Episode 383 – From Nigel Ogden’s Archive: Distant Airwaves

On this weeks show Nigel Ogden back with music from the airwaves, or at-least they were in the distant past! Gems on this show include contributions from George Blackmore, Reginald Dixon, Harold Nash, Charles Smart and more!

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Music Played

TitleArtistOrganInfo.Year
El CicadaStanley Wyllie Ritz Belfast

4c/10 Compton
Nigel Ogden Archive1958
CalcuttaGeorge BlackmoreEmpire Leicester Square, London

4/20 Wurlitzer
Nigel Ogden Archive1960
You Were Meant For Me/Manhattan/You Can’t Stop Me From DreamingReginald DixonBBC Playhouse Manchester

3/13 Wurlitzer
Nigel Ogden Archive1975
Ballet Selection: Can Can (Rossini)/Waltz From ‘Coppelia’/Finale From ‘Dance Of The Hours’Ernest BraodbentTower Ballroom, Blackpool


3/14 Wurlitzer
Nigel Ogden Archive1975
Popgun PatrolBryan RodwellGaumont Coventry

3c/9 Compton
Nigel Ogden Archive1960
Dizzy FingersCharles SmartBBC Theatre Organ No.2, Hoxton, London

5/27 Möller
Nigel Ogden Archive1958
Let Yourself Go/???Harold SmartBBC Theatre Organ No.2, Hoxton, London

5/27 Möller
Nigel Ogden Archive1965
The Wing CommanderHarold NashBBC Theatre Organ No.2, Hoxton, London

5/27 Möller
Nigel Ogden Archive1956

Episode 382 – So What’s New?

On this weeks show Damon provides some escapism from the worlds woes with a show of new additions to the archive! Artists include Walt Strony, Tom Sheen, Jim Riggs and more!

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Music Played

Le Jazz HotNeil JensenJohn Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/25 Kimball
Engle Associates Recording (EAR-10495)
StardustWalt StronyOrgan Stop Pizza, Phoenix AZ

4/29 Wurlitzers
Organ Stop Pizza (OSP-104)1978
A Warner Bros Potpourri –
a) Sittin’ On The Backyard Fence
b) The Shadow Waltz
c) Pettin’ In The Park
d) I’m Like A Fish Out Of Water
e) Forty Second Street
Jim RiggsGrand Lake Theatre, Oakland CA

3/13 Wurlitzer Hybrid
Jim Riggs (WRA1-165)1985
Watch What HappensDon SimmonsOrgan Grinder Restaurant, Portland, Oregon

4/38 Wurlitzer
Sound Productions (DS-OG)
MeditationTom HazletonSt. Mary Of The Lake Seminary Mundelein IL

4/24 Howell-Wurlitzer
Arkay Enterprises (AR 1044)
Moonlight In VermontTom SheenRichard Loderhouse Studio NY

4/38 Wurlitzer
Renwick Records (MO8P-0175)1961
Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)Lyn LarsenDendy Theatre, Brighton, Melbourne, Australia

3/15 Wurlitzer
Bill Armstrong Pty. Ltd.

Episode 381 – Gothic Design

On this weeks show we are pretty spooked out as its Halloween! We present everything from Ghosts & Specters in Haunted Ballroom’s to the Gothic Phantom himself….We recommend you don’t listen to this show on your own at night….

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Music Played

Intro Music: Enter The PhantomLen RawleTonawanda, Chorleywood

4/24 Wurlitzer
The Scoring House2012
Gothic DesignNigel OgdenManchester Cathedral

4m Harrison & Harrison Ltd
Cavendish Music (CAV CD63)1994
GhostbustersZach FrameOrgan Piper Music Palace, Milwaukee WI

3/30 Kimbal-Wurlitzer
C-2 Productions LLC (zf0001)2018
The Haunted BallroomSimon GledhillTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
OS Digital (OS 205)1994
The Phantom Of The Opera/The Music Of The NightPhil KelsallTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Grasmere Records (GRCD123)2005
Ghost Riders in the SkyLyn Larsen & Tony FenelonNethercutt Collection, San Sylmar, Los Angeles CA

4/36 Wurlitzer
Musical Contrasts Inc (MCI-108)
Spectre On The Spree!Bobby Pagan & Louis MordishBBC Theatre Organ No.2, Hoxton, London

5/27 Möller
Digital Gramophone Company1952
Suite Gothique: IV. ToccataCarlo CurleyGirard College Chapel, Philadelphia PA

4/106 Skinner
Decca ‎(458 364-2)1998

Episode 380 – Christie Showcase

On this weeks show John Leeming throws a spotlight on Christie organs. They were built by Hill, Norman & Beard and have a reputation for being quite quirky!

