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Band Wagon Vol.1 No.23 16 March 1940 0006

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Pue« 10 RANO WAGON. March 10. 104h

VI^ENT to see M. Poulsen at the »* Café de Paris. What a master of the restaurant business he is. There is no finer in Europe. Courteous, kind, and considerate to all. A first-class host. Looking over the balcony I saw Ken Johnson leading his excellent combination. I saw the change over to George Melachrino.

Both these bands are top hole, and are ideal for the Café, quiet and modulated presentation, ideal bands. I cannot think of any other bands who would suit the place so well. There is no doubt that the Café is the rendezvous for the cream of society.

LATEST dance team to arrive in London is that of Dawn and Daphne. The two girls are perfect, Dawn is blonde and tall, and is better known as Prudence Demuir. Daphne is dark and one of those young ladies who seem to brim over with vitality. Their routines are new to the West End, but not to New York. I have a feeling that they will

Sylvia Sa el re makes her Wesl End début in “Be yond Compère ! ”

AMBROSE

May Fair Hotel May. 7777

CABARET CARDS

LYNN BARRIE

Vocalist

c/o Band Wagon_____________

HAROLD BERENS

Windmill Theatre c/o Victoi Barker.

I 10 Jermyn St., S.W.l Abbey 5514

DOUGLAS BYNG

" Bawdy but British "

Cafe de Paris

ERIC CARDI

The B B C Television Illusionist 7 Wardour St.. W. I Ger. 4 143

DENISE CLIFFORD

** Chu Chin Chow "

(in rehearsal)

SID COLIN

of

The Ambrose Octet f low Florida Club Regent 3016

DICK HURRAN

Coconut Grove Padd. 2814

BEA HUTTEN

London Casino Terminus 6570

BARRY KENNEDY

Floor Show and Dance Producer

Abbey 5220

MARQUEEZ

Museum 4538

FINGERS ORSINI

America's Master Pickpocket New Florida Club Reg. 3016

EDWARD COOPER

Farjeon'» Little Revue Lit Me Theatre Strand

EVELYN DARVELLE ALAN SHIRES

Ultra Modern Dancers

Flaxman 0147

BOBBIE RAYE

Swing Songstress " Running Wild " Company

On Tour

LESLIE ROBERTS

Floorshow Producer Popesgrove 3119

DAWN and DAPHNE

Danse Artistique c/o Band Wagon

JACK and EDDY

EDEN

177 Moida Vale. W. Mai. 2906

ZOE GAIL

Rag. 1733

TOMMY GODFREY

" Beyond Compere "

Qljchess Theatre Reg. 1514

SONIA ROLOFF

Orchestral Pianist

and Accompanist Paddington 4636

soon be appearing at one of the Regent Street niteries.

T>ECENT attack made by the conservative press on bottle parties has left the different managers stone cold. They say, and I agree, that with the thousands now staying up late their premises are essential; and that their parties arc an integral part of the London entertainment scene. If the police had wanted to end them for good then more drastic steps could have been taken than have been in the past.

♦ ♦

I WAS very sorry to hear that the team. Costelo and Tania, have now finished. It is not necessary to go into the reasons why. but 1 should like to place on record Tania's courage in turning up at the Paradise after the spot of bother with her partner, and telling the secretary she was fully prepared to do a solo act. Tania that night was suffering from a raging toothache.

YOUNG lady who is coming very much to the fore is Marcia Dillon, sixteen-year-old

PAUL ADAM

Gerrord 1450

HOWARD BAKER

and his Band

26 Charing Cross Road,

W.C.2 Temple Bar 7662

DON MARINO BARRETO

and his Cuban Rhumba Band Embassy Club Park 4611

EDDIE CARROLL

Orchestra

Kensington 5635

NORMAN COLE

Piccadilly Hotel

JERRY DE COSTA

Vocalising with his Orchestra De Brett's Abercorn 351

MR. and MRS.

ARCHIE CRAIG

and their Band Plaza Ballroom Belfast

JOE DANIELS

and his HOT SHOTS

On Tour P.A. Gerrard 6153

dancer who last week was at the London Studio Club. She has now signed a contract to go out on tour with a road show, and until their first dale will be working London.

