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Catalogue numberREC 110
TitleMore hits from the organist entertains
Cover conditionVery Good Plus
Record conditionVery Good Plus
BBC records label codeC
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byBBC
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreRadio
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesRE + 110 + 1 BBC
RE + 110 + 2 BBC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1There's no business like show business [Berlin / Robin Richmond at the Royal Albert Hall]
A2Moonlight in Vermont [Suessdorf / Eric Lord at the Odeon, Manchester]
A3Radetzky March [Strauss / Arr. Reeve / Douglas Reeve at the Dome, Brighton]
A4Love everlasting [Friml / Huburt Selby at the Odeon, Manchester]
A5Cockney capers [Crantock / Gerald Shaw at the Odeon, Leicester Square]
A6Cornish rhapsody [Bath / Florence de Jong and Ena Bagas (Piano) at the New Gallery]
A7Opus one [Oliver / Robin Richmond at the Gaumont State, Kilburn]
A8Phantom melody [Ketelbey / Noel Briggs at the A. B. C., Ipswich]
A9Gopak [Khatchaturian / George Blackmore at the Guidehall, Southampton]
B1Tiger rag [La Rocco / Noel Briggs at the A. B. C., Ipswich]
B2Don't blame me [McHugh / Eric Lord at the Odeon, Manchester]
B3Mack the knife, Poor people of Paris [Weill, Monnot / Robin Richmond at the Royal Albert Hall]
B4Laura [Raksin / Huburt Selby at the Odeon, Manchester]
B5Slavonic dance no. 8 [Dvorak / Arr. Blackmore / George Blackmore at the Guildhall, Southampton]
B6Dance of the three old maids [Porter-Brown / Douglas Reeve at the Dome, Brighton]
B7Warsaw concerto [Addinsell / Florence de Jong and Ena Bagas (Piano) at the New Gallery]
B8Bees are buzzin' [Novello / Gerald Shaw at the Odean, Leicester Square]
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George is probably one of our most versatile all-round organists. He was trained at Rochester Cathedral, where he was a choir boy and subsequently played in many of the leading cinemas all over the country. Equally at home on electronic or pipe organ, on this record, George plays two classics on the splendid dual-purpose Compton organ of thwe Guidehall, Southampton. This is a large four-manual organ, with two consoles - one console for the straight player, and the other one, of the horseshoe type, for the cinema organist.

We just had to include Noel Briggs's recording of 'Tiger Rag', made on the Wurlitzer at the A. B. C. Ipswich, because when we put this over in our Organist Entertains broadcast we had such a powerful readction from listeners, admiring the dexterity of Noel Briggs in this particular piece. When you listen to it, I think you'll probably find that he uses every single contact, note and stop and everything else on the organ!

Noel Briggs joined the A. B. C. circuit when he was only 20 years of age, and he's played in many of their theatres like the Ritz, Scunthorpe; the Savoy, Lincoln; the Savoy, Leicester; the Ritz, Cleethorpes and the Ritz, Nuneaton.

Florence de Jong and Ena Bara are, or course, two of our best-loved and most famous lady organists, and they come from a very musical family. Florence de Jong for many years played the little Wurlitzer Organ at the New Gallery Cinema in Regent Street in London, the third Wurlitzer Organ ever to be installed in England, and it is at this organ we hear her recording of the 'Cornish Rhapsody' and 'Warsaw Concerto'. Her sister, Ena Baga who plays the piano part, is equally well known as an organist and in fact was reisdent organist at the famous Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, during the war years. So here are these two well known sisters with organ and piano duet from the New Gallery in Regent Street.

Eric Lord was for many years resident organist at the Paramount in Newcastle-on-Tyne, and he is a great admirer of Jesse Crawford. There's nobody like Eric who can quite emulate the rolypoly sound of the late Jesse Crawford's individual glissandos. He's a master at lush organ music. On this record he's playing the four-manual Wurlitzer Organ in the Odean, Manchester, which has now been affectionately nicknamed the 'Queen' Wurlitzer, and an organ which, it is hoped, will be preserved for all time through the good offices of the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust.

Many organists when they first started were known as the wonder boy organist, and well do I remember young Douglas Reeveappearing in the cinemas in an Eton jacket and billed as the Wonder Boy. Since those days he, of course, has become the organist of the Dome, Brighton, playing the magnificent four-manual dual purpose Hill, Norman and Beard. 'Brighton's Radio Organist' is also the Manager of the Dome, and I think he's probably one of the most fortunate of all organists, insofar as he has a beautiful four-manual organ as his disposal any time he wants to play it. On this reord he plays the famous 'Radetzky March' and 'The Dance of The Three Old Maids', written by fellow organist, Reginald Porter-Brown.

I was at a classical organ recording at the Royal Albert Hall and when we'd finished the session, thay all said to me:- ''Come on Robbie, give us a little piece of jazz on the organ.'' I said, ''Oh, I don't think I'd dare at the Albert Hall'' ''Come on'', they said. So here's your actual old organ-grinder letting his hair down at the mighty Royal Albert Hall Willis Harrison organ with a couple of choruses of Mack the Knife, Poor People of Paris, and another edition of our signature tune There's no Business like Show Business.

For good measure we've also included a track on the 4-manual Wurlitzer of the Gaumont State, Kilburn where I'm playing Opus One.

Hubert Selby is the founder of the Cinema Organ Society, and although in the hey-day of cinema organs he was one of our brightest stars, these days he's mopstly playing electronic organs in the clubs in the North. His heart and soul, of course, like most of us, is in the beautiful sound of the Theatre organ, of which there is no finer example that the 'Queen' Wurlitzer at the Odeon, Manchester. Hubert is also a part master at the art of coaxing the sensuous sounds out of a Wurlitzer and you'll hear he does this in his usual impeccable manner with 'Laura' and 'Love Everlasting', a tune which is his 'tour de force' at his recitals.

Gerald Shaw is the last operative theatre organist in Great Britain and presides at the mighty five-manual Compton organ at the Odeon, Leicester Square - which he has affectionately dubbed 'The Duchess'. Gerald is one of our most individual players. He was on the Paramount Circuit for many years, and he's a fine all-round mkusician. The organ at the Odeon, Leicester Square, has a unique sound, and there's no mistaking the touch of Gerald Shaw, in these two typical Shaw versions of 'Cockney Capers' and 'Bees are Buzzin''.

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