ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH
ALL MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS MY COPYRIGHT. DO NOT COPY IT FOR ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER WITHOUT OBTAINING MY PERMISSION! Webster Booth (tenor - 1902-1984) and Anne Ziegler (soprano - 1910-2003) were best known in Britain as duettists on the Variety circuit from 1940 to 1955. During that time they rose rapidly to fame and were frequently heard and seen on radio, records, television, film and stage. Besides this Variety Act, Webster Booth was one of the foremost tenors of his generation and continued to sing in numerous oratorios throughout his career on the Variety circuit. Join The Golden Age of Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler and Friends on Facebook.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WEBSTER BOOTH AND ANNE ZIEGLER LINKS



Here is- a list of useful links to all things relating to Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. 













Jean Collen November 2014.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

THE GOLDEN AGE OF WEBSTER BOOTH-ANNE ZIEGLER AND FRIENDS



Recently I closed the Booth-Ziegler Yahoo Group. I created a group on FACEBOOK to replace the defunct Yahoo group. If you belong to Facebook, click on the following link and request to join:

THE GOLDEN AGE OF WEBSTER BOOTH-ANNE ZIEGLER AND FRIENDS

Here is some information about the group. I hope you will be tempted to join!

Welcome to this group for admirers of the singing and the careers of British duettists Webster Booth (1902 -1984) and Anne Ziegler (1910 - 2003) and related artists. We will add duets and solos by Anne and Webster and related artists, share photos, links to related sites, and information about them.
 
Please feel free to post, start discussions, add videos, recordings and ephemera featuring Anne and Webster and related artists, comment, ask questions - and answer them if you can.
I began my singing studies with Webster and Anne at their studio in Johannesburg at the end of 1960 when I was 17 years old. Early in 1963 they asked me if I would accompany for Webster in their studio when Anne was unavailable to do this. That was certainly one of the most fulfilling and life-changing experiences of my life. I did my associate and licentiate diplomas with them and we remained close friends until their deaths - Webster in 1984, and Anne in 2003. They played a very important part in my life and I will always remember them with love.
 
Anne and Webster were an unassuming couple who did not boast about their achievements. I found out much more about these when I began researching their careers after Anne's death in 2003 and published my book, Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. All my books about Anne and Webster may be seen at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/duettists
 
I started this group hoping to keep the memory of their lives, voices and careers alive and have gladly shared recordings, photos and other ephemera here and I hope that the group will continue long after I am dead and gone. I have bequeathed my collection to the Museum of English Literature in Grahamstown, South Africa.
 
Mike Taylor, the other administrator of the group, has shared his restored collection of 78rpms. We are very lucky to have these restorations in our collection. You will be able to hear many rare recordings featuring Anne, Webster, and artists with whom they were friendly or with whom they worked. If you look at the group photos many have links to these recordings, which may be downloaded for your own pleasure (and NOT for commercial usage).
 
RULES
 
There are many recordings, photographs and articles here. You may download these for your own pleasure, but they may not be used for commercial purposes.
 
Do not post adverts unrelated to the group. If anyone posts an advert he/she will be given a warning and the advert will be removed. If the person posts a subsequent advert he/she will be removed and blocked from the group.
 
If you wish to publicise a concert or event in which you are taking part, please ask the administrators for permission first.
 
Please limit your posts about related artists to a maximum of two a day otherwise Anne and Webster's contribution will be swamped.
 
Please make sure that the recordings you post actually have some connection to Anne and Webster's work - either by the music with which they were associated, the artists they knew and admired, with whom they worked, or who were working in the same musical sphere at the same time.
 
Please treat fellow members with courtesy, and do not blaspheme.
 
If you wish to contact me off-line, my email is: booth-ziegler@outlook.com
 
RELATED ARTISTS:
 
Essie Ackland,  Arthur Askey, Isobel Baillie, Owen Brannigan,  George Baker, Basil Cameron,  Alfredo Campoli, Gwen Catley, Noel Coward,  Joan Cross, Harry Parr Davies, Bebe Daniels,  Peter Dawson, Mary Ellis, Nancy Evans, Kathleen Ferrier,  Flotsam and Jetsam/ Malcolm McEachern, Will Fyffe, Gert and Daisy,  Olive Gilbert,  Leon Goosens, Harry Gordon, Martyn Green, Frederick Grinke, Herbert Greenslade, Olive Groves, Garda Hall, Joan Hammond, Tommy Handley, Fred Hartley, Stanley Holloway, Tom Howell,  Winifred Lawson, Evelyn Laye, Janet Lind, David Lloyd, Mark Lubbock, Ernest Lush, Ben Lyon,  George Melachrino, Gerald Moore, Elsie Morrison, Alice Moxon, Heddle Nash, Oscar Natzke, Robert Naylor,  Dennis Noble, Ray Noble (pre USA), Ivor Novello, Derek Oldham, Geoffrey Parsons,  Rawicz and Landauer, Gladys Ripley, Stuart Robertson, Eric Robinson, Stanford Robinson, Albert Sandler, Malcolm Sargent, Elsie Suddaby, Richard Tauber, Inia te Wiata,  Tommy Trinder, Jack Warner, Harry Welchman, Harold Williams.
 
