Eddie grew up within a family to whom the
music of his local brass band featured highly. He was soon able
to play a variety of instruments though he was most accomplished
on the trumpet. After the war, he graduated from playing as an
amateur in brass bands to professional engagements with popular
dance orchestras of the day including that of Geraldo, and he
soon became renowned for the virtuosity of his performances.
Following his exposure on TV with the Stanley Black orchestra,
an enthusiastic announcer introduced him as the 'Man With The
Golden Trumpet' - an apt description that remained with him for
the remainder of his musical career.
Eddie's style was unusually individualistic and he became a familiar musician on BBC radio and TV during the 1950s. His popularity can be assessed from the success of his records which included two number ones, 'Oh Mein Papa' followed more than a year later by 'Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White'. The magnificent 'Oh Mein Papa', which also sold well in the USA, topped the UK chart for no less than nine weeks and was successful enough to provide him with the first ever 'gold disc' awarded for an instrumental. Further chart entries were secured with 'John And Julie' taken from the soundtrack of the movie and 'Mandy'- Eddie's last major hit.
As the music scene entered the less innocent age of the 1960s, Eddie's beautiful musical renditions became less appreciated by record buyers. By 1968 Eddie had become a little disillusioned by his dwindling fortunes and left Britain making South Africa his home. Sadly, in 1978 aged only 56, Eddie passed away and the golden trumpet was silenced.
Eddie Calvert was at his peak of success at a time when EPs were also popular. Despite the fact that they must have sold reasonably well, all Eddie's EPs seem to have become quite difficult to find.
The EP illustrated here was published during 1958 and has Eddie playing some well known ballads rather than his most famous hits which had been a few years earlier. The record finds him in the company of Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra- the resident musicians for Columbia.
|Bells Of Home (with Issy Bonn) / Nocturne For Trumpet
|Oh Mein Papa/ Mystery St.
|My Yiddishe Momme/ Hora Staccato
|Ave Maria/ Just Wearyin' For You
|My Son, My Son/ Sherpa Song
|A Million Helping Hands/ Fair Sets The Wind For Love (with Gerry Brereton)
|Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White/ Roses Of Picardy
|Stranger In Paradise
|John And Julie
|Oh My Beloved Daddy/ The Holy City
|Zambesi/ Trumpet Tango
|The Man With The Golden Arm/ Memories Of You
|Moonglow & Theme From 'Picnic'/ If I Loved You
|They Didn't Believe Me/ Goodnight Mother Goodnight
|Beyond Mombassa/ Jungle Moon
|Let The Rest Of The World Go By/ Trees (with Gerry Brereton)
|Almost Paradise/ Song Of Corsica
|Mandy (The Pansy)/ Never Say Goodbye
|Forgotten Dreams/ Our Concerto
|Esther/ September Symphony
|Tipsy Tune/ The Rumty Tumty Melody
|Free And Easy/ Holiday Night
|Little Serenade/ Fanfare Tango
|Little Pixie/ Turkish Patrol
|Americano/ The Common Touch
|Trumpet Cha Cha Cha/ Cha Cha In The Rain
|Angelina/ Let The Great Big World Keep Turning
|Julia/ Song Of Venice
|Jealousy/ Malta G.C.
|Farewell My Love/ Gabbie
|Dark At The Top Of The Stairs (Theme)/ Love Me Or Leave Me
|Wonderland By Night/ Till We Meet Again
|I Need You/ Penny Points Polka
|Lucy's Theme/ Patatina
|The Greek Flower Song/ Sailor's Lullabye
|My True Love/ Berlin Melody
|Majority Of One (Theme)/ Trumpet Twist
|Quando Quando Quando/ Al Di La
|Celia/ As Long As I Have You
|Emergency Ward 10 (Theme)/ First Love
|Velda (Theme from The Girl Hunters)/ Girls Are. (From The Girl Hunters)
|The Crying Trumpet/ I Fantastico
|Shangri La/ Deguello
|Gabrielle/ Ho Capito Che Ti Amo
|Il Silenzio/ The Beggars Of Rome
|Letkiss Jenka/ Flamenco Jenka
|Round The Horne (Theme)/ All I Need
|"Golden Melodies Of A Golden Trumpet"
|Stranger In Paradise/Hora Stacato/Just A-Wearyin' For You/Ave Maria
|Open Your Heart/John And Julie/Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White/Roses Of Picardy
|"Golden Trumpet, Golden Memories"
|O My Beloved Daddy/The Holy City/Roses Of Picardy/John And Julie
|"Golden Melodies Of A Golden Trumpet No.2"
|Trumpet Tango/Zambezi/Serenade/Golden Melody
|By The Fountains Of Rome/Summertime In Venice/Isle Of Capri/Come Back To Sorrento
|Silent Night/Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You
|They Didn't Believe Me/Beyond Mombassa/Open Your Heart/Jungle Moon
|"Oh! My Papa!"
|Oh My Papa!/Our Love Will Stay This Way/The Limit Is The Sky/My Pony Johnny
|"Trumpet Serenade No.2"
|Forgotten Dreams/Almost Paradise/Mandy/If I Loved You
|"The Man With The Golden Trumpet"
|Easy To Love/What Is This Thing Called Love?/|Dat Man/Taking A Chance On Love
|I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair/The Last Rose Of Summer/Silver Threads Among The Gold/Londonderry Air
|"Eddie Plays Italy"
|"Eddie Calvert's Gay Melodies"
|Angelina (Dalla strade alle stelle)/Little Pixie/Little Serenata/|The Rumty Tumty Melody
|"My Horn Goes Round The World"
|Around The World/I Love Paris/April In Portugal/Cossack Patrol
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