Week 151 – Rodwell at the Ritz

On this week’s show we turn back the clocks to 1966 and to the small yet powerful 2/4 Compton in the Ritz Hereford. Bryan Rodwell was at one time resident organist at the Ritz. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Jazz master getting some unbelievable sounds from just 4 ranks of pipes and a Melotone! (Photo © Wayne Ivany)

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Music played –

You Made Me Love You

Irish Washerwoman

Babbling

Parade Of The Sunbeams

Gershwin Selection: Rhapsody In Blue/Strike Up The Band/Our Love Is Here To Stay/The Man I Love/Fascinating Rhythm/Embraceable You/A Foggy Day/Liza/Someone To Watch Over Me/Rhapsody In Blue

Moonlight In Vermont

Sweet Georgia Brown

You Made Me Love You

 

Concert took place on the 24th April 1966. Thanks to Trevor Bolshaw for loaning me the tape and allowing me to broadcast it!

Week 250 – From Nigel Ogden’s Archive: BBC Organs & Connections

On this week’s show we give a big and warm welcome to new presenter Nigel Ogden. Nigel will be joining us once a month with a delve into his own extensive archive. We are delighted that Nigel can be back at a microphone delighting audiences as he has done for the last 38 years. Long may it continue!

 

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Portrait Of A Toy Soldier Nigel Ogden  

BBC Broadcasting House, London

4/35 Compton

 

Nigel Ogden collection 1999
Organ Demonstration Reginald Foort  

St. Georges Hall, London (BBC Theatre Organ No.1)

4/24 Compton

 

Nigel Ogden collection 1936
 

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Broadway Melody

Broadway Rhythm

 

Sandy Macpherson St. Georges Hall, London (BBC Theatre Organ No.1)

4/24 Compton

AZCD (214) 2011
Marche Militaire Sandy Macpherson  

Grand Theatre, Llandudno

5/27 Möller

 

Nigel Ogden collection 1943
Alpen Ruhe Waltz/Al Jolson Selection Sandy Macpherson  

Odeon Leicester Square, London

5c/17 Compton

 

Nigel Ogden collection 1963
You And The Night And The Music Nigel Ogden  

Civic Auditorium, Pasadena CA

5/28 Möller

 

Nigel Ogden collection 1996
 

I’m Gonna Live Till I Die

Ol’ Mac Donald

Come Blow Your Horn

 

Robin Richmond BBC Playhouse Manchester

3/13 Wurlitzer

Windmill Records (WMD 262) 1975
Intrada Nigel Ogden  

BBC Maida Vale Studios

4/14 Compton

 

Nigel Ogden collection 1992

 

Week 249 – Eight ranks or less

On this week’s show Damon takes a look at some theatre organ that are 8 ranks or less. Damon looks at both Wurlitzer and Compton organs of two and three manuals.

 

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Splanky Bryan Rodwell  

Granada, Clapham Junction, London

3c/8 Wurlitzer

 

John Leeming collection 1978
Serenade To Marianne Nigel Ogden  

St. John Vianney Church, Clayhall London

3/7 Compton

 

COS Tapes (COS114) 1988
Branch Line David Lowe  

Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn

3c/8 Wurlitzer

 

OS Digital (OS239) 1998
September In The Rain Vic Hammett  

Organ Centre, High Wycombe

2/5 Wurlitzer

 

Doric Recordings Record (DO 1409) c1970’s
Bees Are Buzzin’ Howard Beaumont  

Royalty Cinema, Bowness-on-Windermere

2/7 Wurlitzer

 

An FTOP Production 2015
‘Top Of The Bill’ Selection Reginald Porter-Brown  

Ritz Richmond

3/8 Wurlitzer

 

Damon Cox collection 1965
Garden In The Rain Ronald Curtis  

Davenport Theatre, Stockport

3/7 Compton

 

Concert Recording (CR 0026) 1968
There Will Never Be Another You Simon Gledhill  

Orgue De Cinéma, Collège Claparède, Genèva

3c/8 Wurlitzer

 

AAOCCC, Genève 2017

 

Week 248 – Delightful Dickinson

On this week’s show Damon takes a look at the wonderful Kimball Organ installed in John Dickinson High School, Wilmington Delaware. Now boasting two console with 66 ranks over three chambers, this makes it one of the finest installations in the world!

 

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Sounds Of Wonder Lyn Larsen  

John Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/24 Kimball

 

Swartwout Productions (DTOS-1001) c1970’s
Open Your Heart Simon Gledhill  

John Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/66 Kimball

 

DTOS & Simon Gledhill (DTOS366P) 1996
 

Remembering The Songs Of Vincent Youmans:

a) Great Day

b) Orchids in the Moonlight

c) More Than You Know

d) Tea for Two

e) Hallelujah!

