The British Dance Band Show

Welcome to the British Dance Bands Show

last update 3rd July 2014, by John Wright
this page was first published by John Wright, 29 December 2008

These podcast shows are produced in Coventry, England
Please let me know what you think, e-mail vintage@jabw.demon.co.uk

Hello, this is John Wright. Welcome to the British Dance Band Show.

I am currently producing a weekly programme or podcast of British Dance Bands music, played on original 78rpm records.

HEAR: the latest podcast British Dance Band Show, No.281 *

© John Wright 17th July 2014

Next show will be uploaded Thursday 31st July 2014

HERE: Playlists for Dance Band Shows

All audio files may be downloaded but must not be uploaded elsewhere without permission.
All audio tracks are restored by © John Wright and hold remastering copyright. The complete podcast show sound files are © John Wright

Click the links below to hear previous shows:

After the BBC's decision to stop broadcasting British dance band music, I have produced these programmes of music particularly for
the Yahoo Group of British Dance Band enthusiasts

Subscribe to British Dance Bands Group

You may find the Memory Lane hard-copy magazine of interest, and you can check out some Previous Articles.

I did start a BLOG Sounds Like 78rpm but nowadays discussions happen at the yahoo group's page

The sound from my original 78 rpm records is digitised using
Algorithmix Sound Rescue 3.0 and compiled into a 'radio show' using Audacity (which is also necessary for doing residual de-clicking)

How good is the combination of Algorithmix Sound Rescue and Audacity?
Check out this sample of Before and After

280. Walking With Susie - songs from 1929-1944

279. Poor Papa - songs from 1926-1939

278. Vo-Do_Do-De-O Blues - songs from 1927-1941

277. How Long Has This Been Going On? - songs from 1928-1942

276. Deep Night - songs from 1929-1948

275. Masculine Women, Feminine Men - songs from 1926-1941

274. If I Had You - songs from 1928-1945

273. Sonny Boy - songs from 1928-1942

272. Keep Sweeping The Cobwebs Off The Moon - songs from 1928-1947

271. My Angel, Angela Mia - songs from 1928-1944

270. It Don't Do Nothin' But Rain - songs from 1928-1944

269. It - songs from 1927-1942

268. Butterfingers - songs from 1927-1947

267. I Want To Be Alone With Mary Brown - songs from 1928-1943

266. Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now - songs from 1928-1945