Other artists from the same period, but not necessarily related to Anne and Webster in any way: Jack Buchanan, Gracie Fields, Layton and Johnstone,  Melville Gideon, Jessie Matthews, Gladys Moncrieff,  Anna Neagle.
 
 
Webster and Anne on the Russell Harty TV show (1981)


 Webster on Saturday Night Revue (1937)

 Webster and Anne in The Faust Fantasy (1935



Jean Collen - October 2015.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BROADCASTS IN THE UK (1965 - 1997)


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These were the last broadcasts in the UK. Some featured Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in recordings while they were living in South Africa; others featured Anne and Webster on their return to the UK in 1978. This is a photo of Anne and Webster shortly after their return to the UK with Penny, a dog to whom Webster was deeply devoted.

STARTIME - Light Programme, 1 August 1965 18.30 A record entertainment show with some of the world's greatest artists, induding PAUL ROBESON , DANNY KAYE,  AL BOWLLY, LARRY ADLER, ARTHUR ASKEY and RICHARD MURDOCH, TRIO Los PARAGUAYOS, DORIS DAY, ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH.
Introduced by Ted Ray.

Eric Robinson - BBC Radio 2, 23 November 1969 10.00 (Series) introduces and conducts Melodies for You. with the LONDON LIGHT CONCERT ORCHESTRA leader REGINALD LEOPOLD.
Today's guest artists DAVID MCCALLUM, FRANCISCO GABARRO and including on disc:MARIA CALLAS , HILDE GUEDEN, ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH, RAWICZ AND LANDAUER.
Produced by ALAN OWEN

Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 2, 6 May 1970 14.01Introduced by: Marjorie Anderson. ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH talk to SUE MACGREGOR. JILL BALCON

Do You Remember? - BBC Radio 4 FM, 17 February 1974 23.00Arthur Askey looks back over his years as an entertainer and the friends and colleagues amongst whom he has spent and continues to spend his very active life. He recalls HUTCH, WILL HAY, MARIO DE PIETRO,STAINLESS STEPHEN , NOËL COWARD, RONNIE BARKER and JUNE WHITFIELD, ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH, DEREK FRANCIS , FRANCIS DE WOLFF and DAVID FALLON in The Embassy Lark. Producer ALASTAIR SCOTT JOHNSTON
Vintage Variety, a BBC LP record No REC 134M, will be available in the autumn.

Celebration - BBC Radio 4 FM, 28 August 1974 19.30 Commemorating 5O years of Concert Party and well-known present-day stars who originally came From the End of the Pier including LESLIE CROWTHER, TOMMY TRINDER, JOHN BOULTER, ELSIE AND DORIS WATERS, JACK WARNER, ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH, KENWAY AND YOUNG, CLARKSON ROSE AND OLIVE FOX, STANLEY HOLLOWAY, AVRIL ANGERS,  EII.EEN GOURLAY, BENNY HILL, HARRY SECOMBE, KEN DODD, ARTHUR ASKEY.
Introduced by that master of the Odd Ode, himself originally a Fol de Rol - Cyril Fletcher.
Producer TRAFFORD WHITELOCK .

Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4 FM, 12 May 1978 13.45 Introduced from Wales by Sue MacGregor.In Harmony: ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH have recently set up home in Wales after 20 years in South Africa.

 1978 – BBC Afternoon. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, interviewed by Mavis
   Nicholson.

Pierrots and Fol de Rols - BBC Radio 4 FM, 23 May 1979 19.45Cyril Fletcher revives memories of Concert Party with the help of many stars and personalities who started their careers there, including ARTHUR ASKEY, JACK WARNER, STANLEY HOLLOWAY, LESLIE CROWTHER, BILL PERTWEE, WALTER MIDGLEY, ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH, ELSIE AND DORIS WATERS, and GREATREX NEWMAN.
Research by GREATREX NEWMAN and BILL PERTWEE.
Producer MICHAEL FORD BBC Birmingham.

