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Wayne’s Music 25/26 January 2014.  Hits of The 30s.

‘Happy Days Are Here Again’            just when war and a recession was unthinkable at the end of the twenties, people were spending paper money like there was no tomorrow.  Suddenly, there was no tomorrow when the Wall Street Stock Market collapsed, and the Great Depression began.  and one of the songs that was recorded during that time was this one by Jack Hylton.

‘Pick Yourself Up’                   Bert Yarlett with The Lew Stone Band in 1936                          
‘I’m Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key’  Clem Stevens sings with The Joe Loss orchestra in 1938. 

‘In The Middle Of A Kiss’        Connee Boswell with just one of the wonderful 30s songs from the Pennies From Heaven TV series sound track by Dennis Potter

‘Have You Ever Been Lonely’   a superb recording by Ray Nobles Orchestra when it was the house band of The His masters Voice

‘My Brother makes The Noises For The Talkies’    Jack Payne often sang the vocal refrains (as they used to say) of the songs his band played, and took part in the zany comedy sketches at the concerts. 

‘Say Si Si’            American violinist Jack Harris lived in London and ran a superb band in the 30s

‘Underneath The Arches’                   Flanagan and Allen the cherry duo who provided Cockney banter and cheerup songs during World War 2 …

‘On The Sunny Side Of The Street’    The Rhymic Eight with one of the songs from Dorothy Fields, the foremost female American songwriter in the 30s. 

‘Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You’ Orlando’s Orchestra  - the house band at The Gleneagles Hotel in the 30s. 

‘Shoe Shine Boy’            an American tune – played by American trumpeter Roy Fox and his all-English band with teenage vocalist Mary Lee.     

‘Boo-Hoo’            one of the most popular small bands of the time was Nat Gonella’s Georgians –

‘All That meat And No Potatoes’        one of Fats Waller’s best and last bits of novelty composition – which turned out to be a jive vocal and stomping instrumental for Louis Armstrong. 

‘You And The Night And The Music’          Debroy Somer’s Band with vocalist Dan Donovan in 1935. 
 ‘Mad Dogs And Englishmen’   would have to be Noel Coward’s most famous comedy song from the 1932 Revue “Words and Music”. 

‘All Of me’           The Blue Lyres had a star trumpet player called Arthur Niblo – and bandleader Arthur Lally used his talents to the hilt.  .

Wayne’s Music Sunday 26th January 2014.  Hits Of The 30s.  PART ONE

‘I Like Bananas because They have No Bones’       Henry Hall in his heyday in charge of the BBC Dance orchestra –

‘What A Little Moonlight Can Do’                Billie Holiday working with Teddy Wilson in July 1935.

 ‘I Cried For You’          Billie Holiday with her favourite pianist, Teddy Wilson.  This was recorded in 1936 ]

‘Penny Serenade’                     Geraldo’s orchestra with an old number still played today – by the Dutch songwriter Melle Weersma.  This version features the top “pop singer” in his day Al Bowlly. 

‘Swing 39’                      Django Reinhardt was 19 when he started listening to the records of Duke Ellington, Joe Venuti and Louis Armstrong – that proved to be a turning point in his life.he was the first genuinely original jazz musician to emerge outside America, his style something of a hybrid, strongly reflecting his gypsy background.Stephane Grappelly however was more conventional .  The two came together in 1933 playing in Paris at the newly formed Hot Club Of France.


‘Play A Simple Melody’            Guy Lombardo plays Irving Berlin – who wrote some of the most popular tunes that are an integral part of musical Americana. 

‘Mexicali Rose’              The Ames Brothers with one of the most moist-eyed farewells of them all …
‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’                 Henry hall with The BBC Dance orchestra vocals by Val Rosing …
‘In Me ‘oroscope’          Gracie Fields – the most famous of all lassie’s from Lancashire.   ‘The ‘Skeleton In The Closet’           Artie Shaw …one of the leaders and star soloists that emerged in the mid-thirties revitalizing the American pop music industry and charting its course for well over a decade. 

‘The Donkey Serenade’            Allan Jones

‘The Music Goes Round And Round’                   Art Mooney joining in the public infatuation with swing bands in the 1930s. 
‘ There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner’   Noel Coward wrote this originally for a quartet in The Globe Revue … it was extremely topical, reflecting the mood of the moment. 

‘Just A Gigolo’               Tony Martin  - reflecting some of the despair felt during the tough times of the 30s –

‘South Of The Border’             Sons Of The Pioneers    

‘Beyond The Blue Horizon                 Jeanette McDonald and nelson Eddy – another one from the singing sweethearts from the 1930 movie Monte Carlo.

‘Moonglow’                             The Ames Brothers                  

‘River Boat Shuffle’                  Glen Gray and The Casa Loma orchestra with a fresh sound in the big band scene – swingin’ southern style.

‘Goodnight Sweetheart’            the musical signal for the end of the evening of dancing in the 30s invariably came when the band struck up Ray Nobles’ dreamy Goodnight Sweetheart …