Within those grooves, jazziness and corny expression existed in an unlikely balance. It was created by a powerful, swinging, yet restrained, collection of musicians. The pictures show a bunch of guys lined up with shiny instruments, in tuxedos. Elegant and up to no good.
Music, Maestro, Please Lew Stone and his Orchestra
Radios and records miraculously brought this elegance to the farthest corners of Great Britain and beyond. As the people danced, the bands played on, providing fun and distraction from whatever life was handing their audience. The tunes that were being played conjured a time outside of time. It was a dream where boy could not only meet girl, but the two of them could dance off into a sunset filled with cottages, chocolate, and kisses.
What a Little Moonlight Can Do Gaumont British Dance Band
There were similar orchestras in the States, but the British dance bands maintained a stiff upper lip on those clarinets and saxophones. Never too fast, never too wild, but always at the service of romance, where behind good manners lay passion. It wasn’t tango, but it had better lyrics.
Love is Good for Anything that Ails You Orlando and his Gleneagles Hotel Orchestra
Sections played in unison giving it power, which drove the melody forward. The excitement was tossed from reeds to the piano to the bass and drums and, halfway through, some shiny-haired vocalist or glamorous dream girl in a long, sequined dress stepped forward with the narrative.
One, Two, Button Your Shoe Jack Hylton and his Orchestra
Your coffee in the morning, your kisses in the night. Set the date, don’t hesitate, but just make up you mind, dear, Now’s the time to fall in love with me. Love is good for anything that ails you, Baby, there is nothing love can’t do, Love is good for anything that ails you, how about a sweet romance or two?
Footloose and Fancy Free Jack Hylton and his Orchestra
You couldn’t be cuter, plus that you couldn’t be smarter, plus that intelligent face, you have a disgraceful charm for me. Somewhere the sun is shining, so, Honey, don’t you cry, we’ll find a silver lining, the clouds will all roll by. Dinner is ended, the music is grand, softly the lanterns gleam, Isn’t it splendid to sit hand in hand, silently lost in a dream?
Nice Work If You Can Get It Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Orpheans
Music, cocktails, and dancing. What a concept! Leave your troubles and reality at the coat check and take your rightful place at the table. This is music to lift you from your seat. A time to lose yourself in a state of motion and emotion, more dreamlike than just a night on the town. Your turn to hold and be held. Dreaming a dream, while smoke gets in your eyes.