Friday, January 12, 2007
Compiled from an old cassette from Jim Benson in Basingstoke. Tracks are as follows-
1. Istanbul ( Not Constantinople ) - The Radio Revellers
2. Toot Toot - Fats Domino & Doug Kershaw
3. Working Class Millionaire - Richard Digance
4. Flying Saucers - Eddie Grundy
5. Take A Mac - Toby Jug & The Washboard Band
"When he celebrated his 50th birthday on February 24, 1999, by announcing his retirement, Richard Digance left a void that was only filled with a standing-room-only comeback tour of British theaters three years later. One of the most successful entertainers in the United Kingdom, Digance has gone from the late-'60s folk clubs of Glasgow, Scotland, where he briefly attended Reid Kerr College, to become one of England's top writer/performers. The host of a popular series of television specials, A Dabble With Digance, and various other programs, including Stop the World, for the BBC in the 1980s, he moved to Capital Radio in the early '90s. Remaining at the London-based station for five years, he hosted a music show that featured interviews with American artists including Joni Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie, and Roy Orbison. Returning to the concert stage as the opening act for Eric Clapton at London's Victoria Theater, Digance continued to perform with musical comedian/vocalist Jim Davidson until 1999."
"1969 was a pivotal year in the musical career of Doug Kershaw (born Douglas James Kershaw). An appearance on the premier broadcast of The Johnny Cash Show, on June 7, brought him to the attention of his largest audience and led to a contract with Warner Brothers/Seven Arts. Two months later, Kershaw's autobiographical tune, "Louisiana Man," became the first song broadcast back to Earth from the Moon by the astronauts of Apollo 12. Kershaw capped the year with a much-publicized, week-long engagement at the Fillmore East in New York as opening act for Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos."
"Eddie Grundy is a character in a long running radio soap called The Archers. Eddie Grundy (Trevor Harrison) is Joe's son. He was once enamoured of Jolene Rogers, now Perks (unrequited), his partner in a country and western double act. Eddie's hopes of a career in music look to have been permanently dashed. He has a history of involving himself in numerous dubious money-making schemes and at one point stood trial for unwittingly selling condemned meat. He mainly makes his living by laying patios and selling novelty gnomes (garden ornaments). In some efforts, Joe has participated; at other times he scolds his son: legality never dictates his response."