Monday, March 09, 2009

Leo De Lyon

A boot sale find from years ago on the London label from 1960.
A curious mix of MOR cocktail jazz and impersonations of instruments like trombone, trumpet and double "Slam Stewart" bass etc. Some corny gags thrown in for good measure.
Not much gleaned from the internet but the sleeve notes written by Leo tell us that he has toured the world with his show, from the London Palladium, China Theatre in Stockholm, Australia and the Far East and now Africa. He was in the navy and then television on such shows as "Wish You Were Here" and now cabaret. He is accompanied on this record by Andy Johnson - drums, Manny Parkes - bass and Arthur Heatley on tenor sax and alto sax.

His film appearances are listed HERE.

Leo De Lyon - How About You?

Leo De Lyon - Bewitched , Bothered and Bewildered

Leo De Lyon - Purple Flamingo

Leo De Lyon - Pennies From Heaven

Leo De Lyon - Leo In Africa


mel said...

Thanks for these - I well remember Leo de Lyon's visit to South Africa around 1960. He was very funny. There's nothing like these old recordings to bring back the memories...

mel said...

Pennies From Heaven: MediaFire says "The key you provided for file download was invalid".

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for that mel. I have uploaded the link again so hope it works now.

C.J.Duffy said...

And I thought I knew a thing or two about music. I confess I have never heard of this chap before. The sort of oddball that you used to find lurking in the recess between the fifities and sixties. Lovely stuff!

WV is aphera.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks CJ. I must confess i hadn't heard of him either until I found this LP. Its amazing what oddities you find at boot sales and flea markets! Most of my musical discoveries are found in this way.

WV is "vialbon".

Ted Hering said...

I'm amazed at what turns up on the Internet! I had no idea Leo De Lyon ever made a record!

I saw Leo at a benefit show in Long Beach, California, probably in the 1960s. Great performance.

I saw him again at a Salvation Army benefit, in Van Nuys, maybe in the early 1990s. He still had his stuff! (It was probably the same sketches!)

I know Leo has done some voice work with Mel Blanc and others in the industry.

A very talented but under-recognized guy.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks Ted. I'm a amazed what turns up too! Glad you enjoyed this blast from the past!