♦ ♦

THE Three Admirals clicked at the Paradise last week. They’ve got a good solid act that is just the thing to listen to in the early hours of the morning, seems to wake you up. Another act there is Wally Stewart and Eda Peel. I've always been an admirer of Eda from the time 1 first heard her on the air some while ago. Now she is specialising in dancing I hope she will not overlook her talents as a songstress.

IRIS ASHLEY and Ronald Mil* lar were at the Lansdowne last week, and this Monday Lind Joyce started there. Mr. Thompson tells me that agents having suitable cabaret acts on their books should contact him. as he is on the lookout for good turns.

♦ ♦

Howard de courcy and

his canary “ Garbo ” appeared last week at the Havana. The

Daily Mirror sent along “ Lens-man ” to try and get pictures of Garbo disappearing into her cage. Howard tells me that although quite a number of shots were made, not one registered the method he uses. He is now contented that the trick is completely his.

♦ ♦

INGA ANDERSEN still at the ^ May Fair. Duggie Byng is at the Cafe de Paris. That Certain

Trio pulling them into the Dorchester, and Naunton Wayne wisecracks imperturbably at Odden-ino’s.

♦ ♦

CHUBBY Teddy Brown is still busy giving out his tiny xylophones to the diners at the Savoy Hotel. Maybe before he finishes there quite a lot of the

regulars will be accomplished

players.

♦ ♦

LIND JOYCE returned to the St. Regis this week to deputise for intuitionist Marion who is a victim of the 'flu epidemic.

Next week she is at Lansdowne but will double St. Regis. This will be her third return to St. Regis in five weeks!

JACK JACKSON

On Tour

AL JENNINGS

and his Band

Reliance 3758

RONALD JOYNES

El Morocco and The Windmill Ken. 2257

TONY KARMELI

and Orchestra The Gerrard 6862

Cabaret Clissold 2714

SYD DEAN

and his Orchestra Astoria Danse Salon Abercorn 4463

MIFF FERRIE

and his JAKDAUZ

Nor. 2546

MICHAEL FLOME

and his Orchestra Majestic Hotel Harrogate

TEDDY FOSTER

and his Orchestra Royal Theatre

of Dancing Cun. 5412

PAMELA SAXBY

London Casino

Reg.0667

TANIA

Padd.3889

ELMA WARREN

Director of Nuthouse,

Relief Pianist, and

Member of M.U. Gerrard 1050

THE YALE BROTHERS

Idiots Delight Prince of Wales' Theatre

GLORIA GAYE

and her Girls' Band 64 Sth. Audley St., W. I. Mayfair 3280

OSCAR GRASSO

Monseigneur Tulse Hil

Restaurant 5273

ART GREGORY

and his Murray's Club Orchestra Beak Street London, W.l

JACK HARRIS

London Casino

FRANK KING

Sherry’s Brighton

IVOR KIRCHIN'S

SWING ORCHESTRA

Paramount Danse Salon W.l

HARRY LEADER

Orchestral Presentation

Amhurst 5620

PAUL LOMBARD

and his Music Lansdowne House

JOE LOSS

Orchestras Langham 12 12

GEORGE MELACHRINO

Cafe de Paris Maida Vale 5722

FELIX MENDELSSOHN'S

Hawaiian Serenaders New Florida Club, etc. Whi. 203 I

MISCHA MICHAELOFF

BESSARABIAN ORCHESTRA

Arnold 2575

SYD MILLWARD

On Tour Whi. 3763

BERNARD MONSHIN

and his Orchestra St. Regis Hotel

HARRY ROBBINS ,

Temple Bar 2884

ARTHUR ROSEBERY

Paradise Club Regent 1514

HARRY ROY

Cafe Anglais Abb. 3861

BILLY SPROUD

Sherry's

Brighton

LOUIS SIMMONDS

Orchestra •

Symphony to Swing Sta. 6810

ROY WALLIS

Oddenini

Tulse Hill 1115

JACK WHITE

and his COLLEGIANS

Astoria Danse Salon London, W.l

MAURICE WINNICK

Dorchester Hotel May. 593^

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PLASTIC SURGERY SAVED HER FACE

MISS PAMELA HARRIS makes her *come-back to the entertainment world when she makes her cabaret début on Monday next at the London Studio Club, 116 Knightsbridge, S.W.l, as a strip-tease artiste.

