Friday, March 20, 2015

Ray Pilgrim - Pilgrim's Progress 1962

Ray Pilgrim was one of the most prolific big band singers, radio broadcasters, recording and session singers in Britain in the late 1950s/early 1960s.   With almost 1,000 gigs in his relatively short career, plus over 200 BBC radio broadcasts and over 150 songs recorded, as well as jingles and movie soundtracks under his belt, that's probably true.

But he did not regard singing as his long term career and only became a professional singer to enable him to give up his job in a bank so that he could go to university and get a degree at the London School of Economics.  After which he deliberately phased out his singing and made a successful career in his "proper job" in the senior management of a large multinational company. 

So, having cut short his singing career over 45 years ago, any connection with the music scene had long since faded deep into the background - with his old recordings, cuttings and archive information mouldering away in storage boxes.

But recently there has been a significant growth in interest in the old Embassy label which specialised in covering the hits of the day.  In the early 60’s around one in twenty of all pop singles sold in the UK were on the Embassy label and between 1960-65 Ray sang on more Embassy singles than any other artist.  As well as being credited under the Pilgrim name, he also recorded as Bobby Stevens, The Typhoons, and The Jaybirds among others.  Those old Embassy vinyl singles have now become very collectable and Embassy tracks were also released on over 40 foreign labels in some 25 countries around the world, amounting to literally millions of copies in total.

1. Who Put The Bomp
2. Red Red Roses
3. Twistin' The Trad
4.  Multiplication
5. The Young Ones
6.  The Lion Sleeps Tonight
7.  The Language Of Love
8.  Forget-Me-Not
9. Lonesome
10.  Peppermint Twist
11. Crying In The Rain
12.  Can't Help Falling In Love
13.  Wimoweh
14.  Never Goodbye
15. Hey! Little Girl
16.  Good Luck Charm
17.  I'm Looking Out The Window
18.  Come Outside
19.  Ginny Come Lately
20.  Don't Ever Change
21.  Follow That Dream
22.  I Remember You
23. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
24. Sealed With A Kiss
25. Lovesick Blues
26.  Let's Dance
27.  No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile
28.  Return To Sender
29. It Only Took A Minute
30. Baby Take A Bow
31.  Bachelor Boy


  1. So sorry I still can't download this album I tried all 3 download buttons showing.

  2. Very strange ... Just checked - it works for me ....


  3. So sorry I still can't download this album I tried all 3 download buttons showing.


    D&JMarch 20, 2015 at 11:06 PM
    Very strange ... Just checked - it works for me ....


    samapplepieMarch 21, 2015 at 1:57 AM
    Yes definitely works


    Tornado304March 21, 2015 at 10:47 PM
    unable to download



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