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A Handful of Keys: 6: Billy Mayerl

Peter Skellern presents a series looking at the great piano entertainers.

Born in London in 1902, Mayerl studied classical music before converting to the variety stage, where he joined the Co-Optimists alongside Leslie Henson and Stanley Holloway. A fixture on the radio, he wrote Marigold, which sold more than 150,000 sheet music copies in 1927. During the war he was resident band leader at London's Grosvenor House hotel.


Peter Skellern

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