WEBSTER BOOTH, ANNE ZIEGLER – BROADCASTS, TV AND PODCASTS

I made some podcasts from 2013 onwards. They are available on the internet archive at: https://archive.org/bookmarks/JeannieC

There are a number of recordings featuring Anne and Webster on YouTube at my Duettists Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/duettists

BROADCASTS, TV AND PODCASTS IN DATE ORDER.

Demobbed on Daily Motion posted by Mike Taylor (1937) http://dai.ly/x2j8me2

Demobbed extract by Mike Taylor https://clyp.it/plnmsz5r

Voice of Romance (WB, presented by Jimmy Dyrenforth circa 1937) https://clyp.it/toubb0nz

Florodoro Radio broadcast BBC 1940s (AZWB) https://clyp.it/23qno2n2

Gypsy Love (Lehar) Radio broadcast BBC1940s (AZ/WB) https://clyp.it/3g2l4tns

On Wings of Song (September 1961 SABC WB) http://booth-ziegler.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-23T08_02_35-07_00

On Wings of Song (Christmas 1961 SABC WB) http://booth-ziegler.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-29T12_19_26-07_00

Paddy O’Byrne interview (January1963 SABC) https://clyp.it/rpsyok5r

Ivor Dennis, AZ, WB on Ivor Novello (SABC 1966) https://clyp.it/kt2yedi1

Bitter Sweet selection SABC concert 1966 https://clyp.it/ugaanrfy

A Musician Remembers 1975 (1): https://archive.org/details/AMusicianRemembers1975WBBroadcast1Joined

A Musician Remembers 1975 (2): https://archive.org/details/AMusicianRemembersBroadcast2WBJoined

Pierrots and Fol de Rols ( circa 1979 UK): https://clyp.it/vr0geydm

Looks Then Quiz (1978) Denis Norden, AZ,WB, Arthur Askey https://youtu.be/Cp4UWe4XadY

Alternative link: https://archive.org/details/LooksThenQuiz1978AAAZWB

Radio Wales Interview (1978) https://clyp.it/uq0mggzv

Pierrots and Fol de Rols ( circa 1979 UK): https://clyp.it/vr0geydm

Only a Rose TV http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k681ehAr8PL7k1abPA2

Only a Rose TV (1980) https://youtu.be/ll-aX9AnyYs

Russell Harty Show (January 1981) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k3mV9mos4a2n9Gabqex

The Golden Years (with Alan Keith 1980s) Unlisted on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uU5XgP7jlHY

The Seven Ages on Radio 2 (AZ 1991) https://clyp.it/4j5s0upc

Jean Buckley interview (1985) https://clyp.it/t4uygx3r

Webster Booth Story (presented by Robin Gregory on BBC 2 1994) https://clyp.it/o05ced2i?token=dd084afbc98adee602ff58e5861c682e

Morning Star 28th April 2013 (me) My discussion with Clare Marshall about my book about Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. https://clyp.it/eh0thevt

12 October 2014 Memories of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth: https://archive.org/details/Podcast1310Joined

30 August 2015 Morning Star Clare Marshall’s programme with recordings restored by Mike Taylor: https://clyp.it/sde2amhs

6 September 2015 Morning Star #Clare Marshall WB records Morning Star

I made some podcasts from 2013 onwards. They are available on the internet archive at: https://archive.org/bookmarks/JeannieC

There are a number of recordings featuring Anne and Webster on YouTube at my Duettists Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/duettists

15 March 2020, Jean Collen

BROADCASTING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Anne and Webster settled in South Africa in mid-July 1956. I compiled the following lis of radio programmes from newspapers, magazines and personal diaries. Contact me if you can add more information to this list.


Anne and Webster settled in South Africa in mid-July 1956. I compiled the following lis of radio programmes from newspapers, magazines and personal diaries. Contact me if you can add more information to this list.


MOBILGAS MELODY WORLD 16 February 1956/57? Springbok Radio,

16 February 1956

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in a programme compèred by Michael Drinn.


LIGHT UP AND LAUGH – ITMA, December 1956

December 1956

Thirteen-week series on Springbok Radio, recorded at the Brooke Theatre. Webster (rather incongruously!) took Tommy Handley’s part in South African presentation of ITMA scripts.


ELDORADO, (Ralph Trewhela) 1957

Anne and Webster took the leading roles in this musical, directed by Frank Douglass, SABC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Jeremy Schulman. Work commissioned by SABC for 21st anniversary programme.


AT HOME WITH ANNE, commenced on 21 January 1958. Anne presented this series on Springbok Radio. The programme was still running in July 1959.


DO YOU REMEMBER? 1959 to 24 April 1960, Anne and Webster presented weekly music programme on Springbok Radio on Sunday afternoon. They spoke about their illustrious careers and the people with whom they had worked.

Anne in a recording of a broadcast at SABC, 1963

CONCERT HOUR 1960 – English service of the SABC. SABC Concert Orchestra, Rita Roberts, Webster Booth, Asaf and Philharmonic Choirs, conducted by Anton Hartman.


DOUGLAS LAWS Record show, 4 October 1960. Anne and Webster appeared as guest artistes.


MESSIAH 8 December 1960 Webster sang tenor solos in the Port Elizabeth Oratorio Festival, conducted by Robert Selley.


TEST YOURSELF 1960. Anne and Webster presented this quiz show together on Springbok Radio.


OPERA, ORATORIO AND OPERETTA (ON WINGS OF SONG) Wednesdays at

On Wings of Song. 1961

8.30 pm, later Thursday, 9.20 pm, 1961

Webster presented a weekly programme of recordings (including some of their own) on the English Service.


