For some mysterious reason I recollect that in the 1950's BBC black and white era there was someone who was called something like the BBC Minstrel, or BBC Troubadour.
From time to time he just keeps popping up in my mind. I can almost picture him, but just cannot get the memories in focus.
I remember he was on fairly regularly for a time, but have no idea what programme he appeared on. As I remember he played something akin to a Mandolin and sang 'ye-olde' type ballads, possibly with words that reflected what was news at that time.
I have searched the Net on numerous occasions but can find no reference to this.
Does anyone remember him? Someone out there may even remember his name, or any other relevant information.
I would love to tell you why I want to know about him, but I can't, because I just do not know myself. I just need to know.
An army of Psychiatrists would probably never find out why I need to know LOL, but I just really do.... help??
I know exactly how frustrating this must be - and I'd love to give you some positive news. But since you asked a couple of days ago I have been through all my books on 1950s television but simply can't find a thing.
Thanks for the post Lambchop. Afraid not Cy Grant, but I understand why you thought it may have been. I remember that slot, but I am sure my mystery man was on some years before. The most I can pull back from my memory is that he was white, sang his ditties in a Troubadour/Minstrel way, as in Robin Hood's Allan Adale style, and I think he even wore that kind of costume on occasions. I cannot guess at his age then really. I was very young (yes that long ago LOL) and to me he seemed quite old, but possibly in his 40's / 50's. He was always introduced as something akin to the 'BBC Minstrel'. I will keep hoping that someone out there will read the post and it will jog some memories. Even if they have or can remember no firm details then I would be grateful if someone just can confirm he ever existed. I am sure he is not a figment of my imagination but just confirming that someone else remembers him would be something. Thanks to everyone who has and will read this, Cheers
I know this a bit last desperate hope but is there any chance this character is Lance Percival? I know there's not much evidence for this and his earliest dating on the (not infallible by a long way) imdb is 1960, but there's always the possibility that a certain degree of false memory syndrome has pushed your assumed period a little later than you first believe.
The thing is that I - born in 1951 and one of the Coronation television generation - have a vague memory of this as well. Please note that I am NOT confusing this with LP's appearances as a calypsonian on TWTWTW. (FMS notwithstanding).
This is indeed the sort of tv query that is quite maddening; I have several. For example does no-one except me remember a childrens drama set in a open air school in either ancient Greece or Rome, which may have been part of a magazine-type programme? There was much plotline about a mysterious character known as 'the Fox'. Fifty years back now, no doubt, and all the vital information trapped back there with it. How I wish I'd kept every issue of RT from those days!
Post by derekfromtheuk on Apr 25, 2010 3:57:44 GMT 1
Can I suggest Rory McEwan who was notabale for singing satirical calypsos on BBC's Tonight news programme and also That Was The Week That Was. Please see attached link. www.raretunes.org/performers/alex-eck-mcewen which although mainly about Rory's brother does mention him and may give you a start. I would attach a photo of Rory for you but being new here have not worked out how to but there is one at the following: www.raretunes.org/performers/rory-mcewen
Hello. This is my first post and I think I may be able to help. I believe the performer you are referring to was Elton Hayes who performed frequently on BBC TV as a strolling troubador type of artist. He also played the part of Alan-a-Dale in the Disney version of Robin Hood starring Richard Todd as Robin and Joan Rice as Maid Marian, released in 1952. If my memory isn't failing, Hayes mastered many string instruments, such as ukelele, guitar, mandolin, lute, etc. Does this name ring any bells with you?
As a bonus there is even an audio track of him singing on YouTube, with that very distinctive 'warble' as he sings.
I was surprised to find that there is quite a lot of information on the Net about Elton Hayes, and even more surprised that despite all my search attempts his name never came up. So much of the information about him fits the criteria I searched previously. I must have come close on numerous occasions, 'Close but no coconut' LOL, (as quoted from Dinner Ladies).
One of the previous posts even quoted 'Tonight', but for another artist, and Elton Hayes is mentioned as having a regular spot on that programme.
As soon as I saw your 'Alan-A-Dale' reference, I remembered the film. I even quoted 'sang his ditties in a Troubadour/Minstrel way, as in Robin Hood's Allan Adale style' in one of my posts here, so that memory was in my mind but just out of reach.
There are even some records of his on eBay.
Thanks ... a little word but sums it all up ....
Last Edit: Jul 5, 2010 11:27:38 GMT 1 by marlbrook