CELIA LIPTON

Celia Lipton

265. There's Somebody New - songs from 1928-1944

264. A Blues Serenade - songs from 1927-1944

263. Am I Wasting My Time On You? - songs from 1926-1946

262. Sam The Old Accordion Man - songs from 1927-1953

261. Under The Moon - songs from 1928-1942

260. I'm Knee Deep In Daisies - songs from 1926-1943

259. I'm Going To Follow The Rainbow - songs from 1927-1945

258. There's Happiness Ahead - songs from 1929-1943

257. If Love Were All - songs from 1928-1948

256. Crazy Quilt - songs from 1926-1945

255. Mine - songs from 1927-1948

254. Oh! My Bundle Of Love - songs from 1926-1942

253. Spread A Little Happiness - songs from 1928-1945

ANONA WINN

Anona Winn

252. Baby - songs from 1927-1943

251. Westward Bound - songs from 1928-1940

250. My Blue Heaven - songs from 1928-1941

249. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - songs from 1926-1946

248. Why Did I Kiss That Girl? - songs from 1924-1943

247. After I Say I'm Sorry - songs from 1926-1940

246. Let's Talk About My Sweetie - songs from 1926-1944

245. Sixty Seconds Every Minute - songs from 1927-1945

244. Where Oh Where Do I Live? - songs from 1927-1943

243. Miss Annabelle lee - songs from 1928-1945

242. Muddy Water - songs from 1927-1944

241. Is She My Girlfriend? - songs from 1927-1946

240. Broadway - songs from 1929-1945

JACK COOPER

Jack Cooper

239. Wob-a-ly Walk - songs from 1928-1946

238. Dizzy Fingers - songs from 1926-1941

237. The Girl Is You And The Boy Is Me - songs from 1927-1951

236. A House On A Hill Top - songs from 1929-1948

235. So Am I - songs from 1926-1948

234. I'm In Love Again - songs from 1927-1944

233. When It's Twilight On Missouri - songs from 1926-1945

232. Ol' Man River - songs from 1927-1944

231. Comin Thro' The Cornfields - songs from 1926-1945

230. Just The Same - songs from 1927-1949

229. I Need Some Cooling Off - songs from 1927-1944

228. There Are Eyes - songs from 1928-1944

227. The Banjo (That Man Joe Plays) - songs from 1927-1946

BERYL DAVIS

Beryl Davis

226. Baby Face - songs from 1926-1948

225. Doll Dance - songs from 1927-1941

224. Dance Of The Blue Danube - songs from 1928-1953

223. When the Lilac Blooms Again - songs from 1929-1951

222. You're The Cream In My Coffee - songs from 1929-1955

221. Why? - songs from 1928-1945

220. Bouquet - songs from 1925-1945

219. Blue Skies - songs from 1927-1942

218. My Heart Stood Still - songs from 1927-1945

217. Borneo - songs from 1928-1943

216. 'S Wonderful - songs from 1928-1949

215. I Can't Give You Anything But Love - songs from 1928-1951

214. My Reg'lar Gal - songs from 1927-1946

VERA LYNN

Vera Lynn

213. All Alone Baby - songs from 1926-1946

212. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? - songs from 1926-1951

211. Lucky Me And Lovable You - songs from 1927-1949

210. Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh? - songs from 1928-1947

209. Mississippi Melody - songs from 1928-1942

208. Do The Black Bottom With Me - songs from 1927-1947

207. If You Knew Susie, Like I Know Susie - songs from 1925-1947

206. That's My Weakness Now - songs from 1928-1939

205. I Never Kissed A Baby Like You - songs from 1929-1947

204. Why Do I Love You? - songs from 1928-1954

203. I'm Mad About You - songs from 1928-1948

202. Varsity Yale Blues - songs from 1927-1947

201. Lucky In Love - songs from 1927-1947

DEBROY SOMERS

Debroy Somers

200. You Wouldn't Fool Me Would You? - songs from 1929-1942

199. Mock The Mocking Bird - songs from 1926-1950

198. A Little Love Song - songs from 1926-1948

197. Firefly - songs from 1928-1949

196. Charleston, Charleston, Show Me The Way - songs from 1926-1944

195. I'm A Dreamer (Aren't We All?) - songs from 1929-1943

194. I'm A Little Blackbird Looking For A Bluebird - songs from 1926-1946

193. Waitin' For The Moon - songs from 1927-1947

192. Tune Up The Uke - songs from 1926-1945

191. Persian Rosebud - songs from 1927-1948

190. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You - songs from 1929-1944

