Favourite love songs by Lance James

I saw Lance James at the Middelburg Show many years ago. He was talking about the bad guy who stole the other guy’s girlfriend in the Tennessee Waltz. Here are some favourite love songs that he sings, hope you like them. I just saw today on the Four Jacks and a Jill Facebook page that Lance has just moved on. R.I.P.

  1. Adios amigo
  2. Ballad of the green berets
  3. Blue Spanish eyes
  4. Coward of the county
  5. Distant drums One of my favourite love songs.
  6. Don’t let me cross over
  7. Faded love
  8. Good hearted woman
  9. He stopped loving her today
  10. Heaven is my woman’s love
  11. I love you more each day
  12. Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys
  13. No charge
  14. One pair of hands Lance James also sings gospel songs, and if you would like to hear more you are welcome to visit one of my other websites: Country gospel and Bible
  15. Please help me I’m falling
  16. Stand beside me – with Barbara Ray
  17. Tennessee waltz
  18. That silver haired Daddy of mine
  19. The most beautiful girl – One of my favourite love songs by Lance James
  20. To all the girls I’ve loved before – with Rian Ungerer
  21. Your cheating heart
  22. You’re my best friend I have done these favourite love songs in alphabetical order so that I can add more of Lance James’ songs later. Happy trails to you.
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Party time

When I was at junior school in Rhodesia, I was told how Americans had a party called “The Boston Tea Party.” A bunch of guys dressed up as Red Indians and threw tea in the sea. We didn’t have a sea in Rhodesia, so we couldn’t do that. We just played records of our favourite love songs, and did a bit of dancing.

Here are some Bible verses you can check out to see if I am telling the truth.

Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Mark 16:16 Jesus said: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

John 14:12 Jesus said: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

2 Corinthians 6:2  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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Favourite love songs – Top Hit Songs

When I was little, I heard many favourite love songs, but I couldn’t remember exactly how old I was at the time. Then recently I came across this site where it gives the top hit songs of various years, and from that I was able to piece together my memories, and how old I was at the time. My mother used to sing me songs when I was little, so it helped me understand when she heard them also. These top songs probably apply to America, but I think it can help you no matter what part of the world you live in.

Top Hit Songs 1950  







1957 – The year of my favourite love songs





























So I hope this helps you and that it brings back lots of good memories of your favourite love songs.

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Cancer healed

This has nothing to do with favourite love songs, but when something wonderful happens, it feels only right to share it with others in case they are struggling with the same thing.

It is a terrible thing to hear the doctor say that you have cancer.

Our doctor wanted me to go to a far away city to have the top part of my ear cut off. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted God to heal me. I had this problem for a couple of years, but couldn’t seem to get healed. I prayed and prayed, but nothing worked. I prayed for other people too, in the hope that I could get healed. Still, nothing helped.

Then our doctor sent me to a specialist. He also said I had cancer, and wanted me to go to the far away city for radiation and chemotherapy. I didn’t want to do that either. Then our doctor called in another doctor, and he too said I had cancer, and wanted the top of my ear cut off in the far away city hospital. I didn’t feel like having part of my ear cut off. I would look like a real dork!

When our doctor first checked me she also felt under my ears to see if it had gone into my lymph glands. I had read a book by Esther Williams some years earlier about how her husband had a problem that went into his lymph glands, and he died about two weeks later. So it could be serious. Still, I wanted God to heal me.

Some years earlier, I had a comb with a metal clip on it so that it would be able to clip on my top pocket. I don’t know where I got the comb, but one time when I combed my ear it must have cut my skin. The cut didn’t seem to heal up. I used to love going to the swimming pool, but I saw a sign saying that you are not allowed in the pool if you have an open sore. So I had to quit going to the pool. That was very disappointing, as I loved diving off the spring board and cooling off in the summer.

