Wally Carr, OAM recipient for services to the Oz Entertainment Industry, is still going strong as I write. He was recently organising benefit performances in Adelaide SA to raise money for the Victorian Bushfire Disaster and he still works live when he can squeeze it into his schedule.

Back in 2004 Wally ran a variety act where he told of his journey through his career, paying tribute to some of the great performers he has worked with over the years. Featuring songs from their shows and a little insider knowledge. Wally shared memories of Gladys Moncrieff, George Wallace, the Ambrose Orchestra, Guy Mitchell, Dusty Springfield, Harry Secombe, Cliff Richards, Frankie Lane, Petula Clarke, Cleo Laine, Bobby Limb, Brian May, Bob Gibson and Graham Kennedy...

Bob Gibson was an Oz big band leader, arranger and orchestrator he worked prodigiously from the 1940s to the late 1960s. Bob was based in Melbourne in the early years. He recorded for Decca in England just after WWII ended.

Bob’s biggest hits were mostly on the Oz CBS subsidiary label Pacific, they include:

“Bewitched” vocals by Wally Carr (1950)

“All My Love” (1953)
“Happy Feet” (1953)
“I Apologise” (1953)
“Across The Wide Missouri” (1953)
“Unless” (1953)
“As Time Goes By” (1953)
“Naughty Waltz” (1953)
“Would You” (1953)
“Down Under” vocals by Jimmy Parkinson (1954)

Bob Gibson worked solidly as a band leader on radio and TV throughout the years of The Ford Show and Bobby Limb's "The Sound Of Music". Many of Bobby Limb's recordings feature Bob Gibson to some capacity and Gibson was band leader on other TCN 9 shows - please click picture "Glenda On Limb Show" for some more information...Glenda Raymond was discovered by and later married Oz TV producer Hector Crawfrod.

Bob Gibson wrote the opening and closing themes to Limb's TV show and arranged and orchestrated for other stars of the era. There was a very strong connection between Bob Gibson and Bobby Limb as Limb had played saxophone in Bob Gibson's orchestra circa 1946.

Bewitched” was a pre rock’n’roll era hit in Oz for Bob's band. The vocalist for this track was Wally Carr. Bob had two lead vocalists to accompany his band, the other was Jimmy Parkinson.

Bewitched” was an original Rogers and Hart song from “Pal Joey”. The version for download was taken from the Pacific 78 rpm 10-0046 (matrix: MX 37046) recorded October 1950 in Sydney NSW. Considering its age and condition this is a great sounding track.


1 comment:

  1. Bewitched was sung with Bob Gibson's Orchestra by Edwin DUFF not Wally Carr. I played on the record!!! Pacific Records I can show you the 78 if you like.