to the “Alma Cogan International Fan Club” Official Web Site.This is our first attempt at a web site so please bear with us.We aim to bring you all the latest news on Alma’s CD/DVD releases, and any other news that is sent to us.Lots of photographs, Archive press cuttings from 1950-2006/7
Any stories you may have about
Alma are welcome.We aim to go
world wide and promote Alma
and her fan club throughout the
world.We already have fan club
members from Sweden,France,
Germany, U.S.A,Canada.This is
the only official Alma Cogan fan
club Any persons representing
Archive department, or
Preservation Society. Are not representing this fan club.Alma’s fan club will only deal with Alma Cogan news, and will not print anything to do with the Cogan family, unless authorized by a family member. Photographs Published If any person has a problem with any published photographs and would like them to be removed due to proven copyright. We will remove them immediately or as soon as it is possible to do so.
NEW ITEMS FOUND.
Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole,
Marion Ryan, Max Bygraves Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, Liberace and Many More...
“Julie” The Musical CD
Some years ago Stan Foster arrived at an Alma Cogan Convention held In Leeds, he brought along a small dusty Cassette tape which he said was a few tracks from a musical he had written called Julie, and had Alma taking the part of Julie Knight the leading lady. Stan said the sound quality was very bad and wasn’t sure it would play, but it did, and as Stan said the quality was very poor.
As the years past it was forgotten until the unfortunate passing of dear Stan In December 2008. Carole Foster Stan’s widow contacted me and said she had found some reel to reel tapes, asked if I would listen to them and tells her what the tapes had on them. It was the Musical “Julie” the sound quality was a little better, just a little. As I had been involved with the Sepia Records double CD release of “Ladies and Gentlemen” Miss Alma Cogan, I asked if he could do anything with the tapes Carole had found in her dusty loft. Richard Tay of Sepia said he thought it would be best if he sent the tapes to “Stage Door Records” who specialised in this type of material.
Tim Hutton from “Stage Door Records” decided to take the project on and after many hours of cleaning the tapes up the sound quality is now out of this world. Tim decided it needed something special to accompany the CD....something special isn’t the word. Tim and his team have produced a fantastic booklet ...with many new photographs, Carole has re-written the script...to go along with the CD so that the listener can follow the story of Julie Knight.
Tim, Carole and I have done our very best to promote this wonderful CD writing to as many radio presenters we could think of...and I have recorded a couple of BBC radio interviews.
I would like to thank Tim Hutton for his faith in this project...and for the thought that has gone into making this one of the best Alma CD’s if not the best. Tim has made the CD a “Limited Addition”. I would also like to thank Carole for all her hard work...which at times must have proven difficult with Stan not been around to see his “Baby” come to fruition.
Let’s hope we can all make this Alma & Stan CD a sell out..as it truly deserves to be. You can order direct from The Alma Cogan Fan Club firstname.lastname@example.org or from Stage Door records www.stagedoorrecords.com
We have had orders already from Australia ,Switzerland, US, Canada and Spain!!!
NEW DVD from Odeon Entertainment
“ALMA ON TV”
This is Alma at her best...163 minutes of pure magic showing four of Alma’s TV shows from the early 60’s. With Adam Faith, Cliff Richard, Morecambe & Wise, The Everly Brothers, Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson.... and a couple of her guest appearances. The quality is fabulous and very entertaining. Order go to: www.odeonent.co.uk
Thank You Eddie.
Exclusive Limited Edition Artwork
Profits will be donated to
Cancer Research UK.
This exclusive print is only available from www.clear-thought.org.uk whilst stocks last.
Any activities or projects they have in mind do not have anything to do with Alma's Fan Club.
20 NEW SONGS
There are 20 new songs in our jukebox section of the site. We have also improved the player so you can view and play whichever songs you please.
10 NEW VIDEOS
We have added 10 new videos to the ever popular video page. Lots of fantastic Alma Cogan footage some of which are in colour.
