April’s Record Club: AN EVENING OF COMEDY


On Thursday 9th April, Brett (curator of The Downstairs Lounge blog) will be at the helm for an evening of comedy. On vinyl of course.

If you’ve ever been to a Glossop Record Club session before, you will have no doubt encountered Brett and his record bag of delights. He was there at the very first session and his regular stints at the turntable are always memorable. Sometimes for the right reasons.


Among the treats lined up will be a smattering of Tony Hancock and Benny Hill, and the full album will be Monty Python’s ‘Live At Drury Lane’ from 1974. Plus if you have any comedy records you wish to share, bring them along and elbow your way to the deck when the moment presents itself.

Here are a few words from Brett about comedy records and his love for them.

“Comedy records have existed alongside mainstream music acts from the very earliest days of recorded sound. Popular music hall acts such as Albert Chevalier, Marie Lloyd, Billy Merson and Harry Lauder all committed songs from their stage act onto the new medium 78rpm records.

From then on, nearly all major stars (and a lot of very minor ones) have made and produced comedy records. The genre encompasses transcripts of radio and tv episodes, comedians performing live sets in venues from the largest hall to a room over a pub, as well as songs both silly and occasionally serious.

My obsession with comedy records began when my dad bought a new stereo to play his ‘serious’ music on. So while Eric Clapton and Black Sabbath stayed downstairs, I inherited the old stereo along with the records that he didn’t mind his young son playing with. So it was that I grew up with The Goons, Charlie Drake, Tony Hancock and Bernard Bresslaw for company, all played on aging record player. When December 1978 rolled around and The Barron Knights topped the charts, there was only one present I wanted. The die was cast and I was a determined comedy record collector. Thirty years on and despite a long dalliance with CDs I am still pursuing the odd, the quirky, the insane and the elusive. If only I could find that Finnish recording of  Barry Cryer singing The Purple People Eater.”

If you want a little something to help get you in the mood, have a listen to Brett’s appearance on All FM’s Charity Shop Classics from a while back. And see you on April 9th.

Glossop Record Club presents An Evening of Comedy
Thursday 9th April, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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The Cat Club & Ian Clayton: Post-session review

The Cat Club

The Cat Club

They came. They saw. They played records! Yes, on Thursday 12th March, we welcomed The Cat Club (Classic Album Tuesdays) to Glossop Record Club all the way from their base in Pontefract.

With a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and blues records and vintage 78s as the backdrop, the evening kicked off with The Cat Club’s founder and acting chairman Kevin Reynolds who told us about why they started the club, some of the records they’ve played, the people who’ve been and the disagreements they’ve had. He then handed over to Ian Clayton who shared with us stories, music and possibly one of the oldest records in the world (certainly the oldest record we’ve ever had at record club) – an Enrico Caruso 78 from 1904! I didn’t dare touch it. As Ian said, it was like listening to a ghost.


Ian and the 111 year old Caruso 78.

For the full album, Ian chose Billie Holiday‘s 1957 release Songs For Distingué Lovers, an intimate yet swinging jazz album featuring some brilliant playing from Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (trumpet), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone) and Barney Kessel (guitar) (amongst others) and of course the ‘scorched newspaper voice’ of Lady Day herself.

After a group discussion about the merits of the album it was time to say goodbye to The Cat Club, but not before they invited us over to Pontefract for a session there. So watch this space and I’ll post an update soon.

Thanks to Anthony for the loan of the 78RPM enabled turntable, Brett, Rick and Penny for bringing a handful of 78s each and a big, big thank you to Ian and The Cat Club for an evening of captivating stories and music. We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers! Click here to listen to digital highlights.

A full list of the records played is below. The next session is Thursday 9th April, when Brett (curator of The Downstairs Lounge) will be at the helm for an evening of comedy. On vinyl of course! Tony Hancock, Benny Hill, Monty Python and possibly more. Full details coming soon.

UPDATE: Ian has written about The Cat Club’s visit to Glossop on his website. Read it here: https://ianclaytoninfo.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/glossop-record-club/


Elmore James – Original Folk Blues (1967, Dol reissue)


SIDE TWO: Standing At The Crossroads/Happy Home/Dark & Dreary/Goodbye Baby/Blues Before Sunrise/I Was A Fool

Jerry Lee Lewis – “Live” At The Star-Club, Hamburg (Philips, 1964)


SIDE ONE: Mean Woman Blues/High School Confidential/Money/Matchbox/What’d I Say – Part 1/What’d I Say – Part 2 SIDE TWO: Great Balls Of Fire/Good Golly, Miss Molly/Lewis’ Boogie/Your Cheating Heart/Hound Dog

Enrico Caruso ‎– Mattinata (78″, The Gramophone and Typewriter Company, 1904) caruso

Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra ‎with Billie Holiday – I’m Painting The Town Red (78″, Decca white label promo, 1935)


78s free for all (part 1)

Jim Dale – Sugartime (Parlophone, 1958)
Norman Wisdom – Don’t Laugh At Me (Columbia, 1954)
Dora Bryan – Why Do You Call Me Lily (HMV, 1955)
The Wailers – Mau Mau (London American, 1959)
The Del Vikings – Cool Shake (Mercury, 1957)
The Fontane Sisters – Hearts Of Stone (Dot, 1954)
The Rays – Daddy Cool (London American, 1957)

Billie Holiday ‎– Songs For Distingué Lovers (Verve, 1957)


SIDE ONE: Day In, Day Out/A Foggy Day/Stars Fell On Alabama
SIDE TWO: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)/Just One Of Those Things/I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

78s free for all (part 2)

Frank Sinatra – A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Columbia, 1943)
Frank Sinatra – I Only Have Eyes For You (Columbia, 1945)
The Ink Spots – Whispering Grass (Brunswick, 1940)
Victor Silvester And His Ballroom Orchestra – You’re The Cream In My Coffee (Columbia, 1942)

Jimmy Reed – I’m Jimmy Reed (1958, Dol reissue)


SIDE ONE: Honest I Do/Go On To School/My First Plea/Boogie In The Dark/You Got Me Crying/Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby

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