189. Here Am I Broken-hearted - songs from 1927-1948

188. The Song Is Ended - songs from 1927-1944

EVELYN DALL

Evelyn Dall

187. Short an' Sweet - songs from 1927-1942

186. Get Going - songs from 1926-1947

185. Song Of The Wanderer - songs from 1927-1945

184. I Don't Want Nobody But You - songs from 1926-1944

183. Could I? I Certainly Could - songs from 1926-1950

182. Take Your Pick - songs from 1926-1950

181. Mysterious Eyes - songs from 1926-1949

180. I've Grown So Lonesome Thinking Of You - songs from 1927-1948

179. How Long Has This Been Going On? - songs from 1927-1941

178. Dancing Tambourine - songs from 1927-1955

177. The Song Is Ended - songs from 1928-1948

176. The Devil Is Afraid Of Music - songs from 1927-1947

175. Dance Little Lady - songs from 1928-1943

DAN DONOVAN

Dan Donovan

174. I Don't Mind Being All Alone - songs from 1927-1949

173. Henry's Made A Lady Out Of Lizzie - songs from 1928-1945

172. Try To Learn To Love - songs from 1928-1945

171. Room With A View - songs from 1928-1943

170. Ain't She Sweet - songs from 1927-1947

169. Rhythm Is The Thing - songs from 1927-1950

168. Souvenirs - songs from 1927-1948

167. Black Bottom - songs from 1927-1943

166. The Best Things In Life Are Free - songs from 1928-1944

165. Under The Moon - songs from 1928-1949

164. All By Yourself In The Moonlight - songs from 1928-1943

163. High Society Blues - songs from 1930-1949

162. The Heart Of The Sunset - songs from 1929-1944

161. There Ain't No Maybe In My Baby's Eyes - songs from 1927-1956

BERT AMBROSE

Bert Ambrose

HERE: Playlists for the archived Dance Band Shows

Shows nos 1-160 have been archived

160. I Want To Be Alone With Mary Brown - songs from 1928-1940

159. Praying For Rain - songs from 1929-1946

158. Leanora - songs from 1927-1941

157. Just Imagine - songs from 1928-1945

156. If You See Sally - songs from 1927-1947

155. Under The Moon - songs from 1927-1945

154. I'm On My Way To Dreamland - songs from 1926-1955

153. Now's The Time To Fall In Love - songs from 1929-1945

152. Muddy Water - songs from 1927-1955

151. Headin' For Louisville - songs from 1926-1942

DENNY DENNIS

Denny Dennis

150. I'd Climb The Highest Mountain - songs from 1926-1944

149. My Flame Is Just A Match For Me - songs from 1928-1944

148. You're The Cream In My Coffee - songs from 1929-1946

147. Looking At You - songs from 1929-1945

146. Oh Miss Hannah - songs from 1926-1945

145. Everything Will Happen For The Best - songs from 1926-1943

144. The World's Greatest Sweetheart Is You - songs from 1929-1948

143. How Many Times - songs from 1926-1944

142. Here In My Arms - songs from 1926-1940

141. Let's All Go To Mary's House - songs from 1926-1942

BRIAN LAWRANCE

Brian Lawrance

140. Turkish Towel - songs from 1926-1954

139. I'm Perfectly Satisfied - songs from 1929-1944

138. Crazy Words, Crazy Tune - songs from 1927-1946

137. I'm Living On Love - songs from 1928-1945

136. Bye Bye Blackbird - songs from 1927-1942

135. Get Out And Get Under The Moon - songs from 1928-1946

134. Deep River Blues - songs from 1927-1946

133. When The Red, Red Robin - songs from 1927-1944

132. Say That You Love Me - songs from 1926-1948

131. Dear, On A Night Like This - songs from 1927-1941

LES ALLEN

Les Allen

130. Yes Sir I Prefer Brunettes - songs from 1926-1948

129. The One I'm Looking For - songs from 1928-1947

128. So Am I - songs from 1926-1945

127. Fascinating Rhythm - songs from 1926-1946

126. Hang On To Me - songs from 1926-1944

125. Oh! Lady Be Good - songs from 1926-1948

124. Sweet So And So - songs from 1928-1943

