These background images are of Portmeirion, Wales
Solo recordings on video - with slides
This is a selection of some of my recorded songs (and one from Imogen). They are mainly in .mp4 format. Quicktime Player and VLC Media Player should play all formats without problems, but Windows Media Player may need a plug-in. They are best listened to with quality headphones.
Crying ... as a tribute to the great Roy Orbison.
In the Wee Small Hours Frank Sinatra recorded this in 1955 (when I was 11 years old)
I Get Along Without You Very Well The Hoagy Carmichael song
For the Good Times My favourite song from Perry Como
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Another Sinatra classic
Saving All My Love For You A studio recording by Imogen
Better than I Studio recording ... of this John Bucchino song.
How do you keep the music playing? This is my personal favourite.
This is the Moment … from the musical ‘Jekyll and Hyde’
Beyond the Sea ... as a tribute to Bobby Darin.
Some Enchanted Evening … from South Pacific
Your Song ... as a tribute to Sir Elton John and dedicated to my special girl, Imogen
As Time Goes By "Play it for me Sam”
Can’t Help Falling in Love The famous Elvis number
Don’t Rain on my Parade This is a tribute to the great Bobby Darin
Fly Me to the Moon The Sinatra favourite
Let There Be Love Nat King Cole classic
MacArthur Park The unforgettable Richard Harris version of the Jimi Webb song suite
My Way Another Sinatra classic … written by Paul Anka
New York, New York Sinatra again
Stranger in Paradise Well-known Tony Bennett 1953 song
A Time for Us From ‘Romeo and Juliet’, a tribute to the couples in Strictly Come Dancing, 2007
Always on my Mind An Elvis Presley classic
Solo recordings on video - live
Strangers in the Night Impromptu version of this Sinatra song
Georgia (on my mind) Impromptu version of this Ray Charles song
Grateful Impromptu version of this John Bucchino song
It’s Impossible Impromptu version of this Perry Como love song
The Way You Look Tonight Impromptu version of this Sinatra favourite
Unexpressed Impromptu version of this John Bucchino song
And I Love You So Impromptu version of this emotional Perry Como love song
Always on my Mind Impromptu version of this Elvis Presley classic (audio-only version currently)
Group recordings on Youtube Audio and video recordings integrated by Andre using Keynote, GarageBand and iMovie
Group recordings (audio only) - 2 Rough recordings of the final King Bees concert about Oct 1965
During the time I was in the RAF, I was posted to Aden for 2 years between October 1963 to 1965. During this period, some friends and I formed ’The King Bees’ and we performed for a full year from the end of 1964 until October 1965. During August and September we lost our solo singer, Dave, and drummer, Johnny, to repatriation and our final concert was done with me alone as vocalist. This was frustrating since we were just about the only group performing Beatles-type three-part harmony … and the only recordings we have are solo vocals at our final concert.
The recordings were effected using an Akai reel-to-reel tape machine with the microphone resting on a chair at the side of the stage - not ideal conditions. The results can be heard in the following songs, mainly from the Beatles and Stones.
Group recordings (audio only) - 1 Studio recordings put onto audio cassette tape around 1976
This is a selection of some of the recorded songs originating from a folk group that I was part of at Orpington College in Kent around 1976. An old photograph below shows our group just before performing at a dinner at the college - we clearly dressed appropriately for the occasion. At one time the group consisted of the 5 members shown. Kari (at left) and me (at right) were lecturers, the other three were college students.
The photo at right shows the original members, from left: Kari, Dave, Maggie, A N Other and me.
Although these were studio recordings, they were committed to cassette tape and so the quality had deteriorated. My memory doesn’t serve me well but, listening carefully, I can only hear three of us on these recordings: Kari, Dave and me.