Mark Andrews Orchestra
(Recalled by Sheila Tracy)


Dorothy England had been taken ill so I took her place. It was a vastly augmented Ivy Benson band with Strings, Choir, French Horn and Oboe and that Album disappeared without trace. It was some 20 years later I was looking through the BBC gramophone library and there under Ivy Benson was the Mark Andrew's orchestra, pseudonym for Ivy Benson. I looked at it and I knew instantly, as I was on it, so I rang Ivy and she knew all about it.

Apparently what had happened was the record company had gone bust and master tapes had found their way to America. Ivy was walking along a pavement in New York and heard the music coming out of a record shop doorway, and of course recognised it as her album. There was nothing she could do about it and she never got any royalties for it of course".

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Postscript:

Since receiving the above "Tale" from Sheila Tracy, I had an email from David Peters who is interested in the record producer Joe Meek; he was co-incidentally the producer of the Mark Andrews record.

It's a very strange saga, but I report it as I heard it!

There were apparently two different covers to the LP "Drifting and Dreaming" and I am lucky to get the copies on the right.

The tracks were (Side A):

Canadian Sunset, Poor people of Paris, Almost Paradise, Wonderland by night, La Paloma, Charmine, Song of India, Jeannie with the light brown hair, Petit Fleur, Londonary Air.

(Side B):

Theme fom "The Apartment", Lullaby of Birdland, Lisbon Antigua, Greensleeves, Adios Muchacha, Moments to remember, Sorrento, More, When Johnny comes marching home, Swing low sweet chariot, Chicago Flyer.

Any further info would be welcome.