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Aaron2006
Posted on: Jun 17 2012, 10:53 AM


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British singer Alf Pearson turned 102 on June 15th. Bob and Alf Pearson sang with many dance bands in the 1930's e.g. Harry Bidgood, Jack Payne, Jay Wilbur.....and made hundreds of recordings from the 1920's - 1980's.

Happy Birthday Alf.






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Posted on: Jun 6 2012, 07:50 PM


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I was in London on Sunday and the sight I witnessed was truly amazing. First I heard very nice music coming from Trafalgar Square. When I got there, the music was very loud and coming from a large speaker. It was old time dance music from the 1920's and 1930's. There were many young people (tourists I think) acting silly and holding hands and dancing in circles. I think some one had just bought a CD and connected it to the public speaker. The music echoed down to Number 10 Downing Street. I wonder if the Prime Minister was tapping his foot to the music.

Here are some of the actual songs I heard.



Jack Hylton - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

Fred Waring - Collegiana

Ray Noble - Goodnight Sweetheart



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Aaron2006
Posted on: Feb 8 2012, 08:13 PM


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Thanks. So many good songs. I think I will buy the CD.


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Posted on: Feb 7 2012, 07:25 PM


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It sounds familiar but I don't know its name. The song plays automatically on this website.


Dance Band - Jazzy Song



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Posted on: Dec 22 2011, 10:10 PM


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There are many songs about children's toys and dolls from the 1920's. I think they would make perfect Christmas songs. Like these two for example.


The Toymaker's Dream (1929)

The Toy Town Parade (1927)



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Posted on: Oct 15 2011, 11:58 AM


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British actress and singer Betty Driver has passed away at 91. She went on tour with Henry Hall.

This is one of my favourites


You Can't Have Your Cake (1938)


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Posted on: Sep 1 2011, 05:05 PM


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Excellent songs. Are these MIDI recordings, because if they are, you can load them into this Wurlitzer Organ tool. It's called Miditzer Style 260SP and it converts MIDI recordings into this.


California Here I Come


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Posted on: Aug 13 2011, 09:37 PM


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I think this is one of the best examples of 1920's hot jazz.



The Kit-Cat Band - Uncanny Banjo (1927)


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Note: Does anyone know how I can change the topic heading? It should say 1927 instead of 1928.


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Aaron2006
Posted on: Jul 21 2011, 06:07 PM


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Does anyone know who this singer is on my record? His voice sounds familiar.


Gene's Novelty Band (1934)



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Posted on: Jun 17 2011, 01:15 AM


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Thanks. A CD featuring Alf Pearson songs was released several years ago with special commentary from Alf when he was 94. He still continues to sing and still dresses up in the old fashioned attire. Each year I visit the Blackpool Tower Ballroom where he and many others sang. Just standing inside it makes me shudder with delight. The atmosphere is very haunting. Many songs were recorded live at the ballroom.



Bob & Alf Pearson - Recording In The Tower Ballroom

Dancing In The Famous Tower Ballroom

Bertini & His Tower Dance Band - Sleep Baby Sleep (1929)






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Posted on: Jun 15 2011, 11:15 AM


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Born on June 15th 1910, Alf is believed to be the oldest living British celebrity. He sang with many leading dance bands in the 1920's and 1930's. Here is one of my favourite recordings with Alf Pearson.


I Don't Mind Walking In The Rain (1930)





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Posted on: Mar 16 2011, 09:05 PM


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This is one of my favourite records in my collection but who is this orchestra? The label says: The Victory Dance Orchestra? But I understand it was a pseudonym used by Jay Wilbur, Stan Greening, Simon Wurm, George Cathie, Harry Maquilty, and Jay Whidden and perhaps many more.

Do you know which orchestra this might be? Many thanks in advance.


Nursery Rhymes Medley (1928)


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Posted on: Mar 9 2011, 04:34 PM


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Thanks. I heard that Al Bowlly was meant to sing that night at the Cafe de Paris and was wrongly reported to be among those killed. Sadly he died a few days later during another bomb attack.


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Posted on: Mar 8 2011, 08:57 PM


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On March 8th 1941 couples were happily dancing to the music of Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson at London's famous Cafe de Paris nightclub. Suddenly two German bombs crashed through the roof onto the dance floor, killing up to 80 people including the band leader Ken Johnson.


Here is a tribute I made to the Cafe de Paris.

The Cafe de Paris Bombing


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Posted on: Feb 17 2011, 11:47 PM


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Thanks. Here is one more. Gotta love that ending!


The Yogi Who Lost His Will Power


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Posted on: Feb 17 2011, 02:04 PM


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Orrin Tucker is 100 today! Born February 17th 1911, Orrin is one of the last living band leaders from the 1920's-1940's era. Here is footage of Orrin in 1941.


You're The One (1941)


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Posted on: Feb 14 2011, 04:02 AM


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The famous Savoy hotel in London 'which partly owed it's fame to the Savoy bands' has literally been destroyed. The hotel first opened it's doors in 1889 and was later refurbished in 1926 with a jazzy look. Sadly in 2007 the new owners decided it was time for a complete refurbishment. Everything inside was ripped out and a new 'modern' hotel was born. I will miss it.


Destroying The Savoy Hotel



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Posted on: Feb 10 2011, 08:04 PM


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One thing I still don't understand is when the Birkenhead sank, Queen Victoria was on the throne, but in the recording, the person says "Soldiers of the King" and "God save the King". If this was a re-enactment of this voyage wouldn't it be 'Queen'?


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Posted on: Feb 10 2011, 05:34 PM


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Thanks. When I bought it I thought it was another WW1 morale booster but I now know it was much more and before the war and the Titanic disaster. I will have to upload it some day. I uploaded a similar record on youtube 2 years ago.


Troops Landing In France (1914)



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Posted on: Feb 10 2011, 01:12 AM


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I recently bought a single sided record from my antique dealer. It's called: The Wreck Of A Troopship. Zonophone X-41027. I understand it was recorded between 1904 and 1909. But does this make sense because this would be during peace time.


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Posted on: Feb 8 2011, 10:19 PM


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Still looking. However it might not be Henry Hall. This version sounds so familiar yet I just can't think when or where I heard it.


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Posted on: Feb 8 2011, 03:49 AM


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I did a search on Amazon but too many versions were listed (thousands). It must have been an extremely popular song. The BBC often stick to their archived database so I wouldn't be surprized if it's Henry Hall and the BBC dance orchestra. LOL. The vocalist sounds alot like Dan Donovan.


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Posted on: Feb 7 2011, 10:00 PM


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An old favourite of mine. Jay Whidden and his orchestra. Listen out for a young Norman Payne performing a hot trumpet solo.


A Dicky Bird Told Me So (1929)



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Posted on: Feb 7 2011, 09:54 PM


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Thanks. I also remember the song Marcheta being played with a harp, though I can't remember the band.


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Posted on: Jan 30 2011, 03:00 AM


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Not an instrument one would expect to hear in a dance band but I scratched my head when I heard this song. The harp is very brief and can be heard at the beginning and the end of this Al Benny record.


Blue Hills Of Pasadena (1929)


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