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Music Played

TangerineVic HammettRegal Edmonton

4/15 Christie
Private Recording1963
Little Red MonkeyJohn MannTony Manning Residence, Farnborough

3/9 Christie
Grosvenor Records (GRS1114)1981
Around The Marble Arch/Cuckoo In The NestGeorge BlackmoreRegal/Odeon Marble Arch, London

4/37 Christie
Private Recording1964
To A Wild RoseByron JonesAstra Theatre, Llandudno

3/8 Christie
Grosvenor Records (GRS1169)1985
Five Foot Two (Eyes Of Blue)Frank Fowlerex. Servicemen’s Club, Stotfold

3/10 Christie
John Christie Ltd (3003)1981
Dainty MissDavid ShepherdRegal Eastleigh

3c/8 Christie
Private Recording1977
12th Street RagNoel BriggsRegal Edmonton

4/15 Christie
Private Recording1973
A Kiss In The DarkWalt StronyEMD/Granada Walthamstow, London

3/12 Christie
Private Recording1084
Rhapsody In BlueGeorges Ghestem & Georges Tzipine OrchestraGaumont Palace, Paris

4/15 Christie
Editions Hortus (Hortus 160)2020

Episode 379 – Star Organist Showcase

On this weeks show we don’t have one star organist, but many! Damon looks back over the special programs he’s recorded and has picked a few tracks that either weren’t broadcast or we haven’t heard since they were!

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Music Played

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore/I’m Beginning To See The LightLen RawleTonawanda, Chorleywood

4/24 Wurlitzer
TOEnc Recording2014
My RomanceDavid LobbanTown Hall Ossett

3/13 Compton-Christie
TOEnc Recording2015
Punch And Judy PolkaTrevor BolshawCongregational Church, Beer

2/6 Wurlizter
TOEnc Recording2018
Without A SongKeith BeckinghamNeuadd Pendre, Tywyn

Hammond Organ
TOEnc Recording2018
1960’s Selection: Side Saddle/Here, There and Everywhere/Help/A Hard Days Night/Yesterday/China Tea/Roulette/Enjoy YourselfNicholas MartinVictoria Hall, Saltaire

3/11 Wurlitzer
TOEnc Recording2017

Episode 378 – Autumn In Oxford

On this weeks show Nigel Ogden is back in his broadcast archive with some more autumnal tunes and a rare recording of ‘Midland Console’ featuring Peter Kilby at the Ritz, Ofxord!

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Music Played

TitleArtistOrganInfo.Year
Autumn Leaves/Autumn ConcertoErnest BroadbentEmpress Ballroom, Blackpool

3/13 Wurlitzer
Nigel Ogden Archive1969
Midland Console Programme:
a) Mexican Hat Dance
b) September Serenade
c) Caribbean Dance
d) Wood Nymphs
e) Waltzing Matilda
f)Our Waltz
Sig Tune: By The Fireside
Peter KilbyRitz, Oxford

3/6 Compton
Nigel Ogden Archive1960
AutomneNigel OgdenTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
OS Digital (OS 230)1998

Episode 377 – ‘Tis Autumn

On this weeks show Damon is in Autumnal mood with some music associated with the time of year. The tracks are mostly sumptuous played for late evening listening – So, sit back in your favourite chair, pour yourself a drink and relax!

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Music Played

Autumn ConcertoRobert WolfeThursford Collection, Fakenham

3/19 Wurlitzer
Thursford Enterprises Ltd (TECD 04)1991
Autumn CrocusSimon GledhillTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
OS Digital (OS 205)1994
‘Tis Autumn/Falling Leaves And A Faded Summer LoveBuddy ColeBuddy Cole Studio, Hollywood CA

3/27 Wurlitzer-Morton
Warner Bros. Records (WS 1557)1964
Lullaby Of The LeavesDan BellomyParamount Brooklyn NY

4/26 Wurlitzer
Cambria Master Recordings (CD-1108)1997
When October GoesChris ElliotShea’s Buffalo Theatre, Buffalo, New York

4/28 Wurlitzer
CPE Productions (CPE-105CD)1993
With The Wind & The Rain In Your HairBill VlasakParamount Music Palace, Indianapolis IN

4/42 Wurlitzer
WJV Productions, Inc (WJVCD-106)1992
When You Wish Upon A StarLyn LarsenShea’s Buffalo Theatre, Buffalo, New York

4/28 Wurlitzer
Musical Contrasts Inc (MCI-110)1993

Episode 376 – The End Of Times

On this weeks show John Leeming is back in his archive, with tracks taken from the last 18 months of traditional theatre organ broadcasts before they ceased for good in June 1968.

