Listed here are links to some other popular sites, that you may wish to visit.
Visit www.lesreed.com and discover the long and varied career of Les Reed OBE.
Browse through the massive database of songs that Les has worked on, and spin a few up on Les’s jukebox.
Russ and Les worked closely over the years, and as a result were great friends.
The latest CD release “Forever” originally titled “The New Side Of Russ Conway” was recorded in the famous
Wessex studio’s and first issued on vinyl by Chapter One Records, a company set up by Les in the late 1960’s.
As a youngster, Bobby Crush was inspired greatly by Russ Conway. A sensation on TV’s Opportunity Knocks,
wins that led to a recording contract with the talents of Norman Newell as recording manager.
Bobby was the star billing for the Russ Conway Tribute Show held at the Westminster Theatre in London. 2001.
Always a pleasure to see live on stage, Bobby keeps very busy performing on cruise liners and theatres around the country.
In May 2004, Bobby made his West End acting debut portraying Liberace in T K Lights production of “Liberace’s Suit”.
More recently, he has completed a successful tour of the UK with “Liberace, Live from Las Vegas”
from That’s Entertainment Productions. Bobby is currently writing his autobiography. Find out more at www.bobbycrush.com
When on holiday around the UK, do try and catch a show from That’s Entertainment Productions. Their 2008 Summer
show “Those Variety Days” starring comedian Syd Little was performed in many venues throughout the country, including a
summer season at Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome Theatre. Russ Conway campaigned vigourously to save this wonderful
little theatre from closure, and today a plaque recognising this is displayed in the foyer.
Chris Gidney & Michael Wooldridge are joint producers of the shows, and excellent music is provided by The Michael
Wooldridge Showband. Well respected in organ and keyboard circles, Michael can often be heard on BBC Radio 2 in
Many Years ago, Russ met with Liberace, and the event was celebrated by a gift of Gold Grand Piano shaped cufflinks
from the flamboyant American. Russ sometimes wore these when performing..
Step into the world of Liberace at www.bobsliberace.com
Remember the King Brothers ? Reputedly, the UK’s first ever Boy Band ! Denis, Tony and Michael had us rocking around our gramophones in the 50’s and 60’s with their hit records “A White Sport Coat”, “Wake up Little Suzie” and “Standing on the Corner” on Parlophone 78rpm & 45rpm discs. Reminisce at the King Brothers world in showbiz at www.deniskingmusiclibrary.com or to find out what Denis is actually up to today visit www.deniskingmusic.com where news of his latest album release with Sarah Eyden can be found.
Appearing many times on the same bill with Russ, and always a delight to listen to, is the wonderful Rosemary Squires MBE
Rosemary was awarded the MBE in 2004, for her services to music and charity. Now celebrating 60 years of making
music for us, Rosemary continues to record and tour both here and abroad, topping the bill at many a venue.
Visit www.rosemarysquires.co.uk to check Rosemary’s concert schedule and to read more of her wonderful career.
Some Other Sites For Your Enjoyment
Interesting Bristol Links
The 78 rpm record remains popular with collectors from all corners of the world.
Most people picture the wind up gramophone with a big brass horn, but there were many other models to choose
from in later years. Most had a sound box built in to a wooden cabinet, with flaps to operate for volume control.
You could choose a table top model, or a highly polished cabinet type for the parlour that stored your discs and protected
them from dust and breakage, or a small attache sized machine, that could be taken into the garden or on a picnic.
A wide variety of music styles was available on these discs, from Opera to Comedy, Brass band to Orchestra,
Big band to Rock “n” Roll, and production of these discs ceased in the early 1960’s with Popular Music and the
introduction of the smaller, virtually unbreakable 45 rpm disc. See some vary rare and highly collectable examples of 78rpm records at:
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1950’s TV Nostalgia
1950’s Radio Nostalgia
Gaining popularity as a remarkable pianist, Trevor Stanford also proved to be a brilliant accompanist to the stars of the day,.
honing performing skills that would one day make him a star in his own right. One such star was Lita Roza, who sang
alongside Dennis Lotis & Dickie Valentine with the Ted Heath Band. Trevor accompanied Lita on his very first important
stage appearance in February 1956. Find out more at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/litaroza/litarozapage2/index.html
If you enjoy a laugh, then a visit to the website of top Comedian and Entertainer Jimmy Cricket is highly recommended. It’s packed full of info about Jimmy’s life and career. Read how his work as a Red Coat at Butlins, and a Blue Coat at Pontins led Jimmy to apply for a place on the London Weekend Television talent show “Search for a Star”. He won, and since then Jimmy’s not looked back. His colourful website includes the latest tour dates, a shop for Jimmy’s DVD, details of his amazing Papal Knighthood and much much more.