 

Jelani Eddington  

John Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/66 Kimball

 

DTOS & RJE Productions (KPO 7050) 1998
Stella By Starlight Tony Fenelon  

John Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/66 Kimball

 

Dickinson Theatre Organ Society (F-114) 2014
Tiger Rag Richard Hills  

John Dickinson High School, Wilmington DE

3/66 Kimball

 

Dickinson Theatre Organ Society (DTOS1101) 2002

 

Week 247 – Presidents on Parade

On this week’s show John Leeming is at the microphone celebrating what would have been Doreen Chadwick’s 100th Birthday. Doreen was presidents for many years of the Cinema Organ Society. It seemed them appropriate to look at some of the other presidents of the COS over the years!

 

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Doreen Doreen Chadwick  

Gaumont Manchester

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

Private recording 1965
Mosquito Samba Doreen Chadwick  

Gaumont Manchester

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

Private recording 1965
Elephant Tango John Mann  

Folly Farm Zoo, Begelly, Kilgetty, Wales

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

Compton Lodge Studios (CLS-CD1001) 2010
Primero Douglas Reeve  

Dome Brighton

4/40 Hill Norman and Beard ‘Christie’

 

Cinema Organ Society (COS126) 2016
That Everloving Rag Robin Richmond  

Polygon Records Studio

Hammond C3

 

Castle Communications (PLSCD303) 1998
I’ll See You in My Dreams Hubert Selby  

Paramount/Odeon Leeds

3/19 Wurlitzer

 

Private recording c1967
There’s a Small Hotel/Lover Hubert Selby  

Paramount/Odeon Leeds

3/19 Wurlitzer

 

Private recording c1967
Singing in the Rain Doreen Chadwick  

Granada, Tooting London

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS London (ATOSLDVD001) 2008
Dance of the Three Old Maids Douglas Reeve  

Dome Brighton

4/40 Hill Norman and Beard ‘Christie’

 

BBC Records (REC110M) 1971
Thunder and Lightning Polka John Mann  

Trinity Arts Centre, Pudsey

3/8 Wurlitzer

 

Grosvenor Records (CDGRS1263) 1992
Pompton Turnpike Robin Richmond  

Southbank Polytechnic, London

4/24 Wurlitzer

 

Private recording c1997
Dream Hubert Selby  

Thursford Collection, Fakenham

3/19 Wurlitzer

 

Thursford Enterprises (TE03) 1978
Sussex by the Sea John Mann  

Burtey Fen Collection

3/14 Compton

 

Burtey Fen Collection (BFC004) 2006

 

Week 246 – A Beer for Bolshaw

A summer trip to the seaside town of Beer is what’s on off this week as Trevor Bolshaw is our star organist. The organ featured was in fact the first ever Wurlitzer to be shipped over to this country hear it opened in 1925. Since 1956 the Wurlitzer has been in the Congregational Church in Beer, however it’s only been since the ‘Friends Of Beer Wurlitzer’ was formed that the organ came to life. Trevor is to play a selection of tunes that revolve around this lovely 6 rank Wurlitzer.

 

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Music played:

Signature Tune: Happy Days Are Here Again

Garrison Theatre March

Punch And Judy Polka

June Night On Marlow Reach

Gershwin Selection: Looking For A Boy/’The Half Of It, Dearie’ Blues/Oh! Lady Be Good/That Certain Feeling

‘Salad Days’ Selection: It’s Easy To Sing/We Said We Wouldn’t Look Back/Out Of Breath/I Sit In The Sun/Time Of My Life/Looking For A Piano/Oh, Look At Me/Saucer Song

Signature Tune: Moonlight In Vermont

 

All tracks played by Trevor Bolshaw on the 2/6 Wurlitzer in the Congregational Church, Beer. Recorded by Damon Cox using Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Tascam DR0-40 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Thanks to Trevor & Mary Bolshaw, Geoffrey Archer and the Friends of Beer Wurlitzer for giving permission for this to be broadcast and for being so accommodating!

Week 245 – How Insensitive

On this week’s show Damon is back at the microphone and reflects on the extreme warm weather with some songs to suit. A high proportion of tunes this week are written by Antônio Carlos Jobim who is very much associated with the Bossa Nova tempo. Mixed in-between are a few lively sambas and a rhumba thrown in for good measure!

