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Band Wagon Vol.1 No.21 02 March 1940 0005

Band Wagon Vol.1 No.21 02 March 1940 0005

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rpHE major pleasure I have derived from life recently has been the book by Frank Bullock on ihe late Marie Corelli, a best seller and somewhat of a fraud as far as her private life went, but who, nevertheless, was the friend of Queen Victoria. In fact, Victoria admired her novels intensely, and this woman, whose plots were hardly worthy of an early Verdi opera, made a great fortune.

And yet the most illuminating remark about her life was that made by Desmond MacCarthy, who said that all these people who make a great success in the popular field secretly are annoyed at the more cultured people who look down on their work.

How many times have I seen this amongst song writers ! Most of the fellows who make a success of Tin Pan Alley—and they are so few that they can be counted almost on the fingers of one hand—wallow in their success, but when you get behind the outward facade of their complacency you often find that they have a secret urge to have made a hit in more accomplished fields.

Although, of course, there are some of them who. in their success, imagine themselves minor Shakespeares or direct descendants of Palestrina.

Did 1 ever tell you about the great Charing Cross Road poet who spelled out one of his favourite words as “devine”? And when I told him that there was no need to plug Hollywood film stars in his lyrics he seemed surprised. . . .

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TJAVE you ever wondered why the Cockney and the Lancashireman are probably the most naturally funny people we have ? You've only to walk on the stage in London and address a remark in a Lancashire accent to the audience and you're half-way to success immediately. Much the same sort of thing applies to the Cockney who appears in, sav, a Manchester music hall.

Personally, I find George Formby anything but funny. But then I am a Lancastrian. So when I see Fernandel, the French comic, his great resemblance to Formby spoils him for me. No, I prefer Max Miller.

And yet millions of people find him the funniest thing ever. You know, this business of humour might have its foundation of difference from something we know. J have found myself that the most typical Cockneys think Max Miller and Suzette Tarri, for example, differ from themselves completely.

Why do you laugh ? I sat at the Palladium show the other night and I found the hilarity of the girl in front of me far funnier than the antics of the Crazy Gang on the stage. At least, her open delight gave me the comforting thought that films, radio and the rest of the factors which were going to ruin the modern music hall have still a long wa.v to go !




On Thursday of last week, Tin Pan Alley went around to the ‘ local ’ to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lucas on the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding. Reading from left to right, Landseer pictures Toni Elliott, Tony Neilson, Bert Lucas, Hugh Charles, Mrs. Micky David, Ray Thackeray, John Abbot, Tolchard Evans, and Jack Lorimer. Front row : Mrs. Lorimer, Mrs. Lucas and Mrs. Charles.

TjX)R many years musical director of a A film studio in Hollywood, Seymour Burns, the musical instrument dealer in Shaftesbury Avenue, has great sympathy for the efforts being made by the M.U. to organise all musicians.

He told Band Wagon “ I have been away from California for nearly ten years, bul 1 still pay my contribution to the Musicians' Union because I believe it is worth while.

“The Union in America really controls everything. No musician remains in want; families are protected. All jobs are booked through the Union and deputies are supplied by them.

“ Musicians are graded, so the deputy is always up to standard.

“ No matter how much film executives rage and storm,” he continued, “the Union gets its way and the whole film industry benefits. I hope the day will come when our musicians are organised on the same scale.”

Jack Payne at Kingston

Kingston. OENTALLS have booked Jack Payne and his Band next week. They will appear every afternoon from 3 to 5.45 p.m. except Wednesdays.

Jack is conducting in person and will feature Billy Scott-Coomber, Peggy Cochrane and Al de Vito.


MIFF FERR1E. who played his first Sunday Concert at London Palladium last week, has a further series booked, commencing March 3, when he will be heard at the Dominion Theatre, Barnet.

On the following day he takes the Jakdauz to Bristol for a further week's broadcasting with Phil Cardew.

Immediately on his return (March 10), he has a Sunday Concert with the full band at the Gaumont, Bromley.

New Show from Clayton

T^RED CLAYTON is presenting an Intimate Musical Brew entitled “ Roll Out The Barrel ” which will open at the Richmond Theatre on Easter Monday after three weeks try out in the provinces.

It is described as an unusual entertainment, and the cast includes Raymond Bennett, Eddie Henderson, Neville Ken-nard, Harry Moreny, Joy Mahon, Harry Jerome, Chas. Ancaster, Louis Valentine, Edna Devonshire and Her Girl Friends, and Corps De Ballet.


