Step back in time to Christmas 1967 when The Beatles celebrated their Christmas No.1 with ‘Hello Goodbye’. Whilst aerospace unveiled it’s plans for fast air-travel with the launch of Concord in Paris, the UK was a cultural melting pot, with one small club in the centre of Liverpool seemed to be THE place to be seen – The Cavern Club. A hub of global music, The Cavern Club seemed to offer life and license to the newly emerging ‘pop band’. Life seemed good.
The owner of this famous club, and friend of The Beatles, was Alf Geoghegan. Whilst the world may have saw Alf as an entertainment guru, he was still a loving father and devoted husband. As bands such as The Beatles and The Shadows flocked to his club to entertain, Alf turned his attention to his young daughter, Debbie. Growing up as a toddler amongst this music revolution, music seemed to be central to Debbie’s life and as a special Christmas present her dad, Alf, wrote her a bespoke Christmas song entitled ‘Little Girl (Bells For Christmas)’.
For close to half a century this song has remained unheard beyond the immediate family. Now, almost half a century on, Debbie has invited UK singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong, The Shadows’ drummer Brian Bennett & his son Warren Bennett, to re-record this special family memory as a celebration of the club’s 60th Anniversary. ‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ aims to be released from the vaults of The Cavern Club on 2nd December 2016.
Last year Debbie presented Michael Armstrong with the song and offered her personal permission for him to re-record this sentimental ballad. ‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ has now been produced and arranged into an updated version by Michael Armstrong and Warren Bennett. It features Brian Bennett of The Shadows – who seems to remain one of the most successful and influential instrumental bands of all time. Brian himself performed with the band at The Cavern in its 60s heyday. The track was mastered at Abbey Road by Andy Walter.
“Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ aims to capture the spirit of an eternal cherished Christmas musical classic. Traversing generations of Christmas’ past, the festive song aims to harp back to a time when the Christmas song may have been paramount, reigniting values of love and family togetherness. Since entrusting Michael with the song, Debbie has written a book about The Cavern, which aims to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the venue and also marks 50 years since her father bought and took over the running of it (it was opened by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson). Entitled ‘Cavern Club: The Inside Story’, the book is published by Jorvik Press and was launched on 24th October at The Cavern Club. Michael updated the original song and ‘Little Girl’ (Bells of Christmas)’ was premiered at the book launch to a rapturous and emotional reception.
A lifetime of memories aims to be melodically gift wrapped and delivered to each and everyone as a precious Christmas gift from the vaults of British pop history. Merry Christmas!
‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ is released on 2nd December on Harbour Light Music/Absolute.Available as a Special Signed Limited Collectors Edition CD Single from: –http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/michael-armstrong/items/185555