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Al Bowlly Guitar Discography

a list of recordings where session notes or aural comparisons suggest Al Bowlly is playing guitar/ukulele/banjo.


this page first published by John Wright, 24 Sept 2000
last update 19 August 2012vintage@r2ok.co.uk

This discography is published with thanks to the yahoo groups devoted to Al Bowlly, who maintain an interest in Al Bowlly's guitar playing, particularly Mike Hart, Mike Thomas, Ted Sunden and Ray Pallett who came up with the original suggestions for Al's contributions on some recordings, and to Jeff Wallder who said we need a discography! Ray Pallett recently published his thoughts on the subject in a very interesting article in Memory Lane issue 133, which can also be read at Ray's website for Memory Lane . I have to say I have the same opinion as Ray regarding Al's limited abilities as a guitar player. He had a distinctive style or way of playing introductions and codas which does help us to identify Al's playing.
Thanks also to Ian Rogers who had scanned Al's vocal discography onto his website, the early pages of which served as a template to get this listing started. Of course we are all grateful to Brian Rust and Clifford M. Harvey who over the years built up the Al Bowlly vocal discography and again to Brian who has helpfully included several instrumental recordings in his Jazz Records publication. Thanks also to Denis King and Mike Hart for scans of photos they have posted on the group sites and to Stephan Wuthe for the Homocord label scan and the exceprt of Muddy Water.

Notes:

The Al Bowlly guitar discography, 1926-1941

Mike Hart has added:
LEQUIME'S GRAND HOTEL ORCHESTRA
Jimmy Lequime (trumpet), Nick Ampier (trombone), Pete Harmon (soprano/alto sax), Claude "Sax" MacGuire (clarinet, soprano/alto sax), Joe Speelman (ten. sax), Vic Halek (ten. sax, violin), Monia Litter (piano, arranger), Al Bowlly (banjo), Bill Houghton (percussion)
Calcutta, c April 1926
BL-1049 Soho Blues (vocal: Pete Harmon) HMV P-7094
BL-1050 The House Where The Shutters Are Green (vocal: Pete Harmon) HMV P-7094(Note: Monia Litter later changed his name to Liter)

With ARTHUR BRIGGS'S SAVOY SYNCOPATORS ORCHESTRA
Berlin, c July 1927
592bd; B-41819 Song Of The Wanderer Gr/Pol 21034
601bdMemphis Gr/Pol 21036
Mike Hart comments: The tenor banjo solo on Song Of The Wanderer must be Al, not only the phrasing, but the balance with the rest of the recording. It is in the style of the later solo Muddy Water
Note: during the rest of the record the lead guitar is played by Len Fillis, and you can hear Al's supporting rhythm guitar.

Al Bowlly sang on at least 18 other recordings with ARTHUR BRIGGS'S SAVOY SYNCOPATORS ORCHESTRA during 1927 but guitar contribution is not known.

Al Bowlly acc. by own uke., Edgar Adeler (pno.)
Berlin, September 11, 1927.
M-19372 Blue Skies Hom 4-2386
M-19373 Say, Mister! Have You Met Rosie's Sister Hom 4-2386
Dave Cooper reports that the record labels say:
Blue Skies Al. Bowlly, Bariton with ukelele and Piano Edgar Adeler
Say, Mister... Al. Bowlly, Bariton with Hawaiian Guitarre and Piano Edgar Adeler
- we can interpret this to mean Al plays.
The label Hom 4-2386 has the title as Say, Mister! Have You Meet Rosie's Sister

Information from Brian Rust
Al Bowlly acc. by own banjo, Edgar Adeler (pno)
Berlin, September, 1927
M-19413-1 All Day Long Hom 4-2414
M-19414-1 I'm Looking For A Bluebird (To Chase My Blues Away) Hom 4-2414

thanks Stephan WutheInformation from Brian Rust and Mike Hart was
Al Bowlly acc. by own banjo, Edgar Adeler (pno)

Berlin, September 22, 1927
M-19436-1 Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) Hom 4-2411
M-19437-1 A Dream Of You Hom 4-2411
note the Homochord label supplied by Stephan Wuthe suggests Al Bowlly plays tenor guitar on Muddy Water. We have listened to this recording and the introduction might be a banjo but there is certainly a rather amateur guitar solo midway through the record that we believe is played by Al Bowlly.

Guitar/banjo is not heard on A Dream Of You.

