I Have Always Had Music in My Life [11 Jan 2016]

In 1954, at the age of 3, my Mum found me riding my pedal-car round a small roundabout on the married quarters at Larkhill, Salisbury Plain – in the rain – and singing, ‘The Naughty Lady From Shady Lane’. Even now I couldn’t tell you what the lyrics were!

Next music I remember was in 1957. By now we were in Tripoli, Libya and the ‘single’ was ‘Tea For Two’ by whom I couldn’t tell you but it was on a picture disc.

The first disc I do remember was Nat King Cole’s LP ‘Love Is The Thing’ from April 1957.

  1. “When I Fall in Love” (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 3:10r-2084331-1263092569-jpeg
  2. “Stardust” (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) – 3:15
  3. “Stay as Sweet as You Are” (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel) – 2:59
  4. “Where Can I Go Without You?” (Peggy Lee, Young) – 2:57
  5. “Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much” (Irving Berlin) – 2:50
  6. “Love Letters” (Heyman, Young) – 2:46
  7. “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 3:17
  8. “I Thought About Marie” (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:06
  9. “At Last” (Gordon, Harry Warren) – 3:00
  10. “It’s All in the Game” (Charles G. Dawes, Carl Sigman) – 3:07
  11. “When Sunny Gets Blue” (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 2:46
  12. “Love Is the Thing” (Ned Washington, Young) – 3:01

The track I always remember is ‘It’s All in the Game’. But even now I can recognise so much from this great jazz album. Just look at the list of great, classic songs also covered by every voice worth hearing.

The mood was set and for years I would rather listen to music than eat.