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Subject: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:44 AM

Nowadays!, wahts he up to>
any one renmemvber him?
Durham Town
The Last Faewell?
Mexican Whistler,
heloo, good morninbg, happy day/
If I was a richg man?
Both Sides now?

i think, he was Kenyan?
South african?

I was brought up on his music., him and The Spinners etc
Is he still alive, still recording. still gigging?

I have somewhere an old LP [ plastic record]!
with Durham Town, The Last Farewell,
I f i was a Rich Man etc
it was my grandmothers, it would probably be worth a small fortune now! [20 or 30 pounds]
I wont sell it though, classic stuff, wont part with it!

anyone else remember him?

what waas that whistling song he did?


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:46 AM

Did he ever get wewll known in amrica, [in the late 60s early 70s?


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:47 AM

On the Roger Whittaker website, from Natalie Whittaker:

"Dear Friends:

Christmas is here again, and do I have presents for you! As you will have gathered, Roger is back in Germany as guest artist for a series of Christmas concerts there. He is also just finished a brand new album entitled "MOMENTS IN MY LIFE" with several of his Irish inspired songs included in it. The first release of this album will be in February in Ireland as he does four concerts here, and then later in March when he will be on the extensive tour of Canada (keep checking concert tour section of the website). He is also planning a short tour of England in July followed by a short tour of Scandinavia, and possibly a few more Irish dates. He will then be back in the USA during November until the first week in December."


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:48 AM

anyo american people heard of him, sang his soings, [durham town etc]
get lost guest.john


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:48 AM

To answer your question, John from Hull, yes, he is very well known in America, and liked by many.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:52 AM

Cheers Ebbie!,
do you know of his english tour dates?, i would like to see him live!
I known his musiuc and grew up with it, my grandad used to sing and play it on an old phillips radiogram!
that i suprised he is not dead yet!
how old is he?
is he australian, or kenyan, or german or waht?
when is he in england>?
i will go
do you remember him from 70's tv show?


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:56 AM

in a way, i supriesde he still going, [nice supride though!]
i thought he mught be dead, or retired, good he's still going., nice heds coming tonuk. i hope i can see him live, , hopefully somereee near hull.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:58 AM

were is hid website?,
i looked for rogerwhittaker.co.uk,
but it says, 2no website heere2.
so were is it then/


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: alanabit
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 04:20 AM

I think he's has been living in Germany since the seventies. He speaks German fluently and I believe this is where it makes the most sense for him to work. You can see him quite often on TV if you watch certain programmes. He has carved himself a niche as the sort of MOR singer your Mum likes rather than as a folk singer. Wolfgang and Susanne can doubtless tell you more, although I suspect this is not really their music either.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: GUEST,Jean from Hull, Quebec
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 10:51 AM

I have seen dis Roger Whittaker across de riviere at the Arts Centre Nationale in Ottawa. He was merde (shite).


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 11:20 AM

John, don't you know how to use http://www.Google.com yet?

You'll find his page at http://www.rogerwhittaker.com/.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: jaze
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 11:23 AM

I heard a record of him singing Annie Laurie. It was great. Anyone know what lp it's on?


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 11:25 AM

He's coming to Halifax, Nova scotia in the new year.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 12:11 PM

Hey, John9. He is one of the best known people over here I've never heard. The only reason I recognize his name is that a couple of people have told me I look and sound just like him. Yeah, I look a lot like Peter Lorre, too. I guess because I have a moustache, my hair is greying, I play guitar and sing folk music, that makes me a near-clone. He's also a baritone, as I understand. Out of curiosity, I did see a CD of him in a music store, and I suppose after a few bears, from a distance in a dimly lit room, he could look vaguely like me.

That said, I've never heard him, or until this thread ever heard another Amurican folk singer even mention his name. Clearly, some folks know him over here, but to say he is "well-known" is probably a slight exageration.

Rgoer's Younger Brother


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 12:58 PM

I've never heard his recordings played or his name mentioned except in reference to late night television commercials in the '70s (last time I actively watched television). Those commercials had a voiceover exhorting the insomniacs to buy the complete collection of Roger Whittaker recordings (while we heard a few bars of several songs and a list scrolled up the screen).

