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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: Golden Trumpet

1. Donna

2. Malaguena

3. Turkish Patrol

4. Mean To Me

5. Summertime

6. Maybe

7. Poor Butterfly

8. Tenderly

9. My Love, My Life

10. Forgotten Dreams

11. Mandy (The Pansy)

12. The Man I Love

13. On A Slow Boat To China

14. Midnight

15. Buona Sera (Signorina)

16. My Son, My Son

17. John And Julie

18. Little Serenade (Piccolissima Serenata)

19. Why Do I Love You

20. Montparnasse

21. Cry My Heart

22. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

23. Roses Of Picardy

24. Erica

25. Sincerely

26. Stranger In Paradise

27. I Love Paris

28. Il Silenzio

29. Oh Mein Papa

30. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

31. Serenata

32. And The Angels Sing

33. Georgia On My Mind

34. Mystery Street

35. Esther

36. September Symphony

37. Yesterdays

38. Around The World

39. Confessin´ (That I Love You)

40. Whispering

41. As Time Goes By

42. Imagination

43. You Go To My Head

44. Carnival Of Venice

45. One Night Of Love

46. Song Of The Golden Trumpet

47. Quando, Quando, Quando

48. Sucu Sucu

49. AL Di La

50. The Poor People Of Paris

51. Mama (Non Mi Sgridare Piu)

52. Spellbound

53. Almost Paradise

54. April In Portugal

55. What Is This Thing Called Love?

56. Memories Of You

57. I´m Getting Sentimental Over You

58. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

59. Fanfare Tango

60. Little Pixie

61. Song Of Corsica

62. Zambesi (Mambo Girl)

63. Jealousy

64. Taking A Chance On Love

65. Never Say Goodbye

66. Love Is A Many-Splendoured Thing

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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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