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    Question Street Singer 1977

    Does anyone remember the street singer from around 1977 who used to sing around Williamson Square at the back of Marks and Spencer.
    If I remember right, the rumour was he could have had a career as an opera singer, but decided against it.
    He had a magnificent voice, I used to love to listen to him, I left Liverpool some time ago.. still miss it.. but he is one of my abiding memories.. I would love to know who he was .. and what his real story was and what happened to him


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tups View Post
    Does anyone remember the street singer from around 1977 who used to sing around Williamson Square at the back of Marks and Spencer.
    If I remember right, the rumour was he could have had a career as an opera singer, but decided against it.
    He had a magnificent voice, I used to love to listen to him, I left Liverpool some time ago.. still miss it.. but he is one of my abiding memories.. I would love to know who he was .. and what his real story was and what happened to him
    Hi Tups and thanks for your first post . Hopefully someone will know
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    Unhappy street singer

    Thanks Kev.. can I just tell you how homesick I am for Liverpool since finding this site.. it's true what they say.. you can take the girl out of Liverpool but you can't take Liverpool out of the girl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tups View Post
    Thanks Kev.. can I just tell you how homesick I am for Liverpool since finding this site.. it's true what they say.. you can take the girl out of Liverpool but you can't take Liverpool out of the girl!
    Well and big warm welcome home for ya! Glad you've found us
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    Hi Tups

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    Talking Street Singer

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    Hi Tups.

    A member here asked in another thread about the man who used to sing opera in Bold st. Sounds like it could be the same man you are talking about.
    I can remember vaguely seeing him in Bold st, but not clearly enough to describe him or what he used to sing.
    There have been some great buskers and singers around the Williamson sq area over the years. There used to be a black guy playing and singing modern jazz and he was really good.

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    ah could well be.. I used to work at Plessey in Cheapside, but used to pop into town most lunchtimes.. then I worked in Bold St in 1979 at Waring and Gillow.. think they've gone now, so possibly he was around that area too.
    I've been reading the forum off and on all day today and did see that thread.
    A friend was telling me about a plaque outside Marks and Sparks that may refer to him.. does anyone know about this?
    I need to come over to Liverpool for the day as soon as payday comes around, I am soo homesick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Hi Tups.

    A member here asked in another thread about the man who used to sing opera in Bold st. Sounds like it could be the same man you are talking about.
    I can remember vaguely seeing him in Bold st, but not clearly enough to describe him or what he used to sing.
    There have been some great buskers and singers around the Williamson sq area over the years. There used to be a black guy playing and singing modern jazz and he was really good.

    Harry Bendon outside G H Lee (Hope I've spelt his surname correct).
    Once played the Argyle Theatre B/head.and because of his popularity in Liverpool got a short spell at the She club I think it was.
    His most popular song was Marta,Rambling Rose of the Wildwood.

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    Gerard, Do you know what year that was taken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    Gerard, Do you know what year that was taken?

    Hiya Shytalk,I hope its OK me saying this but I "Uploaded" that photo/frame from a great Dvd "Liverpool in the 70's 80's and 90's"..
    Its not my picture and thats not something I would normally do but its the only one I knew of Harry...Get this if you have'nt got it as its brilliant...make sure it plays in your part of the world though..
    There..a great plug or what!!

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    Thanks, clothes, hairstyles look 70's.
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    Deffo mid 70's,thats mentioned on the Dvd.

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    This is from the same Dvd I'm on about,,
    "Liverpool in the 70's 80's and 90's"
    A few shots of Harry Bendon on this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yID88...elated&search=

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    Thanks Gerard - that's great

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Thanks Gerard - that's great
    My pleasure lindylou.

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    Just viewed a selection of vids there Ged, fantastic mate .

    Thought I recognised Roger Waters singing Dogs from 'Animals'. Did u ever see Aussie Floyd Live? Superb Ged. Check their version of dogs: Here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Just viewed a selection of vids there Ged, fantastic mate .

    Thought I recognised Roger Waters singing Dogs from 'Animals'. Did u ever see Aussie Floyd Live? Superb Ged. Check their version of dogs: Here.
    Hiya Kev,I Have'nt seen them but I certainly have heard them..LIVE !!!..A mile and a half away !!
    I live at the Bottom of Scotland Rd and I can remember when they were on the Summer Pops and you could hear Every song...Brought me Bevvie out to the Back Garden and chilled mate...Comfortably Numb was Fantastic !!..
    Saw the proper Floyd though at The Empire November 74..Too much Lad..
    This is the View Pink Floyd would have got from the Empire Stage.

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    I saw Floyd on the Animals tour, went to Stafford to see them, 1976 i seem to remember it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    I saw Floyd on the Animals tour, went to Stafford to see them, 1976 i seem to remember it was.
    So did I Bingley Hall Stafford, you could be right on year as it was a school trip
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    I seem to remember this gentleman.. certainly remember the song.. also remember the "She" club..spent many a night in there when it was a cabaret club.. had a cracking disco!.. showing my age now
    The opera singer was older I think.. or could be my brain cells are being selective in their memories!.. am still in The She or the Wookey Hollow.. another blast from the past!.. failing that there was always Squires in Woolton.. excellent way to whet the appetite for a weekend's clubbing.. that was our Thursday night port of call!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    This is the View Pink Floyd would have got from the Empire Stage.
    Come on now, surely they were more popular than that ?
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    Good stuff,,Remember it like yesterday,Dark Side had not long come out and this was the Main Playlist for the Empire Show..
    Kicked off very Quietly with the begining,The slow Heart beat thing lasted about 3 minutes but seemed like 3 hours working its way into the big Frenzy..
    Shivers down me spine hear..Bossssssssssss mate !!.
    Bunked in as well !!.

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    U are so lucky, wish I was there.......
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    Cheers Kev,a few more of The Empire Theatre.











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    Last time I was in the Empire was to see the return of Willy Russell's 'Blood Brothers' in 2004 (?). I had seen the original at the Playhouse about twenty years before and again on Broadway in the nineties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    This is from the same Dvd I'm on about,,
    "Liverpool in the 70's 80's and 90's"
    A few shots of Harry Bendon on this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yID88...elated&search=
    Is it possible that you could tell me where i could buy this dvd with harry bendon singing and could it be possible to upload the previous clips you had on utube, because i have just read your quote and it may be my late Grandfather that was Harry Bendon that could be the one on the dvd thanks

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    I remember it well, the kidz singin' the chorus.
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