Ian Whitcomb And The White Star Orchestra
Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage
1998 Grammy Award Winner!! .
Ian Whitcomb has created a stunning time-capsule and
genuine collectors item, a CD that boasts 24 tracks and 71 minutes of the
original music that would have been heard on board the Titanic on her fateful
voyage. Even more spectacular is the 35 page CD booklet included, with
beautiful pictures and graphics, as well as quotes and stories about the
original White Star Orchestra, famous for having continued to play on deck
until the very moment The Titanic surrendered to the North Atlantic Ocean.
On this page, we tell you more about the band, the surprising story of
what song was really played at the very end, as well as more about Ian
Whitcomb and the recreated White Star Orchestra.
On This Page: About Ian Whitcomb * The Orchestra * The CD And The Music * Order
Ian Whitcomb - British Invader, Vaudevillian, Author
Ian Whitcomb, who has written several books on the history of popular music, is an Englishman who first came to the United States in 1965, when he scored the No. 5 song on Billboard with his British Invasion hit, "You Turn Me On." His account of the British Invasion -- and his role in it -- is featured on the cover story of the 1998 Jan edition of American Heritage magazine.
He has spent years researching and recording early 20th century popular music. Whitcomb spent hours in the Southern California's Huntington Library, scouting newspaper accounts of the Titanic sinking to prepare for this CD.
Ian has authored many books including After The Ball
- Pop Music From Rags To Riches, Irving Berlin & Ragtime America, and
Rock Odyssey - A Chronicle Of The '60s. He has compiled four songbooks
with Mel Bay Publications as well as recorded and released several CDs
and Videos ranging from comedy music to ragtime and vaudeville. His articles
on popular culture appear in The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Telegraph,
and The London Magazine.
For more info on Ian Whitcomb, go to his website at www.picklehead.com/ian.html
The White Star Orchestra.
Many brave things were done that night but none more brave than by those few men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea...the music they played serving alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recorded on the rulls of undying fame.
Lawrence Beesley, Titanic survivor
Pictured from top left: Fred Clark of Liverpool * Percy Taylor of Clapham * G. Grins of Brixton * Wallace Hartley or Dewsbury * Ted Brailey of Notting Hill * Jock Hume of Dumfries * George Woodward of Headington, Oxon * not pictured: Roger Bricoux
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