Ena Dayne The brief shining of a music hall star.

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Ena Dayne The brief shining of a music hall star.

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I later discovered it on an album by Nina & Frederik. The Nina & Frederik version was later released on a CD of their greatest hits. The Nancy Ames version was never released on a CD. However, I copied most of the songs on that album over to reel to reel tpe, then to CD, then now to MP3. However, there is a little bit of hiss and a few pops in the song since the album was a little bit worn by the time I copied it to tape. I always wondered about the lyrics to the song. It's good to know other people also like the song and are curious about the lyrics. The Nancy Ames version is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. Totally obscure, but I love it. But I can't find any connection, through Google, between Eva Dayne and Nadia Cattouse, other than the Mudcat thread containing the message linked to by Mr Happy above. Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth

I really like the Nadia Cattouse version. She sings it with a little bit of an accent, which really enhances the song. Her pacing is slower and more deliberate than the Nancy Ames version, but excellent in its own way. In 1949 "Cruising Down the River" became the first British composition to top The Billboard charts. Your post above mentioning the people from Ghana recognising it as one of their own trad songs with a different rhythm could mean that it originated in Ghana and was "calypsified" in the West Indies before being translated into English. It has been covered numerous times by various artists, including Connie Francis on her 1959 album My Thanks to You.Brian Rix epitomised farce humour and during the 50s and 60s was the actor/manager of the Whitehall Theatre. He ‘gathered’ the best funny men and formed a team to produce a long running succession of farces. They were hugely popular by the public although the shows were deemed to be ‘low comedy’ by the theatre fraternity and critics. Ena Dayne The brief shining of a music hall star.: The light cast on the Vink, Pridmore and Charman families [Soft Cover ]

Ena Dayne the Brief Shining of a Music Hall Star.: The Light Cast on the Vink, Pridmore and Charman FamiliesCruising Down the River" debuted on The Billboard Best-Selling Popular Retail Records on 26 February 1949, ascending to the summit of #1 on 26 March 1949 and residing at the top for 7 weeks. It also reached #1 on The Billboard Most-Played Juke Box Records on 2 April 1949, spending 6 weeks at the pinnacle whilst remaining on a listing for 22 weeks altogether. The song had been performed in concert parties throughout the 1930s, principally by Charles Ray. "Cruising Down the River" was first recorded in 1946 by Lou Preager and his Orchestra, with the vocal by Paul Rich. The performance was tremendously popular on radio, with record and sheet music sales making it one of the biggest selling records of 1946 in the United Kingdom. Vote up content that is on-topic, within the rules/guidelines, and will likely stay relevant long-term. The best version I ever heard of this long is by Nancy Ames from the album "The Incredible Nancy Ames." I believe this album was released in 1961. Anyway, that is when I first heard it on radio in Guam on a radio show called "Hit Corral.". I bought it on LP in 1963 when I entered college in the US mainland (Dayton, Ohio).

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