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Art Fowler
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. 
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Daily Herald Feb 1952
Catching up on the News
For reasons too numerous for me to list here, The Daily Herald newspaper holds a lot of meaning and historical
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Pickens Sisters
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 a
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To Build Jerusalem
Browsing “To Build Jerusalem”
The Radio Days popular music and social history project covers the years from around 1870 to around 1939. So I
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Trail of the Lonesome Pine
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 a
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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 August
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“That Charlie Chaplin walk”
When, eighteen months back, we presented ‘The Edwardian Kitchen’ at East Sheen library, I showed a film clip of Gus
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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.
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“Salute My Bicycle”
Another song from our concert at the Museo del Romanticismo.
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“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”,
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The Peep o’ Day Boys
«There are a great number of boys employed in the various workshops on the island, and the diversions of these
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“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 his
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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,
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Walter Kino
Walter Kino is a music-hall name I don’t come across very often.  Maybe a couple of times this past year,
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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 researching
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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? The
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Bell-Bottom George
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
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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 the
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“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 at
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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”? I
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Jeremy Taylor
The New Music Hall
Back down in my home town of Portsmouth earlier this week, I was remembering the folk clubs where I used
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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, and
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‘Flappers as Anarchists’
I must thank the blogger of History is Made at Night for his recent post ‘Flappers as Anarchists’ – sharp
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French Dance Competition 1931
We love this clip! Filmed on 7th March 1931, this Fox Movietone News Story shows scenes from a French amateur
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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 classic
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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 12
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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.
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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 antique
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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 George
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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 Market
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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 for
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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 of
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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 was
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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, Before
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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 you
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Edwardian live music
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 much
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Song of the Week: Bert Ambrose, Limehouse Blues
Many orchestras recorded Limehouse Blues but none, in our opinion, ever matched that of Bert Ambrose.
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Edwardian seaside
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 ‘holidays
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Any Rags
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 fan
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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 really
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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 in
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Norma Waterson
Song of the Week: “Al Bowlly’s In Heaven”
An unusual choice this week, since both the song and the recording are relatively recent.  But who could resist a
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Song of the Week: North & South
Recording as ‘North & South’, the great Tommy Handley & Ronald Frankau sing Riding On A Camel and, on the
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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 download
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Song of the Week: Al Bowlly
Britain’s heartthrob of the 1930s, Al Bowlly, sings ‘Melancholy Baby’.
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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!
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Janet Klein
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 really
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The Edwardian Kitchen … for real
We now have the proof CD … and spent this afternoon preparing, photographing, and (of course) eating dishes from the
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Frances Langford
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 singers
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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).
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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, a
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Mistinguett
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,
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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.
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Musical memories from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s
“When I was about six years old… my father bought a Radiogram”
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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’
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Ernie Mayne poster
Surprised and delighted to see this framed sheet music cover page at Kingston Workingmen’s Club.
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Sheet music collector in York
This is exactly the kind of collector we should love to meet!  And how good it would be to have
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Music Memory
María today passed on to me the URL to Music Memory (http://www.musicmemory.org), a US-based project to preserve historical and traditional American
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Visiting King’s
I discovered the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music and the King’s Sound Archive at King’s
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Short break
Off to sunny Spain for a well-deserved 10 day break from work.  I’ve meanwhile rebuilt the Radio Days front end
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In Dear Old England's Name
One week on from launch …
One week on, and still busy getting some content into the site … there are too few hours in the
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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 of
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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 in
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Day 3 … beavering away
Day 3 already … so much to do and life is so short! I’ve added the (functional) footnotes to the
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Ready for submission
If you’re browsing the site on the day (yep, 26th March 2014) I publish this first post, I’ve a confession
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