Tuesday, 21 May 2013

WEDNESDAY CLUB - Dambusters March

WEDNESDAY CLUB - Home of the Brave
Pic taken by Flycasual's Dad in Law, well done Sir!

Where did it all start, when did I begin to love music. Well the first piece of music that really hit me was the Dam Busters March. I would listen patiently every Saturday morning to Children's favourites. It was a programme that kids sent in their requests.

There were many favourite at that time. Nelly the Elephant, Sparky's Magic Piano, The Little White Bull, There once was an Ugly Duckling.  I loved them all, but my absolute favourite was the Dam Busters March, I could not get enough.

I loved the film also and it is still one of my favourites. I was delighted to hear there is a planned re-make with Peter Jackson chosen as the director. It is on hold at the moment, but 10 scale model Lancasters have already been built. So it looks as if the project could happen. I hope so.

It was interesting that a black Labrador in the original film that belonged to Wing Commander Guy Gibson was called Nigger which was acceptable in these days. Later copies of the film had the name dubbed over to Trigger so as to not offend anybody watching the movie. 

The dog....in the centre
It is fitting I did this, as last week was the 70 anniversary of that daring raid that cost so many lives of these brave airmen. I dedicate this post to these brave souls.

What was the first record that got you on to your musical path to glory..

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21 May 2013 at 20:14

Absolutely brilliant. All your other old favourites were high up in my top ten too. How about 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back' and 'Right Said Fred'? My brother was truly freaked out by 'Sparky's Magic Piano'.

22 May 2013 at 21:12

All the tunes you (& Singing Bear) mentioned are ringing lots of bells for me as well. How about adding 'My Old Man's a Dustman' to the list?

When I was 6 my Dad got a request read out for me by Michael Aspel on BBC Family Favourites. The piece he requested was Cyril Stapleton's theme to 'The Power Game', which I was fairly obsessed by at the time. Dad recorded it on reel to reel from the radio and I still have it.

22 May 2013 at 22:24

The Swede: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFrqbfiFlQQ

Your dad must have been completely cool. What a tune. Used to love the old Family Favourites show. Didn't it have a thing running through it about sending messages to family abroad or in the services? I can recall lots of BFPO addresses being read out.

22 May 2013 at 23:56

Thanks SB. I checked out that very YouTube clip this morning when the tune (and memory) jumped into my head after reading Old Pa's post.

Yes, I remember the BFPO addresses being read out. Does that mean the show was also broadcast on Long Wave? Maybe it was just re-broadcast on the Forces Network.

(Off topic, have you checked out the new Deep Purple album yet SB? It's the first new LP of theirs I've listened to since 'House of Blue Light' in 1987 and it's quite remarkable. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.)

23 May 2013 at 09:56

SB/TS - i listened to Childrens Favourites in the 50s and early sixties when I progressed on to Saturday Club which had all the new groups of the early sixties including of course the Beatles....I remember also listening to a programme iat the same times on a Sunday and that was deadicated to service man Overseas, I am glad that Childrens favours continued and you remember as fondly as I do.