The Best Of British Dance Bands
Nothing evokes the glamour, spirit and atmosphere of the 1920s and 30s like a dance band in full swing. Relive the golden decades of British dance music by way of this 2 CD collection. It ably proves how our bands sounded so refreshingly different from their American counterparts!
Here are the bands who lit up the BBC airwaves - Jack Hylton, Ambrose, Henry Hall, Geraldo, Carroll Gibbons, Jack Payne and more - playing the fabulous songs that they made their own. Signature tunes such as Roy Fox’s Whispering and Jack Payne’s Say It With Music showcase the flair and musicianship of these superstars of the West End ballrooms - each with their own distinctive style, and often boasting the talents of such legendary vocalists as Al Bowlly, Sam Browne and Vera Lynn.
From the wistful elegance of Goodnight, Sweetheart - played by Ray Noble, the song’s composer - to Joe Loss’s mighty In The Mood, could there be any better way to recall the magic of the dance band days? Roll up the carpet and dance to these outstanding vintage recordings.
Tracks include: Easy Come, Easy Go Lew Stone with Al Bowlly, Whispering Roy Fox, What A Little Moonlight Can Do Jack Jackson, Down Sunnyside Lane Jack Payne, Painting The Clouds With Sunshine Jack Hylton, Georgia On My Mind Nat Gonella, You’re An Old Smoothie Debroy Somers, Stairway To The Stars The Skyrockets, There’s Something In The Air The Squadronaires, I Don’t Want To Walk Without You Jay Wilbur, Yours Billy Cotton, Goodnight, Sweetheart Ray Noble with Al Bowlly, Pick Yourself Up Harry Roy, The Sweetest Music This Side Of Heaven Maurice Winnick, Dancing In The Dark Ambrose, The Very Thought Of You Ray Noble, Heat Wave Billy Cotton, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Henry Hall, A Foggy Day Geraldo, On The Air Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, September In The Rain Jack Hylton, Say It With Music Jack Payne, Radio Times Henry Hall, These Foolish Things Lew Stone, So Many Memories Maurice Winnick with Vera Lynn, Here’s To The Next Time Henry Hall, and many more.
All tracks sensitively restored and digitally remastered.