Click here to take a look.
NEW PHOTOS » NEW GALLERY
We have added some new photographs to our gallery and given it a facelift. The new interface is easier to use and can hold more pictures. See for yourself here.
Alma Cogan NEW 2 CD SET
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We have a limited supply of advance copies of this CD and are offering it at a special price of £12.99 (inc. P&P)as a treat to Alma fans. Once we run out we will not be repeating this offer so get your orders in quick.
Alma Scrapbook We have added a fantastic treat to the site. Here is a scrapbook with over 70 pages of news clipping spanning Alma's career.
Click the cover to read it.
Dean Peirce-Hendriks has been kind enough to send us part two of his very detailed list of Alma releases. Available in our Discography section.
DVD release. Monday 16th
October sees the release
of the new Alma Cogan DVD
from Odeon Entertainment.
Join "Alma Cogan international fan club" now! Enjoy the exclusive rare audio/visual cd/dvd Alma material. Photographs and latest news. Only available as a fan club member Please email for full details at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note no commercial sales all material strictly for Alma Cogan fan club members
Juke Box. We have added a second jukebox to the site. The second one features very rare, unreleased material from Alma. A real treat to hear these lost treasures.
NEW 123 M
Fan club members will be sad to hear of the death of music journalist Chris White, who was a great fan of Alma’s and who wrote the sleeve notes for many of her albums and CDs such as the 3CD Celebration set; the luxury 4 CD box set: Alma Cogan: The Girl With The Laugh In Her Voice and the single CD Alma Cogan: The EMI Years; and the LPs: Alma Cogan: The Collection and Second Collection.
Chris and I had known each other for over 30 years; ever since we both attended a meeting of the Alma Cogan Fan Club in the late 1970s. Chris helped John Cohen organise a memorable convention in London in 1986, which was filmed and featured Stan Foster. Chris later edited the Fan Club magazine for a time and was responsible for persuading EMI to reissue some of Alma’s recordings, at a time, after her death, when she was in danger of being forgotten by her record company.
Chris was a free lance music journalist who worked for many years for the magazine Music Week. He wrote sleeve notes for hundreds of albums and was renowned in the music industry for his generosity and charm and for his encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music. David Wigg, former showbusiness editor of the Daily Express and now arts writer for the Mail newspaper group, said: “Chris White was one of the most popular journalists on the music scene”, while Frank Allen of The Searchers added, “He was a dear gentle soul, who loved his work and who loved our kind of music. There are so many who will miss his wit, his generosity and his talent.”
Chris was the first journalist to interview Shirley Bassey at her home in Switzerland and he got on so well with Neil Sedaka that Neil invited Chris to become his manager. Although flattered by the offer, Chris decided his heart was in music journalism. When Chris told his family about Sedaka’s offer they didn’t believe him until Neil arrived in his car outside the White home to give Chris a lift to a music function.
Chris died on the 29th October 2014, aged 61. An obituary appeared in The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday 5th November and a tribute to Chris was broadcast on the radio station ABCOldies on Sunday 16th November, where two tracks of Alma’s were played: Eight Days A Week and If Love Were All. His popularity was evident in the full house at Lambeth Crematorium for his funeral on Friday 14th November. People were packed into that chapel to hear wonderful tributes from relatives, friends and work colleagues. Music was supplied by some of Chris’s favourite divas – Alma, of course, singing They Can’t Take That Away From Me, from her first long-playing album, I Love To Sing; Dorothy Squires (Chris was the webmaster for the Dorothy Squires website) performing Say It With Flowers, Dusty (Goin’ Back) and to take us out of the service and into a nearby pub for a wake, Miss Bassey singing Get The Party Started. I think Chris would definitely have approved.
Postscript: I only discovered after Chris’s funeral that John Cohen, another great Alma fan, who was a long-standing friend of Chris’s, and who organised several fan club conventions, had sadly died three days before Chris, on the 26th October, the anniversary of Alma’s death.