DREAM OF GERONTIUS, MESSIAH, 27 November 1961. Port Elizabeth Oratorio Festival broadcast Monday and Wednesday at 8pm. Webster, with Emelie Hooke, Joyce Scotcher, Harold Hart, Port Elizabeth Orchestra, directed by Robert Selley.

27 November 1961 from Port Elizabeth.


GILBERT AND SULLIVAN 1962, 1963. When the copyright on Gilbert’s words ended, Webster presented a weekly programme on the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on the English Service. During his illness in 1962, Paddy O’Byrne read the scripts of this programme.

Webster presents the Gilbert and Sullivan Radio programme January 1962.


DRAWING ROOM, April 1962

Webster presented a short series of drawing room concerts before a studio audience on the English Service. He and Anne sang in this series, and a number of guest artistes took part. He also sang duets with the bass, Graham Burns. The guest artistes were Doris Brasch, Rita Roberts, Gert Potgieter, Gé Korsten, Graham Burns, Jean Gluckman, Kathleen Allister and Walter Mony The accompanist was Anna Bender.


MUSIC FOR ROMANCE, August 1962. Anne presented a series of programmes in which she presented recordings and reminisced about her life and career in England.


PORT ELIZABETH ORATORIO FESTIVAL, November 1962

Elijah and Messiah from Port Elizabeth.

Webster, Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, and Graham Burns, conducted by Robert Selley. The complete oratorios were broadcast locally in the Eastern Cape. Excerpts were broadcast nationally later, but strangely none of Webster’s recordings were used in the national broadcast.


SUNDAY AT HOME, January 1963. English Service. Paddy O’Byrne conducted a fifteen minute interview with Anne and Webster at their home in Craighall Park.


GREAT VOICES, January 1963-1964. Webster presented this series on the English Service. He was criticised by the critic Jon Sylvester of The Star for including some of his own recordings, yet most people expected to hear Webster Booth the singer as well as Webster Booth, lately-turned broadcaster.

RECITAL WITH ORCHESTRA 8 April 1963. Anne and Webster sang a programme of duets, with orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree, on the English service.

I was Pooh Bah!


BALLADS OLD AND NEW, July 1963. Webster presented this short series on the English Service towards the end of 1963.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME 1963/64 Anne and Webster presented a series of children’s programmes, directed by Kathleen Davydd.

Nursery School Sing-Along.


SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PALACE, November 1963. A short series, which attempted to recreate the atmosphere of the Music Hall on the English Service. Anne and Webster were guest artistes on this programme. 

Webster, Anne, Jeanette James and Bruce Anderson sing a quartet in the programme


OPERA AND OPERETTA, July 1964, Monday, 7.35 pm Webster returned to the English Service with this series.


IF THE SHOE FITS, Christmas 1964. Webster and Anne starred in this Christmas pantomime on the English Service.


TEN OCLOCK AND ALL’S WELL, September 1966. Webster was guest presenter for a week in this short series on the English Service.


2 October 1966, CITY HALL, JOHANNESBURG. ORCHESTRAL CONCERT (FOR JOHANNESBURG EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY)

Anne and Webster were soloists, with the SABC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree. Webster told Edgar Cree that he was not pleased with his voice and thought it was time for him to stop singing.

O lovely night (Anne and Webster)

Drink to me only with thine eyes (Anne)

Lehar medley (Anne and Webster)

The Holy City (Webster)

Love’s old sweet song (Anne and Webster)

We’ll gather lilacs (Anne and Webster)

Selection from Bitter Sweet (Anne and Webster)


MELODY MARKET, May 1967. Webster presented this programme in the early morning on the English Service.  “A sort of housewife’s choice,” was how he described it in a letter to me. It was the last programme for the SABC before leaving Johannesburg for Knysna a month or so later.

19 September 1966


SOUTH AFRICA A TOUCH OF THE BRITISH, 29 May 1973. BBC TV. Documentary. Anne and Webster appeared in this BBC TV documentary. Anne said that she had had enough of South Africa and wanted to go home to die. The programme ended with Anne and Webster singing We’ll gather lilacs.


PETER BROOMFIELD’S OPEN HOUSE, 20 March 1975. English Service. Anne and Webster were guests of Peter Broomfield on his morning programme, broadcast from Cape Town, on the English Service. Anne’s friend, Babs Wilson-Hill (Marie Thompson) who was on a visit from the UK, and Anne and Webster’s singing dog, Silva were also present in the studio. Silva sang along to a Harry Lauder record!


A MUSICIAN REMEMBERS, 19 and 26 October 1975. English Service. Webster reminisced about his career in the theatre.


A MUSICIAN REMEMBERS, 2 and 9 November 1975. English Service. Anne reminisced about her career in the theatre.


WOMENS’ WORLD, English Service, 1975 – Pamela Deal, who had conducted the first interview with Anne and Webster when they stopped off briefly on their way to Australia in 1948, interviewed them again when they decided to stop singing in public. They had given a farewell concert in Somerset West towards the end of 1975. This decision was rescinded when they moved back to the UK in early 1978 and found that people remembered them and wanted to see and hear them once again.


RADIO TODAY 1485 When Anne and Webster left South Africa their voices were rarely heard on South African radio. Ronald Charles, the broadcaster and musician who had been the musical director at Michaelhouse in the sixties, played several of Webster’s oratorio recordings from his personal collection on his classical request programme. As far as I know most of the 78s in the SABC record library were discarded, but as time passed, a number of their recordings were released on CD. Occasionally a recording was played on Uit Vergange se Dae on Radio Pretoria.


