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Wayne’s Music 17/18 December 2011.  1930s.

 Wayne’s Music this week gets back to the Dancing decades, when an orchestra’s primary function was to play music that its listeners could dance to.  The development of dance bands appears to date from some time in the 1910s, when syncopated music was gaining wide popular acceptance.

By the 1930s society audiences created their own venues in the better class hotels and dance halls.

Swing High, swing Low           one of the lively small groups of the day, although it used very little, or no brass, was directed by BERT FIRMAN who cobbled this sound together a few days before the Coronation of His Majesty King George the 6th and Queen Elizabeth in May 1937.
I Want To be In Dixie               Dorothy Carless with geraldo’s orchestra -  which was known for its “sweet” music, but Gerald Bright was not one to hit on a single formula and stick to it regardless;  he was too shrewd and too interested in the WHOLE music scene, and wanted to try as many styles as he could.               
All Of me               The Blue Lyres at The Dorchester directed by Arthur Lally, an almost forgotten British bandlerader in the 20s and 30s. 
I’ve Got You On My Mind        an Ambrose tribute to Cole Porter.. 
Without That certain Thing               Peggy Dell sings with the Roy Fox band in 1933, bringing back the memories of a by-gone age, and the wonderful songs of the period.  
Happy days Are Here Again                 Jack Payne in his days with The BBC Dance Orchestra.                       
Little lady make-Believe           Lew Stone prided himself on his own arrangements for his band, always endeavouring to capture the mood of any number he was orchestrating.
medley – Somebody Stole My gal       Nobody’s Sweetheart   Chinatown My Chinatown    Harry Roy and The orchestra working at The Mayfair Hotekl in London      
Rusty And Dusty                The vocalists on this 1936 pressing are The Three Sisters.                                  
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic             this is possibly Henry Hall’s biggest record .
getting Some Fun Out Of Life    Howard Jacobs and His Golden Tone saxophone
It’s Got To be Love            Mary Lee – a favourite vocalist with the Roy Fox Band – she was only 14 when she started out with the band in 1934.                                         
me                            Sydney Kyte and his Piccadilly Hotel Band.
The Lady’s In Love With You              violinist Leon Van Straten led a long established orchestra, which was probably the least re corded of them all on the London Hotel scene.
Goodnight My Love                   Rudy Vallee with Carroll Gibbons
Swing 39                             Stephane Grappelly and Django Reinhardt .

Wayne’s Music Sunday 18 December 2011.  The Dancing Decade 1930s.

You Rascal You                  The Blue Lyres at The Dorchester with Joe Crossman and Chorus
Never In A Million Years  Billy Bissett, a Canadian pianist and vocalist who had followed in the illustrious footsteps of Bert Ambrose and Harry Roy providing dance music for a short season at London’s Mayfair Hotel.  
Let The People Sing                  the very popular, and polished Geraldo orchestra, at The Savoy Hotel in 1932. 
Mean Music                             I guess this next number would qualify as what was known as “Hot” music … from Phillip Brown’s Grosvenor Band.                                     
I’ve Got You Under My Skin    another timeless number from the great Cole Porter, played by one of the leading bandleaders of the period we’re featuring this weekend  (the 1930s) Bert Ambrose with the vocal from Sam Browne.           


You’ve Got me Crying Again            very underrated singer, well known for her comedy duets with Sam Browne in the 30s – was Elsie Carlisle, from Manchester who went into the ballroom dancing venues business when she stopped singing at the start of world war two, she also owned a company manufacturing bar accessories, a pub in central London and one in Berkshire.         
My Brother makes The Noises For The Talkies       in 1928, The BBC decided to form its own resident dance band and Jack Payne was the musical director. 
Penny Serenade               melody, both sweet and rhythmical was the keynote of the 30s. Lew Stone knew all about melody.
Buchanan Stomp           some hot rhythm from Harry perritt’s band  - he was a conductor of a pit orchestra which accompanied several Jack Buchanan shows, and he wrote this number as a tribute to the great comedian/actor.                                 
The Man On The Flying Trapeze        Henry Hall and The BBC Dance orchestra . 
Everything I have Is Yours                   here’s one now from a Nottingham Band led by Billy Merrin.
Mister Rhythm Man                Nat Gonella & His Georgians – a trumpet star in his own right and a “great name on the halls”.  
Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You    Orlando’s Orchestra at the Gleneagles Hotel with a superb vocal performance from Phyllis Robins.                        
Sing A Song Of Sunbeams    Ronnie Munro and his band provide just the right touch behind the enchanting Alice Mann, the wife of the Canadian bandleader Billy Bissett.     
I Found The Right Girl     Jack Jackson with his band at The Dorchester in 1933.
You Go To My Head       Joe Loss must surely hold the record for longevity as an active bandleader – he wielded the baton for almost 60 years, from 1930 until a few months before he died in June 1990. 
You’re An Old Smoothie            Debroy Somers band
Love Walked In             George melachrino sings with Carroll Gibbons orchestra a song from George Gershwin’s last film score “The Goldwyn Follies” 
How’d Ja Like To Love Me          `        Roy Fox with one of his favoured vocalists Mary Lee.                       
Just As Long As The World Goes Round And Round  Jay Wilbur Band.  
What is This Thing Called Love          Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelly.