This Great Bands album features Ray Noble with Jack Hylton, Ambrose, Harry Roy, Henry Hall and many more musicians and bandleaders. Essentially, the ‘Golden Age of British Dance Bands’ was pre-war and this collection concentrates on the fabulous Thirties.
“Famous names and tunes in great sound. What more could one ask for?” Michael
Essentially, the ‘Golden Age Of British Dance Bands’ was pre-war and this collection concentrates on the fabulous Thirties. It was a time when well-drilled, competitive and hard working bands had the pick of the wealth of great songs which were being produced, it seemed almost daily, in America and to a lesser extent in the UK.
Sydney Kyte was already a musician/bandleader with several years experience behind him at the time of his impressive recording debut with This Is The Missus. Newly installed at the Piccadilly Hotel, Sydney remained in residence for nearly five years before embarking on a variety tour. Words And Music, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 16 September 1932, was the first joint C B Cochran-Noel Coward revue to make a loss. This was despite containing such songs as ‘The Party’s Over Now’, ‘Mad About The Boy’ and The Younger Generation. Ray Noble & His New Mayfair Orchestra were purely a ‘house’ band with no existence outside the recording studios. Even so, the tremendous reception a lot of the bands superb records received in the USA (many with the legendary Al Bowlly), led to Noble and Bowlly travelling to New York in the autumn of 1934 for an extended visit. Bowlly returned to the UK in January 1937, alone. Over the next four years, until his tragic death in The Blitz in April 1941, he came back to the treadmill of record sessions and appearances in variety. Amongst his best recordings from this era, by general consensus, are those made with the bandleader Geraldo in 1938/9. Hear for yourself on Two Sleepy People.