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Al Bowlly - The Complete Len Fillis Sessions Volume 3 - MLMCD0014

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Titles: Lovebirds Are Better Than Bluebirds - HS; Headin' For Hollywood - HS; Moonlight On The Colorado - FH*; Cuban Love Song - FH*; The Kiss Waltz - WS*; With My Guitar And You - WS*; Bye, Bye, Blues - WS*; Old New England Moon - WS*; There's A Stranger In Heaven Tonight - LM *; Sleepy Head - LM *; In An Old Churchyard - LM *; The Silver-Toned Chimes Of The Angelus - LM *; That's What Loneliness Means To Me - PB *; My Bluebird Was Caught In The Rain - FH; Somewhere In Old Wyoming - FH*; Oh Donna Clara - WS*; Nobody Cares If I'm Blue - WS*; Somewhere In Old Wyoming - PB *; Oh! Donna Clara - PB *; Hurt - PB; ’Neath Hawaiian Skies - PB; Really Mine - PB; Bubbling Over With Love - LF; Lady Of Spain - LF *; Hawaiian Stars Are Gleaming - LF *


HS, Hawaiian Serenaders; FH, Ferrachini's Hawaiian Band; WS, Waikiki Serenaders ; LM, Linn Milford and his Hawaiian Players; PB, Palm Beach Hawaiians;  LF, Len Fillis and his Novelty Orchestra.

*Duet with Les Allen.

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0014 Al Bowlly - Len Fillis Volume 3


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Harry Bentley and the Great British Dance Bands MLMCD015

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Titles: ’m Keeping Company -Maurice Winnick; You Forget Your Gloves - Jack Harris; Learn To Croon - Howard Flynn; You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me - Oscar Rabin; Moonstruck - CK; Learn To Croon - CK; Whistling Under The Moon - Tommy Kinsman; You’re Still In My Heart - Stanley Barnett; Dear Stranger - CK; Sophisticated Lady - Stanley Barnett; Oceans Of Time - CG; Let’s Sit This One Out - CK*; You’re Gonna Lose Your Girl - CG; This Little Piggy Went To Markey - Howard Flynn; Keep Young And Beautiful - CG; One Morning In May - CG; Two Little Windows - Oscar Rabin; May I? - CG; Better Think Twice - CG; Heaven On Earth - CG; So Help Me - CG; Just A Catchy Little Tune - Sydney Lipton; When The New Moon Shines - CK; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - CK.

CK, Charlie Kunz; CG, Carroll Gibbons.

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0015 Harry Bentley


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The Voice of Billy Scott Coomber MLMCD017


Memories Of You (BSC); Moonlight Saving Time (BBC); My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies (BBC); Ain't That The Way It Goes (BBC); Radio Nights (BBC); Down Sunnyside Lane (BBC); Smile Darn Ya Smile (JW); Guilty (BBC); Just Another Dream Of You; Say It Isn't So; In The Dim, Dim Dawning; Always In My Heart (BSC); What More Can I Ask?; Happy Ending; Honeymoon Hotel; One Morning In May; Ill Wind; I Only Have Eyes For You; That's The Way I Like To Hear You Talk; When My Ship Comes In; Star Gazin’ (BSC); Thanks A Million (RS); Six Hit Medley - Please Believe Me (R); Where Are You (PS).

All with Jack Payne and his Band apart from: BBC, Jack Payne and the BBC Dance Orchestra; BSC, Billy Scott-Coomber solo recording; PS, Primo Scala’s Accordion Band (Harry Bidgood);R, Rossini’s Accordion Band (Harry Bidgood); RS, Radio Serenaders (Jay Wilbur).

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0017 Billy Scott-Coomber


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The Voice of Pat O'Malley MLMCD025

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Body And Soul; The First Weekend In June; Confessin’; Tap Your Feet; Dancing On The Ceiling; Without Love; By The River Saint Marie; Ain’t That The Way It Goes; Goopy Geer; How Long Will It Last; After Tonight We Say Goodbye; Can’t We Meet Again; You’ve Got Me Crying Again; Did My Heart Beat; Stay As Sweet As You Are JW; The Girl With The Dreamy Eyes  JW; Zing! When The Strings Of My Heart; You're A Heavenly Thing JW; I'm So Afraid BH; Round About Regent Street RS; Louisiana Fairytale JW; I Won't Dance BH; Everybody's Got To Wear A Smile RS; Underneath The Stars (That Night Of Love) JW.

Key  All with Jack Hylton apart from: BH, Ben Hammond; JW, Jay Wilbur; RS, Radio Serenaders (BH and RS were aliases of Jay Wilbur) 

Specially released to accompany the article Pat O’Malley from Hylton to Hollywood in the latest issue of Memory Lane. A fine voice with the great bands of Jack Hylton and Jay Wilbur. 

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0025 Pat O'Malley


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The Sam Browne Story Volume 2 MLMCD027

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Say A Little Prayer For Me SB; My Love Affair SB; Whistling In The Dark; Ho Hum; I Can't Believe It's True; Masquerade; I Guess I'll To Change My Plan; Moonlight The Danube And You; Under My Umbrella SW; The School Song HB; Sweetheart Darlin' HB; Sweetmeat Joe The Candy Man JW; Teddy Bear’s Picnic JW; Lullaby Of Broadway; Music In May; The Way You Look Tonight; A Fine Romance; Who Loves You; I Saw A Ship A Sailing; Taking A Stroll Around The Park; They Can't Take That Away From Me; In A Little French Casino; The Moon Got In My Eyes; Big Ben Is Saying Goodnight.

All with Ambrose and his Orchestra, apart from HB, Harry Bidgood and his Band; SB, Sam Browne (solo recording); JW, Jay Wilbur and his band; SW, George Scott Wood and his Orchestra.

Twenty-four of Sam’s delightful  recordings which all fans of the dance band days will enjoy.

