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Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2019

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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,chouxfleur
Date: 17 Feb 19 - 01:21 PM

In answer to CJB's question about making a definitive list of Miles's songs, it might help to know that, (as one of his long time friends) I have in my possession a large number (though as it turns out , not all) of his files full of his original handwritten scripts of songs, pieces for radio, newspapers and ideas for shows and even more songs. None of us, I believe knew how prolific this talented friend was. He was so self effacing that I believe, like Jake Thackeray, he never had the confidence to truly believe how good he was. I am currently scanning and saving all the material I have here, the originals will go to his daughters. Hopefully I will be able to have access to the rest of his work to scan and save, and later with the families consent make it all available.
I am also slowly gathering as many recordings I can of Miles besides those that were commercially available.
I hope to ensure his work lives on. All singers and performers out there do your bit, learn and sing Miles' songs at your local club. A bright light has gone out, lets ensure we remember Miles through his work.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Feb 19 - 09:34 AM

I'll put for for you, Acorn4 (and from myself as well).


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Feb 19 - 09:31 AM

Bump


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: Acorn4
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 05:56 PM

John Pole - I wish there was a "like" button on Mudcat!!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,John Pole
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 04:28 PM

I knew Miles for 65 years. He was a Scholar at our college but spent more time learning the guitar (from John Williams' father) and singing than studying. He taught for some years in London, then married and returned to Sussex to live and teach in Brighton. He was a fine guitarist, singer and songwriter, an acute observer with a satirical wit, strong feelings and convictions and a great way with words.He had many friends, some of whom learnt a lot from him, He was my best and, as we used to say of each other, my oldest friend. Goodbye, old bean, rest in peace.

Peggy Seeger recently wrote that "Miles was one of my most favourite of the ironic, sarcastic, humorous songwriters, reinventing the humour of stereotypical cultural behaviour and writing iconic folksongs. I recently sang his Hippies and Beatniks parody of Gipsy Davy at the Birnam Folk Festival in Scotland and it brought the house down. Goodbye, Miles … you gave me miles of pleasure and laughter. Peggy"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,Guest - CJB
Date: 16 Feb 19 - 09:51 AM

Another Week Ending featuring Miles ...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u44i0wirx4qh1gx/Week%20Ending%201978-12-08.mp3?dl=0

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There is an excellent Week Ending tome by Ian Greaves & Justin Lewis – 35mm thick with tiny printing!

From the name index on page 675:

Miles Wootton = e328, e330, e331, e332, e334, e335, e336, e343, e360, e364, e369, e370, e704, e707.

(N.B. From a quick check, he’s listed as writer – with cast as performers for the songs).

e328 = series 27, episode 8; 24/11/1978.

e360 = series 30, episode 5; 21/9/1979.

e704 = series 58, episode 1; 25/9/1987.

It lists an extract of e704 & an off-air of e707 as existing (as of 2008 printing date).

P.S. The book is available from Kaleidoscope / TVBrain

https://www.tvbrain.info/shop/books/prime-minister-you-wanted-to-see-me

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I wonder if its pssible to compile a definitive list of the songs that Miles wrote?

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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 04:34 PM

Week Ending Nov 24th 1978

https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/d38865abe377406b90f21b8fdd1d23c5

Some of the songs could have been written by Miles!!

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And I found this:

https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=%22miles+wootton%22#search

"Song of the Telly by Miles Wootton"

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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,Guest - CJB
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 10:48 AM

Weekending Nov 24th 1978

Here's one episode ...

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/6d54358d11d7b7324f857e1f8ed1c8d020190215153502/98e2f949fddcd0f589652da1115e664e20190215153502/759089

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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 10:04 AM

RIP and thanks for the songs


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 07:43 AM

A great friend but sadly we cannot be there as we fly out of the UK on 19th.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,Barry Hughes
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 07:37 AM

I have just heard that Miles' funeral will be at 10am on 22nd February at Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,Guest - CJB
Date: 15 Feb 19 - 07:00 AM

Great memories of cycling around the Sussex countryside on a Sunday, then arriving at the Stanford Arms at Preston Park in Brighton for the Folk Club run by Jim Marshall. Miles was compere. Happy memories of Merrydown Wine with blackcurrent - and Miles singing his 'The Gnome' song. Wonder what happened to all the tapes they made of those sessions?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: GUEST,Jon Heslop
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 09:12 AM

So sad.A kind, gentle and sometimes excruciatingly funny man with an enormous intellect and the generosity of spirit to share it.
I only knew Miles for about ten years but my partner, Fred first met him in her early teens at the Brighton clubs and on our frequent visits to Brighton, often had time to catch up with him over a beer or two in his favourite hostelry and put the world to rights; it's a pity the world and its leaders didn't listen to him.
R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: Vic Smith
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 08:44 AM

