Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
Eleanor Rigby
by way of tribute to radio show host Desmond Carrington, and performed by Morgana King
Desmond Carrington (1926 to 2017) was an English broadcaster and former actor. Desmond Herbert Carrington was born on May 23rd 1926 in Bromley, Kent, England. His first professional stage appearance was in 1942, playing Cockney schoolboy 'Roberts' in a stage adaptation of James Hilton's novella "Goodbye, Mr Chips" at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. He was conscripted into the army a year later with the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. At the end of World War II, he joined a 'British Forces Broadcasting Service' ('BFBS') radio station in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), but returned to the UK a few years later. Carrington then worked as a radio producer, while also presenting the Sunday show "Movie Go Round" on the 'BBC Light Programme' in the 1950s, alongside Spencer Hale. In 1949, he had played 'Ken' in "The People at No. 19", a short public information film warning of the VD threat, and in 1957 starred in two episodes of the radio serial "A Case For Dr Morelle" (with Cecil Parker in the lead role). He also acted on TV (most notably in his role as 'Dr Anderson' in "Emergency – Ward 10" from 1957 to 1967), and in the latter year appeared as 'Uncle Jim' in the 'Children's Film Foundation' film "Calamity the Cow". Carrington's radio show on 'BBC Radio 2' (subtitled "All Time Greats") began in 1981, and was broadcast for two hours every Sunday from 1pm. Although initially pre-recorded and broadcast from a studio, his first 'live' broadcast from his later home in Perthshire, Scotland, was in August 1997, on the day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died. In 2004, it moved to a one hour slot on Tuesday evenings, then to Friday nights years later (when the show was also renamed "The Music Goes Round", and featured references to his cat, 'Golden Paws' Sam). He always used his personal collection of some 80,000 CDs, LPs and 78s during these shows, and when he retired on October 28th 2016 was still attracting more than 800,000 listeners per broadcast. He was awarded the "Gold Badge of Merit" in 1989 by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and was voted "British Radio Personality of the Year" in 1991. Desmond Carrington died at his home in Perth on February 1st 2017, aged 90. He is survived by his life partner (and former radio producer) Dave Aylott, plus Sam the cat.
Posted: 8th March 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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