Oct 03

EDDIE CALVERT – “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White”

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#33, 27th May 1955

You have to wonder about this one. Were people buying both this and the Prado version? Or was the vote split? And why? There?s not too much difference – Prado’s got a bigger kick early on, Eddie lets go a bit more in the second half of the tune, maybe somebody should have done a mash-up, maybe somebody did! What’s most likely is that customers went into the shops and said “OK, have you got that trumpet one ? the one that goes eeeeowwwwwwww a lot?” and the shopkeeper just handed them a record from the nearest pile. Eddie leaves off the grunting man, which almost gets him my vote but Prado’s intro has just that little bit more swagger.



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    gernplagree on 1 Apr 2009 #

    Много не ф тему на мой взгляд, но в вобще мне кажется всё верно.

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    wichitalineman on 31 Oct 2010 #

    Does Eddie remind anyone else of Sweep (as in Sooty And…)?

    When this charted and Eddie was newsworthy again after a hitless year, he told the press he was on a special diet to give him the stamina required to play ‘the golden trumpet’. Apparently he checked his weight daily and his meals were based on a (pre Arsene Wenger) footballer’s diet – steaks, lean meats and protein. ” I play strictly corn, with a touch of Salvation Army band on a Sunday morning and I need energy to keep it up” he said, with admirable self-awareness.

    Apparently Cherry Pink was originally the theme from Underwater starring Jane Russell, released at the start of ’56.

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    punctum on 1 Nov 2010 #

    I can think of a few free jazz/improv saxophonists who remind me more readily of the hapless Sweep (hi Evan P if you’re lurking!).

    On the other hand, Malcolm McLaren’s vocal on “Double Dutch” sounds remarkably like the much-missed Harry Corbett.

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    lonepilgrim on 1 Nov 2010 #

    Sooty’s version of 4′ 33″ has a few detractors – particularly for the use of a water pistol in the encore

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    lord darlington on 2 Nov 2010 #

    Sue and Lynsey De Paul – never seen in the same room.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 2 Nov 2010 #

    That would be Soo. And I thought she sounded more like “Betty Spencer”.

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    Erithian on 2 Nov 2010 #

    aka Michele Dotrice – indeed yes.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 2 Nov 2010 #

    Correct. I particularly cited Betty because the character was such a whining drip. But then Michele had already turned up in things like “The Saint” and “Jason King” playing a strident young lovely, which is exactly what she was.

    More Popular magic. Eddie Calvert to Jason King via Sooty. God I love this site!!

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    wichita lineman on 3 Nov 2010 #

    Soo was quite the feminist, and no whining drip, from what I remember of the post-Harry Corbett Sooty Show. Matthew Corbett had the look of a potential singer-songwriter, maybe with a failed album on Penny Farthing, though sadly I don’t think it ever materialised.

    Jimmy, yes, quite! Jason King’s pop career (one single, one album) fell rather short of Eddie C’s. As did Caroline Munro’s (one single), who must have featured at some point in Department S, if not Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

    On the Oh My Papa post, someone said Eddie Calvert grew to hate his ‘Golden Trumpet’. Anyone out there have any back up for this? It sounds like the basis of a film script, or at least an adult Sparky’s Magic Piano.

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    Mutley on 3 Nov 2010 #

    Another tenuous link between Eddie Calvert and Sooty (or more specifically the dog Sweep), is that Eddie used to take his pet corgi “Gabby” on tour with him, both looked after by Eddie’s wife Josie. I thought that only the Queen was allowed to tour with corgis? I don’t know if Eddie grew to hate his golden trumpet, but he did split up with Josie (and Gabby?)

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    wichitalineman on 3 Nov 2010 #

    I’d love to say that the Korgis toured with Queen; it seems as if they never played live at all.

    I should put my hand up and say that I own both the Eddie Calvert and the Perez Prado versions. Perez has more swing, as you’d expect, but Eddie’s take, though superficially a straight copy, is so very Lyons Corner House. How does he do that?

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    Mutley on 3 Nov 2010 #

    I think he got the Lyons Corner House Sound by doing a stint with Geraldo, as did other UK stalwarts of that era. I’ve just listened to both versions and Perez is for me better, although I always associated the number with Eddie at the time. Both were number ones in the UK, but any idea if there was much difference between their UK sales? I would guess that Eddie sold more.

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    wichitalineman on 3 Nov 2010 #

    I’d guess Eddie too, if only because he stayed on the chart for 21 weeks compared to Perez’s 17.

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    Eli on 22 Dec 2010 #

    Eddie’s version *is* practically a carbon copy, yet it still has an air of British inferiority that so many covers of American records did.

    He seems to be one of the most forgotten of the big stars in 50s Britain. His Golden Trumpet has fared very badly next to Mantovani’s Cascading Strings.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 8 Mar 2013 #

    Couldn’t think of a better place, so let’s play tribute to Kenny Ball here. He kept working right through to the end. A remarkable musician and a fine man. Flags in Red Square drop to half-mast. R.I.P.

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    David. M. Williams. on 6 Jun 2014 #

    I can remember hearing these tunes:- ‘Oh My Papa’ & ‘Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White’ while I was at Bassingbourn Village College, (Hertfordshire); 1954-1958!!
    I had a feeling that’s when it was & I was right!! I was 1 of the first of 350 kids to start
    @ B.V.C. in 1954;- (fresh from arriving in UK from Oz; (English parents); so was the only kid in the school with an Aussie accent!! Strewth!! I was 11.25 y.o.! (ahhhhhh)!

    Now 71 -(since last month) & living in Greater Manchester (North):

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    David. M. Williams. on 6 Jun 2014 #

    I don’t have a clue what was going on when I was born…..except WW2!! And I wasn’t aware of anything about that……till I was about 5 or so!!

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    Gareth Parker on 8 Jun 2021 #

    You can’t keep a good tune down! 7/10 imho.

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    Carol Browne on 26 Oct 2021 #

    I lived in Eddie Calvert’s house when my mother was his housekeeper. He was a very nice man. When he played his corgi would sing along. Hilarious. Circa 1957-59.

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