It Ain't Half Hot, Mum!The September meeting of the guitar club took place on one of the warmest nightsof the summer and was once again well attended.Vince started the evening with an instrumental interpretation of the song'Whispering Grass' which was originally released by the Ink Spots in 1946 and thenbecame a number 1 in the UK charts in 1975 for Windsor Davies and Don Estellewho you might remember from the BBC comedy series It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Thiswas quite appropriate bearing in mind it was such a warm evening. I can onlyspeak for myself but I much preferred Vince's version! Vince also played a classicalstudy piece. Erica followed this with 2 songs from the Abba catalogue. Firstly, 'IHave a Dream' which reached number 2 in the UK charts in 1979 (Westlife took acover version one place higher in 1999); then Erica played 'Super Trooper' from1980. In case you didn't know, Super Trouper is a registered trademark for a seriesof follow spotlights used in stadium, concert, and special-event lighting.Bryan's contributions to the evening's proceedings included 'Sixteen Tons' whichwas first released by Merle Travis in 1946, when it went gold. Other notableversions were made by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Frankie Laine. Then, with Ian onHarmonica, Bryan played the Donovan song, 'Mellow Yellow' a number 8 hit in theUK in 1967. Next, Gary 1 performed a version of the Ben E. King song 'Stand ByMe'. This was originally released in 1961 and then re-released in 1986 with the filmof the same name and became a UK number 1. It has also been used in adverts forLevi 501 jeans and, by 2012, the royalties for the song were over £17m. There areover 400 recorded versions, including such artists as John Lennon, Otis Reddingand Muhammed Ali. The Kingdom Choir sang the song at Harry and Meghan'swedding. Gary then performed his own 2022 composition, 'You're My Angel'dedicated to his wife.Tim's two instrumentals included a lovely version of 'English Country Garden' whichwas a UK number 5 hit for Jimmie Rogers in 1962. This was followed by a ChetAtkins piece (sorry, we missed the title). Sandra then played the Carole King song,'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. After this, Sandra performed another song from the FairportConvention back catalogue.The final two acts of the first half of the evening were John F. who, as ever, playedbrilliantly. Firstly, he gave us Elizabeth Cotten's 'Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie'. Hersignature song is 'Freight Train' and she was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall ofFame in 2022 (what took so long?!). Guitarists will be interested to know that sheplayed left handed on a right-handed guitar i.e. upside down. John followed up with'Rag Time Millionaire' supported by Bryan on bass and Sandra on backing vocals.It's always good to see a spontaneous band appear. Sketch, making his secondappearance at the club on his box electric guitar then played 2 blues numbers:'Little Red Rooster' written by Willie Dixon and made into a UK top ten hit by theRolling Stones in 1964; and 'Hoochie Coochie Man', the 1954 Muddy Waters song.During the break, Gary 2 won the raffle (about time is all I can say!) then he gotthe second half underway with a medley of songs about September. Starting withCarole King's 'It Might As Well Rain Until September' this was followed by, 'WakeMe Up When September Ends', the Green Day song from their album AmericanIdiot. Thirdly, came 'September Song', composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics byMaxwell Anderson. Frank Sinatra had a hit in the USA with a version of this in 1946but the only person to take this into the UK charts was Ian McCullogh of Echo andthe Bunnymen (no. 51 in 1984). The medley concluded with 'September' by Earth,Wind and Fire. John F.C. was next to play with an instrumental version of 'BothSides Now', which was written by Joni Mitchell and taken into the Top 20 in boththe UK and the USA by Judy Collins. (Sorry, we missed the title of John's secondpiece).Ian contributed 'Ruby Tuesday' to the evening's entertainment. This was a number1 in the USA and a number 3 in the UK in 1967 and was a double A side with thethen controversial 'Let's Spend the Night Together'. After this, Ian played theCreedence Clearwater Revival song 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?'. According toWikipedia, in March 2023, this song surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. Thenwe welcomed Dave who was appearing before a live audience for the first time,which is always a daunting prospect. To mark this occasion, Dave chose to play theBeatles' song, 'Let it Be', a US number 1 and a UK number 2 from 1970. Not onlywas Dave performing for the first time but he was also the first person to start asong on the guitar and finish on ukelele. Well done for giving it a go, Dave.Michelle was also a first-timer at this incarnation of the club with the traditional seashanty, 'What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?' This song goes back to the1830s and there have been versions by the King's Singers and Pete Seeger. Ablyassisted by Bryan, Michelle then sang 'The Wild Rover' from 1845 – well-knownversions of this song have been recorded by the Clancy Brothers and The Pogues.Steve then performed a medley of Jeff Buckley songs from the album Grace. Thiswas Buckley's only studio album and it received mixed reviews at the time but, overthe years, it has been reappraised and regularly appears in lists of greatest albumsever made. Jeff Buckley died in tragic circumstances in 1997.Bringing the curtain down on the evening, Graham played 'The City of New Orleans'which was written by Steve Goodman in 1971. The following year Arlo Guthrie wasthe first to have a hit with this song. Accompanied by Ian on harmonica, Grahamthen performed 'Poppa's Blues'; written by Richard Stilgoe, this appears in themusical, Starlight Express (I think I've got this right!) Pete then played an old folksong called 'A Fair Wind' (I think - hard to find much information about this!),followed by 'This Wheel's on Fire', written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko but turnedinto a UK hit for Julie Driscoll and the Brian Augur Trinity in 1968 and,subsequently, the theme music for Absolutely Fabulous. Siouxsie and the Bansheesalso took a version into the UK charts in 1987. Finally, Ross joined Graham andPete in the Eclectic Band to perform the Shadows' 'Dance On', a UK number 1 in1962 and, with lyrics added, a hit for Kathy Kirby the following year. Rounding offproceedings for September they then played 'Why Worry' by Dire Straits. Soconcluded another varied and entertaining evening.The next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd October.Best regards,Gary2 (research supplied by GarypediaTM)Apologies for any omissions/inaccuracies/mis-spelt names etc.