Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Our speaker this month was Brian Greene who gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘The Brill Building. The sounds we grew up to’.
The Brill Building was an office building on Broadway, New York City and was famous housing music industry offices and studios where many of the most popular pop songs of the 50’s and 60’s were written. Brian kept us entertained with interviews, video recordings and music from that era. Whilst we had all heard of the groups and singers:- The Coasters, The Drifters, Elvis, Bobbie Darren to name but a few; but we were not familiar with most of the people who wrote the music and songs for them:- Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus to name but a few – although we all recognised the songs once they were played for us. Carol King, Neil Sedaka also worked there in the days when they wrote songs for famous artists to perform rather that perform them themselves. We all had a great ‘blast from the past’ and learnt a great deal about the development of the music we all grew up with.
Members had really enjoyed the visit to Manchester Airport in March which was reported in The Guardian recently, complete with photograph..
Anyone who is interested in joining us is welcome to attend our next meeting to be held on Wednesday May 1st at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, where we will be discussing this year’s WI Resolutions and playing indoor bowling.