DESMOND KELLY

“SAMOA-SILASILA” – by Des Kelly Watching the above, on an early Sunday morning, made me realize, beyond any doubt, that “MUSIC” is still, and always will be, a total necessacity of life, for most of us, who enjoy this most amazing five-letter word, no matter who, ‘or where we are, whether we live in the proverbial Mansion on the hill,  or even on the Streets anywhere, as unfortunately, so many of the sad, homeless, these days, are forced to do. Reminiscing, as I find myself doing now, in what is sardonically termed “the departure lounge”, I often think about those of us who started life in the beautiful little Island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), who did not possess all those fancy radiograms or even radios, of any sort, but did not miss listening to the old Redifussion broadcasts, gifted to us, ex-Radio Ceylon, on simple square wooden boxes also ...

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Mansion Over The Hilltop-by Des Kelly Another beautiful Country-Gospel song, sung in harmony, as such songs should be sung, performed by Dailey and Vincent on Y.Tube. Proudly presented on e’ Lanka as a Kelly-Klassic. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka. ...

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“Country Medley”- by Des Kelly A latter-day Country Duo, I had never seen before, suddenly “turns-up” on You-tube, encouraging me to watch them, right from the start of this medley of songs, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed, reminiscing about my own appearences on-stage, both in Ceylon, and later in Australia, unfortunately, without “backing” even CLOSE to what I was watching at the moment. Made me realize that, no matter how good an Artiste you are, without superb backing, you might as well pack up and go home. I have decided to turn this medley from these two great performers into a “Kelly-Klassic” for the benefit of many thousands of e’Lanka Members, encouraging them to watch and enjoy some top-class entertainment, WITHOUT totally unnecessary “Shouting & Screaming” emanating from so-called “Vocalists”. Please watch, listen, and learn the art of entertaining from THEUNS JORDAAN, JUANITA DUPLESSIS – COUNTRY MEDLEY, and I ...

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“A BLOODY CRACKER” – by Des Kelly Now, I’ve seen them all, but Ladies, Gentlemen, & Kids, (get your eyes off your “smart-gadgets”), and watch this bloody cracker of a post. I promise, you will not be disappointed. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka.   ...

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“FISHING FOR COMPLIMENTS” – by Des Kelly   Cannot say that I have had the privilege of knowing Richard Rodrigo personally, but possibly realizing that our friend Keith Bennett was feeling a bit hungry around lunch time, he “posted” in this biography on a fish that I had never heard of (not being much of a fish-eater), called the Monkfish. I found this story to be most interesting and feel sure that our esteemed e’Lanka readers will agree with me, so thank you Keith and Richard for sending this in. I really don’t think that either of the gentlemen are “fishing for compliments”, but THESE are the kind of “posts” most avid readers would prefer to read, hungry or not. ...

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Kelly Klassics – “Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius I’m Leaving it Up To You – by Des Kelly   Two great Country Singers of yesteryear combine for the last time to sing a love song for you on “KELLY KLASSICS”.Please enjoy. ...

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“A CHAPTER ON COMEDY” – by Des Kelly   It had to come from Charles Schokman of course, and e’Lanka says “thank you” to both “Charlies” involved. The Chaplain that Schokman is referring to, in this most interesting story, is of course The former Knight of the British Empire, Sir Charles Chaplain, mostly famous as a comical British Actor, who brought smiles and laughter to millions of folk around the Globe, who watched Charlie’s antics on Cinema Screens everywhere. Unlike many English Comedians of his era, Charlie Chaplain was not large at all in stature, but, made up for this amply, in the roles he played, with a natural comedic abandon, most brilliantly. However, in addition to his acting, Sir C.C. was also a Musician of note, whose most famous song Composition was naturally titled “Smile”, a most beautiful piece of music with lyrics to match.  ...

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A Kelly Klassic – I wonder if God likes Country Music ? – by Des Kelly   Yet another “Kelly-Klassic” of a song written by Bill Anderson, also known as (whispering Bill) because of his naturally whispering voice, and Roy Acuff (a leading Country Songrwiter of his era) telling the story of an old man who, during the last hours of his life, picked up Bill’s guitar and sang his final song, before he left, leaving John Conlee to finish the song for him. I wonder if God likes Country Music is a typical example of beautiful Country Songs that tell the Stories of life, like no other. For all of you who wish to see this amazing rendition by Whispering Bill and John Conlee, please turn onto You-Tube, to watch something that you will not forget in a hurry, another Kelly Klassic (with more to come, for the Members ...

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MY PRIDE & JOY – by Des Kelly Is this cute little baby boy. His name is Lenny, such fun to be with, a proud combination of Kelly & Smith. Never did think that I’d get this far, but, to all you good folk, well, there you are !!. So far, he is the one, & only one, I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF MY ……………………. GREAT-GRANDSON !! ……………………….   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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A KELLY-KLASSIC – I’ll break out again, tonight – by Des Kelly My “Cover” of a song about a prisoner who feels that he should be home again, tonight, written by Whitey Shafer and A.L. (Doodle) Owens, The late, great, Merle Haggard turned it into a hit, & hopefully, our e’Lanka members will enjoy my version, together with self-backing on my Technics keyboard. Its a great song, well suited to “the Hag”, who, in real life, actually broke out of various prisons about 17 times, before he recorded the song. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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