This ear problem went on for a number of years. I didn’t know what to do about my problem, but kept hoping God would heal me. I have had a few healings before, so I knew God could heal me, if He wanted to. When I was young, I had a cracked spine, and I got healed. Then I had eczema in my feet, and got healed of that big problem too. My cracked spine got healed six years after the car accident by claiming that “With the stripes of Jesus I am healed.” Instantly the pain left my spine. When I had the eczema problem I kept making the same claim, but it didn’t work. After six months, I made a promise to pray for the sick in my meetings, and then I got healed on the very first night that I prayed for the sick people. I tried both these things on my cancer, but still, I couldn’t get healed.

Then one morning in church, the lady leading the song service said something like this: “Instead of praying for healing all the time, let’s just thank the Lord for healing.” The Holy Spirit seemed to take those words and burn them on my heart. When I got home, I went to the Bible Gateway program on my computer and typed in the word “thank” in the King James Version of the Bible, to find all the verses on the subject. I think I found 132 verses about giving thanks. One verse in particular, seemed to stand out to me: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5, 20)

I have to use tricks to help me memorize the verse: Giving thanks always = GTA = Greater Toronto Area. So I think of it as ‘Toronto FAT’ to help me to remember. When I count on my fingers, E is the fifth letter in the alphabet, which reminds me of Ephesians chapter five, and I have twenty finger and toes, to remind me of the verse twenty. So I will never forget where it is found! It felt like the Holy Spirit kept working on me with the words “ALL THINGS.” Now that I am old, I keep looking back over my life, with so much regret over all the mistakes I have made, and all the things that have gone wrong in my life. The idea of giving thanks for ‘ALL THINGS’ seemed crazy! What about all the bad things? All the bad things that have happened to me, all the times people have been so bad to me, and tried to kill me and hurt me, and so forth? So I had a problem with this idea of giving thanks for all the bad things. I had no problem with giving thanks for all the good things! Lots of good things have happened to me too! I struggled with this. It just wasn’t logical to thank God for all the bad things.

Sometimes ‘forgiving’ can be a problem. I have tried so many times to overcome this problem by praying and forgiving all the people that have been horrible to me. Sometimes sins and weaknesses can be a problem too. I have been down that road so many times, and asked the Lord to forgive me. Still, I wasn’t healed.

We have a park near where we live, and I love going for a walk to the park. I take it as a ‘prayer walk.’ I talk to the Lord all the way there and back. If there is no one around, I love to just swing on the swing for a few minutes. It takes me back to my childhood, and makes me happy. One day, after my swing, I got to thinking about saying a prayer of thanks. I got to thinking, it is not like gambling – I won’t lose any money! So, as I walked through the parking lot, I said a little prayer, and thanked God for ALL the things that had happened in my life! Boom! Something happened in the spirit realm! I could feel that something had happened! When we were kids we used to sing a chorus that went something like this: ‘Jesus took my burdens, and He rolled them in the sea, rolled them in the sea, rolled them in the sea, and now I am so happy, as happy as can be, For Jesus took my burdens, and He rolled, and He rolled, and He rolled, and He rolled, and He rolled them in the sea.’ That is what it felt like in my spirit. It was as if I had a big sack of burdens had rolled off my back! I remember seeing a Pilgrim’s Progress book once, with a picture of Pilgrim with a big sack on his back that rolled off.

From that moment on, my ear started healing up. After about two weeks, my ear was healed. My skin had grown over the place where the sore was. Every night when I lie in bed, I raise my hands and thank my Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, for healing my ear. I am so grateful to God.

It is so wonderful to be healed. There are so many sicknesses and diseases in the world, and I don’t know the answers to all the problems, but from my experiences, I think the answer is to ask God what you must do to get healed. Many times in the Bible, people had to do things to get healed. For example, Naaman had to dip in the River Jordan seven times to get healed of his leprosy.  Jesus told a man to stretch out his hand, and he got healed. Jesus put mud on a guy’s eyes and told him to wash his eyes, and he was healed of his blindness. There are many such stories in the Bible.

Since my ear got healed I have had other problems, and each time there was a different solution. So I will share with you some of these others problems that I have had, and maybe it can give you ideas of how you can get healed.

