~~~The Magical Music of the Nineteen-Twenties and Thirties~~~

presented by William Jones.


To me, the most "magical music"of all music was produced in the 1920-30s period. And, no doubt, from this statement, you'll come to the conclusion that I like it! And you'd be one hundred per cent right.

To give you a "taste" for its tunes, the extracts you'll find presented on this page are taken directly from my treasured collection of pre-1940 78rpm records - most of them a bit "scratchy" but still enjoyable. I hope those of you familiar with the period get as much pleasure from the sound as I do. And to those who - until now - haven't been "introduced" to the music of that time: I hope you gain a real appreciation of its "magic" by listening to the selections and also reading about the people who gave the selections their bewitching quality.

I can do no better than to quote from a book I possess, entitled: "The Dance Band Era" (by Albert McCarthy - published 1971):

"The days of their glory are long past, but the best of the music they created has, over the years, acquired the timeless character of the best in popular art. That is their triumph and our good fortune."

The longest extract I present from the sample selection is about 120kb, so if you're on a good line, each shouldn't take all that long to download. And - although there is an inevitable loss of quality in recording from old technology - I think they'll give you the "feel" of the original style and will therefore be worth your download time.

Anyway: enjoy whatever you choose.


To add substance to the songs, it's intended to provide a page of band and singer biographies for each selection. Those now provided have their names underlined and marked in blue. Go to these whilst you listen to the music. Or, if you wish to read them now, all in one go, click HERE.

If you wish to enquire or make comments about anything you've read or heard, please use the email facility below. Contributions can be use to start a "Tunes Of The Time" page.

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Note: Others details might be added in the very near future; so keep an eye on this list!

Jack Hylton Did You Mean It  1936  The Swingettes CLICK
Bert Ambrose I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan 1932 Sam Browne CLICK
Henry Hall Got To Dance My Way To Heaven 1936 Dan Donovan CLICK
Joe Loss You Go To My Head 1938 Chick Henderson CLICK
Debroy Somers You And The Night And The Music 1935 Dan Donovan CLICK
Jack Hylton Blue Skies Around The Corner 1938 Sam Browne CLICK
Ray Noble Hold My Hand 1931 Al Bowlly CLICK
Jack Payne Happy Days Are Here Again 1930 Jack Payne CLICK


For those who are still "young at heart", try these:

Henry Hall Hush! Hush! Hush! Here Comes The Bogie Man!  1932?  Val Rosing CLICK
Jay Whidden I Lift Up My Finger And I say Tweet-tweet 1930? Leslie Sarony CLICK
Henry Hall Teddy Bear's Picnic 1933 Val Rosing CLICK
Debroy Somers Fairy On The Clock 1931 Debroy Somers? CLICK
Jack Payne Little Man You've Had A Busy Day 1934 Jack Payne CLICK
Jack Hylton Who Made Little Boy Blue 1938 Peggy Dell CLICK

(I had to guess some of the dates and singers - marked with: ?)