The Crazy Gang, Gasbags
I admit it–I love the British comic actors, comedians, and film comedies from the 1930s and 1940s. But who elseRead more.
Songs of the Week: Hylda Sims and Faith Petric
We’ve ran a piece last year on singer Ronnie Gilbert, so I’ve been feeling guilty ever since that we’ve neglectedRead more.
Song of the Week: Arthur Askey, I Want A Banana (1942)
If the melody of the verse in this 1942 song from Arthur Askey sounds vaguely familiar, and if the lyricsRead more.
Song of the Week: Lupino Lane … is doing The Lambeth Walk
What can one say? great 1937 song from the pen of Noel Gay, interpreted by the brilliant Lupino Lane inRead more.
Song of the Week: Leon Redbone, Champagne Charlie & Diddy Wa Diddy
It’s been a while since our last blog post. Apologies. Really, sincerely. We feel bad about that. We’ve both beenRead more.
Daisy Bell, a countess, a computer, and a curious life of a song
There are some songs that, for one reason or another, over the years garner an historical and cultural significance thatRead more.
‘Babylon (Is Fallen)’
Radio Days developed and delivered a programme of workshops in the chapel of Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, between April and JulyRead more.
Sax Rohmer on crime in the UK, 1932
Something a bit different from Radio Days today, and perhaps still topical in its way. Not a song but aRead more.
Song of the Week: Don’t Ever Lose It Whatever It Is (1936)
It’s surprising that, in light of their long and successful career together, the all-singing all-dancing Peters Sisters from Santa Monica,Read more.
Anacrónicos Recreación Histórica … 1918: War is over!
Had we mentioned that the passion we have for history runs in the family? María’s multi-talented parents, Gador and PacoRead more.
My Old Dutch, and all that: a brief look at Victorian slang
You think of Victorian London, and you think of Cockney rhyming slang. Think of Victorian music-hall and you think ofRead more.
Song of the Week: Raymond Scott Quintette, Twighlight in Turkey (1937)
This week’s Song of the Week, Twilight in Turkey, comes in the context of the work I’ve been doing overRead more.
Song of the Week: Lonnie Donegan, Worried Man Blues
OK, I admit it–I’m cheating just a little with this week’s choice for Song of the Week. Yes, the CarterRead more.
Song of the Week: Vesta Victoria, Now I Have To Call Him Father!
One of the engaging things about much of music hall is that, as expressed by W. Macqueen-Pope (1957), It wasRead more.
Doing the Shimmy Shake (1922)
You might be forgiven for thinking that the photo on the left dates from around 1968 or 1969. From theRead more.
Song of the Week: Lily Morris, Why am I Always the Bridesmaid?
Although there have survived some very short silent film clips of music-hall stars from the turn of the last century,Read more.
Song of the Week: Harry Roy, Rhythm Racketeer and Girl in the Poster (1937)
I’ve always been a big fan of Harry Roy, but had not seen either of his two films until serendipitouslyRead more.
Song of the Week: Nat Shilkret, You Were Meant for Me
I really couldn’t say what brought the song to mind, but it’s been buzzing through my head much of thisRead more.
Song of the Week: Bella Ciao
I’m not sure whether this song falls a little too late in history for Radio Days or a little tooRead more.
Song of the Week: Hindustan (1918)
We’re continuing our series of popular songs, film, and other media from 1918 with two recordings of Hindustan, a hugelyRead more.
The Long Great War 1871-1918
There! I knew the title would grab your attention! And you’ll get a further sense, as you read on, ofRead more.
London street scenes, 1918
A wonderful serendipitous find! A certain Guy Jones has a YouTube channel dedicated to very high quality vintage documentary filmRead more.
Song of the Week: A Proper Cup of Coffee
A song from the pens of the brilliant and prolific songwriting team of R.P. Weston (lyrics) and Bert Lee (music)Read more.
Song of the Week: Steamboat Bill
I am indebted to Maria for inspiring this blog post. Following the performance at Leighton House last Sunday, she wasRead more.
Songs of the Week: Merle Travis, I’ll See You In My Dreams and Vernon Dalhart, Golden Slippers
Maria and I were randomly talking this evening about ideas for future performances. And thus it was that I endedRead more.
Song of the Week: Marion Harris, After You’ve Gone (1918)
Another great song, one I think we’ll all know in one version of another (my own favourite was always theRead more.
