While we pause between elections here in the UK, I wanted to let you know that I'll be running a supporters-only competition next week. Up for grabs will be a first edition of Max Geldray's autobiography, 'Goon With The Wind' (I think that's such a clever title!) and what's more, there's a hand-signed photo of Max taped to the inside of the book.
When the Goon Show first started as 'Crazy People featuring radio’s own Crazy Gang, The Goons' there were musical breaks between the sketches. These were performed by the Stargazers; Max Geldray; and the Ray Ellington Quartet and were accompanied by the BBC Dance Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Black. Part of the way through the second series, the Stargazers left but Max and Ray stayed with the show until the final episode was broadcast in 1960. Max Geldray's performance in the very first episode was of 'I Can’t Give You Anything But Love'.
Max was born in Amsterdam in 1916 and died in Palm Springs in 2004.
Here's his performance of 'C Jam Blues' from the 1956 Goon Show episode, 'What's My Line?'
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