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Take It From Here - The Keynotes

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This is a tenuous link to TIFH, but may prove interesting to someone. And it all comes from two names on a fading cigarette packet.

As I am a mere 53 years old, TIFH is on the very fringe of my memory. But let me get back to the start:

Talking to Mum earlier, she has often mentioned having an autograph of Victor Silvester. She unearthed it this morning with a couple of other bits and pieces. On the inside of an old “Gold Flake” packet are two names, one clear in pencil, the other in pen took some deciphering.

The pencil autograph says “Sincerely, Terry Devon”. So I had a search online and came up with her obituary in The Stage from only 3 years ago. I found that she had sung the TIFH theme song as a member of the Keynotes, though she left before the show finished. She had sung with bands before TIFH, but after TIFH she sang with her husband, Tito Burns, the accordionist, and his band. His turns out to be the other name on the cigarette packet. They were among several noted acts that visited this corner of rural Lincolnshire in the 50s and 60s.

I see that Tito went into artiste representation (including Cliff Richard) and Terry assisted him after retiring to start a family.

The obituary reveals she was nearly 91 when she died, having started singing at 16. That is some career. And all revealed from a name on a 2 x 2 inch piece of cardboard. By the way, this is currently living in a case in a cupboard. If you know of anyone who can give it a more deserving home, please let me know. It deserves to be better preserved.

Max Gibson - August 2016

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