I guess the place we have to start this week is with a 1932 cartoon. I’ve been an ardent fan of Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons since I discovered them as a schoolboy in the 1960s (there’d been a Popeye […]
First recorded in October 1932 by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra with Phyllis Robins on vocals (though first performed in the theatre in August 1932 revue Words and Music by Joyce Barbour, Steffi Duna, Norah Howard and Doris Hare), Mad […]
An unusual choice this week, since both the song and the recording are relatively recent. But who could resist a song penned by Richard Thompson and performed by Norma Waterson that name-drops the amazing Al Bowlly? In this centenary of […]
Recording as ‘North & South’, the great Tommy Handley & Ronald Frankau sing Riding On A Camel and, on the flip side, Moscow (1929). Tommy Handley and Ronald Frankau were an odd pairing for a double act, Handley was a […]
Britain’s heartthrob of the 1930s, Al Bowlly, sings ‘Melancholy Baby’.
It’s very unlike us to post anything by a contemporary singer, but this song and video by Janet Klein really deserve showcasing. So far as we’ve been able to ascertain, the song is self-penned and yet brilliantly captures the mood […]
Bit late in posting this (already posted to our Facebook page). There are a heck of a lot of singers and musicians who have recorded ‘Story Weather’ over the years. If pushed to choose one recording, it would have to […]
A singer for whom I’ve long had a soft spot, Ronald Frankau sings ‘Fanny Is Evacuated Now’ (1941).
We today think of ‘globalisation’ as a phenomenon of the latter part of the 20th century. There was, however, a moment in the years between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second World War […]
You want the ‘Glamorous Thirties’ with bit of French class? This one’s got it all … the Busby Berkeley-style production, Mistinguett in extravagant white swan-like wings descending a staircase on a set that could have come from a Giorgio de […]