980. Original tape from the E.C Buckland Collection. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 334 – Farewell Mr Blackpool

On this weeks show we start the first part of two shows remembering Mr. Blackpool – Reginald Dixon. 30th March saw the 50th anniversary of Reg leaving the tower and a massive 90 years since he started there.

Tonight we are taking you back in time to the 29th March 1970 and to the farewell broadcast – performed live to a capacity crowd.

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Music Played

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

I Kiss Your Hand Madame

The Stein Song

Don’t Speak Love (Vince Hill)

Isn’t This A Lovely Day (The Northern Dance Orchestra)

Czardas

Intermezzo From ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’

Toot Toot Tootise/Whispering/South Of The Boarder/Darktown Strutters Ball/Happy Days Are Here Again

No Other Love (Vince Hill)

Dream Of Olwen

The Storm At Sea

Sing Song: Ma He’s Making Eyes At Me/Let The Rest Of The World Go By/We’ll Keep A Welcome/End Of The Road/I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Encore: We’ll Meet Again

All tracks played on the 3/14 Wurlitzer in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool broadcast on 30th March 1970. Originals tape from thanks to Nigel Ogden. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 330 – The Pagan Love Song

On this weeks show it’s a chance for our star organist to entertain. From the Archives this month its Bobby Pagan, one of the pioneers of the instrument and a lover of syncopated music.

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Music Played

The Pagan Love Song

Half A Sixpence/Summer Holiday/This Is My Song/???/Among My Souvenirs

Local Yokal

Waltz: Sleepless Nights

Pedro From Palamos/The Whistling Boy/Diane/Nola

Soundtrack From A Silent Film

The Pagan Love Song

BONUS MATERIAL

The Pagan Love Song

The Donkey Serenade

Cole Porter Selection: My Heart Belongs To Daddy/I Love Paris/I’ve Got You Under My Skin/Anything Goes

All tracks (Except Bonus) played on the 3/8 Ritz Cinema, Richmond broadcast on 7th September 1967. Bonus Material played Hammond (Most likely M100) broadcast on Radio Brighton 20th May 1971. Originals tape from the E.C Buckland estate. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 326 – Wright on Oakland

It’s star organist time and we throw spotlight on George Wright. This show see George at the 4/27 Wurlitzer in the Paramount, Oakland – an instrument respected by many. Sit back and enjoy the Wright sounds!

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Music played

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Carefree

Mean To Me

Last Night On The Back Porch

Nobody Does It Better

What’s New?

Jalousie

All tracks played on the 4/27 Wurlitzer in the Paramount Oakland, California in c 1985. Original tape from the E.C Buckland estate. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 321 – Jackie Brown Broadcasts

It’s star organist time and we throw spotlight on Jackie Brown. A great romantic stylist and known for his long selections of music often after leaping on the console with no rehearsal.  On the 4th April 1968 he broadcast his first and only solo programme from the Granada Tooting. Theres also some extra material on the end – tune in to find out!

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Music played

From This Moment On/The Song Is You

Great Day/Sing Hallelujah/More Than You Know/???

Waltz Time: Sweet September/Falling In Love With Love/Lover

Rhapsody In Blue/Among My Souvenirs/If I Had You/Autumn Leaves/Maria/Granada

Signature Tune: The Song Is You

BONUS: Ol’ Man River

All tracks (Except bonus) played on the 4/14 Wurlitzer in the Granada Tooting broadcast on the 04/04/68. Bonus material played on the 3/8 in the Ritz, Richmond played on the 30/05/66. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 313 – Clayhall for Chris

It’s star organist time and we are happy to present for the first time Chris Powell! For the next 30 minutes we will take you back in time as we re-create a live broadcast with audience in the cavernous acoustics of St. John Vianney Church, Clayhall complete with the fine Ex-Ritz Nuneaton Compton as Chris presents music from the golden age of the cinema organ!

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Music played

Happy Days Are Here Again

Dambusters March

‘Cole Porter’ Selection: Another Openin’, Another Show/You Do Something To Me/It’s De-Lovely/In The Still Of The Night/True Love/Begin The Beguine/Anything Goes/It’s Alright With Me/Night And Day/I Love You, Samantha/So In Love

Bye Bye Blackbird/We’ll Meet Again/White Cliffs Of Dover/There’ll Always Be An England/I’ll See You In My Dreams/The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/12th Street Rag/If My Friends Could See Me Now

All tracks played  on the 3/7 Compton in St John Vianney, Clayhall. Recorded by Damon Cox using 4x Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Zoom F8 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Organ tuned by Nigel Laflin and maintained by members of the COS Southern District. Thanks to The Cinema Organ Society & Chris Powell for their assistance in making this possible.

