Western Heritage / International Songs
Audio CD | Import
(2005/VOCALION) 12 tracks, 1965-67
You Don't Have To Say That You Love Me
You Can't Keep Me From Loving You
Games That Lovers Play
Make It Easy On Yourself
I Will Warm Your Heart
Comes Once In A Lifetime
Have I The Right
Sand And Sea
All Alone Am I
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These are major departures for the Canadian, previously associated with show tunes. Hockridge (1919-2009), born in Vancouver, grew up idyllically on a Fraser Valley farm, was discovered for Canadian opera and radio and after war service the baritone resumed his career in Canada but was tapped for important West End leads in British premieres of CAROUSEL, PAJAMA GAME, GUYS AND DOLLS and CAN-CAN. He sang regularly on the BBC and recorded for Pye, Nixa and EMI, again focusing on stage music.
WESTERN HERITAGE is an album-length song cycle about brave pioneers "winning" the West, not unlike Gordon Jenkins' MANHATTAN TOWER or SEVEN DREAMS or the great Jo Stafford-Paul Weston BALLAD OF THE BLUES. Filled out with familiar folk tunes--"Buffalo gals," "Shenandoah," "Greensleeves"--and some new material, it's credited to Hockridge's musical director Peter Knight. It doesn't invite repeat listening but is a fine showcase for Ted's robust Western baritone. The recording dates from 1965.
Two years later Hockridge and Knight laid down the wonderful INTERNATIONAL SONGS FOR LOVERS. Ted sings in fluent French and careful Spanish on three songs, and the eclectic tracklist is self-recommending, with Becaud, Aznavour, Hadjidakis, Lennon-McCartney and Bacharach-David represented. Progressive new 1960s songs for the middle-aged trouper, but his professionalism very winningly carries the day, particularly on the vacation songs "Senza fine" with its gorgeous lyric and "Sand and sea." Hockridge's swinging cover of James Last's "Games that lovers play" decisively outclasses, in every sense of the word, the American versions by Eddie Fisher, Vic Damone and Wayne Newton. Splendidly romantic vintage Decca pop, perfectly restored by Dutton Vocalion.