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The files are listed alphabetically by artist. Within each artist the titles are listed by recording date, (though sometimes grouped by record label)


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PLEASE NOTE: These are for your own listening pleasure only. Please respect this and DON'T sell them or put them up elsewhere or pass them off as your own files.    I have uploaded other mp3s; see my home page or click here.

Here is a list of the most recent updates with links, latest first (click on the artist's name).

Date updated Artist
May 2, 2014 Harry Roy and his Orchestra
April 1, 2014 Hal Swain & his Band (additional selections)
January 22, 2014 Geraldo & his Sweet Music
November 23, 2013 Jack Hylton (1929 selection)
October 1, 2013 Debroy Somers (second selection)
August 12, 2013 Ronnie Munro
July 2, 2013 The Savoy Orpheans, 1924-25 (Romaine Dance Orch, on Zonophone)
April 13, 2013 Arthur Rosebery (second batch)
March 5, 2013 Oscar Rabin on Rex and Decca
January 2, 2013 Bertini

Page last updated: May 03, 2014   

  

Alfredo and his Band
Alfred Gill formed his band in 1925 after leaving Jack Hylton's employ. The band played at the New Princes Restaurant from then until 1930 when Alfredo disbanded the dance band and formed a Gypsy orchestra. From late 1926 onwards, the band personnel was very stable and included Alfie Noakes (trumpet & arranger) and Claude Cavalotti (alto sax), both of whom could play straight or hot. The band recorded solely for Edison Bell, the recordings being issued on Winner, Electron and 8" Radio records.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
March 1928 Is She My Girl Friend? Les Allen Edison Bell Radio 825 88058-4 Feb 1, 2009
c. May 31, 1928 Sunshine Les Allen Edison Bell Radio 861 88135-2 Nov 4, 2012
c. July 25, 1928 Singapore Sorrows Les Allen Edison Bell Radio 875 88188-2 Feb 1, 2009
c. October 8, 1928 Lila Bobby Sanders Edison Bell Radio 884 88330-2 Nov 4, 2012
December 1928 Laughing Marionette   Edison Bell Radio 911 88464-2 Nov 4, 2012
January 25, 1929 Virginia Eddie Grossbart & Les Allen Edison Bell Radio 925 88484-2 Feb 1, 2009
c. March 1, 1929 I'm Sorry, Sally Eddie Grossbart & Les Allen + 1 Edison Bell Radio 958 88718-2 Nov 4, 2012
c. April 29, 1929 Sweetheart Of All My Dreams Les Allen & Eddie Grossbart + 1 Edison Bell Radio 976 88776-2 Nov 4, 2012
June 27, 1929 Huggable, Kissable You Eddie Collis & trio Edison Bell Radio 1222 88948-1 Feb 1, 2009
June 28, 1929 Glorianna Eddie Collis Edison Bell Radio 1282 88953-2 Feb 1, 2009
September 1929 Am I Blue?   Eddie Grossbart Edison Bell Radio 1248 89309-2 Feb 1, 2009
c. September 30, 1929 Why Can't You? Hal Swain Edison Bell Radio 1270 89342-3 Nov 4, 2012
October 1929 I've Never Seen A Smile Like Yours Joe Leigh (Lee) Edison Bell Radio 1262 89375-1 Nov 4, 2012
December 1929 To Be In Love (Espesh'lly With You) Eddie Collis Edison Bell Radio 1290 85999-2 Nov 4, 2012
January 1930 Turn On The Heat Eddie Collis Edison Bell Radio 1299 89613-2 Nov 4, 2012
c. March 18, 1930 Now I'm In Love Harry Jacobson Edison Bell Radio 1318 89683-2 Nov 4, 2012
April 1930 Singing In The Bath-Tub Hal Swain Edison Bell Radio 1331 89846-3 Feb 1, 2009
May 1930 Blondy Hal Swain Edison Bell Radio 1353 89771-3 Nov 4, 2012
c. May 26, 1930 Body And Soul Sam Browne Edison Bell Radio 1348 89795-2 Nov 4, 2012
June 1930 On The Sunny Side Of The Street Eddie Grossbart Edison Bell Radio 1375 89813-1 Feb 1, 2009
c. October 6, 1930 Here Comes Emily Brown Eddie Grossbart Edison Bell Radio 1411 89898-2 Nov 4, 2012

Ambrose and his Orchestra
Probably the best-remembered bandleader of the period, Bert Ambrose employed the best modern dance musicians and played at the most prestigious residencies in the West End; the May Fair Hotel and the Embassy Club (at different times, of course). His recordings are never less than brilliant. in 1933 and 34, his recordings were issued on the Brunswick label; all other dance band recordings were of American origin, Ambrose being the only British band on the label. Here is a selection of those recordings. I have now added some of his earliest recordings.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
c. April 3, 1923 China Boy, Go Sleep   Columbia 3285 73337 Jan 3, 2011
c. April 3 1923 My Buddy   Columbia 3285 73338 Jan 3, 2011
c. April 6, 1923 Rose Of The Rio Grande   Columbia 3283 73347 Jan 3, 2011
c. April 6, 1923 Dumbell (intro: Jennie)   Columbia 3283 73351 Jan 3, 2011
April 1927 The Birth Of The Blues Hamilton Sisters & Fordyce Brunswick 105   Jan 3, 2011
April 1927 My Heart Stood Still Hamilton Sisters & Fordyce Brunswick 105   Jan 3, 2011
April 1927 One Summer Night Hamilton Sisters & Fordyce Brunswick 107   Jan 3, 2011
April 1927 Possibly Hamilton Sisters & Fordyce Brunswick 107   Jan 3, 2011
July 1927 Take Your Finger Out Of Your Mouth   Brunswick 108 A-151 Jan 3, 2011
November 13, 1928 'S Wonderful   Brunswick 199 BB-132-3 Jan 3, 2011
November 13, 1928 Roll Away, Clouds   Brunswick 199 BB-133-1 Jan 3, 2011
March 8, 1933 Sweetheart Sam Browne Brunswick 1488 GB-5655-1 May 3, 2009
May 5, 1933 Stormy Weather Sam Browne Brunswick 01523 GB-5849-1 May 3, 2009
May 5, 1933 You've Got Me Crying Again Elsie Carlisle Brunswick 01523 GB-5852-2 May 3, 2009
October 5, 1933 Dinner At Eight Sam Browne Brunswick 01606 GB-6164-2 May 3, 2009
October 14, 1933 Night And Day Sam Browne Brunswick 01609 GB-6181-3 May 3, 2009
October 14, 1933 After You, Who? Sam Browne Brunswick 01609 GB-6182-3 May 3, 2009
November 2. 1933 Love Locked Out Sam Browne Brunswick 01624 GB-6271-2 May 3, 2009
November 2. 1933 I've Got You On My Mind Sam Browne Brunswick 01623 GB-6272-2 May 3, 2009
November 2. 1933 Happy And Contented Sam Browne Brunswick 01624 GB-6274-2 May 3, 2009
December 19, 1933 My Hat's On The Side Of My Head Sam Browne Brunswick 01662 GB-6426-1 May 3, 2009
December 19, 1933 You Ought To See Sally On Sunday Sam Browne Brunswick 01660 GB-6428-3 May 3, 2009
February 2, 1934 Oceans Of Time Sam Browne Brunswick 01695 GB-6527-1 May 3, 2009
March 8, 1934 Because It's Love Sam Browne Brunswick 01729 GB-6638-1 May 3, 2009
May 30, 1934 Cupid Sam Browne Brunswick 01789 TB-1291-2 May 3, 2009
June 12, 1934 When You Climb Those Golden Stairs Sam Browne and chorus Brunswick 01788 TB-1293-4 May 3, 2009
October 23, 1934 Two Hearts On A Tree Sam Browne Decca F-5223 TB-1655-1 Mar 4, 2012
November 20, 1934 I'm Gonna Wash My Hands Of You Sam Browne and Elsie Carlisle Decca F-5318 GB-6777-1 Mar 4, 2012
January 3, 1935 My Kid's A Crooner Elsie Carlisle Decca F-5393 GB-6845-2 Mar 4, 2012
January 11, 1935 When Day Is Done Sam Browne & chorus Decca K-745 GA-6833-5 Mar 4, 2012
May 23, 1935 You're The Top Sam Browne Decca F-5539 GB-7158-2 Mar 4, 2012
May 30, 1935 Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart Sam Browne Decca F-5571 GB-7184-2 Mar 4, 2012
July 30, 1935 Copenhagen   Decca F-5696 TB-1839-1 Mar 4, 2012
November 5, 1935 I Can Wiggle My Ears Jack Cooper Decca F-5778 TB-2025-1 Mar 4, 2012
August 15, 1936 Crazy With Love Jack Cooper Decca F-6242 TB-2357-1 Mar 4, 2012
September 10, 1936 Until The Real Thing Comes Along Jack Cooper Decca F-6089 TB-2438-1 Mar 4, 2012
June 18, 1937 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off Sam Browne & Evelyn Dall Decca F-6425 TB-3105-2 Mar 4, 2012
July 8, 1937 Cotton Pickers' Congregation Chorus Decca F-6458 TB-3138-1 Mar 4, 2012
October 27, 1938 Goodbye To Summer Denny Dennis Decca F-6856 DR-3011-1 Mar 4, 2012
February 28, 1939 Hullabaloo   Decca F-7137 DR-3369-1 Mar 4, 2012
January 17, 1941 Just One Of Those Things Sam Browne Decca F-7702 DR-5263-1 Mar 4, 2012
November 12, 1941 It's A Small World Anne Shelton Decca F-8027 DR-6423-1 Mar 4, 2012

Bertini and the Tower Blackpool Dance Band
Bertini (real name Bert Gutsell) and his band was one of the few regional British dance bands to make a substantial number of records. The band, with quite a steady personnel was resident at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool for number of years. It is obvious from their records that, while they may not match the most up-to-date modern London bands, there's no doubt about the rock-steady 4-in-a-bar beat they provided for the many dancers at the Tower. Many of their records were made for Eclipse, which was an 8" record sold for 6d in Woolworths, a selection of which can be found here.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
May 8. 1933 Goodnight, But Not Goodbye Sam Browne Eclipse 433 JW-1197 Jan 2, 2013
June 8, 1933 You Filled My Heart With Sunshine Tom Barratt Eclipse 464 JW-1263 Jan 2, 2013
July 20, 1933 Drifting Down the Shalimar Cavan O'Connor Eclipse 479 JW-1319 Jan 2, 2013
August 16, 1933 Dance Your Blues Away Cavan O'Connor Eclipse 497 JW-1378 Jan 2, 2013
September 10, 1933 Trouble In Paradise Dan Donovan Eclipse 543 JW-1424 Jan 2, 2013
October 30, 1933 As Long As I'm With You Jack Plant Eclipse 565 JW-1520 Jan 2, 2013
December 11, 1933 Roaming Sam Browne Eclipse 588 JW-1616 Jan 2, 2013
January 8, 1934 Just A Little More Dan Donovan Eclipse 617 JW-1653 Jan 2, 2013
April 9, 1934 Just Around The Corner Harry Bentley Eclipse 674 JW-1803 Jan 2, 2013
April 9, 1934 Night On the Water Harry Bentley Eclipse 687 JW-1810 Jan 2, 2013
May 22, 1934 When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart Maurice Elwin Eclipse 750 JW-1891 Jan 2, 2013
June 28, 1934 I'll Find You Wherever You Are Leslie Douglas Eclipse 763 JW-1978 Jan 2, 2013
August 14, 1934 All I Do Is Dream Of You Donald Peers Eclipse 782 JW-2058 Jan 2, 2013
September 24, 1934 Take A Ride On A Sunbeam Jack Knowles Eclipse 809 JW-2132 Jan 2, 2013
November 1934 I Only Have Eyes For You Sam Browne Eclipse 880 JW-2213 Jan 2, 2013
February 1935 Back To Those Happy Days Donald Peers Eclipse 946 JW-2417 Jan 2, 2013


Harry Bidgood and his Broadcasters
Harry Bidgood made thousands of dance band recordings during his tenure as musical director at Vocalion records between 1925 and 1933. Selecting a few for the site has been quite hard especially as I particularly like his recordings. Bidgood used a fairly stable group of musicians, concentrating on good solid no-frills dance music with very little "hot" playing. Most of the records are of his own arrangements, which just sets them apart from other recorded versions of the same tunes.
 
Firstly: 8" & 9" records  
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
May 11, 1927 If Tears Could Bring You Back To Me John Thorne Broadcast 127 Z-68 Aug 7, 2009
August 16, 1927 Does She Love Me? Positively, Absolutely! John Thorne Broadcast 149 Z-141 Aug 7, 2009
August 16, 1927 There Ain't No "Maybe" In My Baby's Eyes John Thorne Broadcast 145 Z-142 Aug 7, 2009
September 7, 1927 Deep River John Thorne Broadcast 164 Z-176 Aug 7, 2009
September 7, 1927 Clap Yo' Hands John Thorne Broadcast 163 Z-177 Aug 7, 2009
September 7, 1927 The Doll Dance   Broadcast 163 Z-180 Aug 7, 2009
November 1, 1927 Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling? Ramon Newton Broadcast 178 Z-249 Aug 7, 2009
November 29, 1927 I AIn't That Kind Of A Baby Bobby Sanders Broadcast 183 Z-271 Aug 7, 2009
December 30, 1927 Gonna Get A Girl Ramon Newton Broadcast 194 Z-298 Aug 7, 2009
January 24, 1928 Bless Her Little Heart Ramon Newton Broadcast 206 Z-336 Aug 7, 2009
February 23, 1928 Marvellous Ramon Newton Broadcast 213 Z-369 Aug 7, 2009
March 12, 1928 Did You Mean It? John Thorne Broadcast 230 Z-387 Aug 7, 2009
March 23, 1928 When Day Is Done John Thorne Broadcast 226 Z-389 Aug 7, 2009
May 7, 1928 Wherever You Are (into: Playground In The Sky)   Broadcast 264 Z-453 Aug 7, 2009
June 1, 1928 A Little Dream Nest Maurice Elwin Broadcast 274 Z-477 Aug 7, 2009
August 21, 1928 My Pet John Thorne Broadcast 286 Z-562 Aug 7, 2009
October 31, 1928 Lila Bobby Sanders Broadcast 307 Z-671 Aug 7, 2009
December 19, 1928 Down My The Old Front Gate John Thorne & chorus Broadcast 329 Z-756 Aug 7, 2009
February 22, 1929 I Ain't Never Been Kissed John Thorne Broadcast 354 Z-837 Aug 7, 2009
Next: 10" records:  This first load is mainly from the  Broadcast 12 Super Dance label  
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
July 16, 1929 I'm "Ka-Razy" For You The Whoopee Boys Broadcast 12 2504 L-0290 Mar 20, 2011
August 19, 1929 Wedding Bells Les Allen and trio Broadcast 12 2512 L-0315 Mar 20, 2011
September 26, 1929 Button Up Your Overcoat John Thorne Broadcast 12 2518 L-0364 Mar 20, 2011
October 30, 1929 The Sun Is At My Window Tom Barratt Broadcast 12 2527 L-0395 Mar 20, 2011
November 22, 1929 Say It With Songs, medley Cavan O'Connor & Tom Barratt Broadcast 12 5125 L-0420 Mar 20, 2011
January 3, 1930 Sweetheart We Need Each Other John Thorne Broadcast 12 2536 L-0472 Mar 20, 2011
January 31, 1930 Little By Little Tom Barratt Broadcast 12 2542 L-0499 Mar 20, 2011
March 28, 1930 Singing In The Bathtub Tom Barratt Broadcast 12 2552 L-0566 Mar 20, 2011
April 8, 1930 Have A Little Faith In Me Sam Browne Broadcast 12 2557 L-0581 Mar 20, 2011
April 15, 1930 Keeping Myself For You Patrick Waddington Broadcast 12 2560 L-0595 Mar 20, 2011
June 17, 1930 A Man Of My Own unknown Broadcast 12 2572 L-0649 Mar 20, 2011
July 4, 1930 On The Sunny Side Of The Street Sam Browne Broadcast 12 2578 L-0698 Mar 20, 2011
August 19, 1930 Sing A Little Theme Song Sam Browne Broadcast 12 2584 L-0719 Mar 20, 2011
October 13, 1930 My Baby just Cares For Me Bob & Alf Pearson Broadcast 12 2595 L-0772 Mar 20, 2011
December 12, 1930 I Don't Mind Walking In The Rain Alf Pearson Broadcast 12 2608 L-0828 Mar 20, 2011
September 5, 1931 I Found You Sam Browne Panachord 25074 R-157 Mar 20, 2011

 

Billy Bissett and his Orchestra
Canadian-born Billy Bissett  spent three years in London, including a season at the May Fair Hotel in London in 1937, and their only recordings (all to be found here) were made in this period. Billy and Alice Mann were married in September 1937. In August 1939, they went to America for a short break, but, due to the outbreak of war, were unable to return to England. Billy formed an American band, and changed his name to Billy Bishop.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
March 2, 1937 Rainbow On The River Billy Bissett HMV BD-5188 0EA-4669-1 Feb 22, 2009
March 2, 1937 On A Little Bamboo Bridge Billy Bissett and Pat Hyde HMV BD-5188 0EA-4670-1 Feb 22, 2009
March 2, 1937 All Alone In Vienna Billy Bissett HMV BD-5189 0EA-4671-1 Feb 22, 2009
March 2, 1937 Ev'rything You Do Billy Bissett HMV BD-5189 0EA-4672-1 Feb 22, 2009
June 14, 1937 On A Little Dream Ranch Billy Bissett HMV BD-5227 0EA-5024-1 Feb 22, 2009
June 14, 1937 There's A Lull In My Life Alice Mann HMV BD-5231 0EA-5025-1 Feb 22, 2009
June 14, 1937 In A Little French Casino Billy Bissett and Alice Mann HMV BD-5227 0EA-5026-1 Feb 22, 2009
June 14, 1937 Never In A Million Years Billy Bissett and Alice Mann HMV BD-5231 0EA-5027-1 Feb 22, 2009

