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Great Dance Bands Play: Original Hits of the 1930s

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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.
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  1. This Is The Missus Sydney Kyte & His Piccadilly Hotel Band 0:30
  2. The Younger Generation Ray Noble & His New Mayfair Orchestra 0:30
  3. They All Fall In Love Jack Hylton & His Orchestra 0:30
  4. Skirts Billy Cotton & His Band 0:30
  5. Look What You've Done Debroy Somers Band 0:30
  6. Sweet Sixteen And Never Been Kissed The Blue Mountaineers 0:30
  7. It's The Talk Of The Town Ambrose & His Orchestra 0:30
  8. The Bouncing Ball Lew Stone & His Band 0:30
  9. I've Got An Invitation To A Dance Roy Fox & His Band 0:30
  10. Mr & Mrs In The Name Jack Payne & His Band 0:30
  11. Red Sails In The Sunset Casani Club Orchestra 0:30
  12. Everything Stops For Tea Mario 'Harp' Lorenzi & His Rhythmics 0:30
  13. Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Harry Roy & His Orchestra 0:30
  14. Hors d'Oeuvres Ambrose & His Orchestra 0:30
  15. Please Believe Me Mrs Jack Hylton & Her Band 0:30
  16. Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You Orlando & His Orchestra 0:30
  17. On The Beach At Bali Bali Billy Merrin & His Commanders 0:30
  18. One, Two, Button Your Shoe Jack Hylton & His Orchestra 0:30
  19. Eccentric Henry Hall & His Orchestra 0:30
  20. You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming Jay Wilbur & His Band 0:30
  21. Love Walked In Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Hotel Orpheans 0:30
  22. I Double Dare You Jack Harris & His Orchestra 0:30
  23. A Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner Sydney Lipton & His Grosvenor House Orchestra 0:30
  24. I Must See Annie Tonight Brian Lawrance & His Lansdowne Orchestra 0:30
  25. Two Sleepy People Geraldo & His Orchestra 0:30
  26. Sing A Song Of Sunbeams Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra 0:30


  • Accomplished Musicians And Perennial Favourite Singers
  • Features Bandleader Ray Noble
  • The Golden Age Of Dance Bands
  • 26 Remastered Tracks, No Hisses Or Scratches
  • Over 1 Hour Of Lively Hits

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.


2 reviews for Great Dance Bands Play: Original Hits of the 1930s

  1. Mr S

    The quality of both the music and the sound is incredible. I am listening to your ‘The Great Dance Bands Play’, and thorougly enjoying it … I’ll be in touch to order some additional CDs from your catalogue again

  2. J Wright

    On this CD the quality and clarity of sound are superb, so good in fact that I found myself turning up the volume, listening for every instrument and every breath of the vocalists, and I forgot for an hour that this music came from 78s! The CD is an absolute pleasure to play

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