A Leeds band with an average age of 75 has made a toe-tapping lockdown charity video.
The 753 Lockdowns’ catchy version of jazz standard All Of Me was recorded over Zoom and by mobile phone from their homes north of the city.
All money raised will benefit Yorkshire Cancer Research, a charity close to the four members’ hearts, as singer Stan Glucksman, 72, is living with incurable cancer.
The group consists of singer Stan, Morton Shapero (keyboards and harmonica), 84, Phil Cammerman (clarinet), 78, and the baby of the band, guitar player Loz Levin, 66.
Prior to the pandemic, the band, who have been friends for ‘very many years’, used to meet up regularly to rehearse at keyboard player Morton’s home, number 753.
But with Stan’s diagnosis, another band member’s asthma, and all of the group’s advanced years, they have not felt it was safe to continue their jam sessions.
Together, they hit upon the idea of recording together via Zoom, and the keyboard player recommended a local video producer who could help them overcome the technical issues.
Simon Marcus, of video production company Addictive Media, who recorded and mixed the video, said: “The boys were so professional and talented that they all laid down their contributions within one or two takes.
“They had a lot to cope with as they were involved in a Zoom session, playing along to a guide track from the keyboard player with headphones and also recording their contributions live on their own mobile phones, which they then needed to send all their audio files.
“Once I had their individual recordings, I mixed the audio to make it sound as if they were live in the same room.”
The group last performed live together at a fundraising gig at a school in Moortown towards the end of 2019.
Stan said: “I am very proud of our version of All Of Me. I was diagnosed with incurable cancer two years ago and I hope this song helps raise much needed funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research as well as giving people pleasure.”
Clarinettist Phil said: “We miss playing together so much. The pandemic has affected everyone’s lives and this project has been hugely positive for all of us.”
Dr Kathryn Scott, chief executive, Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The 753 Lockdown’s version of All Of Me is a total earworm – I can’t get it out of my head!
“It’s heart-warming when people are able to turn difficult times into something so positive. I think they’ve all done a fantastic job. We are grateful they have decided to raise funds to support vital research in Yorkshire.”
All of Me was written in 1931 by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons and was recorded by the greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.
To help the boys raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/allofme