 

Larry Brennan and his Winter Gardens Dance Band
Larry Brennan directed the band at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool at least between 1933 and 1935 when his band made a number of recordings for Regal-Zonophone. These were actually recorded in Blackpool, and I don't believe I've ever seen any re-mastered onto LP or CD, so this could be a first. The band has a distinctive sound, to put it mildly, and a tendency to play numbers rather fast. Here's a selection of those I consider to be the best sides.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
August 31, 1933 I've Found The Right Girl Tom Barratt Regal-Zonophone MR-1044 WAR-2178-1 Nov 6, 2009
August 31, 1933 Don't Blame Me Tom Barratt Regal-Zonophone MR-1043 WAR-2179-1 Nov 6, 2009
September 27, 1933 Happy Ending Kathleen Walker Regal-Zonophone MR-1067 WAR-2235-1 Nov 6, 2009
September 28, 1933 Let The World Go Drifting By Tom Barratt Regal-Zonophone MR-1066 WAR-2234-1 Nov 6, 2009
September 28, 1933 Oh! Johanna Tom Barratt Regal-Zonophone MR-1048 WAR-2239-1 Nov 6, 2009
December 4, 1933 Was Love A Dream? Cavan O'Connor Regal-Zonophone MR-1166 WAR-2434-1 Nov 6, 2009
December 3, 1934 Can I Be Sure Of You? Cavan O'Connor Regal-Zonophone MR-1525 WAR-3091-1 Nov 6, 2009
January 8, 1935 Wish Me Good Luck, Kiss Me Goodbye unknown Regal-Zonophone MR-1590 WAR-3186-1 Nov 6, 2009
April 7, 1935 Home Again unknown Regal-Zonophone MR-1679 WAR-3350-1 Nov 6, 2009
April 7, 1935 Prairie Schooner unknown Regal-Zonophone MR-1679 WAR-3351-1 Nov 6, 2009
April 7, 1935 March Winds And April Showers unknown Regal-Zonophone MR-1680 WAR-3352-1 Nov 6, 2009
April 7, 1935 Since We Fell Out Of Love unknown Regal-Zonophone MR-1680 WAR-3353-1 Nov 6, 2009
May 14, 1935 Dancing In A Dream unknown Regal-Zonophone MR-1734 WAR-3432-1 Nov 6, 2009

Al Collins and his Berkeley Hotel Orchestra
Al Collins worked for the Savoy Hotel group for many years, often almost "unsung", playing with his orchestra in all the hotels in the group at some point. His recordings are very few, however, and just 4 sides for Regal in 1923 and 4 sides for Decca in 1936 being the only commercial issues. Here are the Decca sides.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
January 31, 1936 With All My Heart Suzanne Botterilll Decca F-5876 GB-7633-1 Sept 18, 2012
January 31, 1936 Moon For Sale Bert Yarlett Decca F-5876 GB-7656-1 Sept 18, 2012
January 31, 1936 Old Ship O' Mine Bert Yarlett Decca F-5875 GB-7657-1 Sept 18, 2012
January 31, 1936 Moon Over Miami Jimmy Leary Decca F-5875 GB-7658-1 Sept 18, 2012

Billy Cotton and his Band
As a small boy, I remember the Billy Cotton band show on TV. It wasn't my sort of thing, so I was pleasantly surprised when I started collecting 78s a few years later, that Billy Cotton's Band had made dance band recordings several years earlier. Cotton's recordings start in 1928 for Metropole/Piccadilly before he switched to Columbia and Regal in 1930. In 1936 he changed to make records for Rex until Decca (who by then produced Rex records) ceased production and Billy moved to Decca. Here is a selection from my collection, tending to lean more towards the earlier period.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
July 1928 I'm A Broken-Hearted Blackbird Joe Ferrie Metropole 1045 1078-2 Jan 12, 2010
September 1928 Sunny Skies Sid Buckman & Joe Ferrie Piccadilly 108 1204 Jan 12, 2010
November 1928 Dusky Stevedore Sid Buckman Piccadilly 195 1324-1 Jan 12, 2010
March 28, 1930 Happy Feet Trio Regal MR-107 WAR-65-1 Jan 12, 2010
January 3, 1931 Makin' Whoopee (into: I'll Still Belong To You) Sid Buckman Columbia DB-382 WA-11024-2 Jan 12, 2010
May 5, 1931 It Looks Like Love Sid Buckman Columbia CB-291 CA-11555-1 Jan 12, 2010
September 4, 1931 Trees Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-350 CA-11941-1 Jan 12, 2010
March 19, 1932 With Love In My Heart Cyril Grantham Regal MR-557 CAR-1114-1 Jan 12, 2010
August 24, 1932 Sing A New Song Alan Breeze Regal MR-538 CAR-1381-1 Jan 12, 2010
October 5, 1932 Sweet Muchacha Alan Breeze & trio Regal MR-738 CAR-1472-1 Jan 12, 2010
October 20, 1932 Say It Isn't So Cyril Grantham Regal MR-738 CAR-1500-1 Jan 12, 2010
February 18, 1933 Street Of Dreams Alan Breeze Regal-Zonophone MR-867 CAR-1773-1 Jan 12, 2010
July 7, 1933 The Gold-Diggers' Song (We're In The Money) Sam Browne Regal-Zonophone MR-1003 CAR-2096-1 Jan 12, 2010
July 21, 1933 Black And Tan Fantasy   Regal-Zonophone MR-1037 CAR-2134-1 Jan 12, 2010
December 17, 1933 Doin' The Uptown Lowdown Ivor Rich & Teddy Foster Regal-Zonophone MR-1189 CAR-2439-1 Jan 12, 2010
September 27, 1934 Yes, Sir, I Love Your Daughter "Chips" Chippendall Regal Zonophone MR-1449 CAR-2884-1 Jan 12, 2010
November 30. 1934 That's The Way I Like To Hear You Talk "Chips" Chippendall Regal-Zonophone MR-1521 CAR-3073-1 Jan 12, 2010
February 1, 1935 Blue Moon Alan Breeze Regal-Zonophone MR-1588 CAR-3195-1 Jan 12, 2010
June 1, 1935 Shadows In The Moonlight "Chips" Chippendall Regal-Zonophone MR-1735 CAR-3463-1 Jan 12, 2010
February 29, 1936 This'll Make You Whistle Alan Breeze Regal-Zonophone MR-2055 CAR-3959-1 Jan 12, 2010
October 27, 1936 Midnight Blue Alan Breeze Regal-Zonophone MR-2264 CAR-4254-1 Jan 12, 2010
August 11, 1937 Midnight In Mayfair   Rex 9106 R-2382-1 Jan 12, 2010
April 22, 1938 Oooooo-Oh Boom! Jack Doyle & chorus Rex 9290 R-2674-1 Jan 12, 2010
January 27, 1941 Yesterday's Dreams Alan Breeze Rex 9923 R-5294-1 Jan 12, 2010
April 14, 1942 The Whistler's Mother-In-Law Alan Breeze Rex 10,120 R-6774-2 Jan 12, 2010

 

George Elrick and his Swing Music Makers
When Henry Hall left the BBC In September 1937, George Elrick took the opportunity to strike out on his own. His only problem was that he need a backing band for his act. Luckily for him, Lew Stone was struggling to keep his top-class band of west-end musicians together while he himself was working directing musical shows in theatres, which had no need of expensive dance band musicians. Lew lent his band to George and so these recordings are basically by Lew Stone's band, with George Elrick vocalising and nominally directing. By December 1937, Elrick had formed his own band.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
August 17, 1937 Swing, Swing, Dear Mother-In-Law George Elrick Columbia FB-1755 CA-16500-1 Dec 20, 2009
August 21, 1937 The Lady Who Couldn't Be Kissed George Elrick Columbia FB-1755 CA-16507-1 Dec 20, 2009
October 14, 1937 Goodnight To You All George Elrick Columbia FB-1796 CA-16614-1 Dec 20, 2009
October 14, 1937 The Trouble With Me Is You George Elrick Columbia FB-1796 CA-16615-1 Dec 20, 2009
November 16, 1937 You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming George Elrick Columbia FB-1828 CA-16694-1 Dec 20, 2009
November 16, 1937 You've Gotta Take Your Pick And Swing George Elrick Columbia FB-1828 CA-16695-1 Dec 20, 2009

 

George Fisher and his Kit-Cat Band
George Fishberg (better known as George Fisher) was an American pianist who came to Britain in 1920 as part of a quintet under Art Hickman's management.  Around  the beginning of 1928 he formed a band to play at the Kit-Cat restaurant, staying there for about 12 months when Arthur Rosebery took over with his band, at which point Fisher returned to America and nothing more was heard from him, on records at least. During 1928 the band made a number of recordings for Metropole / Piccadilly under their own name and moonlighted at HMV as The Rhythm Band. The two sets of recordings show the band in quite different styles, generally.
 
The Metropole recordings: Here are some of the Metropole & Piccadilly recordings. I must apologise for the variation in recording quality of these sides. The company's recordings suffer from inconsistent quality, often being over-recorded and distorted (as on the first side at least). Some have a fuzzy sound due to the company using pressing stampers after they were worn out. The Piccadilly records were labelled as by Tony Young's Ramblers (except Piccadilly 129 which is as Piccadilly Dance Band).  
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
c. March 27, 1928 I've Found A Horseshoe Three New Yorkers Metropole 1019 M-19-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. May 11, 1928 Miss Annabelle Lee Three New Yorkers Metropole 1026 M-72-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. July 2, 1928 My Pet Phil Arnold Metropole 1081 1049-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. August 3, 1928 Bluebird, Sing Me A Song Phil Arnold Metropole 1074 1127-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. September 6, 1928 Didn't I Tell You? Eddie Grossbart Metropole 1059 1195-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. September 24, 1928 I'm Afraid Of You Eddie Grossbart Metropole 1095 1235-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. September 24, 1928 Collegiana Eddie Grossbart Piccadilly 165 1236-2 Sept 12, 2009
c. September 24, 1928 More Than Anybody Eddie Grossbart Piccadilly 129 1237-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. October 15, 1928 Sascatchewan Eddie Grossbart Piccadilly 190 1289-1 Sept 12, 2009
c. February 5, 1929 Great Camp Meeting Day Cavan O'Connor Piccadilly 211 1597-1 Sept 12, 2009

Howard Flynn and his Orchestra
Howard Flynn was a songwriter and band organiser who had a financial interest in the Edison Bell company, at least in the early 1930s. The recordings made under his name are likely to be a studio group, though the musicians involved have not yet been identified. There maybe a link with Stanley Barnett's band which played in the restaurant at Madame Tussauds. Here are some of the records the band made for Edison Bell in the early 1930s.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
July 1933 I Cover The Waterfront Phyllis Robins Winner 5576 EB-1030-2 Jan 21, 2010
October 13, 1933 Dinner At Eight Harry Bentley Winner 5610 EB-1075-1 Jan 21, 2010
October 13, 1933 Night And Day Harry Bentley Winner 5610 EB-1076-2 Jan 21, 2010
November 19, 1933 There's A Home In Wyomin' Harry Bentley Winner 5618 EB-1091-2 Jan 21, 2010
c. December 21, 1933 On A Steamer Coming Over Dan Donovan Winner 5632 EB-1110-1 Jan 21, 2010
c. December 21, 1933 La-Di-Da-Di-Da Dan Donovan and others Winner 5632 EB-1111-1 Jan 21, 2010
January 1934 Faint Harmony Dan Donovan Winner 5642 EB-1126-1 Jan 21, 2010
January 1934 Dusty Shoes Dan Donovan Winner 5642 EB-1127-2 Jan 21, 2010
March 1934 Sittin' On A Backyard Fence Harry Bentley & trio Winner 5654 EB-1148-1 Jan 21, 2010
March 1934 This Little Piggie Went To Market Harry Bentley Winner 5654 EB-1149-2 Jan 21, 2010

Roy Fox and his Band
Born in Denver, Colorado, Roy Fox developed a whispering cornet style that proved very popular in the West Coast bands. He played with Art Hickman, Earl Burtnett and Gus Arnheim before forming his own band in 1929. A year later, Roy came to England with a small band and played at the Cafe de Paris, as a variety act as much as being a dance band. At the end of the contract, Decca offered him a job both organising a recording dance band and helping out technically with their recordings. Roy was subsequently offered the job of leading the band at the newly opened Monseigneur Restaurant and never looked back, becoming one of the most popular and loved bandleaders of the 1930s. As a start, here are some of the recordings of his Decca studio band from 1931, and now some of his Monseigneur Band sides.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
January 5, 1931 Ten Cents A Dance Betty Bolton Decca F-2294 GB-2497 Aug 29, 2010
January 5, 1931 Memories Of You Al Bowlly Decca F-2194 GB-2498 Aug 29, 2010
January 5, 1931 You're Lucky To Me Al Bowlly Decca F-2194 GB-2499 Aug 29, 2010
January 5, 1931 Thank Your Father Al Bowlly Decca F-2312 GB-2500 Aug 29, 2010
January 16, 1931 Can't We Be Friends? Al Bowlly Decca F-2220 GB-2519 Aug 29, 2010
January 24, 1931 Lady, Play Your Mandolin Al Bowlly Decca F-2220 GB-2551 Aug 29, 2010
February 9, 1931 Maybe It's Love Al Bowlly Decca F-2240 GB-2686 Aug 29, 2010
February 26, 1931 You're The One I Care For Al Bowlly Decca F-2256 GB-2700 Aug 29, 2010
February 26, 1931 Overnight Al Bowlly Decca F-2256 GB-2701 Aug 29, 2010
February 26, 1931 Shout For Happiness Al Bowlly Decca F-2263 GB-2702 Aug 29, 2010
March 5, 1931 Bathing In The Sunshine Al Bowlly Decca F-2263 GB-2716 Aug 29, 2010
March 10, 1931 Them There Eyes The Three Ginx Decca F-2252 GB-2725 Aug 29, 2010
March 10, 1931 That Lindy Hop The Three Ginx Decca F-2250 GB-2726 Aug 29, 2010
March 13, 1931 I'm Glad I Waited The Three Ginx Decca F-2291 GB-2731 Aug 29, 2010
March 25, 1931 One More Time Al Bowlly Decca F-2294 GB-2751 Aug 29, 2010
March 25, 1931 Time On My Hands Al Bowlly Decca F-2291 GB-2753 Aug 29, 2010
April 21, 1931 Laughing At The Rain Al Bowlly Decca F-2328 GB-2785 Aug 29, 2010
April 21, 1931 Bubbling Over With Love Al Bowlly Decca F-2328 GB-2787 Aug 29, 2010
May 5, 1931 Fiesta Al Bowlly Decca F-2341 GB-2805 Aug 29, 2010
May 5, 1931 By My Side Al Bowlly Decca F-2341 GB-2806 Aug 29, 2010
June 1, 1931 I'm So Used To You Now Al Bowlly Decca F-2352 GB-2852 Jan 28, 2012
July 21, 1931 When You Were The blossom Of Buttercup Lane Al Bowlly Decca F-2403 GB-3026 Jan 28, 2012
August 18, 1931 Tell Me, Are You From Georgia? Al Bowlly & Nat Gonella Decca F-2451 GB-3134 Jan 28, 2012
August 18, 1931 Whispering (Roy Fox's signature tune) intro by Roy Fox Decca F-2469 GB-3136 Jan 28, 2012
September 18, 1931 Sweet And Lovely Al Bowlly Decca F-2514 GB-3280 Jan 28, 2012
October 7, 1931 Take It From Me Al Bowlly Decca F-2582 GB-3391 Jan 28, 2012
November 5, 1931 Over The Blue Al Bowlly Decca F-2683 GB-3539 Jan 28, 2012
December 30, 1931 If I Didn't Have You Al Bowlly Decca F-2763 GB-3768 Jan 28, 2012
January 21, 1932 Jig Time Al Bowlly, Sid Buckman & Joe Ferrie Decca F-2793 GB-3855 Jan 28, 2012
February 4, 1932 Don't Tell A Soul Joe Ferrie Decca F-2802 GB-3925 Jan 28, 2012
March 7, 1932 My Sweet Virginia Al Bowlly Decca F-2866 GB-4071 Jan 28, 2012
April 13, 1932 When We're Alone Al Bowlly Decca F-2922 GB-4258 Jan 28, 2012
May 19, 1932 I Got Rhythm Al Bowlly, Sid buckman, Joe Ferrie & Nat Gonella Decca F-3014 GB-4490 Jan 28, 2012
July 20, 1932 One More Affair Al Bowlly Decca F-3093 GB-4681 Jan 28, 2012
September 9, 1932 Call It A Day Al Bowlly Decca F-3151 GB-4869 Jan 28, 2012
September 23, 1932 All Of A Sudden Al Bowlly Decca F-3181 GB-4939 Jan 28, 2012

