Neil McGough Stories

Neil McGough part one - Crescendos and codas

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Neil McGough part two - the Secret Musicians’ Ball

The Secret Musicians’ Ball 

It was mostly a simple office job. There were two breaks from this drudge, one was organising the annual Musicians’ Ball at the Peter Pan Cabaret, which involved asking about six bands to appear. There was a lot of kudos in performing at the ball, and one year we had an application from the South Seas Island Serenaders who – although on our books – I knew nothing about. I wrote and asked them for information on their personnel and background, and got no reply, so I called Bill Sevesi, the very well-known and respected Polynesian bandleader. He was very guarded to say the least and the discussion went:

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