Eddie Calvert (Trumpet)
A Centenary Tribute – His 29 Finest 1951-1961
The golden tones of England’s most famous popular trumpeter, Eddie Calvert (1922-1978), a 50s icon, are heard throughout an immaculate programme of favourites to celebrate his centenary. Lancastrian Eddie Calvert stepped out from the ranks of the Billy Ternent and Geraldo bands of the 40s to become “The Man With The Golden Trumpet”, a hugely successful recording phenomenon, providing one of the distinctive sounds of the 50s. That well-earned nickname gives the title to Retrospective’s generous programme of 29 of Calvert’s finest recordings from 1951 to 1961. All seven of his chart hits are here. Not once but twice he hit the jackpot with huge selling Number Ones; firstly with O mein Papa, then Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (with which he traded the top spot with Perez Prado). He thus became the first British instrumentalist to top the chart twice, and the first to earn a Gold Disc. The other hits are the film theme John And Julie, Stranger In Paradise, the lively Zambesi, Mandy and Little Serenade. But there are 22 more fine selections to receive the unmistakeable Eddie Calvert treatment including such favourites as Love Is A Many-Splendoured Thing, Roses Of Picardy, Tenderly, Some Enchanted Evening and (perhaps as a follow-up to ‘Papa’) O My Beloved Daddy.