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Al Bowlly

The most popular vocalist in Britain during the 1930s, Al Bowlly showcased a range of material unsurpassed by any contemporary other than Bing Crosby. He was also a true international recording artist: born in Mozambique to Greek and Lebanese parents, he was raised in Johannesburg, but gained his musical experience singing for a dance band led by Jimmy Liquime in India and Singapore during the mid-'20s. Just one year after his 1927 debut recording date in Berlin, Bowlly arrived in London for the first time, as part of Fred Elizalde's orchestra. That year, "If I Had You" became one of the first popular songs by an English jazz band to become renowned in America as well, and Bowlly had gone out on his own by the dawn of the '30s. During the next three years, he recorded over 500 songs and appeared with orchestras led by Ray Noble and Lew Stone. A visit to New York in 1934 with Noble resulted in more success; he appeared at the head of an orchestra handpicked for him and Noble by Glenn Miller (the band included Claude Thornhill, Charlie Spivak, and Bud Freeman, among others).

During the mid-'30s, such songs as "Blue Moon," "Easy to Love," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "My Melancholy Baby" were sizable American successes -- so much so that Bowlly gained his own radio series on NBC and traveled to Hollywood to film The Big Broadcast of 1936, which also starred one of his biggest competitors, Bing Crosby. He was back in England that same year, appearing with his own band, the Radio City Rhythm Makers, as well as the orchestras of Sydney Lipton, Geraldo and Ken Johnson. Partnered with Jimmy Messini, Bowlly also branched out onto the London stage during the early '40s with an act called Radio Stars with Two Guitars. It was his last venture before his death in 1941, the victim of a German bomb exploded outside his apartment. Fifty years after his death, a British musical named Melancholy Baby toured the country with much success. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ambassador Of Song

1. Ray Noble Medley - Intro: The Very Thought Of You / The Touch Of Your Lips / Love Is The Sweetest Thing

2. What A Perfect Night For Love

3. Sunshine And Shadows

4. There's Something In Your Eyes

5. Sweet And Lovely

6. Out Of Nowhere

7. If I Didn't Have You

8. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

9. It's Great To Be In Love

10. My Sweet Virginia

11. You're My Everything

12. My Romance

13. I Can't Write The Words

14. Let Me Give My Happiness To You

15. It's Within Your Power

16. There's A Cabin In The Pines

17. You Oughta Be In Pictures

18. True

19. The Prize Waltz

20. You Opened My Eyes

23. Walkin Thru Mockin Bird Lane

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Track List: Midnight The Stars And You, In London 1930-34

2. I'll Be Good Because Of You

4. Down Sunnyside Lane

5. Twentieth Century Blues

6. One Little Quarrel

10. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

13. It's Within Your Power

14. Pettin' In The Park

15. It's Bad For Me

16. Midnight, The Stars And You

17. One Morning In May

18. I Love You Truly

19. Over My Shoulder

20. Remember Me

21. Isle Of Capri

23. I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind

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Track List: Love Is The Sweetest Thing

1. All I Do Is Dream Of You

2. I Never Had A Chance

3. Isle Of Capri

4. Weep No More My Baby

5. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

6. Where The Lazy River Goes By

7. Guilty

8. Lazy Day

9. Close Your Eyes

10. Linda

11. Time On My Hands

12. This Is Romance

13. The Touch Of Your Lips

14. I Was True

15. Hold My Hand

16. Over My Shoulder

17. Got A Date With An Angel

18. Down By The River

19. Why Dream?

20. Rip Tide

22. They Say

23. Blue Hawaii

24. Who's Taking You Home Tonight

25. South Of The Border

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Track List: The Very Thought Of You

1. The Very Thought Of You

2. Where Am I?

3. I'll Just String Along With You

4. You Ought To See Sally On Sunday

5. One Morning In May

6. Goodnight Sweetheart

7. How Could We Be Wrong?

8. With All My Heart

9. Sailin' On The Robert E Lee

10. You Couldn't Be Cuter

11. Remember Me

12. Thanks

13. By The Fireside

14. Hang Out The Stars In Indiana

15. One Little Quarrel

16. Yours Truly Is Truly Yours

17. I'll Do My Best To Make You Happy

18. Maybe I Love You Too Much

19. When You Wish Upon A Star

21. What Do You Know About Love?

22. I'm Madly In Love With You

23. Small Town

24. Dreaming

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This is my favorite song from the 30s and 40s. When I listen to this music, it makes me feel happier than the music I grew up with. which was rock. The mood is so much lighter.
You're great Al. I am so glad I found your music!
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Really love his voice. Every song he sings I love.
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I love this guy. As much as Sinatra and Nat Cole. I'm going to ask for some of his music for Christmas.
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Thank you Mr Bowlly -have two of your LP's and a CD
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I love you, Al Bowlly. Your music is Heaven in my ears. I'm going to rape you when I die!!!!!!! Dreamboy
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DREAMY!
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rickcugini
AL BOWLLY! The greatest and first pop singer ever! Screenplay in the works. www.AlBowlly . c o m
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kiriyama1000
This is really Ray Noble's biography, still he did do all of work with Al Bowlly.
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merlinsmom29
i smell orangina, menthol cigs and my grandmother' s pond cold cream as she sat listening to his records...hi s melodic warble wafting thru the back window of her bedroom and mixing with the scents that made her one of my favorite memories.
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jojo7m86
his voice always reminds me of Amelie
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You have no idea how wonderful this man is when he puts his magic at work and as for Al Bowlly, His velvet voice will carry you back in time to the 1930's and you'll never be the same again, Thank heaven they combined these two men, It's complete magic.
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Headed "Al Bowlly," but entirely about Ray Noble, perhaps this biographical entry needs a different heading.
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Al Bowlly, Wow! I get off on this guy's singing like you would not believe. Music from the 1930's (79 years) ago. Thank goodness we were able to keep this wonderful singer's music alive. You can actually see him perform (in video) on U Tube. Catch it.....
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One of the bests songs ever made.

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