Jack Emblow – “Sing Something Simple” | UK Accordions

Jack Emblow – “Sing Something Simple”




Sing Something Simple with the Cliff Adams Singers (above) : "Songs simply sung for song-lovers" was the subtitle for this half-hour of non-stop pop-songs. It became a warm, smooth, cosy and sentimental Sunday-evening institution. Beginning on the Light Programme in 1959, initially on Fridays but soon moving to Sunday nights where it stayed every week until the death in October 2001 of Cliff Adams. The Adams Singers were originally accompanied by accordionist Jack Emblow and his quartet.

Sing Something Simple was a half-hour radio programme, which featured Cliff Adams and The Cliff Adams Singers, with Jack Emblow on accordion. The programme ran for 42 years from 1959 until 2001, initially on the Light Programme and later on BBC Radio 2, and earning itself the title of the longest-running continuous music programme in the world.

The lyrics went as follows:-

Sing something simple

As cares go by

Sing something simple

Just you and I

When Sing Something Simple was broadcast by Radio 2, this song would be followed by an announcer who would say:

"We invite you to Sing Something Simple, a collection of favourite songs, old and new, sung by The Adams Singers, accompanied by Jack Emblow."

The tune would then continue:

We’ll sing the old songs
like you used to do,
We’ll sing something simple for you,
something for you.

Ten minutes in, Cliff Adams would perform a piano solo, which he would introduce, after which the singers would continue with a selection of popular songs of varying vintage.

In later years – particularly in the 1980s – in the days when Radio 2’s FM frequencies were sometimes leased to Radio 1, the programme would be broadcast directly before the Top 40.


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