I don't think they were actually produced by K-Tell or Ronco or any of those other brands only heard of on late night television. ("Every recording ever recorded since recording began . . . songs beginning with the letter 'P' . . . foreign language records . . .")

Sounded like he has a decent, though commercial (no pun intended) voice, but that's the only context I ever heard him in.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 01:01 PM

He may be more "well known" than you think, Jerry. I remember hearing him frequently on the radio when I was a kid (the line(s): "For you are beautiful, and I have loved you dearly, More dearly than the spoken word can tell" echo through my mind when I hear his name). My folks tended to listen to Middle Of the Road/Muzak-type stations.

I don't think his name comes up often amongst folkies, probably because most folkies wouldn't consider what he sings to be "folk music". To be honest, the idea of classifying him as a folk singer never even entered my mind until just a few minutes ago...

He has an amazing voice, but he's not my personal cup of tea -- the way he puts over a song is a little too "sweet" for my taste. But clearly there are many people who would disagree with me.

Cheers,

YY


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Don Firth
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 01:09 PM

I know what you mean, Jerry. People used to tell me I sound like Ed McCurdy. Within recent years, they tell me I sound like Gordon Bok. I don't really think I sound like either of them. The common denominator is that the three of us are basses.

Roger Whittaker. Very pleasant, very listenable, but he'll set the teeth of any hard-core folkie on edge. He's sort of "folk-lite," songs for people who don't know much of anything about folk music.   He plays well, sings well, and I kinda like him, actually. But I consider him "The Lawrence Welk of folk music."

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: C-flat
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 01:23 PM

He also likes to whistle as I recall which, despite his obvious whistling prowess, I didn't find particularly endearing.
I remember seeing him on an antiques show a year or two back, where he showed off an amazing collection of very valuable antique furniture. Some of the items were so ridiculously expensive I was left wondering how he'd made that much money!
I was heard practicing my whistle down the garden shed for a few evenings after but it did me no good.
I once sang a parody of one of his songs,
"There's something nasty floating in the harbour"
Fortunately I've forgotten the rest.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 01:31 PM

Jerry Rasmussen- not 'well known'? Just how young are you, anyway? In the Pacific Northwest for awhile he was an ubiquitous force.

"Roger was born in Nairobi, Kenya on March 22, 1936. His parents hailed originally from Staffordshire in England: his father came from a family of grocers; his mother was a teacher. The music of East Africa left a mark on Roger's childhood. "In over 30 years of singing and playing musical sounds - the wonderful drumming, and those marvelous, infectious rhythms - have played a great part in everything I have ever written and sung."

"THE PRESENT

2001 saw a grueling German tour again, at the end of which an exhausted Roger celebrated his 65th Birthday - the natural age for retirement and announced that he would stop touring completely. However, having moving to Ireland and settling down by the River Shannon, he was soon inspired to start writing again, and needless to say, like all artists missed the roar of the crowds. So in 2003 he again toured Germany to great acclaim, recorded a new German Christmas album, and is currently in the studio, working on his first English album for seven years, hopefully to be released in 2004, with tours of Ireland, Canada, Scandinavia and in 2005 in Germany again, as well as the USA. TV specials and new compilations are in the pipeline, with many of his old songs, long since deleted but so frequently requested by his fans."

http://www.rogerwhittaker.com/bio.htm


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: open mike
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 04:00 AM

i didn't know he had vocal chords..
just lips
(i had hot heard of his singing,
just his whistling..)


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Keevan6
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 04:39 AM

i always wondered if he was some distant relative of mine.....(seeing as we share the same last name) who knows...


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: GUEST,nickb
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 06:07 AM

Boning up on his geography perhaps?

Well known as the man who shifted Durham from the River Wear to the River Tyne. As in -

"I've got to leave old Durham town,
I've got to leave old Durham town.
I've got to leave old Durham town,
And the leaving's gonna get me down.

When I was a boy, I spent my time,
Sitting on the banks of the river Tyne.
Watching all the ships going down the line, they were leaving,
Leaving, leaving, leaving, leaving me."

Perhaps he left old Durham Town every day and travelled across to the River Tyne. If he did, I wonder if it got him down then? If he DID spend all his time away from Durham Town when he was a boy, why was he so bothered when he left it?

