Music of the 20s and 30s

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 10 October, 2015

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 .

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