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Fascinating Rhythm - Original Songs of the 1920s CD

Fascinating Rhythm - Original Songs of the 1920s CD

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A CD packed full of vintage 1920s hits – 26 authentic recordings expertly remastered from the originals to remove crackles, hisses, pops and scratches. Listen to the music of the era distraction-free.


Bert Firman - Kansas City Kitty
Red Nichols - After You've Gone
Savoy Havana Band - Masculine Women & Feminine Men
The Charleston Chasers - Wabash Blues
The Savoy Orpheans - The Charleston
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra - There's One Little Girl Who Loves Me
Miff Moles Little Molers - You Took Advantage of Me
New Mayfair Orchestra - Spread a Little Happiness
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - Louisiana
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Cotton Club Stomp
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra - Button Up Your Overcoat
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - There Ain't No Sweet Man
Ted Lewis & His Band - Glad Rag Doll
The Savoy Orpheans - Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Dinah
The Rhythmic Eight - Umtcha, Umtcha, Da, Da, Da
The Savoy Havana Band - Turkish Towel
Arthur Roseburg - Lets Do It
Lloyd Keating - Turn On The Heat
Louis Armstrong - That Rhythm Man
Frankie Trumbauer & Bix Beiderbecke - Singin' The Blues
Ambrose & His Orchestra - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
Johnny Hamps Kentucky Serenaders - Black Bottom
Arcadians Dance Orchestra - When I Met Connie In The Cornfield
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra - Sunshine
The Savoy Orpheans - Fascinating Rhythm

Dimensions: 11.8 x 13.8 x 0.6cm


The Roaring Twenties has become one of the best defined (and analysed) decades in modern history. The “Jazz Age”: Flappers, the Charleston, Prohibition, Al Capone, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Lilian Gish, Gloria Swanson, PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, DH Lawrence, Bright Young Things and Gatsby. It is seen as a time of hedonism for many, fuelled by music, art, fashion, technology and seemingly a never-ending string of parties. Emerging from the horror of the First World War, this was a generation determined to cling to the joys of life with everything they had. Dismissing the conventions and norms that held sway before the war, they created – new styles, new moralities and, in many ways, new methods of self-destruction.

Featured Artists:

#BertFirman: Possibly becoming the youngest bandleader in the world (at just 16), Bert went on to lead several successful bands throughout the 1920s 1930s and 1940s, alongside recording and directing with other bands and groups, and was the first British bandleader to broadcast in America.

#RedNichols: The American cornettist, composer and bandleader Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols was a prolific recording artist in the 1920s and early 1930s, adept at a variety of styles including Dixieland jazz.

#SavoyHavanaBand: Formed by the American saxophonist Bert Ralton in 1921 and resident at the Savoy Hotel London through to 1927, the band was arguably one of the best-known bands in Europe by the time it disbanded in 1930.

#TheCharlestonChasers: Recording on Columbia Records between 1925 and 1930, the Chasers were a studio recording ensemble which featured a stellar selection of musicians and vocalists.

#TheSavoyOrpheans: Formed by Debroy Somers in 1923, the Orpheans were a well-known British dance band, resident at the Savoy Hotel, London until 1927, when they disbanded.

#JackHylton: The "British King of Jazz" was a hugely popular pianist, composer and band leader in the 1920s and 1930s - in Britain, Europe and the US - and was known for his large ensembles and high quality arrangements.

#MiffMolesLittleMolers: The band leader Irving Milfred Mole is considered to be one of the great jazz trombonists, with a distinctive and influential style. Alongside trumpeter Red Nichols, he led his band (his Little Molers) throughout the late 1920s, making frequent recordings during the period.

#NewMayfairOrchestra: An HMV Records studio band featuring many artists from the top hotel bands of the time, the Orchestra was led by the bandleader, composer, arranger, comedian and actor Ray Noble from 1929, and featured the popular vocalist Al Bowlly from 1930.

#PaulWhitemanOrchestra: Leading one of the most popular dance bands of the 1920s and 1930s, Paul Whiteman was often referred to as the "King of Jazz" but explored many styles, blending symphonic music, pop and jazz.

#DukeEllington: With a career spanning over 50 years, the charismatic American pianist and bandleader composed over 1000 pieces and was a key figure in the history of jazz. His orchestra featured some of the best players and became the best-known collective in the industry.

#TedLewisBand: American entertainer, bandleader, singer and musician Ted Lewis led his hit band through the 1920s and 1930s, performing a mix of jazz, comedy and nostalgia. The band was second in popularity only to the Paul Whiteman band during the 1920s.

#JoeVenuti: Italian-American jazz musician Giuseppe "Joe" Venuti was a pioneer of jazz violin. He and guitarist Eddie Lang made many recordings through the 1920s and early 1930s, becoming known for their 'hot' solos.

#EddieLang: During the 1920s, the so-called ‘father of jazz guitar’ helped give the instrument a new prominence, in jazz bands and dance orchestras, and as an accompaniment for vocalists. He recorded with the big bands of Paul Whiteman and Bing Crosby.

#TheRhythmicEight: Including some of the 1920s most prominent musicians, American and British, The Rhythmic Eight was a small group directed by the British bandleader, Bert Firman, between 1927 and 1932.

#ArthurRosebery: Known for their recordings of contemporary dance music in the 1930s, the Kit Kat Band was led by English pianist and vocalist Arthur Rosebery and became a popular feature of several London clubs.

#LloydKeating: Actually never existed at all. It was, in fact, a pseudonym used by Harmony Records as cover for various featured bandleaders who were surreptitiously recording for the label outside of their contracts for other labels.

#LouisArmstrong: The charismatic ‘Satchmo’ came to prominence in the 1920s for his inventive trumpet and cornet playing, but he also composed, sang and acted. He was hugely influential in jazz and popular music in the five decades his career spanned.

#FrankieTrumbauer: A leading jazz saxophonist and jazz band leader of the 1920s and 1930s, the influential Orie Frank Trumbauer predominantly played the C-melody saxophone but also played several other instruments as well as composing.

#BixBeiderbecke: Despite his early death at just 28, the American jazz cornetist, pianist and composer Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, known for his non-standard technique, gift for improvisation and ’original sound’.

#AmbroseOrchestra: Benjamin Baruch Ambrose, bandleader and violinist, played with and led various bands in London and New York before leading his highly acclaimed British dance band throughout the 1930s.

#JohnnyHampsKentuckySerenaders: Performing from the late 1910s through to 1930, the American jazz and dance band made several recordings including a big hit for them in 1926 which sparked a dance craze.

#ArcadiansDanceOrchestra: One of the several successful bands led by Bert Firman in the 1920s.

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