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Perfect Nostalgia - Best Music of the 1920s 1930s & 1940s CD

Perfect Nostalgia - Best Music of the 1920s 1930s & 1940s CD

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Bask in the comforting and warm glow of nostalgia of the early years of recorded music – with 24 of the very best recordings of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Over an hour of expertly remastered classics from the original recordings.


Al Bowlly - Love Is The Sweetest Thing
Marlene Dietrich - Falling In Love Again
Nat King Cole - Sweet Lorraine
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Connie Boswell - All Alone
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Moonlight Seranade
Fred Astaire - Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Vera Lynn - The White Cliffs Of Dover
Frank Sinatra - Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
Tony Martin - If It's You
Gertrude Lawrence - Someday I'll Find You
Noel Coward - Mad Dogs And Englishman
Hutch - Night And Day
Paul Robeson - Ol' Man River
Dorothy Lamour - The Man I Love
Jack Buchanan - Goodnight, Vienna
Flotsam & Jetsam - Little Betty Bouncer
Hildegarde - Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
George Formby - Leaning On A Lamp Post
Jean Sablon - Si Tu M'Aimes
Frank Crumit - Abdul Abulbul Amir
Jessie Matthews - Everything's In Rhythm With My Heart
Perry Como - Till The End Of Time
Flanagan And Allen - Underneath The Arches

Dimensions: 11.8 x 13.8 x 0.6cm


The golden age of popular music – from the elegance and sophistication of Fred Astaire, to the warmth and humour of Flanagan and Allen - the twenties, thirties and forties melded carefree pre-war humour, typified by Noel Coward, with the wartime poignancy of Vera Lynn and the dance hall exuberance of Glenn Miller.

Featured Artists:

#AlBowlly: Originally from Mozambique, the great Al Bowlly was by far the most popular and prolific dance band singer of the thirties, recording more than six-hundred titles. Tragically, he was killed during the Blitz.

#MarleneDietrich: Glamorous, sultry, Marlene was born in Berlin and began a German film career in 1923 before moving on to films in the USA; in later life she performed in cabaret, she had an instantly recognisable way with a song, slinky, mysterious, aloof and beautifully sensuous.

#NatKingColeTrio: With their first hit in 1942, the Trio were popular throughout the forties, before disbanding in 1951. Cole’s later, stratospheric, solo career achieved almost eighty hit singles before his early death in 1965.

#BingCrosby: One of the century's greatest and most enduring popular singers, whether in jazz or slow ballads, the smooth Crosby magic is poured into every song.

#ConnieBoswell: One of the Boswell Sisters - a massively successful vocal trio between 1924 and 1935 - Connie, a multi-instrumentalist, achieved solo success after they all married, despite being confined to a wheelchair (from having polio as a child).

#GlennMillerOrchestra: Given their fame, it’s hard to believe they existed for only five years. They became the most popular and successful dance band in the world, with 40 top ten records in three years.

#FredAstaire: Astaire was always elegant and stylish, from his effortlessness on the dance floor to his intimate delivery of classic songs. A consummate dancer, singer, actor and composer, his career began at just five years old.

#VeraLynn: The ‘Forces Sweetheart' began singing with Joe Loss and his Band, moved on to Charlie Kunz and then the Ambrose orchestra in 1937.

#FrankSinatra: Beginning with Harry James in 1939, he worked with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra before going solo. His genre-defining phrasing and intimacy never fail to draw in the listener.

#AlvinMorris: Better known as Tony Martin, he was a multi-instrumentalist before being advised to concentrate on singing. Making his recording debut in July 1936, movie success followed in 1937.

#NoelCoward: One of the Century’s most diversely brilliant entertainers, he was an actor, composer, playwright and singer, despite having had no formal musical education (beyond his musical family). Known for his gently-mocking tone, his milieu was the revue style very popular in the twenties and thirties.

#LeslieHutchinson: Born in Grenada and moving to London via New York and Paris, he was better known as Hutch, and was one of the most stylish entertainers on the London cabaret scene, popular, attractive, handsome, well-dressed and unfailingly courteous.

#PaulRobeson: A giant of a man in every conceivable sense. The power and emotion of Robeson's voice provided suitable gravitas and an edginess appropriate for a politically, socially aware man with such deep integrity.

#DorothyLamour: Famously appearing in the 'Road' pictures alongside Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, she appeared in fifty films. Born in New Orleans, she entered show business in 1934, when signed by Herbie Kay.

#JackBuchanan: A ‘top hat and tails’, debonair song and dance man, oozing with charm and sophistication, and with an aristocratic bearing, his laid back voice helped him rise from his Scottish roots to become one of the best known musical stars of the thirties, appearing Broadway and in films.

#Flotsam&Jetsam: B C Hilliam and Australian born Malcolm McEachern were unique Hilliam was the composer and pianist, with a soft high voice and McEachern had a superb deep bass voice.

#Flanagan&Allen: With their gentle, warm and friendly personalities, Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen were two of the best loved entertainers of their era, mixing pathos, sentiment and comedy.

#Hildegarde: Hildegarde Loretta Sell, born in Wisconsin, began as a pianist. She studied cabaret technique in Paris, playing piano wearing gloves and dancing with men from the audience, before making many fine recordings in London. Intermingling languages and a laugh in the voice are trademarks.

#GeorgeFormby: The biggest draw in British show business in his day and renowned for cheeky songs and his ukulele. His true gift was in identifying and effortlessly expressing the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people.

#JeanSablon: Known as ‘king of the microphone’ he mastered the use of the medium to express a direct intimacy with his audience, on stage or through recordings.

#FrankCrumit: Born in Ohio he was originally an engineer before quitting for song and dance on the vaudeville stage. He made his mane singing gently comic songs about pretty much anything, all in his soft, whimsical voice.

#JessieMatthews: The only British musical star to be successful in the US as well as at home, she was a charming and talented singer, dancer and actress and starred in a string of hit musicals and films.

#PerryComo: Starting as a barber, he moved into music in 1933, and joined Ted Weems and his Orchestra in 1936. Initially just another relaxed crooner, he developed his own friendly, intimate style and gradually became an instantly recognisable legend.

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