Audrey Dawson - June '08
I had a holiday in Donegal at the end of May and was
just a bit disappointed on a boat trip round the bay
as the background music was Daniel O'Donnell ! I found
it hard to understand as Josef was about the best tenor
Ireland ever had!
Maurice Colgan - June '08
A beautiful life-sized bronze statue of the famous Irish
Tenor, John McCormack was recently unveiled close to
the National Concert Hall in Dublin..
It depicts the singer in full song.
That's what I had in mind for Josef Locke, the Laughing
Cavalier of song. What a striking figure he would make,
in a very public spot!
One of these days...........? :-)
Big G - Dec '07
My Grandad saw Josef at Dudley Hippodrome in 1957 when he was still in exile
from Britain - sung under assumed name of Saunders ?? He's still got great
voice and made ladies cry in audience when singing Danny Boy and I'll Walk
Got paid - Then shot off back to Ireland.
Glenn West Brom.
Ray Burnley - Feb '07
Good idea...met him and his mum at wot used to be northern
counties hotel ...many yrs ago
Maurice Colgan - Feb '07
Glenn, I'm close to your opinion on this:-) There should
be an Annual Tribute to Josef Locke at the Millenium
Forum...if not an annual Josef Locke Festival in Derry.
Yesterday we bought The wonderful John McCormack boxed
set includin 3 CDs, a DVD and Book!
The opening lines to the Documentary were.....Befor
Elvis Presley, Crosby and Sinatra there was John McCormac.
I would add, and very close behind him was the more
powerful Tenor Josef Locke.
Glenn, West Bromwich England - Nov
Josef Locke was Irelands greatest ever tenor and in
my humble opinion is greater than Caruso or Pavarotti
or Lanza or any other tenor that lived
I have recordings of all the great tenors and Josef
Locke is the greatest of them all!
Maurice Colgan - Sep '06
Try the link above Jennifer - http://www.spatty.demon.co.uk/vernon.htm
Josef Locke was a little dissapointed by the actor
Ned Beaty's size in "Hear My Song"...he was
too small really to portray Josef who was much taller.
An ex-Irish guardsman!
Jennifer Morgan - Sep '06
Having just seen the film, "Hear My Song"
I was stirred beyond imaginings. And was delighted to
discover that this larger than life tenor was indeed
a true historical figure. Do you have any information
concerning the voice that was used in the film. The
credits listing his name as Vernon Medgley.
Any information you could supply would be greatly appreciated
( morganj1212 @ aol.com )
Maurice Colgan - Aug '06
Mr Michael Sheerin, yes you did fine work.
But. Back in june 2003 I did a search on the www for
mention of a Joseph Locke Memorial. I Found nothing!
I Contacted the Derry Journal webpage about my proposal
for a STATUE of Josef Locke, and a reporter called me
about the story. Also the BBC in Foyle. The Irish News
ran the story along with The belfast Telegraph in July
2003 (The first publicity for a Locke Memorial?) and
The News of the World...and then you called me on the
The link above relates to my email to Mr Phil Coulter
and his reported reply in the Irish News newspaper dated
24th July 2003.
I have about a dozen newspaper articles about the Josef
Locke statue from 2003 and 2004. I was interviewed about
the project on radio stations north and south.
Then I read about the Millenium Concert to raise funds
and contacted the manager of the theatre who said he
knew nothing of my efforts :-) We travelled to Derry
to see Josef Locke poster and the theatre and were photographed
by a Derry Journal photographer on the walls opposite
We were not invited to the unveiling of the Locke Memorial.
But we were invited to Mississippi by the Mayor of
Tupelo, Elvis's birthplace where a statue of Elvis Presley
stands because of a letter I sent to the Mayor in 2001.
Funny ol' world isn't it?
Michael Sheerin - July 06
I wish to clear a point on the Locke Sculpture it was
I who spent over two years getting funds for a sculpture
for Josef It was I who contacted Coulter and Hume ,with
the great help of pat ramsey M L A. The design you are
looking at is the life of his journey , it was I who
forwarded on to ( Terry Quigley ) who put it into bronze,
and what a great job he did.
It was I who called on John and Phil to unveil the
sculpture ( no other person )
Project Initiator Michael Sheerin
Monument Designer: Terry Quigley
Sculptor: Maurice Harron
Bernard McGrotty - June '06
I am proud to see Derry has not forgot one of the great
tenors of all time and its native son. Bernard MGrotty
ex Derry, now living in Canada.
Eric Smith - April '06
RE J. R. Johnson.
I was a long time friend of Cavan Malone, and his mother
Hazel Malone Cavan had a son called stephen who to my
knowledge still lives in Hammersmith. I would also point
out that the real family name was Johnson if you would
like any more information I can be contacted on smitheric4
Joleen - Dec '05
I think this is a quite impressive article as the writing
and all is perfect. The pictures are just out of this
Maurice Colgan - Nov 05
Will Fyffe Jr. Lovely to see you here. Please feel free
to contact me. The Ha'penny Bridge Pub here in Dublin
which Josef owned and where I met him 1964 is looking
well these days as it is now being redecorated. A picture
of Josef will be there for all to see.
