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Edmund Hockridge

Baritone singer Edmund Hockridge was at his height in the mid-'50s, at a time when big ballad singers ruled the charts just before rock & roll came along. Born in Vancouver on the 9th August 1919, he studied the piano and was heard by John Charles Thomas the New York Metropolitan Opera star who heard him singing in church while in London during World War II. Back in Canada, he won a Forces club amateur talent contest in 1941 which led to engagements on the radio shows Maple Leaf Matinee and Johnny Canuck's Revue. Spending time travelling between London and Vancouver, he also performed on the BBC with the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra and the Melachrino Strings.

Hockridge appeared in several Gilbert & Sullivan opera and also sung the roles of Don Giovanni and Peter Grimes as well as leading roles in London's West End productions of Carousel, Guys And Dolls, Can Can and The Pajama Game during the early 1950s. He began recording at this time and enjoyed three British hit singles, the biggest being his version of "Young and Foolish," which hit the Top 10 in March 1956, his other hit singles being "No Other Love" and "By the Fountains of Rome" (both in 1956). Still, he never charted again after this, apart from two EPs in the separate EP charts -- Most Happy Fella and The Music Man in 1960 -- despite releasing over 20 singles for various labels and over 15 albums.

Working as a cabaret performer around the world, he invited his family, wife and two sons to join him on stage as the Hockridge Family Singers and continued to perform on stage until his retirement in the 1990s. EMI released a CD of his work from the early 1950s titled Songs From The Great American Musicals and they also released a 20 track compilation, The Best of Edmund Hockridge in 2003 and followed that with a 25 track compilation, The Ultimate Collection in 2007. ~ Sharon Mawer
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Joe Meek: Portrait Of A Genius - The RGM Legacy

Disc 1

2. Yellow Rose Of Texas

3. The Next Train Out Of Town

4. It Feels So Good

5. Robin Hood

6. No Other Love

7. Bad Penny Blues

8. Lullabye

9. Lay Down Your Arms

10. Jailhouse Blues

11. Green Door

12. Petite Fleur

13. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O

14. Garden Of Eden

15. Rock And Roll King Cole

16. Putting On The Style

17. Last Train To San Fernando

18. Sizzling Hot

21. A House A Car And A Wedding Ring

23. Rock Around The Mailbag

24. Blackout

25. Sea Of Love

26. Mr. Blue

27. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For

Disc 2

4. Just Too Late

6. Heart Of A Teenage Girl

7. Angela Jones

8. North Wind

9. My Baby Doll

10. Once Upon A Time

11. My Baby's Gone Away

14. Johnny Remember Me

15. Sweet Little Sixteen

18. The Outlaws

19. Orbit Around The Moon

20. Husky Team

21. Entry Of The Globbots

22. Tune For Short Cowboys

24. Crazy Man Crazy

26. Dance Legless Russian

Disc 3

2. Telstar

4. Telstar

11. Globetrotter

12. There's Lots More Where This Came From

16. A Fool In Love

20. Just Like Eddie

23. Big Breaker

24. Sky Men

27. Please Let It Happen To Me

Disc 4

8. Have I The Right

12. I'm In Love With You

15. Little Baby

17. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

23. Movin' In

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