One day I had a terrible toothache in the top right hand side on my jaw. I prayed, and the pain went away! It was so simple, that I took it for granted. A few months later I had a toothache in the bottom right side of my jaw. I prayed, but the pain didn’t go away. The pain was so terrible, and wouldn’t go away, that I started taking pain tablets. When I took the pain tablets, it would take about an hour and a quarter before the pain would subside. One day my wife saw me popping the pills into my mouth, and warned me it could damage my stomach and kidneys. That scared me, so I stopped taking the pills. Afterwards, I was driving to the supermarket to get groceries, and a chorus popped into my head that I had heard many years before. It went something like this: ‘And the blood will never lose it’s power, no never, no never. Jesus’ blood avails for me forever, it will never lose it’s power.’ So I sang it over and over again.

That night we were having family time, and the tooth pain started again. So I sang the chorus, and after a few minutes, the pain went away. That night when I went to bed, the pain came back, so I sang the chorus again, and in a few minutes the pain went away. Every time the pain started, I would sing a whole lot of songs about the blood of Jesus, and the pain would go away. The blood of Jesus is more effective than the extra strength pain tablets, and it works much faster! Glory to God!

One day, I got off my computer chair, and it felt like my right leg popped out of my hip. I could hardly walk. I spent the rest of the day lying down. The next morning, I still had the problem. I kept praying for the Lord to help me and show me what I must do to get healed. I felt I needed to sing a bit. I took my guitar and hobbled down to the basement. I was struggling to stand up, but I felt I must sing and praise the Lord. A song came to my mind about the blood of Jesus that I had written many years before. It was a communion type song, and it started like this: ‘I remember You, as I take this piece of bread, I remember how Your body, was broken in my stead, I remember how, they placed a crown of thorns on Your head, and that spear went through your side, and your precious blood you shed.’

I couldn’t remember all the words, but I felt in my spirit, that I must put the song on the YouTube. So I hobbled back upstairs to my room, found the tape that I had recorded many years earlier, and transferred it onto my computer. I took a few hours of putting together pictures for the video, but eventually it was on YouTube. When I stood up from the computer chair, I was healed! Hallelujah. What a relief! Glory to God! I am so grateful for all the times that the Lord has healed me.

Beloved, I hope these stories have helped you a bit to get some ideas about how you could possibly get healed. There is only one healer, and that is the Lord. In the Bible it says: ‘I am the LORD that heals you.’ Beloved, please read the Bible, and draw close to the Lord, and I am sure the Lord will show you how you too can receive your healing. In heaven there is no sickness, and no pain. Pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. God bless.

I also have a gospel website. If you would like to check it out, go to: country gospel and bible.

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Favourite love songs by Maureen Moore

Maureen Moore sings a lot of my favourite love songs that I sang back in the sixties. I hope you enjoy the songs I have selected.

1. I’m the girl from Wolverton Mountain

2. Ten thousand miles

3. You belong to my heart

This is still one of my favourite love songs.

4. I love you because

When I heard this song by Jim Reeves back in the sixties, it meant so much to me.

5. I walk the line

6. I wanna sing a song

7. Be honest with me

8. Remember me

I seem to remember this favourite love song by Charles Jacobie, and imagined myself on a farm with the candles burning.

9. Words – A favourite love song by Maureen Moore

10. Dear hearts and gentle people

11. San Antonio rose

12. Room full of roses

13. Don’t break the heart that loves you

14. Say wonderful things to me

15. Detroit City

16. Broken wings

17. The middle of the night is my crying time

18. Talk back trembling lips

19. He’ll have to stay

20. Just over the line

21. Happy birthday my darling

22. Somebody loves you

Thank you Maureen Moore for your lovely singing!

23. Tennessee waltz

24. When my blue moon turns to gold again

This is still one of my favourite love songs that brings back many happy memories.

25. Mocking bird hill

26. Please don’t go

27. Making believe

28. Mom and Dad waltz

29. Vaal ou Karooland

I never actually heard of Maureen Moore when I was singing in South Africa, but I guess it was because I was into gospel music, and never listened to the radio. However, I think she deserves to be honoured as a great singer. The band also needs to receive a standing ovation! Thank you.