29 August 1979. 6.20 pm Wyn Calvin, BBC Radio Wales, It’s a Grand Night for Singing. Jess Yates introduces half an hour of music with additional guests, Margaret Lacey, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.
Producer: David Richards.
Director: Islywyn Maelor Evans.

Lovers Come Back - BBC Radio 4 FM, 21 December 1979 16.10 The lives and music of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, written and presented by Frank Dixon. You could be well into your 40s without knowing what Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth meant to those of us who were around during and after the war. Anne and Webster were - and still are - all about romance. Judi Goodwin met and interviewed Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.
Producer Herbert Smith.
BBC Manchester.

1 April 1980. Granada Television. Liz Howell at Rhos-On-Sea, North Wales. Brief interview with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.

Only a Rose (Series) - BBC Radio 2, 6 August 1980 21.15  Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth recall on-stage memories and back-stage glimpses of many of the great artists they have met in the theatre, concert hall and studio.
Producer DAVID WELSBY BBC Birmingham.
Part of Anne and Webster's reminiscences in the Only a Rose series. More may be heard on YouTube or at Ziegler Booth Radio.

2 October 1980 – Nationwide. BBC 1 Television. Laurie Mayer reports from Conwy where Jess Yates, former presenter of ITV'S Stars on Sunday, has lived in seclusion since his career was destroyed by the Press, especially News of World when they discovered he was living with KAY, a girl half his age, in 1974; interviews YATES, his companion Anita Kay, Katie Brooks, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (former singing stars, and friends of YATES. ZIEGLER and BOOTH sing to his accompaniment on electric organ.

Russell Harty - BBC Two England, 20 April 1981 20.30 presents some of the memorable people, performances and happenings from his recent venture into the unpredictable world of live television, including Rod Stewart, Hot Gossip, Hercules the Bear, Peter O'Toole, Lily Tomlin, Shakin' Stevens, The Hallé Choir, Sooty, Diana Dors, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jan Leeming and, of course, Grace Jones. Producers TOM GUTTERIDGE, KEN STEPHINSON.
Editor GORDON WATTS

January 29 1981 – BBC Two. 8.30 Chat show, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth as guests. Anne criticised the low standard of South Africans fledgling TV service. Russell Harty with his guests Dorothy Stevens and Saxon (dog who stars in films/TV), Paul Breeze and wife Lynn, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (old radio singing stars). Ziegler and Booth talk about their marriage, why they went to South Africa and the type of life they led, now back and living in N.Wales.

5 March 1981 – Russell Harty Show, BBC 2 Television. Live show from the Palace Theatre Manchester to celebrate its imminent reopening. Harty gives a history of the theatre & there are performances by and interviews with old performers. Nat Mills, Arthur English, Eric Hawkesworth paper tearer, Gill Banks and Sid Green Stagehands, Nat Jackley, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

30 July 1981 – Recording started at Grampian last week of a new six-part series in which well-known people who have left the limelight are interviewed about how they have made new lives for themselves. Jimmy Mack is the interviewer for the series, which is for half -hour slots. In the first programme two former singing duos are interviewed, Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson and Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.Chris Kay is producer and director of the series, called The Time of Your Lives, and it will be shown in the Grampian area in the autumn.

Ah, Yes! I Remember it Well - BBC Radio 2, 11 April 1982 21.00 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, in company with TheWilliam Hand Ensemble, Harold Rich at the piano and artists on record, look back at some of the music, people and events that hold special memories for them in more than 50 years of music making.
Producer DAVID WELSBY BBC Birmingham.

19 November 1982 60 Years – Local Radio Remembers BBC. A programme from the Savoy Hotel to celebrate the BBC Diamond Jubilee. Contributions from Doris Hare, Elsie Waters, Charlie Chester, Dame Anna Neagle, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Music by Midnite Follies Orchestra, with Ian Stewart (piano), Peter Duncan, Maurice Denham, Leslie Mitchell, Richard Murdoch, Percy Edwards, Henry Hall, Tony Wadsworth, Susan Briggs, Hugh Wontner, Joan Childs, Jean Melville, Basil Vernon, Reg Patrick, Judy Shirley, Charles Max-Muller, Margery Porter, Henry Hatch, Tommy Wadsworth, Anne Lenner, Al Baum, (speakers) John Parry, Evette Davis (vocalists)

The Golden Years - BBC Radio 2, 18 April 1984 22.00 Recalling the ballads of yesterday, and the much-loved artists who sang them, including music by Webster Booth, Anne Zeigler and Peter Dawson.
Compiled and presented by Alan Keith.
Producer TIM MCDONALD

Only a Rose.- BBC Two England, 31 July 1984 18.15 - Webster Booth, one of the finest British tenors of this century, died on 21 June this year, aged 82. In this film, made exactly a year before his death, he and his wife and partner Anne Ziegler talk about their career to James Hogg of Nationwide. It was Webster's last television appearance.
Producer JULIA MCLAREN

The Golden Years - BBC Radio 2, 26 November 1986 22.30 A sentimental look at the much-loved singers of the past, including Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler and Paul Robeson.
Compiled and presented by Alan Keith.
Producer MONICA COCKBURN

Anne Ziegler (Series) - BBC Radio 2, 19 July 1987 18.30 presents some of her favourite records collected during more than 50 years of music making. Producer DAVID WELSBY BBC Pebble Mill.

