Gig Disks for Busker (PSR-3000)

Freddie at his keyboardThe Busker books are very popular fake-books in the UK. They're mostly ring-bound A5 and contain 100 or so one-page songs in lead format. I compiled these registrations in order to work through the Busker Books page-by-page to produce a "program" or "play list" of songs. I didn't do all the songs in every book but mostly about 2/3rds of each book. UK players may find them particularly useful to link with the books.

Musical Background. I first learned piano from the age of about nine. But I always liked organs best - all those knobs and the earth moved for me when you opened them all. I went to a famous Music School in London but was told that I'd probably end up conducting the band on the end of Brighton Pier so gave up gracefully.

I played all over the Potteries area of the Midlands in Pubs and lots of Working Men's Clubs, which taught me much about timing but the Big Town beckoned and I went to London and started a rock band. This was in Swinging London in the '60's. You can imagine the time we had! Found a picture of myself the other day (which I resolutely refuse to share) of me in tight flared white trousers, knee-length shiny gold brocade coat with an Indian collar, white shoes, beads and hair down to my shoulders. It seemed quite normal then ("What, do you mean Daddy that long hair was once associated with YOUTH?")

We started as just a organ/Drums Duo but went right up to 8 or 9 if the money was right! I liked those jobs not just because of the sound (though didn't like writing out so many arrangements) but also because there were more blokes around to help carry in my 40 tons (it seemed) of Lowrey organ and two big Leslie cabinets.

All good things come to an end but we had a wonderful 7 or 8 years of it. Was told to give it up "and get a proper job" by prospective father-in-law. Now, after 30 years away from music, I'm on my own again and I'm another born-again rocker trying to recapture his youth and loving every minute.

[Freddie provided quite a few registrations that cover the Books 1 through 4 of "101 Hits for Buskers," and all are included in a single zip file. Download the file by clicking on the link in the box below. The zip provides a listing of the songs in each registration. Song titles in the registration file may be abbreviated.]

I'm sorry to report that Freddie Maynell died of an unexpected heart attack in May, 2011. - JW

101 Hits for Buskers: Books 1-4
Busker Book 1 Busker Book 2 Busker Book 3 Busker Book 4

The table below shows the songs from each book included in Freddie's registrations.

146 Registrations for the PSR-3000
Book 1 - 47 songs
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
A Wonderful Day Like Today.
All My Loving.
And I Love You So.
Answer Me.
Blowing In The Wind.
Bring Me Sunshine.
Can't Help Falling in Love.
Close To You
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
Fly Me To Moon.
For All We Know.
Gonna Build A Mountain.
High Hopes.
I Love You Because
I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
Is This The Way To Amarillo?
It's Impossible
Leaving On A Jet Plane.
Love Me With All Your Heart
Lullaby Of Birdland
My Way.
No Regrets.
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da
Puff The Magic Dragon
Slightly Out Of Tune (Desifinado)
Something Tells Me.
Spanish Eyes.
Spanish Flea.
The Importance Of Your Love
The Windmills Of Your Mind
Those Lazy Crazy Days Of Summer
Those Lazy Crazy Days Of Summer
Those Were The Days.
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
Tijuana Taxi.
Top Of World.
Walk On By.
We've Only Just Begun
What Now.
Winchester Cathedral.
Y Viva Espana.
Yellow Submarine.
Book 2 - 30 songs
Georgia On My Mind
Green Green Grass Of Home
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
Hey Jude, I Believe
I Can See Clearly
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
I Wan'na Be Like You
I Who Have Nothing
If I Had A Hammer
King Of The Road
Lazy River
Love Me Tender
Memories Are Made Of This
Money, Money, Money
Mr Tambourine Man
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Red Roses For Blue Lady
Release Me, Sailing
Side By Side
Try A Little Tenderness
Tulips From Amsterdam
When I'm Sixty Four
With A Little Help From My Friends
You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You
Book 3 - 38 songs
All I Ever Need Is You
Bare Necessities
Basin Street Blues
Can't Buy Me Love
The Coffee Song
Ballad Of Davy Crockett
Deep Purple
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Down Town
English Country Garden
Feed The Birds
Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue
Green Leaves Of Summer
I Will Survive
If I Were A Rich Man
I'm In The Mood For Love
Jailhouse Rock
Let's Twist Again
Mockin' Bird Hill
Moonlight Serenade
Penny Lane
Secret Love
Shadow Of Your Smile
Singin' In The Rain
On A Slow Boat To China
Something Stupid
A Spoonful Of Sugar
That Lucky Old Sun
That's My Weakness Now
Three Coins In A Fountain
Tico Tico
Trains And Boats And Planes
Walk Right In
When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Book 4 - 31 songs
24 Hours From Tulsa
Aquarius, Cabaret
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Come Fly With Me
Come Fly With Me
Cotton Fields (Cotton Song)
Day By Day
Deadwood Stage (Whip-crack-away)
Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Fever
Fools Rush In, Gimme Gimme
Hava Nagila
House Of The Rising Sun
How About You
I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
I Love You And Don't You Forget It
La Cucaracha
Little Brown Jug
Mexican Hat Dance
On Top Of Old Smokey
Que Sera Sera
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Somewhere My Love
Thank You For The Music
The Entertainer
This Guys In Love With You
Toot Toot Tootsie
Wives And Lovers


This page updated on May 9, 2019 .