Monday, 26 June 2017

A lot of what it takes to get along

Sharing a birthday as he does with such magnificently-named individuals as Wolfgang Windgassen, Chesty Puller and Hedwig Sophia, Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Syd Lawrence sounds positively pedestrian...

However, in his day Mr Lawrence was lauded for "reviving" the sound of the Big Bands of yesteryear for a new audience, and, such was his renown that his orchestra - decades after his passing - continues to perform in venues up and down the country.

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra was also a staple of prime-time variety shows during the 60s, 70s and even into the 80s - as in this remarkably unusual performance on Sez Les (Les Dawson's flagship ITV show) in 1972. On this Tacky Music Monday, here's his rendition of We're in the Money - but why the strippers..?

They make Pan's People seem like The Bolshoi.

Have a good week, peeps!

Syd Lawrence (26th June 1923 – 5th May 1998)


  1. Those strippers (because they certainly are not "dancers" give off that always beguiling air of having practiced the routine just not quite enough.

    And why strippers? Because strippers always make everything better.

    1. "But take it from me, to be a stripper, all you need to have is no talent." - Tessie Tura


  2. If you had a day between Saturday & Sunday, what would you call it?


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