Episode 308 – Conversation with Keith Beckingham

On this weeks show Damon travels to the Cotswolds to talk fantastic organist Keith Beckingham. Keith chats about his long career and music which combined with some music in between makes for an interesting show. If 30 minutes of Keith isn’t good enough, you can watch the whole 57 minute interview (aka Sofa Social) here!

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Music played

TrackArtistOrganRecord LabelYear
Happy Days Are Here AgainKeith BeckinghamNeuadd Pendre, Tywyn

3c/9 Wurlitzer
TOEnc Recording2018
Excerpt: Trumpet Tune (Jazz Variations)Reginald NewTown Hall, Lewisham

3/13 Compton
Deroy Records (Deroy 1256)1974
MariaJackie BrownGranada, Tooting London

4/14 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
‘The Boyfriend’ Selection: The Boy Friend/A Room In Bloomsbury/Fancy Forgetting/It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love/I Could Be Happy With You Keith BeckinghamGranada, Harrow, London

3c/8 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
Beatles Selection: I Want To Hold Your Hand/Yesterday/All My Loving Keith BeckinghamHammond A100 Мелодия (33Д-00019110)1967
We’ll Meet Again/You, Wonderful You Keith BeckinghamNeuadd Pendre, Tywyn

3c/9 Wurlitzer
TOEnc Recording2018

Episode 304 – Magical Music from Mark

It’s star organist time and we feature a long awaited return to our resident organist Mark Laflin. This time mark is playing the 3/15 Wurlitzer in the residence of Barry Earl, Leighton Buzzard. With a programme of contrasting music, sit back and listen to Mark at one with the Wurlitzer.

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Music played

Signature Tune: Happy Days Are Here Again 

Bring Me Sunshine/We’ll All Go Riding On A Rainbow

Part Of Your World

Stevie Wonder Selection: For Once In My Life/Isn’t She Lovely?

The Dusky Aristocrat

How Does A Moment Last Forever?

More

‘Wizard Of Oz’ Selection: Over The Rainbow/Follow The Yellow Brick Road/If Only I Had A Brain/Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead

Signature Tune: Happy Days Are Here Again 

All tracks played by Mark Laflin on the 3/15 Wurlitzer in the Residence of Barry Earl. Recorded by Damon Cox using Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Tascam DR0-40 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Thanks to Barry and to Mark for giving permission for this to be broadcast.

Episode 299 – Broadbent Broadcasts

It’s star organist time and we throw spotlight on Ernest Broadbent. Before he took over from Reginald Dixon, Ernest has played many fine cinema organs including the Dome, Brighton where he was resident. in 1956 the Tower Company offered him a job and by 1966 he was resident in the Empress Ballroom. On the 2nd November 1967 he broadcast his last and only solo programme from the Empress. Theres also some extra material on the end – tune in to find out!

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Music played

Signature Tune: For You

The Grenadiers March

Jerome Kern Selection: Dancing Time/The Folks Who Live On The Hill/I’ve Told Every Little Star/Why Do I Love You?/Who?/They Didn’t Believe Me

If I Were A Rich Man

Viva Mexico

Mary Poppins Selection: A Spoonful Of Sugar/Feed The Birds/Chim Chim Cher-ee/Lets Go Fly A Kite/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Signature Tune: For You

BONUS: For You/Rondo Alla Turca/Exodus/El Cumbanchero/Roses Of Picardy/So Whats New?/Finale-Si J’Etais Roi

All tracks (Except bonus) played on the 3/13 Wurlitzer in the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool broadcast on the 02/22/67. Bonus material played on the 3/13 Wurlitzer in the BBC Playhouse Studios, Manchester broadcast on the 12/11/70. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 295 – Lobban’s Bobbin’ Along

It’s star organist time and a long overdue spotlight on David Lobban. David is known to many globally from his time working in Pizza Parlours in the States & Canada, his long term residency as part of the Tower Ballroom Blackpool Wurlitzer team and of course all his musical antics in the circus. This week’s show is highlights from a live performance on the Fentham Hall Compton – so sit back and enjoy the contrasting sounds of David Lobban!

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Music played

Cheek To Cheek/You We’re Never Lovelier/Oh Lady Be Good/Change Partners/Night And Day

There Must Be A Way

By A Sleepy Lagoon/Humoresque/Warp Your Troubles In Dreams/Japanese Sandman/Isn’t It A Lovely Day/Sunny Side Of The Street/Teddy Bears Picnic

All tracks played  on the 3/11 Compton in Fentham Hall, Hampton-In-Arden. Recorded by Damon Cox using Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Tascam DR-40 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Organ tuned and maintained by members of the COS Midland & Wales District headed by Damon WIlletts. Thanks to The Cinema Organ Society & David Lobban for their assistance in making this possible.