Originally from Edinburgh, David taught Spanish, Russian and Portuguese in many parts of the UK and he has lived in each of those countries. He has now retired to enjoy his love of travel and public speaking and has long since adopted Harrogate in North Yorkshire as his home, from where he finds time to broadcast on the internet and to Ex-Pat communities in Spain and France, with music from the past. He is, in addition, a relatively new convert to country music.
David’s interest in nostalgia spreads to television and films, which accounts for his varied presentations from Judy Garland and Rita Hayworth to Steptoe and Son, via Alma Cogan, Frankie Vaughan and other British stars of the 1950s and 60s. One talk that has been received particularly well is ‘Records Banned by the BBC in the 1940s and 50s’, as some of the reasons for being banned were somewhat unusual.
Dubbing in Hollywood Musicals:
A stroll through musicals we love and finding out when the stars we thought were singing on screen, weren’t.
A 20th Century film icon, whose highs and lows were dramatic, frequent and eventually fatal.
Records Banned By The BBC in the 1940s and 50s:
Overly-strict criteria were used to ensure any potentially offensive material was not broadcast. Risqué lyrics meant a ban, but why were some instrumentals banned too?
15-minute segments on British stars of 50s and 60s entertainment: (3 per session):
Frankie Vaughan, Alma Cogan, Kathy Kirby (and under development Ruby Murray, Dorothy Squires, Russ Conway, Joan Regan and David Whitfield)
Steptoe & Son – a Happy Family?