Rafflegate Inquiry – New Boy Pulls His Own Number Out of the Hat!The August meeting of the guitar club was, once again, very well attended eventhough it's the height of the holiday season. At the start of the evening, Gary2introduced James to the other club members. James is studying music productionat BIMM in Birmingham and will be helping to set up and run the sound system.He'll be a great addition to the team.Vince got the evening underway with an instrumental tango, followed by aninterpretation on the Stylistics & Stone in Love with You which was a no. 9 hit inthe UK in 1972. Following the Invisible Man in 2nd place, Steve, as usual, played acouple of his own compositions, including a new song called Friday at the Factoryall about working life in the '70s.Gary 1 played his version of Thea Gilmore's Dreamers from the 2018 album SmallWorld Turning. This was followed by Babylon from White Ladder by David Gray.Babylon reached no. 5 in the UK charts in 2000. Erica's contributions to theevening included She Got You written by Hank Cochran and recorded by PatsyCline in 1962. The song is a jazz/pop song with country overtones and it went tono. 1 in the Country & Western charts. Patsy tragically died in a plane crash at theage of 30. Roger Miller's 1965 hit, King of the Road was Bryan's first song. He wasthen supported by Ian on harmonica for another song from 1965, Bob Dylan's SheBelongs to Me.Vic and Howard firstly performed the Gene Pitney composition, Hello, Mary Louwhich was first recorded in 1960 by Johnny Duncan and then by Ricky Nelson, whohad a no. 2 hit with it in British charts. Their second song was Dirty Old Town,written about Salford in 1949 and then made popular by the Dubliners and thePogues. Sandra then brought the first half of the evening to a close with a classicalinstrumental, vows (I'm not sure we've got this right) and then the Carole Kingsong, So Far Away from the 1971 album Tapestry which featured James Taylor onguitar. This is one of the best-selling albums of all time, having sold over 30 millioncopies worldwide.During the break, James managed to pull his own number out of the hat andwaltzed off with first prize in the raffle – beginner's luck or what? The inquiry isunderway...Gary2 kicked off the 2 nd half of the evening with a version of Ian Hunter's Letter toBritannia from the Union Jack taken from All American Alien Boy, his 2nd solo albumafter the break up of Mott the Hoople. Then, as a tribute to Gary 1's efforts with thekazoo at the July meeting, Gary played One Man Band. This featured on RogerDaltrey's first solo album from 1973 and then became a no. 6 hit single for co-writer Leo Sayer in 1974. Ian followed this with Neil Diamond's Hello Again, anumber 3 in the US charts in 1981. The song also featured in the film The JazzSinger. Then came a version of Hotel California which was a US no. 1 for theEagles and also the winner of a Grammy Award for record of the year in 1978. Aswe all know, you can check out any time you like but you can never leave...The ever reliable John F.C. then played 2 instrumentals. Firstly, 'If' written byDavid Gates and a hit for Bread in 1971 with Telly Savalas' spoken cover versionbecoming a UK chart-topper in 1975 – who loves you, baby? This song has theshortest title of any song to reach no. 1. John's 2 nd piece was South Wind by JohnRenbourn. I have precisely no trivial facts about this - do your own research! Timalso played two instrumental versions of well-known songs: Let it Be was anumber 2 in the UK and a number 1 in the USA for the Beatles in 1970. Bet youdidn't know that Leo Sayer took a version to number 55 in the UK charts in 1975.Tim then played On Broadway a number 9 US hit for the Drifters in 1963.John F.A. then treated us to a medley of the George Harrison song, While MyGuitar Gently Weeps and All My Loving from the 1963 album With the Beatles.This was followed by I'm a Pilgrim, a gospel number/Christian hymn from the 19thcentury. This was first recorded in 1924 by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet and latercovered by the Byrds and Johnny Cash (separately, I believe). Peter Lawler'scontributions to the evening's proceedings included the builders' song, WhyPaddy's not at Work Today. A version of this by the influential Irish folk group, theClancy Brothers, can be found on YouTube.To wrap up the evening, John R. played a version of the Bellamy Brothers' Let YourLove Flow which was a UK top 10 hit in 1976 (along with Don't Go Breaking MyHeart, this song always reminds me of that long, hot summer of '76, a bit of acontrast with this year). John followed this with the traditional song, Can the Circlebe Unbroken (By and By). This was recorded by the Carter Family in 1964,although it was originally written in 1907. Ross then finished the night off with aversion of Back in the USSR from 1968 and then Matthew and Son which,perhaps surprisingly, was Cat Stevens' highest charting song, reaching no. 2 in theUK in 1967. By that time we were all gasping for a cup of cold coffee and a piece ofcake!The next meeting is on Tuesday 5th September.Best regards,Gary2 (research supplied by Garypedia TM )Apologies for any omissions/inaccuracies/mis-spelt names etc.