Sunday Bandstand 17 March 2024

Sunday Bandstand 17 March 2024

Edward George White (21 August 1910 – 1994) was a British composer of light music, whose compositions including "The Runaway Rocking-Horse" (1946), "Paris Interlude" (1952), "Puffin' Billy" (1952) and the signature tune for "The Telegoons" (1963), became familiar as radio and television theme tunes.

White was born in London, England, and was largely self-taught. He became a violinist in a trio and various dance bands, performing also on saxophone and clarinet. He became known as an arranger of music and, after service in the RAF during World War II, he ran a ballroom orchestra at the Grand Spa Hotel in Bristol. In 1961, the first stereophonic single ever released in the UK, was billed as 'The Sound of Ed White', playing "Coral Reef" and "Tropical Blue". This was released by Pye Records.

"Puffin' Billy" (1952) is perhaps his most familiar composition, especially in the original recording by Hubert Clifford and the Melodi Light Orchestra. The piece was used as the signature tune for the BBC Light Programme's Children's Favourites, a radio request programme, from 1952 to 1966.

"The Runaway Rocking-Horse" (1946) was another White novelty tune used as the theme tune for the filmed U.S. television series Life with Buster Keaton (1951 - 1952). Wer are playing this 1946 noveltyt piece on today's show wityh a performance from the Morris Concert Band conduc ted by Harry Mortimer in 1978.  

Playlist 17 March 2024


Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
The Young Recruit - Arr. Maurice Rayner (aka William Rimmer) Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2001  'Bandstand' - CD - 2001
Scenes Du Lac  - Roy Newsome Mount Charles Youth Band MD: Jonathan Small - 2005  'Inspirational Showcase' - CD - PM Sound Truro PMSPCD 0512 - 2005
Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones arr. Morrice Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton -2001  'Summon the Heroes - CD - Egon Recording  SFZ102 - 2001
Summertime - George Gershwin arr. Howard Snell Soprano Soloist Martin Winter with the Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 1992  'Master Brass Volume 3 - 1992 All England Championships Highlights' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 052D - 1992
Orient Express - Philip Sparke William Davis Construction Band MD: Dr. Keith Wilkinson - 1987  'The Spice of Life' - Vinyl - Polyphonic PRL 034D - 1987 
Balkan Moods - Nicola Parov arr. Reid Gilje Brass Band Froschl Hall (Austria) MD: Hanne Buchegger - 2001  'Three Cheers for 25 Years' - 2001
Cuban Overture - George Gershwin arr. Philip Sparke Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Constantine Kitsopoulos - 1995  'Brass Band Of Battle Creek – Britain & Brass' - CD - BBBC - 1995
Runaway Rocking Horse - Edward White arr. Allan Street  Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1978  'Brass Tracks' - Vinyl - Meridian Recording A22001 Stereo - 1978
Carnival Overture - Antonin Dvorak arr. Geoffrey Brand  Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1994  'Spectacular Classics' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD845 - 1994
Embraceable You - George Gershwin arr. Elgar Howarth Trombone Soloist Nick Hudson with the Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 1991  'Pictures at an Exhibition' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD011 - 1991
Scarborough Fair  - Traditional arr. Gordon Langford Hammonds Band MD: Morgan Griffiths - 2022   'Scarborough Fayre' - CD - KMJ Recording HB0005 - 2022
Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair - Stephen Foster arr. Elgar Howarth Euphonium Soloist Stephen Singleton with the BNFL Band MD: Richard Evans - 1997  'Listen to the Band Collection' - CD - BBC WMEM0001-2 - Recorded on the programme January 1997
Day Break over Lake Frostad - Roy Newsome Williams Fairey Band MD: Marc Reift - 2011  '80 Greatest Hits for Brass Bands' - CD - 2011
Glorified - Andrew Wainwright  Canadian Staff Band BM: John Lam - 2022  'Glorified' - CD - 2022
Anne Of Green Gables - Norman Campbell, Don Harron & Mavor Moore arr.  Howard Cable Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) GMD: Howard Cable - 1996  'Northern Delights'  - CD - Open Day Recording  ODR9308 - 1996
A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter arr. Ray Steadman-Allen Regent Hall Salvation Army  Band BM: Stephen Hanover - 2004   'Favourite Hymn Settings of the Salvation Army' - DCD - SP&S 179CD - 2004
Dark Haired Marie - Trad arr. Goff Richards Cornet Soloist Russell Gray with the BNFL Band MD: Richard Evans - 1996  'Travellin' Light' - CD - Polyphonic QPRL 079D - 
The Pioneers March - Derek Broadbent  CWS (Glasgow) Band MD: Archie Hutchison - 1993  'The Pioneers March' - CD - Kirklees Music Commissioned Recording for the CWS - YCLCD 001 - 1993
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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