Song of the Week: Yip Harburg’s Lydia the Tattooed Lady
I imagine that Yip Harburg is unlikely to be the first name to spring to your lips if asked toRead more.
Only Remembered …
The title of this post is doubly significant today. It had been one of Maria’s singing students, Brian, whose ownRead more.
The Fugitive Futurist
I’ve long been intrigued by earlier generations’ visions of the future. I remember I had as a child in theRead more.
Song of the Week: Al Bowlly’s In Heaven
“Well, I gave my youth to king and country, But what’s my country done for me but sentenced me toRead more.
From Ernie Mayne to Lonnie Donegan
I was doing a bit of research this evening on a topic completely unrelated in any way to the subjectRead more.
Vi Subversa, the last of the suffragettes
For us folks at Radio Days who locate ourselves paradigmatically in the years 1870 to 1939, this post is boundRead more.
Song of the Week: Marie Lloyd, My Old Man Said Follow the Van
Here’s a treat: Marie Lloyd’s My Old Man Said Follow the Van, written in 1919 by Fred W. Leigh andRead more.
There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever in my mind (and perhaps you’ll share my view?) that the years from aroundRead more.
Rise Up, Women! … a coda
I’m unsure what specifically, following our recent workshop series and commemorative event at Brompton Cemetery, would have brought to mind,Read more.
Malvina Reynolds? Peggy Seeger? Rosalie Sorrels? Dory Previn? Joan Baez? Buffy Sainte-Marie? Judy Collins? Ani Difranco? Certainly some outstanding namesRead more.
“Votes for Women!” procession and performance
In pictures … A few photos from the magnificent performance on Thursday evening of our amazing suffragists and suffragettes. TheRead more.
I was looking for a boater … (or, Tipping my hat to Sylvia)
I was desperately looking everywhere for a straw boater this week. My treasured ‘Dirk-Bogarde-Death-In-Venice-1912’ hat, I’d belatedly realised, looked aRead more.
Turning the world upside down … in 1891
What a happy find today! In our recent workshop on political songs of the seventeenth century I had drawn attentionRead more.
From The Happy Farmer via Red Wing to the Union Maid
A musical feast for you today! Our ‘protest song’ workshop has latterly been rehearsing a new song, Si Kahn‘s TheyRead more.
Emmeline in Brompton Cemetery and Millicent in Parliament Square
Yesterday late afternoon, following six weeks of workshops and last Friday a banner-making workshop, we had our first rehearsal inRead more.
My Old Dutch as protest song?
Still busy and semi-obsessed with the Protest Song workshops we’re running at Brompton Cemetery, I’ve been mulling over in myRead more.
Chasing yet another wild goose: in search of The Maunding Souldier
OK, so I found a protest song, apparently first published in 16291, a begging appeal from a crippled soldier andRead more.
Song of the Week: Ain’t We Got Fun?
It’s one of those songs that we’ve all known forever. Published in 1921, the lyrics by Raymond B. Egan andRead more.
Song of the Week: Leon Rosselson, The World Turned Upside Down
Maria and I had a great time last Thursday morning presenting our first Protest Songs workshop at Brompton Cemetery ChapelRead more.
Protest with Radio Days!
Protest Songs. A free 6-week workshop programme open to all who would like to sing with us, no matter whatRead more.
Song of the Week: Rudy Vallee, Brother Can You Spare A Dime? (1932)
No comment to this, one of my favourite songs, written by one of my favourite writers (Yip Harburg) and sungRead more.
Song of the week: Ronald Frankau and Tommy Handley, The Quartermaster’s Stores
From some time around 1939, this recording by Ronald Frankau and Tommy Handley of a song I learned as aRead more.
Song of the Week: I Haven’t Told Her, She Hasn’t Told Me
Those of you who know Radio Days well will know that we’ve a bit of a ‘thing’ about George Formby.Read more.
Catching up on the News
For reasons too numerous for me to list here, The Daily Herald newspaper holds a lot of meaning and historicalRead more.
Song(s) of the Week: the Pickens Sisters and the Mills Brothers
It was some time in the late 1960s that I bought a compilation album that featured among its tracks aRead more.
Browsing “To Build Jerusalem”
The Radio Days popular music and social history project covers the years from around 1870 to around 1939. So IRead more.