So many questions...


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: GUEST,Lanfranc at the orifice
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 06:08 AM

He used (late 70s, early 80s) to live near Saffron Walden, Essex UK, but I cannot recall him ever appearing at any of the local Folk Clubs. I only encountered him once, when he outbid me to purchase a Martin D35 from a friend of mine.

I've never regarded him as a folk singer, either. Not unpleasant to listen to, but ....

Alan


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: GUEST,Santa
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 06:24 AM

I assumed he meant some Durham in the USA - haven't found one on a River Tyne yet....


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 08:08 AM

I'm 68,Ebbie, and grew up in Wisconsin. I've been listening to and playing folk music since the early 50'sand went through the whole folk boom in the early 60's. That said, people can be knwon well regionally, and completely unheard of a couple of hundred miles away.
We still live in cultural "hollers."

I would consider saying that he is "Well-known in America" a gross over-exageration if I've performed, booked and listened to folk music in this country for fifty years, and never heard the guy.. That's not to knock him, because I have no idea what he sounds like, and only first heard of him ten years or so ago, and that just from a couple of people. And not since, until this thread.

It's kind of flattering to be considered wet behind the ears, though..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker wahts he doing, nowadays
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 01:02 AM

Whittaker's recording of "the Last Farewell" was released in 1975, and it became a fairly big hit in the United States. "Durham Town," "New World in the Morning," and some others got some airplay on the radio in the U.S., and I'm sure they made the "top 40" for a time. His albums are readily available in the U.S., and I'd guess he does reasonably well in the easy-listening market. You still hear him occasionally on the easy-listening stations in the U.S. - in elevators and supermarkets and the like.

I saw him perform in Sacramento in the mid-1980's, maybe earlier. Half of his performance was his standard hits and easy-listening stuff. It was pleasant, but not remarkable. the other half of the concert was folk music from Africa, from both black and white sources. He did some really interesting songs, and he did them well. I really enjoyed that half of the concert. I don't think he has recorded much of his African music, though. That's too bad, because he could really make a contribution there.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Greycap
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:47 AM

Did a "Country Meets Folk" radio programme with him once, many years ago. One of the nicest men you could hope to meet.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 11:56 AM

I've heard of Roger Whitaker. Here in Chicago there was a radio personality named Roy Leonard who used to praise and play this guy on his mostly talk/entertainment program.

Overall, I would say Roger Whitaker's music is some of the most blandest and dullest I have ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 12:49 PM

Martin Gibson: some of the most blandest and dullest I have ever heard.

LOL. I have to agree. When I was young I liked his voice; later it bored me. It just never changed its inflections, no matter what kind of song he was singing.

Jerry Rasmussen, I was tweaking your leg a bit- I'm well aware that there are regionalisms. For instance, in 1949 when my family moved to Virginia from Oregon, my musical hero was Montana Slim (Wilf Carter). I never even heard of Hank Williams until we reached our Michigan relatives.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 01:46 PM

First saw him at the Edinburgh Folk Festival, so long ago, I can't remeber the exact year, but the following I do remember: That particular year there was abit of a to-do about this being a Scottish Folk Festival that should only encourage/promote Scottish music. Roger Whittaker, a Kenyan, played in the Assembly Hall, did some absolutely incredible native "mouth music" (only way I can describe it) from the shores of Lake Victoria, then brought the house down with "Greensleaves", got about three encores for it. Needless to say it shut "little Scotland" crowd up perfectly.

I would certainly go and see him again if the chance presented itself


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Devilmaster
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 02:44 PM

http://www.chryslertheatre.com/season.htm

He be coming to my hometown in March.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:30 PM

Roger didn't write Durham Town so he's not responsible for 'wrong river' reference. He used to encourage TV viewers to send in songs and at the end of a series he'd record the winner and release it. Pretty good of him.

