It’s one of those songs that we’ve all known forever. Published in 1921, the lyrics by Raymond B. Egan and Gus Kahn, music by Richard A. Whiting, and recorded here by Gus Van and Joe Schenck, the song had first […]
Maria and I had a great time last Thursday morning presenting our first Protest Songs workshop at Brompton Cemetery Chapel in Fulham Rd, Kensington, covering the period from 1381 to the end of the 19th century. A bit rushed, trying […]
Protest Songs. A free 6-week workshop programme open to all who would like to sing with us, no matter what your singing experience. All the music will be taught by ear by our facilitator has wide experience in leading community […]
No comment to this, one of my favourite songs, written by one of my favourite writers (Yip Harburg) and sung by one of my favourite singers (Rudy Vallee), other than that this heralds in our coming season of “Protest Songs” […]
From some time around 1939, this recording by Ronald Frankau and Tommy Handley of a song I learned as a small child.
Those of you who know Radio Days well will know that we’ve a bit of a ‘thing’ about George Formby. Those of you who know us really well will know we’re also huge fans of Formby’s mentor, Cliff Edwards (“Ukulele […]
For reasons too numerous for me to list here, The Daily Herald newspaper holds a lot of meaning and historical interest for me. So I was chuffed to find this copy this morning in an antique shop in Bridge Road, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Still engrossed in Betty May’s “Tiger Woman”, I’m fascinated to learn so much more about the extraordinary bohemian culture of the Edwardian era. The 1960s are remembered for the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll? the 1900s seem to me to have […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
A first video from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid: “Riding on Top of the Car”, first performed and recorded by George Lashwood, 1905.
«There are a great number of boys employed in the various workshops on the island, and the diversions of these young gentlemen have a decided tendency to the boisterous, and lean slightly to the predatory. They are great in the […]
A close contemporary–and friend–of Charles Dickens, caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank (1792–1878) is also generally credited, in collaboration with his brother Robert Cruikshank (1789–1856), with the compilation of the three-volume songbook The Universal Songster; or, Museum of Mirth. The title […]
Thanks to a post in the wonderful Jane Austen’s London blog (see reference at the bottom of this page), yes, we now have a copy of Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, Or Bon-ton, […]
Walter Kino is a music-hall name I don’t come across very often. Maybe a couple of times this past year, and I can’t now even remember the context. (And though I recall reading that ‘Kino’ was not his real name, […]
1951 is a little outside our usual time frame, but as we at Radio Days are now reading and researching around the London pleasure gardens and their saloon theatres out of which, in the early middle years of the 19th […]
OK, so a title to tease your imagination. Who the heck, you’re probably wondering, is or was Catherine Crick? The journey on which we have embarked in search of the roots of music-hall was initiated by our need to prepare […]
https://archive.org/download/BellbottomGeorge/1944BellbottomGeorge.mp4 Maria and I both have a passion for George Formby. In this film, Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the “Firefly”, being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected […]
So now we’re exploring a little further back in time, to the forerunners of music-hall in the saloon theatres of the pleasure gardens and smaller tea gardens, the ‘penny gaffs’, the ‘free-and-easies’, ‘catch and glee clubs’, and ‘harmonic meetings’; and in […]
Another great Radio Days concert, this time a musical ‘magic lantern’ show to an audience of around 200 people at the Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid, on the theme of travel and technological innovation in transport from around 1870 to 1901. […]
Remember the days before ‘video’? Remember the days when we went not to “the movies” but to “the pictures”? I love old films. I can get quite fanatical and nerdy about very early turn-of-the-century cinema; but films of the Thirties […]
Back down in my home town of Portsmouth earlier this week, I was remembering the folk clubs where I used to hang out in the late 60s and very early 70s. The thought came to me (and it’s so obvious […]
Radio Days had a great time today at the Geffrye Museum’s World War One day. Music-hall songs, soldiers’ songs, and me trying to explain to kids about the “King’s shilling”.
I must thank the blogger of History is Made at Night for his recent post ‘Flappers as Anarchists’ – sharp dressed radicals in Newcastle, 1914. While I knew the word ‘flapper’ had an origin and usage older than its familiar […]
We love this clip! Filmed on 7th March 1931, this Fox Movietone News Story shows scenes from a French amateur dance competition (“championat de France de danse moderne amateur”). We especially love the guys dancing solo from minute 4:00 onwards–I […]