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Don Foster LP record – Favourite love songs

LP Its Gotta Be Love.fixed

Some years back someone criticized me, saying that it is not all ‘love songs’ that I post on this website. However, there are many different types of love. There is romantic love between people, there is love for pets, for children, for parents, etc. There is also love for God. In the Bible, it says we are supposed to love God first, then love our neighbour as we love ourselves. So here are some favourite love songs that combine love for God and love for people at the same time.

1. It’s gotta be love – a favourite love song

I wrote this song after visiting Hillbrow, Johannesburg in 1971. It looked like people were stoned on drugs sitting on the sidewalks. So many people need love. There is a shortage of love in this world.

2. Fly high

I wrote this song in Durban in 1970 after seeing a motor bike accident. I was coming back late one night from a meeting with the Full Gospel Church in Amanzimtoti, when 4 motor bikes came swerving around my car doing about 80 miles per hour. When I got to the single lane at the end of the freeway, the one bike had hit the rail and the guy had gone over the edge and landed about 40 feet down. The girl was lying on the tar near the bike. I rushed to the nearest phone and called the ambulance. It was very traumatic for me.

Some time back I had uploaded other songs from the record, but someone complained, so I took them off in case there were copyright problems. Since them I have discovered that someone else has uploaded my LP onto the YouTube, so I will put links to their site. If there is any problems with copyright, then they can ‘Face the music’ themselves.

3. Across the bridge

I had a record of Jim Reeves singing this one. I loved hearing him sing this song. It meant so much to me.

4. Are all the children in

Johnny Cash wrote and sang this song on his first gospel record. To my way of thinking, this is a tremendous love song. Many people gave their hearts to the Lord after I had sung this song in various meetings in South Africa.

5. Wings of a dove

I think I heard this song on the radio.

6. Where could I go but to the Lord

I had a record of Elvis Presley singing this one. Do you know that God loves us? Jesus said that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. That is good news!

7. Church in the wildwood

This song reminded me of my childhood experiences of going to Sunday School in Salisbury.

8. Don’t shake hands with the devil

I heard this song by Cowboy Copas on a record some friends had in Gwelo, when I was doing military training with the Air Force.

9. Precious memories

I often sang this song to myself while doing night shift security in the Air Force in Gwelo.

10. Jesus and me

Jesus said we must love him more than we love ourselves, and more than we love other people.

11. The Latter rain song

When I stayed with Mr. Willie Roeland in Honeydew, he came back from an overseas trip with a record by The Cameron Brothers from Scotland. This was one of the songs I learnt from them. The song was written by Roy Turner, who also wrote wonderful songs like ‘All over the world’ and ‘A dancing heart.’

12. Happiness

I bought a record in Bulawayo of some American ladies singing this song. I think it was written by Bill Gaither.

I made this record back in 1972, when I was visiting South Africa. Hennie Schoeman and his band “Selah” backed me. On the record I called them ‘Sela Sound.’ (My appologies Hennie). Playing bass guitar was Peter Hawley, and Hennie played rhythm guitar on some cuts. The singers were Kittie Schoeman, Engele Kok and Hennie Schoeman. The special effects man was Andre van Jaarsveldt from Kempton Park, who played Hawaiian guitar, mandolin and 12 string guitar on various songs. I played rhythm guitar and piano on various songs.

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Favourite love songs by Gene Rockwell

When I was a teenager in Bulawayo, I heard Gene Rockwell on the Rhodesian radio singing “Heart.” I have chosen a few favourite love songs and tried to put them in alphabetical order. I hope you like the selection.

1. Across the bridge

2. Am I losing you

This favourite love song was written by Jim Reeves.

3. Bank of love

4. Be bop a Lula

5. Busted

6. Crystal chandeliers

7. Cold, cold heart

8. Detroit City

This was a favourite love song of mine from my teenage years.

9. Four walls

10. Heart

11. Heart “live”

12. I can help

13. Lord I’d forgotten

14. My kind of woman

15. My life’s in good hands (Jesus, sweet Jesus)

16. My Mentor – Help me

17. Rosie

18. Save the last dance for me

This favourite love songs brings back memories of my girlfriend dancing with another guy while I was busy singing and playing the guitar. I got so burned up with jealousy!

