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.
Thank you very much indeed Sandy.
SF Of course I'm going to be accused of favouring all my fellow
which is where it all started for you.
SF Was it
- the first big name you played with?
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.
And then of course you found your way to the Locarno at Streatham Hill and you
won a competition there too didn't you?
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.
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
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
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.
(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.
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
- 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
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
- 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
and of course that's
singing with you.
SF But you don't recall
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.
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?
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
SF Here's something that you did with Mantovani - "You're
Laughing At Me".