DESMOND KELLY

CLARENCE WIJEWARDENA – By Des Kelly In my humble opinion, the BEST Songwriter/Composer that Ceylon, then, Sri Lanka, now, has produced to date. Clarence would have been 78 years old, today, 3rd August, 2021, had he not passed on, due to complications connected with acute diabetes.   My tribute to him comes from the fact that, after hearing and loving his Composition “Dilhani”, I decided to write to him for permission to use his Music in order to complete my English version, which I titled “My Lovely Island Home”. Clarence gave me his kind permission in writing, and being always grateful to him, I decided to also record Dilhani, as best as I could possibly do, in Sinhala, in tribute to this guy who was unfortunately taken from us, far too soon.  Clarence, as I said, on the recording, “This is for you, my friend. Thank you for everything you have ...

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      “THE GREAT ALEXANDER MOB”– by Des Kelly Once again, something quite different from Maxwell Gerreyn, our Western Australian connection as far as e’Lanka is concerned. He has introduced this post himself, plus the video that certainly is one of the most interesting ones I have seen, in a long time. The “wordplay” on the title is mine, and I’ll let you work it out.    Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka                                          Found the Secret!   This is the incredible story of the Hunza Tribe who live in northern India at the foothills of the Himalayas, at the border of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the former Soviet Union, and China.    Numbering only 30,000 and believed to be the missing army of Alexander the Great when he invaded India, these white ...

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               “ADVICE FROM ELVIS” – by Des Kelly He was taken away far too early, but as my good friend Chris Lawton also knows, Elvis, like so many “Stars” of Show-biz., also started their careers  singing Gospel songs, giving the World around them sound advice on how to live their lives. This generally came from watching their own parents, grand-parents, etcetera, live life under much more strife than themselves, and still adhere to the words written in the Bible, commonly also referred to, as the Word of God.  Country Stars such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and even “Rockers” like Jerry Lee Lewis, all started their careers by recording simple Gospel songs, and although Elvis was the exemption,ribute to Jesus Christ and the Holy Christian Family.  “He knows just what I need” is a beautiful example of this advice from Elvis, and ...

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“KELLY KLASSICS” FOR e’LANKA – by Des Kelly “I’m glad for your sake, (but sorry for mine), DOUG. SAHM of the Sir Douglas Quintet sings this great song for you. He was found dead of natural causes, at the age of 58, so R.I.P. Doug. This is another one of those unforgettable songs, once heard, will always be remembered, as will this Vocalist, who started in Showbiz at the tender age of 4, played guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, and sang his songs with gusto, later joining the late, great Freddy Fender,, Aubrey Meyers, & superb Accordianist Flaco Jimenez to form The Texas Tornados who in turn, made Tehano/Mexican Music very cool, being the hot Entertainers they were. Right now, please enjoy the version of this song that I prefer, even as you enjoy reading  Our Website Extraordinaire, e’Lanka. The BEST VERSIONS of any song , you readers out there, wish ...

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     “HALFWAY TO A HUNDRED” – By Des Kelly   Many of us have probably stopped, on our 50th birthday, to think about the significance of this particular day, and wonder what the following years have in store for us. Now, with longevity much more common, depending on the life lived, so far, we will quite possibly look forward to the years to come, and this story (Authoer unknown), unfortunately, provides a fascinating, whimsical look into the future.  It is a shame that we, of e’Lanka get so many “posts” with Authors unknown, but it does happen. So then, because our members and readers around the World deserve only the best factual or imaginary “stories”, I take it upon myself to provide a brief introduction, so here’s hoping you enjoy this particular one, which is very funny and interesting, depending on how you look at it, when YOU are ...

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 “SPANISH FLU!! SO WHAT’S NEW” ??. Thank you, to Chris.Lawton, for this amazing collection of photographic memories. They say that “A picture is worth a thousand words”, well folks, here we go, with many thousands of words (in pictures), for us to reminisce on. Let us take the time to concentrate on this “post” and hopefully learn something from it.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Nothing has changed much in 100 years–most of the same old practices still apply–amazing !!! 101 years ago, same world, same tragedy… photos preserved it in black and white! ...

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  “GOD MADE SPINOZA TOO” – By Des Kelly The Author of this . piece of.,~ writing is unfortunately unknown, yet it was sent in to me by my good friend, Artist/Cartoonist Max. Gerreyn and certainly merits inclusion on  e’Lanka,  so let us get it on, forthwith. The title (above) comes from me. I was born a Roman Catholic, have lived my life so far, as one, and will die, a Roman Catholic. I am not, in any sense of the word (or phrase), a “Church pillar”, however I DO BELIEVE IN GOD. There is only the ONE GOD, and it is quite obvious now, that this ALMIGHTY is fed-up with the World that HE created just recently, in the context of time. When God made us, HE created each & everyone with a brain. He then expected us to use this brain to live our lives as we should, in peace ...

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“OLD FRIENDS” – By Des Kelly   Sent to me by my “Good Friends” Ruki & Dayal Cooray, another beautifully written piece that tells us the story of life. Unfortunately, the Author of this great “post” is unknown, but I did read it, and enjoyed it immensely, deciding to share it with many thousands of e’Lanka. I then decided to post an unforgettable song by the late, great Merle Haggard, as a fitting end to this meaningful story.  Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in- Chief)  e’Lanka. Profound and Inevitable..Credit to the Author. This is one of the nicest articles I’ve read in a while: no politics, no religion, , and no racial issues, just food for thought! TAKE YOUR TIME TO READ IT TO THE END. You know… time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young and embarking ...

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 “WONDERS OF NATURE” – BY Des Kelly Sent in to me, for introduction to e’Lanka, although he figures that this has been around before, these wonders are well worth watching again.  Thank you, very much, Maxie Gerreyn. I feel certain that all our e’Lanka members and readers will love this post that quite adequately features         THE WONDERS OF NATURE”. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Download the PDF file .   ...

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  Ten guitars! – By Des Kelly This was quite possibly the very first song that I heard him sing, and I liked what I heard, very much. Arnold George Dorsey, who later took the unusual name of Englebert Humperdinck, also took the World by storm, as he continued to entertain millions of people, everywhere he went. Somehow, he was different in the way he faced the World as an Entertainer. There always seemed to be a rapport between him and his fans, that was genuine. He loved them and they loved him, and still do. He wasn’t much married, like so many other “Stars”, having had just his “one & only” Patricia Healey who was born in 1936, married Englebert in 1964, contracted Alzheimer’s disease and sadly died of Covid 19 related complications in 2021, aged eighty five. Patricia and Englebert had 4 children, Bradley, Jason, Scott & Louise ...

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