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at the Organ of the Rialto Cinema,
Leslie James was born at St. Albans, where he received his early training on a church organ. In 1922 he joined the Gaumont-British Corporation, and while with them he opened a record number of cinema organs. He has composed many works of a light nature and also an oratorio, a musical setting of Bunyan's ' Pilgrim's Progress ', which was performed for the first time in the City Hall, Sheffield.


Unknown: Leslie James


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Billy Merrin and his Commanders with RITA WILLIAMS
This band was formed in Billy Merrin 's birthplace, Nottingham. After playing at the Palais and the Victoria Ballroom, the band made a number of stage appearances. The signature tune Troubles are like Bubbles ' is based on a number Billy Merrin composed at the age of nine.


Unknown: Billy Merrin
Unknown: Rita Williams
Unknown: Eddie Claire
Unknown: Tommy Littlewood
Unknown: Billy Merrin
Unknown: Billy Merrin


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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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