The Harp on the Willows; Remembering Zion; Farewell to Egypt; The Church in the House; The Dew of Hermon, and Destination of the Jews (Classic Reprint): James Hamilton
(El Dorado) 19 tracks - The Willows are mostly remembered as one of the countless ´one-hit-wonders´ for their only hit CHURCH BELLS MAY RING.which was also covered by the DIAMONDS. Very few people have recognized that lead singer TONY MIDDLETON released many solo recordings in the years fol-lowing his stay with the group before he decided to become an actor-and so he appeared in the 1971 Broadway production of ´PURLIE´ (toge-ther with Ray Pollard of The Wanderers and Milton Grayson of The Dominoes). The Story of The WILLOWS goes back to 114th Street in Harlem,where Tony (born June 26,1934) in Richmond.Virgin) lived in 1952. He received an invitation to Mrs. Clarisse Martin´s house on 115th Street while he was training his boxing at a local gym. Mrs.Martin´s twin sons, Joe and Ralph,were rehearshing under her guidance with John Thomas ´Scooter´ Steele (bass),Richie Davis (1. tenor) and Bobby Robinson to be kept off the streets. Being very impressed by Tony´s fancy footwork and choreography in the ring she knew for sure that the chance to archive some success with this guy in the group would be great - if she could teach them assiduity and discipline. Having been the main impulse behind the recording career of THE WILLOWS from 1952 to 1965. she let them practise every day. So you could find the group singing at the corner of 115th and Lenox Ave. in hospitals.at church benefits and at dances at the Chelsea Vocational High School. While still known as ´The Dovers´, they sometimes used Doc Green as additional singer. One of Green´s favourite songs was ´The Whiffenpoof Song´ by the Cabineers, and so the group decided to try their luck with the same company the Cabineers had recorded for. Abbey Records under the management of Pete & Goldie Durain had meanwhile moved and changed its name to Allen Records. The first release for Allen under the name of THE FIVE WILLOWS was the streetsong MY DEAR,DEAREST DARLING, introducing for the first time the famous bass intro by ´SCOOTER´ Steele to the public. This gimmick was carefully planned to be their trademark, later reviewed in LITTLE DARLIN´ and DO YOU LOVE ME. Billboard magazine called this release in June ´kinda weird and somewhat hypnotic´, and so you can hear the group sometimes out of key, while the flipside ROCK LITTLE FRANCIS (the obligary jump) sounds amateurish, but nevertheless interesting. The 1953 formation had recorded without Doc Green (who later joined The Five Crowns.transforming into a Drifters group) and Bobby Robinson (who had already started his Red Robin Label and later owned various companies). Tony was also featured as lead on THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER. while he shared the vocals with Richie on DOLORES - the latter coupled with ALL NIGHT LONG on their second Allen release in September. At the end of 1953, their third Allen record was out, but again no chart entries were noted for WITH THESE HANDS (lead by Richie). When Pete Durain decided to part business with Mr. Allen, The WILLOWS went with him and recorded their next release for Pee Dee Records in early 1954. entitled LOVE BELLS c/w PLEASE BABY. Pete Durain himself went out of business in 1954. but the group was able to record four sides for Herald (found on the Relic albums 5015 & 5047) - in the same style, but again without success. When Tony met Morty Craft in 1955, who had just left his partners at London Records to form his own Melba label. a chance to record again was in sight. The WILLOWS (as they were known now, just dropping the ´Five´) offered him a ballad entitled CHURCH BELLS MAY RING, which was written by Tony from an idea of his wife Betty. When first released as CHURCH BELLS ARE RINGING (mislabeled on early copies),it had transfor-med into a wonderful rocking tune with a now famous bass bridge (´Hello hello again.my friend. I´m hopin´that we´ll meet again´), close harmony-and as a gimmick chimes (played by the still unknown Neil Sedaka from a suggestion by Morty Craft) plus a shuffle rhythm. Hitting the r & b charts on April 18,1956. the song reached no. 11 and stayed for 2 weeks,but it had more success before on the pop charts,first appearing at no. 74 on March 28, then climbing to the middle of the Top 100 listing. Soon cover versions by The Cadets, Sunny Gale and The Diamonds fol-lowed, and The Diamonds´version nearly outsold The WILLOWS´original on all main markets. The same story happened again, and so the guys didn´t get paid more then S 200 for their million seller, even after they
The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Graham
