Saturday, 13 December 2014

THE LAUGHING LADY on DAILY MOTION

I was delighted to discover "The Laughing Lady" on Daily Motion today. This is the film in which Webster and Anne starred in 1946. Have a look at it here.
The Laughing Lady (1946) by ClassicB

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

THE GOLDEN AGE OF WEBSTER BOOTH-ANNE ZIEGLER AND FRIENDS











Recently I closed the Booth-Ziegler Yahoo Group. I created a group on FACEBOOK to replace the defunct Yahoo group. If you belong to Facebook, click on the following link and request to join:


THE GOLDEN AGE OF WEBSTER BOOTH-ANNE ZIEGLER AND FRIENDS


Here is some information about the group. I hope you will be tempted to join!


Welcome to this group for admirers  of the singing and the careers of  British duettists Webster Booth (1902  -1984) and Anne Ziegler (1910 -  2003) and related artists. We will add  duets and solos by Anne and  Webster and related artists, share photos,  links to related sites, and  information about them.


Please  feel free to post, start  discussions, add videos, recordings and  ephemera featuring Anne and  Webster and related artists, comment, ask  questions - and answer them if  you can.


I began my  singing studies with Webster and Anne at  their studio in Johannesburg  at the end of 1960 when I was 17 years old.  Early in 1963 they asked me  if I would accompany for Webster in their  studio when Anne was  unavailable to do this. That was certainly one of  the most fulfilling  and life-changing experiences of my life. I did my  associate and  licentiate diplomas with them and we remained close  friends until their  deaths - Webster in 1984, and Anne in 2003. They  played a very  important part in my life and I will always remember them  with love.


Anne  and Webster were an unassuming couple who did  not boast about their  achievements. I found out much more about these  when I began  researching their careers after Anne's death in 2003 and  published my  book, Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne  Ziegler and  Webster Booth. All my books about Anne and Webster may be  seen at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/duettists


I  started this group hoping to keep the memory of their lives, voices   and careers alive and have gladly shared recordings, photos and other   ephemera here and I hope that the group will continue long after I am   dead and gone. I have bequeathed my collection to the Museum of English   Literature in Grahamstown, South Africa.


Mike Taylor, the  other  administrator of the group, has shared his restored collection  of  78rpms. We are very lucky to have these restorations in our  collection.  You will be able to hear many rare recordings featuring  Anne, Webster,  and artists with whom they were  friendly or with whom  they worked. If  you look at the group photos many have links to these  recordings, which may be downloaded for your own pleasure (and NOT for commercial usage).


RULES


There  are many recordings, photographs and articles here. You may  download  these for your own pleasure, but they may not be used for  commercial  purposes.


Do not post adverts unrelated to the group.  If  anyone posts an advert he/she will be given a warning and the advert   will be removed. If the person posts a subsequent advert he/she will be   removed and blocked from the group.


If you wish to publicise a concert or event in which you are taking part, please ask the administrators for permission first.


Please  limit your posts about related artists to a maximum of two a day   otherwise Anne and Webster's contribution will be swamped.


Please  make sure that the recordings you post actually have some  connection  to Anne and Webster's work - either by the music with which  they were  associated, the artists they knew and admired, with whom they  worked,  or who were working in the same musical sphere at the same time.


Please treat fellow members with courtesy, and do not blaspheme.


If you wish to contact me off-line, my email is: booth-ziegler@outlook.com



RELATED ARTISTS:


Essie  Ackland,  Arthur Askey, Isobel Baillie, Owen Brannigan,  George Baker,  Basil Cameron,  Alfredo Campoli, Gwen Catley, Noel Coward,  Joan Cross,  Harry Parr Davies, Bebe Daniels,  Peter Dawson, Mary Ellis, Nancy Evans,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Flotsam and Jetsam/ Malcolm McEachern, Will Fyffe,  Gert and Daisy,  Olive Gilbert,  Leon Goosens, Harry Gordon, Martyn  Green, Frederick Grinke, Herbert Greenslade, Olive Groves, Garda Hall,  Joan Hammond, Tommy Handley, Fred Hartley, Stanley Holloway, Tom  Howell,  Winifred Lawson, Evelyn Laye, Janet Lind, David Lloyd, Mark  Lubbock, Ernest Lush, Ben Lyon,  George Melachrino, Gerald Moore, Elsie  Morrison, Alice Moxon, Heddle Nash, Oscar Natzke, Robert Naylor,  Dennis  Noble, Ray Noble (pre USA), Ivor Novello, Derek Oldham, Geoffrey  Parsons,  Rawicz and Landauer, Gladys Ripley, Stuart Robertson, Eric  Robinson, Stanford Robinson, Albert Sandler, Malcolm Sargent, Elsie  Suddaby, Richard Tauber, Inia te Wiata,  Tommy Trinder, Jack Warner,  Harry Welchman, Harold Williams.


Other artists from the  same period, but not necessarily related to Anne and Webster in any way:  Jack Buchanan, Maurice Elwin,  Gracie Fields, Layton and Johnstone,  Melville Gideon,  Jessie Matthews, Gladys Moncrieff,  Anna Neagle.