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0027 The Sam Browne Story Volume 2


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The (New) Mayfair Dance Orchestra 1919 – 1940 MLMCD033

How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm  GWB; Flare Up  GWB; My Ohio Home; Funny Face Selection; Chloe; Misery Farm (Leonard Henry); What A Wonderful Wedding That Will Be (Les Allen, Phil Arnold, Eddie Brandt); She’s Funny That Way (Henry Shalson); Blue Hills Of Pasadena (Les Allen, Phil Arnold, Eddie Brandt); His Majesty The Baby (Jack Plant) Water Under The Bridge (BL) Sleepy Time In Sleepy Hollow (BL); Tiny Little Fingerprints (BL); Bing Crosby Selection Part 1 (BL); Bing Crosby Selection Part 2 (BL); Cherokee; Tulip Time GSW (BL); Please Teacher Selection  GSW (BL); Hits Of The Moment Part 1 (Ronnie Hill); Hits Of The Moment Part 2 (Ronnie Hill); Ev’ry Day Is A Day Nearer (Sam Browne); All Over The Place (Sam Browne).

All titles are directed by Carroll Gibbons apart from GWB, G W Byng and GSW, George Scott Wood.  Vocalists are shown in brackets, BL signifying Brian Lawrance.

A collection of tracks issued y the Mayfair Dance Orchestra and sometimes with the addition of “New” covering the periods where it was directed by someone other than Ray Noble. The recordings span 21 years and consist of delightful tracks, most of which have not seen the light of day since original 78rpm issue. 

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0033 The (New) Mayfair Dance Orchestra



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Harry Leader – The Early Years MLMCD035

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One Tiny Tear SB: You Were My First Love BAS; I’m Suspicious Of You BAS; I’m Following You BAS; The Spell Of Your Voice BAS; Making Conversation SB; Three Of Us SB; Why Should It Happen To Me BAS; The Wind’s In The West BAS; We’re Through BAS; Day By Day BAS; Yesterday BAS; Why Wait? BAS; Love Thy Neighbour unk; Hold My Hand LA; Dreaming Of You unk; All In A Day AK; Needing You SB; Loveless Girl AK; Music SB; Pop Goes Your Heart CC; Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart CH +2; You Filled My Heart With Sunshine CH; I’m Hand In Glove With The One I Love unk; You’re All I Need CH; Linda CH+2.

Key to vocalists: BAS, Bill Airey-Smith; SB, Sam Browne; CC, Carlyle Cousins; CH, Chick Henderson; AK, Alan Kane; unk, unknown vocalist.

Most of these titles come from the Eclipse label and have not seen the light of day since issue on 78 rpm. An excellent band, good arrangements, great rhythm and fine vocalists, all well recorded by Eclipse. Some of Chick Henderson’s earliest recordings are presented here. The epitome of that great British dance band sound. 

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0035 Harry Leader - The Early Years


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The Voice of Anne Lenner Volume Two MLMCD037

Titles: I’ll Pray For You; This Can’t Be Love; When Night Is Through (With Sam Browne); I’ve Got My Eyes On You; Fools Rush In; I’m Nobody’s Baby; Until You Fall In Love; I Can’t Resist You; Only Forever; Pretty Little Petticoat; Goodnight Again; Strike Up The Band; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Moon For Sale; A Pair Of Silver Wings; Let There Be Love; You And Your Kiss; Heart’s Don’t Lie; You And I; I Walked Into A Dream Without Knocking; Concerto For Two; Time Was; Two In Love; Baby  Mine.

All titles are with Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, apart from Track One which is by Carroll Gibbons and his Band.

By popular request we bring you another volume by Anne Lenner, her with the beautifully cultured voice with perfect diction who could delightfully put over popular songs of the day with complete ease and confidence. Most of these titles have not been on CD before and came from the collection of popular Memory Lane contributor Phill Cruise. With the great Carroll Gibbons, this is another set not to be missed.

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Memory Lane Records MLMCD0037 The Voice of Anne Lenner Volume 2


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Al Bowlly – The Complete Carroll Gibbons and Arthur Lally Sessions Volume 1 MLMCD040

There’s A Time And Place For Everything; Sweet And Lovely (Take 1); Sweet And Lovely (Take 4); Who Am I?; Linda; Actions Speak Louder Than Words*; One Little Quarrel*; You’re The Kind Of Baby For Me; Whistling Waltz; Sweetheart In My Dreams Tonight; Save The Last Dance For Me; Granny’s Photo Album*  CC; Kiss By Kiss* CC; The Night You Gave Me Back The Ring* CC; Only Me Knows Why*; With Love In My Heart*; Take Away The Moon*; We’ll Be Together Again*; Tell Tales*; The Cat And The Fiddle Selection Part One – Try To Forget*; The Cat And The Fiddle Selection Part Two – She Didn’t Say ‘Yes’*; The King Was In His Counting House*; Goopy Geer*; Sailing On The Robert E Lee*.

Asterisked tracks were issued as The Masqueraders. CC – Al Bowlly with the Carlyle Cousins.

This is the first volume of two CDs covering everything Al Bowlly recorded with Carroll Gibbons and Arthur Lally. This CD covers the first part of the Carroll Gibbons sessions, and a really great selection they are two. A mixture of styles, too,  from one of the best British dance bands and the inimitable Al Bowlly.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Gibbons and Lally Sessions MLMCD040


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The Early Joe Loss MLMCD041

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Swingy Little Thingy (NV); Louisiana Lullaby (JM); Did You ever See A Dream Walking (JM); Close Your Eyes (JM); Come up and see me sometime (AK); Sundown In A Little Green Hollow (JM); That's Me Without You (RS); In Town Tonight (Knightsbridge) (NV); In Other Words, We're Through (JM); Let's Fall In Love (NV); Ending With A Kiss (JM); True (JM); Over My Shoulder (HC); When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart (HC); Near And Yet So Far (HC); Out In The Cold Again (HC); Who Made Little Boy Blue (NV); Ole Faithful (HC); Soon (NV); Just A-Wearyin' For you (HC); Hands Across The Table (HC); I Only Have Eyes For You (U); Pop Goes Your Heart (HC); Rain (U).