Brisiol. Monday. HPHE return of Henry Hall to Bristol A on March 18, when it is assumed he will resume his Guest Nights from the Colston Hall, probably in that week, is being keenly anticipated here. Henry has won a big niche in the hearts of thousands of Bristolians.

(By Our Own Reporter)


(¡JUNDAY jazz concerts at Salford Hippodrome (Broadhead House) have been pulling in some really tremendous business. I have spoken to several leaders who have played the Hippodrome on recent Sundays and all agree that the concerts have been a big success. Jan Ralfini was last Sunday's attraction.

OOON after the last dancer had left the ^ Ritz on Saturday night workmen began at top-spced on the job of installing a new floor, estimated to cost £1,000. The work continued right through the week-end and the floor was expected to be laid in time for opening Tuesday evening, the Monday having had to be cancelled.

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ANOTHER quick bit of work last week-end was executed by Alf Kay and some of his boys from the Plaza. On Saturday night Alf terminated his engagement at the popular Oxford Street spot, and on Sunday he opened up at the Locarno, Streatham Hill.

Alf had been located at the Plaza since the beginning of the current season and had been drawing some extremely good business.

His line-up for Streatham is: Al

Dallaway (piano), Cyril Billings (drums), Ray Vance (bass and vocals), Tom Hilton (trumpet and vocals), John Bennett and Bill Kay (saxes, etc.), and Kay himself on first alto, clarinet, trumpet and vocals.

Meanwhile, Joe Zamzottera, formerly pianist at the Plaza with Kay, has assumed leadership of a seven-piece combination there.


^ row, bassist-vocalist with Bertini's “ Band Parade of 1940,” who took unto himself a wife at Huddersfield last week.

Joyce Mathews—Paramount featured player—rejoices in the reputation of being the owner of the most beautiful arms in Holl y w o o d. To our simple minds, she has other interesting features as well.

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Oldham, Saturday. ■VTEXT week is surely a red-letter week here. Two ballrooms reopen for public dancing and all-star Sunday concerts commence.

On Monday the Oddfellows Ballroom, which closed down at the beginning of the year, again opens its doors. Dance music is in the hands of the White Star Band.

When the Savoy Ballroom reopens on Saturday, dancers will once again see Jack Nelson's Blue Metros.

The line-up of the band is Jack Nelson, Frank Beswlck (saxes), Jack Rattigan, Harry Nelson (brass), Walter Jennings (piano). Fred Smith (bass), Joe Bailey (drummer and vocalist).


/COMMENCING March 8, Lew Stone ^ will again be heard on the air in a series titled “ Unbroken Melody.” In this, his first broadcast since August, Lew will conduct a twenty-piece orchestra.

Lew, discussing it with our reporter, said: “ I have one or two rather novel ideas for this new series they have given me. The principal one is the way I shall handle the vocals. Right at this moment I am undecided as to exactly what and who will be on the broadcast, but I hope to use a quintette and two really outstanding vocalists.”

It is possible that in the very near future Lew Stone will be making his debut once again as leader of a resident dance band.


■p^OR the first time in the history of the Royal Clarence Hotel at Exeter, a dance band has been installed.

Arthur Rosebery, the band leader at the Paradise bottle party in London, was asked by the directors of the hotel to get together a five-piece combination for them.

He did so, and handed over to Reg Conroy the job of leading it. So successful has this venture proved to be that a long-term contract has now been signed by both parties, ensuring the band continuous work for many months to come.

Arthur Rosebery still has his Dolphin Square band going as strong as ever.

Under & Over tor Fielding

Newcastle. POR the three reserve bands which he is forming. Peter Fielding wants male musicians over thirty-seven, boys aged fifteen to eighteen and girls of ail ages.

This will ensure that the establishment —wherever he may be M.D.—will always have a band, despite the anticipated speed-up in the calling-up ages.

Peter would also like to introduce new vocalists (professional) into his Sunday night concerts at the King's Theatre, Sunderland.

Those who are available for either of the three bands, or the Sunday concerts, should apply lo Peter Fielding, c/o The Oxford Galleries, Newcastle-on-Tyne.














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Ronnie Joynes was swinging out on his electric guitar at El Morocco when Landseer snapped him. Ronnie also plays his electric guitar at the Windmill Theatre.