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3 New CD Releases!

Three more 78Man Digital albums have been made available on CD. They can be bought on Discogs via the 78Man Store Here or on Ebay from seller Decal23. Alternatively contact me via here, Facebook or Twitter if you don’t use Discogs or Ebay.

The albums are :

78Man Favourites Vol 4

  1. The Music Goes Round and Around-Eddy-Reilly And Their Onyx Club Boys (Brunswick RL 325, 1935)
  2. Mary Ellen’s Hotpot Party-Gracie Fields (Regal Zonophone MR 2067, 1936)
  3. Blaydon Races-The Five Smith Brothers (Parlophone F 2342, 1949)
  4. Everything Is Fresh Today-Jack Hodges (Regal Zonophone MR 1046, 1933)
  5. Feeling My Way-Eddie Lang (Parlophone R 2565, 1938)
  6. Sh’ Shiverin’-Leonard Henry (His Master’s Voice B 2883, 1929)
  7. Ole Faithful-The Three Gynx (Rex 8328, 1934)
  8. Hello Twins-Randolph Sutton (Imperial 2658, 1932)
  9. Shinanika Da-Henry Hearty (Zonophone 5302, 1929)
  10. Hunting Tigers out in Indiah-Walter Miller With Harry Hudson’s Melody Men ( Edison Bell Radio 1421, 1930)
  11. I’ll Bet You Tell That to All the Girls-Billy Cotton And His Band (Regal Zonophone MR 2170, 1936)
  12. The Warber’s Serenade (A Musical Travesty)-The London Novelty Orchestra (Regal Zonophone MR 95, 1932)
  13. Peter’s Pop Keeps a Lollipop Shop-Jack Payne And His Band (Rex 8886, 1936)
  14. My Wife Is On a Diet-Jack Kaufman (Imperial 2178, 1929)
  15. Narcissus-Joyce Grenfell And Norman Wisdom (Columbia DB 3161, 1952)
  16. The Druid’s Prayer-The International Novelty Orchestra (Regal Zonophone MR 1116, 1934)
  17. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf-BBC Dance Orchestra (Columbia CB 669, 1933)
  18. Buy British-Clarkson Rose (Zonophone 6103, 1932)
  19. My Last Year’s Girl-Leslie Holmes (Rex Records 8135, 1934)
  20. Tiptoe Through the Tulips-Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (His Master’s Voice B 5722, 1929)

78Man Presents Leslie Sarony Vol. 5

1. Coom, Pretty One (Rex 8183, 1934)
2. I Laughed So Hard I Nearly Died (Eclipse 346, 1933)
3. Hold Out Your Pudding for Jam (Eclipse 346, 1933)
4. The Old Sow (Rex 8145, 1934)
5. Jollity Farm (With Jack Hylton & His Orchestra, HMV B5744, 1930)
6. He Played His Ukulele As the Ship Went Down, Pt. 1 (Eclipse 175, 1932)
7. He Played His Ukulele As the Ship Went Down, Pt. 2 (Eclipse 175, 1932)
8. Sing Holly! Go Whistle! Hey Hey! (Broadcast Super Twelve 3026, 1931)
9. Years and Years and Years (Eclipse 871, 1934)
10.No! No! A Thousand Times No! (Eclipse 871, 1934)
11.Sarah Jane (Imperial 2108, 1929)
12.Make Up Your Mind You’re Gonna Be Young (Imperial 2399, 1930)
13.Sunny Days (Imperial 2399, 1930)
14.I Taught Her How to Play (Eclipse 849, 1934)
15.Tom Thumb’s Drum (With Jack Hylton and His Orchestra, Decca F. 2672, 1931)
16.What Are You Going to Do About Mary (Imperial 2121, 1929)
17.On Ilkla Moor Baht’At (Rex 8145, 1934)
18.Virginia (There’s a Blue Ridge Round My Heart) (The Victory 56, 1928)
19.More Rhymes, Pt. 3 (Eclipse 164, 1932)
20.More Rhymes, Pt. 4 (Eclipse 164, 1932)

