Elton Hayes 'Folk Songs'

Geoff Waite has recently been in touch and very kindly sent me the cover of a rare Elton Hayes EP.

He says:

“With reference to the Elton Hayes Song List, one of the records mentioned was an extended play (E.P) 45 called ‘Folk Songs’ released in the U.K by World Record Club, It seems that this was also issued in Australia by World Record Club Pty Ltd Melbourne as ‘18th Century Ballads’ which I feel was a more appropriate title. I am attaching a copy of the record sleeve in case you wish to add this to the song list. It has interesting sleeve notes which I am sending separately."

Geoff continues:
"I know from your previous comments that you share my dismay that none of Elton’s recordings on 78rpm or vinyl ever made it to CD except for ‘Whistle my Love’ and ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’. As a result his back catalogue is now abandoned and forgotten when new technology could have done so much to keep his music alive.”
Many thanks Geoff!

 I do find it incomprehensible and a tragedy that a record company will not release Elton’s music onto a CD. It is such a shame that modern generations don’t have a chance to hear the warm and relaxing style of this traditional folk singer. Hopefully in the not too distant future, a music executive might realise!!

To see the Elton Hayes Songlist and read more about the life of this wonderful folk singer please click here.


Clement of the Glen said...

‘Folk Songs’
Elton Hayes

Many thanks to Geoff Waite

Ladytink_534 said...

I really like him. I wish I could get my hands on some of his stuff! Whistle My Love is one my favorite songs.

Clement of the Glen said...

Great to hear from you again Ladytink!

Mike Giddens said...

The wonderful lilting voice of Elton Hayes a joy to listen to.

Albie said...

Does anyone own any of Elton's records? Can't say I have ever seen any at car boot sales or antique fairs.

Neil said...

He emerged as one of the stars of this film and was around very much in the fifties particularly on Childrens TV which at that time would be only BBC - certainly in the early 50s. We have all heard how Walt Disney used him in the USA to promote the film and he apparently appeard in many TV programmes there. His appearance in The Black Knight was cut down to little more than riding and singing over the opening titles and his film career fizzled out. He looked such a nice chap though and I imagine he was. I am pretty sure I have an Elton Hayes song sheet in my film collection somewhere.

Cas Schamp said...

Hey, anyone, Im trying to get into email contact with Geoff Waite. It seems he knows of more Elton Hayes music than I do. . .I have every record in the list except for:

‘Songs for Children’
EP 45 World Record Club 1956/57

Please, contact me anyone who has this record or who knows Geoff so we can discuss possibly a trade?