Episode 415 – Putin’ On The Ritz

The music of Irving Berlin is the sole feature on this show. This show contains a few favourites from this composers vast output of songs including Blue Skies, Heatwave, Always and more!

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Music Played

Let’s Face The Music And DanceJelani EddingtonCommunity Theatre, Berkeley

4/35 Wurlitzer
RJE Productions (RJE 1425)1996
Reaching For The MoonErnest BroadbentTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
One-UP/EMI (OU 2171)1977
‘On The Avenue’ Selection: a) Slumming On Park Avenue
b) The Girl On The Police Gazette
c) You’re Laughing At Me
d) This Year’s Kisses
e) He Ain’t Got Rhythm
f) I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Henry CroudsonParamount/Odeon Manchester

4/20 Wurlitzer
78 RPM Record
Blue SkiesLen RawleTonawanda, Chorleywood

4/24 Wurlitzer
Concert Recording (CR-0082)
Puttin’ On The RitzHoward BeaumontTown Hall Ossett

3/13 Compton-Christie
Grosvenor Records
(CDGRS1305)
1999
Heat WaveDwight ThomasParamount Music Palace, Indianapolis IN

4/42 Wurlitzer
Newport Classic (NCD60078)1990
AlwaysLee ErwinBeacon Theatre NY

4/19 Wurlitzer
Concert Recording (CR-0045)1992
Plays A Simple Melody/How Deep Is The Ocean/I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me WarmPhil KelsallTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
EMI Records (NTS 1078381)1984

Episode 412 – Vintage Vinyl

On this week’s show John Leeming ventures into his vintage vinyl record collection and pulls out a selection of tracks from LP’s he’s not played for some time!

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Music Played

Let’s Break The Good NewsThe Organ, The Dance Band And Me (Robinson Cleaver)Abbey Road EMI Studios

3/9 Compton
EMI World Records (SH504)1886
I’ll Take RomanceTom SheenRichard Loderhouse Studio NY

4/38 Wurlitzer
Renwick Records
(MO8P-0175)
1961
On A Little Balcony In SpainJim RiggsGrand Lake Theatre, Oakland CA

3/13 Wurlitzer Hybrid
Jim Riggs (WRA1-165)1985
StardustGeorge WrightParamount New York, NY

4/36 Wurlitzer
King Records (265-3)1958
Sweet SueGerald ShawOdeon Leicester Square, London

5c/17 Compton
Carwal Records (CAR-103)1964
You Light Up My LifeCharlie BaloghRoaring 20s Pizza, Grand Rapids, MI

3/38 Wurlitzer
Ronson Records (RT 102)c1979
Bumble BoogieNeil JensenDendy Theatre, Brighton, Vic. Australia

3/15 Wurlitzer
Keymedia Productions1983
Some Day I’ll Find You/I’ll See You AgainErnest BroadbentParamount/Odeon Manchester

4/20 Wurlitzer
Acorn Records (CF 235)1973
That’s A PlentyNoel BriggsGaumont Manchester

4/14 Wurlitzer
Acorn Records (CF 225)c1971

Episode 409 – Towering Heights

This week Damon takes a trip to the seaside and to the sounds of the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer!

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Music Played

Lullaby of Broadway/Carolina Moon/Toot Toot TootsieReginald DixonTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Columbia Records (SCX 6387)1970
Foxtrot Medley: C’est Si Bon/She’s Funny That Way/You Bought A New Kind Of Love To MeErnest BroadbentTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
One-UP/EMI (OU 2171)1977
With My Little Stick Of Blackpool RockArnold LoxamTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Grosvenor Records (CDGRS 1315)2000
Those Foolish ThingsSimon GledhillTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
OS Digital (OS 205)1994
Sweet Sue/Louise/If You Knew SusieNigel OgdenTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
OS Digital (OS233)1998
As Time Goes By/You’ll Never Know/Whispering GrassDavid LobbanTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Hallmark (307892)1995
Somewhere Out ThereRobert WolfeTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Grosvenor Records (CDGRS 1238)1990
Mack The KnifePhil KelsallTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Grasmere Records (GRCD80)1996

Episode 408 – Dutch Connections

Damon take a trip to the Netherlands on this weeks show with a mix of recording both old and new featuring mostly Dutch built instruments played by some well known artists!