Will Fyffe Jr. - November '05
An interesting piece. I played for Jo in the fifties
and again had the pleasure of meeting up (at his request))
to accompany him at the Royal Premiere of HEAR MY SONG.
That was the night he also filmed THIS IS YOUR LIFE.
He was rather special and a great showman.
Caitriona - May '05
It is nice to know that someone is wanting to do this
for my great, great uncle.
Maurice Colgan - March '05
The beautiful Josef Locke Memorial sculpture unveiled
in Derry and featured in all today's newspapers is an
excellent tribute to the great tenor and showman. Initially
getting the media in Ireland to take an interest in
the Josef Locke tribute back in June 2003 was childsplay.
I had Elvis to help me:-) See info on the link. http://irelandtoo.blogspot.com
John Paddy Browne - 11 October 2004
I fully support a memorial statue, made by a first-rate
sculptor, to be shown in an accessible and prominent
Maurice Colgan - 26 July 2004
The "News Letter" prints another story about
the Josef Locke statue 23/7/2004. It mentions a Josef
Locke statue for Dublin....wherever did they get that
idea :-) They seem to be unable to spell Maurice Colgan?
Spoke on BBC Radio Foyle last Thursday about the life-sized
bronze statue of Josef Locke first proposed by yours
truly July 2003.
I said "The people of Derry should have the last
word on the life-sized bronze of Josef Locke."
Maurice Colgan - July 2004
Update. "The Belfast Telegraph" ran
the Josef Locke monument story earlier this week.
Today talking on air to Mark Pattersom of BBC Foyle yours truly put
the case for a life-sized bronze statue of the great
Irish Tenor for Derry.
My suggestion was to give the people of Derry
the choice. A beautiful
bronze statue of Josef Locke would be an asset to any
city's tourist trade. Great photo op like "Elvis at 13" in
Maurice Colgan - July 2004
Maureen my wife, and yours truly were in Derry yesterday,
Wednesday the 7th July, our very first visit, and we
walked the famous walls in the lovely sunshine. The
Irish News sent a photographer to take pics of us holding
a beautiful poster of the laughing Cavalier of Song,
Josef Locke, with the Millennium Forum in the background.
We left a few Josef Locke press release flyers around
the city and in the Foyle-side shopping centre where
they were playing Elvis Presley records at the Virgin
On our circuitous route via Roscommon and Donegal to
Derry we stopped a night with my cousin, Noel Molloy,
an ex Irish Guardsman, who was serving in London 1952
when Josef Locke sang there for his old regiment.
Our local newspaper "Fingal Independent"
has an article in its current issue about Josef and
the Millennium Forum Concert. It should be a sell -out,
but the manager did not know of my involvement!!!
You will be happy to know Nell McCafferty, Derry woman
and journalist with our "Sunday Tribune",
is in favour of the Josef Locke statue idea. A monument
is not quite the same!
A nephew of Josef Locke (his grandfather was Jack McLaughlin, josef's
brother), living in Leighton Biuzzard UK has contacted
me by e-mail. More on that later perhaps?
Gord Misek - 14 July 04
I saw the movie "Captain Boycott" just
yesterday, and am responding to J.R. Johnston's request for information
Malone. According to the us.imdb.com database, he passed
away in 1982. http://www.us.imdb.com/name/nm0540400/
(The BBC is not responsible for the content
of external sites)
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Maurice Colgan - July 2004
JR Johnston, sorry I cannot help you. But
I did see Captain Boycott.
There will be a play next Tuesday (13/07/04)
on BBC 4 at 2-15 PM based on a song Josef Locke sang,
and people who travel to Blackpool to see him.
J.R. Johnston - July 2004
Enjoyed the article, but wonder what info you might
have on my uncle, stage name Danny Malone, who was quite
prominent as an Irish Tenor in the 30's and after the
war for a time. He went on tour in Australia in the
mid 50's and died, I believe, in Brisbane.
Thanks for anything you might have.
Also I would like to contact his son, my cousin, Cavan
Malone, who was in several or more British movies, and
was a stage actor. One movie was Captain Boycott.
Maurice Colgan - July 2004
Thanks a million Stan, I totally agree.
There was a small article in the Irish edition of the "News
of the World" last Sunday, because of yours truly.
A great pic of Josef looking like the Laughing Cavalier
Stan Sloan (Calif, USA. ex East Belfast) - 29 June 2004
I think they should build a statue of the bold Josef. He was a great singer and one of Northern Ireland's great characters.
I think if he were singing today he'd be big the world over, especially in the states, and be on the public broadcasting stations
here pushing his recordings and videos. Joe was one of a kind. There'll never be anyone like him.