Australian Connections. December Bruce writes:. My parents purchased the Pussycat - Ronald And Donald - Kwek Kwek in the mid 50's. I was playing the EP this afternoon and this spurred me to get onto the net. Whilst I was only 12 years old when Ken died, this EP has always been an enduring favourite for the last 47 years. Bruce McLean. In response to my reply and for information on Australian releases Bruce replies:.
I have discovered the following Australian releases so far. Comment: Was these recordings really on the Wurlitzer! I am sure they are all on the Hammond on the Philip's record!
However it proves just how well Ken managed to turn the rather 'watery' sounding organ as played on the 67 Melody Lane TV show, and produced many great arrangements that make it sound like another organ altogether and very close to the more 'heavy' sound of the Hammond. I remember aquaintences, back in the 60's, who thought that the Wurlitzer Elecrostatic was in fact a pipe organ and there were some little arguments about that.
It seems that in the U. However, I was always aware that over the years Ken played at least three makes of organ, though the Hammond was always obvious.
The third organ, of course, was the Conn. It is interesting that some Australian LP's have different titles and also contain tracks in different formation than the American or U. Having the titles and record numbers is helpful for any discology anyone may be getting together. The LP's mentioned in the above photo, are:. Love - Your'e My, Love Song. Though organist Ken Griffin is best known for his popular collection, a list of which is shown here, the music heard on this LP In The Good Old Summertime - Ken Griffin - County Fair very dear to Ken's heart.
During his army service, before popularity of fame had descended on him, his happiest moments were spent playing chapel organs, in those parts of the world that the army, in it's wisdom, drafted him. This collection is doubly significant then.
It not only presents for the first time a complete programme of popular hymns from the best selling popular organist of them all, it paints a vivid picture of a devoted artist playing the music he loved most of all. In The Good Old Summertime - Ken Griffin - County Fair this also included a tape cassette of two of Ken's hymn tracks that didn't appear on the U. Bruce also kindly sent me scans of the two record labels, which are shown below. Back to Home Page.
Sick Sad World - Sick Sad World, Be Your Shadow - Various - Ibiza Dance, Come By Here - B.B. King - I Love You So, The Whole World Is Our Playground - Peter Doherty* - Hamburg Demonstrations, Anything For You - Various - Two Hearts Volume 2