Al Bowlly acc. by own gtr.-1, bjo.-2, Fred Bird (vln.), Edgar Adeler(pno.)
Berlin, September 23, 1927
M-19444 I'm Alone In Athlone -2 Hom 4-2418
M-19445 Because I Love You -1 Hom 4-2418

Al Bowlly acc. by own gtr.-1, own steel gtr.-3, or own uke.-4, with Heinz Lewy (pno.)
Berlin, November 18, 1927
M-19566 When You Played The Organ And I Sang 'The Rosary' -3 Hom 4-2459
M-19569 Dear Little Gadabout -4 Hom 4-2459
M-......Ev'ry Little Thing I Do Hom 4-2460
M-......Rosy Cheeks -1 Hom 4-2460
M-......My Regular Girl -1 Hom 4-2461
M-......Positively-Absolutely Hom 4-2461

With RENE DUMONT JAZZ BAND
Berlin, c December, 1927
1222bd Dawn Of Tomorrow DG/Polydor 21365
1223bd While The Others Are Dancing DG/Polydor 21365
Mike Hart reports hearing these recordings, on a record owned by Steve Wilson, featuring a very basic band with banjo possibly played by Al Bowlly who sings on both titles.

Al Bowlly made up to 10 records singing with BILLY BARTHOLOMEW'S DELPHIANS in Berlin, during June-July 1928. It is debateable whether Al Bowlly plays/banjo or guitar at those sessions.
Mike Hart reports hearing banjo on Under The Moon and Hallelujah, and it is quite a spirited banjo on Under The Moon, which may be Al Bowlly or Mike Danzi (who also recorded with the likes of Lud Gluskin and Alex Hyde in Germany) though the balance of the recording favours Bowlly in Mike's opinion.

with BILLY BARTHOLOMEW'S DELPHIANS
Berlin, June-July, 1928
333br-2 Hallelujah DG/Polydor 21604
334br-2 Under The Moon DG/Polydor 21604
Under The Moon features a vocal duo Al Bowlly and with Billy Bartholomew

with BILLY BARTHOLOMEW'S DELPHIANS
Berlin, June-July, 1928
741br-2 Beloved DG/Polydor 21663
Stephan Wuthe and Mike Hart report banjo heard, which could be Mike Danzi or Al Bowlly.

The TRIX SISTERS, acc. by ?Len Fillis (gtr.), Helen Trix (pno.), Al Bowlly (uke.)
London, November 6, 1928
WA-8068-2 Sweet Ukelele Maid (vocal: Helen & Josephine Trix) Col 5149
Mike Hart comments: although Rust lists Al on uke there is no reference to a guitarist (who is featured). Josephine Trix played banjo and uke on earlier Trix Sisters' recordings - could it be that Al played guitar and Josephine played uke?

(Brian Rust lists this recording and the personnel in Jazz Records)
with LEN FILLIS'S ENTERTAINERS
Len Fillis-Al Bowlly-g, ?Van Phillips-cl, Arthur Lally-bar, Eric Siday-vn, Sid Bright-p, ?Rudy Starita-d, Harry Jacobson-vocal
London, February 15, 1929
WA-8279-4 What A Wonderful Wedding That Will Be Col 5328

Len Fillis, one of the finest guitarists playing in Britain during the 1920's and 30'sMike Hart reports guitar on this recording sounds like Al Bowlly on both takes
with PERCIVAL MACKEY AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA
London, April 1929
1783-2 Up In The Clouds Met 1141, Oct 291, Picc 264
as The Ever-Bright Boys on Piccadilly 264
a -1 test exists featuring guitar also

with FRED ELIZALDE AND HIS MUSIC directed and arranged by Fred Elizalde. Chelsea Quealey-Norman Payne-Nobby Knight-t, Frank Coughlan-tb, Max Farley-cl-as-f, Bobby Davis-Phil Cardew-cl-as, Fud Livingston-Arthur Rollini-ts, Adrian Rollini-bsx, George Hurley-Ben Frankel-Len Lees-vn, Billy Mason-p, Jack Hull-bj, Al Bowlly-g, Mario Lorenzi-harp, Tiny Stock-sb, Ronnie Gubertini-d
London, April 12, 1929
E-2403-2 Singapore Sorrows Parlophone R-1201
smaller group consisting of Chelsea Quealey-t, Max Farley-cl-as, Bobby Davis-cl-as, Fud Livingston-ts, Adrian Rollini-bsx, Billy Mason-p, Al Bowlly-g, Tiny Stock-sb, Ronnie Gubertini-d, Fred Elizalde-p
E-2404-1 Nobody's Sweetheart Parlophone R-1201
these two titles have no vocal.

LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN PLAYERS
London, Jan 23, 1929
- pseudonym for guitarist Len Fillis
WA 8417-1 Aloha Oe Re G-9287, Australian Regal G-20484(Aus)
WA 8418-1-2 O Sole Mio Re unissued
WA 8419-1-2 Sweet And Low Re unissued
WA 8420-1 Kilima Re G-9287, Australian Regal G-20484
updated details of this session from Malcolm Rockwell who hears a second guitar on Kilima MR

LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN PLAYERS AND/OR SINGERS
London, May 15, 1929
WA 9018-3 Aloha Land Re G-9361(UK), Australian Regal G-20549
WA-9019-1 Honeymoon Chimes-v Re G-9362, Australian Regal G-20550
WA-9020- Kawaihau Waltz Re G-9362
WA 9021-1 Hawaiian Hotel Re G-9361, Australian Regal G-20549
-v, vocal Al Bowlly
Mike Hart hears only one guitar on Re G9362 MH
information on 9018- and 9021- from Malcolm Rockwell who hears a second guitar on 9020- MR
CED

Information from Mike Hart:
Len Fillis (banjo, steel gtr.), Al Bowlly (gtr), Sid Bright (pno.)
London, c May/June, 1929
WA-9102-1,-2 Kalua Rejected (blasting, master destroyed 10/9/31)
WA-9103 Anita Col 5698
WA-9105 Playmates Rejected (test exists)
(NOTE: WA-9104 Progressions Col 5698 features Fillis and Bright only)

Information from John Wright:
LEN FILLIS NOVELTY QUARTET
London, ~4 July 1929
A9240 Carolina Moon Columbia 5522
NOTE: the Quartet is descrbed as Hawaiian Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Violin and Piano so suggested personnel is Fillis, Bowlly, unknown, Bright.

the other side is The Heart Of The Sunset by the LEN FILLIS NOVELTY TRIO, consisting of Hawaiian guitar, Violin and Piano, hence excluding Al Bowlly. There are no vocals on Col 5522.

Mike Hart has added:
GEORGE METAXA acc. band including Sylvester Ahola (trumpet), Al Bowlly (guitar)
London, September 16, 1929
Bb-17352-2 Tu Sais (Vocal: George Metaxa) HMV B-3164
Bb-17353-2 Pagan Love Song (Vocal: George Metaxa) HMV B-3164
listed by Dick Hill in his Sylvester Ahola discography as possibles, note: Mike Hart hears two guitars on Pagan Love Song only

(aural presence of more than one guitar to be confirmed)
With LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN PLAYERS AND/OR SINGERS
London, November 5, 1929
A-9714-1 Lay My Head Beneath A Rose Re G-9442, G-20654
A-9715-.....
A-9716-.....
A-9717-1 Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me Re G-9442, G-20654
NOTE: there are other titles in this session.

(aural presence of more than one guitar to be confirmed)
With THE HONOLULU SERENADERS (same group as last)
London, c November, 1929
1577-2 The Pagan Love Song Dominion A-219
1578-1 This Is Heaven Dominion A-242
1579-1 S'posin' I Should Fall In Love With You Dominion A-242, Diamond 104
1580-1 The Love Song Dominion A-219
Mike hart adds: 1579-1 S'posin I Should Fall In Love With You issued on Diamond 104 (a very rare Worldecho-type cardboard disc) by The Beachcomers (sic.)
Al Bowlly does not sing The Love Song

(the recordings have Al Bowlly and Les Allen duet, except 1580 Les Allen only

with FRED ELIZALDE'S RHYTHMUSICIANS directed by Adrian Rollini. Norman Payne-Nobby Knight-t, Jack Collins-tb, Max Farley-Bobby Davis-cl-as, Arthur Rollini-ts, Adrian Rollini-bsx, Billy Mason-p, Al Bowlly-g-vocal, Ronnie Gubertini-d
London, December 4, 1929
3262 After The Sun Kissed The World Goodbye Metropole 1241, Octacros 307
3263 If Anything Happened To You-wz Metropole 1241, Octacros 307

(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)
With LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN SINGERS
London, January 24, 1930
A-9994-1 An Old Italian Love Song Re MR-28
A-9995-1,-2 Love Made A Gypsy Out Of Me Rejected
A-9996-1,-2 Waiting At The End of The Road Rejected
A-9997-1 In The Moonlight Re MR-28

(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)
With LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN PLAYERS
London, March 7, 1930
WAR-36-1 Gypsy Dream Rose Rejected
WAR-37-1 Silvery Moon Re MR-79, G-21246

(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)
With THE BROOKLYN BROADCASTERS (Dominion C-303),
HONOLULU SERENADERS (Dominion C-319), HAWAIIAN OCTET (Celebrity 4390)

apparently a Len Fillis group
London, c March 1930
1717-1 Silv'ry Moon Dominion C-319, Celebrity 4390
1718-2 Happy Days Are Here Again Dominion C-303
1721-1 Gypsy Dream Rose Dominion C-319, Celebrity 4390
NOTE: Matrices 1719 and 1720 have not yet been traced.

