About Vintage Stuff

The aim of Vintage Stuff is to display some of the ephemera that I have collected, often inadvertently, over the years. I am now deliberately seeking out interesting old adverts, screen shots, leaflets, obscure record covers, picture postcards and illustrations; anything that catches my eye, in fact. They will be mainly, but not exclusively of UK origin (so many vintage blogs appear to be American) and almost always a scan from something that I actually have in my collection, rather than off the net. If you do re-blog, please acknowledge the source. Further stuff, mainly photographs, can be found on my Flickr pages, via the Benny Hill record cover.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Bobby Crush on the buses

If you were going to throw a piano party back in 1982, then I guess that Opportunity Knocks-winning Bobby Crush was as good a booking as ever, Mrs Mills having passed away in 1978 (he popped up looking, er, a little portly, on a tribute show about her, earlier this year). This album, one of two with almost identical covers, was recorded at Abbey Wood Studios and features 101 tunes played at break-neck speed; well, they would have to be.

The illustration on the cover is a caricature of a real bus, former Southport Corporation all-Leyland FFY 403, a vehicle that is still running at 66 years-old, being used in Torquay this summer.

Bobby Crush is still performing, including a regular appearance in panto as Dame, although there is little on YouTube. The clip below is an early one of him surrounded by a bevy (what else?) of girls in swimsuits whilst he plays a song in 23 seconds on a white piano.


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