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    Looking for a George Wright Album

    Hi! The first post! I am honored. I hope you can help me. My grandfather is looking for an album by George Wright (or who he believes is George Wright). My grandfather tells me that George Wright was playing a concert on a well-known pipe organ (or in a well-known venue with a pipe organ) that was being recorded live when a mockingbird started to sing outside the building. A microphone was placed out the window and the bird was recorded singing to the music and included on the album.

    It would have probably been recorded in the 1950's or 60's. My grandfather remembers the album cover having a picture of the bird on it as well as the pipe organ, but he doesn't remember the name of the album. He always talks about this wonderful album, which I would like to get for him, but it has proven to be a difficult task without the name of the album. Can you help me identify this album? Thanks. <font color="blue"> </font>

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    Congratulations on asking the first question Idaknow

    It is indeed a difficult question, but I will do what I can to find an answer for you, though it might take some time. Is there anything else your grandfather can remember about the album? Anything might help shedding light. F.ex. Do he remember any of the specific music played?

    I call upon anyone who reads this to chime in if they know something (that's actually the point of this forum )

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    Album list of George Wright...

    http://theatreorgans.com/cds/banda.html

    Are you sure that your grandfather recalls his experience right? As far as I know, George Wright was embedding music made squeaking noises into the music as part of his symphonies... which should assemble the sounds of birds.

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    Well, I always like to provide a challenge. I guess I've succeeded once again!

    I'd appriciate any information you can provide. I've done lots of searching, but I haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. I've looked through George Wright's discography, but the list is huge, and without a title it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    He doesn't remember any of the song titles, and, no, I'm not even sure he remembers the name of the artist right, either. Now you know why this is so hard! (Actually, with an event as unique as a bird being recorded live during a concert, you'd think the album would be easier to find.)

    Thanks for everyone's help! As you can see, I need it!

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    These links were great! Thank you for sharing. I sent Banda Records an e-mail asking the same question as I have here. I'll let you know if they have any information to share.

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    You're welcome. I checked the descrpitions of each album, and no one mentions anything about a bird, but who knows. Maybe Frederik knows, or of course Banda might be a good solution.

    Good luck finding the album for your grandpa...

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    Oh dear, I'm worried...

    Someone sent me an e-mail today saying that they had all of George Wright's albums, but none of them matched my grandfather's description.

    Priest asked earlier if the name of the artist could be incorrect. I think he might be right!

    I'm not sure where to go from here. How can I search for this album without the name of the artist, album, or any song titles? All I know for sure is that a pipe organ was being played with a bird recorded live. Anybody have any suggestions for me? Yikes! Help!

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    no.

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    I've sought after this for a while, I've also wound up emptyhanded... - I did, however, find some albums where the organ player also whistles like a bird... www.whistlingrecords.com I think the place was called.

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    Hey! Guess what? I think I was right about George Wright being the artist for this album! I received a reply from Banda records today, and the guy who wrote to me said he had heard George talk about the album with the live bird!

    He said he was going to do some research on the album and see what he could find out. I told him that even an album name would be helpful. I'll let you know what he says.

    Of course, if anyone else can come up with the name of the album, that would be great (if anyone wants to continue working on this puzzle ) in case Banda comes up empty-handed.

    Woo Hoo!!!

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    I too got a reply from the president of Banda Records (looks like we send emails to him at the same time ) It would be great news if they would re-issue the album! keep us posted what happens! Hope to see you around Idaknow

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    BANDA Records have replied to me as well....They are Looking Further.I also have a Few "Aussie" People on to this as Well.....Also Thanks to some of the Other Posts for a Few Interesting Sites.....WOOOOOHOOOOO pamadu/Paul.

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    Someone I know from the Australian Theatre Organists Society...is On To this. and definately knows what you are talking about.Will have a reply,may even have a recording,in a few days. Will let you know as soon as I hear back. pamadu/Paul.

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    Re: Looking for a George Wright Album

    It Has been suggested to me that if you go to the "George Wright Memorial Page" on:
    http://theatreorgans.com/artists/georgewright/
    Many of the People there who have writen about him,have copies and in some cases,Full collections of his original recordings.Also His Tape Releases. I have been told that they would be only too pleased to help if they can. Good Luck. and Please let us know. He also recorded for 3 other labels as well as Banda. HiFi/SOLO/DOT Cheers. pamadu/Paul

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