If the Art Deco style – at its height in the 1930s – could be put into words and music then the artists on this 2-CD collection would come closest to symbolising it. Immerse yourself with The Age Of Style; The Greats of the 1930s
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If the Art Deco style, at its height in the 1930s, could be put into words and music then the artists on this collection would come closest to symbolising it. And what a wealth of popular songs and melodies they had to choose from! Many of the best compositions (of this genre) emanated from Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows, though there were quite a few world class British numbers also from the pens of Noel Coward and Vivian Ellis, to name only two.
A Vivian Ellis composition (words and music) opens our compilation. Sung by Frances Day (1907-1984), How Do You Do, Mr Right?’ comes from the musical ‘The Fleet’s Lit Up’ which enjoyed a run of 199 performances at the London Hippodrome, closing in February 1939. A well established star by this time, Frances introduced the Cole Porter number ‘It’s De-Lovely’ in the same show. If you’re patient a little longer, you will be treated to this song by Hutch of whom more anon. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?’ was the best of a batch of songs written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel for the rather forgettable Paramount movie ‘Sitting Pretty’ (1933). Frances’ career waned post-war though she did continue to appear in plays and on TV throughout the Fifties and Sixties. Her last stage appearance was opposite Bob Monkhouse in ‘The Gulls’ (December 1965).