Al Bowlly advertising the Selmer/Eddie Freeman guitar(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)
With EDGAR ADELER'S HAWAIIAN PLAYERS
London, c March 1930
S-759-1, L-330Silv'ry Moon Sterno 406, Solex 6
S-760, L-3311Land Of The Might-Have-Been Sterno 594, Solex 6
S-761 Somehow Sterno 429
S-762-....
S-763-1 Lazy Lou'siana Moon Sterno 406
NOTE: Matrix S-762 has no vocal refrain
Solex 6 as The Hawaiian Players
Land Of The Might-Have-Been composed by Edgar Adeler

AL BOWLLY acc. own guitar, Gideon Fagan-p sung in Afrikaans
Hayes, June 10, 1930
Bb-19460-1 Ou Kaapstad is mij Hemel-land rejected
Bb-19461-3 Sy's in die Pad HMV FJ-133

AL BOWLLY acc. own guitar, Albert Diggenhof-p
Hayes, June 30, 1930
Bb-19493-2 Alleenig HMV FJ-100
Bb-19494-1,-2,-3 Sy's mij klein Liefie rejected ?
Bb-19495-1 Sunshine rejected
first two titles sung in Afrikaans

(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)
With LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN SINGERS
London, July 2, 1930
WAR-234-1 Every Little Kindness (Makes An Angel Smile)Re MR-197, G-20979
WAR-235-2 My Angel Mother Re MR-128, G-20825
WAR-236-2 The Golden Gates Of Paradise Re MR-128, G-20825
WAR-237-1 The Hymns My Mother Used to Sing Re MR-197, G-20979
all vocal duets with Les Allen

AL BOWLLY acc. small orchestra dir. Ray Noble
Hayes, July 14, 1930
Bb19495-2 Sunshine HMV FJ-133
Bb-19552-2 Banditlied (The Prisoner's Song) HMV FJ-133
Bb19553-1 The Lonesome Road HMV FJ-97
Bb19554-1 Kleine Mat(Little Pal) HMV FL-97
all except Sunshine sung in Afrikaans

AL BOWLLY acc. own guitar, Albert Diggenhof-p
Hayes, July 14, 1930
Bb19555-2Ou Kaapstad is mij Hemel-land HMV FJ-100

(guitar contribution to be confirmed)
With HAWAIIAN QUARTET (a Len Fillis group)
London, September 9, 1930
MB-1798-1,-2 Aloha Oe Dec rejected
MB-1799-1,-2 Goodbye To All That (with Les Allen) Dec rejected

(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)

with LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN PLAYERS
London, September 19, 1930
Len Fillis-stg/probably Al Bowlly-g/ with cl/vn/p
WAR-325-2 Rose Dreams -v* Re MR-216, Reg G-20931
WAR-326-2 Blue Pacific Moonlight -v** Re MR-187
WAR-327-2 Here In My Heart -v** Re MR-187
WAR-328-2 That Little Lock Of Hair -v* Re MR-216, Reg G-20931
-v* vocals Al Bowlly
-v** vocal duet Al Bowlly and Les Allen

(guitar contribution to be confirmed)
With HAWAIIAN QUARTET
London, September 24, 1930
GB-1916-2 There's A Stranger In Heaven Tonight Dec F-1991
GB-1917 .....
GB-1918-2 Aloha Oe Dec F-2066
GB-1919-1 Goodbye To All That (w. Les Allen) Dec F-1958
GB-1920 .....
GB-1921-2 The Golden Gates Of paradise Dec F-1991
Decca F-1958 as HONOLULU QUARTET
Al Bowlly does not sing on GB-1917 and GB-1920

Al Bowlly acc. by own gtr., unknown harmonica, concertina and violin, all in Afrikaans
Hayes, Middlesex, October 10, 1930
Bb-20441-2 Voetslaan op oom Jacob se Leer HMV FJ-103
Bb-20442-2 Sal die Engele hul Harpe speel vir mij?HMV FJ-103
Bb-20443-2 Daar is geen ron in die Hemel HMV FJ-120
Bb-20444-2 Die ou lelie Vallei HMV FJ-120

The next session was made under the name of
JANNIE VILJOEN, acc. by own gtr.
and probably Claude Ivy (pno.). All titles are sung in Taal dialect
London, October 13, 1930
GB-2049-1,-2,-3 Minnaarslaan (Sweetheart Lane) Dec rejected
GB-2050-1,-2 In die Droomvallei (In The Valley Of Dreams) Dec rejected
GB-2051-1,-2 Hoe gaan dit (How Do You Do?) Dec rejected
GB-2052-1,-2 By die Vaal Rivier (By The Vaal River) Dec rejected

John Wright reports two guitars are heard on these recordings
with AL VOCALE AND HIS CROONERS (Len Fillis group)
London, late October, 1930
13084- Sleepy Head EBW 5189
13085- That's My Song Of Love EBW 5189

Mike Hart suggests Al Bowlly attended this Jay Wilbur session as guitarist. Al only sings on Adeline.
With JAY WILBUR AND HIS BAND
London, late October, 1930
5515-1 The King's Horses (voc Les Allen) Imp 2355
5516-2 Adeline (voc Al Bowlly) Imp 2355
5517-1 Meet Me In My dreams Tonight (vocal Les Allen & Jack Plant) Imp 2354
5518-1-2-3 Lorette (voc Jack Plant) rejected?

