Tell us your two favourite Gracie songs (one comic, one refined) your favourite film, and if you have one, your favourite Gracie photo, and help us build up a virtual ‘Desert Island Discs‘ of Gracie fans.
Add a few words of explanation too if you’d like.
Barry Britten – Chris Webster – Darren Doherty – David Bolton – David Hornby – John Taylor – Paul Donnelly – Peter Dargue – Robbie Murdoch Paton – Seb Lassandro – Shaun Hewitt – Sheila Mary Fraser
Favourite comic song; ‘In a Little Lancashire Town’ ‘In a Little Lancashire Town’ I love the references to the new style art deco bars, but especially for the wonderful statue line.
Favourite Film; ‘The Market One’ (So ‘Look Up and Laugh’)
Favourite serious song; ‘The Holy City’ The Holy City I think that Gracie really helped to popularise this song which showcases her voice very nicely.
Favourite comic song; ‘Ring Down the Curtain’ Ring down the curtain One of the funniest songs I have heard, with great appeal and a subject that is readily imaginable.
Favourite film; ‘The Show Goes On’ She shows many parts of her talent as an actress, and the transformation from factory worker to star is just a great Cinderella story.
Favourite serious song; ‘In a Monastery Garden’ In A Monastry Garden Gracie sang this for my wife Anne and myself on ‘Stars on Sunday’.
Favourite comic song; ‘Only a Glass of Champagne’ ‘Only A Glass Of Champagne’ On one occasion in Capri she sang it to me in the sitting room, and it was typically exactly Gracie.
Favourite film; ‘Keep Smiling’ I think this is Gracie at her best, at the height of her Hollywood popularity and singing excellent songs.
Favourite serious song; ‘Now is the Hour’ ‘Now is the Hour’
Favourite comic song; ‘I Taught Her How to play Broop-Broop’ ‘I Taught Her How To Play Broop-Broop’
Favourite film; ‘Holy Matrimony’ Gracie shows her acting skills.
Favourite serious song; ‘Love (Wonderful Love)’ ‘Love, Wonderful Love’ Because the scene in the film which accompanies it, is so wonderfully done and evokes 1930s Blackpool in its heyday. It was the first serious Gracie song I paid any attention to.
Favourite comic song; ‘Fred Fannakapan’ ‘Fred Fannakapan’ It has everything in it and is still outrageously funny.
Favourite film; ‘Sing as we Go’ My first real introduction to Gracie, so it holds a special place for me. Krunchy Wunchy anyone?
Favourite serious song; ‘Beware of April Rain’ Beware Of April Rain Those lilting guitars, Gracie’s romantic voice.
Favourite comic song; ‘Poor Little Willie’ Poor Little Willie I have no idea why this totally unPC song should make me laugh, it just does.
Favourite film; ‘This Week of Grace’ because I’ve only seen it once.
Sheila Mary Fraser
Favourite song; ‘Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye’ Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye) My family know I want her to sing it at my funeral, so people will smile xx