Vocalists: JM, Jimmy Mesene; HC, Harry Case; AK, Annette Keith; RS, Rhythm Sisters (Kay Munro-Smith, Betty and Teresa Dale); NV, non-vocal; U, unknown vocalist.

For some reason 78 rpms of early Joe Loss are extremely rare which is surprising considering the great sound the band had. To make this CD we are indebted to collectors Mike Thomas and Charles Hippisley-Cox for sharing part of their collections with us. Vocalists are Jimmy Mesene, who has not been re-issue a great deal and the unknown Harry Case who nevertheless acquits himself well. Some excellent dance music we are sure you will like.

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The Early Joe Loss MLMCD041



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Al Bowlly – The Complete Carroll Gibbons and Arthur Lally Sessions Volume 2 MLMCD042

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Snuggled On Your Shoulder; When We're Alone; What Makes You So; Adorable?; I Heard (w. Carroll Gibbons); What A Life!; A Great Big Bunch Of You; Farewell To Arms; Something To Do With Spring; A Hiking Holiday with Bert Feldman Part 1 (Was That The Human Thing To Do?); A Hiking Holiday with Bert Feldman Part 2 (When The Rest Of The Crowd Goes Home); Good Evening; My Sunny Monterey; Drums In My Heart; Ev'ry Day's A Lucky Day; We’ve Got The Moon And Sixpence; Is I In Love? I Is; Dance Of The Cuckoos; This Is My Love Song; Hello Mike; Considerin'; Looking On The Bright Side; Wicked Mr. Punch; All My Life (Vocal Jack Plant); Sunshine And Roses (Vocal Anona Winn).

Tracks 1 – 8 and 23 and 24 are by the Savoy Hotel Orpheans; the remainder are by Arthur Lally and his Orchestra. Tracks 7 and 8 are from broadcasts.

This is the second volume covering everything Al Bowlly recorded with Carroll Gibbons and  Arthur Lally. This CD completes the Carroll Gibbons sessions, and contains those by Arthur Lally. Two fine orchestras with a mixture of styles, too, and the inimitable Al Bowlly including the only sides he made with Sam Browne.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Gibbons and Lally Vol 2 MLMCD042


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Harry Bidgood, The Vocalion Studio Band Leader MLMCD045

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When I Met Sally vRM; Under The Moon vRM; I’m Going Back To Old Nebraska vRM; Dream Kisses vJT; Is She My Girl Friend? vRM; Where The Cot Cot Cotton Grows vME; My Pet vJT; Tell Me You’re Sorry vJT; Sonny Boy vCOC; Lover, Come Back To Me vEB; Sweeping The Clouds Away vSB; Any Time’s The Time To Fall In Love vSB; With My Guitar And You vCOC; Shoo The Hoodoo Away vB≈ When The Little Red Roses vSB; Sing A Little Theme Song vSB; You’re Driving Me Crazy vB≈ I’m Alone Because I Love You vB≈ River Stay ‘Way From My Door vSB; Miss Elizabeth Brown vSB; I Like A Little Girl Like That vSB; I Don’t Know Why vCOC; Mimi vTB; My Romance vTB.

Vocalists: RM, Ramon Newton; JT, John Thorne; ME, Maurice Elwin; COC, Cavan O’Connor; EB, Eddie Brandt; SB, Sam Browne; B&AP, Bob and Alf Pearson; TB, Tom Barrett.

Harry Bidgood always received a very good press for his imaginative arrangements which are typical of the great British dance band sound of the early 1930s period. A team of great vocalists complements the recordings and Vocalion’s Broadcast label always had a very good sound. A real treat for enthusiasts of the genre.

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Harry Bidgood the Vocalion Studio Band Leader MLMCD045


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Al Bowlly, The Complete Roy Fox Sessions Volume 2 MLMCD046

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Lady Of Spain; Time On My Hands; Alma Mia (With Trio); Koppa-Ka-Banna (With Trio); Betty Co-Ed; You Didn't Have To Tell Me; When It's Sunset On The Nile; Would You Like To Take A Walk?; Laughing At The Rain; Ya Got Love; Bubbling Over With Love; Fiesta; By My Side; My Temptation; I’m So Used To You Now; I’m Gonna Get You; It Must Be True; Leave The Rest To Nature; Lazy Day; Poor Kid; By The River Sainte Marie; When You Were The Blossom Of Buttercup Lane; Tie A Little String Around Your Finger; I Found You.

The second volume of the classic Al Bowlly/Roy Fox sessions takes us from the pre-Monseigneur days when the band was billed as “Roy Fox – The Whispering Cornetist and his Band” to the first of those titles the band made after they had taken-up their famous residency. You will never have heard these old Decca recordings with such clarity as has been achieved on this compilation. Roy Fox’s was, of course, a top band of the day with a very distinctive sound incorporating the evocative “whispering” trumpet style. No Al Bowlly or dance band fan will want to be without this CD.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Roy Fox Vol. 2 MLMCD046


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When The Great British Dance Bands played Hot Volume 3 MLMCD047

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Crazy Words, Crazy Tune - Victor Vorzanger ; Up In The Clouds – Alfredo;  Do Something - Jack Payne ; Down Among The Sugar Cane - Philip Lewis; First You Say Yes, Then You Say No - Percival Mackey’s Band as The Ever-Bright Boys; M’ Honey and Me - Percival Mackey’s Band as The Ever-Bright Boys; I’m Feathering a Nest - Teddy Morris and his Boys; High Society Blues  - Ray Noble; Here Comes Emily Brown - Jack Payne; Whispering – The Night Club Kings dir. By Ray Noble; Loving You The Way I Do - Cecil and Leslie Norman; Ain't That The Way It Goes - Jack Payne; It’s the Girl - Jerry Hoey and his Orchestra; Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’ve Gone - Jerry Hoey and his Orchestra; That's What I Like About You - Jack Payne; JB Blues - Harry Perritt; Buchanan Stomp - Harry Perritt; Everybody Loves My Baby - Brian Lawrance; Let's Put Some People To Work - Jack Buchanan; Way Down Yonder in New Orleans – Swingtimers; Pick Yourself Up – Swingtimers; Sing Baby Sing – Swingtimers; Sweet Georgia Brown – Swingtimers; In Your Own Quiet Way; Val Rosing and his Swing Stars.