Paddy O’Byrne was always happy to play a recording when he was with the SABC and later at Radio Today, although his access to their recordings was extremely limited. Clare Marshall, on her Sunday morning programme, Morning Star on Radio Today 1485, is about the only broadcaster in South Africa to feature their recordings regularly. Sadly, Radio Today does not feature her excellent programme Morning Star any more.


Compiled by Jean Collen. Updated in 2019. 

ANNE ON HER OWN (1996 – 2003)

I had known, admired and loved Anne and Webster, and had been deeply influenced by them for forty-three years, and Anne’s death was the end of an era for me. But I am left with a few sad, but many happy memories of them, some of which I have shared in this personal memoir. If they had never been able to sing a note, I would have loved them for their warm, generous and kind hearts, and as long as I live they will never be forgotten.

Anne and her nephew, Mike Eastwood from Portsmouth (circa 1996)
1997 With Bonnie in Joan Tapper’s garden in Mold.
Anne and Maurice Buckley on the way to the RNCM for the awards concert and presentation 1997.
1997.
Anne and Bonnie 1997.

In 1997 Webster’s son Keith died at the age of 72, and in March of 1998 Anne’s dear little Yorkie Bonnie had to be put to sleep, aged 15. Anne was very lonely without her and although she vowed that she could never have another dog because she was too old, eventually she did take on Toby, another Yorkie.

With Jean Buckley on holiday in Harrogate in 1998.
Anne, Allun Davies and Joan Tapper after a lunch in 1998.
Anne and the new Yorkie, Toby in 1999. Sadly, Anne became too frail to care for him and he had to be placed in a new home a year or so later.
Anne and Joan after lunch at the Groes Inn in 1999.
Anne and Joan 2000
Anne and some fans celebrating her birthday (circa 2000)
Anne sends a birthday greeting to me (2001)
Joan and Anne (2002)

Extract from my book Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth:

I phoned Anne on 3 August 2003. By this time her carer was coming in three times a day. Anne could still joke, “Once in the morning to see I am still alive, next at lunchtime, and then at 6pm to see I’m having supper and set for the night.”

We spoke of the days in Johannesburg when I was young – and she much younger – when everything had been happy and carefree. She could not believe that I was nearly sixty as she always thought of me as a young woman. It was forty years since I had first started playing for Webster when she went away on the trip with Leslie Green.

She had not seen Babs for over a year and did not know if she was alive or dead. We decided that it was a pity that things had worked out so badly with Babs, as it could have been a very happy arrangement.

She remarked, “That’s life – or should I say – death?” I told her that she still sounded wonderful, not like an old person at all, with her beautiful speaking voice and her alert mind. I said that I would phone again in a few months. We said, “God bless you,” to one another, and her last words to me were, “Take care, darling.”

Five days after that phone call Anne had another dreadful fall. She was taken to the Llewellyn Ward at Llandudno Hospital, where Dudley Holmes found her in September. She was pleased to see Dudley, but he was deeply shocked at the change in her physical appearance. Dudley spoke to Sally Rayner, who told him that Anne could never return to the bungalow and that they were looking round to find a suitable frail care home for her. Although she would probably never be able to write to us again, we vowed that we would write to her regularly as long as she lived.

On 27 September I wrote a letter to Anne and enclosed a cutting about Kathleen Ferrier on the fiftieth anniversary of her death, and sent it care of Sally Rayner. On the morning of 13 October, there was a telephone message from Sally to tell me that Anne was unlikely to last for more than a day or two.

I phoned Sally immediately and she told me that she was going in to sit with her that morning. Later that day Sally phoned again to let me know that Anne had died peacefully. She had sat with her, and later in the morning had been joined by Anne’s great-nephew, Michael, Jinnie’s son, from Liverpool. They remained with her, holding her hand until she passed away peacefully at 1.30 pm.

Sally had taken my letter in that morning to read out bits of interest to her – about Kathleen Ferrier, the records my actor friend Bill Curry had given me, and Love’s Philosophy, the song she had sung at her Wigmore Hall recital all those years ago. Sally said that some parts of the letter made her smile, although she had not opened her eyes for a long time.

Telegraph obituary 17 October 2003.

TIMES OBITUARY FOR ANNE ZIEGLER – 17 OCTOBER 2003

During the 1930s and 1940s Anne Ziegler and her husband, Webster Booth were among the most popular acts on the British stage. A handsome, beautifully dressed couple (he in immaculate tails and she in crinolines designed by Norman Hartnell), they were often billed as the British equivalent to the Hollywood stars, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. With their signature tune Only a Rose and their wide repertoire of popular operetta and musical comedy, they were rarely out of work, and during their heyday topped the bill not only in concerts but also in variety shows. Each had had a successful singing career before they teamed up as an act.

Anne was born Irené Frances Eastwood in Liverpool and from an early age had trained to be a classical pianist. She gave her first recital in her native city in 1928. (As a singer, not as a pianist!)

She moved to London in 1934 and joined the chorus of the operetta By Appointment at the Adelphi Theatre. In 1936 (1934!), after being chosen from 250 applicants to play the leading soprano role of Marguerita (Marguerite!) in an early film production of Faust, she met the tenor Webster Booth.

Booth, a romantic figure with a profile not unlike Ivor Novello’s (!!), had performed in numerous Gilbert and Sullivan operas with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company as well as recording classical oratorios for HMV records. He married Anne Ziegler in 1938 and two years later they decided to form a double act.

Billed as Sweethearts in Song, their act was pure romance and was hugely popular with wartime audiences. The couple made numerous broadcasts with the BBC in which they sang a variety of rousing songs and bitter-sweet ballads including We’ll Gather Lilacs, If You Were the Only Girl in the World, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life and The Bells of St Mary’s.