 

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Rio Chambira Gerald Shaw  

Odeon Leicester Square, London

5c/17 Compton

 

Musiqua 2015
Rhumba: The Americano/Shangri-la Phil Kelsall  

Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

3/14 Wurlitzer

 

Grasmere Records (GRCD108) 2001
Meditation Len Rawle  

Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse

3/10 Wurlitzer

 

Piping Hot (PH2009) 2003
The Girl From Ipanema Charlie Balogh  

Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa AZ

4/78 Wurlitzer

 

ERB Enterprises, Inc (ERB110) 2000
Samba Incognito Iain Flitcroft  

Granada Studio Tours Manchester

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

OS Digital (OS213) 1995
Wave Nigel Ogden  

Hammond C3

 

Sanctuary Records Group Ltd (PLSCD 774) 2011
How Insensitive George Wright  

Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena, CA

2/14 Wurlitzer

 

BANDA CD (BA-109759-2) 1997
Tampico/Tico Tico Robert Wolfe  

Thursford Collection, Fakenham

3/19 Wurlitzer

 

Wolfe Productions (WPCD 14) 2009

 

Week 244 – Beside the Seaside with Reginald Dixon

On this week’s show we turn back the clocks on one of the most famous star organists of the past – Mr Blackpool himself Reginald Dixon. Damon has recently dug this broadcast out from the Cinema Organs Societies archives and its one of Reg’s typical morning broadcasts from the Tower Ballroom. (Photo © COS Archives)

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Music played –

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

‘Arcadians’ Overture

Gold And Silver Waltz

Little Red Monkey

Runway Rocking Horse

Hors D’oeuvres

Cascade Of Stars

Canadian Capers

The Green Hills Of Somerset

I’m Sitting On Top Of The World/Carolina Moon/’ll See You In My Dreams/Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

 

Originally broadcast on an unknown date – probably early 60’s. Recording taken from the COS Archive.

Week 243 – A Convention Collection

On this week’s show John reflects on his latest trip to the ATOS convention by highlighting some of his favourite tracks from previous years. There plenty of artists, both established and new to entertain you this week!

 

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Back Bay Shuffle ‘Guy Melendy’  

Joe Kearns Studio

3/26 Wurlitzer

 

RCA Camden (CAL414) 1957
Fun to Be Fooled Clark Wilson  

Ohio Theatre, Columbus OH

4/34 Robert Morton

 

ATOS Cleveland 2016
Mattinata Jerry Nagano  

Civic Theatre, Akron OH

3/19 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS Cleveland 2016
Jazz Master Jelani Eddington  

Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield OH

3/20 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS Cleveland 2016
Ginza Samba Justin LaVoie  

Stahl’s Auto Museum, Chesterfield MI

3/23 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS Cleveland 2016
Rock around the Clock Nathan Avakian  

Tampa Theatre, Tampa FL

3/17 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS Tampa 2017
Walk between Raindrops John Lauter  

State Theatre, Sandusky OH

3/8 Page

 

ATOS Cleveland 2016
All Day, All Night, Marianne Ron Rhode  

Palace Theatre, Lorain OH

3/10 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS Cleveland 2016
Wiping the Pan Mark Herman  

Grace Church, Sarasota FL

4/32 Wurlitzer

 

ATOS Tampa 2017
Blue Orchids Johnny Duffy  

Private installation

Wurlitzer

 

Edison International (CL5001) 1959

 

Week 242 – Brilliant Buttermarket with Cameron Lloyd

This week’s show Cameron Lloyd is our star organist here to entertain you in a fashion that might have been heard on a Sunday morning from the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. The programme is recorded on the fine Wurlitzer in the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury where the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust present concerts. Sit back now for the next 30 minutes of bright and breezy music!

 

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Music played:

Signature Tunes: Happy Days Are Here Again

Martial Moments: When The Guards Are On Parade/When The Band Goes Marching By/Blaze Away/The Pipe Gate March

Contrasts: Pigalle/Come Prima/Bugle Call Rag

I Kiss Your Hand Madame

Into The Ballroom: Fascination/Cara Mia/For You/Once In A While/At The Cafe Continental/March Winds & April Showers/Chinatown, My Chinatown/When You’re Smiling

Sing Song: If You Knew Suzie/Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way/When I Grow Too Old To Dream/Side By Side/Keep Right On Till The End Of The Road/Beyond The Blue Horizon/I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

 

All tracks played by Cameron Lloyd on the 3/10 Wurlitzer  in the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury. Recorded by Damon Cox using Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Tascam DR0-40 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Thanks to Cameron Lloyd, the committee of the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust and the audience for giving permission for this to be broadcast and for being so accommodating!