Betty May’s “Tiger Woman”
Still engrossed in Betty May’s “Tiger Woman”, I’m fascinated to learn so much more about the extraordinary bohemian culture ofRead more.
Song of the Week: Henry Burr & Albert Campbell, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1913)
I adore the popular songs of the beginning of the 20th century, whether English, French, or American. (There’s probably aRead more.
Les Pages de Gloire: commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme
An unusual post for us here at Radio Days, maybe. Some weeks ago we acquired a copy, dated 1st AugustRead more.
“That Charlie Chaplin walk”
When, eighteen months back, we presented ‘The Edwardian Kitchen’ at East Sheen library, I showed a film clip of GusRead more.
Video trailer for the Museo del Romanticismo concert
Last (for the time being) of the videos from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo in Madrid.Read more.
“Riding on Top of the Car”
A first video from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid: “Riding on Top of the Car”,Read more.
The Peep o’ Day Boys
«There are a great number of boys employed in the various workshops on the island, and the diversions of theseRead more.
“They don’t write songs like this any more”
A close contemporary–and friend–of Charles Dickens, caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank (1792–1878) is also generally credited, in collaboration with hisRead more.
Cockaigne to Cyprian via Chaunt, Corinthian and Coster
Thanks to a post in the wonderful Jane Austen’s London blog (see reference at the bottom of this page), yes,Read more.
Walter Kino is a music-hall name I don’t come across very often. Maybe a couple of times this past year,Read more.
Festival of Britain Pleasure Gardens, Battersea Park (1951)
1951 is a little outside our usual time frame, but as we at Radio Days are now reading and researchingRead more.
Whatever happened to Catherine Crick?
OK, so a title to tease your imagination. Who the heck, you’re probably wondering, is or was Catherine Crick? TheRead more.
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 destroyRead more.
Maiden Lane and the Cyder Cellars
So now we’re exploring a little further back in time, to the forerunners of music-hall in the saloon theatres of theRead more.
“Mr Hutchison Visits Madrid”: Concert at El Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid
Another great Radio Days concert, this time a musical ‘magic lantern’ show to an audience of around 200 people atRead more.
Going to the Pictures … Oh, Mr Porter
Remember the days before ‘video’? Remember the days when we went not to “the movies” but to “the pictures”? IRead more.
The New Music Hall
Back down in my home town of Portsmouth earlier this week, I was remembering the folk clubs where I usedRead more.
Radio Days at the Geffrye Museum
Radio Days had a great time today at the Geffrye Museum’s World War One day. Music-hall songs, soldiers’ songs, andRead more.
‘Flappers as Anarchists’
I must thank the blogger of History is Made at Night for his recent post ‘Flappers as Anarchists’ – sharpRead more.
French Dance Competition 1931
We love this clip! Filmed on 7th March 1931, this Fox Movietone News Story shows scenes from a French amateurRead more.
New video: You Can Do A Lot Of Things At The Seaside
We really pleased to be publishing a new video, this time María’s fabulous recording of the Mark Sheridan 1911 classicRead more.
Robert W Paul, British film pioneer
Little by little, week by week, we’ve been adding new topics and new content to our education programme, with 12Read more.
More photos from Portobello Market
A few more pics of Saturday’s performance, with warmest thanks to photographer Laili Kwok and to Mark Atkinson for sending.Read more.
Radio Days goes Victorian at Portobello 150!
So here we are in Portobello Market, Saturday 30th May 2015, at the wonderful display in Tavistock Square of antiqueRead more.
Song of the Week: Stanley Kirkby, You Can Do A Lot Of Things At The Seaside (1912)
I’m not sure of the date of composition of this fabulous song written and composed by Charles Ridgewell and GeorgeRead more.
Mid-Victorian men’s fashions
After the tremendous fun and unequivocal success of yesterday’s spiffing performance for the 150th anniversary celebrations of Portobello Road MarketRead more.
Song of the Week: Champagne Charlie
I’m always fascinated at the way that songs can seem to take on a life of their own, sometimes forRead more.
Song of the Week: Singin’ In The Rain
Mention the song Singin’ in the Rain to most people and it will bring to mind the 1952 film ofRead more.
Song of the Week: Norah Blaney, Oh, Mr Porter
I admit it–I’m a huge fan of Marie Lloyd. A kind of real-life Betty Boop in some ways, she wasRead more.