Radio inevitably led them to top the bills in variety and they often appeared in company with leading artists of the day including Douglas Byng, Tommy Trinder, Max Wall, and others. They appeared in summer shows in Blackpool, the revue Gangway at the London Palladium and in a revival of Rudolph Friml’s operetta, The Vagabond King at the Winter Garden Theatre, London.

One of their most famous stage successes was Sweet Yesterday at the Adelphi Theatre in 1945, a “cape and sword” romance of the Napoleonic era which ran for more than 200 performances.

They were happiest on stage together just as themselves in either concert or variety. Inevitably their film career was a brief one, the most notable being The Laughing Lady (1946) and Demobbed (1946 – 1944!) a light-weight comedy in which they appeared opposite Norman Evans. They did not appear opposite Norman Evans but were guest stars in two brief episodes of the film!

With the advent of rock ‘n roll in the 1950s, the appeal of the duo towards the public began to fade and they decided to emigrate to South Africa, where they lived and worked until 1978. While there they wrote an autobiography Duet, published in 1951. They emigrated to South Africa in 1956 and the autobiography was published in the UK in 1951, 5 years before they emigrated!

On their return to Britain, they were astonished to discover that there was a boom in nostalgia and particularly with music from the 1930s and 1940s. Radio stations began playing their old hits and new albums were released including Sweethearts in Song (1979) and The Golden Age of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (1980). They made numerous television appearances including on such programmes as Looks Familiar with Dennis Norden.

Although they were no longer in their prime as singers, they continued to appear on stage well into their seventies in old-time music hall and variety shows throughout the country. The venues may not have been as glamorous or the bills as prestigious, but older audiences held an obvious warmth and affection for the couple and they were admired by their peers for their stamina and professionalism.

The impresario Aubrey Phillips, whop presented the couple in concert at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1982, remembered how romantic they appeared. “It was very touching to see them at that age, holding hands together as they left the dressing room for the stage,” he said. “They were still very much in love and audiences could sense that. That was the secret of their enduring success.”

The couple had made their home in Colwyn Bay, North Wales and occasionally appeared in concert in Llandudno, often in company with their friend Jess Yates, the organist. They sang their last duet, I’ll See You Again at a concert in the town, in June 1983. (They sang this at a concert in Bridlington!)

Webster Booth died a year later at the age of 82. Ziegler, who remained supremely elegant to the end, spent her final days in a nursing home in Colwyn Bay.

There were no children.

As there were a number of errors in the obituary, I wrote an email to The Editor of the Times.

19 October 2003 – St Andrew’s Kensington pew leaflet. I was the musical director at the Church at that time.

Anne’s funeral took place on 21 October at 2.00 pm. The organist played We’ll Gather Lilacs at the beginning and their recording of Now is the Hour was played at the end of the service as the coffin disappeared behind the curtain. One of Sally’s friends, Stanley, a member of the Rhos on Sea Savoyards, sang their signature tune, Only a Rose, during the service.

About forty people, including Webster’s grandson, Nicholas Webster Booth, and the Meals on Wheels ladies, attended the service on a rainy afternoon. Most of the people present had some firm connection with Anne, although there were a few curious “hangers-on”. Forty people did not seem a large number considering who she was and how many friends she had made over the years.

There were obituaries for Anne in papers all over the world, but I was saddened that little notice was paid to her death in South Africa, where she and Webster had lived and worked for twenty-two years. Errol sent an e-mail to the Afrikaans newspaper Die Beeld to inform them of Anne’s death but the paper made no mention of it.

A week or so later I was surprised to hear from Anne’s solicitors in Rhos on Sea that she had left me a legacy in her Will.

An abridged version of my letter was published in The Times in early November.

I contacted the actress and broadcaster, Clare Marshall at Radio Today to let her know that Anne had died. She was the only broadcaster in South Africa to pay a fitting tribute to Anne on the radio. Later I sent her copies of a number of their CDs and she continued to play them frequently on her Sunday morning programme, Morning Star. Sadly, Radio Today has changed direction and Clare’s programme is no longer featured on that station.

Ironically, Anne’s friend Babs, who was two years older than her, had died two weeks before Anne, leaving all her money – nearly £1,000,000 – to various charities.

I had known, admired and loved Anne and Webster, and had been deeply influenced by them for forty-three years, and Anne’s death was the end of an era for me. But I am left with a few sad, but many happy memories of them, some of which I have shared in this personal memoir. If they had never been able to sing a note, I would have loved them for their warm, generous and kind hearts, and as long as I live they will never be forgotten.

Evergreen – Winter 2003 – note from Joan Tapper, Anne’s friend and fan from Mold.

All the written material comes from my book: Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth which was published three years later in 2006.

Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth

Post updated on 26 July 2019

Jean Collen.

MEDLEYS FROM THE WEBSTER BOOTH-ANNE ZIEGLER GROUP

The Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Appreciation Group on Facebook has acquired most of the recordings made by Webster and Anne. Until we come across some of the missing recordings (only about 10 sides to go now) I have been creating medleys for the group. Most of them last about half-an-hour and feature AZ-WB recordings and recordings by artists associated with them. Click on the links to listen to them and please let me know what you think of them.

The Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Appreciation Group on Facebook has acquired most of the recordings made by Webster and Anne. Until we come across some of the missing recordings (only about 10 sides to go now) I have been creating medleys for the group. Most of them last about half-an-hour and feature AZ-WB recordings and recordings by artists associated with them. Click on the links to listen to them and please let me know what you think of them.

