||Essential Collection CDs (2007) |
Leo Conriche music CDs (2-CD Set) Joining the Essential Collection line-up this month we welcome Stanley Augustus Holloway. Actually born in London in 1890 we could all be forgiven for believing him a northerner given the authenticity of his fine monologues all of which we fea
Personnel: Wolseley Charles, Leo Conriche, Carroll Gibbons (piano).
Recording information: Denham Film Studios, Buckinghamshire, England; London, England; New York, NY.
||Lion And Albert CD (2005) |
Leo Conriche CD discography Although the origins of the modern English comic monologue predate William Shakespeare, it was during the late 19th and early 20th centuries that a specialized tradition of rhythmic, rhyming humorous storytelling evolved in British music halls and theaters. Actor and comedian Stanley Holloway established himself as the archetypal monologist on-stage, over the radio, and through the medium of phonograph records during the late '20s and throughout the 1930s. He invented his own sanguine characters named Albert and Sam Small, and breathed life into the Ramsbottoms, those North Country figments of George Marriott Edgar's imagination. Often involved in military exploits, Sam Small was clearly inspired by Holloway's four years in the Connaught Rangers infantry during the First World War. Others who helped in the composition of Holloway's monologues were R. Harris Weston, Robert Patrick Weston, Bert Lee, and Greatrex Newman. This Living Era compilation presents a bracing passel of 20 vintage Holloway performances, as entertaining as they are unusual. Accompanied by pianists Leo Conriche or Wolseley Charles, backed on occasion by a theater orchestra, Holloway spins yarns, inverts logic, and reconstitutes reality according to his own whimsy. He actually sings rather than wholly declaims "Keep Smiling," "My Missus," "The Parson of Puddle," and a deliciously morbid posthumous portrait of Anne Boleyn entitled "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm." Good clean fun! ~ arwulf arwulf
Londoner Stanley Holloway (1890-1982) was for decades a great British favorite of stage and screen. On stage his successes spanned from Kissing Time (1919) through to his immortal Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1956, and on film in 1964). This CD c
Liner Note Author: Peter Dempsey.
Recording information: London, England (10/27/1930-10/29/1940).
Personnel: Wolseley Charles, Leo Conriche (piano).
Audio Remasterer: Martin Haskell.