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Please Tell Us About the Old-time Musician In Your Family.....

this page first published by John Wright, 2 March 2001
last update 22 December 2012vintage@r2ok.co.uk

Please contact us if you would like to see a webpage devoted to an old-time musician in your family. E-mail John Wright

Or maybe you met or your family knew old-time musicians? For example below are listed many of the dance band musicians; we are seeking photos, clippings and information on these musicians and singers who worked in Britian in the 1920's and 1930's:

Singer / vocalist: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

A - J

Lou Abelardo, Paul Adam, Gerald Adams, Bill Airey-Smith, Wynn Ajello, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Allen, Les Allen, Dorothy Alt, Phil Arnold, Robert Ashley, George Baker, George Barclay, Tom Barratt, Elizabeth Batey, Ken Beaumont, Eve Becke, Harry Bentley, Len Bermon, Betty Bolton, Suzanne Botterill, Al Bowlly, Eddie Brandt, Alan Breeze, Gloria Brent, Abe Bronson, Sam Browne, Marie Burke, Lily Burns, Jimmy Campbell, Dorothy Carless, Elsie Carlisle, Ann Carring, Diana Clare, Carlyle Cousins, Carole Carr, Kay Cavendish, Mary Charles, Sydney Chasid, Wendy Claire, Helen Clare, Wendy Clare, Peggy Cochrane, Esther Cole, Eddie Collis, Bobby Comber, Jack Cooper, Billy Scott Coomber, Gene Crowley, Betty Dale, Evelyn Dall, Tommy Davies, Dawn Davis, Peggy Dell, Denny Dennis, Hugh Diamond, Dan Donovan, Fred Douglas, Leslie Douglas, Sally Douglas, Maurice Elwin, George Evans, Rudy Bayfield Evans, Harry Fay, Gerry Fitzgerald, Barry Gray, Ronnie Genarder, Olive Groves, Walter Glynne, Eddie Guray, Ord Hamilton, Eric Hanley, Doris Hare, Chick Henderson, Henderson Twins, Hildegarde, Leslie Holmes, Jenny Howard, Bobby Howes, Jackie Hunter, Leslie Hutchinson, Pat Hyde, Jack Joy

Singer / vocalist: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

K - Z

Alan Kane, Edna Kaye, Harry Kaye, Annette Keith, Betty Kent, Marjorie Kingsley, Tom Kinniburgh, Stanley Kirkby, Pat Kirkwood, Eddie Kollis, Vivienne Lambelet, Fred Latham, Brian Lawrance, Gertrude Lawrence, Benny Lee, Mary Lee, Len Lees, Joe Leigh, Anne Lenner, Janet Lind, Celia Lipton, Ella Logan, Jack Lorimer, Vera Lynn, Helen Mackay, Bob Mallin, Alice Mann, Kitty Masters, Jimmy Mesene, Jimmy Messini, Billy Milton, Edward Molloy, Molly Morelle, Jack Morrison, Stella Moya, Phil Neely, Harry Nesbitt, Sydney Nesbitt, Ramon Newton, Pat O'Dell, Floence Oldham, Barrie Oliver, Pat O'Malley, Pat O'Regan, Primrose Orrocks, Bob & Alf Pearson, Charles Penrose, Cecile Petrie, Jack Plant, Eddie Pola, Sandy Powell, The Radio Three, Beryl Reid, Monte Rey, Anita Riddell, Stuart Robertson, Phyllis Robins, Ivor Robinson, Val Rosing, Bobby Sanders, Leslie Sarony, Harry Shalson, Cyril Shane, Anne Shelton, Judy Shirley, Fairy South, Louis Spiro, Marjorie Stedeford, Doreen Stephens, Tully Stewart, Randolph Sutton, Lilian taylor, John Thorne, Helen Thornton, The Three Ginx, Frank Titterton, The Two Leslies, Georgette Vedey, Doreen Villiers, Patrick Waddington, Albert Whelan, Eric Whitley, Joe Wilbur, Nora Williams, Rita Williams, Hardy Williamson, Bertha Willmott, Harry Wilson, Wally Windsor, Anona Winn, Joy Worth, Bert Yarlett

