PRINCESS SNOWDROP - TANGENT/DOVER SCHOOLCHILDREN1979
2. The Snowman Song
3. What A Wonderous World We Live In
4. You’re Welcome
5. What’s Going On?
2. A Handful of Flowers
3. Come Out & Fight
4. Poor Little Moon
5. Always Together
7. What A Wonderous World We Live In (encore)
Music by Mike MacKenzie/Julian Laffranchi
Lyrics by J. Alexander Ryan
Executive Producer: Ron Milner
Children directed by Jane Ridley
Recorded at Trident Recording Studios, London
Musical arrangements: Dave White, Allen Adshead and Fred Wells played by Tangent of Deal
Cover Design: Pamela Jane Booth
Artwork: Ideal Photographics, Deal
Disc mastered by: Stephen Angel, Trident Recording Studios Ltd. London
Profits to UNICEF for The Year of The Child (1979)
Liner notes from the back sleeve:
Julian Laffranchi left his native Italy in 1959 to work in London hotels and
restaurants. He formed a friendship with England’s finest club pianist,
entertainer and accompanist Mike McKenzie who has played with such celebrities
as Ella Fitzgerald, Lisa Minelli, Charles Aznavour, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart,
Rod Steiger, Marianne Montgomery, Tony Martin, Rita Moreno, Matt Munro etc.
and he sang in the film ‘The STICK UP’ starring David Soul.
Mike recognised Julian’s ability at songwriting and they soon began writing
songs together. One day Julian drafted out in Italian a musical fairy tale for
children and he and Mike wrote the songs for it. Julian then contacted a
London publisher who suggested that a professional lyricist should be
engaged to write and English version and J. Alexander Ryan obliged. He is a well
known lyricist - librettist who has worked with Georgie Fame,Cleo Laine,Matt
Monro,Annie ross,Wilma Reading etc.
In 1979, with UNICEF’s Year of the Child, Julian decided to release the musical
as a record album. As proprietor of the successful ‘Ristorante Al Porto’ in Dover
Kent, Julian had extended his circle of artistic acquaintances and director Jane
Ridley invited some Dover children to sing the parts.
Meanwhile, some bandsmen at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal had
formed a dance band Tangent which rapidly became known as the finest
quintet over a wide area. The band agreed to arrange the songs and overture
and also wrote the theme music using modern disco, bossanova and medium rock
rhythms. Tangent is led by Dave White (Drums; Allen Adshead (Keyboards);
Fred Wells (Electric Guitar); Neil Boxall (Electric Bass Guitar); Tony MArtin
(Percussion Effects). Tony (1977 Devon Entertainer of the Year) is Tangent’s
lead vocalist: he does not sing on this album but Tony + Tangent are planning
their own album in the near future.
Julian has written another musical for children called ‘The Little Cowboy’ which
will be released as an album if ‘Princess Snowdrop’ achieves the success it
The Children: Snowdrop- Rosalind Bish (15). Frosty- David Willerby (13).
Bubbles- Lorraine Sedgewick (12). Tuffy- Stephen Wadey (10). Nosey- Martin
Ruck (11). Scarey- Christopher Newall (10).
Chorus- Sandra Hart (14), Alison McLeish (12), Helen Powell (13), Elisabeth Ruck
(10), Jennifer Smith (13), Julie Smith (12), Susan Smith (14),Michael Willerby (10).
Ron Milner 1979
Note: Julian Laffranchi has got in contact with me and told me all his recordings, including this one, are now under his own "Sanroco Music" copyright.