Vocalists: Les Allen,  Tom Barrett, Jack Buchanan,  Sam Costa, Maurice Elwin, Brian Lawrance, Jack Payne,  Val Rosing, Billy Scott Coomber, John Thorne, trio of Jack Payne, Bob Manning and Bob Busby, Wally Vernon. 

Due to the popularity of our first two compilations of hot dance bands, we are pleased to bring you a third, with a fourth one planned for later this year. A real motley collection of bands, with some titles not shown in the Rust and Forbes Discography. It includes a little tribute to Jack Buchanan from Harry Perritt, the bandleader who accompanied Jack ( a very rare disc, incidentally) plus a song from Buchanan himself, where members of the studio band are allowed some hot solos. A real foot-tapper.

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When The Great British Dance Bands Played Hot Vol. 3 MLMCD047



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Al Bowlly, The Complete Roy Fox Sessions Volume 3 MLMCD048

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Love For Sale; Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On; Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On; Out Of Nowhere; While Hearts Are Singing; I’d Rather Be A Beggar With You; Tell Me, Are You From Georgia? (With Nat Gonella); You Are My Heart's Delight; Cherie, C'est Vous;  You Can't Stop Me From Loving You; Dance Hall Doll (With Ella Logan And Chorus); What Are You Thinking About, Baby?; Time Alone Will Tell; When The Waltz Was Through; Sing Another Chorus, Please (With Chorus); Sweet And Lovely; Looking For You; Kiss Me "Goodnight"; Song Of Happiness; Just One More Chance; Just One More Chance; Smile, Darn Ya, Smile; That's What I Like About You; You Forgot Your Gloves.

The third volume of the classic Al Bowlly/Roy Fox sessions consist of sessions made for Decca  made while the band were resident at the Monseigneur Restaurant. Dave Cooper has worked some magic on these Decca recordings the quality of which was quite “hit and miss”. Roy Fox and his Band was a “top seller” for Decca and had a very distinctive sound incorporating the evocative “whispering” trumpet style. The band majored on the more up-tempo numbers. No Al Bowlly or dance band fan will want to be without this CD.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Roy Fox Vol. 3 MLMCD048


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Singers On Parade Volume 1  MLMCD049

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Singers On Parade Part 1 (Felix Mendelssohn accompanying Sam Costa - I’m Gonna Lock My Heart, Helen Clare - I’m Sorry I Said I Loved You, Paula Green You Couldn’t Be Cuter);  Singers On Parade Part 2 (Felix Mendelssohn accompanying George Barclay - The Sweetest Song In The World, Pat Hyde – A Tisket A Tasket, Al Bowlly - Little Lady Make Believe); Over There (Jack Cooper with Sydney Torch and RAF Concert Orch); Castles In The Sand (Sam Browne with Harry Jacobson - piano); Nasty Man (Ray Noble with Dorothy Carless); (Medley) Embraceable You - Sleepy Lagoon (Denny Dennis with Ivor Moreton and Dave Kaye); Stormy Weather (Sam Browne with Bert Read And Harry Jacobson - pianos); That’s Life Without You (Vera Lynn with Organ); Listen To The German Band (Durium Dance Band with Sam Browne); Amapola (Geraldo with Dorothy Carless and Len Camber); Lonely Little Vagabond (Donald Peers); Goodbye To Summer (Oscar Rabin with Beryl Davis); When I Learned French (Patrick Waddington with piano); Keep Your Last Goodnight For Me (Ambrose with Sam Browne);  Why Don't We Do This More Often (Geraldo with Dorothy Carless and Jackie Hunter); Day By Day (Skyrockets Dance Orchestra with Cyril Shane); Lady Sing Your Gypsy Song (Donald Peers); Down By The River (Denny Dennis with Ivor Moreton and Dave Kaye) Then I’ll Be Tired Of You (Ambrose with Sam Browne); Yes My Darling Daughter (Geraldo with Dorothy Carless); Zip-Ed-Dee-Doo-Dah (Skyrockets Dance Orchestra with Beverley Sisters); Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Lew Stone with Sid Colin); Goodnight Wherever You Are (Anne Lenner with orchestra); Spin A Little Web Of Dreams  (Ray Noble with Three Ginx). 

This compilation was inspired by the Decca record of the same name, both sides of which open this CD. There are some rarities here including broadcasts and other non-commercial recordings featuring over twenty singers from the world of the British dance bands. 

