Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Jimmy Logan

A bit late for Hogmanay but here on this Music For Pleasure label from 1976 is this tribute to Scottish performer Sir Harry Lauder by another scot Jimmy Logan.

Wikipedia says -

"Educated at Gourock High School, Inverclyde, Logan left school at the age of 14. His family, in the 1930s and 1940s, toured the small music halls of Scotland and Northern Ireland. By 1944 he was in pantomime when he played the cat in Dick Whittington and His Cat. His connection with pantomime would continue throughout his life, most famously with the long running pantomimes produced by Howard & Wyndham in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Aberdeen.
Jimmy Logan, starring with Jack Radcliffe and Eve Boswell, held the record number of performances of the famed Five Past Eight shows staged each summer at the Alhambra Theatre,. Logan purchased the Empress Theatre for £80,000 in 1964. He refurbished it, re-opening it as the 'New Metropole'. One of the first events to be staged there was the first Scottish production of the rock musical Hair.
His first acting role was in the film Floodtide (1949), a drama set on Clydeside. He also performed in Carry on Abroad (1972) and Carry On Girls (1973). His London stage debut came in The Mating Game (1973).
He staged an adaptation of Oor Wullie, the Sunday Post comic strip character, for the Dundee stage. His one-man musical based on the life of Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder, was called Lauder (1976). Logan collected Lauder memorabilia, which is now housed in the Scottish Theatre Archive at the University of Glasgow.
Other theatrical events included The Entertainer (1984), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1989), Bill Bryden's The Ship, The Comedians (1991), On Golden Pond (1996) and Death of a Salesman at the Pitlochry Festival (1992). In 1991 he had a supporting role in the Swedish comedy film Den ofrivillige golfaren, which was partly filmed in Scotland.
Logan was awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonian University (1994), honoured with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "services to Scottish theatre" in 1996, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1998.
Logan's last two performances were at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre respectively."

Tracks are -

1. Medley: It's Nice To Get Up In The Morning- Rising early In The Morning - Fou The Noo.
2. Roamin' In The Gloamin'
3. She's The Lass For Me
4. Somebody's Waiting For Me
5. Wee Deoch an' Doris
6. I'm Goinbg To Marry 'Arry

Jimmy Logan - Side One

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