Tea Dance 2 – Another 1920s 1930s & 1940s Vintage Tea Party CD
More Tea Dance specialities in this, the second collection of classic dance numbers played expertly by the top bands of the 1920s, 1930s & 1940s. Compiled with the assistance of dance hall master Tim Handley, the ballroom dances are all noted to guide you into the tune, giving you an expertly arranged tea dance. One more opportunity to cut a rug with your dance partner, this collection showcases 20 vintage numbers ideal for an English afternoon or evening tea dance. With some tea and cake to one side, remember the good old days with these expertly cleaned and remastered original recordings.
Turner Layton - Deep Purple (Slow Foxtrot)
Billy Merrin - On The Beach At Bali Bali (Palais Glide)
Harry Roy - Enny Meeny Miney Mo (Quickstep)
Artie Shaw - Oh! Lady Be Good (Balboa)
Ronnie Munro - Sing A Song Of sunbeams (Quickstep)
Joe Loss - The Vict'ry Polka (Polka)
Benny Goodman - When Buddha Smiles (Collegiate Shag)
Sid Phillips - Palais De Danse (Quickstep)
Mantovani - Let's Fall In Love for The Last Time (Waltz)
Tommy Dorsey - On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Barn Dance)
Carroll Gibbons - On The Air (Slow Foxtrot/Melody Foxtrot)
Artie Shaw - Begin The Beguine (Foxtrot)
Jack Buchanan - Goodnight Vienna (Square Tango)
Jack Hylton - That's You Baby/Walking With Susie (Quickstep)
Glenn Miller - A String Of Pearls (Foxtrot)
Duke Ellington - Harlem Air Shaft (Balboa)
Henry Hall - Got To Dance My Way To Heaven (Foxtrot)
Jack Jackson - You Turned Your Head (Quickstep)
Glenn Miller - American Patrol (Quickstep/Jive)
Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade (Slow Foxtrot - End Of Dance Tune)
Dimensions: 11.8 x 13.8 x 0.6cm
The Roaring Twenties has become one of the best defined (and analysed) decades 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, fashionin modern history. The “Jazz Age”: Flappers, the Charleston, Prohibition, Al Capone, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George, 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.
After the Roaring Twenties burned itself out, it yielded to a less frenetic palette of popular music. The popularity of night club entertainers soared when they began appearing 'on the halls' instead of being confined to exclusive nightspots. Charming, clever songs with great appeal created and reflected an age of elegance, refinement and a not inconsiderable wit.
The elegance of the thirties was soon replaced, once the Second World War appeared, with a combination of stiff-upper-lip stoic resolution mixed with a fervent sense of community and patriotism. Added to this mix were flurries of fun-seizing in the face of hardship - such as the dance hall exuberance of Glenn Miller.
Evolving from afternoon tea, a Tea Dance usually takes place during the summer or autumn in the late afternoon or early evening and was very popular among genteel society throughout the early part of the 20th Century. Also known as thé dansant (French for "dancing tea"), food and drink was served – tea, coffee, champagne, wine, ices, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits. A live orchestra was often expected to play some light classical music for the participants to dance to - waltzes, tangos and the Charleston were all familiar sights.
#TurnerLayton: With lyricist Henry Creamer, Turner contributed stylish music and lyrics to several Broadway shows, including the Ziegfeld Follies, during and after the First World War. From the mid 1920s, he achieved significant success in cabaret in England alongside Clarence "Tandy" Johnstone.
#BillyMerrin: Starting as a warehouse clerk in Nottingham, Billy's musical talent (piano, banjo, mandolin and vocals) led to a long association with the Alan Green Band before the formation of his own band (the Commanders) in 1931.
#HarryRoy: The London-born dance band leader and clarinet player was known for the several songs he performed with somewhat suggestive lyrics. In the 1920s, with his brother Sidney, he performed at venues like the Alhambra, London Coliseum and Café de Paris.
#ArtieShaw: One of jazz's finest clarinet players, the American composer, bandleader and actor was also an author. He led one of the most popular big bands in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
#RonnieMunro: Starting as pianist in Moody's Club in Soho, other West End clubs and Lyons' Corner Houses, by 1926 he had a recording contract for his own band with Parlophone. He became well regarded as a Musical Director and was a regular on popular radio shows like 'Sunday Serenade'.
#JoeLoss: Joshua Alexander "Joe" Loss began as a band leader in the 1930s, at the Astoria Ballroom, Kit-Cat Club and Holborn Empire. He became hugely popular with his 'Joe Loss Orchestra' through radio, recordings and tours.
#BennyGoodman: The "King of Swing", Benjamin David Goodman was an influential and popular American jazz clarinet player and band leader from the mid-1930s and helped to launch many major jazz artists.
#SidPhillips: Londoner and clarinetist Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose in 1930, joining his ensemble three years later. After serving in World War 2, he put together his own quartet and led a Dixieland jazz band.
#Mantovani: Annunzio Paolo Mantovani was born in Italy but moved to England to study, after which he formed his orchestra, which became one of the most popular British dance bands - the most successful album act before the Beatles - with its 'cascading strings' style (the "Mantovani sound").
#TommyDorsey: The 'Sentimental Gentleman of Swing', American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader worked with his brother Jimmy in the 1920s and 1930s, before going on to lead his own popular and successful band from the mid-1930s into the 1950s.
#CarrollGibbons: Born in Massachusetts, he started as a pianist (at 10) and progressed to band and orchestra leader in Britain and USA. Carroll Gibbons And His Boy Friends were well known on the radio in the thirties.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#HenryHall: Between the 1920s and 1960s, the English bandleader performed regularly on BBC Radio and, from 1932, his programme with the BBC Dance Orchestra maintained a huge following across the country.
#JackJackson: Before becoming an influential radio celebrity on the BBC Light Programme, the English trumpeter and bandleader worked in several bands before joining Jack Hylton's band in 1927, the BBC Dance Orchestra in 1931 and forming his own band in 1933.