Geraldo and his Sweet Music / Orchestra
Gerald Bright took on the name Geraldo when he formed his Gaucho Tango Orchestra to play at The Savoy Hotel. After a couple of years, he formed an more usual dance band which he called hi Sweet Music. Usually consisting od reeds, strings and a rhythm section, some recording sessions were augmented by brass players. Here are most of his Columbia recordings of this period (1934-35).
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
January 31, 1934 When I Hear Your Voice Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-715 CA-14313 Jan 22. 2014
February 3, 1934 I Bring To You Sweet Music Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-719 CA-14324 Jan 22. 2014
February 10, 1934 I Had To Change The Words Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-719 CA-14335 Jan 22. 2014
September 20, 1934 Don't You Cry When You Say "Good-Bye" Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-801 CA-14663 Jan 22. 2014
September 20, 1934 What A Little Moonlight Can Do Cyril Grantham & trio Columbia CB-800 CA-14665 Jan 22. 2014
September 20, 1934 Looking For A Little Bit Of Blue Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-800 CA-14666 Jan 22. 2014
October 26, 1934 Just A-Wearyin' For You Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-802 CA-14751 Jan 22. 2014
October 26, 1934 P.S. I Love You Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-802 CA-14752 Jan 22. 2014
December 18, 1934 I Think I Can Cyril Grantham Columbia CB-812 CA-14813 Jan 22. 2014
January 8, 1935 The Moon Was Yellow Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1006 CA-14847 Jan 22. 2014
January 8, 1935 What A Diff'rence A Day Made Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1006 CA-14848 Jan 22. 2014
February 8, 1935 Too Beautiful For Words Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1025 CA-14908 Jan 22. 2014
March 8, 1935 With All My Heart And Soul Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1047 CA-14960 Jan 22. 2014
March 9, 1935 A Beggar Who's In Love Can Be A King Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1047 CA-14961 Jan 22. 2014
April 16, 1935 Far Away In Shanty Town Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1053 CA-15007 Jan 22. 2014
May 8, 1935 Rose Of Italy Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1059 CA-15039 Jan 22. 2014
May 8, 1935 What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You) ? Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1059 CA-15040 Jan 22. 2014
May 13, 1935 My Heart Jumped Over The Moon Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1070 CA-15093 Jan 22. 2014
July 2, 1935 Paris In The Spring Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1086 CA-15141 Jan 22. 2014
July 2, 1935 Bonjour, Mam'selle Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1086 CA-15142 Jan 22. 2014
July 2, 1935 Lou'siana Fairytale Cyril Grantham & trio Columbia FB-1093 CA-15143 Jan 22. 2014
July 2, 1935 Solitude   Columbia FB-1094 CA-15144 Jan 22. 2014
July 17, 1935 Lovely Liza Lee Cyril Grantham & trio Columbia FB-1094 CA-15164 Jan 22. 2014
July 17, 1935 South American Joe unknown Columbia FB-1093 CA-15166 Jan 22. 2014
October 4, 1935 Outside Of You Cyril Grantham Columbia FB-1172 CA-15309 Jan 22. 2014

 

Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans
From Boston, Mass., Carroll Gibbons arrived in England in 1924 and stayed for the rest of his life, working for the Savoy Hotel Group. After leading the Sylvians and the Savoy Orpheans in the 1920s, he became musical director for the Gramophone Company (His Master's Voice) before directing a reformed Savoy Orpheans from 1931, initially as co-leader with Howard Jacobs, until Gibbons' death in the 1950s. The band recorded exclusively for Columbia.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
December 31, 1931 Sweet Summer Breeze Jack Plant Columbia CB-404 CA-12324-2 Feb 1, 2009
January 7, 1932 You'll Be Sorry Jack Plant Columbia CB-404 CA-12343-2 Feb 1, 2009
January 14, 1932 Sunshine And Roses Anona Wynn Columbia CB-413 CA-12350-1 Feb 1, 2009
January 14, 1932 One Little Quarrel Al Bowlly & Anona Wynn Columbia CB-413 CA-12351-1 Feb 1, 2009
January 19, 1932 One More Kiss, Then Good-Night Jack Plant Columbia CB-414 CA-12362-2 Feb 1, 2009
February 1, 1932 Prisoner Of Love Jack Plant Columbia CB-421 CA-12391-1 Feb 1, 2009
February 4, 1932 I'll Make A Happy Landing Jack Plant Columbia CB-421 CA-12400-1 Feb 1, 2009
April 26, 1932 Oh! That Mitzi Edward Cooper Columbia CB-449 CA-12629-1 Feb 1, 2009
April 26, 1932 What Would You Do? Edward Cooper Columbia CB-449 CA-12630-1 Feb 1, 2009
July 20, 1935 Why Start Come Out At Night Anne Lenner Columbia FB-1090 CA-15168-1 Feb 1, 2009
July 20, 1935 Why Dream? Anne Lenner Columbia FB-1090 CA-15170-1 Feb 1, 2009
January 9, 1936 You Were There Robert Ashley Columbia FB-1282 CA-15532-1 Mar 19, 2009
January 9, 1936 Play, Orchestra, Play Robert Ashley Columbia FB-1282 CA-15533-1 Mar 19, 2009
October 26, 1936 Miracles Sometimes Happen Anne Lenner Columbia FB-1548 CA-16012-1 Feb 1, 2009
October 26, 1936 Midnight Blue Brian Lawrance Columbia FB-1548 CA-16013-1 Feb 1, 2009
June 2, 1937 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off Anne Lenner & George Melachrino Columbia FB-1705 CA-16397-1 Feb 1, 2009
June 2, 1937 Shall We Dance? Anne Lenner & George Melachrino Columbia FB-1705 CA-16398-1 Feb 1, 2009

 

Howard Godfrey and his Waldorfians
The nephew of Sir Dan Godfrey, famous symphonic conductor, Howard Godfrey referred to himself as the black sheep of the family, being the only one whose musical direction was towards dance band music. Howard Godfrey directed the band at the Waldorf Hotel in London for some years; the band recorded for Edison Bell Winner, Victory and Piccadilly and was always augmented from it's original five-piece to a full dance band for recordings. Here is a selection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
July 1929 Excuse Me, Lady   Edison Bell Winner 4952 12392-1 Mar 19, 2009
July 1929 Louise Howard Godfrey Edison Bell Winner 4952 12393-1 Mar 19, 2009
Aug 2, 1930 On The Sunny Side Of The Street Al Bowlly Victory 253 945-2 Mar 19, 2009
April 1931 When I Take My Sugar To Tea Val Rosing Piccadilly 766 4325-2 Mar 19, 2009
May-June 1931 Thank You Most Sincerely Al Bowlly Piccadilly 781 4366-2 Mar 19, 2009
August 1931 Cherie, C'est Vous Les Allen Piccadilly 811 4425-1 Mar 19, 2009
September 1931 Poor Kid Les Allen Piccadilly 816 4457-1 Mar 19, 2009
October 1931 Over The Blue Al Bowlly Piccadilly 856 4514-2 Mar 19, 2009

Stan Greening and his Band
Stan Greening worked tenaciously at several record companies as their musical advisor; Crystalate (Imperial, Imperial Junior, Mimosa & Victory records), Columbia (Regal & Columbia), Edison Bell (WInner records), Duophone, Gramophone Company (HMV). In addition, he was greatly in demand on sessions as an instrumentalist; he usually played banjo, guitar and bass on records, but could also play piano and cello. I shall break the selections down into the different record companies. Here's the first.
 
Regal recordings
Stan had a finger in many pies, as musical director at a number of different record companies, but his main work was at Crystalate and Columbia and he made many recordings issued on Regal, Columbia's budget label. Stan's name never appears on the label; all were issued under blanket pseudonyms. Here is a selection of his Regal recordings from 1925 (when he started at Columbia) to 1931 when he made his last dance band recording. Stan Greening continued to work occasionally at EMI (as it became) organising bands to accompany singers.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
c. January 30, 1925 Eat More Fruit Thomas Jackson ? Regal G-8329 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-1561 Jan 28, 2010
c. February 5, 1925 Tea For Two   Regal G-8333 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-1675 Jan 28, 2010
c. February 13, 1925 In A Little Rendezvous   Regal G-8351 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-1709 Jan 28, 2010
c. April 17, 1925 The Story-Book Ball   Regal G-8379 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-1956 Jan 28, 2010
June 9, 1925 One Little One More Fred Rome ? Regal G-8419 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-2192 Jan 28, 2010
c. September 28, 1925 Comin' Home   Regal G-8469 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-2485 Jan 28, 2010
January 1926 Keep Your Skirts Down, Mary Ann   Regal G-8545 (Corona Dance Orch.) A-4081 Jan 28, 2010
February 2, 1926 Why Do Short Men Like Tall Girls? unknown Regal G-8559 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-2807 Jan 28, 2010
April 27, 1926 Hang On To Me   Regal G-8612 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-3210 Jan 28, 2010
September 13, 1926 Two Little Bluebirds   Regal G-8693 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-3915 Jan 28, 2010
November 25, 1926 I've Never Seen A Straight Banana Maurice Elwin Regal G-8764 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-4524 Jan 28, 2010
April 12, 1927 Sing   Regal G-8871 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-5227 Jan 28, 2010
June 22, 1927 The Devil Is Afraid Of Music Eddie Morris Regal G-8906 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-5747 Jan 28, 2010
November 2, 1927 You Went Away Too Far Eddie Morris Regal G-9005 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-6474 Jan 28, 2010
December 1, 1927 There's One Little Girl Who Loves Me Harry Robinson Regal G-9037 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-6625 Jan 28, 2010
February 6, 1928 I'm Living On Love Eddie Morris Regal G-9094 (Lido Dance Orch.) WA-6915 Jan 28, 2010
April 19, 1928 Since I Met Mary Jane Robert Carr Regal G-9133 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-7267 Jan 28, 2010
July 12, 1928 Happy-Go-Lucky Lane John Thorne Regal G-9174 (Raymond Dance Band) WA-7614 Jan 28, 2010
November 25, 1929 Jollity Farm Tom Barratt Regal G-9440 (Hal Swain & his Band !) WA-9786 Jan 28, 2010
February 6, 1930 Crazy Pirouette   Regal unissued test WAR-5 Jan 28, 2010
August 31, 1931 Whistling In The Dark Leslie Holmes Regal MR-400 (The Rhythmic Troubadours) CAR-781 Jan 28, 2010

Henry Hall & his BBC Dance Orchestra / Orchestra
Henry Hall formed his new BBC Dance Orchestra in 1932, having made a number of records with his Gleneagles Hotel Orchestra in the previous years. Henry made many hundreds of records during his BBC tenure and following his departure in 1937, continued to record for Columbia until 1939. Here is a selection of them.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
March 30, 1932 It's Just The Time For Dancing Val Rosing Columbia CB-439 CA-12494 Oct 3, 2012
June 23, 1932 Singing In The Moonlight Val Rosing Columbia CB-475 CA-12834 Oct 3, 2012
October 26, 1932 Tell Me Tonight Les Allen Columbia CB-523 CA-13159 Oct 3, 2012
December 20, 1932 Everyone Says "I Love You" Les Allen Columbia CB-545 CA-13294 Oct 3, 2012
February 13, 1933 Sitting In The Dark Sam Browne Columbia CB-572 CA-13427 Oct 3, 2012
April 4, 1933 The Song Is You Les Allen Columbia CB-598 CA-13557 Oct 3, 2012
July 15, 1933 Everybody Loves My Marguerite Les Allen Columbia CB-649 CA-13800 Oct 3, 2012
October 16, 1933 Did My Heart Beat, Did I Fall In Love? Les Allen Columbia CB-669 CA-14057 Oct 3, 2012
November 13, 1933 Roaming Flanagan & Allen Columbia CB-684 CA-14152 Oct 3, 2012
January 6, 1934 Play To Me, Gypsy Les Allen Columbia CB-705 CA-14239 Oct 3, 2012
April 19, 1934 Riding On The Clouds Len Bermon Columbia CB-750 CA-14444 Oct 3, 2012
July 3, 1934 I'll String Along With You Les Allen Columbia CB-771 CA-14575 Oct 3, 2012
August 28, 1934 I'm Your Slave Les Allen Columbia CB-785 CA-14635 Oct 3, 2012
November 13, 1934 No-One Believes I'm A Mermaid Bertha Willmott Columbia CB-805 CA-14779 Oct 3, 2012
January 30, 1935 Blue Moon Dan Donovan Columbia FB-1017 CA-14897 Oct 3, 2012
May 1, 1935 My Dance Dan Donovan Columbia FB-1055 CA-15032 Oct 3, 2012
June 24, 1935 Caravan Of Dreams Dan Donovan Columbia FB-1078 CA-15125 Oct 3, 2012
August 19, 1935 Don't You Ever Fall In Love Dan Donovan and trio Columbia FB-1099 CA-15184 Oct 3, 2012
October 23, 1935 Say The Word And It's Yours Dan Donovan Columbia FB-1195 CA-15378 Oct 3, 2012
April 4, 1936 I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket Dan Donovan Columbia FB-1364 CA-15710 Oct 3, 2012
July 18, 1936 I Wanna Woo George Elrick Columbia FB-1479 CA-15870 Oct 3, 2012
September 12, 1936 There's A Small Hotel Dan Donovan Columbia FB-1609 CA-15917 Oct 3, 2012
October 14, 1937 The First Time I Saw You Bob Mallin Columbia FB-1789 CA-16613 Oct 3, 2012
December 14, 1938 Don't Let That Moon Get Away Leslie Douglas Columbia FB-2114 CA-17241 Oct 3, 2012

Jerry Hoey and his Orchestra
Saxophonist Jerry Hoey took Leslie Norman's place in Jack Hylton's band in 1924, remaining in the band until  late summer 1927. Following a brief spell with the Savoy Orpheans, Jerry joined Jimmy Kelleher's band at the Piccadilly Hotel. He subsequently took over the band on Kelleher's departure, though the band continued to be billed at Kelleher's for a while. The band recorded under Hoey's name in 1931, for (appropriately) the Piccadilly Label. Here is a selection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
c. February 1931 Ten Cents A Dance unknown Piccadilly 738 4230-1 Feb 13, 2010
c. February 1931 Rainbow Joe Lee Piccadilly 736 4231-1 Feb 13, 2010
c. March 1931 There's Always Tomorrow Joe Lee Piccadilly 755 4262-2 Feb 13, 2010
c. March 1931 It's Not You Joe Lee Piccadilly 755 4263-2 Feb 13, 2010
c. March 1931 Alone And Afraid Joe Lee Simcha 10007 4267-1 Feb 13, 2010
April 1931 Laughing At The Rain Jack Plant Simcha 10007 4304-1 Feb 13, 2010
September 1931 Song Of Happiness Les Allen Piccadilly 839 4497-1 Feb 13, 2010
September 1931 Time Alone Will Tell Les Allen Piccadilly 840 4498-1 Feb 13, 2010
September 1931 What's Going To Happen To Me? Les Allen Piccadilly 840 4499-1 Feb 13, 2010
October 1931 At Your Command Les Allen Piccadilly 861 4529-1 Feb 13, 2010
October 1931 Sweet And Lovely Les Allen trio Piccadilly 861 4530-2 Feb 13, 2010
November 1931 How's Your Uncle? Les Allen and another Piccadilly 864 4535-2 Feb 13, 2010
November 1931 Just A Blue-Eyed Blonde Les Allen Piccadilly 859 4539-1 Feb 13, 2010
November 1931 You Forgot Your Gloves Les Allen Piccadilly 864 4544-1 Feb 13, 2010
December 1931 Guilty Les Allen Picadilly 883 4593-1 Feb 13, 2010

Harry Hudson's Melody Men
Former music hall performer, Harry Hudson was appointed musical director at Edison Bell in 1927 and a few months later started recording for the company's newly-launched 8" record label "Radio". He used a selection of top dance band musicians in his band, but quite different from the other studio bands of Stan Greening, Harry Bidgood Jay Wilbur and so on, including names such as Max Goldberg, Harry Hines, Sid Phillips, Mantovani, George Melachrino and Ken Warner. Here is a selection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
c. January 5, 1928 Dancing Tambourine   Radio 802 88004 Dec 4, 2012
April 20, 1928 It Don't Do Nothing But Rain Harry Hudson Radio 849 88114 Dec 4, 2012
c. September 5, 1928 There Must Be A Silver Lining George Melachrino & Harry Hudson Radio 881 88215 Dec 4, 2012
January 24, 1929 I'm Crazy Over You John Thorne Radio 930 88481 Dec 4, 2012
January 26, 1929 Gin And It   Radio 933 88486 Dec 4, 2012
June 6, 1929 You're The Cream In My Coffee Harry Hudson Radio 1220 88916 Dec 4, 2012
c. August 9, 1929 Louise Eddie Grossbart Radio 1245 89284 Dec 4, 2012
c. December 20, 1929 Cigarette Eddie Grossbart Radio 1312 89646 Dec 4, 2012
c. January 2, 1930 Lonesome Little Doll John Thorne Radio 1287 89664 Dec 4, 2012
c. March 14, 1930 Mickey Mouse John Thorne & chorus Radio 1321 89681 Dec 4, 2012
c. May 19, 1930 By The Bend Of The River Sam Browne Radio 1359 89784 Dec 4, 2012
c. November 13, 1930 Dancing On The Ceiling Sam Browne Radio 1425 89946 Dec 4, 2012
January 6, 1931 Sing (A Happy Little Thing) Eddie Grossbart Radio 1452 89997 Dec 4, 2012
c. March 19, 1931 Ten Cents A Dance Sam Browne Radio 1482 90089 Dec 4, 2012
c. April 22, 1931 You're Twice As Nice As That Girl In My Dreams John Thorne & trio Radio 1502 90122 Dec 4, 2012
c. July 16, 1931 I Found You Harry Hudson Radio 1530 90196 Dec 4, 2012
c. September 1, 1931 I Can't Do Without You Al Bowlly & Harry Hudson Radio 1551 90228 Dec 4, 2012
c. January 1, 1932 Close Your Eyes The Carlyle Cousins Radio 1591 90309 Dec 4, 2012
c. February 26, 1932 By The Fireside The Three Ginx Radio 1602 90337 Dec 4, 2012

Jack Hylton and his Orchestra
Britain's greatest show band of the 1920s and 30s recorded thousands of dance records between 1921 and 1940, so selecting some for the site is an enormous task. I decided to just choose one year, for the first upload. These represent just a small selection from the first half of 1926, plus some of his early 1930's Decca recordings.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
January 6, 1926 My Girl's Got Long Hair Jack Hylton HMV B-5016 Bb-7627-2 Jul 26, 2009
January 15, 1926 Why Don't You Say So?   HMV B-5014 Bb-7707-1 Jul 26, 2009
February 25, 1926 Ukulele Baby Jack Hylton & Chappie D'Amato HMV B-5019 Bb-7969-3 Jul 26, 2009
March 19, 1926 "Lady Be Good" selection, part 1.
   
