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Eddie Calvert

Eddie Calvert, known as the man with the golden trumpet, was born in Preston, Lancashire on the 15th March 1922 as Albert Edward Calvert. As a child he was exposed to his family's love of brass band music and he learned to play many brass instruments but concentrated on the trumpet. He joined the Preston Town Silver Band at the age of 11 but the war interrupted his musical career and by the late 1940s he returned to play in various amateur brass bands, eventually moving to the professional circuit with the dance bands Geraldo and Billy Ternet. Going solo, he appeared on TV with the Stanley Black Orchestra. He signed to the Columbia label, part of the EMI group and released an instrumental trumpet version of the German song Oh Mein Papa which had most famously been covered in English as Oh My Papa by Eddie Fisher. Calvert's instrumental easily won the chart battle in the UK and it remained at no.1 for nine weeks at the beginning of 1954. Over a year later he was involved in another chart battle for supremacy with the song Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White and this time it was much closer with both his and a very similar trumpet version by Perez Prado reaching no.1 in the Spring of 1955. Several other hits followed including a version of Stranger In Paradise, John And Julie and Mandy, while Little Serenade was his final hit in June 1958. When the 1960s provided no change of fortune, Calvert moved away to settle in South Africa where he lived out the remainder of his life, dying on the 7th of August 1978. ~ Sharon Mawer
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Track List: The Golden Trumpet

1. Oh Mein Papa

2. Mystery Street

3. Spellbound

4. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

5. Mambo In F

6. Some Enchanted Evening

7. Roses Of Picardy

8. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

9. Just A-Wearying For You

10. What Is This Thing Called Love?

11. Ave Maria

12. My Son, My Son

13. Sherpa Song

14. With A Song In My Heart

15. Kiss Me Again

16. Why Do I Love You?

17. The Holy City

18. John And Julie

19. The Man I Love

20. Margo's Minuet

21. Love Is A Many-Splendoured Thing

22. Easy To Love

23. Oh My Beloved Daddy

24. Midnight

25. Stranger In Paradise

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You and me !!
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In the mid 1950s, a New York Postal Services mail carrier was dubbed, The Singing Mailman as his huge hit (Love is the Sweetest thing (As a child, I thought he was singing, Love is the GREATEST Thing. As a mature female adult, I find this new version to more directly and with depth, speaking straight to the heart of any romantic who has truly loved and been loved by one's anomorata. Thanks for the memories.
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What can you tell me about this artist? "Spellbound" seems to be his trademark song, but what else can you tell about his history?

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