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: Reveille!

A cheerful selection of gramophone records

: Morning Star

Records of Will Fyffe, the famous Scots comedian


Popular artists and bands fall in for your entertainment on gramophone records

: Music While You Work

played by Percival Mackey and his Band
Percival Mackey has been musical director for some of the most successful musical comedies on the West-End stage, among them No! No! Nanette and Gay Divorce. His band of eleven players had its radio debut last June. Although it is a rhythm combination, it has none of the regular features of a dance band, such as sax or brass sections. Other omissions are piano, drums, and accordion.


Musicians: Percival MacKey and his Band


reminds us of today's anniversaries


A programme of well-known close harmony singers on gramophone records


Music from Bizet's opera played by BBC Salon Orchestra
Leader, Jean Pougnet
Conductor, Leslie Bridgewater


Leader: Jean Pougnet
Conductor: Leslie Bridgewater


Journalist, musician, composer, Eric Winstone wrote the first swing composition for the accordion published in this country. He formed his Quintet in March, 1939. A month later they gave their first broadcast. Among compositions they are to play this morning is ' Ode to an Anderson', which Eric Winstone composed in an Anderson shelter and finished just before the All Clear. The Quintet consists of three accordions, bass, and guitar. It is the only accordion ensemble to feature such numbers as 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee' and ' Rhapsody in Blue '.


Unknown: Eric Winstone
Unknown: Eric Winstone

: Works Wonders: 5

A lunch-time concert presented by members of the staff of a large munition factory 'somewhere in England'


Arranged and presented by: Victor Smythe


on gramophone records
Foden's Motor Works Band, conducted by F. Mortimer


Unknown: F. Mortimer


A play for broadcasting by W. Cooper-Willson
Produced by James Mageean


Produced By: James Mageean


No. 1-' January ' with Mae Bamber and Gerald Howe
Produced by Richard North


Unknown: Mae Bamber
Unknown: Gerald Howe
Produced By: Richard North


arranged and presented by Sandy Macpherson at the theatre organ


Presented By: Sandy MacPherson

: Music While You Work

played by Harry Fryer and his Orchestra
As a lad in Sunderland Harry Fryer started his musical career by playing the piano in a local cinema. Eighteen years ago he joined the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation, for whom he worked for twelve and a half years, ending up in the position of musical director at the Tivoli cinema in the Strand. Later he succeeded Louis Levy at the Shepherds Bush Pavilion, where he gave over two hundred broadcasts. After touring various Paramount theatres for three years he took his orchestra to the Chiswick Empire some three years ago.


Played By: Harry Fryer
Unknown: Louis Levy


A commentary during the second half of one of the most important matches of the day, by Raymond Glendenning


Unknown: Raymond Glendenning


A programme of Hawaiian guitar records, compiled by A. P. Sharpe


Unknown: A. P. Sharpe


at the piano


A record entertainment with a London flavour, presented by Robin Duff


Presented By: Robin Duff


at the theatre organ Forces favourites

: Student Songs

Male Voice Chorus
Conducted by Kemlo Stephen
At the piano, Ian Whyte
This programme is noteworthy for the fact that the conductor is Kemlo Stephen and the pianist is the distinguished conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra, Ian Whyte. Kemlo Stephen's experience covers practically every branch of music. In his early days he made a name for himself as a violinist and as a tympanist, and played with several of the leading British orchestras, including the Scottish Orchestra.


Conductor: Kemlo Stephen
Piano: Ian Whyte

: KEN JOHNSON and his West Indian Dance Orchestra

with Don Johnson , David Wilkins ,
Betty Kent , and the Johnsonairs


Unknown: Don Johnson
Unknown: David Wilkins
Unknown: Betty Kent

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