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The songs of East Anglia’s childhood

PUBLISHED: 11:14 04 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 04 November 2017

Peter, Paul and Mary. Picture: Wikimedia

Peter, Paul and Mary. Picture: Wikimedia

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What was the song of your childhood? Doris Day’s The Deadwood Stage is Elton John’s and now he, and a host of celebs, are sharing their musical memories online to help eight million children suffering silently in overseas orphanages.

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Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Paul Weller are among musicians to join Elton in sharing their most precious childhood songs and memories for the ‘End the Silence’ campaign, which you too can take part in, helping to create the world’s largest online musical memory time capsule before Christmas, while raising £1.5m in donations for UK-based charity Hope and Homes for Children.

The scheme allows people to pick their most precious childhood song, and then share it on social media with a memory. By adding a donation, you can help Hope and Homes for Children find families for 120,000 children suffering silence in Ugandan and Rwandan orphanages.

Mark Waddington, CEO of Hope and Homes for Children, explained: “When a baby in an orphanage cries and nobody comes to comfort them, they learn not to cry.

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“By internalising their pain, they suffer lifelong mental and physical damage.

“Deprived of love, life, and hope, these children grow up in silence. They never hear laughter or music. These children will never experience the love and protection only a family can offer.

“The idea of a childhood of silence and neglect in an orphanage – without love, family and music - is unacceptable.

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File photo dated 13/06/04 of David Bowie who has matched Elvis Presley's dazzling chart record with 12 albums in the top 40. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 29, 2016. The late singer's most recent release Blackstar is at number one for a third week, heading up five Bowie releases in the top 10. See PA story SHOWBIZ Charts. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire Embargoed to 1800 Friday January 29 File photo dated 13/06/04 of David Bowie who has matched Elvis Presley's dazzling chart record with 12 albums in the top 40. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 29, 2016. The late singer's most recent release Blackstar is at number one for a third week, heading up five Bowie releases in the top 10. See PA story SHOWBIZ Charts. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

“By joining the world’s top musicians in sharing your most precious childhood musical memory, you can help us to end the silence.”

Every pound donated to the End the Silence campaign before December 27 will be doubled by the UK Government as part of its UK Aid Match scheme.

To ensure no child suffers silently in an orphanage, share your most precious childhood musical memory at endthesilence.com, or look out for #endthesilence and #Ukaid on Twitter

Sir Cliff Richard performs in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, as part of his 75th birthday tour, after celebrating his birthday two days ago on the 14th October. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 16, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Cliff. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire Sir Cliff Richard performs in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, as part of his 75th birthday tour, after celebrating his birthday two days ago on the 14th October. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 16, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Cliff. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Here are the celebrities’ songs... and yours:

Little Eva in 1962. Picture: Wikimedia Little Eva in 1962. Picture: Wikimedia

The Deadwood Stage, Doris Day

“There are so many records from my childhood but Doris Day’s The Deadwood Stage was important because I was so frightened to go to the dentists. The only way I was going to do it is if my mum bought that record for me after. So I had my tooth out, we went in to the record store. I clutched it, I loved it so much, I couldn’t wait to get home and play it.

For a child to be deprived of music is one of the most wicked things I can think of.”

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Van Morrison and The Chieftains - Carrick Fergus

“We lived in Yorkshire, which is about a four or five hour drive to London. My parents would commute and I’d be sat on the back seat and this was pretty much the only tape cassette we had – that and The Beatles. It’s the one song I remember. It takes me back to that specific moment, much like songs from my teenage years take me back to being a teenager or songs from two years ago transport you back there.”

Ed Sheeran

Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks

“Maybe it’s a question of selective memory, but I remember it being a nice summer. Waterloo Sunset came out in May, which is the same month as my birthday, I would have been nine. It’s caught up in happy...”

Paul Weller

Hero, Mariah Carey

“My dad introduced me to Mariah Carey and her music when I was about seven years old. I remember this song specifically really giving me strength and empowering me to be who I was. I grew up in Scotland, I loved growing up there but I...”

Emeli Sande

In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

“I absolutely loved dancing to Wilson Pickett’s In The Midnight Hour at the Orford Place in about 1966 or so. I was young and carefree and Saturday night in the city was the highlight of my life!”

Shauna Mccue, Norfolk

Boom Bang A Bang by Lulu

“Boom bang a bang takes me back to my childhood. I would have been 8, I can remember singing it on my swing in the back garden.”

Joanne Double, Ipswich

Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary

“There was a children’s request show every Saturday morning in the 50s, same old songs but I loved them! Puff the Magic Dragon, I’m a blue tooth brush etc, Windmill in Old Amsterdam, Rawhide, Davy Crocket.”

Linda Human, Norwich

Little White Bull by Tommy Steele

“Little White Bull was the first record I ever bought. I developed a crush on Tommy Steele when I was about 5 and 60 years later, it hasn’t really gone away.”

Bronwyn Reeves, Ipswich

Lullaby by Johannes Brahms

“A sad story, but I remember my mum singing Brahms Lulaby. She used to sing a lot when I was young. She was singing it when a policeman came to break the news that my brother had been killed in a road accident. She never sang it again. I can’t hear it without thinking of both of them.”