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Music Played

Old Father ThamesReginald Porter-BrownGuildhall Southampton

4/50 Compton (Dual Console)
Private Recording1967
Call Me/Anything GoesCharles SmittonParamount/Odeon Manchester

4/20 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1967
I’ve Got The World On A StringBryan RodwellParamount/Odeon Leeds

3/19 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1967
Hora StaccataEna BagaGranada, Tooting London

4/14 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1967
A Pretty GirL Is Like A MelodyVic HammettTown Hall Buckingha

3/10 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1967
Sunshine TangoBobby PaganRitz Richmond

3/8 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
Blackberry PieWilliam DaviesGranada, Tooting London

4/14 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
Valse MignonetteKeith BeckinghamGranada, Harrow, London

3c/8 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
Jazz Favourites:
a) Sweet Sue, Just You
b) Some Of These Days
c) Whispering
d) I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
e) Nobody’s Sweetheart
f) Honeysuckle Rose
g) Singin’ In The Rain
Stanley TudorGaumont Manchester

4/14 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
Jazz PizzicatoRobinson CleaverGranada, Tooting London

4/14 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968
Bonnie and ClydeRobert LeysCapitol Cinema, Abderdeen

3/8 Compton
Private Recording1968
I Remember YouNick OlsenParamount/Odeon Leeds

3/19 Wurlitzer
Private Recording1968

Most of the recordings are from tapes donated by the estates of Bill Ravenall and ‘JK’ via Geoff Day.

Episode 375 – Sounds Savage

On this weeks show we are remembering stalwart broadcaster Dudley Savage. His series “as prescribed” made his name famous and resulted in him receiving an MBE in 1978. Sit back and enjoy Dudley play the Plymouth Compton, an unbeatable combination!

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Music Played

Signature Tune: The Floral Dance

Toytown Trumpeters

Syncopated Clock

The Eighth Army

Autumn Leaves

The Whistler And His Dog

Clarinet Samba

Smoke Get’s In Your Eyes

Stop Look And Whistle/Charade/Lullaby Of Birdland/Tell Me When

Farandole II

Signature Tune: The Floral Dance

All tracks played on the 3/8 Compton in the Royal-ABC Plymouth, Broadcast date unknown c1964. Original tape recorded by “GWA”. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

Episode 374 – From Nigel Ogden’s Archive: 78rpm

On this weeks show Nigel Ogden features gems on 78 rpm records. This show, which was much requested, features great names from the past including Reginald Dixon, Sandy Macpherson, Reginald Foort and more!

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Music Played

TitleArtistOrganInfo.Year
Sally, Irene and Mary: Who Stole The Jam?/Sweet As A Song/Got My Mind On MusicDudley BeavenGranada, Clapham Junction, London

3c/8 Wurlitzer
Hot Pipes (HP3002)1938
Black EyesRobinson CleaverRegal Bexleyheath

3/8 Compton
Empress (RAJCD 900)1938
La Rostita Florence De JongNew Gallery Regent Street, London

2/8 Wurlitzer
Music & Memories
(MMD 1116)
A Days OutingReginald Dixon & Fred WalmsleyTower Ballroom, Blackpool


2/10 Wurlitzer
Beulah (2PD7)1934
Tiger RagBobby PaganAbbey Road EMI Studios

3/9 Compton
Signature (SIGN CD)1938
Song Of ParadiseReginald Foort & Alfredo CampoliSt. Georges Hall, London (BBC Theatre Organ No.1)

4/24 Compton
Beulah (2PD7)1940
Dancing With Tears In My EyesSandy MacPhersonEmpire Leicester Square, London

4/20 Wurlitzer
Evergreen (C85)
Sandy Forges Signatures: I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside/I’ve Got To Sing A Torch Song/Keep Smiling/Oh Mr Porter/Rhapsody In Blue/I’ll Play To YouSandy MacPhersonGrand Theatre, Llandudno (BBC Theatre Organ No.2)

5/27 Möller
Evergreen (C85)1941