Songs That Leslie Sarony Taught Us Vol. 2

  1. Why Build A Wall Round A Graveyard?-Roy Fox and His Band (Decca F. 3762, 1933)
  2. I’m a Little Prairie Flower-Jack Jackson & His Band (Decca F. 6652, 1937)
  3. Mucking About the Garden-Jack Morrison (Broadcast 453, 1929)
  4. Madonna Mine-Billy Reid And His London Piano Accordion Band (Decca F. 5116, 1935)
  5. Once Aboard the Lugger-Jack Hylton & His Orchestra (Decca F. 2795, 1932)
  6. When the Band Goes Marching By-Jack Grose And His Metropole Players (Eclipse 265, 1932)
  7. Bunkey Doodle I Doh-Albert Whelan (The Victory 182, 1929)
  8. Ain’t Love Grand-Joe Loss And His Band (Regal Zonophone MR 2645, 1937)
  9. Rhymes, Pt. 1 and 2-Orpheus Dance Band (Zonophone 6016, 1932)
  10. More Rhymes, Pt. 1 and 2-George Buck And The Roysterers (Edison Bell Winner 5441, 1932)
  11. When the Guards Are on Parade-Arcadians Dance Orchestra (Zonophone 5937, 1931)
  12. Ain’t It Grand to Be Bloomin’ Well Dead-Primo Scala’s Accordian Band (Decca F. 9011, 1948)
  13. Snap Your Fingers, Clap Your Hands-Billy Cotton & His Band (Regal MR 583, 1932)
  14. Wheezy Anna-The Barmy Brothers (Regal Zonophone MR 830, 1933)
  15. Over the Garden Wall-Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orchestra (Columbia CB 132, 1930)
  16. I Lift Up My Finger and I Say “Tweet Tweet”-Clarkson Rose (Zonophone 5342, 1929)
  17. Jollity Farm-Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orchestra (Columbia 5729, 1930)
  18. Forty Seven Ginger Headed Sailors-Tommy Handley (Piccadilly 140, 1928)
  19. Clonkerty Clonk-Jack Hylton & His Orchestra (His Master’s Voice B 5321, 1927)
  20. Tom Thumb’s Drum-Tommy Kinsman And His Ciros Club Band (Sterno 845, 1932)
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More New Releases !

There have been several new releases available for download/streaming  in the last few months, these are : “Songs that Leslie Sarony Taught us Vol 2”, “The Bert Layton Recordings Vol 1” by Leslie Sarony, “78Man Favourites Vol 6”, “Charles Penrose Vol 2”, “Novelty songs of the ’20s and ’30s”, and “Durium Dance Band”. Track listings for each release are below. (For copyright reasons these releases are not available in the USA).

Songs That Leslie Sarony Taught Us Vol 2

(A second collection of cover versions of songs written or co-written by Leslie Sarony)

  1. Why Build A Wall Round A Graveyard?-Roy Fox and His Band (Decca F. 3762, 1933)
  2. I’m a Little Prairie Flower-Jack Jackson & His Band (Decca F. 6652, 1937)
  3. Mucking About the Garden-Jack Morrison (Broadcast 453, 1929)
  4. Madonna Mine-Billy Reid And His London Piano Accordion Band (Decca F. 5116, 1935)
  5. Once Aboard the Lugger-Jack Hylton & His Orchestra (Decca F. 2795, 1932)
  6. When the Band Goes Marching By-Jack Grose And His Metropole Players (Eclipse 265, 1932)
  7. Bunkey Doodle I Doh-Albert Whelan (The Victory 182, 1929)
  8. Ain’t Love Grand-Joe Loss And His Band (Regal Zonophone MR 2645, 1937)
  9. Rhymes, Pt. 1 and 2-Orpheus Dance Band (Zonophone 6016, 1932)
  10. More Rhymes, Pt. 1 and 2-George Buck And The Roysterers (Edison Bell Winner 5441, 1932)
  11. When the Guards Are on Parade-Arcadians Dance Orchestra (Zonophone 5937, 1931)
  12. Ain’t It Grand to Be Bloomin’ Well Dead-Primo Scala’s Accordian Band (Decca F. 9011, 1948)
  13. Snap Your Fingers, Clap Your Hands-Billy Cotton & His Band (Regal MR 583, 1932)
  14. Wheezy Anna-The Barmy Brothers (Regal Zonophone MR 830, 1933)
  15. Over the Garden Wall-Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orchestra (Columbia CB 132, 1930)
  16. I Lift Up My Finger and I Say “Tweet Tweet”-Clarkson Rose (Zonophone 5342, 1929)
  17. Jollity Farm-Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orchestra (Columbia 5729, 1930)
  18. Forty Seven Ginger Headed Sailors-Tommy Handley (Piccadilly 140, 1928)
  19. Clonkerty Clonk-Jack Hylton & His Orchestra (His Master’s Voice B 5321, 1927)
  20. Tom Thumb’s Drum-Tommy Kinsman And His Ciros Club Band (Sterno 845, 1932)

The Bert Layton Recordings Vol. 1 by Leslie Sarony (EP)

In 1931, Leslie Sarony recorded several records under the name Bert Layton for Woolworths’ Eclipse label. This EP contains four of those recordings.