Intro: So Am I; Hang On To Me; Fascinating Rhythm
Monty Woolf HMV B-5042 Bb-8190-3 Jul 26, 2009
April 21, 1926 Oh! Miss Hannah Chappie D'Amato HMV B-5055 Bb-8297-2 Jul 26, 2009
April 21, 1926 So Does Your Old Mandarin Jack Hylton HMV B-5054 Bb-8296-2 Jul 26, 2009
April 23, 1926 Rose OF Samarkand (Eric Coates)   HMV B-5056 Bb-8311-3 Jul 26, 2009
June 8, 1928 Blinky Moon Bay   HMV B-5086 Bb-8507-3 Jul 26, 2009
June 28, 1926 I'm Taking That Baby Home Jack Hylton HMV B-5099 Bb-8617-1 Jul 26, 2009
January 18, 1929 Blue Night Sam Browne HMV B-5595 BLR-4924-3 Nov 23, 2013
February 12, 1929 But I Do Say So ! Sam Browne HMV B-5611 Bb-15879-2 Nov 23, 2013
February 14, 1929 Glad Feet Sam Browne & trio HMV B-5615 Bb-15877-2 Nov 23, 2013
February 25, 1929 I Must Have That Man Sam Browne HMV B-5617 BM-746-2 Nov 23, 2013
April 5, 1929 Glad Rag Doll Sam Browne & trio HMV B-5627 Bb-16306-2 Nov 23, 2013
April 11, 1929 Sleep, Baby, Sleep Sam Browne & trio HMV B-5641 Bb-16325-3 Nov 23, 2013
April 26, 1929 My Sin Sam Browne HMV B-5637 Bb-16808-2 Nov 23, 2013
May 30, 1929 Is Izzy Azzy Wozz ? Max & Harry Nesbitt, and Sam Browne HMV B-5666 Bb-16939-3 Nov 23, 2013
June 17, 1929 Breakaway (intro: Big City Blues) Sam Browne HMV B-5658 Bb-17105-3 Nov 23, 2013
June 27, 1929 Excuse Me, Lady Sam Browne HMV B-5674 Bb-17126-3 Nov 23, 2013
July 23, 1929 If Love Were All (intro: Dear Little Cafe) Sam Browne HMV B-5677 Bb-17221-2 Nov 23, 2013
August 29, 1929 I'm Perfectly Satisfied Sam Browne & trio, plus Jack Jackson (scat) HMV B-5707 Bb-17296-3 Nov 23, 2013
September 9, 1929 Button Up Your Overcoat Sam Browne HMV B-5703 Bb-16739-5 Nov 23, 2013
September 18, 1929 If I Had My Way Sam Browne & trio HMV B-5707 Bb-17360-2 Nov 23, 2013
October 8, 1929 Ain't Misbehavin' Sam Browne HMV B-5715 Bb-18022-3 Nov 23, 2013
October 24, 1929 Tip-Toe Through The Tulips Sam Browne & trio HMV B-5722 Bb-18084-1 Nov 23, 2013
November 8, 1929 High And Low Sam Browne HMV B-5772 Bb-18146-2 Nov 23, 2013
November 2, 1931 You're My Decline And Fall Pat O'Malley Decca F-2664 GB-3508-3 Apr 4, 2010
December 1, 1931 Song Of Happiness Pat O'Malley & Billy Munn Decca F-2701 T-564-1 Apr 4, 2010
December 22, 1931 You're Blase Pat O'Malley Decca F-2757 GB-3751-2 Apr 4, 2010
January 15, 1932 Dancing In The Dark Pat O'Malley Decca F-2786 GB-3823-2 Apr 4, 2010
February 9, 1932 Ever Since I Kissed Her On The Volga Pat O'Malley Decca F-2878 GB-3943-2 Apr 4, 2010
April 28, 1932 Lovely Little Silhouette Pat O'Malley Decca F-2959 GB-4342-2 Apr 4, 2010
June 23, 1932 You're Taking A Chance With Me Pat O'Malley Decca F-3040 GB-4954-2 Apr 4, 2010
September 7, 1932 Wrap Your Arms Around Me Pat O'Malley & trio Decca F-3161 GB-4837-1 Apr 4, 2010
October 4, 1932 Love Is The Sweetest Thing Pat O'Malley Decca F-3253 GB-4976-2 Apr 4, 2010
October 13, 1932 Don't Say Goodbye Pat O'Malley Decca F-3213 GB-5022-1 Apr 4, 2010
March 14, 1933 The Lord Mayor's Show Pat O'Malley + others Decca F-3519 GB-5677-1 Apr 4, 2010
April 12, 1933 This Is The Rhythm For Me Pat O'Malley Decca F-3549 GB-5753-2 Apr 4, 2010
June 30, 1933 You're Mine, You Pat O'Malley Decca F-3600 GB-6006-2 Apr 4, 2010
September 16, 1933 Happy As The Day Is Long Pat O'Malley, Sonny Farrar & Billy Ternant Decca F-3671 TB-1073-3 Apr 4, 2010
October 20, 1933 Did My Heart Beat? Pat O'Malley Decca F-3715 GB-6224-2 Apr 4, 2010
November 27, 1933 By A Waterfall Pat O'Malley Decca F-3806 GB-6362-1 Apr 4, 2010

Mrs. Jack Hylton and her Orchestra
Mrs Jack Hylton (Ennis Parkes) lead a dance band and toured the country for a number of years. However, she only made recordings for a short spell in 1935-36, for Crown records which were sold for 6d in Woolworths. The recordings (by Crystalate) are of their usual excellent quality and the band contains some excellent musicians. Jimmy Miller (later with the Squadronnaires) was the main vocalist, but, unusually, some members of the orchestra also sang on record. Here is a selection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
August 8, 1935 In A Little Gypsy Tea Room Mrs. Jack Hylton Crown 1 H-137-1 Apr 25, 2010
October 3, 1935 I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again Jimmy Miller Crown 61 H-232-1 Apr 25, 2010
October 3, 1935 One-Way Street Jimmy Miller Crown 110 H-234-1 Apr 25, 2010
October 3, 1935 Stolen Moments Leslie Brian Crown 110 H-235-1 Apr 25, 2010
October 29, 1935 I'm Looking At Blue Skies Chick Smith Crown 80 H-275-1 Apr 25, 2010
October 29, 1935 You Are My Lucky Star Jimmy Miller Crown 79 H-276-1 Apr 25, 2010
December 2, 1936 I'm Waiting For A Change In The Weather Chick Smith Crown 112 H-342-1 Apr 25, 2010
January 8, 1936 My Sweetest Dream Jimmy Miller Crown 166 H-382-1 Apr 25, 2010
January 8, 1936 Heaven Jimmy Miller Crown 149 H-384-1 Apr 25, 2010
March 23, 1936 Please Believe Me Jimmy Miller Crown 175 H-467-1 Apr 25, 2010
May 16, 1936 Love, Just Love Jimmy Miller Crown 185 H-516-1 Apr 25, 2010
September 23, 1936 Take My Heart Mrs Jack Hylton Crown 243 H-628-1 Apr 25, 2010
September 23, 1936 A Million Thoughts Of You Jimmy Miller Crown 243 H-629-1 Apr 25, 2010
September 23, 1936 Shoe-Shine Boy John Bristol Crown 244 H-630-1 Apr 25, 2010

Jack Jackson and his Orchestra
If you remember the 1950s and 60s, you may recall Jack Jackson's manic radio shows on BBC Light Programme. It was just one part of Jack's career which started, as far as recordings are concerned with Bert Ralton's band in the mid-1920s. Jack, however, shone much more when he became the "hot" trumpeter with Jack Hylton's band in 1927, lending plenty of spice to the band's records. Jack moved to Jack Payne's band in 1931. In 1933, Jackson left Payne's band after (allegedly) an serious argument with the bandleader. Interestingly, Jackson had already secured a recording contract with HMV and a residency at the Dorchester Hotel for his band by the time he left Payne! Here is a selection of Jack's recordings with his Dorchester Hotel band between 1933 and 1939.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
February 24, 1933 I'm Playing With Fire Al Bowlly & trio HMV B-6322 0B-6450-2 Apr 29, 2011
February 24, 1933 Sitting In The Dark Al Bowlly HMV B-6322 0B-6451-1 Apr 29, 2011
September 18, 1933 Make Those People Sway (Jack Jackson's sig tune) Jack Jackson & chorus HMV B-6402 0B-5087-2 Apr 29, 2011
September 18, 1933 I've Found The Right Girl Jack Jackson HMV B-6395 0B-5089-2 Apr 29, 2011
January 16, 1934 Faint Harmony Sam Costa HMV B-6448 0B-5857-2 Apr 29, 2011
April 9, 1934 Because It's Love Jack McCarthy HMV B-6479 0B-5970-1 Apr 29, 2011
Srptember 24, 1934 Sitting Beside O' You Fred Latham HMV B-6520 0EA-620-2 Apr 29, 2011
October 22, 1934 Have A Little Dream On Me Fred Latham HMV B-6537 0EA-650-2 Apr 29, 2011
October 25, 1934 I Travel Alone Alberta Hunter HMV B-6535 0EA-654-2 Apr 29, 2011
October 31, 1934 Two Little Flies On A Lump Of Sugar Alberta Hunter HMV B-6541 0EA-662-2 Apr 29, 2011
December 12, 1934 I'm On A See-Saw Fred Latham HMV B-6565 0EA-707-2 Apr 29, 2011
January 9, 1935 My Heart Was Sleeping Jackie Hunter HMV BD-109 0EA-724-1 Apr 29, 2011
May 31, 1935 My Heart Jumped Over The Moon Jack Jackson HMV BD-178 0EA-1890-2 Apr 29, 2011
August 14, 1935 Turn Your Face To The Sun Jack Jackson & Mary Cole HMV BD-207 0EA-1952-1 Apr 29, 2011
March 19, 1936 You Have That Extra Something Jackie Hunter trio HMV BD-5051 0EA-2714-1 Apr 29, 2011
November 11, 1937 Limehouse Blues   Decca F-6568 DTB-3370-1 Apr 29, 2011
November 26, 1937 The New Swing Alphabet Jack Jackson & Jack Cooper Decca F-6568 DTB-3386-1 Apr 29, 2011
May 2, 1938 You're An Education Jack Cooper Decca F-6678 DTB-3640-1 Apr 29, 2011

 

Tommy Kinsman and his Band
Although Tommy Kinsman had a very long career as a bandleader, his recordings have rarely been re-issued, probably because they were made for lesser labels and are often very hard to find, especially the later Octacros recordings. This is a great pity as the band at that time shows itself to be a very competent dance band which swings well. This is a selection from Kinsman pre-WWII recording career, taken from my own collection as usual.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label &  Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
March 29, 1928 What'll You Do? Maurice Elwn Homochord D-1243 HH-13133-2 Feb 20, 2011
March 29, 1928 Mine - All Mine Maurice Elwin Homochord D-1243 HH-13134-2 Feb 20, 2011
Late January 1929 Then Came The Dawn Maurice Elwin Homochord D-1322 BL-973 Feb 20, 2011
c. July 1929 I'm Saving All My Lovin' Eddie Pola Piccadilly 349 (Florida Club Dance Band) 2046-2 Feb 20, 2011
July 1929 On Top Of The World, Alone Cavan O'Connor Sterno 203 (Florida Club Dance Band) S-187-2 Feb 20, 2011
August 1929 Why Can't You? Fred Douglas Sterno 218 (Florida Club Dance Band) S-207-1 Feb 20, 2011
December 1929 Singapore Sal Harry Bentley Piccadilly 444 (Eddie Harding & his Night Club Boys) 3295-1 Feb 20, 2011
September 18, 1931 Mausie Tom Barratt Sterno 790 S-1858-3 Feb 20, 2011
November 9, 1931 You Forgot Your Gloves Harry Bentley Sterno 826 S-2016-1 Feb 20, 2011
May 25, 1932 Lovable Les Allen Sterno 987 S-2436-3 Feb 20, 2011
December 10, 1932 Lying In The Hay Tom Barratt Sterno 1107 (Fifteen Crimson Dominoes) S-2779-3 Feb 20, 2011
c. March 1935 You Bring Out The Savage In Me Clarence Wright Octacros 1138 5510-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. March 1935 Things Are Looking Up Clarence Wright Octacros 1145 5516-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. January 1936 Thanks A Million   Octacros 1214 5691-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. March 1936 Where There's You, There's Me   Octacros 1226 5727-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. June 1936 What's The Name Of That Song?   Empire E-225 (Regal Cinema Ballroom Dance Band) 5787-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. September 1936 You Can't Pull The Wool Over My Eyes Trio Empire E-137 (Dave Allen and his Band) 5906-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. November 1936 I Heard A Song In A Taxi Tommy Kinsman Empire E-171 (Regal Cinema Ballroom Dance Band) 6047-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. December 1936 South Sea Island Magic Jack Cooper Empire E-225 (Regal Cinema Ballroom Dance Band) 6096-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. January 1937 "Showboat", Medley   Empire E-250 (Regal Cinema Ballroom Dance Band) 6122-1 Feb 20, 2011
c. February 1937 There's "Yoo Hoo" In Your Eyes   Octacros 1388 6134-1 Feb 20, 2011

The Kit-Cat Band (directed by Al Starita)
Jack Hylton was responsible for providing the dance music at the Kit-Cat restaurant during the 1920s and it was he who put in this band with Al Starita to direct and lead on alto saxophone. Most of the HMV issues have Hylton's name uppermost (Jack Hylton's Kit-Cat Band or Jack Hylton's Hyltonians) and it isn't until the Columbia period that Al Starita gets a label mention. The other musicians appear often to be Hylton discoveries who later were "promoted" to the main Hylton band, such as Billy Ternant and Poggy Pogson. They recorded for HMV and then Columbia and here is a selection from my collection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label &  Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
August 10, 1925 Can't Your Friend Find A Friend For Me?   HMV B-2100 Bb-6478-3 Sept 18, 2012
November 20, 1925 You Got 'Em   HMV B-2229 Bb-7333-3 Feb 20, 2011
January 1, 1926 I'm Still In Love With You   HMV B-5034 Bb-7598-2 Feb 20, 2011
July 9, 1926 While My Pretty One Sleeps Jack Hylton HMV B-5101 BR-555-2 Feb 20, 2011
August 31, 1926 Dreaming The Waltz Away (waltz)   HMV B-5125 Bb-8901-1 Feb 20, 2011
September 10, 1926 No Sir, That's Not My Girl Al Starita HMV B-5128 Bb-9202-1 Feb 20, 2011
November 4, 1926 Swinging Along (intro: Sonny Boy)   HMV B-5166 Bb-9399-2 Feb 20, 2011
December 1, 1926 Just A Bird's-Eye View Of My Old Kentucky Home   HMV B-5185 Bb-9499-1 Feb 20, 2011
January 19, 1927 If You Can't Hold The Man You Love   HMV B-5205 Bb-10083-2 Feb 20, 2011
March 23, 1927 If I Were You   HMV B-5245 Bb-10329-2 Feb 20, 2011
March 31, 1927 I Wouldn't Fool A Little Girl Like You unidentified HMV B-5253 Bb-10506-2 Feb 20, 2011
May 10, 1927 Cheer Up, Keep Smiling Al Starita HMV B-5278 Bb-10844-2 Feb 20, 2011
May 31, 1927 I Need Some Cooling Off Al Starita Columbia 4399 WA-5592-1 Feb 20, 2011
September 7, 1927 Tweet, Tweet Eddie Kolis Columbia 4552 WA-6148-1 Feb 20, 2011
October 13, 1927 Oh, Doris! Where Do You Live? Joe Lee Columbia 4662 WA-6385-1 Feb 20, 2011
December 17, 1927 The Calinda   Columbia 4718 WA-6708-1 Feb 20, 2011
February 13, 1928 Heading For Harlem Eddie Grossbart Columbia 4766 WA-6979-2 Feb 20, 2011

 

Charlie Kunz and his Casani Club Band
American pianist, Charlie Kunz arrived in Britain in about 1922 and made his first recordings with his Chez Henri band in 1928. He is probably best-known for his time at The Casani Club, during which period he made many recordings with his band. Here is a selection of those from 1933-1941 with an example of the earlier Chez Henry band too.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label &  Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
October 16, 1928 I'm Tired Of Waiting   (Chez Henri Band)   Columbia 5076 WA-7986 Dec 1, 2011
August 11, 1933 Moonstruck Harry Bentley Sterno 1241 S-3168 Dec 1, 2011
September 5, 1933 The Grass Is Getting Greener All The Time Harry Bentley 4 in 1 63 X-444 Dec 1, 2011
October 11, 1933 I Was In The Mood Eve Becke Sterno 1272 S-3296 Dec 1, 2011
November 14, 1933 You've Got Everything Harry Bentley Sterno 1295 S-3396 Dec 1, 2011
January 2, 1934 Let's Sit This One Out Eve Becke & Harry Bentley 4 in 1 81 X-519 Dec 1, 2011
March 5, 1934 Coffee In The Morning Dawn Davis Homochord HR-77 S-3618 Dec 1, 2011
April 10, 1934 Goin' To Heaven On A Mule Harry Bentley Sterno 1448 S-3753 Dec 1, 2011
September 1, 1934 Nasty Man Phyllis Robins Sterno 1471 S-3946 Dec 1, 2011
April 1935 Seein' Is Believin' George Barclay Rex 8497 F-1309 Dec 1, 2011
August 1935 Louisiana Fairy Tale George Barclay Rex 8560 F-1430 Dec 1, 2011
October 1935 In The Middle Of A Kiss George Barclay Rex 8624 F-1555 Dec 1, 2011
March 1936 Love Is A Dancing Thing George Barclay Rex 8729 F-1740 Dec 1, 2011
May 1936 Heart Of Gold Vera Lynn Rex 8789 F-1843 Dec 1, 2011
October 1936 I Breathe On Windows George Barclay Rex 8917 F-2057 Dec 1, 2011
January 1937 When My Dream Boat Comes Home Vera Lynn Rex 8964 F-2135 Dec 1, 2011
March 12, 1941 That's For Me   Decca F-7818 DR-5460 Dec 1, 2011