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Singers On Parade Vol 1 MLMCD049


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When The Great British Dance Bands Played Hot – Volume 4   MLMCD051

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Downhearted Blues - Savoy Havana Band; Mama’s Gone - Boston Orchestra; No One Knows What it’s all About - Hannan Dance Band (Stan Greening); Hey Hey! Hee Hee! - Geoffrey Goodhart and his Orchestra; Piccadilly Strut - Gilt Edged Four; My Cutey’s Due at Two-to-Two Today - Don Parker and his Band v probably Don Parker; Brainstorm - Debroy Somers Band; Mediterranean Blues - Hal Radford’s Dance Orchestra; Can’t Help Lovin’ dat Man - Melville Gideon; That’s My Weakness Now - Beth Challis; To-Day Tomorrow, for Ever - Maurice Elwin; Take a Look at Mine - Gracie Fields; My Southern Home - Bohemian Band (Billy Cotton) v Sid Buckman and Joe Ferrie; Deep Hollow - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (Carroll Gibbons); Nobody’s Sweetheart - Fred Elizalde and his Music; Everything I do I do for You - Rhythm Masters (Pete Mandell) v Tom Barrett; Dream Mother - Rhythm Maniacs v Maurice Elwin; She’s My Slip of a Girl - Eddie Harding Night Club Boys v Harry Bentley; Cosmoitis - Jack Padbury’s Cosmo Club Six; Moanin’ Low - Jack Hylton and his Orchestra v Ella Logan; Cryin’ For The  Carolines - Deauville DB v John Hart; What Wouldn’t I Do for that Man - Spike Hughes and his Decca-Dents v Val Rosing; Fascinating Devil - Spike Hughes and his Decca-Dents v Val Rosing; Stomping - Jimmy Wornell’s Hot Blue-Bottles v Tommy Sullivan.

This compilation was selected by jazz collector Richard Ives from his own collection and includes some of the finest hot performances from early British dance bands. Some titles are by performers such as Gracie Fields who are accompanied by a hot dance band. There are some real rarities here and most, if not all, have never been issued on CD or even LP before. A real “collectors item” which is expected to sell like hot cakes!

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When The Great British Dance Bands Played Hot Vol. 4 MLMCD051


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Al Bowlly – The Complete Roy Fox Sessions Volume 5 MLMCD052

Kicking The Gong Around; My Sweet Virginia (Take 2); My Sweet Virginia (Take 3); If I Have To Go On Without You (Take 1); If I Have To Go On Without You (Take 2); Kiss By Kiss; Goodnight, Moon; She Didn't Say "Yes"; Goodnight, Vienna; Living In Clover; Somebody Loves You; I’m For You A Hundred Per Cent; Can't We Talk It Over? (Take 1); Can't We Talk It Over? (Take 3); When We're Alone; Lovable; Love, You Funny Thing; ; Gettin' Sentimental; You've Got What Gets Me; I Got Rhythm; Put That Sun Back In The Sky; The Echo Of A Song; It's Always Good-Bye; Lullaby Of The Leaves.

The fifth volume of the classic Al Bowlly/Roy Fox sessions continues the sessions made for Decca  made while the band were resident at the legendary Monseigneur Restaurant. Once again Dave Cooper has waved his magic wand in the remastering department as well as writing the liner note. However, it is quite evident that Decca were improving their recording ability during the period these records were made, the first half of 1932. A good cross-section of material and some rare alternative takes have been included. Essential for dance band and Al Bowlly fans.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Roy Fox Vol. 5 MLMCD052


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Lew Stone The Band That Mattered   MLMCD053

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Melodious Flashes (Part One); Melodious Flashes (Part Two); Speak Easy; Gum Shoe Dick, NG, AN, JC, TW; Rain, AK; Old Bohemian Town, JF; Hilly Billy Band, AN; The Music Goes Round And Round, AN; You’re Laughing At Me, SC; Nice People, SB; The Lady On The Second Floor, SB; The Birthday Of The Little Princess, SB; Little Swiss Whistling Song, SB; Shabby Old Cabby, SB; Crash Bang I Want To Go Home; Farewell Blues (Stonecrackers); When Your Train Has Gone, SB; The Badge From Your Coat, SB; Wednesday Night Hop (Stonecrackers); Beale Street Blues; Pigalle, LF*; Ghost Riders In The Sky, HD; Let's Put Out The Lights And Go To Sleep, SB; The Moon Was Yellow, SB.

Vocalists:  SB, Sam Browne; SC, Sam Costa; JC, Joe Crossman; HD, Hughie Diamond; JF, Joe Ferrie; LF, Leo Fuld; NG, Nat Gonella; AK, Alan Kane; AN, Alfie Noakes; TW, Tiny Winters. 

*Lew Stone and his Concert Orchestra accompanying Leo Fuld.

This compilation was selected by Michael Fay from his own collection and aims to cover Lew’s Recording career from the early 1930s to its final days and to include as many tracks as possible which have never been issued on CD before.  (There are no Al Bowlly items in this collection as those have been re-issued before over the years.)  A great cross-section form a wonderful recorded legacy with tracks ranging from comedy to jazz. A real “collectors item” which no reader of Memory Lane should be without.

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Lew Stone - The Band That Mattered MLMCD053


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Al Bowlly – The Complete Roy Fox Sessions Volume 6 MLMCD054

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Gone Forever; What Makes You So Adorable?; Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day; Roy Fox's Commentary On Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Reception; One More Affair; Marta; Wherever You Are; Just Another Dream Of You; Ooh! That Kiss!; You’re My Everything; The Night When Love Was Born; Are You Prepared (To Be True?); If You Were Only Mine; Call It A Day; The Old Man Of The Mountains (Take 1); The Old Man Of The Mountains (take 2); How'm I Doin'? (With Nat Gonella and chorus); Moon; All Of A Sudden; Ten Cents A Dance (Vocal: Betty Bolton); Star Dust; What’s Keeping My Prince Charming?; (Vocal: Roy Fox and Ella Logan); You Rascal, You (Vocal: Nat Gonella); Was That The Human Thing To Do? (Vocal: Eve Becke).