The next session was made under the name of
JANNIE VILJOEN, acc. by own gtr.
probably Claude Ivy (pno.) and unknown concertina and harmonica. All titles are sung in Afrikaans.
London, October 30, 1930
FGB-2156-1,-2,-3 Sy was arm maar sy was eirlik (She Was Poor But She Was Honest) Dec rejected
FGB-2157-1,-2 Awend (Evening) Dec rejected
FGB-2158-1,-2 Woorhuis (Homestead) Dec rejected
FGB-2159-1,-2 Ek dink altyd aanjou (I'm Forever Thinking Of You) Dec rejected

did Al ever play guitar during radio broadcasts?With THE PHANTOM PLAYERS (Len Fillis and his Band, according to the original recording sheet)
includes Len Fillis-g-str, Al Bowlly -g-v
London, November 3, 1930
GB-2175-2 Waiting For This Thing Called Happiness Dec F-2078
GB-2176-2 Dancing With The Devil Dec F-2078
GB-2177-2 Lonely Little Vagabond Dec F-2144
GB-2178-1 She's My Secret Passion Dec F-2144
NOTE: 2176-2 has vocal refrain by Ella Logan, 2177-2 and 2178-1 have vocals by Al Bowlly

(Mike Hart reports hearing only one guitar at this session)
With EARL MELVILLE AND HIS HAWAIIANS (a Len Fillis group)
London, early November, 1930
3961-2 That's My Song Of Love Pic 673
3962 That Little Lock Of Hair (My Mother Gave To Me) Pic 673
3963 She's My Secret Passion Pic 649
3964-2 Lonely Little Vagabond Pic 649
3965 There's A Stranger In Heaven Tonight Pic 685
3961-1 and 3962 have Al Bowlly vocal duet with Les Allen, 3964, 3963 and 3965 have Al Bowlly vocal. Note label on Piccadilly 649 says He's My Secret Passion

(Mike Hart reports two guitars heard at this session)
With the HAWAIIAN SERENADERS (probably identifiable with the last group)
London, November 13, 1930
1040-1 Old Spanish Moon Victory 302 (7")
1041-2 Love Never Dies Victory 297 (7")
1042-1 Why Did You Turn Me Down? Victory 300 (7")
1043-1 Lullaby Land rejected
1044-1 Love Birds Are Better Than Bluebirds Victory 298 (7")
1054-1 Headin' For Hollywood Victory 303 (7")
NOTE: Victory 301 has been found but features Albert Whelan (1051) and Billy Hayman (1060)

(guitar contribution to be confirmed)
With EDGAR ADELER'S HAWAIIAN PLAYERS
London, November 1930
S-1154-1 Sleepy Head Sterno 594
S-1156-1 With My Guitar And You (w. Les Allen*) Sterno 604
S-1157-1 Go Home And Tell Your Mother (w. Les Allen) Sterno 604
* third voice heard scatting
NOTE: Matrix S-1155 has not been traced

(guitar contribution to be confirmed)
With FERRACHINI'S HAWAIIAN BAND (probably a Len Fillis group)
London, November, 1930
LO-797 Moonlight On The Colorado Bcst 2605, 3018
LO-798 Cuban Love Song Bcst 2605
Z-1748 The Kiss Waltz Bcst 643 (8")
Z-1749 With My Guitar And You* Bcst 643 (8")
Z-1750 Bye Bye Blues* Bcst 644 (8")
Z-1751 Old New England Moon Bcst 644 (8")
All these titles have vocal duet Al Bowlly and Les Allen, * third voice heard scatting
NOTE: Broadcasts 643 and 644 are labelled THE WAIKIKI SERENADERS, and were part of a special issue released on December 12, 1930

Al Bowlly acc. by own gtr (* and Claude Ivy-p)
London, November 24, 1930
GB-2321-2 She Walked Right Up And Took My Man Away F-2560
GB-2322-2 Nigger Blues Dec F-2560
GB-2323-1 Frankie And Johnny Dec F-2206
GB-2324-2 By The Old Oak Tree* Dec F-2206
Al Bowlly vocals on GB-2322-2
Al Bowlly, Ella Logan duets on GB-2323-1 and GB-2324-2
Mike Hart adds: Ella Logan sings, Al Bowlly hums on GB-2321-2

(guitar contribution to be confirmed)
With LINN MILFORD AND HIS HAWAIIAN PLAYERS
London, December I7, 1930
WAR-450-1 There's A Stranger In Heaven Tonight Re MR-267, G-20989
WAR-451-2 Sleepy Head Re MR-337
WAR-452-2 In An Old Churchyard Re MR-337
WAR-453-2 The Silver-Toned Chimes Of The Angelus Re MR-267, G-20989
all vocal duets with Les Allen

(John Wright reports two guitars heard)
With THE PALM BEACH HAWAIIANS (probably a Len Fillis group)
London, December 18, 1930
GB-2415-2 That's What Loneliness Means To Me Dec F-2246
vocals by Al Bowlly
The session is immediately followed on by Al singing with Billy Hill and his Boys.

