Dear Toffeeweb, do any of your readers have any info or memories about the song that the 1963 League winning team recorded at Phillips Sound Recording Service in Kensington, Liverpool?
Percy Phillips recorded team members along with a professional singer, doing 2 songs on a 7-inch single. The songs were, E-V-E-R-T-O-N, which was specially written, and side 2 was a version of 'Men Of Harlech'. The recordings sound great but they're not mentioned in any lists of Everton songs.
This was also the first ever football pop song recorded in the UK, so the Club should be justly proud of it. I have a copy of the disc, which is in a specially printed cover with autographs of the whole squad.
All the best, Peter Phillips.
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1 Posted 01/11/2020 at 10:07:24
2 Posted 01/11/2020 at 12:03:10
3 Posted 01/11/2020 at 12:12:39
4 Posted 01/11/2020 at 13:02:28
5 Posted 01/11/2020 at 19:35:42
I think the first verse went:-
“Theres West (or was it, for some strange reason, Rankin?) and Parker, Wilson, theres Gabriel and Labone, theres Kay and Scott and Stevens theyre the pride of Everton
Young, Pickering, Vernon, Temple (yes, thats 12 players) and victorys there for sure, plus 70,000 Everton fans who roar and roar and roar.”
That collection of players, if Ive got them correct, would, I think, nail the date of recording to some time in early 1964.
Something nags away that the singer was Scottish.
Im happy to be corrected.
6 Posted 02/11/2020 at 01:18:24
We are very proud of it! John Dunbar the soloist. He recorded a song with Glasgow Rangers as well, may also have been in 64.
7 Posted 02/11/2020 at 16:51:35
Barry #4, you're quite right, we should dig out some of those old songs and anthems and get them re-cycled. Dave #3 (hope you are keeping well), I was quite jealous that my area of "all of Merseyside" didn't get a mention, but then again Speke doesn't scan as well as those that are mentioned. I'll tell you what though there was never an empty seat on any bus going out of Speke on a matchday, whether it was the 81 or the 500 or linking up with the football special from the depot in Garston, which were all direct, or just any bus that took us to within about 4 miles' walk of Goodison!
Actually Dave, you could probably suggest some songs to Barry? My father and his father had come back from the great wars and their generation of Evertonians adapted some of the nostalgic tunes they remembered such as "Bless 'em all" which they turned into a tribute to every member of the team, or "It's a long way to Tipperary", which became "a long way to Wembley Stadium." Younger Blues might be baffled to references such as "Good-bye Upper Parly, farewell Clayton Square"! As you say, Dave, happy days indeed!
8 Posted 02/11/2020 at 17:20:10
He recalls the record going, similar to the above as
Rankin, Brown And Parker, Gabriel And Labone
Theres Kay and Scott and Stevens
Theyre the pride of Everton
Young, Pickering, Vernon, Temple
And then something about the gallant Everton
He also is cursing me because he cant get the song out of his head.
I recall a Scottish flavour and a simple piano backing, but could be wrong.
He also played me Smokestack Lightnin by Howling Wolf, and that had a bigger impact!
9 Posted 02/11/2020 at 18:09:55
10 Posted 02/11/2020 at 18:15:29
11 Posted 02/11/2020 at 21:24:02
Those songs which were turned into Everton Anthems I remember them well but cant think of any others although “ Its a grand old team to play for” which I think belongs to Celtic FC, I first heard it sang at Anfield and Goodson by the supporters of St. Anthonys school when their team played there, I think possibly it came about because National Service was still going after the war and a lot of Scousers and Glaswegians mixed together in the army and the song came from there, but I could be wrong.
12 Posted 04/11/2020 at 23:26:27
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