Described on the Decca recording sheet for a commercial test in 1935 as a treble. Probably a church chorister from Glamorgan in Wales. He is believed to have been Evan Leyshon Watkins who was born at Rhiwfawr, Llanguicke, near Pontardawe in south Wales on 11 Nov. 1920, and who died at Trebanos, near Swansea, on 1 Oct. 1974.(BJP)
Another member of Steffani's Silver Songsters and reputed to have been their soloist on Decca F.5763, 'A Boy's Best Friend is his Mother' in 1935.
Steffani's original papers reveal that Leyshon Watkins was indeed the soloist on 'A Boy's Best Friend is his Mother'.
Steffani and his Silver SongstersLeyshon Watkins Recorded 29 Sept. 1935 by Steffani and His 40 Silver Songsters, with piano accompaniment. The soloist in the second piece is said to be Leyshon Watkins (see note in heading), but his name is not on the Decca recording sheet. (Matrix numbers TB 1928/29)
The second item has been reissued on CD by This England magazine as C100 (see Steffani's page for details).
Leyshon Watkins God shall wipe away all tears (Sullivan, from oratorio The Light of the World) Rec. 7 Feb. 1935 in London, with accomp. of two violins, cello, double bass & piano (matrix GB6941, 2 takes) Not marked on the recording sheet as a commercial test, but likely to have been one as only a single item was recorded.
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