Terribly Injured

A year or so ago, Miss Harris was one of England’s most photographed show-girls. Her picture decorated chocolate boxes, graced magazine covers, was seen in advertisements in newspapers and magazines, boosting the sales of cosmetics, tooth-pastes, lingerie, hosiery and similar things.

Then came tragedy, for one night Pamela was involved in a motor-car accident and her beautiful face was the only part of her body that was seriously affected. It was terribly injured. At first it was feared that she would be disfigured for life, but thanks to the marvels of modern plastic surgery she now looks little the worse for her ghastly ordeal.

BAND WAGON. March Ifl. 7940. Patre 11

ROMANTIC STORY OF FAMOUS RALLROOM

BAND WAGON NIGHT

T ESLIE F. ROLLS, organiser of a successful dance at Cheam, Surrey, is a firm believer in the pulling power of Band Wagon.

Back copies of Band Wagon were distributed to guests during the function and a ready sale was found for the current issue.

Posters were displayed round the ballroom of the Victoria Hotel and Leslie had arranged good publicity around the district by billing the affair as a “ Band Wagon Night.”

L. Ash Lyons was very much in evidence making his usual informal speeches and introducing the paper to dancers.

The high spot of the evening was a special musician's cabaret turn by Miss Joan Donaldson, who gave a swing drumming exhibition, which was enthusiastically received.

Fred Walter's band played the special arrangemenls of St. Louis Blues and Farewell Blues that Joan took along with her.

Discovered b> Brian iVJichie, young Johnny Lockwood was photographed by Landseer on the stage last week.

CTAN ROTHWELL, popular manager of Rochdale Carlton Ballroom, is now with the Colours. On his departure staff subscribed to a combined silver cigarette lighter and watch, while Carlton patrons clubbed together and gave Stan several articles of wearing apparel appro priate for his new job.

TN the Sundeck restaurant at Plummer's.

Bournemouth, last week Kuper staged a highly successful Guest Week, during which a formidable array of artistes appeared at morning coffee and afternoon tea. Kuper recently augmented his orchestra to eight pieces with a girl vocalist.

BALLROOM IS “TOMATO HOUSE”

Broadstairs. /COUNCILLOR M INTER, speaking during a meeting of the Broadstairs U.D. Council, referred to the Pavilion. Garden-on-the-Sands, as a ” Tomato House " and said that the raked floor was the worst on the coast for dancing. Other members did not agree, but thought that dances in the Pavilion would be a great success.

It was stated that the Council had negotiated with the owners of Bohemia for the use of the premises for Council entertainments but that the terms offered could not be accepted.

After some discussion, the Council decided to go ahead with plans for the Pavilion, which include the removal of the raked floor, in sections for easy replacement. A quotation for this work was accepted.

X^ISITORS to Glasgow who express ’ surprise at the peculiarly named Barrowland Ballroom are not long in learning the real romantic story which is behind it all. For years this was the site of that busy Mecca, the " Barrows," an open-air market whose fame is known all over the world where Glasgow folk dwell.

About six years ago the Mclver family, who own ihe site, decided to build a dance hall to cater for East End folks, and the result is one of the largest ballrooms in Britain. It wasn't always quite so big. of course, and the reason for the extensions which were completed not so long ago is that ever since the hall opened its record has been one of steadily increasing success. Four figure attendances are quite common, and the Sunday café innovation which started this winter is a sell-out each week.

A real affection

During peace time the hall was a real landmark, with its attractive sky-sign of a man with a barrow, but still in these days of the black-out it continues to hold the imagination of dancers not only from the East End but from all over the city. The band in residence, the Gay Birds, have been practically unchanged in personnel since the beginning, and they have a real affection for their bosses, the Mclvers, these being real model employers, who spare no effort to make their workers comfortable.

Just before the outbreak of war there

FAN MAIL

TAOLLY ELSIE, sister of Jack Hylton, gets a big fan-mail these days. One of them can’t write his own letters. No, not illiterate. A three-and-a-half-year-old boy, who toddles to the loudspeaker whenever Dolly Elsie is announced, and got his mother to beg for a photograph.

