Saturday, January 31, 2009
Joseph Schmidt - Today is the happiest day of my life
A Romanian Jew who unfortunately was a star in Berlin when Hitler came to power which destroyed his career and life as he died in a refugee camp in 1942. Only about 1.50 m tall he had a powerful voice
Ivo Robic - Morgen - Also available on You Tube. Robic was a Croatian singer who sang this song in German; it was translated as an English language hit 'One more sunrise' for Lesley Uggams.
Friday, January 30, 2009
So tune up your ears for them here.
A really silky voiced singer he reminds people of Johnny Mathias. Today we have for your listening pleasure 'Take good care of her' which can be heard here.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This tune was probably recorded during WW I I. Interestingly it was used as the theme in a Lotto advertisement a couple of years ago. On a trip to Europe a few years ago we went to Capri and saw the Villa where Gracie Fields used to live.
Change of system. I have decided to link to a word within the blog rather than list the whole link in future. This will mean a cleaner looking page I would guess.
Click here to listen to Gracie.
Al Oster is a wonderful Canadian singer who sang songs mainly based upon the Yukon region of Canada. Here are the only two songs of his that I have 'Next Boat' and 'Midnight Sun'.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Gerry Merito - dead at 70. The comedy genius and a founding member of the Howard Morrison Quartet died yesterday in the Waikato. He was performing to the very end.
Merito penned hits such as My Old Man's an All Black for the quartet in 1960 about the all Blacks tour that year to South Africa. The Battle of the Waikato was based on The Battle of New Orleans; more the Lonnie Donnegan version than that of Johnny Horton.
I remember hearing them on the radio but was not overly impressed. Then I saw them live, probably sometime around 1956, either at the Epsom Showgrounds or Carlaw Park, in one of the Showtime Spetaculars or something similar. Ronnie Sundin was also on the bill.
I changed my mind - they were just brilliant.
It is probably fitting that Gerry died in the Waikato as one of his greatest songs was 'The Battle of the Waikato'.
I see Sir Howard Morrison is quoted as saying "He was gold to me. I'm just absolutely devastated. He was just a great gift to Maoridom, to the world of music ... and a great example of the mana of his iwi."
He will be missed as one of the greats.
The Battle of the Waikato - penned by the incredible Gerry Merito -
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here he does Judy and I'm coming home. Both songs were sung by Elvis (Judy in 1961) but I think these versions compare very favourably with The King.
They are both here - I prefer the Dave Burgess one. Dave Burgess, born 1934, was also a member of The Champs who had instrumental hits with 'Tequila' and 'Too much Tequila'. The Champs was an interesting group. Amongst others at various times were Seals and Croft as well as Glen Campbell.
So here they are - Dave followed by Margie -
Saturday, January 24, 2009
In Kiwiland the hit version of Good bye baby, good bye was Vince Callager (?) who also had a hit with Mr. Rainbow Man.
I have been looking for the Vince Callagher versions of these two songs for years with no luck.
Whenever they have put out a compilation of late 1950's it has never been there and enquiries at the record shops is of course a waste of time. Even the internet seems bare of information.
Links are - Oh Yeah, Uh, Uh followed by Bye Bye Baby
Friday, January 23, 2009
Filed under Unknown in Folder One (There have been some link problems but clicking the link in the Blog below titled Maria Dallas under the date Wed. 21 January 2009 should take you to all the Folders)
Johnny Restivo (his real name) recorded The shape I'm in when only 15 years old (1959) and Paul Simon was on guitar. Paul was working under the name Jerry Landis as it was the S & G duos (with Art Gunfunkel being Tom) Tom and Jerry days. Another 'one semi-hit wonder' who had a few years in the business before retiring.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Allisons (Brian Alford and Bernard Day) recorded Are You Sure in 1961and entered the Eurovision Song Contest but only managed 2nd. It didn't matter much as they stormed to the top of the charts with the song. However, they were basically one hit wonders. A pity as I thought they had great harmonies.
(There have been some link problems but clicking the link in the Blog below titled Maria Dallas under the date Wed. 21 January 2009 should take you to all the Folders)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Maria Dallas (born Marina Devcich) from Morrinsville had this big hit - Tumblin' Down - in the 1960's, when I was young! She now lives in Australia.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Starlight Starbright by Australian singer Lonnie Lee. One of my favourites from around 1959 I would think.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Blue Smoke was the first record wholly produced in NZ from beginning - writing; to end - pressing. It was on the new TANZA (ToAid New Zealand Artists) label and was a stunning first production for the company as it went on to top the charts for weeks.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
First posting and as I say in the Title - no sounds, just words. The music quality will vary and cannot be expected to match that of a CD and as we all say - support the artists and buy the records - if you can. The problem is that it is almost impossible to get some songs - Vince Callagher singing Rainbow Man and Bye Bye Baby is just two examples.
I'll have to decide what file host to use; I see one will post the file to four or five different ones. Incredible that when I started listening to music we had an old wind up gramophone using steel needles. And today........