Alan Bennett narrates five much-loved stories by Kenneth Grahame, Lewis Carroll and AA Milne. The Wind in the Willows is the classic story featuring Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad (of Toad Hall). In Alice in Wonderland, when Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole, she embarks on a series of adventures with some of the most weird and wonderful characters ever encountered. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice sees another world in the looking glass and wishes she could go there. In stories from Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, Eeyore loses a tail, Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday, and an ´expotition´ to the North Pole is mounted. The House at Pooh Corner finds Pooh and Piglet building a house for Eeyore whilst Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast. Piglet nearly meets the Heffalump again, Pooh invents a new game, and Owl moves house. Portraying each character in his own inimitable fashion, Alan Bennett´s distinctive narrations of these much-loved stories have become classics in their own right. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002683/bk_rhuk_002683_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Wind in the Willows:Modern Library Kenneth Grahame
Seeds: Polly has an idea that she can´t stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She´s setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it´s going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won´t have to watch her friends moving so far ahead. Roots: Jo is spending the summer at her family´s beach house, working as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler girls she´ll see at high school come September. She didn´t count on a brief fling with a cute boy changing her entire summer. Or feeling embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn´t count on her family at all. Leaves: Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning A´s. Instead her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products. It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000934/bk_lili_000934_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An abandoned house whose horrific past is reenacted for those who dare visit; a terrifying trip down the Danube River; a malevolent half-beast creature who abducts a member of a hunting party; and a tale of paranoia, mental deterioration, and all-consuming feelings of doom: Here are four feverish, spine-tingling tales that will chill the blood and make the flesh creep. The collection includes ´´The Empty House,´´ ´´The Willows,´´ ´´The Listener´´, and ´´The Wendigo´´. ´´The Willows´´ was the personal favorite story of H. P. Lovecraft, who called it the finest supernatural tale in English literature. Distinguished actor Hugh Ross perfectly captures the chilling atmosphere of Blackwood´s writing and the moods of dread and suspense. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hugh Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001336/bk_naxo_001336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They say a witch lives in the old house under the bridge… What the residents of Willow´s End don´t know is that there are two witches living in the crumbling old house draped in ivy. Ancient, toothless Dorothea Hemlock…and her 17-year-old granddaughter, Josephine. Jo has always managed to keep her magical life separate from her normal one. But now the mysterious Curse that killed her mother - and so many Hemlock witches before her - has returned. Soon Jo realizes that the life she´s fought to keep hidden could destroy the one she´s worked so hard to protect. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brittany Pressley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003891/bk_harp_003891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marry - or else. Navy SEAL Brian Lake is out of luck. Going rogue on his last mission landed him on a fast track out of the Navy - years too soon to have saved up enough money to buy the ranch he´s always wanted. Without a career - or the cash to start over - Brian´s options are few, until Army general Augustus Reed steps in with an intriguing new mission - a permanent one. Ignored by her absentee father, duped by thief he appointed to oversee her family´s ranch, Cass Reed is done with men for good. From now on she´s determined to run Two Willows herself, so when her father sends a Navy SEAL to fix up her house, she vows to run him off her land as soon as possible. But Brian´s just as determined to stay, and he´s in a far different league then the men she´s met before. Brian´s ready to do anything that will earn him a share of a prosperous ranch - even take a chance on marrying the General´s daughter. And he soon realizes it won´t be a hardship to marry Cass. She´s everything he´s ever dreamed of in a woman - and Two Willows is everything he wanted in a ranch. But he´s not the only one who wants Two Willows - and Cass. Will falling in love be the most dangerous mission of all? Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wendy Tremont King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008861/bk_tant_008861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.