123. Lonesome And Sorry - songs from 1926-1946

122. Happy Days And Lonely Nights - songs from 1929-1953

121. Hello Bluebird - songs from 1927-1946

CARROLL GIBBONS

Carroll Gibbons

120. South Sea Rose - songs from 1926-1946

119. When It's June Down There - songs from 1926-1944

118. Go Joe, Go - songs from 1927-1949

117. Singin' In The Rain - songs from 1929-1946

116. Louisiana - songs from 1928-1953

115. So Is Your Old Lady - songs from 1926-1944

114. I Ain't Never Been Kissed - songs from 1929-1942

113. Who'd Be Blue? - songs from 1926-1949

112. Buffalo Rhythm - songs from 1927-1944

111. Slippery Fingers - songs from 1926-1950

HARRY LEADER

Harry Leader

110. Twilight Dreams - songs from 1928-1944

109. Melodious Memories - songs from 1928-1945

108. It Wasn't Meant To Be - songs from 1929-1949

107. Like A Virginia Creeper - songs from 1927-1941

106. Keeping Out Of Mischief Now - songs from 1928-1945

105. I'm In Love Again - songs from 1927-1945

104. Dog On The Piano - songs from 1927-1942

103. Side By Side - songs from 1927-1949

102. To Know You Is To Love You - songs from 1929-1954

101. Take Your Finger Out Of Your Mouth - songs from 1927-1942

AL BOWLLY

Al Bowlly

100. Walking With Susie - songs from 1929-1949

99. Excuse Me, Lady - songs from 1929-1949

98. There's A Blue Ridge Round My Heart - songs from 1929-1944

97. That Certain Party Of Mine - songs from 1925-1943

96. Speak, Though You Only Say Farewell - songs from 1929-1945

95. Pasadena - songs from 1924-1940

94. Am I Blue? - songs from 1929-1949

93. Peace Of Mind - songs from 1929-1944

92. Me And Jane In A Plane - songs from 1926-1944

91. I'm A One Man Girl - songs from 1928-1944

ELSIE CARISLE

Elsie Carlisle

90. I'm Knee Deep In Daisies - songs from 1926-1942

89. My Kinda Love - songs from 1929-1949

88. Mean To Me - songs from 1929-1944

87. Smile All The While - songs from 1926-1950

86. Just Like A Butterfly - songs from 1927-1945

85. Caring For You - songs from 1926-1941

84. She's Funny That Way - songs from 1929-1950

83. Doo-Wacka-Doo - songs from 1925-1948

82. Vo-Do-Do-De-O Blues - songs from 1927-1948

81. Poor Papa - songs from 1926-1949

ANNE SHELTON

Anne Shelton

80. Waiting For The Rainbow - songs from 1927-1948

79. Under The Moon - songs from 1928-1946

78. Sugar - songs from 1927-1945

77. There's Always A Way Into Trouble - songs from 1927-1941

76. Miss Annabelle Lee - songs from 1928-1940

75. Your Eyes - songs from 1931-1939

74. When Day Is Done - songs from 1928-1945

73. Let's Do It - songs from 1929-1946

72. My Blue Heaven - songs from 1927-1949

71. Body And Soul - songs from 1930-1948

HENRY HALL

Henry Hall

70. Floating Through the Air - songs from 1927-1941

69. Halfway To Heaven - songs from 1929-1946

68. Airman! Airman! - songs from 1930-1945

67. It Happened In Monterey - songs from 1930-1945

66. Blue Pacific Moonlight - songs from 1930-1946

65. A House On A Hilltop - songs from 1929-1948

64. Spread A Little Happiness - songs from 1928-1948

63. Great Day - songs from 1930-1948

62. I'm On A Diet Of Love - songs from 1925-1949

61. Bathing In The Sunshine - songs from 1931-1958

ROY FOX

Roy Fox

60. Truly Rural - songs from 1928-1948

59. There's Something In Your Eyes - songs from 1930-1941

58. Once In A Blue Moon - songs from 1927-1946

57. Dancing On The Ceiling - songs from 1930-1942

56. My Little Fella And Me - songs from 1929-1944

55. Look For The Silver Lining - songs from 1930-1948

54. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life - songs from 1928-1958