Syd Lipton and his Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton had previously played (and recorded ) with Billy Cotton's band in the late 1920s, on violin and (apparently) saxophone. He formed his own band at the start of the 1930s and made many recordings for Zonophone and British Homophone (Sterno, Plaza, 4 in 1 etc). These latter recordings are the ones from which I have taken a selection for including here.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label &  Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
October 7, 1932 When The Morning Rolls Around Les Allen 4 in 1 12 X-180 Dec 25, 2010
November 2, 1932 Little Miss Gadabout Les Allen 4 in 1 17 X-213 Dec 25, 2010
December 1, 1932 Say It Isn't So Les Allen 4 in 1 24 X-250 Dec 25, 2010
December 30, 1932 Ev'ryone Says "I Love You" Cyril Grantham 4 in 1 30 X-268 Dec 25, 2010
February 23, 1933 I'm Sure Of Everything But You Cyril Grantham and trio 4 in 1 34 X-301 Dec 25, 2010
June 9, 1933 The Language Of Love Sam Browne 4 in 1 50 X-392 Dec 25, 2010
June 9, 1933 I'm In Love With A Sunbeam Cyril Grantham 4 in 1 51 X-393 Dec 25, 2010
June 30, 1933 You're Mine, You Cyril Grantham 4 in 1 55 X-410 Dec 25, 2010
August 1, 1933 I Promised Sally Sam Browne Plaza P-126 L-1108 Dec 25, 2010
August 1, 1933 Everything's Fine With Me Cyril Grantham Plaza P-127 L-1110 Dec 25, 2010
September 26, 1933 That's What Life Is Made Of Ronnie Ogilvie Plaza P-141 L-1210 Dec 25, 2010
October 17, 1933 Moonlight And Melody, selection Les Allen & Ronnie Ogilvie 4 in 1 72 X-475 Dec 25, 2010
May 28, 1934 May I? Jack Plant Sterno 1456 S-3827 Dec 25, 2010
October 23, 1934 I Bought Myself A Bottle Of Ink Gerry Fitzgerald Sterno 1521 S-4049 Dec 25, 2010
December 14, 1934 What A Diff'rence A Day Made Gerry Fitzgerald Peacock BP-634 S-4141 Dec 25, 2010
February 14, 1935 I've Got An Invitation To A Dance Gerry Fitzgerald Sterno 1576 S-4224 Dec 25, 2010
July 30, 1935 Lovely To Look At Sam Browne Cinecord 014 S-4269 Dec 25, 2010

The London Radio Dance Band
This band was directed by Sidney Firman and was the precursor to Jack Payne's famous BBC Dance Orchestra. The London Radio Dance Band was the BBC house band for dancing from 1926 to 1928. The few reviews of the band's broadcasts I have seen tend to criticise the band for playing too fast to be danced to. Anyway, here are all that I have in my collection; one or two are a bit battered, but I have included them anyway as it is unlikely you'll be able to find them elsewhere! Following the band's replacement at the BBC, they made one session for Edison Bell (for their Radio label), now under saxophonist Jack Padbury's direction.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label, Issue No. & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
October 26, 1926 Who Taught You This - Who Taught You That?   Columbia 4171 WA-4322 Dec 4 2010
October 25, 1926 No, Sir! That's Not My Girl   Columbia 4172 WA-4323 Dec 4 2010
November 24, 1926 Brown Eyes, In Your Dreams   Columbia 4245 WA-4518 Dec 4 2010
January 13, 1927 Indian Butterfly   Columbia 4280 WA-4695 Dec 4 2010
June 17, 1927 In A Japanese Garden   Columbia 4556 WA-5712 Dec 4 2010
June 17, 1927 Mine   Columbia 4556 WA-5714 Dec 4 2010
October 31, 1927 The Devil Is Afraid Of Music   Columbia 4669 WA-6458 Dec 4 2010
October 31, 1927 Castillian Nights   Columbia 4669 WA-6459 Dec 4 2010
October 31, 1927 At The End Of An Irish Moonbeam Bert Bown Columbia 4701 WA-6460 Dec 4 2010
October 31, 1927 Clementine   Columbia 4701 WA-6461 Dec 4 2010
November 10, 1927 Under The Moon   Columbia 4670 WA-6519 Dec 4 2010
November 10, 1927 Why Can't We Be Sweethearts? Bert Bown Columbia 4670 WA-6520 Dec 4 2010
November 10, 1927 Zulu Wail Bert Bown Columbia 4685 WA-6521 Dec 4 2010
February 7, 1928 Do That Heebie-Jeebie Dance Bert Bown Columbia 4726 WA-6917 Dec 4 2010
February 7, 1928 Sister Phoebe Danced The Heebie-Jeebies Bert Bown Columbia 4726 WA-6918 Dec 4 2010
February 7, 1928 I Ain't Got Nobody Bert Bown Columbia 4766 WA-6823 Dec 4 2010
March 1928 Didn't I? Bert Bown & another Radio 830 88067 Dec 4 2010
March 1928 It's A Million To One You're In Love Bert Bown Radio 830 88068 Dec 4 2010
March 1928 Highways Are Happy Ways Bert Bown Radio 832 88071 Dec 4 2010

Jock McDermott and his Band
Trombonist McDermott and his band were resident at the Carlton Hotel in 1930 before moving to play Covent Garden. Most of his recordings were for Piccadilly records, with later sessions for Edison Bell, Broadcast, Sterno and Octacros. Here is a selection from my collection
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label, Issue No. & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
September 1930 Persian Slave unknown Piccadilly 660 3905-2 Jan 30, 2011
September 1930 Scarecrow unknown Piccadilly 660 3910-2 Jan 30, 2011
Nov-Dec 1930 With My Guitar And You Fred Douglas Piccadilly 682 4072-1 Jan 30, 2011
Nov-Dec 1930 Hullabaloo Fred Douglas Piccadilly 694 4079-1 Jan 30, 2011
December 1930 Dear! Dear! Jack Plant Piccadilly 690 4092-1 Jan 30, 2011
December 1930 Roamin' Thru' The Roses Jack Plant Piccadilly 692 4096-1 Jan 30, 2011
January 1931 Nobody Cares If I'm Blue Jimmy Allen Piccadilly 705 (as Al Stewart's New Mexicans) 4129-1 Jan 30, 2011
January 1931 Love Is Like A Song Jimmy Allen Piccadilly 706 4134-2 Jan 30, 2011
January 1931 Always In All Ways Jimmy Allen Piccadilly 710 (as Al Stewart's New Mexicans) 4145-1 Jan 30, 2011
February 1931 Make Yourself A Happiness Pie unknown Piccadilly 718 (as Al Stewart's New Mexicans) 4190-2 Jan 30, 2011
February 1931 Okay, Baby unknown Piccadilly 719 (as Al Stewart's New Mexicans) 4194-1 Jan 30, 2011
c. January 5, 1932 Hold My Hand Al Bowlly Edison Bell Winner 5458 14115-1 Jan 30, 2011
February 1932 I'm Sorry, Dear Tom Barratt Broadcast 827 J-89-2 Jan 30, 2011
March 11, 1932 Songs That Are Old Live Forever Leslie Holmes Edison Bell Winner 5473 14179-2 Jan 30, 2011
February 2, 1934 Faint Harmony Leslie Douglas Sterno 1366 S-3549-1 Jan 30, 2011

Percival Mackey and his Band
Pianist, arranger and composer, Percival Mackey, worked with Jack Hylton in the early 1920s before forming a partnership with Tony Lowry for arranging and publishing music. Mackey spent much of the 1920s directing dance bands in theatre pits (he claimed to be the first to put a dance band in the pit for his production of "Rose Marie"). He also made a number of recordings for Columbia as the house band, a selection of which are to be found here.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label, Issue No. & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
c. May 26, 1925 Oh, Darling! Do Say "Yes" Harry Fay Columbia 3679 A-2127 May 6, 2012
c. June 3, 1925 My Fair Lady   Columbia 3695 A-2152 May 6, 2012
c. August 12, 1925 Mercenary Mary   Columbia 3742 A-2321 May 6, 2012
October 5, 1925 Kiss Me Quick Harry Fay Columbia 3785 WA-2507 May 6, 2012
November 9, 1925 Dog On The Piano   Columbia 3822 WA-3822 May 6, 2012
November 19, 1925 Dancing   Columbia 3849 WA-2607 May 6, 2012
January 12, 1926 Ida, I Do Jack Morrison Columbia 3867 WA-2718 May 6, 2012
February 9, 1926 I Can Always Find Another Partner   Columbia 3906 WA-2841 May 6, 2012
March 19, 1926 Fascinating Rhythm Monty Woolf Columbia 3940 WA-3069 May 6, 2012
April 17, 1926 Thanks For The Buggy Ride Fred Douglas Columbia 3963 WA-3182 May 6, 2012
June 3, 1926 For You   Columbia 4009 WA-3344 May 6, 2012
July 14, 1926 Some Other Bird Whistled A Tune Eddie Morris Columbia 4043 WA-3346 May 6, 2012
August 19, 1926 Looking For A Boy   Columbia 4064 WA-3745 May 6, 2012
October 20, 1926 Cross Your Heart   Columbia 4144 WA-4298 May 6, 2012
October 21, 1926 Wimmin, Aaah! Al Starita Columbia 4244 WA-4303 May 6, 2012
November 22, 1926 A Tiny Flat Near Soho Square unknown Columbia 4184 WA-4500 May 6, 2012
January 21, 1927 I'm Sailing Off To China unknown Columbia 4276 WA-4731 May 6, 2012
February 17, 1927 I Might Have Kissed One Girl   Columbia 4315 WA-4861 May 6, 2012

 

Pete Mandell and his Rhythm Masters
American banjoist, Pete Mandell arrived in England in 1923 and playing in the newly-formed Savoy Orpheans before forming his own band. In 1929-30 he made a number of recordings at Crystalate, mostly issued on their 7" Victory records, and a few on standard 10" Imperial. Mandell returned to America in June 1930. Here are the Victory recordings. They present a bit of a technical problem to play due to the groove going so close to the centre of the record and also they often play at about 75 rpm.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label, Issue No. & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
November 14, 1929 Singing In The Rain unknown Victory 155 (as Victory Band) 749-4 Sep 3, 2011
January 8, 1930 Love, Your Spell Is Everywhere Fred Douglas Victory 183 817-1 Sep 3, 2011
January 8, 1930 Lonesome Little Doll Fred Douglas Victory 184 818-1 Sep 3, 2011
January 8, 1930 The Doll's House Fred Douglas Victory 185 819-1 Sep 3, 2011
February 4, 1930 Piccolo Pete Fred Douglas Victory 197 (as Victory Dance Orchestra) 821-3 Sep 3, 2011
March 22, 1930 The Punch And Judy Show Jack Plant Victory 213 885-1 Sep 3, 2011
March 22, 1930 Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips Jack Plant Victory 212 887-1 Sep 3, 2011
March 22, 1930 I May Be Wrong, But I Think You're Wonderful Jack Plant Victory 214 888-2 Sep 3, 2011
March 22, 1930 You Baby Me - I'll Baby You Jack Plant Victory 209 889-1 Sep 3, 2011
March 22, 1930 Oh! Oh! Oh! What I Know About Love Jack Plant Victory 211 891-1 Sep 3, 2011
April 17, 1930 The Wedding In The Ark Jack Plant Victory 221 902-1 Sep 3, 2011
April 17, 1930 My Love Parade Jack Plant Victory 222 905-1 Sep 3, 2011
April 17, 1930 My Love Parade   Victory 222 905-2 Sep 3, 2011
April 17, 1930 Singing In The Bath Tub Jack Plant Victory 223 906-1 Sep 3, 2011
April 17, 1930 I'm Just A Vagabond Lover Jack Plant Victory 224 907-1 Sep 3, 2011
May 5, 1930 Body And Soul Jack Plant Victory 231 904-4 Sep 3, 2011

Ronnie Munro and his Orchestra
Munro was a pianist and arranger, and won a Melody Maker arranging contest in 1926. From 1926 to 1929 he was musical director at Parlophone, making a number of recordings, using top musicians, often members of Ambrose's Orchestra. Here is a selection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label, Issue No. & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
June 1926 Susie Was A Real Wild Child Robert Howe Parlophone E-5608 E-754 Aug 13, 2013
August 1926 I'm Taking That Baby Home Scovell & Wheldon Parlophone E-5634 E-821 Aug 13, 2013
September 1926 Two Little Bluebirds Eddie Collis Parlophone E-5648 E-855 Aug 13, 2013
October 1926 What! No Spinach? Eddie Collis Parlophone E-5688 E-885 Aug 13, 2013
November 1926 Any Ice Today, Lady? Ronnie Munro Parlophone E-5699 E-915 Aug 13, 2013
November 1926 But Not Today Maurice Elwin & another Parlophone E-5713 E-926 Aug 13, 2013
December 1926 It All Depends On You Maurice Elwin & another Parlophone E-5713 E-951 Aug 13, 2013
February 1927 I Just Want To Be Known As "Susie's Feller" Maurice Elwin Parlophone E-5741 E-1153 Aug 13, 2013
February 1927 The Riff Song Maurice Elwin Parlophone E-5762 E-1206 Aug 13, 2013
September 1927 Souvenirs trio Parlophone E-5901 E-1551-3 Aug 13, 2013
April 1928 Westward Bound Eddie Collis Parlophone R-102 (Roof Garden Orch.) E-1864 Aug 13, 2013
September 14, 1928 I Caught Two Cods Cuddling Leslie Sarony Parlophone E-6076 (Comedy Dance Orch.) E-2053 Aug 13, 2013
October 9, 1928 Stay Out Of The South Ord Hamilton Parlophone E-6099 (Comedy Dance Orch.) E-2120 Aug 13, 2013
November 13, 1928 Dance And Song Medley, Part 1
(That's My Weakness Now; Just A Little Fond Affection (vCO'C); My Inspiration Is You (vEC); Stay Out Of The South)
Cavan O'Connor & Elsie Carlisle Parlophone E-6107 (Parlophone Variety Co.) E-2182 Aug 13, 2013
March 26, 1929 A Dicky Bird Told Me So Maurice Elwin Parlophone E-6147 (Comedy Dance Orch.) E-2390 Aug 13, 2013
August 29, 1929 I'm Thirsty For Kisses, Hungry For Love Cavan O'Connor Parlophone E-6198 (Comedy Dance Orch.) E-2731 Aug 13, 2013

 

Cecil & Leslie Norman and their Orchestras
The Norman brothers were major players in the British Dance Band scene of the 1920s. Having both played in Jack Hylton's band in the very early 1920s, they subsequently played in and/or lead bands at leading venues in London. In the late 1920s they were variously the musical directors for Worldecho and Goodson records; both labels are quite hard to find these days. Here is a selection of the flexible Goodson recordings  from 1930-31. My apologies for some distortion due to the warpage of the records.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label, Issue No. & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
August 1930 A Bench In The Park Cavan O'Connor Goodson 255 (The Collegians) S-39 Jun 28, 2009
September 1930 If Your Kisses Can't Hold The Man You Love   Goodson 256 (The Ritz-Carlton Band) S-58 Jun 28, 2009
October 1930 I Don't Mind Walking In The Rain Jack Plant Goodson 305 (The Savoy Plaza Band) S-75 Jun 28, 2009
October 1930 Take Along A Little Love Jack Plant Goodson 306 (The Savoy Plaza Band) S-77 Jun 28, 2009
October 1930 After Your Kiss Jack Plant Goodson 302 (The Radio Revellers) S-80 Jun 28, 2009
October 1930 Little White Lies Jack Plant Goodson 308 (The Collegians) S-81 Jun 28, 2009
November 1930 Loving You The Way I Do Jack Plant Goodson 310 (The White Way Serenaders) S-88 Jun 28, 2009
November 1930 Without My Gal Jack Plant Goodson 310 (The White Way Serenaders) S-89 Jun 28, 2009
December 1930 Who Cares ? (As Long As There's Love) Jack Plant Goodson 320 (The Savoy Plaza Band) S-119 Jun 28, 2009
Jan-Feb 1931 Okay, Baby Cavan O'Connor Goodson 330 (The Savoy Plaza Band) S-146 Jun 28, 2009
Jan-Feb 1931 Sing A Happy Little Thing Jack Plant Goodson 331 (The Radio Revellers) S-151 Jun 28, 2009

Jack Payne
One of our best-loved and best remembered bandleaders, Jack Payne's first recordings were with his band from the Hotel Cecil, before he became leader of the BBC dance Orchestra in 1928. In 1932, he left the BBC and became leader of a stage dance band, making many more recordings up until WWII.
Here is a selection of recordings from his BBC days.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
October 19, 1928 Down By The Old Front Gate Jack Payne and trio Columbia 5118 WA-8013 July 10, 2011
March 21, 1929 Looking At You Jack Payne Columbia 5332 WA-8731 July 10, 2011
June 27, 1929 This Is Heaven Jack Payne Columbia 5452 WA-9132 July 10, 2011
August 27, 1929 Get Up Nice And Early Leslie Sarony; Tommy Handley Columbia 5555 WA-9376 July 10, 2011
December 12, 1929 Satisfied   Columbia 5678 WA-9827 July 10, 2011
March 1, 1930 The Man From The South Jack Payne Columbia CB-28 WA-10130 July 10, 2011
June 28, 1930 With My Guitar And You Jack Plant Columbia CB-107 WA-10512 July 10, 2011
September 26, 1930 That's Where The South Begins Jack Payne Columbia CB-143 WA-10709 July 10, 2011
October 20, 1930 Say "Oui", Cherie Jack Payne Columbia CB-174 WA-10804 July 10, 2011
December 13, 1930 I Want A Little Girl Jack Payne Columbia CB-208 WA-10976 July 10, 2011
February 17, 1931 When Kentucky Bids The World "Good Morning" Jack Payne Columbia CB-233 CA-11207 July 10, 2011
April 23, 1931 Come And Have A Cuddle On The Common Jack Payne; Jack Jackson Columbia CB-275 CA-11486 July 10, 2011
June 12, 1931 Moonlight Saving Time Billy Scott-Coomber Columbia CB-308 CA-11711 July 10, 2011
June 25, 1931 I Found You Jack Payne Columbia CB-320 CA-11752 July 10, 2011
September 25, 1931 That's What I Like About You Billy Scott-Coomber; Jack Payne Columbia CB-358 CA-12009 July 10, 2011
October 26, 1931 Rhythmatitis Jack Payne, Billy Scott-Coomber Regal MR-496 CA-12131 July 10, 2011
November 21, 1931 Guilty Billy Scott-Coomber Columbia CB-386 CA-12205 July 10, 2011