The sixth and final volume of the classic Al Bowlly/Roy Fox contains the last of the recordings they made whilst resident at the legendary Monseigneur Restaurant. It also includes some bonus “flip sides” to make up a full CD. This CD concludes the first ever complete chronological set of Roy Fox/Al Bowlly; if you have the previous issues , now is the time to complete this very important collection. Decca continued to improve their recording ability during the period the records on this CD were made and the later titles are virtually on a par with subsequent Lew Stone Decca titles as far a sound quality is concerned. A good cross-section of material and a rare alternative take has been included. A “must” for dance band and Al Bowlly fans.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Roy Fox Vol. 6 MLMCD054


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MLMCD055

Elsie Carlisle – The Early Years MLMCD055

Dance And Song Medley Part 1 - Ronnie Munro; Is There Anything Wrong In That -  EC; You’re Driving Me Crazy - EC; An Evening In Caroline - Ray S*; Kiss By Kiss - Ray S; Snuggled On Your Shoulder - Ray S; You’ll Find Out - Ray S; Let That Be A Lesson To You - Ray S; Stop The Sun, Stop The Moon - Ray S; I Heard - Ray S; On A Dreamy Afternoon - Ray S; Gosh Darn - Ray S; Why Waste Your Tears - Durium DB; Rock Your Cares Away - Ray S; Mad About The Boy - Ray S; Pu-Leeze Mr Hemingway - Rudy S; Let’s Put Out The Lights - Rudy S*; Pu-Leeze Mr Hemingway -  Rolando; I Don’t Want To Go To Bed - Scala DB*; My Darling - Rudy S; Sitting In The Dark - Rudy S*; Under My Umbrella – Ambrose*; Three Wishes - Oscar Rabin*; Let Me Give My Happiness To You - Oscar Rabin.

Key: Durium DB, Durium Dance Band; EC, Elsie Carlisle; Scala DB, Scala Dance Band; Ray S, Ray Starita; Rudy S, Rudy Starita. Both Rolando and Scala DB are names used by Harry Hudson. An asterisk indicates a duet with Sam Browne.

We have to thank 78 rpm collectors Mike Thomas and Charles Hippisley-Cox who supplied the very rare discs used in this compilation.  Apart from two solo recordings which Elsie made in her own name for the Dominion and Imperial labels, most of these are with dance bands, notably the excellent Ray Starita. These tracks have not appeared on CD before, although many folk will have another version of Pu-Leeze Mr Hemingway, a song which was banned by the BBC due to its suggestiveness. A long awaited CD (our previous Elsie CD sold out very quickly) that no fan of Elsie Carlisle or of vintage dance music will wish to be without. 

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Elsie Carlisle - The Early Years MLMCD055


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The Voice Of Chick Henderson MLMCD057

MLMCD057

Just as Long as The World Goes Round; Looking Forward to Looking After You; Log Cabin Lullaby; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; In My Little Red Book; With You; You’re an Education; The Girl in The Upstairs Flat; Outside of Paradise; Just Let Me Look at You; My Own; Tears On My Pillow; Hurry Home; That Sly Old Gentleman; Sing A Song of Sunbeams; Why Begin Again?; I Poured My Heart into A Song; Ridin’ Home; Day-In, Day-Out; Goodnight, My Beautiful; You Never Miss the Old Faces; When You Wear Your Sunday Blue.

Chick Henderson had one of the most distinctive voices from the golden age of British dance bands. He first recorded with Harry Leader and was heard with various bands during his career although the majority of his records were made with Joe Loss with whom he will always be mainly associated. On this CD, the first track has Chick singing with Harry Leader, the remainder being with Joe Loss. We have to thank 78 rpm collectors Mike Thomas and Charles Hippisley-Cox who supplied the discs used in this compilation where we have aimed to include only tracks not previously on CD. A compilation that no fan of Chick Henderson or of superb dance music will wish to be without. The best Chick Henderson CD yet released!

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The Voice of Chick Henderson MLMCD057


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Al Bowlly – The Complete Lew Stone Sessions Volume 2 MLMCD058

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A Letter To My Mother; What More Can I Ask? News Chronicle Competition Record; In Santa Lucia (with Joe Ferrie And Joe Crossman); Please Handle With Care; Please Handle With Care; The World Is So Small; Mediterranean Madness; My Heart's To Let; When You've Fallen In Love; Someone To Care For; Won't You Stay To Tea?; Oh! Mister Moon; Three Wishes; Let Me Give My Happiness To You; And So I Married The Girl; I Lay Me Down To Sleep; In The Park In Paree; The Language Of Love; Isn't It Heavenly?; Blue Prelude; One More Kiss; By The Fireside; One More Kiss; By The Fireside.

The second volume of the complete Al Bowlly/Lew Stone continues the story with the last four tacks being labelled as the Durium Dance Band. By now Lew had settled down to a more consistent style and Decca had improved their recording ability to equal the best sounding records of the day. Lew Stone took a particular interest in Al; some say that he “made” Al Bowlly!   The band a Bowlly blended together like no other and may people consider these as the best that British dance music had to offer. Judge for yourself as you play this second volume. A “must” for dance band and Al Bowlly fans.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Lew Stone Vol. 2 MLMCD058


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Dance Band Rarities MLMCD059

