Radio: comedian - "fisherman gets
on a bus..."
||I find this just as funny as any stand-up comedy today. Many people
have told me that it is Ken Platt and probably recorded
from a program called Worker's Playtime on the BBC
Light programme, some time in the 1950s but I don't know when. I have
had requests for the whole recording. It is truncated at both ends,
but I have put all 8 minutes of it here.
songs and presenters
||The first of these songs, a Frank Loesser tune called "I've
never been in love before", is one that I play regularly on Jazz
gigs so it is great to hear it recorded when it was still a 'pop'
"cricket lovely cricket"
||This is a clip from a song that I found on the oldest of the spools.
The song was written in 1950 to commemorate the celebrated victory
of the West Indies cricket team over England in that year. You can
information here and the lyrics
Great Grandfather "story-telling"
||We think this is my Mum's Dad's Dad, speaking in around
1949. Again it is from the oldest of the wires (but is not necessarily
the oldest recording...). It illustrates the difficulty of cataloging
the 8-or-so hours of sounds. Nobody can remember
who all the voices belong to, or when they were recorded!
Grandfather playing the piano
||I found many recordings of my Grandfather playing both classical
and jazz/ragtime piano. The reproduction was quite poor on this recording
but it is a beautiful piece of music. Can anyone tell me what it is?
Update: it turns out to be the 1st movement
from Beethoven's Piano Sonata no. 19 in G minor, op.49. Thanks to
Nicholas Arrnold for that information.
voices: 1951 Christmas wishes
||No doubt when this was recorded! It is one of the rare moments where
the speakers identify themselves and the year! This is my Grandfather's
brother and his family. I would like to trace their children:
Catherine and Linda (Fairey) who appear on this recording.
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