Van Phillips
Saxophonist, arranger and composer Van Phillips was appointed Columbia's director of popular music in October 1928, a post he held until his resignation in February 1931. During that period he made about 3 dozen recordings under his name with a hand-picked dance band, primarily to showcase his advanced orchestration ideas. About half of those recordings are to be found here. From aural evidence, he was also heavily involved with the other bands recordings for Columbia & Regal, providing arrangements: Debroy Somers, Jack Payne, Ray & Al Starita and Hal Swain.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
November 13, 1928 Sometimes (waltz) Al Bowlly Columbia 5209 WA-8089-2 Oct 8, 2011
November 28, 1928 A Garden In The Rain Eddie Brandt Columbia 5191 WA-8041-6 Oct 8, 2011
January 7, 1929 The Five Step Eddie Brandt Columbia 5245 WA-8300-2 Oct 8, 2011
January 29. 1929 I'm Sorry, Sally Eddie Brandt Columbia 5265 WA-8476-2 Oct 8, 2011
November 25, 1929 Aren't We All ? Billy Milton Columbia 5512 WA-9728-4 Oct 8, 2011
January 14, 1930 I'm Like A Sailor Billy Milton Columbia CB-6 WA-9941-2 Oct 8, 2011
March 3, 1930 The Wind In The Willows Billy Milton Columbia CB-30 WA-10136-2 Oct 8, 2011
April 17, 1930 Reach Out For A Rainbow Sam Browne Columbia CB-97 WA-10275-2 Oct 8, 2011
April 17, 1930 I'd Rather Have  A Memory Of You Sam Browne Columbia CB-60 WA-10294-2 Oct 8, 2011
April 29, 1930 Just Like In A Story Book Sam Browne Columbia CB-67 WA-10324-2 Oct 8, 2011
October 3, 1930 Without My Gal Billy Milton Columbia CB-146 WA-10726-2 Oct 8, 2011
October 3, 1930 Take Along A Little Love   Columbia CB-160 WA-10728-2 Oct 8, 2011
October 13, 1930 Living A Life Of Dreams Lou Abelardo Columbia CB-158 WA-10765-2 Oct 8, 2011
October 13, 1930 Two Of Everything Lou Abelardo Columbia CB-150 WA-10767-2 Oct 8, 2011
October 20, 1930 Why Am I So Romantic ? Lou Abelardo Columbia CB-161 WA-10810-1 Oct 8, 2011
November 12, 1930 I'm Doin' That Thing Maurice Elwin Columbia CB-171 WA-10895-1 Oct 8, 2011
November 12, 1930 Dancing On The Ceiling Maurice Elwin Columbia CB-172 WA-10898-2 Oct 8, 2011

The Piccadilly Players (directed by Al Starita)
American Saxophonist, Al Starita had been leading the band at the Kit Cat Restaurant before being given the job at The Piccadilly Hotel. The band at the Piccadilly had no brass section, but trumpet & trombone were added for the recordings made for Columbia between 1928 and the end of 1929 when Starita made a hasty exit from England back to America. Here is a selection of the Columbia records.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
April 20, 1928 Yummy Yum Yum Eddie Grossbart Columbia 4907 WA-7275-1 June 20, 2012
April 20, 1928 I Want To Be Alone With Mary Brown Eddie Grossbart Columbia 4886 WA-7276-2 June 20, 2012
May 30, 1928 Do The Sugar Step With Me   Columbia 4930 WA-7425-2 June 20, 2012
July 7, 1928 Happy Go Lucky Lane Eddie Grossbart Columbia 4977 WA-7591-1 June 20, 2012
August 21, 1928 Saskatchewan Eddie Grossbart Columbia 5004 WA-7679-1 June 20, 2012
September 15, 1928 Funny Face Eddie Grossbart Columbia 5108 WA-7841-2 June 20, 2012
October 6, 1928 If I Had You Eddie Grossbart Columbia 5022 WA-7840-3 June 20, 2012
October 24, 1928 I Know That My Baby Is Cheatin' On Me Florence Oldham Columbia 5120 WA-8026-2 June 20, 2012
November 9, 1928 Sweet Lorraine Eddie Grossbart Columbia 5208 WA-8079-2 June 20, 2012
December 5, 1928 Just Give The Southland To Me Eddie Grossbart trio Columbia 5190 WA-8189-1 June 20, 2012
January 11, 1929 Blue Grass Barrie Oliver Columbia 5225 WA-8332-2 June 20, 2012
February 22, 1929 Po-Kee O-Kee Oh! Eddie Grossbart & Al Starita Columbia 5285 WA-8592-2 June 20, 2012
March 9, 1929 Who Did? You Did Betty Bolton Columbia 5308 WA-8677-2 June 20, 2012
April 13, 1929 Bogey Wail (A Weird Affair) Betty Bolton Columbia 5372 WA-8864-1 June 20, 2012
May 24, 1929 Where Do I Want To Be? Harry Shalson Columbia 5421 WA-9057-2 June 20, 2012
June 1, 1929 My Mother's Eyes Harry Shalson Columbia 5418 WA-9077-1 June 20, 2012
June 28, 1929 You Want Lovin', But I Want Love Whoopee Boys Columbia 5483 WA-9224-1 June 20, 2012
August 23, 1929 Kansas City Kitty Eddie Collis Columbia 5539 WA-9388-2 June 20, 2012
November 22, 1929 Smiling Irish Eyes Peter Pounds, with Les Allen & Al Starita Columbia 5654 WA-9777-2 June 20, 2012

Oscar Rabin and his Romany Band
Oscar Rabin's early 1930s recordings are not easy to find; they were made for Sterno and also other British Homophone labels, 4 in 1 and Plaza. None of these turn up that easily these days, they didn't sell in big quantities, though the 6d Plaza records are probably the most common. Reports at the time say that Rabin never lead the band, but was content to sit at the back of the band playing the bass sax, while guitarist Harry Davis stood out front and directed and made the announcements. However, on all the records the bass is a sousaphone (or sometimes a double bass), so it may be Oscar Rabin took no part at all in the recordings.
Here is my collection of Plaza records by this band for your listening pleasure. They were all issued under pseudonyms - noted after the record issue number.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
May 9, 1933 Wear A Great Big Smile Sam Browne & the Three Ginx Plaza P-118 (Plaza Dance Band) L-990 Aug 31, 2009
May 9, 1933 Deep Water Elsie Carlisle Plaza P-103 (Brockman's Band) L-995 Aug 31, 2009
June 27, 1933 Hiawatha's Lullaby Jack Plant Plaza P-116 (Ben Fields & his Band) L-1081 Aug 31, 2009
August 9, 1933 Shuffle Off To Buffalo Harry Bentley Plaza P-128 (The Crackerjacks) L-1128 Aug 31, 2009
August 9, 1933 You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me Harry Bentley Plaza P-128 (The Crackerjacks) L-1129 Aug 31, 2009
August 9, 1933 I Don't Like Her Dog Fido Dan Donovan Plaza P-186 (Plaza Dance Band) L-1131 Aug 31, 2009
September 29, 1933 Night And Day Dan Donovan Plaza P-157 (Plaza Dance Band) L-1229 Aug 31, 2009
September 29, 1933 Weep No More, My Baby Dan Donovan Plaza P-177 (The Twelve Cavaliers) L-1231 Aug 31, 2009
September 29, 1933 I've Gotta Get Up And Go To Work Dan Donovan Plaza P-142 (Alf Bertram & his Band) L-1232 Aug 31, 2009
October 12, 1933 Give A Cheer Dan Donovan Plaza P-157 (Plaza Dance Band) L-1262 Aug 31, 2009
October 12, 1933 The Golden King Shuffle   Lewis L-28   (Ben Findley's Dance Band) L-1264 Aug 31, 2009
October 12, 1933 Romany Blues   Plaza P-155 (Alf Bertram & his Band) L-1265 Aug 31, 2009
October 12, 1933 Betcha Life I Do Harry Davis Plaza P-165 (The Twelve Cavaliers) L-1266 Aug 31, 2009
October 12, 1933 Wasting The Evening Away Dan Donovan Plaza P-389 (Al Gold & his Band) L-1267 Aug 31, 2009
November 3, 1933 It's The Talk Of The Town Harry Davis Plaza P-193 (Art Willis & his Band) L-1321 Aug 31, 2009
January 18, 1934 Violet Ray Blues   Plaza P-209 (Willie Freeman's Dance O) L-1442 Aug 31, 2009
January 18, 1934 Hawaiian Dream Of Love Harry Bentley Plaza P-210 (Tony Miller & his Band) L-1444 Aug 31, 2009
August 22, 1938 I Fall In Love With You Every Day Garry Gowan Rex 9362 R-2860 Mar 5, 2013
August 22, 1938 This Time It's Real Beryl Davis Rex 9362 R-2861 Mar 5, 2013
September 28, 1938 Goodbye To Summer Beryl Davis Rex 9384 R-2923 Mar 5, 2013
September 28, 1938 On The Sentimental Side Garry Gowan Rex 9395 R-2925 Mar 5, 2013
September 28, 1938 Now It Can Be Told Garry Gowan Rex 9395 R-2926 Mar 5, 2013
January 11, 1939 Day Dreaming Garry Gowan Rex 9473 R-3211 Mar 5, 2013
January 11, 1939 I Wanna Go Back To Bali The Romaniacs Rex 9473 R-3212 Mar 5, 2013
March 14, 1939 They Say Garry Gowan Rex 9512 R-3388 Mar 5, 2013
March 14, 1939 My First Goodnight Beryl Davis Rex 9512 R-3389 Mar 5, 2013
May 12, 1939 The Funny Old Hills Garry Gowan Rex 9550 R-3551 Mar 5, 2013
May 12, 1939 Angels Never Leave Heaven Garry Gowan Rex 9550 R-3552 Mar 5, 2013
August 4, 1939 Especially For You Beryl Davis Rex 9606 R-3779 Mar 5, 2013
August 4, 1939 Sing, My Heart Garry Gowan Rex 9606 R-3780 Mar 5, 2013
November 8, 1939 An Apple For The Teacher Beryl Davis & Garry Gowan Rex 9671 R-4007 Mar 5, 2013
November 8, 1939 A Man And His Dream Garry Gowan Rex 9671 R-4008 Mar 5, 2013
January 18, 1940 (Why Couldn't It Last) Last Night? Garry Gowan Rex 9717 R-4221 Mar 5, 2013
January 18, 1940 I Hear A Dream Beryl Davis Rex 9717 R-4222 Mar 5, 2013
April 8, 1940 No Souvenirs Diane Rex 9769 R-4495 Mar 5, 2013
August 1, 1940 Exactly Like You   Rex 9839 R-4907 Mar 5, 2013
August 1, 1940 Wrappin' It Up   Rex 9839 R-4908 Mar 5, 2013
November 8, 1940 I'm Nobody's Baby Beryl Davis Rex 9885 R-5104 Mar 5, 2013
November 8, 1940 If I Only Had Wings Ken Beaumont Rex 9885 R-5105 Mar 5, 2013
April 30, 1941 It's Foolish But It's Fun Beryl Davis Rex 9980 R-5669 Mar 5, 2013
December 18, 1941 Wrap Yourself In Cotton Wool Beryl Davis Rex 10090 R-6574 Mar 5, 2013
December 18, 1941 When Night Is Thru' Bob Dale Rex 10090 R-6575 Mar 5, 2013
February 10, 1942 Baby Mine Diane Rex 10112 R-6657 Mar 5, 2013
May 10, 1945 My Guy's Come Back / Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive   Decca MW-321 DR-9410 Mar 5, 2013
May 10, 1945 Boston Bounce / We've Got Something To Sing About   Decca MW-321 DR-9411 Mar 5, 2013

 

Bert Ralton and his Havana Band
Bert Ralton arrived in Britain from America at the start of the 1920s with his New York Havana Band. Bert lead the band on saxophone (usually soprano sax). They played at the Savoy Hotel (changing the band's name to the Savoy Havana Band) until the summer of 1923 when Ralton left to go to Australia. Returning to Britain in late summer 1925, he formed the band we hear here, known as his Havana Band. It contained some young up-and-coming musicians such as Jack Jackson (trumpet), Ben Oakley(trombone), Allen Warren (saxes), Dick Escott (tuba) and, on the last session, Lew Stone (piano). Following the last of these recordings, the band left for a tour of South Africa, where Bert died after a shooting accident.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
November 30, 1925 Isn't She The Sweetest Thing?   Columbia 3826 WA-2585 Mar 28, 2009
November 30, 1925 Headin' For Home   Columbia 3825 WA-2929 Mar 26, 2009
December 17, 1925 Over My Shoulder   Columbia 3860 WA-2665 Mar 28, 2009
February 13, 1926 The Two Of Us   Columbia 3910 WA-2864 Mar 28, 2009
May 21, 1926 Carolina Harry Shalson Columbia 4019 WA-3295 Mar 28, 2009
July 2, 1926 Could I? I Certainly Could Harry Shalson Columbia 4041 WA-3533 Mar 28, 2009
July 2, 1926 The Pump Song Bert Ralton Columbia 4042 WA-3535 Mar 28, 2009
July 2, 1926 Fiddle-Dee-Dee-Dee-Dee Bert Ralton Columbia 4042 WA-3536 Mar 28, 2009
September 1, 1926 I Never See Maggie Alone Bert Ralton Columbia 4092 WA-3829 Mar 28, 2009

Rio Grande Band
The Rio Grande Tango Band was a band of Spanish and Italian musicians which had been making recordings for HMV from late 1925; mainly recordings of tangos and other Spanish dances, as one would expect. However, in  late 1927 to early 1928, a series of recordings by a more conventional dance band was made using the plainer "Rio Grande Band" name. The musicians are largely unidentified, but it is believed the director and vocalist was Roger Del Castro. Here are most of their recordings of this period; they consist of minor dance crazes of the period: Yale Blues, Heebie Jeebeies and Stop Trots.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
September 19, 1927 Zulu Wail   HMV B-5355 (as Rio Grande Tango Band) Bb-11398-1 Aug 12, 2011
September 19, 1927 A Blue Serenade   HMV B-5355 (as Rio Grande Tango Band) Bb-11399-2 Aug 12, 2011
November 1, 1927 Baltimore   HMV B-5392 Bb-11872-2 Aug 12, 2011
November 1, 1927 No-One But You Knows How To Love   HMV B-5392 Bb-11873-3 Aug 12, 2011
November 1, 1927 I Call You Sugar   HMV B-5389 Bb-11874-3 Aug 12, 2011
November 1, 1927 Every Little Thing I Do   HMV B-5389 Bb-11875-3 Aug 12, 2011
February 7, 1928 Do That Heebie Jeebie Dance   HMV B-5438 Bb-12677-3 Aug 12, 2011
February 7, 1928 Sister Phoebe's Danced The Heebie Jeebies   HMV B-5438 Bb-12678-2 Aug 12, 2011
April 24, 1928 Give Me A Tune To Set Me Dancin'   HMV B-5505 Bb-13225-1 Aug 12, 2011
April 24, 1928 The Stop Trot   HMV B-5478 Bb-13226-2 Aug 12, 2011
April 24, 1928 Broken-Hearted Sue Roger del Castro HMV B-5478 Bb-13227-1 Aug 12, 2011
June 29, 1928 Sentimental Baby Roger del Castro HMV B-5505 Bb-13892-2 Aug 12, 2011

 

R.M.S. "Homeric" Dance Band
Valentine Buxton Howarth was the director of this band, about which nothing is known of the musicians on thes recordings, apart from the ever-reliable Sam Browne who was brought in to sing the vocals. Howarth played saxophone and violin and presumably does so on these four recordings, the only ones they made, which were recorded in Southampton on board the liner itself.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
June 2, 1933 Talking To You About Me Sam Browne Columbia CB-634 WA-13620-4 Dec 13, 2009
June 2, 1933 I Wish I Had Wings Sam Browne Columbia CB-635 WA-13621-3 Dec 13, 2009
June 2, 1933 My Love Song Sam Browne Columbia CB-634 WA-13695-1 Dec 13, 2009
June 2, 1933 Have You Had A Good Day Today? (6/8) Sam Browne Columbia CB-635 WA-13696-1 Dec 13, 2009