With BILLY HILL AND HIS BOYS
London, December 18, 1930
GB-24I6-2 The Farmyard Symphony Dec F-2172
GB-2417-1,-2 When Bill Malone Plays The Xylophone Rejected
GB-2418-2 The Village Jazz Band Dec F-2172
Mike Hart comments: Al Bowlly may well play guitar or banjo or jews harp or accordeon, be responsible for the animal noises and God knows what else! He certainly sings and speaks the vocals on the issued sides as well as the rejected side - which exists as a test pressing. Les Allen is also present at this session.

with ROY FOX AND HIS BAND
London, January 5, 1931
GB-2497-1,-3 Ten Cents A Dance (vocal Betty Bolton) Decca F-2294
GB-2498-2 Memories Of You Decca F-2194
GB-2499-1 You're Lucky To Me Decca F-2194
GB-2500-2 Thank Your Father Decca F-2312
Al sings on the last three titles

with ROY FOX AND HIS BAND
London, January 16, 1931
GB-2518-2 Star Dust Decca F-2219
GB-2519-3 Can't We Be Friends? Decca F-2220
no vocal on Star Dust

With FERRACHINI'S HAWAIIAN BAND
London, January, 1931
includes Len Fillis -stg, Al Bowlly -g, Nat Star-cl, Sid Bright-p, Ted Edbrooke-vn
(John Wright confirms that two guitars are heard on Broadcast 3008)
LO-845 My Bluebird Was Caught In The Rain Bcst 3008
LO-846 Somewhere In Old Wyoming Bcst 3008
Z-1831 Oh Donna Clara Bcst 673 (8")
Z-1832 Nobody Cares If I'm Blue Bcst 673 (8")
all feature vocal duets Al Bowlly, Les Allen
Broadcast 673 as Waikiki Serenaders

(Mike Hart hears two guitars at this session)
With THE PALM BEACH HAWAIIANS
London, January 23, 1931
GB-2545-1 Somewhere In Old Wyoming Dec F-2213
GB-2546-2 Oh! Donna Clara Dec F-2213
GB-2547-....
GB-2548-1 Hurt Dec F-2317
NOTE: Matrix GB-2547 has a vocal refrain by Les Allen only. Others have Al Bowlly, Les Allen duet.

(Mike Hart has suggested Al Bowlly guitar playing can be heard on All Through The Night
with MARIUS B. WINTER AND HIS DANCE ORCHESTRA
London, c February 2, 1931
L-0880-2 All Through The Night - wz Bcast 3034
also has Al Bowlly vocal. Other titles recorded at this session do not feature Al's vocals

With THE PALM BEACH HAWAIIANS
London, February 9, 1931
GB-2689-1 After The Party Dec F-2255
GB-2690-1 'Neath Hawaiian Skies Dec F-2255
GB-2691- Really Mine Dec F-2246
(John Wright reports that in the instrumental After The Party there is heard a rhythm guitar and Hawaiian guitar, Al Bowlly might play the rhythm guitar which accompanies the piano solo and is heard in the final coda)
Al Bowlly sings on the other two recordings but guitar contribution is not certain.

With THE NEW MAYFAIR DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by Ray Noble
London, February 19, 1931
OB-371-2 Goodnight, Sweetheart HMV B-5984, EA-908, Vic 25016, 20-2950
(Mike Hart suggests the unusual guitar introduction is played by Al Bowlly)

(guitar contribution to be confirmed)
With LEN FILLIS AND HIS NOVELTY ORCHESTRA
London, May 6, 1931
A-11565-1 Song Hits-Part 1* Col DB-516
A-11566-1 Song Hits-Part 4** Col DB-549
A-11567-1 Song Hits-Part 3 Col DB-549
A-11568-1 Song Hits-Part 2 Col DB-516
* vocal Les Allen, ** vocal Al Bowlly, others are duets

(Mike Thomas has suggested the guitar coda at the end of this recording could be Al Bowlly)
With THE WALDORFIANS, directed by Howard Godfrey
London, early June, 1931
4368-2 Time On My Hands Pic 787, Oct 617, Empire E-9, May Fair G-2017
NOTE: Empire as BASIL WINSTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA, May Fair as PERCY CHANDLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA

did Al ever play guitar on Lew Stone recordings?(Brian Rust lists Len Fillis -g,-stg, Al Bowlly -g, Ted Edbrooke -vn,-pac, Sid Bright -p, Rudy Starita -x)
LEN FILLIS AND HIS NOVELTY ORCHESTRA
London July 2,1931
CA-11781-1 Mama Inez Col CB-324
CA-11782-1 Speak Easy Col CB-234
CA-11783-1 African Lament Col CB-335
CA-11784-1 Lucerne Col CB-335

NOTE: it is generally accepted that Al Shaw plays guitar on Roy Fox recordings between Jan 24 - May 5, 1931. For the remainder of Roy Fox's residence at the Monseignuer, and at his recording sessions from June 1, 1931 up to Sept 1932, Al Bowlly is likely always the guitarist with the Fox band.
This page lists only those Roy Fox records where the guitar is heard prominently.