53. Dance Of The Cuckoos - songs from 1928-1954

52. She's Such A Comfort To Me - songs from 1929-1943

51. Mean To Me - songs from 1929-1944

SAM BROWNE

Sam Browne

50. Lantern Of Love - songs from 1927-1939

49. Bohemia - songs from 1928-1941

48. Swinging Along - songs from 1927-1939

47. Time Alone Will Tell - songs from 1927-1942

46. Baby - songs from 1927-1942

45. Three's A Crowd - songs from 1929-1944

44. The Riff Song - songs from 1927-1939

43. Muddy Water - songs from 1927-1944

42. Yale Blues - songs from 1927-1945

41. My One And Only - songs from 1928-1941

MAURICE ELWIN

Maurice Elwin

40. Here I Am Broken-Hearted - songs from 1927-1943

39. Just The Same - songs from 1927-1943

38. Fairy On The Clock - songs from 1928-1940

37. You're Driving Me Crazy - songs from 1928-1942

36. Roses Of Yesterday - songs from 1928-1943

35. Eat More Fruit - songs from 1925-1942

34. Why Is The Bacon So Tough? - songs from 1928-1938

33. Girl Shy - songs from 1925-1945

32. There's Happiness Ahead - songs from 1929-1943

31. Happy Feet - songs from 1930-1942

NAT GONELLA

Nat Gonella

30. Who Do You Love? - songs from 1930-1942

29. Do Something - songs from 1929-1942

28. While The Sahara Sleeps - songs from 1926-1945

27. Maybe She'll Phone Me - songs from 1924-1943

26. Go Home And Tell Your Mother - songs from 1931-1940

25. Wob-aly Walk - songs from 1928-1941

24. Garden In The Rain - songs from 1928-1940

23. When Do We Dance? - songs from 1926-1944

22. Lover Come Back To Me - songs from 1929-1938

21. Just A Little Closer - songs from 1931-1941

HARRY ROY

Harry Roy

20. Do The Black Bottom With Me - songs from 1927-1943

19. Spread A Little Happiness - songs from 1929-1936

18. I'm A Dreamer (Aren't We All?) - songs from 1927-1942

17. The Kiss Waltz - songs from 1930-1940 featuring Al Bowlly

16. I've Never Seen A Smile Like Yours - songs from 1929-1941

15. Used To You - songs from 1929-1943

14. That's You Baby - songs from 1929-1941

13. Got A Date With An Angel - songs from 1929-1946

12. Sunny Skies - songs from 1928-1945

11. High Society Blues - songs from 1930-1946

VERA LYNN

Vera Lynn

10. You're The One I Care For - songs from 1931-1943

9. To Know You Is To Love You - songs from 1929-1939

8. She's Wonderful - songs from 1929-1941

7. Get Out And Get Under The Moon - songs from 1927-1941

6. With My Guitar And You - songs from 1930-1941

5. Happy Days Are Here Again - songs from 1930-1939

4. Let's Talk About My Sweetie - songs from 1921-1929

3. It's Just The Time For Dancing - songs from 1927-32

2. Hands Across The Table - songs from 1932-40

1. Keep Young And Beautiful - songs from 1934-1935

JACK PAYNE

Jack Payne

© John Wright.

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If you enjoy these 'radio' shows then you may like to check out the superb series of Dance Band CDs issued by Vocalion (Dutton Labs) and Mellotone, where the sound has been excellently restored by removing all the 'noise' from the record grooves.

Here's a selection:

Mellotone RecordsNed Newitt has produced CD's of late 1920s dance bands. Check out Ned's website where you can read about the bands and order CD's.

Mellotone

Recommended CDs:

Mellotone
MELLO 11

Ray Starita's Piccadilly Revels Band
titles include:
Do The Black Bottom With Me, Buffalo Rhythm, Yale Blues, Back Beats
Mellotone
MELLO 01

George Fisher's Kit Cat Band
titles include:
Lila, Didn't I Tell Ya, I'm Afraid Of You
Mellotone
MELLO 02

Jay Whidden's Band
titles include:
That Girl Over There, Hard To Get Gertie, Up And At ĎEm
Mellotone
MELLO 04

Rhythmic Eight, Volume 1
titles include:
You Donít Like It - Not Much, Corn Fed, Back Beats
Vocalion digitalised re-issues of British Dance bands, from Dutton Labs. See their website at

Dutton Labs


recommended CDs listed below:

Vocalion
CDEA6047

Carroll Gibbons
titles include:
Broadway Rhythm / I Won't Dance / How Am I Gonna Keep the News from Mother? / East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
Vocalion
CDEA6050

The Six Swingers
Volume 3
titles include:
Youíre an eyeful of heaven, Is it true what they say about Dixie?, When a lady meets a gentleman down south
Vocalion
CDEA6056

Lew Stone Orchestra
Volume 2
includes Milenburg Joys, Lying In The Hay, Coffee In The Morning, Itís Psychological, Faint Harmony, Iíve Got Beginnerís Luck
Vocalion
CDEA6052

Jack Jackson Orchestra
Volume 2
includes titles:
Jack O'Diamonds / My Very Good Friend the Milkman / Just as Long as the World Goes 'Round and Around / Limehouse Blues


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