  1. Lizzie, Come In and Shut That Door (Eclipse 55, 1931)
  2. I’m Happy When I’m Hiking (Eclipse 69, 1931)
  3. We Won’t Go Home Till Morning and Then We Won’t Go Home! (Eclipse 83, 1931)
  4. The Prosperity Song (Eclipse 69, 1931)

78Man Favourites, Vol 6

  1. The Music Goes ‘Round and Around-Hal Kemp And His Orchestra (Regal Zonophone C 22700, 1936)
  2. No! No! A Thousand Times No, Pt. 1 & 2-Fred Douglas & Bertha Willmott (Regal Zonophone MR 1502, 1934
  3. Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party-Billy Cotton & His Band (Rex Records 8915, 1936)
  4. Sitting on a Five Barr’d Gate-Sharp & Flat (Piccadilly 696, 1931)
  5. Bees Are Buzzin’-Cicely Courtneidge (Columbia DB 2805, 1951)
  6. Put Your Worries Through the Mangle-Randolph Sutton (Edison Bell Radio 1426, 1931)
  7. Misery Farm-North And South (Parlophone R 288, 1928)
  8. Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy-Spike Jones & His City Slickers (His Master’s Voice B.D. 1207, 1948)
  9. Old Soldiers Never Die, Pt. 1 & 2-Gracie Fields (Rex Records 8618, 1935)
  10. Abide with Me-Grand Massed Brass Bands (Regal MR 663, 1932)
  11. Everybody’s Doing It-Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven (His Master’s Voice B 8809, 1938)
  12. Gramophone Yodel-Daimler And Eadie (Eclipse 937, 1935)
  13. Constantinople-The Radio Imps (Imperial 1926, 1928)
  14. Three Little Fishes-Frankie Howerd (Harmony A1001, 1949)
  15. Turn On the Heat-Vincent Howard & His Dance Orchestra (Sterno 260, 1929)
  16. After the Night Before-Sammy Gay (Crown 83, 1935)
  17. At The Old Pig and Whistle-Harry Fay (Regal Zonophone MR 971, 1933)
  18. The ‘Amstead Way-Tessie O’Shea (Columbia DB 2232, 1947)
  19. The Flies Crawled Up the Window-Jack Hulbert (His Master’s Voice B 4263, 1932)
  20. Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips with Me-Solemn And Gay (Zonophone 5496, 1930)

78Man Presents Charles Penrose Volume 2

  1. Our Albert’s Accordeon-Charles Penrose & Kaye Connor (Columbia DB 1461, 1934)
  2. Jolly Coppers on Parade-Charles Penrose (Columbia DB 1461, 1934)
  3. The Laughing Scot, Jock McLean Fra’ Aberdeen-Charles Penrose (Piccadilly 230, 1929)
  4. Laugh and Grow Fat Like Me-Fred Arthurs (Columbia 2089, 1913)
  5. Laughing, Love and the Old Trombone-Charles Penrose & Kaye Connor (Columbia DB 266, 1930)
  6. Laughteritis-Charles Penrose (Columbia DB 302, 1930)
  7. He’d a Funny Little Way With Him-Charles Penrose (Winner 2155, 1912)
  8. Laughing Brown of Camden Town-Charlie Happy (Guardsman 2083, 1926)
  9. The Village Laugh-Smith-Charles Penrose (Columbia 4691, 1928)
  10. Laughing Railway Porter-Charles Penrose (Columbia DB 302, 1930)
  11. Laughing Through Part 1 and 2-Charles Penrose (Columbia DB 1010, 1931)
  12. The Laughing Yodeler-B. Gay and O. Joy (Sterno 541, 1929)
  13. The Laughing Wife and the Clarinet-Charles Penrose & Kaye Connor (Columbia DB 266, 1930)
  14. I Tried to Keep From Laughing-Charles Penrose (Winner 2155, 1912)
  15. The Artful Verger-Charles Penrose (Zonophone 1817, 1917)
  16. That Contagious Laugh-Charles Penrose (Zonophone 1817, 1917)
  17. An Irish Courtship-Charles Penrose & Leslie Hope (Regal G 8284, 1924)
  18. The Laughing Crazy Bassoon-The Laughtermongers (Decca F. 2226, 1931)
  19. The Laughing Curate-Fred Arthurs (Columbia 2089, 1913)
  20. The Piccadilly Laughing Band-Charles Penrose (Piccadilly 230, 1929)

