The picture above was probably taken in the Wagon and Horses
pub in Stanley, I'm guessing between 1950 and 1955. L to R Joe Howe,
Dad and the landlord of the pub, sorry I don't remember his name -
might have played for Wakefield Trinity.
Further information regarding Jimmy's ability to quickly pick up new tunes with Mel's ex-wife Meg on one side of the piano and Pam on the other. He then jotted a few comments on the back of an envelope or cig packet and could play the tune again on our next visit(s) to the pub - usually the Graziers at the bottom of Stanley hill (Aberford Road, Stanley, Wakefield).
This page is available from www.erniepam.co.uk
I couldn't understand this as Jimmy didn't write music - though I
think he could read music
Ernie explains (by email) 8th March, 2008:
Referring to my dad's 'music shorthand', it is called "Tonic Sol-Fa", we know it as do,re, me,fa etc., and is predominantly used in Europe according to Alyssa's first music teacher Lynn Reid.
My Dad had a very good ear for the different notes of music and it looks like Alyssa has inherited that gene as she can pick out the musical notes as well as whether they are in a major or minor key. She has written three songs, words and music and a guy who Rob works with has recorded one. The others she has recorded with a classmate.
I checked out the Mudcat site and found it interesting. Like you say and I agree with you "I am sure we lived through the BEST times!"
Got to go and see if I can get the vehicles out, got some deliveries to do for Sam.