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Floreat Greyfriars! (1965, re-released 1976)


The Comet

Four Square Books


This long playing record consisted of a series of short talks by Charles Hamilton, with music specially composed for the occasion.

On side one, entitled Greyfriars Remembered, this meant a series of comments on Harry Wharton, Billy Bunter, Hurree Singh, Fisher T. Fish, and Vernon-Smith, with Nigel Anthony reading extracts from a number of Magnet and post war Bunter stories.

Side two, entitled personal reminiscences, had Charles Hamilton talking about his early days as a writer, his characters, gambling, and current occupations. Most of the short pieces were separated by brief snatches of incidental music; and the record started and finished with a Greyfriars school song.

The record was re-released in 1976 in conjunction with the Howard Baker press, to celebrate the centenary of Charles Hamilton’s birth. The track listing are below: click on the link to play or right click and choose "save target as" to download and listen to off-line. Enjoy!

 

Side One: Greyfriars remembered

1

Greyfriars school song

Frank Richards & Laurie Johnson, sung by boys of Hendon Grammar School

2

Extract from Magnet 1: Harry Wharton is told he is going to Greyfriars

Read by Nigel Anthony

3

Harry Wharton’s starting school

Frank Richards

4

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

5

How Bunter was invented

Frank Richards

6

Extract from Magnet 1: Bunter’s first appearance

Read by Nigel Anthony

7

On Bunter’s stupidity

Frank Richards

8

Extract from “Billy Bunter’s Beanfeast”: Skinner and Bunter

Read by Nigel Anthony

9

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

10

Bunter’s fondness for food

Frank Richards

11

Extract from Magnet 1585: Bunter uses Loder’s name to order strawberries and cream over the phone

Read by Nigel Anthony

12

Bunter’s telling lies and basic characteristics

Frank Richards

13

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

14

Introducing Hurree Singh to Greyfriars

Frank Richards

15

Extract from Magnet ?: Hurree Singh’s idiosyncratic English

Read by Nigel Anthony

16

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

17

On Fisher T. Fish’s character

Frank Richards

18

Extract from Magnet 1611: Fish visits Wharton Lodge

Read by Nigel Anthony

19

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

20

Herbert Vernon-Smith’s character

Frank Richards

21

Extract from “Billy Bunter’s Beanfeast”: Smithy losing at the casino

Read by Nigel Anthony

22

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

Side Two: Personal reminiscences

23

What Charles Hamilton read as a boy

Frank Richards

24

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

25

Travelling abroad

Frank Richards

26

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

27

Need to experience gambling to warn others against it

Frank Richards

28

Extract from ?: Gosling tells Mr Quelch he threw the tomato that hit Mr Hacker, not Bunter.

Read by Nigel Anthony

29

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

30

Quelch is Frank Richard’s favourite character

Frank Richards

31

Extract from “Ultio Bunteri” (Bunter story in Latin)

Read by Nigel Anthony

32

Editors sometimes suggested the subject …

Frank Richards

33

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

34

Magnet artists and the use of illustrations

Frank Richards

35

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

36

The character’s name must indicate the type of character

Frank Richards

37

Incidental music

Composed by Laurie Johnson

38

If you want to write for boys, don’t patronise them

Frank Richards

39

Current occupations

Frank Richards

40

Greyfriars is a life of innocence, and so it should be

Frank Richards

41

Reflections on old age

Frank Richards

42

Greyfriars school song

Frank Richards & Laurie Johnson, sung by boys of Hendon Grammar School


"Floreat Greyfriars" © EMI Records 1965 & 1976


The Comet

Four Square Books

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