The biography of Miles quoted by Joe above from the Allmusic site is largely correct except where it says:-
Wootton subsequently plunged into a full-time career of singing and writing, with a number of artists covering his songs

This is incorrect. Miles was a full-time teacher of foreign languages at schools and colleges in Brighton, although he did retire a few years early in health grounds. We had many conversations over the decades that I knew him about the joys of being a semi-pro musician with a daytime teaching job - we still had an income even in the lean months for gigs and a professional pension to look forward to when we retired.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Miles Wootton (1934-2019) - died Feb 9, 2109
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 08:00 AM

A man with a wonderful talent for songwriting. We booked him a number of times at our folk club back in the day. My condolences to his friends and family. He is, of course, in the "In Memoriam" thread.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: 2019 Obit: Miles Wootton - Feb. 9, 2019
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 08:51 PM

There's a brief but nice biography at allmusic.com:
    b. 23 March 1934, Manchester, England. Although known for his humorous material, Wootton has also written more serious songs. Having started out in revue sketches at university, he then took up the guitar and started singing at the Heritage Folk Club at Oxford. This was followed by a residency at the Court House Folk Club in Cornwall. Moving to Brighton in 1965, Wootton began playing the local folk clubs, and writing songs with Allan Taylor. He contributed the lyrics to five tracks on Taylor’s debut, Sometimes, in 1971. Wootton subsequently plunged into a full-time career of singing and writing, with a number of artists covering his songs. A breakthrough of sorts came when he co-wrote, with Fred Wedlock, ‘Joggers Song’, the b-side of ‘The Oldest Swinger In Town’. This at least pushed his name forward to a wider audience. Wootton also wrote songs weekly for Wedlock when the latter appeared regularly on the Noel Edmonds Show for UK television. He has also contributed songs for BBC Radio’s satirical series, Week Ending. Wootton now plays only occasionally, but his songs are much covered and imitated.

May he rest in peace.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: 2019 Obit: Miles Wootton - Feb. 9, 2019
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 09:16 PM

Rest in peace, Miles. Your songs will live on.

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton info
From: Will Fly
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 06:22 PM

I have fond memories of Miles at the Stanford Arms in Preston Circus (Brighton) and at the Springfield in Springfield Avenue (also Brighton).

Good days and good times, with many great performers like Miles.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton info
From: Acorn4
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 05:18 PM

One of the earliest exponents of, and possibly even the inventor of folk comedy.

Wicked irreverent sense of humour.

You still often hear his songs performed in folk clubs, unfortunately often without him being credited.

Fond memories of the Preston Circus club in Brighton.

R.I.P Miles


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton info
From: Vic Smith
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 02:10 PM

Very sad news but recent a visit and other reports made it sound inevitable.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton info
From: GUEST,Chouxfleur
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 01:34 PM

It is with deep sadness that one of my best friends and much loved singer, writer and performer, Miles Wooton passed away last night. RIP old chum.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton info
From: Bugsy
Date: 15 Jan 19 - 01:22 AM

Good to hear!

Cheers

Peter


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton info
From: Will Fly
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 02:11 PM

My guitar buddy Chris Wolferstan visited Miles today at his comfortable nursing home in Hove. He was remarkably chipper. They have a bar at the place and Chris and Miles had a beer together. He has cancer, but he remarked that "Reports of my demise are premature". They had a chat about literature amongst other things, and Miles was very much with it.

Cheering news.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Bugsy
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 10:49 PM

I truly hope that there is some chance of recovery for Miles.
He's   one of the good ones.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,chouxfleur
Date: 30 Dec 18 - 04:28 PM


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,John Pole
Date: 16 Dec 18 - 03:55 PM

Miles is now in a nursing home in Hove and glad to see
visitors but gravely I'll.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 24 Oct 18 - 04:00 AM

and those great lines...
“No dirty barrels here
We only sell hygienic beer
Safely paralysed within this aluminium drum.”


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 18 - 01:52 AM

I hope he has a speedy recovery, i enjoyedparticularly his song about the pub selling crap food and the customers all dropping dead


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 04:57 PM

Hi folks - I have SUCH a lot to thank Miles for - he was my French teacher in 6th form at school and we used to push the desks back at the end of double French on a Tuesday afternoon I think and create a mini folk club there and then - playing guitar laughing singing - got me through. If anyone is nearer or visiting please give him my very very best wishes. Love and harmony - Paul Wilson


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 11:32 AM

Miles is still in the Royal Sussex - with his beer being rationed by the nurses! His visiting friends have been instructed by the ward staff not to bring him any more as he had a hidden stash in a bedside cupboard...