Song of the Week: Knocked ’em in the Old Kent Road
An unusual choice this week, prompted by my having recently bought a first edition of Albert Chevalier’s 1901 memoirs, BeforeRead more.
Song(s) of the Week: Gus Elen and Charles Coborn
Since I missed a ‘Song of the Week’ last week when I was busy with other things, I think youRead more.
Event at East Sheen Library
A very enjoyable presentation yesterday at East Sheen Library, Richmond, of The Edwardian Kitchen. I realise we’ve now so muchRead more.
Song of the Week: Bert Ambrose, Limehouse Blues
Many orchestras recorded Limehouse Blues but none, in our opinion, ever matched that of Bert Ambrose.Read more.
Song of the Week: Jack Charman, All The Girls Are Lovely By The Seaside
We love this song. So much, in fact, that María has now added it to her repertoire for our ‘holidaysRead more.
Song of the Week: “Any Rags”
I guess the place we have to start this week is with a 1932 cartoon. I’ve been an ardent fanRead more.
Radio Days at The Red House Museum, Christchurch
One of our most enjoyable concerts to date, yesterday at The Red House Museum in Christchurch. An engaged and reallyRead more.
Song of the Week: Greta Keller, ‘Mad About The Boy’
First recorded in October 1932 by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra with Phyllis Robins on vocals (though first performed inRead more.
Song of the Week: North & South
Recording as ‘North & South’, the great Tommy Handley & Ronald Frankau sing Riding On A Camel and, on theRead more.
The Edwardian Kitchen now available as digital download
Radio Days is delighted to announce that <em>The Edwardian Kitchen</em> is now available in MP3 format. The massive 109MB downloadRead more.
Song of the Week: Al Bowlly
Britain’s heartthrob of the 1930s, Al Bowlly, sings ‘Melancholy Baby’.Read more.
The Edwardian Kitchen CD now available!
The Edwardian Kitchen CD now available for purchase online at: http://radiodaysmusic.com/main/store/products/the-edwardian-kitchen/ A great Christmas gift!Read more.
Song of the Week: Janet Klein
It’s very unlike us to post anything by a contemporary singer, but this song and video by Janet Klein reallyRead more.
The Edwardian Kitchen … for real
We now have the proof CD … and spent this afternoon preparing, photographing, and (of course) eating dishes from theRead more.
Song of the Week: Frances Langford
Bit late in posting this (already posted to our Facebook page). There are a heck of a lot of singersRead more.
Song of the Week: Ronald Frankau
A singer for whom I’ve long had a soft spot, Ronald Frankau sings ‘Fanny Is Evacuated Now’ (1941).Read more.
Song of the Week: Sing-Song Girl Of Old Shanghai
We today think of ‘globalisation’ as a phenomenon of the latter part of the 20th century. There was, however, aRead more.
Song of the Week: Mistinguett
You want the ‘Glamorous Thirties’ with bit of French class? This one’s got it all … the Busby Berkeley-style production,Read more.
Song of the Week: Marie Lloyd
We love this song. In fact we love it so much that María is now adding it to her repertoire.Read more.
Musical memories from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s
“When I was about six years old… my father bought a Radiogram”Read more.
WW1 music workshop at Hinchingbrooke House
Radio Days Music had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the excellent commemorative event, ‘The Last Day of Peace’Read more.
Ernie Mayne poster
Surprised and delighted to see this framed sheet music cover page at Kingston Workingmen’s Club.Read more.
Sheet music collector in York
This is exactly the kind of collector we should love to meet! And how good it would be to haveRead more.
María today passed on to me the URL to Music Memory (http://www.musicmemory.org), a US-based project to preserve historical and traditional AmericanRead more.
I discovered the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music and the King’s Sound Archive at King’sRead more.
Off to sunny Spain for a well-deserved 10 day break from work. I’ve meanwhile rebuilt the Radio Days front endRead more.
One week on from launch …
One week on, and still busy getting some content into the site … there are too few hours in theRead more.
Mozilla Open Badges–recognition of achievement
A couple of days ago, completely by chance, I discovered Mozilla’s Open Badges programme. It reminds me a little ofRead more.
Portable Gramophones of The Great War
Just remembered today, while uploading screenshots of the WWI portable gramophones we used for our song recital and exhibition inRead more.
Day 3 … beavering away
Day 3 already … so much to do and life is so short! I’ve added the (functional) footnotes to theRead more.