Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Smooth Sounds of Keath Barrie

A great baritone voice is featured on The Nostalgic Rambler this week. Canadian Keath Barrie was heard on easy listening radio stations singing such beautiful songs as "Christian Island." The combination of Barrie's deep voice and the song's romantic lyrics really evoked a sense of contentment and adventure.

Barrie was born in Canada and grew up in Germany before returning to his native Canada. His career there gained him fame and he performed with such Canadian favorites as Anne Murray.

Barrie died in 2004. A few years ago he had a website where his cds could be purchased. I noticed recently the webpage was gone. A few of his LPs are available on ebay from time to time. His son, who is a fantastic wildlife artist, offered this information to me about his dad's recordings:

Hello Jeff! I don't have many of my father's CDs left (that's why I took down his website). Until they are all gone, they are still available by calling 1-877-267-8781 I appreciate your efforts in promoting memories of Beautiful Music - too bad only a handful of radio stations still play some! Kind regards, Marc.

I didn't find any clips of Keath Barrie music on Youtube so I'm presenting this short excerpt here for you to enjoy.


  1. For those interested, I have just (two nights ago!) created a Facebook group for Keath Barrie's fans. Please join and share whatever thoughts you have about this great singer. Search for 'Keath Barrie Appreciation Group' I would be interested to hear from Marc Barrie on his thoughts on the group although I'm not sure he is on Facebook.

  2. Gerry, what a great idea! I'm going to join the group right now!

  3. Hi There,

    My friend Erica is getting married in May and she asked if I could locate a keath Barrie called, "Reach Out". Erica was saying there is a song on the CD called,"Woman You're Beautiful". Here dad said when she gets married he would love to have this dance with her daughter(thirty eight years later looks like this dance is going to happen, unless I can't locate this song for her). So this song is very special to her. I was wondering if you could help me out in locating this CD. I cannot seem to find it on CD format;only lp.