Still not very well - but still capable of raising a smile!


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Bugsy
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 10:05 AM

Any news on Miles?
I've never met himbut sang a few of his songs and always remeber Derek Brimstone s version of " The gnome"

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,John Pole
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 07:59 AM

Miles is now very seriously ill in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Emerald Ward. How long he will last is not certain, but friends are visiting.

(Sorry I find I’ve repeated myself , didn’t realise my post was there. )


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Will Fly
Date: 13 Oct 18 - 04:05 AM

I see Miles from time to time at the Mitre in Brighton (his local), when Wolfie and I play there on a Sunday afternoon. He has indeed been looking increasingly frail, it's sad to say. One can only hope for the best.

I also have fond memories of the Stanford Arms club at Preston Circus - many great performers like Miles, Paul Downes, Stuart Reed and Tim Broadbent.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,FANTUM
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 06:31 PM

Oh yes if Miles is up to it get everything recorded.I can add the new ones to my collection of one
But everything must wait till Miles feels better


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Acorn4
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 02:15 PM

As a writer of comic songs and occasional parodies he was a very early influence on my own writing.

I remember seeing him at the old Preston Circus club in Brighton and laughing my socks off.

One of the pioneers of folk comedy if not the originator. I bought one of his CDs when his songs were transferred from vinyl to CD and we had a bit of a chat on the phone.

Some of his songs are still done in clubs, though often, unfortunately not credited to him.

I don't know if there is any possibility of him pulling through this but the outlook doesn't seem that good from the post.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,John Pole
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 02:07 PM

Miles is very ill indeed in the Royal Sussex County Hospital (12 October 2018) Emerald Ward.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Jul 12 - 09:29 AM

Hi Chris - I'll certainly do that.

(And let me say here, as I did when we were there, that your recent set at the Hawth in Crawley was sensational. Memories of the Redan, eh?)


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,Chris Newman
Date: 17 Jul 12 - 09:09 AM

Please give Miles my best - haven't seen him for a very long time - and put me down for a copy of the CD when it comes out.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,synbyn
Date: 17 Jul 12 - 08:53 AM

definitely!


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Jul 12 - 10:37 AM

Phil and Mike - this could be just what Miles needs! He is certainly in need of a bit of a boost at the moment. Go for it!


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Will Fly
Date: 16 Jul 12 - 09:50 AM

Will do, Phil. I'll await his decision as to when he wants to get cracking.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST,Phil B
Date: 16 Jul 12 - 08:49 AM

Will. You record it, I'll master it. Be great to have some Wooton material out there again. I used to do 'Senile Delinquent' with my old mate Colin Wilson way back at the beginning of time. Miles is a songwriter of great wit and perception. Give him my regards.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Leadfingers
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 06:30 PM

Me Too !! Miles has always been one of the writers I would steal songs from .


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Acorn4
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 05:04 PM

Have got volume 1 and will certainly purchase volume 2 when it becomes available - one of the original pioneers of folk humour.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 03:29 PM

I was chatting to Miles this afternoon in the Mitre in Britain. I hadn't seen him since the old folk days in the Marlborough and the Springfield. Miles mentioned that he has at least a CD's worth of material that he'd like - as he put it - "to lay down before I lay down", and we may get together in a few weeks time to make some recordings. (He'd heard some of the recent recordings I've done with Chris Wolferstan and thought I was OK for the job). So - watch this space and, with luck, there'll be some more of Miles's wit and humour around for us all.


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: mileswootton
Date: 17 Sep 10 - 03:37 PM

I have a CD available. "The Least Worst of Miles" Ten quid including P&P. Miles Wootton.
mileswootton@btinternet.com


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: mileswootton
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 03:11 PM

Thanks. My address is mileswootton@btinternet.com


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: mileswootton
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 03:08 PM

.to many who have asked (thanks) my email is

mileswootton@btinternet.com

I have a CD on sale and am thinking of making another


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 01:22 PM

It's been a puzzle to me why people ask questions that have been answered earlier in threads, and I haven't found out why. I think perhaps they got to a thread by a search engine and see only part of the thread or just one message - but I don't really know. Whatever the case, I've learned that it happens frequently, so there must be a reason.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Miles Wootton
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 01:06 PM

How do you know that Cait didn't read the thread?

Stuart Reed put his E Mail in earlier !

Nearly 2 years ago, and these things change...


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