Webster and Anne on the Russell Harty TV show (1981)










 Webster on Saturday Night Revue (1937)









 Webster and Anne in The Faust Fantasy (1935











Jean Collen - October 2015.






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Sunday, 12 October 2014

MEMORIES OF WEBSTER BOOTH AND ANNE ZIEGLER




I am creating podcast to commemorate the anniversaries of the births and deaths of Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. As Webster's death and Anne's birth occur on 21st and 22nd June, I will probably do a combined podcast on that date. This means that there will be three podcasts a year for as long as I can manage to do them.

Tomorrow is the eleventh anniversary of Anne's death on 13th October 2003. The playlist for this podcast is as follows:



Léhar Medley 1, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, with orchestra conducted by Mark Lubbock, 20 December 1950 HMV C4125

Waltz Song from Merrie England (Edward German) Anne Ziegler. Private recording, Knysna (circa 1968)

Caprice Viennois (Fritz Kreisler) Tamsin Little (violin)

Morning (Oley Speaks) Webster Booth, accompanied by Gerald Moore. Recorded in 1940 HMV B9071

My Hero from The Chocolate Soldier  (Oscar Strauss) , Risé Stevens

I Breathe on Windows (Billy Mayerl) Eric Parkin (Piano)

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (Meredith Willson) Webster Booth, with orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch. Recorded 1951. HMV B10035.

Mother McRee (Ball) John McCormack

Al die Soet Geheime (Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life) Naughty Marietta (Victor Herbert), Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, from LP Net Maar 'n Roos (1959)

 




Friday, 20 June 2014

PLAYLIST OF FINAL PODCAST ON THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF WEBSTER BOOTH.





This is the last episode in a series which concentrates on the lives and careers of famous British duettists, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and of my association with them. It was based on my book, Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth available with my other books in My Bookstore
 
  I can hardly believe that it is thirty years since a friend phoned to tell me that she had heard of Webster’s death on News About Britain on BBC World Service. I had known that he was ill, but it still came as a shock to hear that my beloved friend had died in Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno at the age of 82. I think this is a fitting day on which to present my final podcast in this series. These podcasts have largely been created for members of my Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Yahoo group, the 78rpm Community, and the AZ-WB fan pages on Facebook, but I am very glad that they have reached a wider audience who appreciate the singing of Webster and Anne and other artistes of their generation.

In this episode you will hear the voices of Anne and Webster, and some of Webster’s favourites – Dundee pianist, Fred Hartley, Australian bass baritone Peter Dawson, Australian baritone, Harold Williams, soprano Isobel Baillie and his favourite tenor, Jussi Bjorling.

Read more about Anne and Webster: http://ziegler-booth.blogspot.com

I have created a blog about Webster Booth as a solo artist. It includes information about his life, videos, recordings and podcasts.WEBSTER BOOTH

You can see complete playlists of all my podcasts; listen to all my podcasts and recordings, and see selected YouTube videos related to Anne and Webster at this blog:ZIEGLER-BOOTH-RADIO

Listen to many of Webster and Anne's solo and duet recordings on my You Tube channel at:DUETTIST'S CHANNEL.

Listen to Webster's solo recordings (as videos) on the Daily Motion site at:http://www.dailymotion.com/user/duettists1/1

My Webster Booth- Anne Ziegler Yahoo group has been running for 4 years. You might like to join it at: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/booth-ziegler/info

PLAYLIST FOR FINAL PODCAST - 21 JUNE 2014

Orchestral selection from The Three Musketeers (Friml)

Because (Guy d’Hardelot) Webster Booth with orchestra conducted by Clifford Greenwood. The recording was made in May 1939, B8920

Still as the Night (Carl Bohm) (arranged by Doris Arnold) Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, with orchestra conducted by Eric Robinson. Recorded on 22 December 1947. HMV B9627

The Floral Dance (Katie Moss) Peter Dawson HMV C1313

Bonnie Dundee medley, Fred Hartley

Love’s Philosophy (Delius) Isobel Baillie, with accompaniment by Gerald Moore. Recorded in 1945.

Here in the Quiet Hills (Gerald Carne) Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, with orchestra conducted by Eric Robinson. 1950. HMV B9830

Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Jussi Bjorling

Macushla (MacMurrough) Webster Booth, with orchestra concducted by Clifford Greenwood. Recorded in September 1939. HMV B8968.

Lords of the Air, sung by Harold Williams, recorded 1941

Phil, the Fluter’s Ball (Percy French) Webster Booth, with accompaniment by Gerald Moore, December 1940. HMV B9123

Jeannie Collen 21 June 2014.

Monday, 3 March 2014

WEBSTER BOOTH BLOG

As the ZIEGLER-BOOTH BLOG has become rather unwieldy, I have decided to create a new blog dedicated to Webster Booth as a soloist. The link to the blog is: WEBSTER BOOTH 



I have transferred material from the Ziegler-Booth blog to the new blog if it concerns Webster as a solo singer, rather than as a duettist with Anne Ziegler. I have added my podcasts about Webster which also appear on this blog to the new blog.