Follow me on clypit at: https://clyp.it/user/3dacarmv

MEDLEYS

Beneath Her Window – Serenade medley https://clyp.it/5try4jji

Berlin Medley https://clyp.it/i4ko1uvl

Carmen Vocal Gems https://clyp.it/hvsgfiur

Caro Nome (Gwen Catley) and duet from La Boheme; https://clyp.it/zbp5cicv

Chappell Ballads https://clyp.it/usmmfazd

Christopher Robin songs https://clyp.it/zbmkb4zx

Co-optimists’ Medley (1) https://clyp.it/xwhjy5jo

Co-optimists’ Medley (2) https://clyp.it/ivgrw30v

Don Giovanni arias https://clyp.it/2d5qdxt4

Four Indian love lyrics https://clyp.it/avealivo

Heart’s Desire (1) http://youtu.be/Yu-yn3q0g6M

Heart’s Desire (2) https://clyp.it/4przfzz1

Home and Beauty https://soundcloud.com/mike-taylor-216/home-beauty-selection-by-magda-neeld-janet-lind-webster-booth

Irving Berlin medley (WB only) https://clyp.it/i4ko1uvl

Irving Berlin medley (in full) https://clyp.it/rlgvs413

Ivor Novello Vocal Gems 1 and 2 https://clyp.it/55owti5z

Ivor Novello vocal gems (3 and 4) https://clyp.it/ybq4yzk4

Land Without Music https://clyp.it/2nxvezhh

Lehar Medley 1 https://clyp.it/hy1mygca

Lehar Medley 2 https://clyp.it/hve0wojk

Merrie England Vocal Gems https://clyp.it/q30yolyj

Mikado Vocal Gems https://clyp.it/ieb4hgfh

More Songs that have sold a million (2) https://clyp.it/hmpttrnu

Noel Coward Vocal Gems https://clyp.it/wasffibi

Noel Coward medley (second record) https://clyp.it/siy2nc4j

Noel Coward medley (Anne only) https://clyp.it/gvszogj4

Porgy and Bess (complete, joined) https://clyp.it/4g2vho0a

Rigoletto medley https://clyp.it/t3jtniju

Rosemarie selection, WB, Victor Conway, Anne Welch https://clyp.it/egemxvfy

Songs that have sold a million (1) https://clyp.it/zkmb51lr

More Songs that have sold a million (2) https://clyp.it/hmpttrnu

Songs that have sold a million (1 and 2) https://clyp.it/z3f2qryw

Theatreland at Coronation time https://clyp.it/0thmbll2

Theatreland at Coronation time1937 https://soundcloud.com/mike-taylor-216/theatre-land-at-coronation-time-parts-1-2-1937

The Cat and the fiddle https://clyp.it/p30fjie0

The Gondoliers vocal gems https://clyp.it/2xjmc1f0

This year of Theatreland (1936) https://soundcloud.com/mike-taylor-216/webster-booth-janet-lind-this-year-of-theatre-land-1936

MEDLEYS COMPILED BY ME (JEAN COLLEN)

Birthday Medley 2019: https://clyp.it/ens5ahwf

Donald O’Keefe medley on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nao3-c1D0oI&feature=youtu.be

Romantic medley WB https://clyp.it/ov4uvqm0

Say that you are mine/Sylvia https://clyp.it/zhdcx40j

Songs I like (14 September 1938) https://clyp.it/zhlyqgut

St George’s Day medley WB JC https://clyp.it/2rcg0qyo

Tell me tonight/ah sweet mystery of life //clyp.it/ssuybzfn

Waltz Time medley: https://clyp.it/g0azrc3u

Webster Booth miscellany https://soundcloud.com/boothziegler/webster-booth-miscellany

BY DATE

JANUARY

January medley 2019 Campoli, WB, Rawicz and Landauer https://clyp.it/3uhnd0eq

2 January 2020 Oratorio medley for birthday : Acis and Galatea, Samson and Judas Maccabeus. Webster Booth https://clyp.it/zi1pmall

6 January 2020 Serenade in the Night Medley: La Serenata (Tosti), Serenade in the Night (WB), Heimwee (S. le Roux-Marais), Toselli’s serenade (WB), Trees piano and (WB), Jealousy (Gade) https://clyp.it/czh5a0qt

21 January 2020: Serenade from Frasquita Robert McDonaugh, Liebestraum (WB), Caré Selve (Zanta Malan), Love passes by (WB), Merry Widow waltz, Show me the way (WB) Ragamuffin (Mantovani) https://clyp.it/1ekbbq4t

31 January 2020 February 2020 medley: Deep River (Alfredo Campoli), Nazareth (Webster Booth), Estrellita (AC), A Perfect Day (WB), Only My Song (AC), I Love Thee (WB), Tell Me Tonight (AC), If You Had but Known (WB), Summer Garden (Charles Williams) https://clyp.it/0mzdht0r

FEBRUARY

February 2019 Webster Booth, Japie Human, Salon Orchestra

Serenade (Frasquita) WB, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Japie Human), Just for Today (WB), Fascination (JH), Show Me the Way (WB), Dreaming (Salon Orchestra)

https://clyp.it/p4yxl3xe

6 February 2020 Welsh medley, Ah, sweet mystery of life (WB), Sweet William, Sweet melody of night (WB), To a Wild Rose, Along th road to dreams (WB), Nimrod, Sylvia (WB), Savoy medley https://clyp.it/5c3nwjaz

Old Ballad Concert – McEachern, Gresham Singers, WB 26 February 1936 https://clyp.it/tsk0bmax

