• The BIG BEN BANJO BAND - Strummin’ On The Old Banjo

The concept of a 'family sing song' may nowadays seem positively antique - but in the pre-rock 'n' roll, pre-TV early 1950s, gathering together and belting out a ditty or two was a regular weekend occurrence for any family with a piano or record player in their parlour.

Sing-a-long medleys were guaranteed to shift shellac and vinyl. And few who recorded such things sold more records than the Big Ben Banjo Band, a group of seasoned studio musicians brought together by one of the leading UK record producers of the 50s and early 60s - Norrie Paramor. Some of the leading studio men of the day appeared on BBBB sessions, including guitarists Billy Bell, Judd Proctor and Bert Weedon and trombonist George Chisholm.

The BBBB was a regular fixture in the UK charts until rock 'n' roll took hold - particularly around Christmas time, when parties were in full swing. Even after it did, their albums and EPs were in great demand throughout the 60s and well into the 1970s.

Jasmine's new package brings you as much of the BBBB's early music as we are able to fit onto one CD. Two of their earliest albums, all four sides of their first two chart entries 'Let's Get Together Parts 1 & 2' and a pair of rare tracks by the Coronets and Diana Decker, both with backing by the BBBB. If it sells as well as we hope it will, there's plenty more where this comes from!

'Strummin' On The Old Banjo' is guaranteed to take you back to simpler, happier times when owning a TV was a luxury, food allergies were laughed at and nobody had any idea what a Brexit was. Join in and sing if you want to - and if you don't have much of a voice, tapping of toes is heartily encouraged…

Track Listing

1 I'M LOOKING OVER A FOUR LEAF CLOVER
2 THE JAPANESE SANDMAN
3 ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY
4 BYE BYE BLACKBIRD
5 HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM (After They've Seen Paree?)
6 BILL BAILEY WON'T YOU PLEASE COME HOME
7 UNDERNEATH THE ARCHES
8 SWANEE
9 PEG O' MY HEART
10 GOODBYE BLUES
11 MEDLEY:
ROLL OUT THE BARREL
PADDLIN' MADELIN HOME
MA! (He's Making Eyes At Me)
12 MEDLEY:
WHO'S SORRY NOW
TIP TOE THRU' THE TULIPS
PAINTING THE CLOUDS WITH SUNSHINE
13 MEDLEY:
MOONLIGHT BAY
MY SWEETIE WENT AWAY
I'LL STRING ALONG WITH YOU
14 MEDLEY:
WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP AND I WORE A BIG RED ROSE
JEEPERS CREEPERS
I WANT A GIRL (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)
15 MEDLEY:
I'M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES
LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART
I WONDER WHO'S KISSING HER NOW
16 MEDLEY:
THREE LITTLE WORDS
WHOSE BABY ARE YOU
I WONDER WHERE MY BABY IS TONIGHT
17 MEDLEY:
EXACTLY LIKE YOU
PASADENA
ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
18 MEDLEY:
SHINE ON HARVEST MOON
PRETTY BABY
YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU
19 MEDLEY:
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
PUT ON YOUR OLD GREY BONNET
20 MEDLEY:
LET BYGONES BE BYGONES
I'LL BE YOUR SWEETHEART
LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY
21 MEDLEY:
LITTLE WHITE LIES
AIN'T IT A GRAND AND GLORIOUS FEELING
I AIN'T GOT NOBODY AND NOBODY CARES FOR ME
22 MEDLEY:
I LIFT UP MY FINGER AND I SAY 'TWEET TWEET'
NOBODY'S SWEETHEART
SMILE DARN YA SMILE
23 MEDLEY: 'LET'S GET TOGETHER #1'
I'M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY
APRIL SHOWERS
ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY
SWANEE
THE DARKTOWN STRUTTERS' BALL
FOR ME AND MY GAL
OH! YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL
YES SIR! THAT'S MY BABY
24 MEDLEY: 'LET'S GET TOGETHER #2'
CALIFORNIA HERE I COME
BACK HOME IN TENNESSEE
CAROLINA IN THE MORNING
ARE YOU FROM DIXIE
WAITING FOR THE ROBERT E. LEE
COAL BLACK MAMMY
WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN COMES BOB-BOB-BOBBING ALONG
TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE GOODBYE
25 STRUMMIN' ON THE OLD BANJO
26 BIG BEN'S BANJO BAND

Other Details
Price Code A
Format CD
Release Date February 10th 2017
UPC Bar Code No 604988263725

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The BIG BEN BANJO BAND - Strummin’ On The Old Banjo

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