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Dave Cooper April 2011
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My book "The Perfect Portable Gramophone - 'His Master's Voice" is now out of print so get your copy before dealers exhaust stocks. Select here for details.

I was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire in 1956, the son of a professional English County Cricketer. (Fred Cooper - Lancashire and Worcestershire). (Uncle, Edwin Cooper (Worcestershire).

My interest in gathering information about artists and bands that played on records led me to contribute articles for various periodicals. I edited The Artie Shaw Club Journal/Big Bands Unlimited from 1974-77. My books mirrored my admiration and interest in the life of jazz musician Buddy Rich.

I was playing music in various outfits in and around Blackburn, Lancashire where my family had moved to in 1964. As I turned professional, my scribblings were put on hold for a number of years.

My musical career took me all over the world on cruise liners including SS Calypso, MS Leonid Sobinov, Cunard Princess, SS Black Watch, MS Mikhail Lermantov.

Residencies included May Fair Hotel in London and of course many hotels in Blackpool, Lancashire, where I now live.

I picked up my pen again in the early 1990s and write regularly for Memory Lane Magazine on the subject of gramophones and records.

I contributed to a number of TV and Radio productions including Robert S Levi's award winning two-part 1991 Duke Ellington documentary 'Reminscing in Tempo' and more recently to Olivia Lichtenstein's 2010 Vera Lynn Story

I am also currently re-mastering old recordings and 78s by Al Bowlly, Evelyn Dall and many other singers of the British Dance Band era released on
Memory Lane Magazine CDs

To view my Contributions to CD/Record Releases and Radio broadcasts, select here

My Articles
Please find below, a list of my articles to date. (Article not penned by myself are marked *)
Further articles on Buddy Rich can be viewed by select
here

Memory Lane Magazine CD Jewel Case Notes

Apr-09 The Original Blonde Bombshell – Evelyn Dall MLMCD001
Aug-09 Something for the Boys – Evelyn Dall MLMCD003
Feb-10 The Complete Bowlly Godfrey Sessions MLMCD008

Feb-10 They Called Him Al MLMCD009

Jun-10 The Complete Len Fillis Recordings Vol 1 MLMCD010

Aug-10 The Complete Len Fillis Recordings Vol. 2 MLMCD012
Aug-10 The Complete Len Fillis Recordings Vol. 3 MLMCD014
Mar-11 The Complete Bowlly Winter-Leon Sessions MLMCD016
May-11 Al Bowlly Session Singer Volume 1 MLMCD018
Sep-11 Al Bowlly Session Singer Volume 2 MLMCD020
Nov-11 Al Bowlly at the Movies MLMCD022
Mar-12 On the Air with Ray Noble MLMCD024
Jun-12 Al Bowlly in his Own Right (Decca Solo Recordings) Volume 1MLMCD026
Jul-12 Al Bowlly In His Own Right (Decca Solo Recordings) Volume 2 MLMCD028
Oct-12 Al Bowlly In His Own Right (HMV Solo Recordings) Volume 3 MLMCD030
Mar-13 Al Bowlly In His Own Right (HMV Solo Recordings) Volume 4 MLMCD032
Mar-13 Al Bowlly The Complete Geraldo Sessions Volume 1 MLMCD034
Aug-13 Al Bowlly The Complete Geraldo Sessions Volume 2 MLMCD036

Aug-13 Al Bowlly Sings the Blues MLMCD0038
Feb-14 Complete Carroll Gibbons, Arthur Lally Bowlly Sessions Volume 1 MLMCD040
May-14 Complete Carroll Gibbons, Arthur Lally Bowlly Sessions Volume 2 MLMCD042
Aug-14 Al Bowlly Complete Roy Fox Sessions Vol. 1 MLMCD044
Dec-14 Al Bowlly Complete Roy Fox Sessions Vol. 2 MLMCD046
Feb-15 Al Bowlly Complete Roy Fox Sessions Vol. 3 MLMCD048
Feb-15 Singers on Parade Vol 1 MLMCD049
May-15 Al Bowlly Complete Roy Fox Sessions Vol. 4 MLMCD050
Aug-15 Al Bowlly Complete Roy Fox Sessions Vol. 5 MLMCD052
Dec-15 Al Bowlly Complete Roy Fox Sessions Vol. 6 MLMCD054
Mar-16 Al Bowlly Complete Lew Stone Sessions Vol. 1 MLMCD056
Apr-16 Al Bowlly Complete Lew Stone Sessions Vol. 2 MLMCD058
Apr-16 Dance Band Rarities MLMCD059
Aug-16 Al Bowlly Complete Lew Stone Sessions Vol. 3 MLMCD060
Aug-16 The Stars Entertain the Troops MLMCD061
Mar-17 Al Bowlly – The Complete Lew Stone Sessions Vol. 4 MLMCD062
Mar-17 The Jessie Matthews Companion MLMCD063

