Valentino - King Of The Music

"Valentino is the world's greatest keyboard entertainer" London Evening News

Touring for the Troops

With Troops in Salala

He worked for the British government on CSE tours all over the world entertaining the troops and the RAF. He also entertained on most of the world’s largest cruise liners and was honoured to be asked to perform on the maiden voyage of the QE2 and was invited back five more times. He toured Canada with Vera Lynn and the Robert Farnon Orchestra and toured South Africa with the Scottish entertainer Andy Stewart and also did a concert in Bulawayo for the Rhodesian president Ian Smith. He performed at The Pigalle in London for a six month season and worked all the major working men’s clubs in the North of England including Greaseborough Social Club with Luis Armstrong and Aker Bilk, The Scala Doncaster with David Whitfield and Dickie Valentine and the Batley Variety Club with Eartha Kitt, Johnny Ray, Sandy Shaw and Paul Daniels.

When he appeared for a week at the Starlight Rooms in Enfield,  Tommy Kane, the senior entertainment critic for The Stage and Television To-Day wrote:

 “One of the greatest pleasures for any critic is to witness an artist who is supreme at his or her craft. Such an artist is Valentino - a magical musician whose experiments over the years with electronic accordion have resulted in his ability to transport spellbound audiences to a rainbow coloured never-never land of musical fantasies.

Last Friday night he played….and howling winds tore at ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ - Orchestral strings swept upwards to an exciting pitch - and changed miraculously into sad cat chorus by a back alley choir - mandolins in the moonlight became Dam-Busting bombers with engines emitting deep, triumphant throb -  Hawaiian guitars serenaded - and the sounds swelled themselves into crashing chords from mighty organs - and yet in the tender treatment of the Theme from Love Story, Valentino emphasised that in his hands electronic music cannot ever be dismissed as a gimmick and a box of tricks. He is a pianist of the highest order. His final flourish was the last dot in keeping with his overall presentation of handsome elegance, and brought a crowd of admiring females in search of him following the performance. They found an artist who remains at heart rather shy and one who is totally dedicated to his work”.

RAF GAN

Entertaining the RAF in the Indian Ocean

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