Michael Armstrong & Paul McCartney
Written by Deborah Greenberg
Song written by the owner of Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club nearly 50 years ago has been discovered and rerecorded to be released this December.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, November 28, 2016 — Liverpool 1967: The owner of Liverpool’s famous The Cavern Club, and friend of The Beatles, Alf Geoghegan wrote and recorded a song for his baby daughter, Debbie, for her first Christmas entitled ‘Little Girl (Bells Of Christmas)’. For close to half a century that song has remained unheard beyond the immediate family. Now, almost half a century on, Debbie has invited UK singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong and The Shadows’ drummer Brian Bennett & his son Warren Bennett, to re-record this very special family memory as a celebration of the club’s 60th Anniversary. ‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ will be released from the vaults of The Cavern Club on 2 December 2016.
Last year Debbie presented Michael Armstrong with the song and gave 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 the legendary Brian Bennett of The Shadows – who remain one of the most successful and influential instrumental bands of all time. Brian himself performed with the band at The Cavern in its 60’s heyday. (Lisa – did you say the track was mastered at Abbey Road – can we include that info?)
This track purposefully captures the spirit of an amazing era that will never be experienced again and is set to become a timeless cherished Christmas musical classic. Traversing generations of Christmas’ past, ‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ harps back to a time when the Christmas song was paramount, reigniting values of love and family togetherness.
Since entrusting Michael with the song, Debbie has written a book about The Cavern, which not only perfectly commemorates the 60th anniversary of the venue but 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 melodically gift wrapped and delivered to each and everyone of us as a precious Christmas gift from the vaults of British pop history. Merry Christmas.
‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’ is released on 2 December on Harbour Light Music.
Available as a Special Limited Collectors Edition CD Single from: –
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Little Girl (Bells Of Christmas) by Michael Armstrong – Official Video