Musicians: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

A - D

Ernie Abbey, Max Abrams, Sam Acres, Edgar Adeler, Sylvester Ahola, Horace Ainsley, Alfredo, Billy Amstell, Mickey Amstell, Tommy Anderson, Stan Andrews, Jack Ansell, Billy Apps, Joe Arbiter, Fred Aspinall, Charlie Asplin, Alec Avery, Dave Axford, Max Bacon, Frank Bailey, Jock Bain, Arthur Baker, Kenny Baker, Tommy Balderson, Harry Balen, Dick Ball, Fred Ballerini, Freddie Bamberger, Claude Bampton, Frank Barnes, Warwick Barnes, Bert Barnes, Fred Barnes, Stanley Barnett, Don Barrigo, Bill Barton, Jack Barton, Carl Barriteau, Bill Barton, Jack Barton, Bert Bassett, Doug Bastin, Leslie Bates, Joe Batten, Al Baum, Eddie Bave, Eric Bayliss, Sydney Baynes, Billy Bell, Jim Bellamy, Jack Bentley, Harry Berly, Clem Bernard, Arthur Birkby, Neville Bishop, Stanley Black, Jimmy Blades, Tommy Blades, Len Bermon, Frank Biffo, Neville Bishop, Billy Bissett, Jimmy Blades, Bill Boland, Laurie Bookin, Dick Boothroyd, Victor Boulcott, Mish Bowlly, Bert Bown, Stan Bowsher, Edgar Bracewell, Tom Bradbury, Joe Brannelly, Perley Breed, Eric Breeze, Larry Brennan, Freddy Bretherton, Sid Bright, Tommy Bromley, Alec Brown, Philip Brown, Teddy Brown, Douglas Brownsmith, Philippe Brun, Philip Buchel, Sid Buckman, Bert Bullimore, Jim Burgess, Maurice Burman, Bill Busby, Lad Busby, Arthur Calkin, Len Camber, Phil Cardew, Les Carew, Eddie Carroll, Benny Carter, Tim Casey, Jim Cassidy, Claude Cavalotti, Tim Cave, George Chaffin, George Challice, Harry Chapman, Walter Chapman, Glenda Chappelle, Ken Chester, Harold Chips Chippendall, George Chisholm, Emile Christian, Hamish Christie, Art Christmas, Oliphant Chuckerbutty, Jack Clapper, Lionel Clapper, George Clarkson, Freddy Clayton, H. Robinson Cleaver, Arthur Cleghorn, Paul Clifford, Arthur Coburn, Norman Cole, Al Collins, Harry Collins, Jack Collins, Harry Conn, Jack Conroy, Harry Constable, Vic Cook, Fred Cooke, Cecil Cooper, Joe Cordell, Leon Cortez, Frank Coughlan, Alec Cripps, Les Cripwell, Eddie Cromar, Austin Croom Johnson, Joe Crossman, Jock Cummings, Bill Currie, Chappie D'Amato, Joe Daniels, Ben Davis, Bobby Davis, Lew Davis, Murray Dempsey, Jack Denahey, Sidney de Jong, Joe Deniz, Jack Dent, Dick de Pauw, Ted Desmond, Roy Dexter, George Dickinson, Lawrence Dixon, Pat Dodd, Doug Dolman, Jack Doyle, Bob Dryden, Izzy Duman, Jimmy Durrant