78Man Presents Novelty Songs of the ’20s and ’30s

  1. I Laughed So Hard I Nearly Died-Billy Cotton & His Band (Regal Zonophone MR 747, 1932)
  2. Barnacle Bill the Sailor-Bud Billings (Zonophone 5399, 1929)
  3. I’m Popeye the Sailor Man-Harry Leader & His Band (Eclipse 978, 1935)
  4. Why Is the Bacon So Tough?-Leonard Henry (His Master’s Voice B 2883, 1929)
  5. Hunting Tigers Out In India-Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orchestra (Columbia CB 151, 1930)
  6. Roger the Lodger-The Two Gilberts (Regal MR 198, 1930)
  7. He Played His Ukulele as the Ship Went Down-Fred And Leslie Gilbert (Broadcast Super Twelve 3151, 1932)
  8. The Lunatics Lullaby-Clarkson Rose (Zonophone 2785, 1926)
  9. Make Yourself a Happiness Pie-G H Elliott (Edison Bell Radio 1453, 1931)
  10. The Yodelling Sailor-George Van Dusen (Rex Records 8655, 1935)
  11. There’s a Song They Sing at a Sing Song In Sing Sing-Primo Scala’s Accordian Band (Rex Records 8719, 1936)
  12. Me Too, Ho-Ho! Ha-Ha!-Alfredo’s Band (Edison Bell Winner 4553, 1927)
  13. We All Go Oo Ha Ha! Together-Albert Whelan (Imperial 2404, 1930)
  14. Oh Mum!-Florrie Forde (Imperial 2554, 1931)
  15. Don’t Have Any More Missus Moore-Jack Hay (Imperial 1706, 1927)
  16. Sophie on the Sofa-Sharp & Flat (Piccadilly 628, 1930)
  17. Down In the Field Where the Buttercups All Grow-Charlie Higgins (Rex Records 8065, 1933)
  18. When the Guardsman Started Crooning On Parade-Bobbie Comber (Rex Records 8679, 1935)
  19. Alice’s ‘Ouse-Peter Rush (Imperial 1706, 1927)
  20. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm, Pt. 1 & 2-Sammy Gay (Eclipse 842, 1934)

78Man Presents Durium Dance Band

(All tracks originally released on Durium Records in 1932/3, as single sided 2 track cardboard records)

  1. Just Humming Along (EN 13)
  2. Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing (EN 42)
  3. Venetian Lady (EN 42)
  4. What Would You Do ? (EN 14)
  5. Gipsy Moon (EN 16)
  6. It Ain’t No Fault of Mine (EN 19)
  7. The Echo of a Song (EN 19)
  8. Lovable (EN 21)
  9. Foolish Over You (EN 21)
  10. Round the Marble Arch (EN 17)
  11. Oi! Song (EN 29)
  12. When Yuba Plays the Rumba On the Tuba (EN 23)
  13. Why Be So Unkind to Me? (EN 30)
  14. We All Wanna Know Why (EN 30)
  15. You Loving Me (EN 43)
  16. After the Ball (EN 7)
  17. My Donna Rita (EN 40)
  18. Sweethearts Forever (EN 38)
  19. By the Sycamore Tree (EN 10)
  20. An Ev’ning in Caroline (EN 10)

78Man Podcast Number 29-Ireland

The 29th 78Man Podcast has Ireland as its theme. It can be heard on Itunes Here or on Soundcloud Here. Tracks heard are :

