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RADIO INTERVIEW

BETWEEN SANDY FORBES AND GEORGE BARCLAY - Vocalist

The show was called Nostalgia Street on LBC Radio. The interview begins with Sandy talking about a song called "Straight From The Shoulder" played by Archie Alexanders Blue Four. The vocalist on the record is George Barclay. At the time of the interview George is 78 years of age and living in South London.

SF     It's a great thrill to have one of the important singers from the old dance band days with us . . . . Welcome George Barclay.

GB
   Thank you very much indeed Sandy.

SF
    Of course I'm going to be accused of favouring all my fellow
Aberdonians which is where it all started for you.
GB   Yes.
SF    Was it
Arthur Mounsey - the first big name you played with?
GB   He was the first band I was with in Aberdeen when I won a singing competition and then Archie Alexander turned up . . .           He arranged the audition with EMI.
SF   
And then of course you found your way to the Locarno at Streatham Hill and you won a competition there too didn't you?
GB   Yes.
SF    Can you remember the song, George, that you sang?
GB   Yes, "
No More Heartaches, No More Tears". 
SF    Of course the next big move would have been to the  Casani Club Orchestra with Charlie Kunz. 
GB   Yes......only did the broadcasts, I didn't work there regularly. I just did the broadcasts, and I was playing at 
        
Princes Dance Hall at the same time you see. 
SF    Anyway, can now hear one of the many records you made with Charlie Kunz and the Casani Club Orchestra 
         to start with for the Sterno Label which are quite rare. The first one I have is 
"There's No Green Grass Round The Old North Pole!" - Lots of Laughter.
SF    I expect you did quite a few of those nonsense records George. 
GB   Yes, one or two!
SF   As a matter of fact there's something here you can help the collecting fraternity with. On some of these earlier sessions that you did with the
Casani Club Band in the recording studios, there was a girl present who sang some of the songs. Now we don't know who she is. I'm hoping you'll be able to tell us. I've got a short excerpt of her singing a tune called "Pop Goes Your Heart". If you'd be so kind as to listen to it and then tell us who it is we'd be grateful. 
GB   (After listening to the tune)
        Yes, that's Girvan Dundas.
SF    Thank you very much indeed.
SF    Of course you were with the Casani Club Band quite a long time weren't you George?
GB  Yes, quite a while - must've been 1934 to 1935 I think it was.
SF   Of course we can listen to the records but there was presumably broadcasting work and you did a certain amount of advertising stuff. 
GB   Yes.
SF   There was all that going on too.
SF   Of course by now you'd moved from Sternum across to the Chrysallate Company, the Rex Label and there's a lively one here that you did "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" (with Mantovani).
GB   Ah - it's a good song that one.
SF    Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, I must say George, your voice there, that's just an excellent record, I did enjoy that, very pure tone.
GB   Thank you very much.
SF    And now I've got a little bit of fun coming up - I wonder if you remember making this record.  
"I'm in Love with the Slender Silken Ankles"
SF   Well, well, well George, now it all comes out, you're in love with the Slender Silken Ankles, eh!
GB   Laughing - I can't remember that very much.
SF   Yes, it's interesting isn't it - that of course was not a record sold to the public, it was an advertising record for
Belito Stockings and of course that's Annette Mills singing with you.
GB   
Yes. 
SF    But you don't recall 
GB   No, I can't recall it really.
SF    Of course you chaps were so busy day in day out in the studios you wouldn't recall it.
GB   It's vaguely familiar you know.
SF    Of course it was written by Annette Mills and the Orchestra's David Jarver and his Orchestra. I suppose some sort of a publicity stunt handed to the ladies in the stores when they bought Belito Stockings?
GB   Yes, something like that, yes.
SF    As I said before, you were very busy at this time because the recordings were just pouring out. You were working with
Mantovani, Felix Mendelssohn, Bill Thorburn and Bert Firman at the London Casino.
SF    Here's something that you did with Mantovani - "
You're Laughing At Me".
 


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