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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Many orchestras recorded Limehouse Blues but none, in our opinion, ever matched that of Bert Ambrose.
We love this song. So much, in fact, that María has now added it to her repertoire for our ‘holidays and leisure’ theme. Jack Charman sings All The Girls Are Lovely By The Seaside, a very popular song of the […]
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 […]
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 […]
We love this song. In fact we love it so much that María is now adding it to her repertoire. After all, “a little of what you fancy does you good”.