Hal David Walks On By

Prolific song writer Hal David has died, aged 91.

Oscar and Grammy winner David,along with Burt Bacharach wrote such hits as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Walk on By” along with many other songs that have become standards such as “What’s It All About?”, “What’s New, Pussycat?”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?”. In all Hal David was credited with writing the lyrics of some 700 songs.

The world has lost a great talent.

I Wanna Tell You A Story

Yes, I wanna tell you a story, about a great entertainer who has sadly passed away.

Max Bygraves has sadly passed at the age of 89.

One of Britain’s best all round variety entertainer.  He wrote a string of comic songs and released a number of albums with his Singalongamax series probably being the most well-known. Max appeared in a number of films, notably Charley Moon in 1956, as well as several TV shows. He also  performed on stage with contemporaries Spike Milligan, Benny Hill, Harry Secombe and Frankie Howerd and in  later years he often appeared at the London Palladium.

For me, probably the fondest memory will be Max singing “Out of Town”. I hope that, wherever Max is, he is enjoying the sentiment of that song.

Say what you will,
The countryside is still
The only place where I could settle down
Troubles there are so much rarer
Out of town


Max Bygraves is most definitely “Out Of Town”

Father Of Modern British Guitar Playing Dies – RIP Bert Weedon

Bert Weedon has died at the age of 91.

Weedon is the guy that most British musicians refer to when asked who influenced and inspired them to take up the guitar. He is well known as the author of the famous “Play In A Day” book and is cited by McCartney, May & Clapton as the source for their learning the guitar.

Bert began his show business career playing with names such as Ted Heath, Mantovani and The Squadronnaires, before becoming a featured soloist with the BBC Show Band. He also accompanied singing stars Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland.

I have included the YouTube clips as a tribute for those who, like me, were brought up with the master on TV.

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