MARCH

March medley 2019 Alfredo Campoli, Anne, Webster, Fred Hartley

Poupée Valse Alfredo Campoli, Slumber Song (Schumann) AZ,
Arioso (Bach) Campoli, I love thee (Grieg) WB, My Star (Bassett Silver) WB, Mystic Beauty (Fred Hartley)
https://clyp.it/ezoipuro

March medley (2) 2019 Alfredo Campoli, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. Softly awakes my heart (AC), Bless this house (WB), The Poplar Tree (AZ), Gypsy Moon (AC), You are my heart’s delight (WB), Tell Me Tonight (AC). https://clyp.it/3xfdjwvd

6 March 2020 Scherzo Caprice (Leon Goossens/Templeton), Friend o’ Mine (WB), Longing (Haydn Wood), Show Me the Way (WB), Song of Summer (Ketelby) Sweet Melody of Night (WB) Fingerprints (Engleman quintet) https://clyp.it/cyivrbtb

10 March 2020 10 March 2020 Tango medley: Golden Autumn (Ketelby), My Star WB (Bassett Silver), Fascination, O, Dry Those Tears WB (del Riego), Tango, ‘Tis the Day WB (Leoncavallo), Vienna, City of My Dreams.https://clyp.it/30tppqhh

18 March 2020 Song of Paradise medley: Song of Paradise (AZ/WB) Song of Paradise (Albert Sandler), Marigold (Mayerl) Fred Hartley quintet, Music for Romance (AZ/WB), Without your love (AZ/WB), Music for Romance (Campoli), Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Campoli) https://clyp.it/5fvgrebh

18 March 2020 Dusk medley: Romance (Rubinstein), Bird Songs at Eventide (WB), None but the lonely heart (Tchaikowsky), Homing (WB), Jeanie with the light brown hair, If you had but known (WB), Dusk (Armstrong Gibbs), Sylvia (WB), Flower show (Charles Williams) https://clyp.it/huae4vte 

APRIL

April medley 2019 – Harry Mortimer, WB, Albert Sandler, Debroy Somers https://clyp.it/4utgof3k

Good Friday selection WB JC https://clyp.it/2pjvsgv3

MAY

May medley 2019 Loch Lomond medley (Debroy Somers) Love is the key to all glory (AZ/WB) Greensleeves (WB), Gay Vienna (Robert Naylor) Sweethearts/One Day When We Were Young (WB) Dear Miss Phoebe selection ( Parr-Davies) I am grateful to Mike Taylor for several of these fine restorations. https://clyp.it/yv0yjszk

Mid-May medley 2019 Musette (Hartley), Come Back My Love (WB), Lehar medley (WB/AZ), Pomone Waltz (Albert Sandler), Show Me the Way (WB), Fledermaus fantasy (Rawicz and Landauer) https://clyp.it/3tt4axbh

Medley 29 May 2019: Horse Guards Whitehall, Giannina Mia WB, No, My Heart will Never Sing Again, Autumn Dream (Sydney Torch), May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (WB), White Horse Inn medley (Peggy Cochrane) https://clyp.it/o5fiemig

JUNE

June medley 2018 Gypsy Moon, Still as the night, Loch Lomond, We’ll Gather Lilacs, Ivor Novello medley, Waltz Medley, ‘Tis the Day, featuring Alfredo Campoli, Anne and Webster, Fred Hartley, Rawicz and Landauer. https://clyp.it/olllrro1

4 June 2019 The Three Musketeers, WB Because, Peter Dawson The Floral Dance, Fred Hartley Bonnie Dundee, AZ WB Here in the Quiet Hills, WB Macushla, Harold Williams Lords of the Air https://clyp.it/fw1t4t05

22 June. Always (Leslie-Smith) Dearest of All (Vernon Lathom-Sharp) Old Folks at Home (Campoli), I Hear You Calling Me, Tchaikowsky waltz (Rawicz & Landauer), Homing (del Riego) Throw Open Wide (May), Mignon (Nocetti) https://clyp.it/osk1chdz

27 June 2019: Down the mall (Charles Shadwell), May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You, There is no Death, A Love Song, (Charles Williams), Just for Today, Dusk (Armstrong Gibbs), Homing, Music Everywhere (Coates), Webster Booth and bands.

https://clyp.it/r3zlxbkz

28 June 2019: Hornpipe medley: Hornpipe (Eric Coates), Say That You are Mine, Glow Worm Idyll (Paul Linke), Sylvia, The Whistler and His Dog (Harry Mortimer), Trees, Rendezvous (Brooklyn Ensemble) Danny Boy, Nights of Gladness (Harry Mortimer https://clyp.it/giu4fb5d

JULY

July medley 2018 All the world is waiting for the sunrise (Seitz), played by P. Sears from YouTube, Castles in the air (WB), Dance of the Wooden Dolls, Side by Side (Melville Gideon from the Co-optimists), Always (WB), Poor Butterfly (Hugo Rignold), Drinking song (WB).

https://clyp.it/hct1upr2

27 July 2019 Narcissus, Bird Songs at Eventide (WB), Estrellita (Campoli), Absent (WB) Poeme (Campoli), Now is the Hour (AZ,WB), Vanity Fair (Anthony Collins)

https://clyp.it/cujvo4ew

AUGUST

August medley Alfredo Campoli, WB/AZ, Charles Ernesco https://clyp.it/d4itz5dn

7 August 2019 For You Alone (WB), Demande et Reponse (Albert Sandler), Somewhere a voice is Calling (WB), Two Sleepy People (Carroll Gibbons), O, Maiden, My Maiden (WB), Ma Curly-Headed Baby (Gershon Partington Quintet). https://clyp.it/vibxlrb1