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Music Played

Castanets Of GranadaErnest BroadbentPassage Theatre Schidam

3/10 Standaart
NOF Sound (N.S.P 80-8-8-2)1981
In Sentimental MoodPierre Palla & Bep RowoldAVRO Radio Studio, Hilversum, Holland

4/19 Standaart-Compton
YouTube 1966
In Buddah’s RealmCor SteynCity Theatre Amsterdam

4/17 Strunk
Panachord (H 1017) Curtesy Wayne Ivany1938
Who Am IHarry DavidsonCommodore Hammersmith

3/10 Standaart
Edison Bell Winner (5445) Curtesy Wayne Ivany1932
Drifting And DreamingPierre PallaTuschinski Theatre, Amsterdam

2/6 Wurlitzer (Style 160)
Curtesy Wayne Ivany1928
The Pink Panther ThemeHans NottrotTuschinski Theatre, Amsterdam

4/10 Strunk-Wurlitzer
NOF Sound (NST-77.8.8-1)1977
(I’ve Got) Beginner’s LuckJelani EddingtonCentraal Buteau Voor De Statistiek, Voorburgh

3/11 Standaart
NOF Sound (NOFCD35)2005
Fools Rush InLen RawleConcerthall and Auditorium, Middelburg

3/11 Compton
NOF Sound2006
PollyPatrick HopperMuziekcentrum van de Omroep, Hilversum, Holland

4/20 Standaart-Compton
Private Recording2021

Episode 391 – A Perfect Party

If Damon was left to arrange the music for an end of year party, this is what you might expect to hear! Enjoy the celebrations with this extended hour long show!

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Music Played

Thunder And Lightning PolkaErnest BroadbentTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Columbia/EMI Records (SCX 6410)1970
I Cover The Waterfront (Version 1)Bryan RodwellParamount/Odeon Leeds

3/19 Wurlitzer
Musiqua2015
Let’s Face The Music And DanceGeorge WrightGeorge Wright Studio Organ, Leslie Factory, Pasadena CA

3/27 Wurlitzer
Essential Records (ERS-01W)1971
I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)Dan BellomyParamount Brooklyn NY

4/26 Wurlitzer
Cambria Master Recordings (CD-1108)1997
Bi Mir Bist Du SchoenChris McPheeOrion Centre, Sydney

3/17 Wurlitzer
Chris McPhee (CMCD002)1995
Moonlight SerenadeWalt StronyCapri Theatre, Adelaide

4/29 Wurlitzer
Walter Strony Productions1996
String Of PearlsLew WilliamsOrgan Stop Pizza, Pheonix AZ

4/29 Wurlitzer
Organ Stop Pizza (OSP 106)1979
Old Cape CodBill VlasakParamount Music Palace, Indianapolis IN

4/42 Wurlitzer
WJV Productions,Inc (WJVCD-107)1996
MemoryLyn LarsenNethercutt Collection, San Sylmar, Los Angeles CA

4/36 Wurlitzer
Musical Contrasts Inc (MCI-108)
Can This Be LoveJim RiggsGranada Theatre, Kansas City KS

3/21 Barton
RTR Productions (RTC105CD)1991
Anaconda SambaLen RawleConcerthall and Auditorium, Middelburg

3/11 Compton
NOF Production2006
If Love Were AllSimon GledhillJohn Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/66 Kimball
DTOS & Simon Gledhill (DTOS366P)1996
BrazilRichard HillsDolby House, Holbeach

3/19 Compton
Cinema Organ Society (COS 127)2000
In The Still Of The Night/Easy To Love/Ev’ry Time We Say GoodbyeRobert WolfeThursford Collection, Fakenham

3/19 Wurlitzer
Wolfe Productions (WPCD 17)2011
Jive: Nagasaki/Sweet Georgia BrownPhil KelsallTower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer
Grasmere Records (GRALP 18)1987

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 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 371 – Farewell Mr Wurlitzer

On this weeks show we are remembering Ernest Broadbent. At the end of the 1976 season Ernest gave his last regular concert on the famous Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer and here from the archives is a recording of that concert.

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Music Played

For You

Marches From The Musicals: March Of The Grenadiers (from ‘The Love Parade)/The Mounties (from ‘Rose Marie’)/The Robbers March (from ‘Chu Chin Chow’)/Consider Yourself (from ‘Oliver’)

Sigmund Romberg Selection: When I Grow To Old To Dream/Drinking Song/Serenade/Softy As In A Morning Sunrise/Lover Come Back To Me/Auzuri’s Dance Of Triumph/Song Of The Brass Key/The Desert Song/The Riff Song/One Alone/Foreign Legion

The Green Leaves Of Summer

‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Theme/Waltzs from ‘Gypsy Princess’/I Can Give You The Starlight/We’ll Gather Lilacs/Love Is My Reason/Rose Of England

Quickstep Medley: The Sheik Of Araby/Chinatown, My Chinatown/Tie A Yellow Ribbon/Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?/We’ll All Go Riding On A Rainbow

Storm At Sea

My Blue Heaven/???/Where Do I Begin?/We’ll Meet Again

For You

All tracks played on the 3/14 Wurlitzer in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool recorded late 1976. Original tape recorded by Brian Elliot. Recordings re-mixed with Adobe Audition. 

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.