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LES WELCH AND THE KINGS CROSS BOOGIE
Les was the founder of Festival Records, pressed Australia's first 78 rpm shellac disc and 33 rpm long-playing record in Australia, released 500 singles, sold over 10 million records and sold out any venue he played at.

He wrote Kings Cross Boogie and played at the end-of-war street party in Kings Cross in 1945. He also played regularly at the California Restaurant and wrote a gossip column for The Kings Cross Whisper.

You can purchase his tracks Kings Cross Boogie and Boogie Woogie Santa Claus on iTunes. To download a back-catalogue of his work visit http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/2010/04/download-no373-les-welch.html or just Google Les Welch.

 

Les Welch and Ed Gaston in front of the 1945 end-of-war party in Kings Cross where Les played
Les Welch (L) and Ed Gaston playing at the 2009 Kings Cross Arts Guild ball at Club Swans. The background projection shows the Les Welch band playing at the end-of-war party in Kings Cross in 1945, intersection of Springfield Ave and Earl Place (now Springfield Plaza). Top centre right is Les in the dark suit, next to the band dressed in white, looking at the camera and in this shot appearing to gaze out of the frame at his future self 64 years later. (Slide show by Michael Gormly)

The Les Welch Orchestra playing at the end-of-war party, Kings Cross 1945
An original shot from the time. Note the AWA loudspeakers top centre, fed by AWA microphones picking up the band. The sound was good, Les says. The same system was used for his concerts in the Town Hall where the speakers were placed in the aisles to avoid obstructing the view. Les says the event was an experiment in crowd control by the 'authorities'. In Kings Cross the experiment continues today!

Les Welch, Ed Gaston and Ian Bloxham play at the Kings Cross Arts Guild ball 2009
Les Welch on keys, Ed Gaston on bass and Ian Bloxham on drums at the 2009 Kings Cross Arts Guild Ball. Background is a studio shot of Les from the 1940s. Les says this was the first time he had played an electric keyboard, but the Kings Cross Boogie still got the crowd dancing.

Les Welch and band with female fans, 1940s
Les Welch and the band pose for a pinup shot with female fans in the 1940s. Is this in the California Restaurant? Watch this space...

David Levy, Les Welch and Ed Gaston
David Levy, Les Welch and Ed Gaston at the 2009 Kings Cross Arts Guild Ball.

Ed Gaston with projection of Kings Cross Whisper articles
Ed Gaston at the 2009 Kings Cross Arts Guild Ball, 'typecast' with an image of articles from the Kings Cross Whisper.
Slide show by Michael Gormly.

Ed Gaston and Ian Bloxham with neon photoart of the Deans Café  neon and the Love Machine neon signs
Ed Gaston and Ian Bloxham at the 2009 Kings Cross Arts Guild Ball. Slide by Michael Gormly is a photoart piece combining the neon signs of The Love Machine and the former Deans Café in Kings Cross.

Ian Bloxham and Pink Pussycat ad from 1964
an Bloxham at the 2009 Kings Cross Arts Guild Ball. Slide by Michael Gormly is a detail from an ad for the Pink Pussycat taken from a what's on magazine from 1964. Ian was unaware of the slide, so no link implied!

 

 


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