Music of the 20s and 30s

Today on our Main Stream, enjoy a pro­gramme of music from the 1920s and 30s, com­posed of orig­i­nal record­ings and more recent re-record­ings. The cri­te­ri­on is sim­ply that the piece was writ­ten dur­ing the peri­od, so you’ll in fact hear per­for­mances vir­tu­al­ly from then until now.

This time, we’re fea­tur­ing the music of the Savoy Orpheans, a British dance band of the 1920s. They were res­i­dent at the Savoy Hotel, Lon­don, between 1923 and 1927.

The band was formed by Debroy Somers, an ex-army band­mas­ter, in 1923. Both the Orpheans and the Savoy Havana Band were under the man­age­ment of Wil­fred de Mornys. The Orpheans were lat­er led by the vio­lin­ist Cyril Ramon New­ton, and by the pianist Car­roll Gib­bons.

The own­er of the Savoy Hotel, Rupert D’Oy­ly Carte, called the orig­i­nal Orpheans and their col­leagues, “prob­a­bly the best-known bands in Europe.” Among their pop­u­lar songs was Let’s All Go to Mary’s House from 1925.

The pro­gramme as a whole includes jazz, dance music, big band, rag­time and pop­u­lar songs — and much more.

If you like this style of music, remem­ber that it’s avail­able all the time on Radio Riel Dieselpunk – one of the few sta­tions of its type on the Inter­net.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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