With ROY FOX AND HIS BAND, at the Monseigneur Restaurant
London, Sept 3, 1931
GB-3171-2 What's Keeping My Prince Charming? Dec F-2487
(Ted Sunden reports hearing guitar on What's Keeping My Prince Charming?)
GB-3171-2 has vocals by Roy Fox and Ella Logan. Al Bowlly sings on three other titles at this session.

(John Wright reports this recording ends with a violin and guitar coda which might feature Al Bowlly)
With ROY FOX AND HIS BAND
London, September 18, 1931
GB-3277-1 Time Alone Will Tell Dec F-2513

with BLUE JAYS directed by Harry Hudson
London, November, 1931
(Mike Hart reports that one title from this session has guitar in introduction that sounds like Al Bowlly)
90282-2 Dear, When I Met You Edison Bell Radio 1585

with JOCK McDERMOTT AND HIS BAND
London, - c. January 5, 1932
14116-2 Whispering EBW 5468
14117-3 Dinah EBW 5468
Al Bowlly vocals and guitar

Mike Hart reports a guitar on this recording sounds like Al Bowlly playing
AL BOWLLY acc. piano (Harry Hudson) (guitar also heard)
London, January 13, 1932
14126-1 A Faded Summer Love EBW 5470

With ROY FOX AND HIS BAND, at the Monseigneur Restaurant
London, Feb 4, 1932
GB-3922-3 Adios (Bowlly sings title only) Dec F-2805
GB-3923-3 Georgia On My Mind voc. Nat Gonella Dec F-2804, Rex 9892
GB-3924-2 You Rascal, You voc. Nat Gonella Dec F-2805
GB-3925-3 Don't Tell A Soul voc. Joe Ferrie Dec F-2804
(John Wright reports that Georgia On My Mind has a short guitar introduction played in the style attributed to Al Bowlly, and Loris Simcik has pointed out that the guitar can be heard throughout Nat Gonella's vocal. Ted Sunden reports guitar is audible on Don't Tell A Soul).

Richard Johnson is of the opinion that Al Bowlly plays guitar on this recording
with orchestra compered by JOHN WATT
London, March 7, 1932
GA-4069-2 Songs From The Shows Decca K-645
Al sings a chorus of It Happened In Monterey and a duet with Elsie Carlisle of My Baby Just Cares For Me

(Ted Sunden reports that the guitar is audible on this recording just as the vocal starts)
with ROY FOX AND HIS BAND, at the Monseigneur Restaurant
London, March 22, 1932
GB-4113-3 Was That The Human Thing To Do? Decca F-2888
the vocalist is Eve Becke

(Ray Pallett reports this recording has a guitar introduction which might be played by Al Bowlly)
with ROY FOX AND HIS BAND, at the Monseigneur Restaurant
London, June 10, 1932
GB-4561-2 Gone Forever Dec F-3029

Al endorsing the Gibson L-5 guitar (thanks Mike Hart)(John Wright reports instrumentation includes piano, violin and also a guitar that might be played by Al Bowlly)
AL BOWLLY Acc. by small instrumental group
London, July 26, 1932
GB-4696-1 Please Don't Mention It Dec F-3128, M-422, M-1203
GB-4697-2 Wherever You Are Dec F-3128, M-422, M-1203

John Wright reports a guitar in the introduction that might be played by Al Bowlly
AL BOWLLY Acc. by small instrumental group
London, September 7, 1932
GB-4843-1 It Was So Beautiful Dec F-3145

Brian Rust lists the personnel in Jazz Records
with NAT GONELLA AND HIS TRUMPET
Nat Gonella-t-vocals, Harry Jacobson-p-cel, Tiny Winters-sb, Al Bowlly-g, Bill Harty-d
London, September 14, 1932
GB-4888-3 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me Dec F-3176
GB-4889-1 I Heard Dec F-3176
Note: GB-4888-3 features a short guitar solo by Al Bowlly

John Wright reports a hawaiian guitar is heard on these two recordings, possibly played by Al Bowlly.
AL BOWLLY acc. orchestra
London, November 15, 1932
GB-5172-3 So Ashamed Dec F-3275
GB-5173-1 Rosa Mia Dec F-3275
The other instruments are probably played by the personnel on the Nat Gonella records below, same date, including t, vn, cl, p, sb on So Ashamed, pac replaces p on Rosa Mia