Incidentally, there's nothing too unusual about a boy from Durham spending his time sitting on the banks of the River Tyne, I did it lots. The true mistake is in calling it a town when in fact it's a city and/or a county.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:37 PM

Don, I agree with your estimation of this performer. Having lived with a hard-core folkie, I know that if my father had been given a Roger Whittaker album, it would have been in jest and would never have been opened. But at the same time, I did hum along if he was on the radio.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: PoppaGator
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 05:32 PM

I've watched this thread title appear up and down the Forum Home list for a couple of days without calling it up; curiosity finally got the better of me.

I recognized Roger's name immediately, but *only* as the subject of those late-night TV commercials mentioned above. From what I've heard of his work (nothing more than brief snippets, a half -dozen or so within a 60-second ad), it all seemed kinda bland yet at the same time self-important, not at all my cup of tea. And, not anything I would have clasified as any kind of folk music.

But, hey, you learn something new every day, and I have found it quite interesting to learn more about this guy from those of you who know and enjoy his work. I'm not promising to make any great effort to run out and buy his recodings, but I'll certainly give him a more sympathetic listening if the opportunity ever arises...


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 06:05 PM

I guess I'll have to change my opinion of Roger's fame. He's kinda well know in some areas. I wonder if Brits would know someone like Bob Gibson equally well, across the pond..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 07:28 PM

Jerry Rasmussen, there must be a lot of people even in this country to whom 'Bob Gibson', the folk figure, is just a fairly familiar name. (I must admit, my first thought was Bob Gibson, the baseball player. Once upon a time in my sports following days there was an exciting cliffhanger of a World Series that hinged upon the man.)

[Bob Gibson] is credited as being an influence on most of the performers that came out of the folk revival era, and that impact is still felt in most of today's popular music. He should have been folk music's biggest star, yet his name and story are sadly unknown by most. Out of personal frustration at the lack of information about him, I approached Bob Gibson in the last year of his life with an offer to help him tell his story. From 'I Come for to Sing'
Carole Bender, co-author


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST,pat Cooksey.
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 07:46 PM

Roger Whittaker is very well known here in Germany and is on television pretty often here, he speakes pretty fluent German, and
sings in a middle of the road kind of way, he recently did a concert
in the Meistersinger Halle here in Nurnberg which holds 2000 people.
Happy Christmas to you all.

Pat.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Cluin
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 10:53 PM

The man has an incredibly fine voice and can whistle like a bird. I like his work.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Brían
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 07:11 AM

I recall him mostly in the light of Late Night Record Commercials for Insomniacs. I recall rally liking his voice at the time, but I was too young to go out and buy one. I believe hs main exposure in America was that commercial. I do recall a night about 1985 listening to a friend who had a similar bass voice sing the etire K-tel album score on a street corner in Portland causing me to laugh until I hyperventilated.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 08:03 AM

I believe he's living in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. UK


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Blackcatter
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 08:00 PM

I grew up listening to him. He was one of my Mom's favorite singers. And I have to admit that my first exposure to English and Irish music was through him.

I still listen to a couple of his albums not and again and say him in concert in the late 1980s. Joe's right, the trad. African stuff was better in concert, but he's a remarkable whistler and has a wonderful soothing voice.

I occasionally sing "The Last Farewell" during gigs.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 09:35 PM

Although I'd heard the one hit he had in the seventies I didn't really know much of his work. Then my mom bought The Roger Whitaker Christmas Album. I personnaly find it to be the most beautiful Christmas Album of all times! Although I don't know if he wrote any of the pieces on the album they are all original (as far as I know) and very compelling and thoughtful. I wait all year for Christmas to come along so I can pull out myt copy of the album and hear it again.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 17 Jan 04 - 03:25 PM

I didn't think of it, but someone was asking for lyrics to a song Roger Whitaker sings. Perhaps someone in this thread might know:

Lyr Req: Canada Is


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: MickyMan
Date: 17 Jan 04 - 06:38 PM

