8 & 9 September 2006
The Breeze And I
presented by Olivia Breeze
The story of Alan Breeze, vocalist with the Billy Cotton Band for more than 36 years!
Remember Sunday lunchtimes in the 1950's & 60's? The Billy Cotton Band Show on the wireless, introduced by Old Bill's ear-piercing cry of "WAKEY, WAKEY" ?
Then you'll remember the show's famous vocalist, Alan Breeze!
Alan started working with Billy Cotton in 1932, just on the basis of a gentleman's handshake, & stayed with the band for over thirty-six years. During that period, Alan became one of the most popular vocalists of the time, entertaining audiences on radio, television & in theatres all around the country. In these days of nostalgia, his recordings are still regularly heard on the BBC.
Alan's daughter Olivia Breeze, (a talented & experienced performer in her own right), has compiled a one-woman-show about her father & his life with the band. The show is being presented around the country in a series of performances, directed towards the over-55's, at a variety of venues, ranging from theatres to hotels, from restaurants to retirement homes.
The hour-long show includes stories & anecdotes, with live and recorded versions of some of Alan's most popular songs. Olivia is accompanied on stage by her musical director Paul Davis, a gifted musician who has delighted audiences in the South of England with his own Big-Band concerts and Cabaret performances.