MLMCD059

Me-Ow - London Dance Orchestra Dir Corelli Windeatt;  Naughty Baby - Marlborough Dance Orchestra (Nat Star); Wait A Bit, Susie - Marlborough Dance Orchestra (Nat Star); Isn’t She the Sweetest Thing - Bert Ralton and His Havana Dance Band; Brown Eyes Why Are You Blue - Bert Ralton and His Havana Dance Band; Kiss Me Curse You - Ronnie Munro and His Dance Orchestra v Robert English; Valentine - Ronnie Munro and His Dance Orchestra v Robert English; Then I’ll Be Happy - Newton Carlisle and His Dance Orchestra (Bert Firman) v Foster Richardson; Five Feet Two Eyes of Blue) - Newton Carlisle and His Dance Orchestra (Bert Firman) v Foster Richardson; Spring Is Here! - Eddie Norman’s Dance Orchestra (Bert Firman); The Pump Song - Eddie Norman’s Dance Orchestra (Bert Firman); Let’s All Go to Mary’s House - Eugene Brockman’s Dance Orchestra (Bert Firman) v. unidentified; Tinker Tailor - Ronnie Munro and His Dance Orchestra v Sydney Nesbitt; The Popular Pair - Opal and Pearl Dance Orchestra v Eddie Grossbart; Playground in the Sky - Tommy Kinsman and his London Frivolities Band v Maurice Elwin; Make My Cot Where the Cot Cot Cotton Grows - Tommy Kinsman and his London Frivolities Band v Maurice Elwin; Firefly - Nat Star and His Dance Orchestra with The Sarony Twins v Maurice Elwin and 2 others; Not My Girl - Nat Star and His Dance Band v Tom Barratt; That’s What I Call Sweet Music - Nat Star and His Dance Band v Maurice Elwin; Why Are Your Lips Not Mine Alone - Herbert Jaeger and His Orchestra; Button Up Your Overcoat - Arcadians Dance Orchestra v Maurice Elwin; My Future Just Passed - Arthur Rosebery and His Dance Band v Len Lees; The Pickup - Arthur Rosebery and His Dance Band v Len Lees; Sunshine Charlie - River Club Orchestra (Arthur Rosebery); v Maurice Elwin (and one other).

The title says it all! A grand selection of very hard-to-find 78s from Dave Cooper’s collection with plenty of names and titles unfamiliar to most people.  The recordings span the years 1925 to 1931 with one made in 1920. Some hot sides among this collection and it is most interesting to hear how some of the bandleaders and artistes who came to prominence in the 1930s sounded in the previous decade. Great stuff and highly recommended.

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Dance Band Rarities MLMCD059


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Al Bowlly – The Complete Lew Stone Sessions Volume 3, MLMCD060

Adorable; From Me To You; Don't Change;The Day You Came Along; Thanks; Isn't It Heavenly? (The Bands That Matter); How Could We Be Wrong?; Experiment; Weep No More, My Baby; Close Your Eyes; Minnie The Moocher (Lew Stone Favourites Part 1); Brother, Can You Spare A Dime  (Lew Stone Favourites Part 2); Eadie Was A Lady; Who’ll Buy An Old Gold Ring?; Dark Clouds (Take 1); Dark Clouds (Take 2); Louisiana Hayride; Faint Harmony; Lullaby In Blue; Gosh! I Must Be Falling In Love; Was That The Human Thing To Do?; Now That You're Gone; Goodnight Vienna.

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The third volume of the complete Al Bowlly/Lew Stone continues the story with the last three tacks being labelled as the Durium Dance Band. By now Decca had improved their recording ability to equal the best sounding records of the day. Lew Stone was receiving some great “press” at this time and Al Bowlly was being cited in the tabloids by such descriptions as “The gifted crooner” and the “all-conquering Al Bowlly”. These tracks must be some of the finest dance music on record.  A “must” for dance band and Al Bowlly fans.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Lew Stone Vol. 3 MLMCD060


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MLMCD061

The Stars Entertain The Troops, MLMCD061

Theme You’re the Tops, Mr Pollyanna - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra - vocal Rita Williams; The Very Thought of You - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra, vocal Rita Williams; Commando Patrol - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra; Thanks Mr Censor - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra, vocal Anne Lenner; Bell Bottom Boogie - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra; A Fellow On a Furlough - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra, vocal Denny Dennis; Ho Pocus - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - Blue Rockets Augmented Orchestra, vocal Denny Dennis; Don’t Say That Nobody Loves You  - Harry Farmer and his Electronomes, Announcer Corporal Sally Rogers; All of My Life - Harry Farmer and his Electronomes, vocal Sam Costa; Don’t Sweetheart Me And Close -  Harry Farmer and his Electronomes; On The Alamo - Don Mcaffer (Trombone), Plus 4 Rhythm; Sweet Lorraine - Ray Ellington; Tempo for Two - Sidney Glass and Eddie Palmer (Guitar Duet); Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby - Ray Ellington; St. Louis Blues - RAF Rhythm Quintet, Dir Arthur Mouncey; Basin St Blues - RAF Rhythm Quintet, Dir Arthur Mouncey; Over to You Theme, Anchors Aweigh - Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra with Vocal Group, Announcer Christopher Pemberton; Medley: When They Ask About You’ Shine On Harvest Moon, I’ll Walk Alone, In The Night - Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra, vocal Les Allen; Snowfall - Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra; Carmen Miranda Medley Part 1 -  Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra, vocal Magda Kun; Carmen Miranda Medley Part 2, closing Theme -  Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra, vocal Magda Kun; Theme, Shoo Shoo Baby - The Streamliners Orchestra, announcer Pilot Officer Warren Wilks; Long Ago and Far Away - The Streamliners Orchestra, vocal Corp Dave Davis; Mark’s Slab -  Piano Duet  Corp. Neil Chotem, Sgt. Ken Bray; Liza - The Streamliners Orchestra; Dark Eyes, Closing Theme - The Streamliners Orchestra.

In late 1939, to help keep up the morale of the various armed services during the Second World War, the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA) was created.  It provided entertainment covering everything from serious acting to music. This CD contains material recorded by ENSA for the troops. Unlike many war time “non-commercial” recordings, the sound quality on these discs is excellent. This CD contains  80 or so minutes of some great music from the wartime airwaves by some rather talented bands, singers and instrumentalists. 