  1. Did your mother come from Ireland? by Joe Petersen (Released by Rex Records (8949) in 1936). Although promoted as a boy singer, Master Joe Petersen was in fact female, his/her real identity being Mary O’Rourke, born in Helensburgh, Scotland, in 1913. In 1915 the family moved to Glasgow, and as a child Mary and her brother Joe entertained family and friends with their singing. Mary left school at 14 and began work, as well as singing locally in music halls. In 1930 she moved to London, intent on a career in music. In London she stayed with her Uncle, Ted Stebbings, who was an entertainer and impressario himself. Boy singers were popular at the time and Ted had several boy singers on his books but had the problem that their voices broke, ending their careers. It was Ted who had the idea of Mary impersonating a boy to solve this problem. Although initially reticent, she agreed and Joe Petersen was born. She initially recorded with Harry Bidgood’s dance band, before signing to Rex Records in 1934, releasing dozens of records for them over the next eight years, including “Just a little grey haired lady” (1934), “Old Mammy mine” (1935), “It’s a sin to tell a lie” (1936), “I’m sending a letter to Santa Claus” (1939), and “When they sound the last all clear” (1941). She also recorded under the names Wilfred Eaton and Michael Dawnay. By the late 1930s Joe was one of the biggest stars in the UK, but behind the scenes things were not so good, Mary being trapped in an unhappy marriage, a situation which led her to turn to drink for solace. The second world war hit the record industry badly, and she made no further records after 1942. After the war her appearances were mainly limited to Scotland. Mary battled alcoholism for the rest of her life, but was still performing as Joe as late as 1963. She died on December 24th, 1964.
  2. My girl’s an Irish girl by Bing Crosby (Released by Brunswick (03882) in 1948). Bing Crosby was born in May 1903, in Tacoma, Washington, US (originally named Harry, he was nicknamed Bing as a child and the name stuck). As a teenager he saw singers while working at his local auditorium, but it wasn’t until he was 20 that he started singing in a band himself, called The Musicaladers. Two years later this band split and he started singing with a vocal trio, The Three Harmony Aces. He then formed a duo with Al Rinker, with whom he made his first record, “I’ve got the girl” in 1926. The act then expanded to a trio again, with the addition of Harry Barris, and were rechristened The Rhythm Boys. Several successful records followed before Bing was offered a solo recording contract in 1931 with Brunswick records. Over the next decade he became one of the most successful American singers worldwide, with hits such as “Stardust” (1931), “Please” (1932), “Let me call you sweetheart” (1935), “Basin Street Blues” (1937) and “My melancholy baby” (1939). It was during the ’30s that Bing also started appearing in films, such as “College Humor” (1933), “She loves me not” (1934), “Anything goes” (1936), “Sing, you sinners” (1938) and “East side of heaven” (1939). As well as appearing in films and releasing records, Bing also had his own US radio series. In 1942 Bing released what would become his most famous recording, “White Christmas”, which was also used in the film “Holiday Inn”. He re-recorded the song in 1947 after the original master became damaged and the record still sells every Christmas. Bing continued recording, appearing in films, radio and TV into the 1970s, right until his death in October 1977 (he gave his last live performance 4 days before his death, and recorded his last radio session and interview the following day.)
  3. Laughing Irish Eyes by Billy Cotton and his Band (Released by Regal Zonophone (MR 2189) in 1936). Billy Cotton was born in London on May 6th 1899. He started playing drums during the Great War, and went professional in the early ’20s, starting his own band in 1925. His recording career started shortly after and he made many records over the years, including “I’m Smiling through my tears” (1928), “The new Tiger rag” (1930), “Rhymes” (1931), “Skirts” (1933), “I’m on a see saw” (1934), “Basin Street blues” (1936), and “I wish I could fish” (1941). During the Second World War he spent time entertaining the troops, and in the ’50s and ’60s he presented “The Billy Cotton Band show” on radio and TV. He died on March 25th, 1969.
  4. Smiling Irish Eyes by Gerald Adams (Released by Regal (G 9428) in 1929). Gerald Adams was active in the recording world in the 1920s and early ’30s, His other records include “Only a broken heart” (1920), “Omaha” (1921), “Sanctuary” (1922), “Maggie McGhee” (1925), “Oh, how I miss you tonight” (1926), “The song is ended” (1928), “Daisy Bell (A bicycle made for two)” (1930) and “You will remember Vienna” (1931).
  5. Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) by Dennis O’Neil (Released by Edison Bell Radio (1399) in 1930). Dennis O’Neil was an Irish actor and singer, born in 1886, who came to prominence in the 1910s. His other records include “Sometimes you’ll remember” (1916), and “Terence’s Farewell” (1931). He appeared in the films “No Lady” (1931), “Danny Boy” (1934), “Barnacle Bill” (1935) and “Father O’Flynn” (1935). He died in 1952.
  6. Killarney is Calling to me by The Hottentots (Released by Eclipse (218) in 1932). The Hottentots were a pseudonym of the Jay Wilbur band (see Podcast 13 blog-January 2017 for more info on Jay Wilbur.) As The Hottentots they recorded several records on Eclipse, including “Sweet Jennie Lee”, “In Geneva with Eva”, “Whistling In The Dark” and “When Yuba Plays The Rumba On The Tuba”.
  7. When It’s Moonlight by Killarney by The Biltmore Players (Released by Eclipse (30) in 1931). Like The Hottentots, The Biltmore Players were a pseudonym for the Jay Wilbur band. Their other releases for Eclipse included “Good Friends”, “When it’s night time in Nevada”, “Prosperity Song”, “Elizabeth” and “The Waltz you saved for me”.
  8. Jigs by Leo Rowsome (Released by HMV (B.D. 1312) in 1950. Leo Rowsome was born in Dublin in 1903. Both his Father and Grandfather played the Uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), and Leo learned to play as a child, becoming a teacher at the Dublin school of music at the age of 16. His Father made and mended pipes, and Leo took over the business when his Father died. In the early ’20s he became the first piper to perform on Irish National Radio, and in 1933 became the first Irish artist to appear on BBC TV. He recorded for Imperial, Columbia, Decca and His Master’s Voice, and was active musically up to his death in 1970.
  9. There’s a little bit of Irish by Joe Lynch (Released by Beltona (BE 2668) in 1956). Joe Lynch was born in 1925 in County Cork, Ireland. Mainly known as an actor, in the 1950s he also had a radio show and a brief singing career, his other records including “Pretty little Galway girl”, “By the banks of the calm winding Feale”, “The pride of Tipperary”, and “Homes of Donegal”. As an actor, he came to prominence during the ’60s and ’70s, appearing in films such as “Girl with green eyes” (1964), “Ulysses” (1967), “Loot” (1970), and “The Outsider” (1979), and in TV Series such as “Compact” (1964), “Never mind the quality, feel the width” (1967-1971), “The Frighteners” (1973), “Rule Britannia!” (1975) and “Coronation Street” (1978-1980). He was a regular in the 1990s on the Irish TV series “Glenroe”, making his last appearance in 2000. He died in 2001.