It's a Funny Business - BBC Radio 2, 14 October 1987 22.00 says Anne Ziegler. For 45 years, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth were the most popular man and wife partnership in show business. Mike Craig encourages Anne to reminisce about their long, successful career.
BBC Manchester.
Presenter and Producer: Mike Craig.

22 September 1989 – BBC2. 7.30-8.00 pm, A Hundred Not Out: Centenary of the Blackpool Opera House. Programme Number RNWF933Y, Recorded on 26 July 1989. John Mundy narrates a programme about the Blackpool Opera House, celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Lord Delfont unveils roll of honour to commemorate the centenary. Among others, Anne Ziegler recalls the glamour of the shows. Featuring Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Mike Craig, Ken Dodd, Cilla Black, Frank Carson, Mike Yarwood, Marti Webb, Charlie Chester, Formby, Tommy, Bobby Ball, Stanley Holloway, Jimmy Jewell, Bernard Delfont, Bill Waddington, Brian Crompton, Anne Ziegler, Betty Driver, Harold Fielding, Ben Warris, Josef Locke, Ken Robinson, (theatre-goer), Alfred Black, (theatre producer), Lisa Waddington, George Black (theatre producer), Dickie Hurran, Elizabeth Buzzard,Jack Taylor (theatre producer), Peter Rigby Camera), Bernie Lowe (Camera), Mel Cross (Camera), John Mundy (Narrator), Terry Wheeler (Producer)

The Golden Years (Series) - BBC Radio 2, 30 January 1991 21.30 Last in the series featuring the great ballad singers of yesterday on record. This week featuring Richard Crooks, Lily Morris, Heddle Nash , John McCormack ,Norman Allin , Peter Dawson , Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.
Presented by Alan Keith.
Producer Bridget Apps.

The Seven Ages - BBC Radio 2, 16 October 1991 21.30 In the last programme of the series, Anne Ziegler talks to Peter Haigh about one of the best-loved musical partnerships of the 40s and 50s - Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth - and introduces some of her favourite recordings.
Producer David Welsby

The Webster Booth Story - BBC Radio 2, 28 June 1994 21.00 Robin Gregory recalls the life and career of the great English tenor Leslie Webster Booth, who died ten years ago this month. Booth's widow and former singing partner Anne Ziegler shares her memories of an artist who was equally at home in oratorio or variety. Other comments come from impresario Harold Fielding, accompanist Gladys Midgley and presenter Brian Kay, and the programme includes examples of Booth's solo and duet recordings.
Contributors to programme: Wife/soprano: Anne Ziegler, son Keith Leslie Booth, brother Edwin Norman Booth, impresario: Harold Fielding, Accompanist: Gladys Midgley (née Vernon), Former Kings Singer: Brian Kay, and soprano Lorely Dyer, second wife of Stanford Robinson.
Presenter: Robin Gregory.
Writer: Stephen Pattinson.
Producer  Anthony Wills

The Robinsons at the BBC - BBC Radio 2, 14 May 1996 21.00 Ian Wallace examines the very different conducting careers of brothers Stanford and Eric Robinson. Gwen Catley, Larry Adler, Anne Ziegler and Ivor Emmanuel are among those who recall their association with popular long-running series such as Music for You and Tuesday Serenade, and there are archive extracts featuring Maggie Teyte, Gigli and Jack Benny.
Researcher Stephen Pattinson
Producer Anthony Wills

Radio's Golden Greats - BBC Radio 2, 25 October 1997 19.30 As part of the BBC's 75th anniversary, Roy Hudd presents a gala concert from Alexandra Palace, London. Robin Stapleton conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, with guest artists paying tribute to, among others, Anne Ziegler , Bud Flanagan and Joyce Grenfell. During the interval, Bob Sinfield looks at major events at the BBC during the war years.
Producer Alan Boyd.

                                     Anne and Webster in 1983, the year before Webster's death.

Compiled by Jean Collen (2014)