Golden Age Of Radio
A 22 track musical tribute to the power and importance of radio, aka 'the wireless', during the war years, performed by the original artists. 1 CD and over 1 hour playing time.
These days, radio is a medium we all take for granted. It wasn't always thus. From the early 1920s right through to the early 70s, there was only one official radio broadcaster in Britain - the BBC, which would grow into probably the single biggest cultural influence of the 20th century.
This memory-packed CD recalls the years when radio really was king. For a populace battered by the Depression, BBC radio opened up whole new avenues of pleasure, solace and diversion. Thanks in part to the BBC, World War II was in many ways the most musical war in history, and gathered here are some of the songs and performances that helped to win it - the homesick soldier's lament, Ma I Miss Your Apple Pie, from Billy Cotton; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth with Ivor Novello's poignant We'll Gather Lilacs. This was a time when radio programmes were rich in reassurance, optimism, determination and sheer good-heartedness, whether represented by Ambrose's vocalist Anne Shelton singing the RAF favourite Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer or by the morale boosting speeches of Winston Churchill himself. A golden age of radio indeed!
Always the original artists in the original recordings.
Sensitively restored and digitally remastered.
Full track listing:
|"This Is London Calling"|
|Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer||Ambrose and his Orchestra with Anne Shelton, Vocal|
|Churchill Wartime Speech: Unconditional Surrender||The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill|
|Serves You Right (You Shouldn't Have Joined)||George Formby|
|War Time Public Service Broadcast: Massingham Waters|
|Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie||Billy Cotton and his Band with Alan Breeze, Vocal|
|I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire||Geraldo and his Orchestra with Dorothy Carless,Vocal|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo||Glenn Miller and his Orchestra with Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires|
|Love Is All||Deanna Durbin|
|We'll Gather Lilacs (Now That You're Home Once More)||Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth|
|Cocktails For Two||Spike Jones and his City Slickers|
|Down Forget-Me-Not Lane||Flanagan and Allen|
|Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)||The Ink Spots|
|War Time Radio Broadcast: The Bombing Of London||Spoken Word (Quentin Reynolds)|
|Moonlight Becomes You||Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra|
|You Made Me Love You||Harry James and his Orchestra|
|My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time||Doris Day with Les Brown and his Orchestra|
|In The Mood||Glenn Miller and his Orchestra|
|We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)||Nat Gonella and his New Georgians with Roy Dexter, Vocal|
|Be Like The Kettle And Sing||Vera Lynn|
|At The Woodchopper's Ball||Joe Loss and his Orchestra|
|Change Partners||Fred Astaire|