Week 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 –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
Happy Days Are Here Again Keith Beckingham  

Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn

3c/9 Wurlitzer

 

TOEnc Recording 2018
Excerpt: Trumpet Tune (Jazz Variations) Reginald New  

Town Hall, Lewisham

3/13 Compton

 

Deroy Records (Deroy 1256) 1974
Maria Jackie Brown  

Granada, Tooting London

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

Private Recording 1968
Signature Tune

‘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 Beckingham  

Granada, Harrow, London

3c/8 Wurlitzer

 

Private Recording 1968
Beatles Selection:

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Yesterday

All My Loving

Keith Beckingham  

Hammond A100

 

Мелодия (33Д-00019110) 1967
We’ll Meet Again

You, Wonderful You

Keith Beckingham  

Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn

3c/9 Wurlitzer

 

TOEnc Recording 2018

Week 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.

Week 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. 

Week 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.

Week 291 – Mann and his Music

On this weeks show we throw our star organist slot over to John Mann who today (Thursday 20th) Is celebrating his big 80th Birthday! Although John has now retired from the concert circuit, he still is busy with music in his life. Tonight we feature an hour long show with music and birthday messages from Johns friends!

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Music played –

Track Artist Organ Record Label Year
With Sword And Lance John Mann  

Tony Manning Residence, Farnborough

3/9 Christie

 

Tonawanda Sound (TWS 1004) 1976
The Windows Of Paris

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Parade Of The Tin Soldiers

John Mann  

Granada Sutton

3/10 Compton

 

Private Recording 1966
Destiny John Mann & Sarah Bryant  

Town Hall Portslade

3/18 Compton

 

Private Recording 2015
Fascinating Rhythm

I Cant Give You Anything But Love

You Were Meant For Me

Singing In The Rain

John Mann  

Town Hall Portslade

3/18 Compton

 

Private Recording 2016
Sunshine Medley:

Powder Your Face With Sunshine

Keep Your Sunny Side Up

You Are My Sunshine

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

The Sun Has Got His Hat On

The Sunshine Of Your Smile

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Painting The Clouds

We’ll All Go Riding On A Rainbow

John Mann Dome Brighton 4/41 Hill Norman and Beard ‘Christie’ Private Recording 2016
In A Clock Store John Mann  

Folly Farm Zoo, Begelly, Kilgetty, Wales

4/14 Wurlitzer

 

Compton Lodge Studios (CLS-CD1001) 2010
The Skaters Waltz John Mann  

Paul Kirner’s Music Palace, Ynyshir, Wales

4/15 Christie

 

Compton Lodge Studios (CLS-CD1022) 2017
Some Enchanted Evening

I,Yi,Yi,Yi,Yi(Like You Very Much)

Tico Tico

Ani’t You Got No Home’s To Go Too

John Mann Winter Gardens Eastbourne

Eminent Grand 2000

Private Recording 2016

Week 286 – Melodies From Morgan

It’s star Organist time and this month we are very pleased to welcome Kevin Morgan with highlights from his first visit to the Worthing Wurlitzer. Kevin has recently retired from his teaching job and is now available for a full concert tour all year. Sit back and get your feet tappin!

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Music played

Signature Tune: Happy Days Are Here Again

Big Band Favourites: It Don’t Mean A Thing/Caravan/Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen/Sweet Georgia Brown/Thats A-Pleanty

Piano: To The Spring/Rustle Of Spring

‘Easter Parade’ Selection: Steppin’ Out With My Baby/A Fella With An Umbrella/A Couple Of Swells/It Only Happens When I Dance With You/Shakin’ The Blues Away/Easter Parade

 

All tracks played by Kevin Morgan on the 3/22 Wurlitzer in the Assembly Hall, Worthing. Recorded by Damon Cox using Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Zoom F8 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Thanks to Simon & Caroline Field for giving permission for this to be broadcast and for being so accommodating! Organ tuned by David Houlgate & Johnathan Adams.

Week 282 – A Couple Of Swells

It’s star organist time, well, actually, this month we have two star organists! David Lowe and Adam Evans are two contrasting organist that complement each-other very well. Well you get to hear these two masters of the console on the Victoria Hall Saltire Wurlitzer with their own imitable styles!

 

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Music Played

Adam Evans: 

Get Happy

There’s A Place In My Heart For You

Fly Me To The Moon

Sonata

David Lowe: 

Gigolo

Spring Is Here/It Might As Well Be Spring/Spring, Spring, Spring

La Mer/Up A Lazy River

 

All tracks played by Adam Evans & David Lowe on the 3/12 Wurlitzer in The Victoria Hall Saltaire. Recorded by Damon Cox using Sontronics STC-1S microphones, recorded with Zoom F8 Recorder and mixed with Adobe Audition. Organ tuned and maintained David Lowe and members of the COS northern district. Thanks to Richard Stephenson for giving permission for this to be broadcast.