Having been awarded a prize for singing at a very young age I’ve developed a love of music and of certain artistes over a large number of years. Most of it starting in the 60’s going up to the 90’s but catching a few good ones since then. But, just in case of tittle tattles in my family I’d better clear up my former statement. It happened in the mid 50’s in either Hastings or St Leonard’s on Sea area and I got up on stage to sing Nellie the Elephant. I was about 6. It depends on who you listen too as whether a bottle (small) of Lucozade was my prize for singing, or the bribe to get me off stage. I suppose endless repeats of the first verse might have been a little wearing.

Everybody’s taste varies and not every singer I like/have liked was an international star. Of course they should have been but there’s no accounting for taste. I’m not going to make a start with my favourite era which was the 60’s because being logical means I play some and miss others which you may think I didn’t like. So I shall skip around as the mood takes me. Tonight the mood is taking me in the direction of a Lady I think has been vastly underrated and I intend to play two of my favourite tracks. One well known and one less well known but still greatly loved. Please welcome to the stage Ms Elaine Bookbinder from Manchester perhaps better known as the fantastic Elkie Brooks…..

Elkie Brooks Lilac Wine 1978

I’m adding a bonus from two people whom I like individually but together they created a track that I love. I hope you get as much pleasure from it as I do .If not, maybe you’ll gain some pleasure from their individual work.

Hugs everyone and have a nice weekend.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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23 Responses to Music.

  1. Dear David,

    I see that you have included a duet involving Randy Crawford. By the way, I have responded to your comment with a bespoke reply at

    In the said comment, I also mentioned Randy Crawford, plus a number of other matters. I look forward to your reply there.

    May you have a lovely weekend! Thank you for your selection of music here. Ms Elaine Bookbinder (aka Elkie Brooks) singing Lilac Wine certainly brings a lot of nostalgia.

    Yours sincerely,

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  2. Keith says:

    Thanks David. I was unfamiliar with Elkie Brooks. Thanks for sharing her talent and music. Can you do footage of your older self singing “Nellie the Elephant?” Keith

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  3. inavukic says:

    Love your selection David

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  4. Scottiestoybox says:

    Hello David. I am fascinated by the hair styles in music videos from different times. Hey I can not be the only one, right? But love the videos and seeing how at the time people thought hair looked great. Thanks. Hugs


    • davidprosser says:

      Hi Scottie, yes there were days when ‘big hair’ just didn’t cover it. I’m more fascinated with the changinf styles of clothing from Maxi dresses (didn’t like the mini) to the width of mens trouser legs. Nowadays it’s the style of slashing the knees and legs and then paying more than for perfect ones. At least the passion for builder’s bum seems to have disappeared.
      Huge Hugs

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  5. jilldennison says:

    All good choices. Like Keith, I had never heard of Elkie Brooks before but she has a powerful voice. Thanks for these, but … what I really want to hear is you singing “Nellie the Elephant”!!!

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  6. Excellent, David. Thank you.

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  7. Clive says:

    I’ve long been a fan of Elkie Brooks, right back to when I saw her in concert as part of Vinegar Joe, alongside Robert Palmer. She had amazing stage presence. Did you know that Gasoline Alley is a Rod Stewart song – it was the title track of his second solo album, before he became a megastar. I didn’t know the last one but it’s rather pleasant – his voice reminds me of Chris Rea. A good selection, My Lord 😊

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’ve seen and enjoyed Elkie quite a few times over the years and she never sounds any different than her recordings. I have heard Rod sing that but didnt know it was one of his. I’ve enjoyed his incarnations too and have a couple of favourite songs, ‘You really got a nerve’ I like mandolins, and the killing of Georgie.
      Zucchero did a great copy of Black’s Wonderful Life and he’s recorded with Paul Young and others. Some great strengths but some weaknesses too. I can understand the comparison to Chris Rea. Glad I did OK by you.

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  8. MELewis says:

    Your musical choices are always excellent! Thanks for sharing Elkie Brooks — did not know her at all. What a set of pipes! Great performance. Wishing you a lovely, hopefully Lucozade-free Sunday! Hugs hugs hugs.


  9. Yes, my wife is a great Elkie fan, but then she also likes Janis Joplin – further evidence of her impeccable taste (she’s listening). Who WASN’T I into back then? I, too, loved Randy C. Midnight Train to Georgia remains one of my great faves. Otherwise, most of my ’60s music was thoroughly groanworthy – Buddy Holly, Jim Reeves, The Strolling Bones (yeah, that’s a bit of a contrast, innit?) and the Beatles, who hadn’t grown up yet…

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  10. davidprosser says:

    I’m afraid I wasn’t a Janis Joplin fan (please don’t tell the lady with impeccable taste). Midnight Train is one of my faves too. I like the Bones and thought they got better with age, as did the Beatles but though I loved most of the 60’s stuff then the 80’s it was still always Motown for me.
    Have great new week.

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