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Dancing to Romantic Bands/Orchestras

Di.Poppitt

master brummie
That is a great site Cov.Kid, I could stay on for hours I love the music, the dancing and those frocks are to die for,:)
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
I explore this site everyday Di & I agree its great. It seems to have everything for most folks.

Yesterday I found this for Cowboy Fans, Relive your Saturday's if I where to list every good clip I've found I'd be at it full time

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChdFC551Y6s&feature=related[/ame]
 

Cov Kid

Brummie babby
And there are other Birmingham treasures too..

I agree with Alf, it's a great site where you find amazing material. Here is a Bullring promotional video from 1964...

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Wphod3v4o"]YouTube - Old Bullring Clip 1[/ame]

And a second one...

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4BBakhv-9w"]YouTube - Old Bullring Clip 2[/ame]

The poster of both videos is Brummygold.

Another interesting video is a montage of photographs taken in Birmingham. I think that most people will know them but some may not. There are a lot of trams but the settings of the photos migh prove of interest if, like me, you're not a tram enthusiast!

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYRtxazLQVM"]YouTube - Birmingham Old Photos[/ame]

Off topic, I know, but hopefully something in there to raise a nostalgic glow...
 
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Wendy

Guest
According to my mother my sister was a direct result of a very romantic night out with my father at a Joe Loss dinner dance in Birmingham.
 

malta

welsh brummie
Big Bands

What about the jazz nights at the Town Hall in the early fifties,you could see stars like Joe Loss,Ted Heath, Eric Delaney,Ivor and Basil Kerchin,
Vic Ash,Joe Herriot.Johnny Dankworth, Squardronairs,Tubby Hayes George Melly, I could go on, the old hall used to shake with the fabulous music these great musician's could play.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Great stories and remembrances. I hope someone can remember going to the Locarno in the early l960's and dancing to a band led by a man called
Colin Jones. He had a full dance band and a couple of singers...one male and one female. The male was a great singer in the style of Frank Sinatra. I believe that the Locarno was owned by Top Rank at this time and the band led by Mr. Jones was voted one of the best Top Rank ballroom bands in Britain at that time.
 

Di.Poppitt

master brummie
I don't think I ever went to the Locarno Jennyann.

I did go to the Town Hall, Stan Kenton, Humph, Chris Barber, Dave Brubeck in the days when we made paper aeroplanes out of the programme and threw them over the band.:)
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Sounds like so much fun Di. Jazz, both modern and traditional was very popular in Birmingham during those years and there were some great
shows that were always well attended. My brother as I have mentioned, and his friends were into traditional jazz mostly...Kid Ory, etc. I know they
followed certain bands around Brum venues.
 

Bernard67Arnold

master brummie
Hi Ann, Did you know Edmundo Ross was still alive? I think he is 94 or 96
Im not sure, Joe Loss used to visit Derby every year and play for dancing.
Can not think of his main singer, big chap with a deep voice, came from
Nottingham I think,
When we were courting we often went to Tower Ballroom, the trouble was
getting home, we had to walk into town and then get the All Night bus home I think they used to park outside Greys shop. No ringing up Mommy
or Daddy to collect you in those days!!! take care Bernard:cool:Arnold
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Bernard on this thread you will find Edmundo Ross details plenty more bands on here:)
If you use the search box above you could find more
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
According to the Edmundo Ros website he was born in Trinidad in December 1910, so even older than you thought Bernard! :)

I must admit that my youngest son (now 41) never ceases to amaze me with some of his requests for CDs at Christmas & birthday times - Keely Smith & Louis Prima, and people of that ilk that I can barely remember myself! :p

Remember also Rosemary Squires? She's pretty secretive about her age, but boasts about having been in the business for 60 years. She's alive, well, living in Wimborne, and still doing concerts all over the place! :D

Maurice
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Maurice, Malcolm Laycock on BB2 Radio Sunday evenings played one of her songs a couple of weeks ago and gave dates and where she was appearing and she's still busy as you say.
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Must have been at least 5 years ago when I last saw her in Wimborne, Alf, but she looked in good fettle! :D

Neil Sedaka must be knocking it on a bit too and he's still touring the world! I wish I could get some of the tablets they must be on!! :D

Maurice :cool:
 

Bikeral72

master brummie
My first recollection of the Locarno Ballroom was in 1957, when as a day student at Mathew Boulton Tech. our lunch times were spent at the Locarno ogling the birds, and if you were brave asking one for a dance. My first experience of the "Jive" a dance that I can still do with some merit today.
We went to all the big band concerts, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Ted Heath, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gallespie at Studio 1 in Aston. We were big band fans, Trad jazz was on the other side.
 

Anne Jessel

master brummie
OUCH I never went to the Locarno for my dancing, or anywhere in Birmingham but can you count the outskirts for this forum !!
The Gala Baths West Bromwich was my place.
 

Bikeral72

master brummie
We never journied as far as West Bromwich Anne, as that was the other side of the world in those days, but great to know you followed the same trends. Happy days.
 

shardeen

master brummie
evening all,ree the lacarno, correct me if i am wrong, but i thought the lacarno only opened in 1960. I thought mr Archer who was the old manager of the casino took over the locarno. My apoligies to anyone if i am wrong.

by for now

shardeen
 

Bikeral72

master brummie
evening all,ree the lacarno, correct me if i am wrong, but i thought the lacarno only opened in 1960. I thought mr Archer who was the old manager of the casino took over the locarno. My apoligies to anyone if i am wrong.

by for now

shardeen
It must have been around 1957/8 when I frequented the Lacarno, as that was the time I was at Mathew Boulton College. We went there in our lunch break.
 
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