Maria Maes, Norwich

Sugar, Sugar by The Archies

“Sugar Sugar, reminds me of going for tea with my sister to her friend’s house. Is this the way to Amarillo (original) also makes me think of going on family holidays.”

Melanie Self, Ipswich

Galway Bay by Dolores Keane

“My Irish mother always complied with my request to sing Galway Bay for me (mostly when we were in the kitchen). I always associate that song with her and sitting in the kitchen after coming home from school in the rain and eating home made pea and ham soup.”

Irene Mehigan, Norfolk

The Locomotion by Little Eva

“Two pop songs I particularly remember from my early childhood are ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ by Token and ‘The Locomotion’ by Little Eva. The records belonged to a friend’s brother and we listened to them when playing at her house.”

Beverly Bowry, Suffolk

Oh! Oh! Antonio by Florrie Forde

“Oh! Oh! Antonio, I couldn’t have been more than four at the time, but I used to get the man living next door to sing it out of his bedroom window. That was in about 1937.”

Alan Forsdick, Norwich

Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste Of Honey

“They used to play Boogie Oogie Oogie all the time at the Bramford road fair that came at Easter around 1977 I’d have been 13 years old, I loved it.”

Jane Garnham Woods, Ipswich

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window by Patti Page

“My dad used to sing a lot of songs to me when I was young, including How much is that doggie in the window, Boom Boom Boom Boom and Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Francesca Johnson, Norfolk

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Peter, Paul and Mary

“Jimmy Hanley used to play this on a Saturday morning radio show called Junior Choice, I’m really showing my age now!”

Sue Oxbury, Norwich

Tubby the Tuba by Danny Kaye

“Children’s Favourites on the radio Home Service, occasionally featured Tubby the Tuba, Sparky and His Magic Piano, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. I loved these because they told a story. On the other hand I couldn’t bear Max Bygraves singing I’m a Pink Toothbrush. A romance between toothbrushes pushed one’s suspension of disbelief just a little too far… although a frog teaching a talking tuba a tune was fine.”

Lynne Mortimer, Features Writer for East Anglian Daily Times

Swinging on a Star by Pinky and Perky

My song is Would you like to swing on a star sung by Pinky and Perky who were puppet pigs. I used to watch it in the 60’s and loved the programme as they were quite naughty. They had weird little voices too. I think that’s why I have such a love for pigs now

Bernice Lawless, Norfolk

You are my sunshine

The song ‘You are my sunshine’ reminds me of my childhood as my mum would always sing it to me.

Lou Bega – Mambo No.5 always takes me back too, as soon as I hear it I think of all the times me and my brother would play it really loud and dance around the living room, jumping from sofa to sofa, before acting innocent when my mum would come back into the room.

Megan Aldous, Ipswich

Living Doll by Cliff Richard

“I used to love listening to Living Doll by Cliff Richard. He was my first grown up fancy!”

Rosemary Hare, Norwich

We Plough the Fields and Scatter

“We Plough the Fields and Scatter the Good Seed on the Ground, not from a religious point of view, but it reminds me of the Ladybird book with a tractor ploughing a field with birds following the plough on the front cover. This image mirrored the view I had when walking past a field, which is now Asda and the Sports Village, while I watched the farmer preparing the fields for the next crop and seagulls following the tractor. It was the season which heralded collecting food boxes for the elderly and needy people in our community; of Hallowe’en and having homemade toffee apples and Apple Bobbing; then Bonfire night with crispy, frosty mornings and cobwebs filled with dew stretched across the hedgerow on my way to infant school. Lovely times and happy memories.”

Cate Emmie, Norfolk

Running Bear by Johnny Preston

“My brother was a DJ and he would play this all the time. Little White Bull was also played a lot a reminds me of our childhood and Wild Thing by the Trogs as a teenager, I remember this well with my best friend Jane jumping out from behind the curtains singing Wild Thing - lovely memories.”

Sue Pope, Norwich

Morning Town Ride by The Seekers

“I’m 60 and still sing along every time I hear this song!”

Sheree Leeds, Norwich

Also Morning Town Ride!

This was actually called Morningtown Ride. If you Google it you’ll find it on YouTube. The Seekers was an Australian group. Judith Durham was the lead singer at atime when few women headed up groups of any kind. As a little girl I thought she was great and loved her voice. I later went to Australia to live and work in my late twenties/thirties and saw Judith at a jazz festival. She was 20 years older but her voice was just as good.

Jayne Lindill, editor, Suffolk magazine

John, I’m Only Dancing by David Bowie.

“I was obsessed with music from a very early age due to my Dad’s influence. My older cousins helped and this was one of the first records they gave me. Magical.”

Anthony Ashton, Norwich

Three Little Fishes by Frankie Howerd

“I remember sitting in our living room at Thorpe with mum and singing along to it. Also the nursery rhyme There was an Old Woman who swallowed a fly.”

Debra Ribbans, Thorpe

• Which songs take you back to your childhood? Let us know in the comments below.

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