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article imageWinston Churchill at #4 on music charts

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 4, 2010 in Entertainment
Winston Churchill is at number four at the UK album charts, as part of a recording made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Reach For The Skies, an album by The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, features words from two of Churchill’s most famous speeches set to music.
The band signed the contract on the wing of a Battle of Britain Spitfire in the presence of veterans of that battle, at the RAF Museum in London; and the album was released last week.
The RAF web site states that two brand new versions of Churchill’s speeches, ‘The Few” and “The Finest Hour’, are included.
Also marking the 90th anniversary of the band, the album includes RAF related classics such as Dambusters March, Spitfire Prelude, 633 Squadron, the Battle of Britain March and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. It also includes the sounds of Spitfires flying.
A new track called ‘It’s A Long Way To Go’, which was written by band members Chief Technician Rob Jordan and Senior Aircraftsman James Lawrence, was added to give the album a contemporary feel.
“We wanted to bring the album right up to date and appeal to a new audience but still reflect the sacrifices made during the Battle of Britain” said Jordan in an article on the RAF web site. “The ballad reflects on the separation that all servicemen and women feel while serving overseas on operations and the love from their partners and families that carries them through those times.”
RAF Music Services Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs said in a Decca Records press release: “If through our music we can help keep the tradition and spirit of the Battle of Britain alive, then we will have done a good job."
The album is dedicated to those who took part in the Battle of Britain.
"It is great that to a long list of stars including Elvis, Madonna, Cliff and the Beatles, we can now add Winston Churchill," The Guardian quoted the Official Charts Companyas saying. "It is also a tribute to the amazing sacrifices of our servicemen that the British public have bought this RAF album in such large numbers."
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