Musicians: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

E - L

Charles Easson, Jim Easton, Ted Edbrooke, Andre Ekyan, Ray Ellington, George Elliott, George Elrick, Chick Endor, Clive Erard, Dick Escott, George Eskdale, George Evans, Harold Evans, Jack Evetts, Lionel Falkman, Max Farley, Theo Farrar, Billy Farrell, Haydn Fawcett, Eddie Fearn, Sidney Fearn, Buddy Featherstonehaugh, Paul Fenhoulet, Alan Ferguson, Joe Ferrie, Miff Ferrie, Vernon Ferry, Alf Field, George Fierstone, Len Fillis, Vic Filmer, Herb Finney, Doug Fisher, George Fisher, Jack Fleming, John Fletcher, Michael Flome, Clinton Ffrench, George Fierstone, Doug Foss, Teddy Foster, Roy Fox, Ben Frankel, Aubrey Franks, Les Franks, Eddie Freeman, Louis Freeman, Eddie Frizell, Dave Frost, Johnny Frytag, Jesse Fuller, Dave Fullerton, Freddy Gardner, Billy Gaskin, Sam Gelsley, Ronnie Genarder, Billy Gerhardi, George Gibbs, George Gibson, Burton Gillis, Fred Gilmore, George Glover, Harry Gold, Max Goldberg, Bruts Gonella, Nat Gonella, Jimmy Gordon, Stan Gosling, Harry Goss, Jimmy Goss, Cyril Grantham, Oscar Grasso, Basil Green, Jack Greenwood, Frank Gregori, Ivan Grey, Emile Grimshaw, Eddie Gross-Bart, Eddie Grossbart, Frank Guarente, Ronnie Gubertini, Bert Hadley, Bill Hall, Jack Halsall, Bud Hammond, Percy Hampton, Bert Hargest, Albert Harris, Bill Harty, Monte Haskins, Fred Hayden, Arthur Haydock, Harry Hayes, Bert Heath, Ted Heath, Johnny Helfer, Cyril Hellier, Will Hemmings, Bill Herbert, Frank Herbin, Sid Hieger, Billy Higgs, Billy Hill, Jack Hill, Nigel Cod Hill, Ronnie Hill, Harry Hines, Joseph Hitchenor, Andy Hodgkiss, Harold Hood, Geoff Howard, Len Hunt, Laurie Huntingdon, George Hurley, John Hutcheson, Leslie Jiver Hutchinson, Norman Impey, Dan Ingmam, Claude Ivy, Edgar Jackson, Ellis Jackson, Jack Jackson, Lal Jackson, Howard Jacobs, Harry Jacobson, Jock Jacobson, Jimmy Jack, Max Jaffa, Joe Jeannette, Ed Jenkins, Frank Johnson, Laurie Johnson, Jim Kelleher, Dave Kaye, Joe Kaye, George Kenneth, Frank Kenyon, Harry Kerr, Bertie King, Tommy Kinsman, Stuart Knassen, Nobby Knight, Jack Kosky, Carlo Krahmer, Sid Kruger, Arthur Lally, Jimmy Lally, Les Lambert, Bob Lamont, Con Lamprecht, Brian Lawrance, Clem Lawton, Doug Lees, Len Lees, Jean Lensen, Queenie Leonard, Reg Leopold, Eddie Lewis, Ernie Lewis, Mickey Lewis, Eddie Lisbona, Monia Liter, Eric Little, Jack Llewellyn, Alf Loder, Norman Long, Jack Lorimer, Arthur Lousley, Tony Lowry, Billy Lyme, Walter Lyme, Harold Lyons

Musicians: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

M - R

Richard MacDonald, Don Macaffer, Eddie Macauley, Andy McDevitt, Harry MacFarlane, Leon Mack, Pinkie Mackenzie, Tommy McQuater, Gerry McQuillan, Les Maddox, Pete Mandell, Freddy Mann, Ivor Mairants, Bob Manning, Billy Marcus, Frank Marriott, Manny Marron, Jack Marsh, Watson Marsh, Jimmy Marshall, Billy Mason, Richard Matthews, Clinton Maxwell, Charles Mead, George Melachrino, Frank Mellor, Felix Mendelssohn, Bruce Merrill, Jim Merritt, Jimmy Mesene, Jimmy Messini, Bernard Miller, Sid Millward, Jack Miranda, Jack Moffat, George Monkhouse, Dennis Moonan, Gerry Moore, Ivor Moreton, Alec Morris, Arthur Mouncey, Madge Mullen, Bill Mulraney, Billy Munn, Spud Murphy, Jack Nathan, Len Newbury, Nigel Newitt, Ramon Newton, Arthur Niblo, Alfie Noakes, Cecil Norman, Leslie Norman, Al Notorage, Joe Nussbaum, Julius Nussbaum, Ben Oakley, Olly Oakley, Charles O'Cleary, Les Ormondroyd, Harry Owen, Ern Pettifer, Danny Polo, Eddie Pullen, Jack Phillips, Reg Pursglove, Ben Oakley, Ronnie Ogilvie, Joe Orlando, Stan Osborne, Harry Owen, Rex Owen, Norman Payne, Laurie Payne, Charlie Pemell, Ernie Penfold, Jack Penn, Norman Phillips, Phil Phillips, Sid Phillips, Woolf Phillips, Harry Pike, Eugene Pini, Reg Pink, Freddy Pitt, Sid Plummer, E. O. Pogson, Tommy Porter, Jean Pougnet, Arthur Powell, Charlie Price, Bobby Probst, Charlie Pude, Eddie Pullen, Reg Pursglove, Chelsea Quealey, Stan Quiddington, Hugh Radcliffe, Jack Raine, Johnny Raitz, Dennis Ratcliffe, Bert Read, Wally Read, Jimmy Redmond, Henry Reed, Billy Reid, Rhythm Brothers, Andy Richardson, Hugo Rignold, Jack Rimmer, Jim Risley, Ernest Ritte, Dave Roberts, Harry Robbins, Dave Roberts, Charles Rocco, Stan Roderick, Bill Rogers, Adrian Rollini, Abe Romaine, Johnny Rosen, Lionel Rothery, Bob Rowe, George Rowe, Harry Rubens, Peter Rush, Jack Russin