Brian Rust lists the personnel in Jazz Records
with NAT GONELLA AND HIS TRUMPET
Nat Gonella-t-vocals, Alfie Noakes-t, Joe Ferrie-tb, Jim Easton-Earnest Ritte-cl-alto sax, Harry Berly-tenor sax-vn, Eddie Carroll-p, Tiny Winters-sb, Al Bowlly-g, Bill Harty-d
London, November 15, 1932
GB-5174-2 Rockin' Chair Dec F-3292
GB-5175-2 When You're Smiling Dec F-3292

Brian Rust lists the personnel in Jazz Records
NAT GONELLA AND HIS TRUMPET
Nat Gonella-t-vocals, Jim Easton-Earnest Ritte-cl-alto sax, Harry Berly-tenor sax-vn, Eddie Carroll-p, Tiny Winters-sb, Al Bowlly-g, Bill Harty-d
London, March 3, 1933
GB-5627-1 Sing, It's Good For You Dec F-3531
GB-5629-2 That's My Home Dec F-3531
Ray Pallett reports rhythm guitar solo on Sing....

(Mike Hart reports guitar played by Al Bowlly)
with SCOTT-WOOD ACCORDION QUARTET
London, April 3, 1933
E-4949-1 Sweetheart Parl R-1476
E-4950-1 Can't We Meet Again? Parl R-1469, A-3628
E-4951-1 Pale Volga Moon Parl R-1469
E-4952-1 The Goodnight Waltz Parl R-1506, A-3628
E-4953-1 Oh! Mr Moon Parl R-1476
Mike adds: the reverse side of R-1506, Milano, was made at a later date and features Sam Browne vocal

(Mike Hart reports guitar played by Al Bowlly)
AL BOWLLY acc. by small instrumental group
London, April 30, 1933
GB-5772-2 Goodnight But Not Goodbye Dec F-3547
three other recordings at this session to be confirmed

(Mike Hart reports guitar played by Al Bowlly)
AL BOWLLY acc. by small instrumental group
London, July 26, 1933
GB-6056-1 Moonstruck Dec F-3627
GB-6057-1 There's A Cabin In The Pines Dec F-3638
GB-6058-1 Learn To Croon Dec F-3627

(John Wright reports that the guitar introduction to 'Experiment' features a close-to-mike guitar in the Bowlly style, with rhythm section following on).
with LEW STONE AND HIS BAND
London, Nov 3, 1933
GB-6280-1 Experiment Dec F-3734

(Mike Hart reports guitar played by Al Bowlly)
AL BOWLLY acc. by small orchestra
London, Jan 4, 1934
GB-6457-2 Everything I Have Is Yours Dec F-3853

Ray Pallett reports the guitar playing on this recording is of the standard expected of Al Bowlly
AL BOWLLY acc. Monia Liter-p (guitar also heard)
London, April 9, 1934
GB-6684-2 True Dec F-3963

(Mike Hart reports guitar played by Al Bowlly)
AL BOWLLY acc. by Monia Liter-p
London, August 21, 1934
TB-1495-2 Isle Of Capri Dec F-5188, Champion 40032
TB-1496-2 Judy Dec F-5188, Champion 40032

AL BOWLLY AND JIMMY MESENE, RADIO STARS WITH TWO GUITARS
Duets with Jimmy Mesene, acc. by their own guitars
London, July 18, 1940
OEA-8840-1 Make Love With A Guitar; When I Dream Of Home HMV BD-857
OEA-8841-2 Make-Believe Island; The Woodpecker Song HMV BD-857

much discussed photo of Al & Jimmy, when was it taken? (thanks Denis King)AL BOWLLY AND JIMMY MESENE, RADIO STARS WITH TWO GUITARS
Duets with Jimmy Mesene, acc. by their own guitars
London, September 12, 1940
OEA-8741-2 Turn Your Money In Your Pocket; I'll Never Smile Again; We'll Go Smiling Along HMV BD-865
OEA-8742-2 I'm Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight; I Haven't Time To Be A Millionaire HMV BD-865

AL BOWLLY AND JIMMY MESENE, RADIO STARS WITH TWO GUITARS
Duets with Jimmy Mesene, acc. by their own guitars
London, December 6, 1940
OEA-9058-1 Ferry Boat Serenade HMV BD-892
OEA-9059-1 Only Forever HMV BD-892

AL BOWLLY AND JIMMY MESENE, RADIO STARS WITH TWO GUITARS
Duets with Jimmy Mesene, acc. by their own guitars [and Pat Dodd, piano]
London, April 2, 1941
OEA-9226-1 Nicky The Greek (Has Gone) HMV BD-922
OEA-9227-1 When That Man Is Dead And Gone HMV BD-922


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