Ol Man River - Ian Clark





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Uploaded on Feb 8, 2012

This is a recording of the song "Ol' Man River" by my dad Ian Clark in 1978.

My dad was born 1938 and died 1994. He never had vocal coaching and to the best of my knowledge had never sung publicly. Indeed, I can only recall him singing once at a family gathering. I seem to recall my late mother, Marion, telling me that although dad was outgoing and could be quite gregarious he was nevertheless very shy at the prospect of singing in public.

This recording is one of many that dad committed to cassette tape in 1978. At the time he worked night shift for a company called Goulder Mikron who were based in Dalton, Huddersfield, England. Since he worked alone in the evenings he took the opportunity of recording himself singing as this was likely the only way he would ever do so.

My dad's idol was Mario Lanza and he spent many a Sunday afternoon retiring to the quiet sitting room to play Mario vinyl LP's. These were the only occasions when dad could be heard singing, again while he was alone.

This channel will evolve to include more recordings from my dad. He made two cassette tapes and I had these transferred to CD 10 years ago.

Please note that many of the songs dad recorded are not full versions and sometimes end abruptly. What you hear is exactly what was recorded without any audio affects added. You can probably hear that the sound is a little hollow as dad worked in a large room.

What I am most proud of is that there is no music to accompany dad and yet this is hardly noticeable as he is able to sound very melodic.

Thank you for listening and please feel free to comment.

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