Musicians: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

S - Z

Frenchy Sartell, Charles W. Saxby, Freddie Schweitzer, Enrico Scoma, George Scott Wood, George Senior, Bill Shakespeare, Lloyd Shakespeare, Dave Shand, Jimmy Shankland, George Shannan, Al Shaw, Mark Sheridan, Harry Sherman, Len Shevill, Jack Shields, Charlie Short, Eric Siday, Phil Silverstone, Jack Simmons, Jack Simpson, Teddy Sinclair, Barney Singleton, Archie Slavin, Charles D. Smart, Cecil Smith, Chester Smith, Chick Smith, George Smith, Harry Smith, Tom Smith, Bill Sniderman, Barney Sorkin, Charles Spinelly, Tony Spurgin, Jesse Stamp, Nat Star, Al Starita, Julio Starita, Ray Starita, Rudy Starita, Norman Stenfalt, Maurice Sterndale, Tiny Stock, Wally Stott, Lee Street, Les Street, Don Stuteley, George Swift, Joseph Swindin, Johnny Swinfen, Charlie Swinnerton, Eric Tann, Nat Temple, Alec Templeton, Billy Ternent, Dave Thomas, Les Thompson, Billy Thorburn, Donald Thorne, Harry Thorne, Tony Thorpe, Bernard Tipping, Cliff Townshend, Bill Tringham, Hugh Tripp, Phil Trix, N. Tronny, Ben Tucker, Harry Turoff, Fred Underhaye, Alec Ure, Harry Varley, Leo Vauchant, Julian Vedey, Tommy Venn, Johnny Walker, Dave Wallace, Frank Walsh, Abe Walters, Tommy Ward, Ken Warner, Allen Warren, Arthur Watkins, John Watt, Dave Wilkins, Melle Weersma, Frank Weir, Freddy Welsh, Pat Whelan, Joe White, Donald Whitelaw, Duncan Whyte, Barry Wicks, Harry Wild, Dave Wilkins, Archie Williams, Freddy Williams, Arthur Wilson, Frank Wilson, Jack Wilson, Bert Wilton, Basil Wiltshire, Charlie Winter, Tiny Winters, Bob Wise, Cecil Woods, Cyril Wookey, Jimmy Wornell, Bert Worth, Clarence Wright, Peter Yorke, Joe Young, Adolf Zimbler, Leon Zimbler

