2019 digital release of their 1986 Audicord cassette (AC170). Running time 55:29.
Watson Holmes is playing the Wurlitzer at the Granada, Manchester.
Noel Briggs is playing the Wurlitzer at The Ritz, Ipswich.
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes. This is the first time this recording has been available in a digital format.
This is one of the Theatre Organ Echoes ‘Archive Series’ of recordings which are not up to the audio standards of studio recordings, as they were recorded live in concert. Please read the information at the foot of this page regarding audio quality and audience noise.
The download “.zip” file is 323Mb and includes 9 tracks in Apple Lossless “.m4a” format, plus a 1200dpi JPG of the cover. Just copy the files into your iTunes (or similar) library.
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Selection from Fiddler on the Roof
Memories – 27 Organists Signature Tunes * (See Below)
Popular Medley: Cheek To Cheek / A Fine Romance / Moon River / Let’s Fall In Love / Change Partners / Never In A Million Years / I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover / Summer Night / If I Ruled The World / Swanee / Toot Toot Tootsie / Gay Gordons / Jolly Good Company (Signature Tune)
ORIGINAL SLEEVE NOTES (1986)
Born in the northeast, Watson Holmes first appeared in the cinema world playing piano for silent films in Gateshead. He studied organ during this period and eventually obtained a post at the Plaza, Liverpool. From here he moved on and joined the Granada circuit, being appointed resident at the Granada, Mansfield. After war service, he was appointed to the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool where he remained until 1952 when he moved to the Palace Ballroom until its demolition in 1962. Then it was back to the Empress Ballroom where he remained until retirement in 1966. This enabled ‘Watty’ to appear at club meetings and concerts around the country, one of these being a return to his old organ at Mansfield in November 1966.
Noel Briggs made his organ debut at the tender age of seventeen in Grimsby and was to go on to many playing appointments before turning to theatre management. Nevertheless, he continued playing concerts around the country and was especially in demand in the late sixties when this recording was made. Typical of Noel’s style is his splendid rendering of the signature tunes of twenty-seven of his fellow organists. For listeners who may wish to identify these from memory, a list has been included.
Location recording by Les Brumpton.
Sleeve notes by Noreen and John Foskett.
© 1986 Audicord Records.
Digital remastering and new sleeve design by MSS Studios 2019. ORGANS.uk.
27 Signature Tunes (& Organists) Tracks: *
Rhapsody In Blue (H. Ramsey)
Pack Up Your Troubles (D. Reeve)
I’m Happy When I’m Hiking (J. Helyer)
Keep Smiling (R. Foort)
I’ll Play To You (S. Mcpherson)
Oh! Mr Porter (R. Porter-Brown)
Honeysuckle & The Bee (J. Bee)
Old Father Thames (R. New)
Pagan Love Song (R. Pagan)
Farmers Boy (H. Farmer)
Sussex By The Sea (A. Fenner)
Wandering Minstrel (J. Madin)
Let The Rest Of The World Go By (J. Howlett)
Little Bit Of Heaven (T. Casey)
Prelude Act 3 Lohengrin (R. Tims)
John Peel (J. Seal)
An Earful Of Music (R. Cleaver)
Ah? Sweet Mystery Of Life (E. Roberts)
My Girl’s A Yorkshire Girl (H. Croudson)
Lassie From Lancashire (M. Cleaver)
Powder Your Face With Sunshine (S. Tudor)
I’ll See You In My Dreams (H. Selby)
Let Yourself Go (H. Smart)
Bonny Galway (J. Bell)
On The Prom, Prom, Prom, Promenade (H. Finch)
(I Do Like To Be) Beside The Seaside (R. Dixon)
I Want To Sing A Torch Song (S. Torch)
An illustrated booklet listing over 200 organists and their signature tunes is available from Audicord Records.