Coventry Hitmakers

FRANK IFIELD

Of all Coventry’s musical icons Frank Ifield remains it’s the most endearing, he remains the city’s most successful artist. He had clocked up three consecutive number ones, long before the Beatles had a whiff of the charts. I remember You, Lovesick Blues and The Wayward Wind will be forever associated with Frank and his amazing yodel. The distinctive harmonica on I Remember You was an in joke because it’s actually the first few bars of Waltzing Matilda! It was played by Harry Pitch, he would later be heard playing on the 1970 Mr Bloe hit Groovin ́ with Mr Bloe and on the TV theme to Last of the Summer Wine.

 

 

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“Throughout my entire career the generous people of Coventry and the Mid- lands have been my great support and I have played there countless times. Yet one show in particular stands out It was in 1967 when I played the Coventry Theatre. This was the “Birthday Show” which ran from October to November. Significant for several reasons: It was the 30th birthday of the actual Theatre which, I was informed, opened on the very day and date that I was born. Then, during the finale of the opening night on the 6th October, Ted Rogers announced to me that my son Mark was born. To cap it off our closing night on November 30 was also a celebration of my own 30th birthday. Today, although I live back in Australia, my mind is filled with the many fond memories of my life in England and the close friendships I have made and I make it my business to return as often as possible. A fellow Coventarian”

Frank Ifield

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