19. Shame on me

20. She loves my troubles away

21. Some broken hearts never mend – A favourite love song by Gene Rockwell

I listened to him singing this one at Gold Reef City.

22. Take these chains

23. Thank you Lord

24. Then there was you

25. Wasted days and wasted nights

26. What’s wrong with my world

27. Your hand in mine

Gene Rockwell was born Gert Smit in Krugersdorp, South Africa, on the 27th December 1944 and sadly passed away on the 3rd July 1998. He won his first talent competition at the age of 15, in Durban’s Little Top. Still in his teens, he formed The Blue Angels, later to become The Falcons, in 1963, with whom he played guitar and sang his famous gritty-blues-style songs. The year 1965 saw the birth of one of the biggest ever South African pop hits. Heart made it straight to the top of the LM Radio Top 20. Backed by The Dan Hill Orchestra, the single has sold over two-and-a-half million copies. He has continued to score hits in SA ever since, though no subsequent single of his has equalled the success of Heart. In 1973 Gene Rockwell was invited to sing at the Sir Walter Raleigh Club in Vancouver, his month-long stint proving so successful, he stayed on for another two. Meanwhile, his style had changed to country music, with songs like Rosie, Busted or Torture. Gene Rockwell’s contribution to the SA Music Industry was honoured in 1976 when he was awarded The Shure Golden Microphone Award. He is now a legend in South African pop and country music.

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Revelation in pictures – Bible Comics

Beloved, we are living in the end times and this is very serious stuff. We must have all our sins covered by the blood of Jesus and our names written in the Book of Life.

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Al Debbo – Favourite love songs

Al Debbo sing baai mooi en maak my lag.

1. Die brake van Turffontein

Dit is een van my favourite love songs wat ek self sing.

2. Sonbrilletjies

Dis ‘n spoof van die liedjie ‘Sunglasses.’

3. Baas Jack – Al Debbo – favourite love song

Dit laat my dink aan die lied ‘Master Jack.’

4. Alibama

5. Bolandse Nooientjie

Hy praat soos Winston Churchill. Die groot talent van Al Debbo.

6. Saans as die sterre

Hierdie is ‘n liefdesliedjie wat hy vir sy vrou sing.

7. O die koeitjie

8. Love came to stay

9. Dis lekker om te lewe

Ek glo saam met Al Debbo. Dit is nou een van my favourite love songs!

10. Jy’s  myne elke dag van die maand

11. Hasie

A favourite love song about a rabbit. The other day a lady asked me this question: “What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?” The answer is at the bottom of this section.

12. Gebed

13. Alles sal regkom – rolprent

14. Hier’s ons weer – rolprent

Ek hoop u het hierdie liedjies (favourite love songs) van Al Debbo geniet.

The answer to song number 11 is: A hot cross bunny!


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Favorite love songs by Eve Boswell

Here is Eve Boswell singing a few old time favourite love songs, in many different languages.

1. Sarie Marais

2. Mama ek wil ‘n man hê

3. Boegoeberg se dam is ‘n lekker lekker dam

4. Rooi Rose Wals

5. Die Alibama

6. Pickin’ a chicken and Sugar Bush – “live” – My favourite love song by Eve Boswell

7. Pickin’ a chicken

I came across Jim Reeves singing this song, and then I found Eve Boswell singing it too. I heard this song when I was little, and remember being in our friends yard singing it. It brings back all those memories of Greendale, in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

8. Sugar Bush – Suikerbossie

9. As time goes by

This was one of my mother’s favourite love songs. I heard her singing it many times when I was little.

10. Young and foolish

11. Keeping cool with lemonade

12. Stop whistling wolf & Where in the world is Billy

13. Blue star

14. The little shoemaker

15. Cookie

16. I’ll be seeing you

She pulls at the heart strings here with this old war time song.

17. I’ll walk alone

18. A little on the lonely side

19. I’ll buy that dream

20. I know why

21. There – I’ve said it again

This was another one of my mother’s favourite love songs.

22. She said

23. Sentimental  journey

I used to play in an old timers band in Johannesburg, and Alan used to play this one on his harmonica. It was his favorite love song.

