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Thread #135033   Message #3080068
Posted By: MGM·Lion
22-Jan-11 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: First Folk Song You Sang in Public
Subject: RE: First Folk Song You Sang in Public
Depends how you define "public". I first sang to any sort of audience at Restaurant Chez Cléo, Harrington Gardens, off Gloucester Road, South Kensington, which belonged to my family, in about 1955. I would be initially accompd by the resident pianist, but later with my own guitar when someone taught me the chords. Songs I mainly sang were "Foggy, foggy dew" and (most in demand) "Caviar's the roe of the virgin sturgeon".

The latter, as I have mentioned on other threads, was enjoyed particularly by Ruth Ellis, brought by her lover the racing driver David Blakeley (who came once or twice with Stirling Moss). David was a regular and he and I would usually chat and have a drink. Ruth came only once as I recall; David introd her to me as they left and she thanked me as she left particularly for that song. Then a few days later she shot David dead in Hampstead and became the last woman ever to be hanged in the UK.

An interesting fan, tho I say it myself, of the first folksong I recall singing in public!