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 […]
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 wonder what your great-grandparents would have made of this!
I’m not sure of the date of composition of this fabulous song written and composed by Charles Ridgewell and George A. Stevens, though Mark Sheridan’s original version pre-dates Stanley Kirkby’s recording by at least (I think) a couple of years. Anyhow, posted here as Song of the Week simply because María did such a brilliantly […]
I’m always fascinated at the way that songs can seem to take on a life of their own, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, as they pass from generation to generation. P.J. Proby’s 1964 recording of Hold Me, for example, a 1930s hit for Al Bowlly with the Ray Noble Orchestra, brilliantly […]
I admit it–I’m a huge fan of Marie Lloyd. A kind of real-life Betty Boop in some ways, she was by far the greatest and most charismatic singer of her era. A few days ago, Radio Days performed an online concert on “leisure and travel in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras” and, although we […]
An unusual choice this week, prompted by my having recently bought a first edition of Albert Chevalier’s 1901 memoirs, Before I Forget. Chevalier wrote this song, with music composed by his brother Charles Ingle (born Auguste Chevalier), in 1891. It’s testimony to the songwriting genius of the Chevalier brothers that the song still sounds as […]
Many orchestras recorded Limehouse Blues but none, in our opinion, ever matched that of Bert Ambrose.