Peter Skellern presents a series looking at the great piano entertainers. 6: BillyMayerl
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.
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