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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - - New Musical Express, 16-9-1949.

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Saturday, August 04, 2012

RIP Tony Martin.one of Hollywood's finest musical stars.

OK so Tony Martin wasn't a jazzman. He was a singer though and an actor with an engaging presence. He had a way with a ballad that made it easy to understand why such a Hollywood lovely as Cyd Charisse would stay married to him for 60 years!
Favourite Tony Martin record? Tenement Symphony was great but, for me, it was the duet with Fran Warren - Take A Letter Miss Smith. I wonder how many of our readers remember that one? 
You made some wonderful musicals Tony - we love you.
Died July 27 aged 98.
Obituary.
Lance.

4 comments :

Liz said...

"Take a letter Miss Smith" was a fave of mine in my younger days, I put it in the same category as "Guess who I saw today?" little stories set to music & beautifully sung, & yes Tony Martin was always easy on the ear
Liz

Liz said...

PS. another one in that genre " PS I Love You" especially Eydie Gormé's version!
Liz

Steve Andrews said...

Somewhere I've got a video of a 1950's Nat Cole TV Show with Tony Martin playing some surprisingly "spiky" jazz clarinet. Not exactly Artie Shaw, but perhaps he had been a bit of a jazzer when he was a sax player in his youth?
My favourite record of his is "If it's You" (composed by Artie Shaw!), a great tune with good lyrics which is rarely heard nowadays, which he sang in the Marx Bros. 1941 movie "The Big Store".

Liz said...

just watched it on Utube Steve, what a lovely romantic lyric, beautifully sung and Oh boy what a heartthrob he must have been in those days!
Liz

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