Oregon Festival of American Music 2018
Britain Bounces Back
Ian Whitcomb
Ian Whitcomb has been entertaining the world for over 30 years. Hitting the American Top Ten charts in 1965 with his novelty record, "You Turn Me On" (an orgasmic panting song), he soon abandoned life as a British Invader (born in Surrey, England, in 1941) to devote himself to resurrecting the roots of pop music, especially Ragtime and the simple, heartfelt songs of turn-of-the-century Tin Pan Alley.
The result has been a steady flow of records, books, documentaries, radio shows, and concerts dedicated to this neglected music. Whtcomb has performed everywhere, from the Hollywood Bowl and the Montreux Jazz Festival to shopping malls and private homes. Not only has he preserved such gems as "I Go So Far With Sophie On Sophie's Sofa" and "The War In Snider's Grocery Store", but he has also added to the library of sturdy songs with his own contributions such as "Wurzel Fudge--The Village Idiot" and even serious ballads. He has been allowed to perform on such TV shows as Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show"; he represented Ireland at Titanic: Music As Hear On The Fateful Voyage - Rhino Records the European Variety TV show contest (Ian is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and The Father of Irish Rock); he was the original host of the longest running rock TV program in Britain, "The Old Grey Whistle Test".
Whitcomb's CD "Titanic: Music As Hear On The Fateful Voyage", a re-creation of the music played by the White Star Orchestra on the fateful Titanic voyage in 1912, was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
As an author, Whitcomb is best known for his classic book on the history of pop music from rag to rock, entitled After The Ball - Pop Music From Rags To Riches, still in print after a quarter of a century. He has published ten other books, including Irving Berlin & Ragtime America, a memoir of his life in Los Angeles, and a novel set in Southern California. His articles on popular culture appear in The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The London Magazine. His account of the British Invasion -- and his role in it -- is featured on the cover story of the December, 1997 edition of American Heritage Magazine.
He lives near Pasadena, California, with his singing wife, Regina, and his mongrel dog, Inspector. Fittingly, this animal was inherited from the late Rudy Vallee, the world's first star crooner--for Ian Whitcomb is the last in the line of such gentle, friendly song delineators. He doesn't only sing comedy songs, you see, he can jerk tears with such numbers as "Who Wants A Bad Little Boy?".
2002
Aug 1OFAM 2002'S Wonderful!Silva
Aug 2OFAM 2002The Man That Got AwayJaqua
2003
Aug 7OFAM 2003The First CroonersRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2003My Favorite ThingsJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2003Face The Music
Aug 9OFAM 2003Anything GoesJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2003Stage Struck!Recital
Aug 13OFAM 2003Memories of YouJaqua
2004
Aug 7OFAM 2004Golden Oldies
Aug 10OFAM 2004At The Hop
Aug 11OFAM 2004Purple People EaterJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2004Fullblown MermaidsJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2004Coming Up RosesJaqua
Aug 13OFAM 2004Let Us Entertain YouJaqua
2005
Aug 10OFAM 2005Let's Do It!Jaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2005Though I'm Not A Great RomancerRecital
2006
Aug 3OFAM 2006Cheek To CheekSilva
Aug 5Let Yourself Go
Aug 5OFAM 2006A Day In The Life of Irving BerlinJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2006Berlin In TwilightRecital
Aug 11OFAM 2006Man Bites DogJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2006Say It With MusicSilva
2007
Aug 1OFAM 2007Where Or WhenSilva
Aug 3OFAM 2007On Your ToesJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2007Isn't It Romantic?
Aug 4OFAM 2007The Apprenticeship of Rodgers & HartRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2007Hallelujah I'm A BumJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2007Rockin' RodgersRecital
Aug 9OFAM 2007The Garrick GaietiesJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2007Something WonderfulSilva
2008
Jul 30OFAM 2008Cotton Club StompSilva
Jul 31OFAM 2008Swing That MusicJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2008Sunny Side of the StreetJaqua
Aug 2OFAM 2008We're In The MoneyJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2008Star DustJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2008Brother Can You Spare A DimeJaqua
2009
Jul 29OFAM 2009Rhapsody In BlueSilva
Jul 30OFAM 2009Over ThereJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2009The Dream's On MeJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2009Singin' In The RainJaqua
2010
Jul 28OFAM 2010Swingin' The DreamJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2010The Rain In SpainJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2010Where Did Robinson Crusoe GoJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2010When You Wish Upon A StarJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2010I Could Write A BookSilva
2011
Aug 2OFAM 2011Battleground 1950sRecital
Aug 3OFAM 2011Pioneer Women of Popular Song: (1895-1935) Recital
Aug 3OFAM 2011Behind The VoiceRecital
Aug 4OFAM 2011Songs For Swinging Lovers: A Classic Concept LPRecital
Aug 5OFAM 2011Poets Of PopRecital
2012
Aug 7OFAM 2012Le Jazz HotRecital
Aug 7OFAM 2012A Moveable FeastJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2012Mon Homme vs. La Venus NoireRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2012Ça, C'est ParisJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2012Let's MisbehaveJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2012The Best AmericansRecital
Aug 9OFAM 2012Bricktop'sJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2012Django Reinhardt & CompanyRecital
Aug 11OFAM 2012Treat It GentleJaqua
2013
Aug 6OFAM 2013Early HollywoodRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2013As Time Goes ByJaqua
2014
Aug 6OFAM 2014Harold ArlenRecital
Aug 9OFAM 2014Hoagy Carmichael Recital
2015
Aug 11OFAM 2015The Great Song Salesman: Al JolsonRecital
Aug 11OFAM 2015Rhapsody In BlueJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2015SwaneeJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2015Cliff Edwards: Ukulele IkeRm 321
Aug 13OFAM 2015Singing Sweethearts of the 78Recital
Aug 15OFAM 2015Let's MisbehaveJaqua
Aug 16OFAM 2015The CroonersRecital
Aug 16OFAM 2015My Blue HeavenJaqua
2016
Aug 9OFAM 2016I'll Be Seeing YouJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2016Somewhere In The South PacificJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2016Keep The Home Fires BurningJaqua
2017
Aug 2OFAM 2017I Let A Song Go Out Of My HeartJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2017Star DustJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2017The Apprenticeship Of Jerome KernRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2017Early BerlinRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2017Heat WaveJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2017A Clutch of Song Craftsmen: Walter Donaldson & Harry WarrenRecital
Aug 10OFAM 2017Star DustJaqua
2018
Aug 1OFAM 2018Live From The Emerald PalaceJaqua
Aug 2OFAM 2018The First Jazz BandRecital
Aug 3OFAM 2018Ian's Top Ten: an afternoon of classicsRecital
Aug 8OFAM 2018Pioneer Singers of American Pop: Tucker, Greene and HarrisRecital
Aug 10OFAM 2018Britain Bounces BackRecital
Aug 11OFAM 2018Live From The Emerald PalaceJaqua
Ian Whitcomb participates In these OFAM 2018 events:
Wednesday Aug 1
8:00 pmLive From The Emerald Palace
Thursday Aug 2
5:00 pmTalk: The First Jazz Band
Friday Aug 3
5:00 pmTalk/Recital: Ian's Top Ten
Wednesday Aug 8
5:00 pmTalk: Pioneer Singers of American Pop
Friday Aug 10
5:00 pmTalk: Britain Bounces Back
Saturday Aug 11
1:30 pmLive From The Emerald Palace

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