Although most audiences associate
Betty Driver with her 'Coronation Street' character Betty Turpin, a role that she played on screen for nearly 2800 episodes from 1969 to 2011, her career began nearly 4 decades before she first set foot on the cobbles of Weatherfield.
In 1930 at the age of just 9, Betty began performing professionally in music hall variety and became one of Britain's best loved singing stars of the 1930s and 40s making countless records, hosting her own radio and television programmes and starring in three feature films. During World War II Betty toured frequently with ENSA, entertaining troops stationed both at home and abroad.
'I'll Take Romance' showcases highlights from Betty's 20 year recording career, from her very first 78rpm record 'Jubilee Baby' released in 1935 when Betty was just 14 to her last commercial recording 'Let's Gather Round The Parlour Piano' issued in 1954. Featuring 12 tracks previously unavailable on CD, the selections range from novelty comedy numbers to sublime torch songs, ably demonstrating why Betty Driver was considered one of Britain's finest vocalists of the era. As a bonus, the collection features three live tracks taken from rare radio broadcasts, the highlight of which is Betty's 1955 performance of 'The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes', revisiting the song she became synonymous with throughout the 1940s. The new CD companions the 2013 Stage Door digital album The Complete Betty Driver (1935-1955) available from iTunes and all other digital e-tailers.
DATE: FEBRUARY 26th, 2016
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 2330
I'LL TAKE ROMANCE
THE BEST OF BETTY DRIVER
1. JUBILEE BABY [LISTEN]
2. THE LITTLE WOOLLY VEST
3. THE ALPINE MILKMAN
4. IT'S MEN LIKE YOU
5. I LOVE TO WHISTLE
6. I'LL TAKE ROMANCE [LISTEN]
7. THE SWEETEST SONG IN THE WORLD
8. I FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU EVERY DAY
9. SO LITTLE TIME
10. OH MA-MA!
11. WHAT GOES ON HERE IN MY HEART
12. RED MAPLE LEAVES
13. I'VE GOT A HUNCH
14. WE MUSTN'T MISS THE LAST BUS HOME
16. MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY (I LOVE YOU) [LISTEN]
17. THE BULLFROG (SAMBA)
18. LET'S GATHER ROUND THE PARLOUR PIANO [LISTEN]
19. I KNOW YOU'RE MINE [LISTEN]
20. CONCHITA MARQUITA LOLITA PEPITA ROSITA JUANITA LOPEZ (LIVE)
21. YANKEE DOODLE CAME TO LONDON TOWN (LIVE)
22. THE SAILOR WITH THE NAVY BLUE EYES (LIVE) [LISTEN]
GUARANTEED IN STOCK