Wednesday, 19 August 2009
I decided to do a bit of family research recently. We've carelessly lost touch with my father's entire side of the family you see, so I called my fabulous mother to ask what she could remember. She said my father had uncles called Harry and Sid Lipman. A google search later and look what I found:
Harry Roy, born Harry Lipman (January 12, 1900, Stamford Hill, London – February 1, 1971, London) was a British dance band leader and clarinetist from the 1920s until the 1960s. Harry and his brother Syd formed a band which they called The Darnswells... [Read the rest here.]
Same part of London, same era, same name. And my father was a musician. I need to get down the Public Records Office and check the whole thing out. (This is probably never going to happen, in all likelihood.) Anyway, even if there's no family connection, this music is amazing. Jazzy big band with hilarious lyrics.