78Man Podcast Number 25 – Christmas Again

Podcast Number 25 is the third Christmas podcast. It can be heard on itunes Here or on Soundcloud Here . Tracks heard on the podcast are :

1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Donald Peers and Hattie Jacques (Released by His Master’s Voice (B. 9984) in 1950.) Donald Peers was born in Wales in July 1908. By his late teens he was working as a house painter, and began singing in a band during the evenings, making his radio debut in December 1927. In 1929 he made his debut on the London stage, and his recording career began in 1934 when he signed to Eclipse Records (the label owned by, and sold exclusively in, Woolworths stores.) His recordings for Eclipse include “Little Man, you’ve had a busy day”, “The Man on the flying trapeze” and “I’ll string along with you”. In the early ’40s he signed with Decca Records and his recordings for them include “When they sound the last all clear”, “Homecoming Waltz” and “In a shady nook, by a babbling brook” (which became his signature tune). In 1949 he moved to His Master’s Voice, and recorded songs such as “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)”, “Sleepy Town Express”, “Music! Music! Music! (Put another nickel in)”, “(If I knew you were comin’) I’d have baked a cake” and “Why Worry”. During the ’50s and ’60s Donald Peers made regular radio and TV appearances in the UK, before spending a few years in Australia. In 1969 he scored his biggest UK hit, “Please don’t go” (most of his best selling records were released before the UK records chart began). He died in August 1973. Hattie Jacques (1922-1980) began her career in theatre but came to national prominence when she appeared in three popular radio series in the 1950s-“It’s That Man Again”, “Educating Archie” and “Hancock’s Half Hour”. She went on to appear in many Carry On films and had a long running role as Eric Sykes’ sister in many series of his TV shows.

2. Christmas in Killarney by Bing Crosby (Released by Brunswick (04838) in 1951). Bing Crosby was born in May 1903, in Tacoma, Washington, US (originally named Harry, he was nicknamed Bing as a child and the name stuck). As a teenager he saw singers while working at his local auditorium, but it wasn’t until he was 20 that he started singing in a band himself, called The Musicaladers. Two years later this band split and he started singing with a vocal trio, The Three Harmony Aces. He then formed a duo with Al Rinker, with whom he made his first record, “I’ve got the girl” in 1926. The act then expanded to a trio again, with the addition of Harry Barris, and were rechristened The Rhythm Boys. Several successful records followed before Bing was offered a solo recording contract in 1931 with Brunswick records. Over the next decade he became one of the most successful American singers worldwide, with hits such as “Stardust” (1931), “Please” (1932), “Let me call you sweetheart” (1935), “Basin Street Blues” (1937) and “My melancholy baby” (1939). It was during the ’30s that Bing also started appearing in films, such as “College Humor” (1933), “She loves me not” (1934), “Anything goes” (1936), “Sing, you sinners” (1938) and “East side of heaven” (1939). As well as appearing in films and releasing records, Bing also had his own US radio series. In 1942 Bing released what would become his most famous recording, “White Christmas”, which was also used in the film “Holiday Inn”. He re-recorded the song in 1947 after the original master became damaged and the record still sells every Christmas. Bing continued recording, appearing in films, radio and TV into the 1970s, right until his death in October 1977 (he gave his last live performance 4 days before his death, and recorded his last radio session and interview the following day.)

