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21 May, 2021

Music evening generates plenty of enjoyment at Woodford

Playitt proved popular at Woodford on May 13. Crystal gives her rundown of the evening.

Norm’s “It’s all Over now Baby Blue”, by Van Morrison, Kev’s “Land Down Under” by Men at Work, Eddie Rabbit’s “Drivin’ My Life Away” from Alan and Shakin Stevens’ “You Drive Me Crazy” done by Chas were the opening contributions from the band members at another fabulous musical evening of Playitt on May 13.

Bill was sadly absent following the death of his brother George. The Playitt family shares your grief, Bill.

The ball was well and truly rolling then for Harry’s “There Goes My Everything “ by Engelbert Humperdinck, and “Silver Moon” by Mike Nesmith of Monkees origin, both tunes suited beautifully to Harry’s easy style.

Richard outdid himself with Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Lovin’ You” and “Midnight Special” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Never sounded better mate! His lovely spouse Jo lent her own special polish to Mama Cass Elliott’s “Make Your Own Kind of Music” and “The Things we do for Love” by 10cc.

John Donnelly, with his cruisy country feel, added some lesser known Johnny Cash treats with “Big River” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box”. Fay did lovely renditions of Patti Page’s “Mocking Bird Hill”, later version by Les Paul and Mary Ford and “Please Help Me I’m Falling”, originally by Hank Locklin and later covered by Bobby Vinton.

We welcomed back The Plumbdogs with some lively numbers that got the dancers fired up, “Rockin’ All Over the World” by Status Quo, “Twistin’ the Night Away” by Chubby Checker, and “I Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles.

The Salmonz, Alan and Sue took us up to the break with “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse, and “Teenage Dirt Bag” by Wheatus. There was a full to overflowing board of performers and were in danger of still being there for breakfast, so some of the guest artists generously agreed to play through the intermission as their offerings didn’t require band backing, meaning the magnificent band members could still take a break.

Chris Pickering, back after a lengthy absence, ditto Joy Hendon with country songs she wrote, bravo Joy, and Ken and Doreen with a couple of Buddy Holly favourites, “Rave On” and “That’ll Be the Day”, with a couple of jokes from Margaret, meant the break never really happened!

Davinia, with her distinctive sound, kickstarted the second half with a couple of favourites, “Tennessee Whiskey” by George Jones and another Engelbert Humperdinck number “Spanish Eyes”. Montana followed up in her sultry style with a Conway Twitty favourite “It’s Only Make Believe” and the beautiful “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks.

Ricki, ever the surprise packet, gave Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in my Life”; she’s a very versatile lady, is Ricki!

As only he can do, Kiwi cruised easily through two Elvis favourites, “Trying to Get to You Girl” and “Big Hunk of Love”, and Chrissy followed up with “Dream a Little Dream Of Me” by such notable stars as Doris Day and Ella Fitzgerald, and Perry Como’s “Memories are Made of This”.

Apologies to John B for not knowing the name of his second song, but it was superb, as was his Bob Seger offering “Turn the Page”.

Marlene offered a Cilla Black song “It’s For You”, and lent her particular style to the Doris Day favourite “Secret Love” from the movie “Calamity Jane”. Mike John from Yeppoon paid another welcome visit, and his offerings of the old Pat Boone song “Love Letters in the Sand” and “It’s so Nice to be with You” by Gallery were as smooth as ever.

It was again a great gathering of talent and friendship. Big Playitt congratulations to lovely song bird Marlene and her equally lovely, but less talented other half Andrew, on their retirement. Sit back and enjoy the luxury folks, you’ve earned every second of it!

Again a mighty thanks to Judy on sound, Albie on camera, the kitchen and bar staff, club management, the multi-talented and imperturbable band members, the equally talented walk-up performers, and everyone who puts in time behind the scenes so that attendants can enjoy this outing every week.

See you next Thursday at the Woodford Bowls Club, Webb Lane, 1830-2100hrs for more of what you’ve just read about.

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