‘Just Gracie’

For transmission on Boxing Day 1960, the BBC asked Gracie if she would like to perform her own half-hour show; just Gracie, a piano and an audience. The title was naturally, ‘Just Gracie’

With Bert Waller at the piano, and accompanied by the Rita Williams Singers, Gracie sang:

Sally
Sing As We Go
Somebody
In My Little Bottom Drawer
The Twelfth of Never
Fonzo (My Hot Spanish (K)night)
Getting To Know You
Something Wonderful
I Whistle A Happy Tune
What’s The Good of a Birthday?
Around the World
Little Old Lady
Walter, Walter
Sally
Bless This House
Volare

A Gracie quote from show: ‘I’d bash Boris’ head in if he asked for a cup of tea at twelve o’clock at night!’

1961
Following the success of this show, Gracie again appeared for the BBC the following year in a similar broadcast. Again titled ‘Just Gracie’, this time Gracie sang more contemporary songs, as well as a couple of old favourites.

‘Just Gracie II’ was broadcast on 28th October 1961.

Life is Wonderful
BBC Anniversary Talk
Sing as we Go
How Are Things In Glocca Mora?
The Wickedness of Men
Oklahoma
The surrey with the fringe on top
People will say we’re in love
Someone Keeps Sending Me Flowers
Moon River
Scarlet Ribbons
The Rochdale Hounds
Go Away From My Window
Put Your Shoes on Lucy
Tenderly
I’ll See You Again

Thankfully, both ‘Just Gracie’ 1960 and 1961 exist in their entirety within private collector’s archives. They both provide an excellent snapshot of Gracie in her natural setting: entertaining in front of a live audience.