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The White Coons Concert Party


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Today, viewers are to have the opportunity of seeing the first concert party on the television screen - the famous White Coons, to be introduced by Harry S. Pepper, son of Will C. Pepper, who founded them away back in the 'nineties. When Harry joined his father, between eight and ten companies were showing at different seaside resorts. On August 31, 1932, the first White Coons show was broadcast, and it was little guessed that the originally planned series of four a year was to grow in popularity until the White Coons became a regular feature once a month.
The party is formed of Wynne Ajello, soprano; Jane Carr, who gives clever monologues which she writes herself; Paul England; Denier Warren, who writes the book and is 'the naughty boy'; that grand old man Joe Morley ('Lightning Joe Morley'), who appeared with the original company and composes a new banjo solo for every show; Tommy Handley, who succeeded Stanley Holloway, as the schoolmaster; and last but not least, Harry Pepper and Doris Arnold at two pianos.


Arranged by/Pianist: Harry S. Pepper
Arranged by/Pianist: Doris Arnold
Soprano: Wynne Ajello
Monologist: Jane Carr
Performer: Paul England
Performer: Denier Warren
Performer/Banjoist: Joe Morley
Schoolmaster: Tommy Handley

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The White Coons Concert Party

BBC Television, 23 January 1937 15.30

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