PipeChat Digest #451 - Monday, July 13, 1998
 
Re: Another one....
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Re: Another one....
  by "John (Jack) Cormack" <jackjack@erols.com>
Pasadena Civic
  by "steve ashley" <piping.hot@virgin.net>
Assoc. of Lutheran Musicians Conference
  by "Paul Swank" <prswank@concentric.net>
Re: Another one....
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Re: Another one....
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Re: Pasadena Civic
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Re: Another one....
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Re: Another one....
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Heather Hinton - CC
  by <rnickel@itol.com>
Re: Another one....
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Re: Album No.
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Re: Album No
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(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: <ORGANUT@aol.com> Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 08:13:34 EDT   John, I have that album also. I am curious to know if Lee Erwin is the organist who played for the original broadcast. Someone responded a day or so ago and said that the title of the Moon River theme song is "caprice vinneois" by Kriesler. (not sure of spelling). I still can't find a copy of it. Lee Erwin performed at the ATOS national convention either last year or the year before. He is a grand old gentlemen.   Speaking of conventions, I just got back from ATOS national in San Francisco. What a treat. The pipe organs were tuned and regulated to almost perfection. There are many dedicated technicians and hobbyist who have put in an incredible amount of work to make sure that the instruments performed flawlessly. Those of us in the TO organ group are fortunate to have people like David Packard and the Packard foundation who have bought and restored some of the magnificient old Theaters and opened them up to the public to enjoy. All of the artist performed well. I especially enjoyed Tom Hazelton"s performance. He develops a warm rappor with his audience immediately. I guess we better support and enjoy this hobby while we can. Seems like our taste in music changes so quick that we may not be able to hear this type much longer,except on recordings. San Francisco is such a beautiful city. The prices are rather steep though. But I guess "you pays for what you gets".   Phil  
(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: "John (Jack) Cormack" <jackjack@erols.com> Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 11:57:12 -0700   At 12:35 AM 7/12/98 -0500, you wrote: >I have the album "Moon River revisited" the organist wa sLee Erwin. i >have one other album of his, but off hand can't think of the title >without looking it up. > >John > ************************************************************   John:   Would you please post the record company name, and number of the album plus the exact title of the record. Some of us old curmudgeons would like to get that album!   Sincerely,   Jack Cormack Potomac, Maryland *********************************************************  
(back) Subject: Pasadena Civic From: steve ashley <piping.hot@virgin.net> Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 16:34:43 +0100   Hi Pipechat   Please forgive me if this reply is a little late, but I have only just read the messages on the subject, by way of a slightly roundabout route. So I've just re-subsribed to PipeChat after a year or two's absence.   The CD mentioned on the above Moller is available in the UK and Europe from myself (the producer), along with most of the theatre organ CDs produced in the USA and Australia (including that fabulous new Jonas Nordwall CD at Berkeley). I'll be happy to mail the Lew Williams Pasadena CD to the Americas etc, too (I accept US$ checks), but it's probably more realistic for Americans to buy from Organ Historical. I also have cassettes available (which are not obtainable through OHS) - if anyone still wants these antiqated means of recording sound, please e-mail me directly!!   I'll be looking forward to some interesting threads... I may start a few myself!   Steve Ashley Piping Hot Recording Company England      
(back) Subject: Assoc. of Lutheran Musicians Conference From: Paul Swank <prswank@concentric.net> Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 13:31:32 -0400   I understand that the Association of Lutheran Musicians will be holding a conference in Baltimore, Maryland during the last week of July. I also understand that there will be organ recitals, as part of the conference.   Does anyone have information about this conference? How may a non-member be involved in the conference and the recitals? Does anyone know of the contact person for the conference?   Thanks in advance for the info.    
(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: <ORGANUT@aol.com> Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 13:26:07 EDT   JOHN, I AM LOOKING AT ANOTHER LEE ERWIN ALBUM. IT IS TITLED "SOUND OF THE SILENTS" MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM CLASSICS. IT IS ON THE ANGEL LABEL AND IS THEIR #S-36073. SOME OF THE SILENT SELECTIONS ARE: THE EAGLE,THE GENERAL,WHAT PRICE GLORY?,THIEF OF BAGDAD,MY BEST GIRL,PHANTOM OF THE OPERA,QUEEN KELLY,WINGS AND SEVENTH HEAVEN-DIANE.   SOME VIEWERS MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS ALBUM.   PHIL  
(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 14:21:48 -0500   Dear Phil:   Yup! That's the one!   John   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Pasadena Civic From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 14:20:49 -0500   Do you have the album "Pipin' Hot from The Cap'ns Galley" by Vic Hammett?   John F. Crowley   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 14:19:30 -0500   Dear Jack:   I would be happy to. It'll take me awhile to find it but I'll put it on as soon as I find the album.     John   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 14:18:28 -0500   Dear Phil:   I believe Lee was the original organist for the "Moon River Revisited" program, and yes, caprice Venois is the correct title. The other album of his was recorded on a 4m Wurlitzer home installation. can't fpor the lif of me remember the title but it contained alot of Lee's silent movie music and I have him playing the Beacon Theater (New York?) Wurlitzer. I always did like his style, so lush!   Glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself at the ATOS convention. I do agree, that recordings to seem to be the medium for listenoing to the theater organ. I was hoping that when the Fox theater here in St. Louis reopened, they would use the 4/36 Wurlitzer more than they do. For awhile, they would show movies on Monday nights during the theater off seaswon in St. Louis and there would be a half-hour organ concert before the movie, with different organists each week. Then after awhile they stopped that. The last time I heard the Fox Wurlitzer played was Sept 1997, for the Fox's 15th Anniversary. Stan Kann came back to town and played for 45 minutes. He wasw the organist at the Fox for over 22 years, and I guess this may be just me--the organ didn't sound at all like I remember it. I'm not sure if it has fallen back into a state of gross disrepair or what. Then too, there were 3,900 people in the theater too.   I just wish more people who own and run these magnificent theaters that still have their organs would fully realize just what they have. I think the best way to propagate the remaining TO's is to present concents to our school age young people. I remember to this day, the very first time I heard the Fox organ. It was in 1957 and I was in the cub scouts. It was also the year the movie "The Bridge On The River Kwai" was released and the Fox was a first run movie house at that time. Before the movie started, this big "thing" came up out of the floor all lite up and there were sounds coming out of the walls. (Our scout troop went to see a special showing of the movie). When I returned home, my mom asked how much I liked the show, and I was telling her about this "thing" that came up out of the floor. She said that was the Fox's big pipe organ, and I've been in love with the pipe organ (both theater and classical) ever since. I have a few rrecordings Stan made of the instrument and a few hours woth of hobby recoredings made when the St. Louis Chapter ATOE, then ATOS used to have the famous "midnight meetings" at the Fox after the last movie. Stan would play, then anyone who knew how and wanted to play the organ could. Now, I'm sad to say the organ remains mostly silent and the console is covered at the bottom of the orchestra pit. This si the last remaining theater organ in a theater in St. Louis, MO.   The Loew's State theater (downtown on Washington Ave between 6th & 7th Street) is long gone. Its 3m Wurlitzer made its way to the old Ruggeri's Restaurant on St. Louis's Hill neighborhood (that's where the Italian immigrants settled) and then was eventually sold. I'm not sure what happened to the pipe work, but the console and relay were sold to a private individual on the West Coast.   The Missouri Theater is long gone and its 4m Wurlitzer with the exception of the console, went down with the building. Harvey Heck bought the console years ago for his home installation and it eventually ended up in a pizza palor.   The Old St. Louis Theater (now Powell Symphony Hall home of the world famous St. Louis Symphony) had a 4m Kimball. The organ club owned it for awhile aqnd it was eventually sold also.   The Ambassador Theater (downtown St. Louis at 7th and Locust Streets) was the last to go. The late Fred Pillsbury bought the 4m Wurlitzer and had it in storage for quite awhile. I don't know what happened to it, but that organs blower went down with the building as it was never removed. Rumor has it that it was installed on one of the upper floors behind and underneath the balcony and was too much trouble to try to get out.   Stan Kann made one recording of the Loews Wurlitzer when it was in the restaurant. It is called "The Pipes of Stan" and it was recorded on the Norman label. My copy is just aboutm played to daeth.   Well, theren you have it.....al,most pipe organless in St. Louis. Though there are some magnificent organs in some of our churches.   Didn't mean to get on my soapbox.     Musically,   John   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Heather Hinton - CC From: rnickel@itol.com Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 19:10:35 -0500   This a.m. I recorded the CC service so that I could watch it later in the day. Had my first chance to see Heather Hinton "in action" at the console. What a sweetie, and what a player. I think she handles the instrument quite well, and I will enjoy watching/listening during her tenure there. Hopefully she will concertize soon in my area.   Bob Nickel      
(back) Subject: Re: Another one.... From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 22:08:13 -0500   For all of us old curmudgeons out there here it is:   MOONRIVER REVISITED LEE ERWIN AT THE EMERY THEATRE'S MIGHTY WURLITZER* The reccreated -theatre pipe organ from the former Cincinnati RKO Albee Theatre.   The organ used in this recording was originally a Style 260 Wurlitzer and was played for three years by Lee Erwin at the RKO Albee Theatre in Cincinnati, ohio. It is now housed in the Emery theatre of the University of Cincinnati in their downtown college of applied science complexe. In 1968, the instrument was given to the university with a contract being signed between the University and the Ohio Valley Chapter ATOS for the chapter to re-install and maintain it. An eight year program of complete renovation of this 3m/19r instrument was begun. Three chambers were built on the stage of the Emery. The percussion was placed in a seperate chamber above and between the solo and main chambers to provide independant expression. The organ now enlarged to 23 ranks was dedicated in October 1977 with a three day festivel following the completion of the complete renovation. Although the organ is now over 50 years old, having been shipped to the RKO Albee Theatre in July 1927, the renovation presents the instrument to the organist and the listener as a brand new instrument.   Playlist:   Side One: Side Two: Theme: Caprice Viennois (1:27) Vilia (1:46) I Don't Know Why (2:08) Deep Night (2:33) Charade (2:41) Believe Me If All Those Endearing Kiss Me Again (1:28) Young Charms (1:55) All The Things You Are (2:32) Autumn Leaves (3:21) Londonderry Air (2:34) Kashmiri Love Song (2:14) It's Been A Long, Long Time (2:03) Blue Room (1:26) Beautiful Isle of Somewhere (1:57) Midnight Moonlight (2:31) I'll See You In My Dreams (1:54) Goodnight Sweetheart (with reprise of theme) (2:38)   Lee Erwin is among the best known theatre organists in the country today. He is most closely associated with the Moon River radio program which emanated from WLW radio in Cincinnati beginning in 1930. Lee served as chief organist of this midnight organ and poetry program for more than ten years.   Credits:   Album Produced by: Ohio Valley Chapter-American Theater Organ Society- Emery Theater - 1112 Walnut St - Cincinnati, Ohio 45210     This album became part of my collection on May 4, 1979.     _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Album No. From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 23:46:26 -0500   Album number for Moon River Revisited: OVC-ATOS-LP-100   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Album No From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 23:48:35 -0500   Here is the Album Number for MoonRiver Revisited - OVC-ATOS-LP-100   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]