R W had quite a following in the USA throughout the 70's (and probably beyond). The people who listened to him regularly probably thought of him as a folksinger but his recordings were very highly glossed up in production and I would bet that most Americans who consider themselves folkies would find his stuff a little too sacharin to the taste.
In the late 70's - early 80's my wife and I had an older spinster type lady who lived upstairs from us in a three family house. (Hummmmmm....She was probably younger at the time than I am now). Anyway, she used to come home every day and put her R.W. record on right away. His deep, dark sweet baritone voice would waft down to our apartment throughout the evening. My wife and I were a newly married couple and kind of felt sorry for her. She seemed lonely, and the R.W. songs were sort of that way too. I kind of got to like the stuff...he has a great voice (It definately is in your range, Jerry R.)
A few years later my wife and I got a gig at a very high end Country Inn on the Connecticut shore singing folk music in their parlor (great setting). The older New York crowd that frequented the place would often ask us to play Roger whitacker songs...most memorable to me now is "The Last Farewell". They certainly thought of him as a "folksinger". I haven't sung his songs since....but I've definately had to sing songs that were much worse.
   This thread just brought me on a sweet trip down memory lane. It's good to hear he's still with us, and even singing regularly.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 02:17 AM

refresh, [for jean wanting lyrics to why].


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: bernil
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 05:41 AM

I've liked and like him very much but just own one LP, which I bought at a flee market. The quality isn't very good... When I read about him now, and hear his wonderful voice inside me, I'd like to buy a CD with his greatest hits! I first remembered a tune which hasn't been mentioned here: "I don't believe in if anymore". Very beautiful!

Berit in Sweden


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST,Charmion at work
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 05:01 PM

I first heard Roger Whittaker singing in French, in France -- "Mon Pays Bleu" to the same tune as "Durham Town"; it was a huge hit in France in 1972. I was 17 and impressionable, and I loved his stuff. He was a big star, on all the juke boxes in the discotheques.

Four years later, I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, posted to the Navy hospital there, and "The Last Farewell" was played constantly by the DJ at the Fleet Club, the local junior ranks' mess. The sailors loved it, as it was fast enough to keep the feet moving and show off their waltz stylings, but slow enough to justify wrapping their arms around impressionable young women. It was also unashamedly sentimental, creating an atmosphere in which they could look one groggily in the eye at Last Call and suggest that, since their ship was leaving the next morning on a four-month deployment with the NATO fleet, one could make them a happy man and ... Well, you get the point. I think that was his last hit in North America.

In the 80s, I acquired a tape of him singing songs of the British Isles, with overproduced, rather slushy accompaniments but sung totally straight and tastefully -- good repertoire, too. "David of the White Rock" is not heard nearly enough, and he put it over just fine, with no strain anywhere in its very difficult long phrases.

I would put him in the same category as Nana Mouskouri. They're both middle-of-the-road popular singers with great talent and technical ability, excellent voices, a wide international following, and some unusual skills. (The whistling part of Whittaker's act is great, and not heard nearly enough. I think he learned it in Kenya.) They are also both capable of singing "Danny Boy" accurately and in tune, and without inducing nausea.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: Splott Man
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 09:52 AM

He's going to be on Steve Wright's programme on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon (27.1.04)

regards


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 04:05 AM

So he was, but Steve Wright didn't mentioned the Tyne/Wear gaffe from what I heard. (I was supposed to be working at the time)


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: lady penelope
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 11:17 AM

He was on London BBC radio yesterday morning (27th) with Danny Baker. I've always liked the voice but generally hated the over glossy arrangements. I wonder if he has much live stuff recorded? He does dig up some weird stuff at times.....

He is supposed to have an album of more Irish/folky stuff coming out in the near future. He termed it as being "back to basics, just us and the guitars" so I may go and investigate. The whistling apparantly came from him trying to imitate the Mexican pipes for the track that he did.

He had some corking stories of when he started out and I would love for him to get these down in some way as he tells them so well.

He was never really regarded as a folk artist in my neck of the woods, but then he never confined himself to any one style of music. He sounds like he was having too much fun doing everything!

TTFN Lady P.


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Subject: RE: Roger Whittaker what's he doing nowadays
From: GUEST,Maritimes
Date: 01 Mar 14 - 03:00 PM

Was walking through the CD section in a local store today and came across the CD by Roger called "The Last Farewell"Brought back a lot of memories from the 70's. I rem learning in French class Mon Pays Bleu.It was then that I got hooked on his soft spoken voice.I went out and bought my first cassette.( or record)    I still have it.High School is behind me now but he and Nana Mouskouri were big in my French class.Wow! What great memories.


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