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The Invergordon Archive

Jim Maclennan
The Invergordon Archive
Jim Maclennan

Jim Maclennan – church organist and music teacher (date unknown)
Picture added on 26 February 2010 at 12:22
Comments:
Poor cousin Jim, he tried very hard to teach me the piano but with no luck.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 26 February 2010
Jim MacLennan was a music teacher at Invergordon Academy. He also took private pupils in violin, cello and piano. The period at the end of the war saw the age of the Big Band and Jim formed a band called "Jim MacLennan and his Moonlight Serenaders", no doubt named after the hit tune of Glen Millar. They played at the weekly dances held on Wednesdays in the Town Hall and frequented by the various service men stationed locally. The dances were discontinued as demobilisation took effect.
Added by Gordon Legge on 27 February 2010
Gordon, thanks for the info on my GreatUncle Jim's band. I knew he had a band but not the name of it or where they played. Do you know the names of any of the band members and how many there were in it?
Added by Jackie Geddes (nee Maclennan) on 01 March 2010
Sorry Jackie, I am not able to supply much information on Jim's band. I was hardly of an age to go to dances at that time but I enjoyed listening to the music and watching the dancers. We used to sit on the garden wall beside the Picture-house Lane and, as the curtains were not drawn, we had a grandstand view of the proceedings. I think that some of the band members may have been service-men. To the best of my recollection there was a trumpeter, a saxophone player, a clarinet player, a drummer and Jim on the piano. The dances were usually well attended and the dancers very enthusiastic. This was the start of the "jive" era and some of the routines were quite acrobatic. I played in a little evening-class orchestra run by Mr Kerr, a teacher who lived a Rosskeen. Jim played the piano, Mr Kerr, Frank Simpson, Jock MacKenzie (a telephone linesman) and myself played the violin. A young RAF man named Hubble played the clarinet and another service-man, the trumpet. Sorry to be so vague but this was more than sixty years ago!
Added by Gordon Legge on 02 March 2010
Jim Maclennan did his best to teach me how to play the piano every week. I enjoyed playing "by ear" more especially from the "Top Twenty" on the wireless. I think he thought I was a lost cause! However whenever I did play a tune well he would get his mother in to listen to me play. Praise indeed.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 10 March 2010
Jim Maclennan was our music teacher at Nigg Primary School in the '60s. I seem to remember he came for 2 hours each week. When we were allowed a "request", our favourite was "Mango Walk" and I am still word perfect to this day! Although very young at the time, I appreciated a brilliant pianist.
Added by Alison Skitt (nee Mackenzie) on 04 February 2012
When I joined the Post Office engineering department as an apprentice in 1966 I think the Jock Mackenzie metioned by Gordon Legge in his comment above was promoted to be a manager in Inverness. A very nice man as I recall.
Added by George Mackay on 07 February 2012
Indeed he was, George. Mackenzie family used to live next door to us in Gordon Terrace before he moved to Inverness. (Charlie Junor and family became our new neighbours).
Added by Rod Bell on 08 February 2012
George, Rod, can you confirm that he is in picture #1317, man with the pipe?
Thanks
Added by Harry O'Neill on 08 February 2012
Yes Harry, that's him. Zilla and Ann were his two daughters.
Added by Rod Bell on 11 February 2012
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