The women who love their mu­sic

Let's Talk - - CONTENT - Write to Dr Vinyl with your mu­si­cal mem­o­ries at: Let’s Talk, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Nor­wich, Nor­folk NR1 1RE or email let­ Con­tact Steve on 01603 432709 or 07917 351163 for disco en­quiries.

Acou­ple of years ago it was sug­gested to me that I should use my mu­si­cal knowl­edge to give peo­ple some mem­o­ries of days gone by.

First of all I went to the WI head of­fice in All Saints Green, Nor­wich, to ask for ad­vice. The team there thought that the idea of bring­ing back some mem­o­ries us­ing old mu­sic was great. The first talk on my reper­toire was ‘The Un­heard Mo­town’. I was on pretty safe ground with this. The talk fea­tures 10 songs that are pos­si­bly Mo­town’s finest, fol­lowed by 10 that I thought Mo­town should have re­leased or tracks it did re­lease but just didn’t pro­mote very well.

It was strange re­ally, the first time I did the talk I didn’t feel the nerves I was ex­pect­ing, per­haps due to many years of DJing and to Dr Vinyl on BBC Ra­dio Nor­folk.

What did help was the fact that some of the women were up and danc­ing by the time I got to play the sec­ond track. One said at the end of the talk that my pas­sion for the sub­ject had come across. That was good enough for me.

Tak­ing it a step fur­ther I thought the mu­sic of the 1960s and ‘70s should not be for­got­ten. So I re­searched what topped the charts ev­ery week from both decades, and turned each year into a talk.

Or, I can even turn it into the best sell­ers of each decade. Each talk con­tains plenty of mu­sic, and with me do­ing my best Mag­nus Mag­nus­son im­pres­sion, odd ques­tions are fired at the au­di­ence, ask­ing who some artists are and what the ti­tles are. I also ac­tively en­cour­age peo­ple to sing along or get up and dance!

Last year Wy­mond­ham WI cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary and de­cided it would like a night of mu­sic from 1966. The evening was bril­liant, very well re­ceived, and this year it has taken it a step fur­ther. It de­cided it would like to have its own ‘Evening with the Stars’.

So it has asked all the mem­bers for sug­ges­tions of their favourite songs, and has ended up with a list of some 60! Luck­ily one of their mem­bers, a huge Elvis fan, has a prop­erty in a quiet lo­ca­tion where I can set up my whole disco in her gar­den, and play the cho­sen tracks.

The whole idea is bril­liant in my eyes. So, what have they cho­sen? Ev­ery­thing from ‘One En­chanted Evening’ to ‘The Tide Is High’ by Blondie.

The range is huge, go­ing back to the 1950s, we have mu­sic from Bill Ha­ley, John­nie Ray and Nat King Cole. Mov­ing into the ‘60s there are songs from The Bea­tles, The Kinks and The Troggs. And, later still we have mu­sic from Abba, Queen and Neil Di­a­mond.

I have to take my hat off to the mem­bers of Wy­mond­ham WI for com­ing up with this idea; it could be a good tem­plate for oth­ers to fol­low.

Blondie, one of the favourites of Wy­mond­ham’s WI mem­bers.

Steve Burns, aka Dr Vinyl, loves us­ing his mu­si­cal ex­per­tise to stir mem­o­ries in his au­di­ence. Here he pays a spe­cial trib­ute to the mem­bers of the WI.

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