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Derry and Controversy


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Please read Michael Sheerin's post on the link above. He is Dana's uncle. Then read my reply to him.

In the celebrations for Derry city of Culture on the TV news and Nationwide I missed any mention of Josef Locke. Am I right?

Josef Locke had an amazing career. He was hugely popular in the UK till the likable rogue had trouble paying taxes.

The film "Hear My Song" touches on that aspect of his life.



As a teenager I dismissed his singing which my mother played constantly. Decades later I learnt to appreciate his amazing voice on his early and best recordings.

Edit. Please read: reply to this article, to the right on the page.
 
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Part of the Josef Locke sculpture in Derry. Not in an ideal location as it is missed by the bulk of tourists to the city.

I still think a life-sized bronze of the finest Irish tenors is long overdue. Located perhaps in Dublin, close by John Count McCormack in the Iveagh gardens?
 
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I actually had no idea Josef Locke was a Derryman. I'd heard the name and knew he was considered a great singer, but for some bizarre reason have gone through the last 40 years without anyone in Derry ever mentioning that he was one of ours! Bizarre really....
 

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I actually had no idea Josef Locke was a Derryman. I'd heard the name and knew he was considered a great singer, but for some bizarre reason have gone through the last 40 years without anyone in Derry ever mentioning that he was one of ours! Bizarre really....
Yes it is very strange that he was overlooked till the media in Derry took up my suggestion seriously. When I asked a journalist in Derry about Dana's uncle Michael Sheeerin he said he had never heard of him, although Sheerin told me he had been trying for years without results to get a park named in honour of the great tenor. He also told me of his sculpture plan and about the artist lined up. :)

Fair play, it is a nice memorial.

But Josef was a large man, an ex- Irish Guardsman, a life-sized bronze of him would be quite a striking figure. The laughing Cavalier of Song.
 

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When I lived in London my elderly neighbours – from Kerry – always spoke about seeing him sing in the early 50s in a cinema in Finsbury Park. He sang until 1.30am [when he should have stopped at 11.00pm].
 

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There was a fun movie released in 1991 called Hear My Song about a guy played by Adrian Dunbar who goes on a quest to find the "long lost" Josef Locke played by Ned Beatty.

[video=youtube;TYEIXuQmFGA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYEIXuQmFGA[/video]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hear_My_Song
 

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There was a fun movie released in 1991 called Hear My Song about a guy played by Adrian Dunbar who goes on a quest to find the "long lost" Josef Locke played by Ned Beatty.

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Hear My Song - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Josef Locke was disappointed that Ned Beaty was such a small man playing him.
Otherwise he was happy with the film. :)

I was once featured on the Josef Locke Appreciation website featured on the web.

Then air-brushed out. :)
 

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Not 'mad' about the aforementioned Mr Locke myself but glad to see someone remembered and commemorated in their own city. Athlone Castle re-opened, Mr McCormack not invoked in the new exhibition space there but I can reveal the Town Council has plans for a dedicated John McCormack 'space' or exhibition room in their Civic centre in Church Street. It's said that some old McCormack memorabilia will be on display some not seen previously. I dont know how far this plan has advanced by now.
(Hi M! Paid a qk visit to your locality sometime ago, was stunned to see Joe Ryan's pub gone and razed to the ground and the castle back in full view + the new county council building where that old house was - then it had been a park.)
 
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Not 'mad' about the aforementioned Mr Locke myself but glad to see someone remembered and commemorated in their own city. Athlone Castle re-opened, Mr McCormack not invoked in the new exhibition space there but I can reveal the Town Council has plans for a dedicated John McCormack 'space' or exhibition room in their Civic centre in Church Street. It's said that some old McCormack memorabilia will be on display some not seen previously. I dont know how far this plan has advanced by now.
(Hi M! Paid a qk visit to your locality sometime ago, was stunned to see Joe Ryan's pub gone and razed to the ground and the castle back in full view + the new county council building where that old house was - then it had been a park.)
Hello again, Eddie C, I was not overthemoon about Josef Locke when my mother was constantly playing his music back in the 195Os but learnt to love his voice in the 1970s. :) It's all so subjective.

People either like or dislike Kate Bush's high pitched voice. What's the explanation?

Elvis's Hound Dog, Alienated half the population whereas the other half fell for, Love Me Tender.

Good news about McCormack from Athlone. Will pop in when heading for Galway next. A large statue of McCormack should be on the main street or square in Athlone.

Yes Swords is changing drastically the park opposite the castle surrounded by mature Oak trees should not have been built on!!!
Meanwhile I am spreading flowers along a main road here.
 
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