While Webster is remembered today for duets with Anne Ziegler, which formed a large part of his professional career, I would like to draw people's attention to his solo work. He told me that singing in oratorio was the most satisfying feature of his singing career, and he was certainly one of the foremost oratorio tenors of his generation.

I hope you will have a look at my new blog and let me know what you think of it.

Jean Collen.

Join: The Golden Age of Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler and Friends on Facebook.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Moon Medley - 21 January 2014 and other videos




1 August 2015.
Here is a vintage recording featuring Anne and Webster in 1980. He was 78 at the time - Anne 70. They are singing their signature song, Only a Rose.


21 April 2014


A Song in the Night (Loughborough) sung by Anne Ziegler.  This video is on YouTube by Pathé. Song in the Night (British Pathé) Unfortunately the sound has been lost on it. I have created a video with the stills from the Pathé video and my own recording of Anne singing A Song in the Night.



 Today, 21 January 2014 is the 112th anniversary of the birth of Webster Booth. I have created a Moon medley to commemorate the occasion. Webster Booth - 21 January 1902 - 22 June 1984)





Moon Medley by Webster Booth by duettists1

Saturday, 18 January 2014

WEBSTER BOOTH - TRIBUTE BROADCAST ON 112TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH

This is a special tribute broadcast to Webster on the 112th anniversary of his birth. Apart from Webster's voice, you will hear the voices of Peter Dawson, Harold Williams, Isobel Baillie and Kathleen Ferrier.








 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH: PODCASTS



From 2014 I am publishing only one podcast per month. I have added some of the earlier podcasts to the Internet Archive and will gradually be removing them from Podomatic when I run out of storage space there. The list of my podcasts at the Internet archive is:

http://archive.org/bookmarks/JeannieC

A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - FINAL PODCAST - 21 JUNE 2014 







This is the last episode in a series which concentrated on the lives and careers of famous British duettists, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and of my association with them. It was based on my book, "Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth" available with my other books at http://www.lulu.com/duettists

I can hardly believe that it is thirty years since a friend phoned to tell me that she had heard of Webster’s death on “News About Britain” on BBC World Service. I had known that he was ill, but it still came as a shock to hear that my beloved friend had died in Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno at the age of 82. I think this is a fitting day on which to present my final podcast in this series.

These podcasts have largely been created for members of my Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Yahoo group, the 78rpm Community, and the Anne Ziegler-Webster Booth fan pages on Facebook, but I am very glad that they have reached a wider audience who enjoy their singing and the performance of other artistes of their generation.

In this episode you will hear the voices of Anne and Webster, and some of Webster’s favourites – Dundee pianist, Fred Hartley, Australian bass baritone Peter Dawson, Australian baritone, Harold Williams, soprano Isobel Baillie and his favourite tenor, Jussi Bjorling.
Read more about Anne and Webster: http://ziegler-booth.blogspot.com

I have created a blog about Webster Booth as a solo artist. It includes information about his life, videos, recordings and podcasts. http://websterbooth.blogspot.com

You can see complete playlists of all my podcasts; listen to all my podcasts and recordings, and see selected YouTube videos related to Anne and Webster on this blog at:
http://ziegler-booth-radio.blogspot.com

Listen to many of Webster and Anne's solo and duet recordings on my You Tube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/duettists

Listen to Webster's solo recordings (as videos) on the Daily Motion site http://www.dailymotion.com/user/duettists1/1

My Webster Booth- Anne Ziegler Yahoo group has been running for 4 years. You might like to join it at: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/booth-ziegler/info

You can also find pages devoted to them on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/BoothZiegler
for Anne and Webster as duettists,
and
https://www.facebook.com/lwb2371
for Webster as a solo performer.

The more people who "like" and join these links, the more I will be inclined to continue posting details about their lives and careers.

A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 19 - 1 MAY 2014

 




A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 18 - 29 MARCH 2014




 
A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 17 - 1 MARCH 2014




A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 16 - 
                                                             1 FEBRUARY 2014 



Anne and Webster signing autographs in Johannesburg (circa 1956)





A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 15 -  28 DECEMBER 2013









A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 14 - 29 NOVEMBER 2013 


Anne and Webster (1948)


A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 13  - 2 NOVEMBER 2013 



Anne and Webster and Smoky listening to the radio (1952)



A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 12 - 5 OCTOBER 2013 

Anne and Webster in the Johannesburg studios of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (1948) They were on a stop-over on their voyage to Australia and New Zealand for a concert tour. 




A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 11 - 
14 SEPTEMBER 2013 


Anne and Webster in the early fifties. Playing with their pets, Smoky the Cairn Terrier and Woofenpoof, the cat.



A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 10 - 
31 AUGUST 2013 





 A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 9 - 
17 AUGUST 2013





A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 8 - 3 AUGUST 2013 



A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 7
 - 20 JULY 2013





A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 6  
- 6 JULY 2013








A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - ANNIVERSARIES OF A BIRTH AND A DEATH. 22 June 2013 





A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 5 - 
15 JUNE 2013






A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 4 -
 8 JUNE  2013




A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 3 - 1 JUNE 2013



 A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 2 - 24 MAY 2013




A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH - EPISODE 1 - 18 MAY 2013