Another of her fans who can’t write is her dog Mickey, now at Blackpool. Minute Dolly’s voice comes over, Mickey rushes up to the radio, whines excitedly, and is desperately disappointed each time that his beloved mistress doesn't walk out of the set.

STRIP TEASE

Continued from back page

well as at the Bal Tabarin and similar night spots.

Granted that the French capital has always been able to provide less savoury “ shows ” in shady establishments, but London, too, can parade nude vice with the best of them, if would-be habituees can cough up the necessary cash.

These unhealthy, hole-in-corner peep........................... shows fall outside the compass of the

was announced an ambitious scheme to Jeg|t'I^1a,e presentations that are so in-

1 des 1 tlia

build an ice-rink on the premises, but although this may be shelved meantime, happier days will perhaps see its culmination. Last winter a programme of one-night attractions was scheduled, and the hall has been visited by quite a few of our best-known travelling stage bands.

Altogether a real tribute to Scottish enterprise, proving too that no spectacular “ foreign ” help is needed to give Glasgow folks a “ place to go.”

SUNDAY BAND SHOWS

Manchester. CUNDAY last was notable for several band concerts. At the Gaumont we had Jack Hylton and his Band and full supporting team, including sister Dolly Elsie, Bruce Trent, Doreen Stephens, Ernie Wise, Sonny Farrar and. of course, Freddy. Needless to say, there were no vacant seats in the house with Hylton as the attraction.

To the Alhambra Theatre at Higher Openshaw. Johnny Rosen brought his band from Lewis's Liverpool Store, while at the Barcliff Cinema, Denton, Jerry Dawson and his band headed a variety bill of local talent.

A.F.S. FORM DANCE BAND

TI/fOST red-hot topical of all Blackpool’s dance bands is the recently-formed lively seven-piece outfit run by Blackpool's auxiliary firemen — Blackpool A.F.S. dance band. Ultimate aim is ten-piece with added brass.

Leader, now Fireman Birchall, formerly well - known among local gigsters, has played for dancing in pretty well every hall in the district. Now he leads on saxophone a combination that plays for A.F.S. dances and other events and helps out other organisations.

This week (Thursday-Friday, March 14-15) they played in the pit of Blackpool Jubilee Theatre, accompanying a road show to raise funds for the A.F.S. Silver Band.

furiating the inquisitive puritans, although a clean-up in this sphere would provide them with a good job to tackle.

Present-day feminine fashions have swept away a whole host of Victorian inhibitions, while the active participation of large numbers of girls in every branch of sport has resulted in tremendous physical improvements all round.

Nudist camps have sprung up all over the country, attracting vast numbers of decent men and women, who spend part of their leisure free from the hampering confines of clothes.

Equally potent arguments against the stop-strip killjoys could be cited at length, but are unnecessary in view of the lack of any baleful influence in the modern fashion for curve revelation.

Sally Rand, with her fans, did much to make America strip-conscious, as did the lady with her three doves, who later regaled jaded audiences on this side of the Atlantic.

Now, sedate old London is falling for the innovation, and several of the biggest theatres feature young ladies- “in the raw," to say nothing of cabarets, niteries and bottle parties.

TDROMINENT Warrington saxist Cyril * Dickenson has added to his dance band activities by appearing as featured soloist with a straight aggregation—the J. Charles Bebbington Orchestra, a Warrington group dispensing music on the lines of the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra.

Finest quality

FIRST JITTERBUG

Bournemouth. 1Y/IAN who is doing a great deal to put Dorset on the dancing map is Joe Martin, who, since the outbreak of war, has had his headquarters in Poole.

After successful runs in London, Joe burst in on Dorset last September with the first Jitterbug contest held in England. He followed this with a scries of foxtrot championships, and a regular series of very popular dances at the two Poole ballrooms.

He leads a seven-p:ece outfit which has quickly built up a reputation as one of the finest swing bands in the South.

A WRWHT SENSATION•• ••

SEVENTEEN

CANDLES

LAWRENCE WRIGHT MUSIC COMPANY, LTD.,

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