Arthur Rosebery and his Kit-Cat Dance Band
Arthur Rosebery lead bands playing at the Cafe de Paris and the Kit-Cat restaurants in the late 1920s, after which the band played in the orchestra pit for shows such as "Follow Through" and "Wonder Bar". The recordings here cover both the Kit-Cat period and  after, and are typical of this lively and unorthodox dance band. Vocalist Len Lees was also the drummer. Considering how good he was at putting over a number, it is odd that he hardly ever made any records after Rosebery disbanded at the end of 1930
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
November 16, 1928 He Loves And She Loves Jack Hart Parlophone R-240 E-2184-2 Apr 13, 2013
January 14, 1929 I'm Crazy Over You Bobby Sanders Parlophone R-291 E-2291-2 Apr 13, 2013
March 1, 1929 If I Had You Len Lees Parlophone R-302 E-2335-2 Apr 13, 2013
March 1, 1929 Spread A Little Happiness Len Lees Parlophone R-302 E-2337-2 May 28, 2009
March 1, 1929 I'm A One Man Girl   Parlophone R-303 E-2338-2 May 28, 2009
June 7, 1929 Broadway Melody Len Lees and trio Parlophone R-383 E-2507-2 Apr 13, 2013
June 14, 1929 Breakaway Len Lees and trio Parlophone R-390 E-2540-1 Apr 13, 2013
June 14, 1929 Big City Blues   Parlophone R-390 E-2541-2 Apr 13, 2013
August 30, 1929 Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, part 1   Parlophone R-425 E-2741-2 Apr 13, 2013
August 30, 1929 Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, part 2 Len Lees and trio Parlophone R-425 E-2742-2 Apr 13, 2013
c. August 31, 1929 I Still Believe In You Len Lees Homochord D-1417 BL-1264 Apr 13, 2013
c. August 31, 1929 Delphine Len Lees Homochord D-1417 BL-1265 Apr 13, 2013
c. Sept. 20, 1929 Come On, Baby Pat O'Malley & Len Lees Sterno 239 S-259 Apr 13, 2013
c. Sept. 20, 1929 Ain't Misbehavin' Len Lees Sterno 235 S-261 Apr 13, 2013
February 20, 1930 Sitting On The Cold, Wet Grass Len Lees & chorus Ariel 4517 (Ariel Dance.O.) E-3078-2 May 28, 2009
February 20, 1930 I'm On A Diet Of Love Leslie Holmes Parlophone R-598 E-3084-2 Apr 13, 2013
February 25, 1930 Indispensable You (intro: Far Away) Harry Bentley Parlophone R-595 E-3101-2 Apr 13, 2013
February 25, 1930 Body And Soul Harry Bentley Parlophone R-595 E-3103-2 Apr 13, 2013
March 17, 1930 Figaro Leslie Holmes & chorus Parlophone R-622 E-3155-1 Apr 13, 2013
March 17, 1930 The Wind In The Willows Harry Bentley Parlophone R-610 E-3161-2 May 28, 2009
September 1930 That Night In Venice Len Lees Parlophone R-739 E-3599-2 May 28, 2009
September 1930 My Future Just Passed Len Lees Parlophone R-746 E-3600-2 May 28, 2009
September 1930 The Pick-Up Len Lees Parlophone R-746 E-3601-1 May 28, 2009

Harry Roy and his Orchestra
It seems surprising that I haven't loaded any Harry Roy records before, so I thought I ought to make a start. A difficult choice as he recorded so much. Roy was well-known for his outlandish vocals and crazy antics, but his band was first-class, and is perhaps overlooked. From the bast number of recordings he made with the full orchestra, here is a small selection from my collection.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
c.September 30, 1932 I Heard Harry Roy, Bill Currie & Ivor Moreton Parlophone R-1336 E-4772-1 May 2, 2014
c.March 14, 1933 Won't You Stay To Tea? Bill Currie Parlophone R-1474 E-5027-1 May 2, 2014
July 14, 1933 There's A New Day Comin' Harry Roy Parlophone R-1584 E-6144-1 May 2, 2014
November 7, 1933 Black Panther Parlophone R-1677 E-6274-1 May 2, 2014
January 4, 1934 Doggone, I've Done It Harry Roy, Bill Currie & Ivor Moreton Parlophone R-1733 E-6340-1 May 2, 2014
April 20, 1934 Music Makes Me Harry Roy, Bill Currie & Ivor Moreton Parlophone R-1816 E-6458-1 May 2, 2014
June 5, 1934 The Beat O' My Heart Bill Currie Parlophone R-1857 E-6517-1 May 2, 2014
September 10, 1934 I'm Hummin', I'm Whistlin', I'm Singing' Bill Currie Parlophone R-1918 E-6603-1 May 2, 2014
October 15, 1934 Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe Ivor Moreton Parlophone R-1967 E-6663-1 May 2, 2014
December 4, 1934 Sarawaki Harry Roy, Bill Currie & Ivor Moreton Parlophone R-2013 E-6754-1 May 2, 2014
January 10, 1935 My Kid's A Crooner Harry Roy Parlophone F-109 E-6790-1 May 2, 2014
May 4, 1935 Jubilation Rag   Parlophone F-158 E-6958-1 May 2, 2014
May 24, 1935 You're The Top Harry Roy Parlophone F-176 E-6995-1 May 2, 2014
October 9, 1935 Mammy Bong Harry Roy Parlophone F-302 E-7202-1 May 2, 2014
February 26, 1936 This'll Make You Whistle Bill Currie Parlophone F-411 E-7482-1 May 2, 2014
July 13, 1936 Man Of My Dreams Elizabeth Brooke Parlophone F-520 E-7740-1 May 2, 2014
October 30, 1936 Bye, Bye Baby Harry Roy Parlophone F-592 E-7903-1 May 2, 2014
April 20, 1937 Let's Swing It Ray Ellington Parlophone F-778 E-8279-1 May 2, 2014
September 2, 1937 Shake Hands With A Millionaire Harry Roy Parlophone F-877 E-8578-1 May 2, 2014
March 25, 1938 Ooooooooh, Boom! Harry Roy and Ray Ellington Parlophone F-1106 E-9024-1 May 2, 2014
November 1, 1939 Oh! You Crazy Moon Wendy Clare Parlophone F-1567 E-10125-1 May 2, 2014
January 16, 1941 Victory Roll Rag Harry Roy, Bill Currie & Ivor Moreton Regal-Zonophone MR-3449 CAR-5959-1 May 2, 2014
August 14, 1945 I Should Care Edna Kaye Parlophone F-2090 E-11426-1 May 2, 2014

 

The Savoy Orpheans
First formed in 1923 under the direction of Debroy Somers, The Savoy Orpheans were meant to be a more British band to balance the Americans in the Savoy Havana Band. However the band included some American musicians and the influence of the Americans, whose ideas were more advanced than the British musicians at the time, helped to provide a top-flight band. Both bands played at the Savoy Hotel in London. Here are some recordings from 1925-27.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
November 5, 1924 Go 'Long Mule George Baker Zonophone 2517 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Bb-5322 Jul 2, 2013
November 5, 1924 Dream Daddy   Zonophone 2517 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Bb-5324 Jul 2, 2013
November 12, 1924 The Ogo Pogo   Zonophone 2526 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Bb-5344 Jul 2, 2013
November 19, 1924 Just Like a Beautiful Story   Zonophone 2526 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Bb-5367 Jul 2, 2013
November 25, 1924 Baghdad   Zonophone 2539 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Bb-5388 Jul 2, 2013
March 31, 1925 Waiting On The Doorstep   Zonophone 2580 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-5964 Jul 2, 2013
March 31, 1925 Rose-Marie   Zonophone 2567 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-5965 Jul 2, 2013
March 31, 1925 Indian Love Call   Zonophone 2567 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-5966 Jul 2, 2013
March 31, 1925 Rose Of The Moonlight   Zonophone 2581 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-5967 Jul 2, 2013
March 31, 1925 Stars And Stripes Medley   Zonophone 2580 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-5968 Jul 2, 2013
May 20, 1925 At The End Of The Road   Zonophone 2593 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6152 Jul 2, 2013
May 20, 1925 The Toy Drum Major   Zonophone 2593 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6153 Jul 2, 2013
June 10, 1925 What A Life !   Zonophone 2595 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6197 Jul 2, 2013
June 10, 1925 Bouquet   Zonophone 2595 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6198 Jul 2, 2013
June 10, 1925 Who's Loving My Sweetie Now ?   Zonophone 2606 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6199 Jul 2, 2013
June 17, 1925 Seminola   Zonophone 2606 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6224 Jul 2, 2013
July 7, 1925 Me And The Boy Friend   Zonophone 2607 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6308 Jul 2, 2013
July 7, 1925 Follow The Swallow   Zonophone 2607 (as Romaine Dance Orch.) Yy-6309 Jul 2, 2013
October 30, 1925 Dinah   HMV B-2183 Bb-7133 Oct 2, 2010
December 22, 1925 In A Little Bungalow   HMV B-2251 Bb-7574 Oct 2, 2010
January 21, 1926 Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley chorus HMV B-5003 Bb-7751 Oct 2, 2010
February 16, 1926 Headin' For Louisville   HMV B-5017 Bb-7902 Oct 2, 2010
February 16, 1926 No Man's Mamma   HMV B-5017 Bb-7904 Oct 2, 2010
March 23, 1926 Fascinating Rhythm   HMV B-5030 Bb-8146 Oct 2, 2010
April 19, 1926 Somebody's Eyes   HMV B-5063 Bb-8366 Oct 2, 2010
June 11, 1926 I'd Rather Charleston Ramon Newton & Estelle Brody HMV B-5085 Bb-8528 Oct 2, 2010
October 23, 1926 How Many Times? Ramon Newton & Joe Cassidy HMV B-5147 Bb-9104 Oct 2, 2010
December 2, 1926 That's A Good Girl   HMV B-5182 Bb-9644 Oct 2, 2010
December 22, 1926 Hop Skip   HMV B-5198 Bb-9797 Oct 2, 2010
Januaary 28, 1927 I'm Telling The Birds   HMV B-5214 Bb-10109 Oct 2, 2010
March 2, 1927 Idolising   HMV B-5230 Bb-10233 Oct 2, 2010
April 27, 1927 Tea-Time Tomorrow   HMV B-5272 Bb-10650 Oct 2, 2010
July 1, 1927 Me And My Shadow   HMV B-5300 Bb-11081 Oct 2, 2010
July 1, 1927 The Blue Room Hamilton Sisters & Fordyce HMV B-5322 Bb-11082 Oct 2, 2010
August 16, 1927 There's Always A Way Into Trouble Ramon Newton HMV B-5338 Bb-11188 Oct 2, 2010
September 30, 1927 Yale Blues   HMV B-5369 Bb-11560 Oct 2, 2010
September 30, 1927 Moonlit Waters Ramon Newton HMV B-5369 Bb-11561 Oct 2, 2010
October 17, 1927 Blue Baby Ramon Newton HMV B-5382 Bb-11830 Oct 2, 2010
November 11, 127 Lonely Melody   HMV B-5404 Bb-11915 Oct 2, 2010
November 30, 1927 Underneath The Wabash Moon   HMV B-5419 Bb-12073 Oct 2, 2010

Debroy Somers' Band
William Debroy Somers started his recording career making instrumental recordings for Bulldog records in the immediate post-WWI. Subsequently he had a post as musical director at Aeolian (later Vocalion) records, from 1920-23 before forming the famous Savoy Orpheans to play at the Savoy Hotel. He left the Savoy to pursue his own career and formed his first band in 1926, recordings solely for Columbia for many years. Here is a selection of 80-year old records from 1929, including the famous Savoy Christmas Medley as a suitable nod in the direction of the current season (December 2009); to which I have now added a selection from 1927 up to 1929.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
March 9, 1927 I Would Like To Fondle You   Columbia 4302 WA-5015-1 Oct 1, 2013
May 3, 1927 Roses For Remembrance Bobby Sanders Columbia 4435 WA-5368-1 Oct 1, 2013
May 31, 1927 What Are We Waiting For? Sydney Nesbitt ? Columbia 4446 WA-5598-1 Oct 1, 2013
July 7, 1927 Mountain Greenery   Columbia 4565 WA-5849-1 Oct 1, 2013
September 2, 1927 Me And Jane In a 'Plane Fred Austin Columbia 4506 WA-6101-2 Oct 1, 2013
November 2, 1927 If Your Face wants To Laugh, Well Let It Ramon Newton Columbia 4665 WA-6478-1 Oct 1, 2013
November 18, 1927 Sugar Ramon Newton Columbia 4665 WA-6566-1 Oct 1, 2013
December 31, 1927 Dear, On A Night Like This Ramon Newton Columbia 4729 WA-6737-1 Oct 1, 2013
January 27, 1928 I'm Living On Love Ramon Newton Columbia 4730 WA-6870-2 Oct 1, 2013
March 24, 1928 Singapore Sorrows   Columbia 4869 WA-7149-1 Oct 1, 2013
March 24, 1928 If We Went Back To Yesterday (waltz) Lily Burns Columbia 4869 WA-7151-1 Oct 1, 2013
April 16, 1928 I Never Dreamt Ramon Newton & Lily Burns Columbia 4896 WA-7246-2 Oct 1, 2013
June 6, 1928 Westward Bound Ramon Newton Columbia 4929 WA-7450-1 Oct 1, 2013
August 16, 1928 Just Imagine Raymond Newell Columbia 4979 WA-7671-1 Oct 1, 2013
September 12, 1929 More Than Anybody Ramon Newton Columbia 4999 WA-7737-4 Oct 1, 2013
October 20, 1928 Mississippi Melody   Columbia 5121 WA-8022-2 Oct 1, 2013
November 21, 1928 My Flame Is Just A Match For Me Bobby Sanders Columbia 5144 WA-8130-2 Oct 1, 2013
January 21, 1929 Sarita Tom Barratt Columbia 5249 WA-8375-1 Oct 1, 2013
February 21, 1929 Misery Farm Tom Barratt Columbia 5269 WA-8568-1 Dec 25, 2009
February 23, 1929 Just The Type For Me Bobby Sanders Columbia 5302 WA-8599-1 Dec 25, 2009
March 16, 1929 Flower Of Love Miss Horsley Columbia 5325 WA-8713-1 Dec 25, 2009
June 17, 1929 Do Something Tom Barratt Regal G-9408 WA-9175-1 Dec 25, 2009
June 17, 1929 Jericho Tom Barratt Regal G-9408 WA-9176-1 Dec 25, 2009
July 5, 1929 Dancing Goblin   Columbia 5498 WA-9247-1 Dec 25, 2009
September 17, 1929 Savoy Christmas Medley (fox trot) male quartet Columbia 5441 WA-9497-1 Dec 25, 2009
September 17, 1929 Savoy Christmas Medley (one step) male quartet Columbia 5441 WA-9498-1 Dec 25, 2009
November 4, 1929 The Doll's House Tom Barratt Columbia 5630 WA-9708-1 Dec 25, 2009
November 14, 1929 Painting The Clouds With Sunshine Tom Barratt & trio Regal G-9452 WA-9745-2 Dec 25, 2009
December 19, 1929 In The Moonlight (Think Of You, Think Of Me) Tom Barratt Columbia 5700 WA-9869-2 Dec 25, 2009

Nat Star and his Orchestra
Nat was a pioneer saxophonist in Britain and seems to have spent most of his career in the recording studios. From 1923 to 1934 he was musical director at British Homophone, making records with his hand-picked musicians on the Homochord, Sterno, Plaza, 4 in 1 and various derivative labels. As far as I know, none of his recordings have been made available on LP or CD, so here is a rare chance to hear some. This is a selection covering the whole period mentioned.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
February 14, 1924 Felix Kept On Walking   Homochord H-533 (Selwin's Dance Orchestra) L-00560 Jan 1, 2010
December 22, 1927 Oh, Baby, Don't We Get Along Maurice Elwin Homochord D-1194 HH-11960 Jan 1, 2010
February 21, 1928 I Ain't Got Nobody Maurice Elwin Homochord D-1231 HH-12746 Jan 1, 2010
December 31, 1928 You're In My Heart (But Never In My Arms) Maurice Elwin Homochord P-10013 PL-932-1 Jan 1, 2010
February 26, 1929 Nagasaki Maurice Elwin Homochord D-1321 (Eugene Brockman Dance O.) BL-1012-1 Jan 1, 2010
January 25, 1929 S'Wonderful Fred Douglas Sterno 113 (Lester Conn's Dance Band) S-25-1 Jan 1, 2010
February 28, 1929 Dancing Shadows   Sterno 142 (Bert Maddison's Dance Orch.) S-61-1 Jan 1, 2010
July 12, 1929 Honey Cavan O'Connor Sterno 190 (Bernie Blake & his Orchestra) S-171-1 Jan 1, 2010
November 1, 1929 Smiling Irish Eyes Maurice Elwin Homochord D-1434 (Roylance & his band) BL-1331-1 Jan 1, 2010
November 21, 1929 Every Now And Then Tom Barratt Sterno 278 (Bert Maddison's Dance Orch.) S-332-1 Jan 1, 2010
December 13, 1929 An Old Italian Love Song Joe Lee Sterno 329 (Bernie Blake & his Orch.) S-373-2 Jan 1, 2010
May 12, 1930 You Can't Believe My Eyes Tom Barratt Sterno 413 (Bernie Blake & his Orch.) S-723-1 Jan 1, 2010
August 8, 1930 I Love You So Much Cavan O'Connor Sterno 550 (Bert Maddison's Dance Orch.) S-886-2 Jan 1, 2010
September 24, 1930 Little White Lies Cavan O'Connor Sterno 547 S-1011-2 Jan 1, 2010
March 30, 1931 Blue Again Tom Barratt Sterno 685 S-1494-1 Jan 1, 2010
August 5, 1931 Ho Hum Tom Barratt Sterno 765 S-1771-2 Jan 1, 2010
October 29, 1931 The Longer That You Linger In Virginia Geoff Howard Sterno 817 S-1990-2 Jan 1, 2010
August 6, 1932 Humming To Myself Les Allen Sterno 1008 (Andre Astan & his Orchestra) S-2517-2 Jan 1, 2010
May 15, 1933 Something Came And Got Me In The Spring Sam Browne Plaza P-105 (Brockman's Band) L-1008-1 Jan 1, 2010
October 13, 1933 Certainly! Why Not Tom Barratt Plaza P-162 (Plaza Dance Band) L-1274-1 Jan 1, 2010
June 21, 1934 The Breeze Leslie Douglas Sterno 1451 (Sterno Dance Band) S-3888-2 Jan 1, 2010

 