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The Stars Entertain The Troops MLMCD061

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Al Bowlly – The Complete Lew Stone Sessions Volume 4, MLMCD062

MLMCD062Wagon Wheels; Coffee In The Morning (And Kisses In The Night); Vamp Till Ready; In A Shelter From A Shower; Because It's Love; It’s Psychological; Mauna Loa (With Chorus); You’re My Thrill; Melody In Spring; What Is There To Take Its Place?; Lonely Feet; Ending With A Kiss; Hand In Hand; Riding On A Hay Cart Home; I Love You Truly; Riptide; Night On The Desert; Beat O' My Heart; Easy Come, Easy Go; I Never Had A Chance; Fare Thee Well; Fare Thee Well (Take 2); Goodnight, Vienna; My Sweet Virginia; Goodnight, Vienna; My Sweet Virginia.

 

The fourth volume of the complete Al Bowlly/Lew Stone continues the story with the last four tacks being labelled as the Durium Dance Band. Most of these tracks are pure “Bowlly magic” and must rank as some of his finest recordings of all. More than that, these titles must be some of the finest dance music ever recorded.  A “must” for dance band and Al Bowlly fans.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Lew Stone Vol. 4 MLMCD062

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The Jessie Matthews Companion, MLMCD063

MLMCD063One Little Kiss From You (With John Mills And Basil Sydney); I’ll Stay With You; I’m Looking For You; Three Wishes; Dancing On The Ceiling; Dear, Dear (With Barry Mckay And Sonnie Hale); When You’ve Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart; Over My Shoulder; Say The Word And It’s Yours; It’s Written All Over Your Face; Half And Half Of Everything Is Yours; Say The Word And It’s Yours; Everything’s In Rhythm With My Heart; It’s Love Again (With Robert Young); (I Nearly Let Love Go) Slipping Through My Fingers; Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing (With Sonnie Hale And Robert Young); It’s Love Again Medley; May I Have The Next Romance With You; There’s That Look In Your Eyes Again (With Louis Borel); Head Over Heels; The Courtesy Of Love; Looking Around Corners For You; Don’t Give A Good Gosh Darn; Gangway; Lord And Lady Whoozies (With Barry Mckay); Moon Or No Moon (With Barry Mckay); When You Gotta Sing You Gotta Sing; Trusting My Luck; Your Heart Skips A Beat; Souvenir Of Love; My River; Jessie Matthews Memories Part 1; Jessie Matthews Memories Part 2.

This CD is entitled The Jessie Matthews Companion as it reflects the title of her film The Good Companions and completes the issue of her recordings from 78s and films started by the excellent 2007 release by Avid to mark what would have been Jessie’s centennial. We include many recordings that have never appeared on CD or anywhere else before. Five of the titles are from 78rpm records, the rest are film soundtracks. The only repeated recording is the short version of Over My Shoulder that closes Jessie Matthews Memories Part 1 (included here for completeness.) 

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The Jessie Matthews Collection MLMCD063

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DVD - Al Bowlly –the Lost Interviews 

This is a new film compiled and produced by Tony Staveacre that incorporates recorded interviews with Al Bowlly's friends and fellow-musicians, parts of which were included in the 1975 TV programme Impressions of Al Bowlly.  In 1974, Tony Staveacre tracked down Roy Fox, Ray Noble, Nat Gonella, Tiny Winters, Sid Colin, Joyce (widow of Lew) Stone, Joe Crossman, and invited them to share their memories of the great singer. They talk with affection and good humour  about the Al that they knew and loved. They tell the whole story, there’s no need for a narrator. With photos and music, the film runs for 32 minutes.  

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DVD: Al Bowlly, The Lost Interviews

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Al Bowlly – The Complete Lew Stone Sessions Volume 5, MLMCD064

As Long As I Live; I’ve Had My Moments; With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming; Rollin' Home; Straight From The Shoulder; Looking For A Little Bit Of Blue; What A Little Moonlight Can Do; Love In Bloom; I Double Dare You; The Girl In The Alice Blue Gown; Little Drummer Boy; You’re A Sweetheart; You’re A Sweetheart; Sweet Genevieve; In My Little Red Book; Moonlight On The Highway; Moonlight On The Highway; Have You Ever Been In Heaven?; Have You Ever Been In Heaven?; Can't We Talk It Over?; Just Humming Along; Can't We Talk It Over?; Just Humming Along; Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear; Rain On The Roof. Note: duplicate song titles indicate alternate takes. 

 This is the penultimate volume of the complete Al Bowlly/Lew Stone continues the story that many hail as the greatest partnership in 1930s British dance music. The last four tacks are labelled as the Durium Dance Band. Most of these tracks are pure “Bowlly magic” and must be some of the finest dance music ever recorded on either side of the Atlantic.  A “must” for dance band and Al Bowlly fans.

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Al Bowlly - The Complete Lew Stone Vol. 5 MLMCD064

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Evelyn Dall and Friends, MLMCD065

Murder He Says; Over There; Woe is Me; Who Loves You; The Postman Always Rings Twice; Goodbye To Summer; Army Sketch; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Don’t Go In the Lion's Cage Tonight; In A Little French Casino; You Deserve A Medal; My Prayer; Sitting On A Cloud That's Silver Lined (2nd Version); I’ll Step Out Of The Picture; Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning (and Close); Dinner For One Please James; I May Be Poor But I’m Honest; Muchacha; Lady From Mayfair; That's As Far As It Goes; Life Begins When You’re In Love; A Fine How Do You Do (Complete Version); They Can’t Take That Away From Me; A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square; I Can’t Get Out Of This Mood and close;  The Moon Got In My Eyes; Is That All? (Would You Like to Take a Walk?).

 

A third CD (the last two are now deleted) featuring the very popular “blonde bombshell” with “friends” Arthur Askey, Anne Shelton, Denny Dennis, George Formby, George Moon, Jack Cooper, Les Carew, Ray Heatherton, Ralph Reader, Richard ‘Stinker’ Murdoch and Sam Browne. These rare recordings  are taken from ENSA broadcasts, film soundtracks and commercial 78 rpms. A unique piece of entertainment.

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Evelyn Dall and Friends MLMCD065


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