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Great British Dance Bands Of The 20s 30s & 40s: Halcyon Days

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A truly great album featuring Billy Cotton and many other memorable bandleaders. Enjoy 22 superb tracks, each one by a different British Dance Orchestra. Great maestros, fine bandleaders and sheer majesty of sound. This evocative collection will get you up and dancing, just like they did in the 1930s.
“I was rather pleasantly surprised by one of your issues ‘The Great British Dance Bands’. The sound quality immediately captured my attention and I marvelled that this wonderful music could be presented as attractively as this after so many years. It left me wanting more!” J Kiefte, The Netherlands

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  1. Did You Mean It ? Jack Hylton 0:30
  2. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan Ambrose 0:30
  3. Got To Dance My Way To Heaven Henry Hall & The BBC Dance Orchestra 0:30
  4. You Go To My Head Joe Loss 0:30
  5. One In A Million Brian Lawrance 0:30
  6. I've Got The Beginner's Luck Roy Fox 0:30
  7. From The Top Of Your Head Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Orpheans 0:30
  8. The Eyes Of The World Are On You Louis Levy 0:30
  9. My Heart Belongs To Daddy Billy Cotton 0:30
  10. Just As Long As The World Goes Round & Around Jay Wilbur 0:30
  11. Mister Rhythm Man Nat Gonella & His Georgians 0:30
  12. You Turned Your Head Jack Jackson 0:30
  13. Let's Fall In Love For The Last Time Mantovani & His Tipica Orchestra 0:30
  14. Temptation Rag Harry Roy 0:30
  15. Walkin' By The River Geraldo 0:30
  16. Crazy Rhythm Victor Silvester's Jive Band 0:30
  17. Organ Grinder's Swing Jack Payne 0:30
  18. Plain Mary Jane Mrs Jack Hylton & Her Band 0:30
  19. Stars Fell On Alabama Lew Stone 0:30
  20. My Pet Bert Firman's Dance Orchestra 0:30
  21. Palais De Danse Sid Phillips 0:30
  22. Shout For Happiness Ray Noble 0:30


  • Great maestros, fine bandleaders
  • 1930s Dance Bands
  • Featuring Billy Cotton And Ray Noble
  • Popular As A Vintage Present
  • The Best Of British Bands In Their Halcyon Day

Demand for the melodious sounds produced by British Dance Bands in their halcyon days remains very strong. One can view them as a refuge from the discordant mish-mash that constitutes today’s world of popular music. To meet this need, we are pleased to present this collection of twenty-two tracks, each one by a different orchestra, transferred from the original discs, all of which were issued between 1928 and 1943.

How appropriate that the first track is by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra. This was the great show band of the 1930s. Not for them the routine of the fixed hotel, restaurant or ballroom engagement. Prestige was maintained and enhanced by regular appearances on stage at theatres and halls not only throughout Britain, but also on the continent. Frequent sessions in the recording studios produced a flow of 78s on the HMV and Decca labels for almost twenty years. Did You Mean It? was made in December 1936, just as Edward VIII’s predicament was belatedly revealed to the nation; happily, this did not affect a sparkling performance by Jack’s orchestra and his own vocal group, The Swingtette.



3 reviews for Great British Dance Bands Of The 20s 30s & 40s: Halcyon Days

  1. Mr Smith

    The quality of the sound is absolutely FINE!! And I have hearing problems!

  2. Mr S

    I recently purchased the excellent Great British Dance Bands CD, and found the quality of the sound was so high that it was hard to accept that all the tracks were make pre-war. Really excellent!

  3. In Tune Magazine

    This is a CD every lover of British Dance Music MUST have

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