20 August 2019 20 August 2019 Abide with me (WB), Harry Parr-Davies instrumental (Philip Sear), Count Your Blessings (Olive Groves) Burlesque Montague Philips (Philip Sear), Indian Summer (WB), Bal Masque https://clyp.it/w34xrguq

SEPTEMBER

September medley 2018 Rawicz and Landauer, Webster Booth, Peter Dawson, Fred Hartley, Anne Ziegler feature in the September medley. https://clyp.it/guoyneoa

20 September 2019 WB medley: Love is a many splendid thing (Fred Hartley), Smilin’ through (WB), Smoke gets in your eyes (Billy Mayerl), Star of my soul (WB), Chanson (Albert Sandler), Somewhere a voice is calling (WB), Gypsy Baron, One day when we were young (WB), Softly awakes my heart (Albert Sandler) https://clyp.it/fxnepncy

OCTOBER

1 October 2019 October medley: https://clyp.it/4c3bn22x Wood Nymphs (Eric Coates), The Rose of Tralee (WB), Love in Bloom (Billy Mayerl) The Shannon River ((John McCormack), Ivor Novello Medley (WB and Helen Hill), ‘Appy ‘Ampstead (Albert Ketelby)

19 October 2019 medley: https://clyp.it/5fw0hirc Parade of the pirates (Alfredo Campoli), Toselli serenade (WB), Carmen (Rawicz & Landauer), Ah yes, I remember it well (WB/AZ), Mary of Argyll (Scott-Wood), If You are There (WB), Laughing Cavalier (Haydn Wood)

NOVEMBER

15 November 2019 Handel in the Strand (Grainger), Bless this house (WB), A Quiet Stroll (Williams), Drink to Me Only (WB), Just a Corner of Heaven to Me (Peter Dawson), Indian Summer (WB), Gipsy Princess (Lehar) https://clyp.it/yqp0s5gb

November Medley 2018 A medley featuring Webster Booth, Alfredo Campoli. Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (Campoli), Serenade from The Student Prince, Ay, ay, ay, Phil, the fluter’s ball, (WB), clyp.it/3ifexoar

DECEMBER

1 December 2019 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Billy Mayerl), Ah, Moon of My Delight WB (Lehmann), popular tunes (Billy Mayerl), In the Shade of the Palm/Queen of June (WB), Butterflies in the Rain (Fred Hartley), Sweet Melody of Light (WB) Dancing Fool. https://clyp.it/user/3dacarmv

December Christmas broadcast 2015 #Christmas2015 A broadcast featuring Rawicz and Landauer, Webster Booth White Dove, and Anne Ziegler, Maurice Elwin – Josephine, At the end of the day, Little Road to Bethlehem, WB, Lift up your hearts (AZ/WB) Sylvia (WB) Silent Night (AZ/WB). O, Come All Ye Faithful (WB) Presented by me https://clyp.it/o5z5ttsu

Christmas Medley 2016 Albert Sandler, Rawicz and Landauer, Fred Hartley (piano), Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. https://clyp.it/2cxcbsvt

Christmas medley 2018 When Big Ben Chimes, The Holy City, The Little Road to Bethlehem, Silent Night (with Anne Ziegler), The Star of Bethlehem, O, Come All Ye Faithful. https://clyp.it/b0zdg31t

December 2018 medley Campoli, Webster Booth, Rawicz and Landauer, Harold Williams, Malcolm McEachern in a selection for December https://clyp.it/emymfc1r

December 2019 Christmas medley The Lord’s Prayer, Nazareth, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful (Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler), Poeme Op41 – 14 (Alfredo Campoli) https://clyp.it/b2jbz4wj

25 December 2019: 25 December 2019 Medley – Marche Loraine, Azulao (de los Angeles), Moths around the candle flame, Snow Bird (Dawson) Just for today (Booth) Melodie d’amour, Just a Corner of heaven for me (Dawson) Mignon https://clyp.it/yfj4nw5l

27 December 2019 27 December 2019 – medley for 2020: Over to you, Greensleeves (WB), Deep in the heart of a rose (WB/AZ), Dancing Fool, Everywhere I go (WB), Music everywhere, When Big Ben Chimes (WB), Nights of Gladness https://clyp.it/xgctoskc

List compiled: 15 March 2020, Jean Collen

Alfredo Campoli, Webster Booth 
 

Songs I Like, by Webster Booth. 14 September 1938. Broadcast. Not all the songs from the broadcast have been located. https://clyp.it/zhlyqgut

Morgen (Strauss)/Come into the Garden, Maud (Balfe) Recorded in January 1945 HMV C3418. Webster Booth, accompanied by Ernest Lush and Alfredo Campoli. Both records restored by Mike Taylor. https://clyp.it/2sfecfdh

Song of the Vagabonds (WB), Smilin’ Through (WB), Laat Ons nie van Liefde Weer Praat nie (WB/AZ), Showboat medley (Billy Mayerl), Just a Little Love, a Little Kiss (WB), Shine Through My Dreams, Love is My Reason (WB) https://clyp.it/giydvsrz

April 2019 medley: Scipio march (Mortimer), Let Me Dream in Your Arms Again (WB), Love is My Song (WB), Demande et Reponse (Albert Sandler), Stay with Me Forever (WB) (If You are There) Scottish medley (Debroy Somers) https://clyp.it/4utgof3k

May 2019 Loch Lomond medley (Debroy Somers) Love is the key to all glory (AZ/WB) Greensleeves (WB), Gay Vienna (Robert Naylor) Sweethearts/One Day When We Were Young (WB) Dear Miss Phoebe selection ( Parr-Davies) I am grateful to Mike Taylor for several of these fine restorations. https://clyp.it/yv0yjszk

Robert Naylor, Anne and Webster, Debroy Somers.

https://clyp.it/3tt4axbh May 2019 Waltz Time medley (Hans May) Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (1945/1947) Albert Sandler on Violin.