Bandleaders: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

Wab Abbey, John Abriani, Harry Acres, Paul Adam, Alfredo, Wag Abbey, Lou Abelardo, Harry Acres, Paul Adam, Edgar Adeler, Nat Allen, Bert Ambrose, Fred Anderson, Stan Atkins, Howard Baker, Ted Ball, Claude Bampton, Bert Barnes, Stanley Barnett, Billy Bartholomew, Reg Batten, Sidney Baynes, Ivy Benson, Clem Bernard, Bertini, Harry Bidgood, Fred Bird, John Birmingham, Billy Bissett, Wilbur Blinco, Stanley Black, Wilbur Blinco, Josephine Bradley, Cas Braithwaite, Larry Brennan, Arthur Briggs, Gerald Bright, Ernest Broadhurst, Teddy Brown, Mick Burberry, Dave Burchett, George W. Byng, Eddie Carroll, Les Casey, Percy Chandler, Jack Chapman, Al Collins, Leon Cortez, Billy Cotton, Herman Darewski, Max Darewski, Al Davidson, David De Groot, Jack Derrick, Teddy Dobbs, Jack Doyle, Ben Edwards, Fred Elizalde, George Elliott, George Elrick, Clive Erard, George Evans, Ben Evers, Lionel Falkman, Haydn Fawcett, Paul Fenhoulet, Bernard Filer, Len Fillis, Vic Filmer, Bert Firman, John Firman, Sid Firman, Doug Fisher, George Fisher, Michael Flome, Howard Flynn, Teddy Foster, Roy Fox, Ben Frankel, Louis Freeman, Alex Freer, Dave Frost, Freddy Gardner, Geoffrey Gelder, Geraldo, Carroll Gibbons, Barney Gilbraith, Alfred Gill, George Glover, Howard Godfrey, Nat Gonella, Geoffrey Goodhart, Frank Gregori, Alan Green, Len Green, Phil Green, Stan Greening, Eddie Gross-Bart, Eddie Grossbart, Bert Gutsell, Henry Hall, Ord Hamilton, Stanley Hare, Jack Harris, Jack Hart, Fred Hartley, Bert Heath, Ted Heath, Stan Herbert, Bobbie Hind, Louis Hirsch, Jerry Hoey, Stanley Holt, Leonard Hornsey, Jack Howard, Bobby Howell, Eli Hudson, Harry Hudson, Phil Hudson, Jack Humphrey, Will Hurst, Leslie Hutchinson, Alex Hyde, Jack Hylton, Claude Ivy, Edgar Jackson, Jack Jackson, Howard Jacobs, Henri Jacques, Herbert Jaeger, Leslie Jeffries, Louis Levy, Austin Croom Johnson, Ken Snakehips Johnson, Archibald Joyce, Teddy Joyce, Albert Ketelbey, Tommy Kinsman, Ivor Kirchin, Pat Kirkwood, Charlie Kunz, Sydney Kyte, Arthur Lally, Jay Langner, Fred Latham, Brian Lawrance, Harry Leader, Jack Leon, Reg Leopold, Philip Lewis, Sidney Lipton, Mario Harp Lorenzi, Jock McDermott, Terence McGovern, Terry Mack, Annunzio Mantovani, Bram Martin, Felix Mendelssohn, Billy Merrin, Billy Monks, Joe Morrison, Ronnie Munro, Ramon Newton, Horatio Nicholls, Ray Noble, Jose Norman, Victor Opferman, Jack Padbury, Don Parker, Ennis Parkes, Sid Phillips, Van Phillips, Murray Pilcer, Lou Preager, John Prendergast, Oscar Rabin, Jan Ralfini, Bert Ralton, Charles Renard, Roy V. Richards, Pearl Rivers, Jules Ruben, Arthur Salisbury, Harry Saville, Savoy Hotel Orpheans, George Scott-Wood, Allan Selby, Jimmy Shankland, Debroy Somers, Fred Spinelly, J. H. Squire, Cyril Stapleton, Ray Starita, Al Starita, Rudy Starita, Nat Star, Maxwell Stewart, Lew Stone, Leon van Straten, Hal Swain, Al Tabor, Billy Ternent, Bert Thomas, Emlyn Thomas, T. W. Thurban, Pasquale Troise, Victor Vorzanger, Riy Whetstein, Jay Whidden, Jack White, Jay Wilbur, Reginald Williams, Vic Willis, Jack Wilson, Corelli Windeat, Maurice Winnick, Eric Winstone, Marius B Winter, Eddie Wood, Harry Wood, Lawrence Wright, Simon Wurm, Victor Young, Leon Zimbler

Visiting American musicians in the 1920's and 1930's: biographies, memorabilia and photos sought:

Joe Moore and Mike Thomas are preparing webpages for some of the American dance bands who visited Britain in the 1920's-30's and you can see the progress at
Visiting American Bands

If a member of your family visited Britain with a dance band you can contact Mike Thomas, Joe Moore or leave a message here with John Wright.

Some of the American bands and musicians that are being sought for information and photographs include:

Vincent Lopez Dance Orchrestra. Joe Moore's list of visiting musicians includes Robert/ Bob Effros, Bernard Daley, Francisco Giella, William Kessler, Joseph Goldstein (Joe Gold?), Norman Weiner, Joseph Griffith, Morris/Murray Kellner, Harry Lowenberg, Michael/Mike Mosiello, Frederick/Fred Greene, Xavier Cugat, Biagio Napoli (George Napoleon?), Vincent Tortoriello, Eino Swan, William Chestock, Billy/William Hamilton, Will Blackson

Isham Jones Dance Orchestra

Paul Specht Dance Orchestra

Paul Whiteman Dance Orchestra

Abe Lyman Dance Orchestra

Ben Bernie Dance Orchestra

Abe Aaronson's Commanders

The Buffalo Orchestra led by Will Shenkman

Art Hickman's New York London Five


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Instruments played (to assist name/keyword searches)

alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, sousaphone, banjo, bassoon, cornet, celeste, clarinet, drums, flute, electric guitar, electric organ, guitar, goofus, harmonica, hot fountain pen, oboe, piano, piano-accordeon, piccolo, string bass, trombone, ukulele, cello, violoncello, vibraphone, viola, violin, xylophone.