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  Clifford Adams Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Clifford Adams It is believed that the boy may have been the same (born 25th Oct. 1923, died 2001) as the famous Cliff Adams of the Cliff Adams singers on the BBC (1954 2001). Although Adams denied this to Stephen Beet, it is claimed that he revealed the truth in an interview with Frank Wappatt on BBC North. All that is known is that Adams (of BBC fame) at the age of nine became a chorister at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside. This would have made him around 12 or 13 at the time of the recording.
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Penn: Smilin' Through / Kennedy-Tait: The Angel's Kiss (Regal Zonophone (Red Label) MR.1290 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Juni 1934
Featuring Clifford Adams  
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A: Smilin' Through (song, 1918: wds & music by Arthur A. Penn (1875-1941))
B: The Angel's Kiss (song, 1934 by J. Kennedy & T. Tait)
With accordeon accomp.
  Side A -   Smilin' Through (Penn)  
  Side B -   The Angel's Kiss (Kennedy-Tait)  
Clifford Adams - Hanch: Ashamed of his poor old dad / Stern: Keep a place in heaven for me
Hanch: Ashamed of his poor old dad / Stern: Keep a place in heaven for me (Regal Zonophone (Red Label) MR .1219 (10-inch), 78 RPM) März 1934
Featuring Clifford Adams  
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A: Ashamed of his poor old dad (incipit: While coming from the club one night in balmy month of May.) (song, 1905: wds & music Richard R. Hanch)
B: Keep A Place In Heaven For Me (Mother Dear) (incipit: Since the angels took you from me, mother mine.) (song, 1934: wds George Raymond - music Arthur Stern)

"Sentiment laid on with the proverbial trowel" (The Gramophone, March 1934, p. 407).
". . . [He] delivers these two lachrymose ballads quite commendably without arousing us to empyrean heights of ecstasy."
(Hubert S. Ryan in The Talking Machine and Wireless Trade News, London, March 1934, p. 24)
  Side A -   Ashamed of his poor old dad (Hanch)  
  Side B -   Keep A Place In Heaven For Me (Stern)  
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Clifford Adams - Better Land, The: In Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos
Better Land, The: In Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos (Rectory Press , Book) April 2005
Featuring The Better Land Series   Temple Church Choir   Clifford Adams   Derek Barsham   Denis Barthel   John Bonner   Richard Bonsall   Alan Bradbrook   Master John Brookman   Richard Brown   Master Gordon Carter   Master (Arthur) Iwan Davies   Master Leslie Day   Robin Fairhurst   Frederick (John) Firth   Michael Ginn   John Gwilym Griffith(s)   Robert Harris   Michael Hartnett   Aled Jones   Beverley Jones   Raymond Kinsey   Harold Langston   Ernest Lough   Robin Lough   Thomas Meddings   Brian Moody   Billy Neely   Graham Payn   Robert Duncan Peel   Kenneth Purves   The Choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy   Steffani and his Silver Songsters   Thomas Tweedy   Denis Wright  
By Stephen Beet. Features much newly-discovered material, telling the often very human stories of the boys behind the voices, at the height of their singing careers and in their later lives. Copiously illustrated with many previously-unpublished photographs and manuscript samples, with a Foreword by Peter Purves.

As well as chapters on Iwan Davies, Derek Barsham, and Denis Wright, amongst others there are also chapters under the following headings: The Temple Boys, The Manchester Boys, The Music Hall Boys, The Fleeting Boys, and The Broadcast Boys.

This book is available directly from the author: Contact StephenRBeet@gmail.com Price Seven Pounds Sterling plus postage

This book is available for the cost of postage and packing only if the set of six The Better Land CD albums is ordered.
Email   Stephen Beet The book costs £10 plus postage. Cheque or PayPal.
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