Anne and Webster in the film “Waltz Time”
Mid-May Medley: Musette (Hartley), Come Back My Love (WB), Lehar medley (WB/AZ), Pomone Waltz (Albert Sandler), Show Me the Way (WB), Fledermaus fantasy (Rawicz and Landauer)
Medley 29 May 2019 Horse Guards Whitehall, Giannina Mia WB, No, My Heart will Never Sing Again, Autumn Dream (Sydney Torch), May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (WB), White Horse Inn medley (Peggy Cochrane)
posted 19 days ago
Remembering Webster Booth on the 35th anniversary of his death on 21 June, and Anne Ziegler on the 109th anniversary of her birth on 22 June. https://clyp.it/osk1chdz Click on the link to listen to the anniversary medley.
Webster Booth (1936) Hornpipe medley: Hornpipe (Eric Coates), Say That You are Mine, Glow Worm Idyll (Paul Linke), Sylvia, The Whistler and His Dog (Harry Mortimer), Trees, Rendezvous (Brooklyn Ensemble) Danny Boy, Nights of Gladness (Harry Mortimer) https://clyp.it/giu4fb5d
27 June 2019 medley – Down the mall (Charles Shadwell), May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You, There is no Death, A Love Song, (Charles Williams), Just for Today, Dusk (Armstrong Gibbs), Homing, Music Everywhere (Coates), Webster Booth and bands. https://clyp.it/r3zlxbkz
1 July 2019 Hornpipe medley: Hornpipe (Eric Coates), Say That You are Mine, Glow Worm Idyll (Paul Linke), Sylvia, The Whistler and His Dog (Harry Mortimer), Trees, Rendezvous (Brooklyn Ensemble) Danny Boy, Nights of Gladness (Harry Mortimer) https://clyp.it/giu4fb5d
Irish medley 8 July 2019: Irish medley (Debroy Somers), The Snowy-breasted Pearl, Lullaby (Cyril Scott), Macushla, Trees (Julian Lloyd Webber). Irish medley with Webster Booth, Over to You (Eric Coates) https://clyp.it/jrdkmikj

MORNING STAR PODCAST

Clare Marshall, who presents the lovely programme Morning Star on Sunday morning had read my book, Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth asked me into the studios to talk to her about my close relationship with Anne and Webster.

The link to the Morning Star podcast on Radio Today 1485 on 28 April 2013 is: Morning Star presented by Clare Marshall with guest, Jean Collen

On Thursday 25 April 2013 I went to the beautiful studios of Radio Today 1485

Radio Today 1485 studios, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg.
Radio Today 1485 studios, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg. Photo: Gaynor Paynter.

The beautiful studios are situated in the middle of a plant nursery in Jan Smuts Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg. Clare Marshall, who presents the lovely programme Morning Star on Sunday morning had read my book, Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth asked me into the studios to talk to her about my close relationship with Anne and Webster. I began studying singing with them when I left school at the end of 1960 in their studios on the eighth floor of Polliack’s Corner, Johannesburg.

School of Singing and Stagecraft, Eighth Floor, 69 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg
School of Singing and Stagecraft, Eighth Floor, 69 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg – the building with balconies to the right.

Later I acted as Webster’s studio accompanist when Anne had other engagements. I remained friends with them until their deaths. Webster died in June 1984 and Anne died in October 2003.

I retired as Musical Director at St Andrew’s Church, Kensington at the end of 2005 after thirteen years, and stopped teaching classical singing and piano at the end of 2007, so I thought that talking to Clare on air might be rather daunting, but she was quite charming and soon put me at my ease. What I imagined might be an ordeal proved to be a really enjoyable experience. Clare’s Morning Star programme is on at 8.30 am (South African time) on Sunday mornings. I have listened to it for many years and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys hearing a variety of beautiful music presented by someone with a pristine radio voice.

One of the songs which will be featured on the programme on Sunday morning: http://youtu.be/if-EZpO-e9s

Anne and Webster
Anne and Webster

The programme was aired yesterday (28 April 2013)  on Radio Today Johannesburg 1485 – RADIO THAT DELIVERS One of the songs played was:

THE MERRY WIDOW WALTZ: Franz Léhar

  Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, is available online at my book store on Lulu

Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.
A Personal Memoir

I have had some copies of this book printed locally in wire binding and it is  available to South African readers only at the very reasonable price of R140 (including postage). If you would like a copy of this book, please contact me at: duettists@gmail.com and I’ll give you further details about it.

Since writing this post I have added several more podcasts and they may all be heard at the same place. The series: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth tells of their lives and careers and my association with them from 1960 to 2003, the year of Anne’s death.

Photo taken in the early 1960s.
Webster Booth and Jean Collen. Photo taken in the early 1960s.

I am also doing a separate series about the more serious work of Webster Booth. These podcasts ar called On Wings of Song – Webster Booth as Soloist. Both series of podcasts may be heard at the following link, where there is one featured podcast, with links to the other podcasts to the right of the page:

MY PODCASTS

I have also created a new blog called ZIEGLER-BOOTH RADIO where my own podcasts, the Morning Star podcast originally broadcast on Radio Today on 28 April 2013, and some of my YOU TUBE videos are embedded. My Soundcloud recordings are also included there.

Please let me know what you think of everything if you listen to them.

1940 AW

I have added a podcast at the following link:  A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth – Episode 1

This is the first in a series of podcasts about the lives and careers of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth and my association with them.

Jeannie C 29 April 2013.

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