Ray Starita and his Band
American tenor-saxophone player, Ray Starita came to Britain in the early 1920s and was one of the original members of The Savoy Orpheans. In the mid-1920s, he lead the Piccadilly Revels Band which played at the Piccadilly Hotel, moving to the Ambassadors' Club by 1928. The following recordings are from the Ambassadors' Club period.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
May 17, 1928 I'm Saving Saturday Night For You Phil Arnold Columbia 4910 WA-7389-1 Dec 6, 2009
May 24, 1928 An' Furthermore Les Reis Columbia 4915 WA-7301-3 Dec 6, 2009
May 24, 1928 Teach Me To Dance Like Grandma Les Reis Columbia 4915 WA-7303-3 Dec 6, 2009
June 13, 1928 I Call You Sugar   Columbia 4943 WA-7493-2 Dec 6, 2009
September 29, 1928 Crazy Rhythm Eddie Grossbart, Ray Starita + 1 Columbia 5137 WA-7906-2 Dec 6, 2009
October 11, 1928 Spread A Little Happiness Eddie Grossbart Columbia 5228 WA-7975-1 Dec 6, 2009
November 28, 1928 I Think Of What You Used To Think Of Me Eddie Grossbart Columbia 5179 WA-8156-2 Dec 6, 2009
March 2, 1929 I Ain't Never Been Kissed Phil Arnnold Couimbia 5304 WA-8641-2 Dec 6, 2009
March 22, 1929 Second Hand Rose Betty Bolton Columbia 5361 WA-8738-2 Dec 6, 2009
May 4, 1929 The Wedding Of The Painted Doll Betty Bolton Columbia 5380 WA-8950-2 Dec 6, 2009
May 4, 1929 Wake Up! Chillun, Wake Up! Betty Bolton Columbia 5380 WA-8951-2 Dec 6, 2009

Lew Stone and his Band
Lew Stone's Monseigneur Band of the early 1930s was, at the time, and since, considered to be one of the best. While I generally agree with this, I feel that his later recordings are somewhat overlooked, so here is a selection of late 1930s Lew Stone recordings.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
November 9, 1935 Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart Sam Browne Decca F-5782 TB-2052-1 Jul 10, 2010
November 9, 1935 Etude   Decca F-5783 TB-2055-1 Jul 10, 2010
April 16, 1936 The Glory Of Love Alfie Noakes, Joe Crossman & Don Barrigo Decca F-5960 TB-2114-1 Jul 10, 2010
October 6, 1936 Unbelievable Bert Yarlett Decca F-6133 TB-2531-1 Jul 10, 2010
November 20, 1936 Sing Me A Swing Song Tiny Winters Decca F-6289 TB-2652-1 Jul 10, 2010
June 1, 1937 Was It Rain? Sam Costa Decca F-6409 TB-3089-1 Jul 10, 2010
July 3, 1937 Slumming On Park Avenue Joe Crossman Decca F-6451 TB-3135-1 Jul 10, 2010
September 6, 1937 The Wind And The Rain Sam Costa Decca F-6469 DTB-3215-1 Jul 10, 2010
March 21, 1938 An Amazon Goes A-Wooing   Decca F-6679 DTB-3609-1 Jul 10, 2010
August 15, 1938 I Won't Tell A Soul Al Bowlly Decca F-6763 DR-2854-1 Jul 10, 2010
September 26, 1938 Plastered In Paris   Decca F-6796 DR-2929-1 Jul 10, 2010
November 28, 1938 All Ashore Al Bowlly Decca F-6890 DR-3119-1 Jul 10, 2010
January 30, 1940 I Want The Waiter (With Thw Water) Sid Colin & chorus Decca F-7397 DR-4258-1 Jul 10, 2010
May 10, 1940 Too Romantic Wendy Claire Decca F-7490 DR-4651-1 Jul 10, 2010

Hal Swain and his Band
Born in Yorkshire, Hal Swain emigrated to Canada while a youngster. He returned to Britain in the early 1920s with a band which became called The New Princes' Toronto Band when it played at the New Princes Restaurant. He left the band in early 1926 and later formed a new band for the New Princes, later playing at the Cafe Royal and the Kit- Cat Restaurant. Hal Swain & his bands recorded for Regal, Broadcast and Imperial between 1927 and 1931. Here is a selection of his recordings.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
June 20, 1927 Half-A-Moon Hal Swain Regal G-8903 WA-5729-2 Mar 18, 2010
December 6, 1927 Saxophobia featuring Hal Swain, alto-sax Regal G-9040 WA-6645-1 Apr 1, 2014
February 17, 1928 Baltimore Hal Swain Regal G-9059 WA-6888-3-1 Apr 1, 2014
May 4, 1928 Sunny Skies Trio Regal G-9130 WA-7327-1 Mar 18, 2010
June 1, 1928 Henry's Made A Lady Out Of Lizzie Hal Swain Regal G-9163 WA-7434-2 Apr 1, 2014
October 22, 1928 'S Wonderful Hal Swain Regal G-9251 WA-7937-4 Apr 1, 2014
January 2, 1929 You're In My Heart, But Never In My Arms Hal Swain Regal G-9252 WA-8283-1 Mar 18, 2010
February 21, 1929 I'm A One-Man Girl Hal Swain Regal G-9295 WA-8586-1 Mar 18, 2010
February 21, 1929 Spread A Little Happiness Hal Swain Regal G-9295 WA-8587-1 Apr 1, 2014
May 13, 1929 Ever So Goosey Hal Swain & Cecil Woods Regal G-9363 WA-9008-1 Mar 18, 2010
September 26, 1929 Excuse Me, Lady Hal Swain Regal G-9436 WA-9581-2 Mar 18, 2010
October 26, 1929 Come On, Baby Hal Swain Regal G-9436 WA-9582-3 Apr 1, 2014
December 21, 1929 Lonesome Little Doll   Regal G-8470 WA-9881-2 Apr 1, 2014
February 13, 1930 Duke Of Ka-Ki-Ak Tom Barratt Regal MR-30 WAR-17-1 Mar 18, 2010
March 14, 1930 Hang On To Me Hal Swain Regal MR-48 WAR-44-2 Apr 1, 2014
October 1930 Without A Song Hal Swain Broadcast 632 Z-1723-2 Apr 1, 2014
November 1930 That's Where The South Begins Hal Swain Broadcast 652 Z-1755-2 Mar 18, 2010
January 1931 Sweet Jennie Lee Trio Broadcast 670 Z-1834-1 Apr 1, 2014
February 1931 Here Comes The Sun unidentified Broadcast 688 Z-1853-2 Mar 18, 2010
April 1931 The Little Things In Life Tom Barratt Broadcast 709 Z-1948-2 Mar 18, 2010
June 1931 Lazy Day Jack Plant Imperial 2505 5742-2 Mar 18, 2010
September 1931 If You're Really And Truly In Love Hal Swain Imperial 2565 5839-2 Mar 18, 2010
November 1931 Dream A Little Dream Of Me Jack Plant Imperial 2592 5878-1 Apr 1, 2014
December 1931 Yes! Yes! (My Baby Said "Yes") Hal Swain Imperial 2608 5926-2 Mar 18, 2010

Jay Whidden and his Band
American-born Jay Whidden came to England in partnership with Con Conrad as music-hall artists in the early years of the 20th century. In the mid-1920s he formed an alo-British band to play at the Hotel Metropole, making a number of recordings for Columbia. In 1928 he moved to the Carlton Hotel with a new band and made recorings for Imperial and Victory. Following a solitary session at Decca in 1930, Jay returned to America for good.
 
The Imperial recordings
Imperial records, made by The Crystalate Manufacturing Company, had not long introduced Electrical recording when they signed Jay Whidden's Carlton Hotel Band. The recordings are not of the best quality, but the band is good, and helped by some excellent arrangements by Peter Yorke, Lew Stone and the band's own Johnny Swinfen. The hot trumpet heard on many of the sides is the work of Max Goldberg, added to the band for recordings only.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No. Matrix No. Upload Date
August 16, 1928 Blue Bird, Sing Me A Song   Imperial 1935 4932-2 May 15, 2010
September 14, 1928 I Want To Be Alone With Mary Brown Phil Arnold Imperial 1957 4964-1 May 15, 2010
October 5, 1928 Just A Little Kiss Jay Whidden Imperial 1971 4997-1 May 15, 2010
October 19, 1928 Sascatchewan Jay Whidden Imperial 1982 5018-1 May 15, 2010
October 19, 1928 Virginia (There's A Blue Ridge In My Heart) Jay Whidden Imperial 1982 5019-1 May 15, 2010
October 19, 1928 Sweet Ukulele Maid Jay Whidden Imperial 1981 5020-1 May 15, 2010
November 9, 1928 All By Yourself In The Moonlight Jay Whidden Imperial 1996 5048-1 May 15, 2010
January 11, 1929 She's A Great, Great Girl Jay Whidden's Rhythm Boys Imperial 2010 5080-1 May 15, 2010
January 14, 1929 Louisiana Fred Douglas Imperial 2024 5086-3 May 15, 2010
January 14, 1929 I'm Crazy Over You Fred Douglas Imperial 2025 5089-3 May 15, 2010
April 1929 Spread A Little Happiness Fred Douglas Imperial 2053 5177-1 May 15, 2010
April 1929 A Dicky Bird Told Me So Fred Douglas Imperial 2053 5178-1 May 15, 2010
June 12, 1929 Is Izzy Azzy Wozz? Fred Douglas Imperial 2089 5215-1 May 15, 2010
June 12, 1929 When I Met Connie In The Cornfield Fred Douglas Imperial 2088 5217-1 May 15, 2010
July 1929 Looking At You Jay Whidden Imperial 2113 5251-2 May 15, 2010
October 11, 1929 Hittin' The Ceiling Jay Whidden Imperial 2127 5275-1 May 15, 2010
October 11, 1929 Hot Footin' It Jay Whidden Imperial 2127 5276-1 May 15, 2010
October 11, 1929 I'm Thirsty For Kisses, Hungry For Love Jay Whidden Imperial 2126 5277-1 May 15, 2010

Jay Wilbur and his Band
Jay Wilbur was musical director for Dominion records between 1928 and 1930 when the company folded. He then moved to Crystalate and remained there even after 1937 when the company was taken over by Decca. Jay Wilbur made thousands of recordings for Dominion, Imperial, Rex, Broadcast, Victory, Eclipse and Crown. We start with some Dominion recordings; these are hard to find in decent condition and have quite a harsh recording sound. Then some Eclipses to follow.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No & Pseudonym Matrix No. Upload Date
October, 1928 A Room With A View Eddie Gross-Bart Dominion A-10 (as Deauville Dance Orch.) 1001-4 Dec 26, 2011
October, 1928 Stay Out Of The South Eddie Gross-Bart Dominion A-5 (as Midnight Serenaders) 1004-3 Dec 26, 2011
October, 1928 Sweet So-And-So Eddie Gross-Bart Dominion A-15 (as Midnight Serenaders) 1008-1 Dec 26, 2011
October, 1928 Down By The Old Front Gate Eddie Bross-Bart Dominion A-20 1014-1 Dec 26, 2011
November, 1928 Roll Away, Clouds Eddie Gross-Bart Dominion A-17 1036-2 Dec 26, 2011
December, 1928 Where Have You Been All My Life? Tom Barratt Dominion A-22 1057-2 Dec 26, 2011
December, 1928 All By Yourself In The Moonlight Jack Hart Dominion A-50 (as Midnight Serenaders) 1062-2 Dec 26, 2011
December, 1928 Oh! What A Night To Love Jack Hart Dominion A-51 (as Midnight Serenaders) 1082-2 Dec 26, 2011
December, 1928 What A Wonderful Wedding That Will Be Jack Hart Dominion A-54 1087-1 Dec 26, 2011
December, 1928 Nobody's Fault But Your Own Jack Hart Dominion A-53 (as Deauville Dance Orch.) 1090-2 Dec 26, 2011
January, 1929 I'm Crazy Over You Jack Hart & Cavan O'Connor Dominion A-64 1095-3 Dec 26, 2011
February, 1929 I Ain't Never Been Kissed Cavan O'Connor Dominion A-82 (as Deauville Dance Orch.) 1143-3 Dec 26, 2011
February, 1929 My Southern Home Tom Barratt Dominion A-81 1151-1 Dec 26, 2011
March, 1929 Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love Tom Barratt & Jack Hart Dominion A-91 1182-2 Dec 26, 2011
February 2, 1931 Here Comes The Sun David O'Rourke Eclipse 21 (as The Connecticut Collegians) JW-124 Aug 9, 2010
February 3, 1931 Go Home And Tell Your Mother Jack Plant Eclipse 14 (as The Connecticut Collegians) JW-130 Aug 9, 2010
March 24, 1931 Love Birds Are Better Than Blue Birds Jack Plant Eclipse 65 (as The Biltmore Players JW-153 Aug 9, 2010
March 24, 1931 You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me Jack Plant Eclipse 27 (as The Connecticut Collegians) JW-155 Aug 9, 2010
May 18, 1931 When I Heard You Say "I Love You " Jack Plant Eclipse 45 (as The Connecticut Collegians) JW-242 Aug 9, 2010
May 26, 1931 Would You Like To Take A Walk? Les Allen Eclipse 58 (as The Connecticut Collegians) JW-256 Aug 9, 2010
August 19, 1931 Time On My Hands Jack Plant Eclipse 78 (as The Hottentots) JW-312 Aug 9, 2010
September 3, 1931 Tie A Little String Around Your Finger Billy Scott-Coomber Eclipse 91 (as The Ambassadors Twelve) JW-363 Aug 9, 2010
September 4, 1931 Pardon Me, Pretty Baby Les Allen Eclipse 96 (as The Radio Syncopators JW-354 Aug 9, 2010
October 14, 1931 I Wonder Who's Under Her Window Tonight Les Allen Eclipse 113 (as The Hottentots) JW-405 Aug 9, 2010
November 13, 1931 I Left My Heart In Panama Les Allen Eclipse 132 (as The Radio Syncopators) JW-475 Aug 9, 2010
December 9, 1931 Sweet And Lovely Sam Browne Eclipse 142 (as The Biltmore Players) JW-504 May 16, 2009
December 9, 1931 Song Of Happiness Sam Browne Eclipse 143 (as The Hottentots) JW-505 May 16, 2009
December 10, 1931 Day After Day Les Allen Eclipse 142 (as The Biltmore Players) JW-511 May 16, 2009
December 10, 1931 How Bright Everything Seems Leslie Rome Eclipse 151 (as The Hottentots) JW-516 May 16, 2009
December 15, 1931 Yes, Yes, My Baby Said Yes! Les Allen Eclipse 165 (as The Hottentots) JW-524 Aug 9, 2010
December 19, 1931 Joey The Clown Leslie Sarony Eclipse 149 (as The Connecticut Collegians) JW-526 May 16, 2009
January 15, 1932 Today I Feel So Happy Leslie Sarony & chorus Eclipse 151 (as The Hottentots) JW-525 May 16, 2009
January 22, 1932 When All's Said And Done Cavan O'Connor Eclipse 157 (as The Radio Syncopators) JW-551 Aug 9, 2010
March 17, 1932 I Only Hear The Echo Jack Plant Eclipse 178 (as The Ambassadors Twelve) JW-593 Aug 9, 2010

Marius B. Winter
Marius claimed to be the first band to broadcast on the BBC,  and he was subsequently very popular on the radio for a number of years. His recorded legacy is not very big, mostly consisting of recordings for Vocalion's Broadcast 12 label in 1930 and 1931, few of which have ever been re-issued, despite the fact they fit very snugly onto a CD.  Here they are, complete, excepting the waltzes.
 
Recording Date Tune Title Vocalist(s) Label & Issue No Matrix No. Upload Date
c. September 15, 1930 Harmonica Harry George Melachrino with Marius B Winter + ? Broadcast 12 2587 L-0741 Oct 16, 2012
c. September 19, 1930 Swingin' In A Hammock Marius B. Winter Broadcast 12 2587 L-0742 Oct 16, 2012
c. October 6, 1930 Don't Tell Her What's Happened To Me George Melachrino Broadcast 12 2593 L-0756 Oct 16, 2012
c. October 6, 1930 My Future Just Passed George Melachrino Broadcast 12 2594 L-0757 Oct 16, 2012
c. October 6, 1930 The King's Horses  Marius B. Winter Broadcast 12 2594 L-0758 Oct 16, 2012
c. November 17, 1930 Soldier On The Shelf Marius B. Winter Broadcast 12 2600 L-0799 Oct 16, 2012
c. November 17, 1930 Oh! Donna Clara Marius B. Winter Broadcast 12 2599 L-0800 Oct 16, 2012
c. November 17, 1930 What A Perfect Night For Love Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 2599 L-0801 Oct 16, 2012
c. November 17, 1930 Beware Of Love Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 2600 L-0802 Oct 16, 2012
c. December 5, 1930 Sing Something Simple Marius B. Winter Broadcast 12 2606 L-0819 Oct 16, 2012
c. December 5, 1930 Never Swat A Fly Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 2606 L-0820 Oct 16, 2012
c. December 5, 1930 Sunny Days Marius B. Winter & Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 2607 L-0821 Oct 16, 2012
c. December 5, 1930 Roaming Thru' The Roses Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 2607 L-0822 Oct 16, 2012
c. January 13, 1931 I Am Only The Words, You Are The Melody Marius B. Winter Broadcast 12 3003 L-0847 Oct 16, 2012
c. January 13, 1931 There's Something About An Old Fashioned Girl Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 3003 L-0848 Oct 16, 2012
c. January 13, 1931 Okay, Baby Marius B. Winter + ? Broadcast 12 3004 L-0849 Oct 16, 2012
c. January 13, 1931 A Little Love Song Al Bowlly Broadcast 12 3004 L-0850 Oct 16, 2012
c. February 2, 1931 Cheerful Little Earful Joe Lee Broadcast 12 3034 L-0879 Oct 16, 2012
c. February 2, 1931 The Peanut Vendor unknown Broadcast 12 3019 L-0881 Oct 16, 2012
c. February 2, 1931 Choo Choo   Broadcast 12 3019 L-0882 Oct 16, 2012
c. February 23, 1931 Them There Eyes    Joe Lee Broadcast 12 3035 L-0919 Oct 16, 2012
c. February 23, 1931 Tap Your Feet