It was some time in the late 1960s that I bought a compilation album that featured among its tracks a 1931 recording by the Mills Brothers of ‘Sweet Sue’. I’d listened to it a number of times before it dawned on me that what I’d thought to be musical instruments were actually not–they were vocal […]
The Radio Days popular music and social history project covers the years from around 1870 to around 1939. So I was delighted to find this “photographic remembrance of British working class life 1875-1950”. Just a pure pleasure to thumb through at the present, though who knows how much of it may find its way woven […]
I adore the popular songs of the beginning of the 20th century, whether English, French, or American. (There’s probably a great deal more from the rest of the world, with regard to which I must alas plead shameful ignorance.) Some of the songs from America’s ‘Gilded Age’ are especially engaging and memorable, in particular the […]
An unusual post for us here at Radio Days, maybe. Some weeks ago we acquired a copy, dated 1st August 2016, of Les Pages de Gloire, featuring on its cover one of our favourite music hall singers Charles Coborn performing la Marseillaise in Trafalgar Square. Although I’ve French publications from that period, most notably a […]
When, eighteen months back, we presented ‘The Edwardian Kitchen’ at East Sheen library, I showed a film clip of Gus Elen singing ‘Arf A Pint of Ale. This had prompted a member of our audience to ask whether it had been Gus Elen who had learned that distinctive walk from Charlie Chaplin, or Chaplin who […]
Last (for the time being) of the videos from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo in Madrid.
Another song from our concert at the Museo del Romanticismo.