Memory Lane International Magazine (since January 1975)

Jan-75 025 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 1
Jan-75 025 BOOK AD/LETTER *
Apl 75 026 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 2
Jul-75 027 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 3
Nov-75 028 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 4
Winter 75/76 029 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 5
Summer 76 031 EDITORIALS*/LETTERS*
Winter 93 100 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 6
Spring 94 101 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 7
Spring 94 101 LETTER: DAILY MAIL MYSTERY RECORD *
Summer 94 102 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 8
Autumn 94 103 LETTER THAT OLD BOWLLY MAGIC
103 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 9
Winter 94 104 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 10
Spring 95 105 A CHANCE MEETING
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Summer 95 106 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 12
Autumn 95 107 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 13
Winter 95 108 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 14
Spring 96 109 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 15
Summer 96 110 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 16
Autumn 96 111 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 17
Winter 96 112 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 18
Spring 97 113 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 19
Summer 97 114 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 20
LETTER: DATING 78s ETC. *
LETTER: AAF BAND *
Autumn 98 120 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 21
Winter 98 121 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 22
Spring 99 122 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 23
Summer 99 123 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 24
Winter 99/00 125 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 25
Spring 00 126 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 26
LETTER: BY GEORGE! *
Summer 00 127 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 27
Autumn 00 128 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 28
Winter 00/01 129 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 29
Spring 2001 130 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 30
Summer 2001131 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 31
Autumn 2001 132 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 32
Spring 2002 134 TALKING SHELLAC (REG. COLUMN) 33
Autumn 2002 136 MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PT 1
ML REG. CONTRIBUTORS DC PROFILE *
Winter 2002 137 MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PT 2
Spring 2003 138 MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PT 3
Summer 2003139 MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS)PT 4
Autumn 2003 140 MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PT 5
FANCY OUR MEETING
Winter 2003 141 FAREWELL BITSY MULLINS (OBITUARY)
PERFECT PORTABLE GRAMOPHONE REVIEW *
Spring 2004 142 LETTER BITSY *
MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PT 6
Summer 2004 143
AD FOR THE PERFECT PORTABLE GRAMOPHONE
LETTER BUDDY RICH
MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PART 7
Autumn 2004 144 MUSICAL CHAIRS (BITSY MULLINS) PT 8
Spring 2005 146 VISIT TO THE JACK HYLTON ARCHIVE
Winter 2005 149 www.TALKING SHELLAC.com (REG. COLUMN) 34
Autumn 2005 148 2 NEW BOWLLY RECORDINGS SURFACE
Spring 2006 150 LETTER CONTINENTAL RADIO BROADCASTS *

Summer 2006 151 FAREWELL STEVE MARCUS (OBITUARY)
Autumn 2006 152 BUDDY RICH/THE DUST UP WITH DUSTY
Winter 2006 153 www.TALKING SHELLAC.com (REG. COLUMN) 35
EDITORIAL/ BOOK REVIEW LIVIN' IN A GREAT BIG WAY
Spring 2007 154 www.TALKING SHELLAC.com (REG. COLUMN) 36
Summer 2007 155
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MEET THE POLYJESTERS
LETTER: NOT JAY TALK *
Autumn 2007 156
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AL BOWLLY FOR COMPLETISTS 1 - THE ROY FOX RECORDINGS
Winter 2007 157
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BOOK REVIEW: THE SINATRA TREASURES
Spring 2008 158 AL BOWLLY FOR COMPLETISTS 2 - THE LEW STONE RECORDINGS
Summer 2008 159 LETTER: BILLY MAYRL DEMO DISCS *
Autumn 2008 160 AL BOWLLY FOR COMPLETISTS 3 - THE RAY NOBLE RECORDINGS
Spring 2009 162 www.TALKING SHELLAC.com (REG. COLUMN) 40
Summer 2009163 www.TALKING SHELLAC.com (REG. COLUMN) 41
Autumn 2009 164 INTRODUCING ML MAGAZINE RECORDS *
Winter 2009 165
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Spring 2010 166
RADIO KNIGHTS (LETTER) *
Summer 2010 167
AL BOWLLY FOR COMPLETISTS 4 - THE SESSION SINGER RECORDINGS
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Autumn 2010 168
FAREWELL EVELYN DALL (Obituary)
Spring 2011 170
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Spring 2012 174
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Autumn 2012 176
A View From the Stand 1 Maurice Kreeger and Me
Autumn 2013 180
Letter re Debroy Somers and Nat Star CDs *

Spring 2015 186
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Summer 2015 187
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Summer 2015 187
Letter: All Lit Up *

Autumn 2015 188
Letter: Record Technicalities * and DC response
Letter: Take a Query * and DC Response
Winter 2015 188
Letter: Record Technicalities * and DC response
Letter: Singers on Parade *

Hillandale News
Feb-96 208 THE END OF AN ERA MARX TOY GRAMOPHONE
Apr-96 209 THE END OF AN ERA (RELATED LETTERS)
Jun-96 210 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-1 Adair No-Set Stop
Jun-96 210 THE END OF AN ERA Related letters
Jun-96 210 EDITORIALS *
Aug-96 211 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-2 Ciro Record Repeater
Feb-97 214 THE END OF AN ERA Related letter
Feb-97 214 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-3 HMV Fibre Needle Cutter
Aug-97 217 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-4 Needle Dispenser
Dec-97 219 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-5 BCN Needle Sharpener
Autumn 98 223 LETTER HMV PORTABLES
Autumn 98 223 LETTER MISCELLANEOUS PORTABLES/ CHAIRMAN'S FORUM
Winter 98 224 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-6 GRAMOPHONE RECORD DUSTERS
Winter 98 224 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - A PRELUDE
Spring 99 225 YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-7 SPEED TESTERS
Summer 99 226
YOU ARE AN ACCESSORY!-8 MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIBLES
Summer 99 226 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Part 1 (3 PAGES)
Autumn 99 227 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Part 2 (3 PAGES)
Autumn 99 227 101s - A POSTSCRIPT *
Winter 99/00 228 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Part 3 (2.5 PAGES)
Winter 99/00 228 LETTER TURNTABLE FELT
Winter 99/00 228 LETTER HMV PORTABLES AND SOUNDBOXES
Spring 00 229 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Part 4 (2.5 PAGES)

Hillandale News contd.
Spring 00 229 LETTER RECORDING FREQUENCIES
Spring 00 229 FROM THE ROSTRUM
Summer 00 230 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Part 5 (3 PAGES)
Autumn 00 231 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Corrections
Autumn 00 231 LETTER EDITORIAL CONTENT
Autumn 00 231 THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Part 6 (3 PAGES)
Winter 00/01 232
LETTER HMV PORTABLES AND CHILDREN'S RECORDS
Winter 00/01 232 LETTER DEALER'S PRICING POLICIES

For The Record
Autumn 2003 07 COVER (PICTURE OF GRAMOPHONE DISPLAY) *
Autumn 2003 07 LESS KNOWN HMV PORTABLES EXCERPT *
Autumn 2003 07 ARE YOU GOING TO NORTHAMPTON FAIR?
Autumn 2003 07 PERFECT PORTABLE GRAMOPHONE REVIEWS * (2 PAGES)
Winter 2003 08 LETTER: RE BOOK REVIEW ABOVE *
Winter 2003 08 LETTER: COMPARATIVE ACOUSTICS *
Spring 2004 09 LETTER: COMMON KNOWLEDGE *
Autumn 2004 11 EDITOR'S DESK - PORTABLES BOOK AWARD NOMINATION
Winter 2004 12 ELECTROLA 101 & 102 GRAMOPHONES & MODEL 106
Spring 2005 13 LETTER: ELECTROLA PORTABLES *
Winter 2005/6 16 LETTER: MORE ON ELECTROLA PORTABLES
Winter 2005/6 16 DATING HMV PORTABLE MODEL 102Cs ETC.
Winter 2006/7 19 FOR THE RECORD E-BAY BAD FOR THE HOBBY OR WHAT?
Summer 2009 30 LETTER: HMV PORTABLES *
Summer 2009 30 ALSTON HALL 22 MARCH 2009 REPORT HMV PORTABLES

Contributions to Other Periodicals (since October 1971)