3. Jingle Bells by Fats Waller and his Rhythm (Released by His Master’s Voice (B.D. 1229) in 1948.) Thomas Wright (aka “Fats”) Waller was born in New York in 1904, the youngest of 11 children. He started playing the piano at the age of six and by the age of ten was playing organ in his clergyman father’s church. Despite opposition from his father he became a professional musician at the age of 15, playing organ at the Lincoln Theatre in Harlem. He began his recording career in 1926 when he signed to the US Victor label, recording under various names over the next few years (Fats Waller’s Buddies, Morris’s Hot Babes, and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers), but in 1934 he started releasing records as Fats Waller and his Rhythm, a name which stuck and under which he released for the next  decade, until his premature death in 1943. Some of these releases include “12th Street Rag” (1935), “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter” (1936), “Basin street blues” (1937), “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (1938), “Your feets too big” (1939), “Abercrombie had a zombie” (1940) and “Your socks don’t match” (1943).

4. Jingle Bells by The Singing Dogs (Released by PYE Nixa (N 15009) in 1955.) The Singing Dogs were the brainchild of recording engineer Carl Weissmann, who had been recording birdsong and accidentally also recorded dogs barking. He got the idea to record dogs barking (using five different dogs) and then splicing the different pitched barks together to form songs. He got Danish record producer Don Charles to provide the musical accompaniment. Only two Singing Dogs records were produced, with “Jingle Bells” being part of a medley which also included “Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake” and “Three Blind Mice”.

5. I’m Walking backwards for Christmas by The Goons (Released by Decca (F. 10756) in 1956.) The Goon Show was broadcast by the BBC throughout the 1950s, the first series (which was called “Crazy People”) aired in 1951, and the last series (the tenth) began on 24 December 1959 and ended on 28th January 1960. The Goons comprised Spike Milligan (1918-2002), Peter Sellers (1925-1980), Harry Secombe (1921-2001) and (for the first two series only) Michael Bentine (1922-1996). The earlier series were not recorded, and only a handful of episodes exist from the first four series. From series five onwards all episodes survive, although some were edited. The Radio series was wildly successful and led to spin off records and films. In 1956 two records- “I’m walking backwards for Christmas” (with “Bluebottle blues” on the B side), and “Bloodnok’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Call”/”The Ying Tong Song” made the UK top 10 singles chart (the latter was also a hit on re-issue in 1973). In 1951 Sellers, Milligan and Secombe appeared in the film “Penny Points to Paradise” and the following year they appeared (along with Bentine) in the film “Down among the Z men”. Although the radio series ended in January 1960, there was further Goon activity-in 1963/4 a puppet TV series, The Telegoons, featured the voices of the three Goons, running to 26 episodes. In 1968 Thames TV made a one off TV re-enactment of the radio episode “Tales of Men’s shirts”, and in 1972 the BBC televised another one off, called “The last Goon show of all”. In 1978, the three Goons made a final one off record, “The Raspberry song”/”Rhymes”.

6. Where did my snowman go by Petula Clark (Released by Polygon (P 1056) in 1952). Petula Clark was born in November 1932, and began singing at an early age, making her first stage appearance at 6 and first radio appearance at 9. At 12 she was performing at the Royal Albert Hall, where she was seen by film director Maurice Elvey who cast her in the film “Medal for the General”, the first of a string of films which included “Vote for Huggett” and “The Huggets Abroad” (both 1949), “Made in Heaven” (1952), and “The Gay Dog” (1954). In 1946 she was given her own TV series by the BBC, and her recording career began shortly afterwards, initially with Columbia Records, but her first big successes were with Polygon Records (a label co-founded by her father) in the early ’50s. Her records for Polygon included “Tennessee Waltz” (1951), “It had to be you” (1952), “Made in Heaven” (1953), “The Little Shoemaker” (1954), and “Romance in Rome” (1955). In 1955 Polygon was sold to the PYE/Nixa label where Petula stayed for more than a decade and a half-her releases on 78 for the label including “Band of gold” (1956), “Alone” (1957), “Baby Lover” (1958), and “Where do I go from here?” (1959). During the ’60s Petula scored huge hits with “Downtown” and “Don’t sleep in the subway”, as well as appearing on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’s “Give peace a chance”. In 1957 Petula appeared at the Paris Olympia and became a huge star in France, where she signed to Vogue Records. Because of her French success she recorded many songs in French (as well as German, Italian and Spanish). Petula remains active to this day, her latest new album being released in 2016.