24. Tra La La

25. You’re my thrill

26. Once in a while

27. Moon above Malaya – with lyrics

28. Rock – bobbin’ boats

29. Come back my love

30. If you love me (I won’t care) – (l’hymne à l’amour)

31. Do (Jo)

32. Amor, amor

33. Besame Mucho

34. Willy-Lilly-Rock-A-Billy – in German

35. Carolina Moon – in German

36. Bridge of Avignon

37. Liebes telefon

38. Cantez, chantez

39. Melodie D’amour

40. Come go with me – in German

41. Gypsy moon – in Hungarian

42. Autumn leaves – in French

43. Magisch, Magisch – in German (Magical moments)

44. Venga, Venga, Venga, Caballero

45. Labajana

46. Spatzenhausen – Katzenhausen – (The Loudenboomer Bird)

47. l’hymne à l’amour – (If you love, I won’t care)

48. Wenn du mich nicht liebst – (If you don’t love me)

49. Gib doch nicht so an – (Putting on the style)

50. Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear – in German

51. Der Tingel-Tangel-Tom

Eve Boswell was ‘n legendariese Suid-Afrikaanse sangeres en sang-onderwyseres. Sy het wel Afrikaans gesing, maar sy is nie in Suid-Afrika gebore nie. Sy is deur kennisse en bekendes in die musiekwêreld as die volmaakte kunstenaar beskryf.

Sy het veral in die jare veertig tot sestig bekendheid verwerf met treffers soos Sugar Bush, Blue Star, Pickin’ a Chicken’ en It’s a Breeze. Sy was wêreldbekend en het in 1953 by die Royal Variety Show in Londen opgetree. Sy het ook op die Ed Sullivan Show in Amerika verskyn en het die Five Past Eight Show in Glasgow, Skotland, aangebied. Sy kon in enige taal sing en was een van daardie wonderlike kunstenaars wat geglo het die vertoning moet altyd voortgaan.

She was born Eva Keleti, in Budapest, in 1924, the only daughter of a professional pair who toured the world with their musical act. Educated in Lausanne, Switzerland, she studied classical piano at the famous Lausanne Academy before joining her parents as a teenager. The act changed its name to the Three Hugos and as such made its debut in a Paris night-club.

When the Second World War was declared in September 1939, the act was on tour in England. The family was classified as alien, so, taking a job with the Boswell Circus, they promptly departed for a tour of South Africa. Here Trevor McIntosh, the son of the owner, taught her to speak English, and the two fell in love. In time they married.

It was Trevor who encouraged her to sing and to change her name to Eve Boswell, after the circus. Soon she could be heard over South African radio singing with Roy Martin and his dance band from the Coconut Grove in Johannesburg. Adrian Foley (Lord Foley), a pianist and composer working in South Africa after the war, liked her voice. Alan Dell, the disc-jockey who was a local radio producer at that time, made some private recordings of her and Foley took them to London to play to prospective publishers.

Geraldo (Gerald Bright), then the top dance band leader, heard them, liked them and sent Eve a telegram offering her three month’s work. Eve, Trevor and their small son Michael promptly sold up their African homestead and sailed for England. She opened with Geraldo at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on 1 June 1949. At the end of her first week Geraldo cancelled her contract and gave her a new one for a whole year. In the end she stayed with him for more than two years.

In July 1950, while Geraldo and his band were playing for holidaymakers aboard the Queen Mary, she returned to South Africa for a working holiday, and also supplied the singing voice for the Hollywood star Vera-Ellen in her British film Happy Go Lovely (1950). This would turn out to be her only brush with the cinema.

She parted with Geraldo in January 1952 and with her husband as her manager launched herself on a solo career. Her first true hit came in August 1952, “Sugar Bush”, with its chorus of “Oh we’re never not gonna go home, we won’t go” and the extra gimmick of the closing chorus being sung in Afrikaans. In 1956 she released her first LP, Sugar and Spice, on which she sang 10 songs in nine different languages. She toured regularly and also appeared on television frequently.

The rock ‘n’ roll revolution of the 60’s, with its basic beat, resulted in her gradually fading from public view. She died in Durban, South Africa, on 13 August 1998.

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