Oct-71 ARTIE SHAW CLUB JOURNAL LETTERS/ADVERTISEMENTS LAST ONE DEC 72
Sep-72 LANC'S EVE. TELEGRAPH (BLACKBURN) DAVID'S POPS ARE BIG BAND SOUNDS *
Nov-72 ARTIE SHAW CLUB DAVID'S POPS ARE…(REPRINT) LAST ONE DEC 72
Jul-73 17 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Sep-73 18 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Nov-73 19 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Apl 73 20 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Jan-74 21 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Mar-74 22 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Jun-74 23 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Aug-74 24 ASC/BIG BANDS UNLIMITED (Editor) BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Sep-74 PERFECTLY FRANK LETTERS/AD LAST ONE NOV 74
Dec-74 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL BR DISCOGRAPHY REVIEW *
Jan-75 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL BOOK ADS
Feb-75 CRESCENDO BOOK REVIEW *
May-75 PERFECTLY FRANK BR'S GREATEST BAND (LP REVIEW)
Jun-75 DER JAZZFREUND (GERMANY) BOOK REVIEW *
Jun-75 CRESCENDO PICTURE/IDA NEWS *
Jun-76 CRESCENDO IDA NEWS *
Jul to Sept 75 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL BOOK ADS/LETTERS * (3)
Feb-77 CONTEMPORARY DRUMMERS SOCIETY BUDDY RICH BIG BAND WITH MEL TORME
27-Jun-81 EVENING GAZETTE (BLACKPOOL) BRIGHT IDEA TAPED FOR CHARITY *
Apr-85 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR DISCOGRAPHY REPORT *
Jul-85 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT ON TOUR WITH BUDDY RICH IN BRITAIN
May-87 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR EULOGY
Jan-88 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT WHY I'LL MISS BR
20-Dec-89 LANC'S EVENING POST BOOK REVIEW: TRIBUTE TO A MUSICAL HERO/PICTURE *
Dec 89-Jul 91 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL ADVERTS/LETTERS *
24-Jan-90 EVENING GAZETTE (BLACKPOOL) RICH PICKINGS IN PRINT/PICTURE *
Mar-90 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL BOOK ADVERTISEMENT (MOLE JAZZ)

Apr-90 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL IT DON'T MEAN A THING (BOOK REVIEW) *
Apr-90 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR LIFETIME (1ST EDITION) REPORT *
Apr-90 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR LIFETIME (1ST EDITION)FURTHER REPORT *
Apl 90 RHYTHM BOOK REVIEW *
Spring 90 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR LIFETIME (1ST EDITION) REVIEW *
May-90 JAZZ LISTINGS SALES lists * LAST ONE AUG 93
Jun-90 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL LIFETIME (BOOK REVIEW) *
Nov-90 JAZZ TIMES (USA) BOOK REVIEW *
Jan-91 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT DC REPORT *
Jan-91 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL LETTER: RICHLY REWARDING
Jul-91 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR LIFETIME (2ND EDITION) REVIEW *
Nov-91 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT DC BR BOOK (2ND EDITION) REPORT *
25-Nov-01 ALL MUSIC GUIDE (AMG) BUDDY RICH BIBLIOGRAPHY *
Jan-92 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ INFORMATION: TOGETHER AGAIN-AGAIN
Mar-92 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ON THE SCREEN *
Jun-92 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL LETTER: DIRECT EXPERIENCE *
Oct-92 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT MIAMI VERVE
Oct-92 BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB: RICH REPORT BR HEADLINES BOOKLET REVIEW *
Dec-92 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ON THE SCREEN *
29-Jun-94 EVENING GAZETTE (BLACKPOOL) ALL AT SEA/PICTURE *
1994, 1996 NATIONAL DRUMMERS ASSOCIATION BOOK ADS
Jun-98 MISSISSIPPI RAG (USA) PETER WHO? * (3 PAGES)
Sep-99 JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL LETTER: RICH PICKINGS *
Oct-03 BEST OF BRITISH PERFECT PORTABLE GRAMOPHONE REVIEW *
Jul-04 AETHER (DUTCH MAGAZINE) PERFECT PORTABLE GRAMOPHONE REVIEW * (5 PAGES)
Nov-07 Canadian Antique Phonograph Society Portable Pastimes *
22-Jul-14 Blackpool Evening Gazette Emma Harris's article Memories of Sunny Bronx Angel Evelyn Dall. *

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