7. A Jolly Christmas (Uncredited) (Released by Zonophone (X-49279 C. 1905)

8. Walking in a Winter Wonderland by The King Brothers (Released by Parlophone (R 4367) in 1957). The King Brothers comprised three British brothers-Denis, Michael and Anthony King. They first came to the public’s attention when they appeared on the TV programme “Shop Window” in 1952, although they didn’t release their first record, “Marianne” until early 1957, when they signed to the Parlophone label. Although “Marianne” wasn’t a hit, their next record, “A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)” made number 6 in the UK charts and was followed by several other hits over the next four years, including “In the middle of an island”, “Wake up little Susie”, “Put a light in the window”, “Standing on the corner”, “Doll House” and “76 Trombones”. The hits dried up and The King Brothers left Parlophone in 1962. A few records were released later in the ’60s by Pye, Oriole, CBS and Page One Records but none were hits and the group split in 1970. Denis King went on to have a successful career as a TV theme writer, penning the themes for “The Adventures of Black Beauty”, “Within these walls”, “Lovejoy”, “We’ll meet again” and “Hannay”, among others. He has also composed music for films and theatre productions.

9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus By Billy Cotton and his band (Released by Decca (F. 10206) in 1953). Billy Cotton was born in London on May 6th 1899. He started playing drums during the Great War, and went professional in the early ’20s, starting his own band in 1925. His recording career started shortly after and he made many records over the years, including “I’m Smiling through my tears” (1928), “The new Tiger rag” (1930), “Rhymes” (1931), “Skirts” (1933), “I’m on a see saw” (1934), “Basin Street blues” (1936), and “I wish I could fish” (1941). During the Second World War he spent time entertaining the troops, and in the ’50s and ’60s he presented “The Billy Cotton Band show” on radio and TV. He died on March 25th, 1969.

New 78Man album : Songs that Leslie Sarony Taught us

Songs that Leslie Sarony taught us is a Various Artists compilation which features 20 tracks written (or co-written) by Leslie Sarony and covered by other artists. Although Sarony recorded his own versions of these songs it was common in the late ’20s and early ’30s for multiple versions of popular songs to be released. Tracks on the album are ;

  1. Why build a wall round a graveyard by Roy Leslie (originally released on Eclipse 620 in 1934).
  2. In these hard times by Leonard Henry (Sterno 993, 1932)
  3. Ain’t it grand to be bloomin’ well dead pt 1 & 2 by George Buck and The Roysterers (Edison Bell Winner 5474, 1932)
  4. Jollity Farm by Hal Swain and his band (Regal G 9440, 1929)
  5. Come in Mr Cummin by Clarkson Rose (Zonophone 5429, 1929)
  6. I’m a little prarie flower by Billy Cotton and his band (Rex 9180, 1937)
  7. I lift up my finger and I say “tweet tweet” by Gracie Fields (His Master’s Voice B 2999, 1929)
  8. Gorgonzola by The Two Gilberts (Regal MR 198, 1930)
  9. Bunkey doodle I doh by Harry Hudson’s Melody Men (Edison Bell Radio 1300, 1930)
  10. Wheezy Anna by Roy Leslie (Eclipse 374, 1933)
  11. Wheezy Anna’s wedding day by Billy Cotton and his band (Regal Zonophone MR 1141, 1934)
  12. More Rhymes, Pt 1 & 2 by White Star Syncopators (Piccadilly 893, 1931)
  13. Over the garden wall by Albert Whelan (Imperial 2272, 1929)
  14. Shut the gate by The Two Gilberts (MR 180, 1930)
  15. Forty Seven ginger headed sailors by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra (His Master’s Voice B 5542, 1928)
  16. Mucking about the garden by Clarkson Rose (Zonophone 5429, 1929)
  17. Topsy Turvy Talk by Albert Whelan (Imperial 2453, 1931)
  18. Let’s all sing the lard song by Harry Bidgood and his broadcasters (Broadcast 185, 1927)
  19. Don’t do that to the poor puss cat by Stanley Kirkby (Edison Bell Radio 862, 1928)
  20. Once aboard the lugger, Pt 1 & 2 by Randolph Sutton (Imperial 2644, 1932)

The album is available on streaming sites such as Spotify and downoad sites such as Itunes .