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  • Ron L
    Oh, Judith Durham - I m still in love. She and her manager happened into the Sticky Wicket Pub in Hopkinton, MA one Sunday afternoon in the late 1970s having
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 26, 2007
      Oh, Judith Durham - I'm still in love.

      She and her manager happened into the Sticky Wicket Pub in Hopkinton, MA one
      Sunday afternoon in the late 1970s having just gotten off the highway
      looking for some refreshment. That day the New Black Eagles and a band let
      by Barry Martyn were alternating sets. She sat in with both bands. I was
      tape recording. Oh, man! She did Cakewalkin' Babies and a few others. Oh,
      yes, heavenly.

      Ron L

      -----Original Message-----
      From: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com [mailto:RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Peter L. Reid
      Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 4:43 AM
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] Dancing fools Down Under

      At 11:52 PM 2/24/2007, you wrote:

      >In those early post-war years, just abut every gig played by Austalian jazz
      >bands involved dancing. Jazz was music for dancing. Always had been. Always
      >should be. The Len Barnard band played at the Mentone Life Saving Club,
      >as Kid Thomas played at the Moulin Rouge; Frank Johnson's Fabulous
      >Dixielanders played at the Collingwood Town Hall, just as Billie and De De
      >played at Luthjen's. I have photos of a crowd going beserk, dancing to the
      >Ken Colyer's Jazzmen at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, just the same as did
      >the kids to Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers at the old St Silas Hall in

      A sweet memories. Bought my first Swaggie EP at St Silas's Must have
      been 1962/63. I had just been asked to leave the school I attended,
      so employment became a necessity, and my first pay went on a second
      hand Bessie Smith that had been owned by Frank Traynor's ex-wife. A
      group of us went every Friday night to here Frank Trayner's Jazz
      Preachers. Roger bell on trumpet, "Lazy: Ade on a variety of
      instruments, Frank on trombone, Neil Macbeth on drums, Ron Williamson
      on tuba I think. Who was on banjo and piano (Jimmy Smart?) please
      Tony?. Apart from myself who was raised on Traditional Jazz, the
      other members of the group all became interested in jazz thanks to
      Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen, and "Midnight in Moscow", a big hit here
      in Australia in the early 60's. Caused a huge resurge of interest in
      Traditional Jazz. It was where I first heard Judith Durham sing, well
      before her Seeker's days. Now she could sing. Her vocals on "Cake
      Walking Babies" and "Muddy Water" were magnificent

      >Those were the days, my friends...

      How very true. The 60's all over Australia, not just Melbourne where
      I was living, saw a plethora of bands from the sublime to the not so
      sublime. But no matter what standard, the urge to dance and
      "cake-walk" was always there.

      Peter L.

      "We've got to start thinking beyond our guns.
      Those days are closin' fast."

      The Wild Bunch - 1969

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