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|Catalogue number||REC 129|
|Title||Horace Finch at the organ of the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool|
|Cover condition||Near mint|
|Record condition||Near mint|
|BBC records label code||C|
|Distributed / printed by||E. J. Day Group, London and Bedford|
|Media genre||Music - Popular View all other tracks listed as Music - Popular.|
|Run-off codes / Shop bar codes||RE + 129 + 1 + 1 BBC|
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TracksBelow is a list of tracks for this release.
|Side & track||Track and Artist||Length|
|A1||Signature tune; On the prom, prom, promenade [Evans]|
|A2||With a little bit of luck [Loewe]|
|A3||I'll walk beside you [Murray]|
|DANCING THROUGH THE AGES|
|A5||See me deance the Polka [Grossmith / Arr. Finch]|
|A6||Stephanie Gavotte [Czibulka]|
|A7||Who's sorry now? [Snyder]|
|A8||The snake [Martinez]|
|A9||The whistling sergeant major [Bernard]|
|SELECTION - YESTERDAY'S TUNES|
|A10||The world outside [Addinsell]|
|A11||Who were you with last night ? [Godfrey / Sheridan]|
|A12||As I love you [Livingston / Evans]|
|A13||Everybody's doing it [Berlin]|
|A14||In apple blossom time [Von Tilzer]|
|B1||Under the double eagle [J. F. Wagner]|
|MEMORIES OF JOLSON|
|B2||Sonny boy [Desylva / Brown / Henderson]|
|B3||Pretty baby [Jackson / Van Alstyne]|
|B4||Carolina in the morning [Donaldson]|
|B6||Toot toot tootsie [Keyes / Erdman / Russo]|
|B7||Waiting for the Robert E. Lee [Muir]|
|B8||Over the rainbow [Arlen]|
|B9||Windmill samba [Camilleri]|
|TUNES OF THE 50S|
|B11||Magic moments [Bacharach]|
|B12||Ma, he's making eyes at me [Conrad]|
|B13||April love [Pain]|
|B15||The story of my life [Bacharach]|
|B17||Signature tune; On the prom, prom, promenade [Evans]|
|Total length of media 0:00.|
More informationBelow is further information captured for this release.
Extra notes on cover, middle (gatefold sleeve) and any inserts
| Horace Finch - Organist supreme; a perfectionist and ... a legend in his own life-time. Born St. Helens, Lancashire; a church organist at nine; solo and orchestral pianist, eleven years later, the the famous Blackpool Tower Orchestra and in 1927, the first English pianist to play, in public and from memory, George Gershwin's, ''Rhapsody in Blue''. Eight years later, appointed solo organist in the huge Empress Ballroom, in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, playing for dancing, six days per week with afternoon and evening recitals of ''light'' music each Sunday. He was an immediate success and in addition to becoming a ''force majeure'' in the ballroom and on Radio, by 1939, he was recording ''star'' for ''Rex'' records - the same company for which his famous colleague, at the Tower, also recorded! In the same year, he was appointed solo organist in the New Opera House, playing the magnificent Wurlitzer, built to his own specification. Limited broadcasts were maintained throughout his service with the R. A. F., but during this period, much of his playing was on Hammond organs for camp concerts and dances plus ''charity concerts'' at various venues, as a result of which, he was twice ''mentioned in dispatches'' and is the proud possessor of a personally hand-written letter of thanks from Mrs. Winston Churchill.|
Throughout this remarkable recording, the unique style of Horace Finch is apparent. There is a brightness and accuracy of playing. Unnecessary ''frills'', drawn-out modulations are moitted and the use of ''full organ'' is carefully controlled. Frequently, one sustained note replaces the usual wandering counter-melody and invariably, ''second touch'' is used to allow the left hand to provide both melody and accompaniment whilst the right hand adds free but musical improvisation. Without doubt, Horace was a master of registration, often using but two or three stops in combination, resulting in unsurpassed clarity and brilliance of tone, indicating the mastery of both music and organ. At all times, precise and careful attention w2as paid to the use of the swell pedals and incessant application of the general crescendo pedal was meticulously avoided. The ''cathedral-like'' properties of the Empress Ballroom, so disturbing to lesser musicians, were actually used to extremely good effect and possibly even to the extent of enhancing his playing. Horace Finch may well have been flattered - but never successfully, imitated! Despite the permanently damaged third finger of his left handf, the result of the tragic accident in 1962, which brought an abrupt end to his career of this great organist, Horace now lives, in happy retirement, with his wife, Dorothy and Boxer dog, ''Ringo''.
Undoubtedly, this is not merely a recording of his past musical achievements but a testimony of his lasting popularity and an indication of gratitude from the millions of people to whom he gave so much pleasure.
ARMSBEE T. BANCROFT
Side I broadcast in the Light Programme on 5.3.59.
Side 2 broadcast in the Light Programme on 20.3.58.
This record was made from tape recordings of 'live' broadcasts from the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool.
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