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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: His Greatest Hits Archive '30-'35

1. Sunny Days (Feat. Ray Noble)

2. Twentieth Century Blues (Feat. Ray Noble)

3. Medley: Tunes Of Not-So-Long Ago (1923): Last Night On The Back Porch/My Sweetie Went Away/Wonderful One/Yes, We Have No Bananas (Feat. Ray Noble)

4. Goodnight, Sweetheart (Feat. Ray Noble)

5. Shout For Happiness (Feat. Ray Noble)

6. Guilty (Feat. Ray Noble)

7. Pied Piper Of Hamelin (Feat. Ray Noble)

8. Hold My Hand (Feat. Ray Noble)

9. Goodnight, Vienna (Feat. Ray Noble)

10. Living In Clover (Feat. Ray Noble)

11. Love Is The Sweetest Thing (Feat. Ray Noble)

12. The Younger Generation (Feat. Ray Noble)

13. Standing On The Corner (Feat. Ray Noble)

14. Have You Ever Been Lonely? (Feat. Ray Noble)

15. The Shadow Waltz (Feat. Ray Noble)

16. It's Bad For Me (Feat. Ray Noble)

17. How Can We Be Wrong? (Feat. Ray Noble)

18. Over On The Sunny Side (Feat. Ray Noble)

19. The Very Thought Of You (Feat. Ray Noble)

20. Over My Shoulder (Feat. Ray Noble)

21. When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart (Feat. Ray Noble)

22. All I Do Is Dream Of You (Feat. Ray Noble)

23. A Little White Gardenia (Feat. Ray Noble)

24. Everything's Been Done Before (Feat. Ray Noble)

25. My Melancholy Baby (Feat. Ray Noble)

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Track List: 1930s Classics

Disc 1

1. Colorado Sunset

2. The Language Of Love

3. Song Without Words

4. Waltzing In A Dream

5. This Is Romance

6. On The Other Side Of Lovers Lane

7. Midnight, The Stars And You

8. Eadie Was A Lady

9. With All My Heart

10. Romany

11. Weep No More, My Baby

12. All I Do Is Dream Of You

13. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?

14. The Day You Came Along

15. Who Walks In When I Walk Out

16. You Oughta Be In Pictures

17. I Love You, Truly

18. She Loves Me Not

19. Top Hat

20. Don't Change

21. I Lay Me Down To Sleep

22. Happy

23. I Never Had A Chance

24. Isn't It Heavenly?

25. While A Cigarette Was Burning

26. Grandma Said

Disc 2

1. I Only Want One Girl

2. Dinner At Eight

3. Thanks

4. One Day When We Were Young

5. Why Waste Your Tears?

6. On A Steamer Coming Over

7. Can't We Meet Again?

8. Hustling And Bustling For Baby

9. The Touch Of Your Lips

10. You Have Taken My Heart

11. Oceans Of Time

12. A Couple Of Fools In Love

13. Freckle Face, You're Beautiful

14. Have A Heart

15. Experiment

16. My Hat's On The Side Of My Head

17. It's Bad For Me

18. I Can't Write The Words

19. You're Mine, You

20. Someone To Care For

21. Rain, Rain Go Away

22. Gosh, I Must Be Falling In Love

23. When You've Fallen In Love

24. Let Me Give My Happiness To You

25. As Long As I Live

26. There's A Cabin In The Pines

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Track List: On The Sentimental Side

Disc 1

1. Love Is The Sweetest Thing (Mono)

2. Were You Sincere

3. Sweet And Lovely (Mono)

4. Night And Day

5. Love You Funny Thing

6. The Very Thought Of You

7. You're My Everything

8. Lover Come Back To Me / Dancing In The Dark

9. Learn To Croon

10. Everything I Have Is Yours

11. Can't We Talk It Over

12. Happy-Go-Lucky You

13. I Found You

14. Isle Of Capri

15. Ooh! That Kiss

16. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter / Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear

Disc 2

1. Music, Maestro, Please

2. What More Can I Ask?

3. I'll Never Be The Same

4. Let's All Sing Like Birdies Sing

5. Won't You Stay To Tea

6. In The Park In Paree

7. Thanks (Mono)

8. Experiment

9. Love In Bloom

10. It's Psychological

11. Wagon Wheels

12. In My Little Red Book

13. Ti-Pi-Tin

14. Now It Can Be Told

15. On The Sentimental Side

16. You're A Sweetheart

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Track List: Cuddle Up Close

1. Cuddle Up Close/You'll Never Understand

2. Torn Sales

3. Moon

4. Gone Forever

5. If You Were Only Mine

6. Call It A Day

7. Sweeping The Clouds Away

8. Who'll Buy An Old Ring?

9. Foolish Facts

10. Eleven More Months And Ten More Days

11. Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day

12. Roy Fox's Commentary On The Wedding Reception

13. Lazy Louisiana Moon

14. Moonlight On The Colorado

15. Dark Clouds

16. Save The Last Dance

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Track List: Heart And Soul

2. A Little Love Song

3. A Little Rain Must Fall

4. Heart & Soul

5. I Love You Truly

6. I'm So Used To You Now

7. I'm Sorry Sally

9. Just Let Me Look At You

10. Just One More Chance

11. Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries

12. Roll Along Prairie Moon

13. Romany

15. Sweet As A Song

16. Take Your Finger Out Of Your Mouth

18. The Waves Of The Ocean Are Whispering Goodnight

19. Up In The Clouds

20. What A Perfect Night For Love

21. Whispering

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Track List: By The Old Oak Tree

1. Moon Love

2. Never Break A Promise

3. Colorado Sunset

4. Dark Eyes

5. Down And Out Blues

6. Down By The River

7. Dreaming

8. Give Me My Ranch

9. Glorious Devon

10. Goodnight, Angel

11. Got A Date With An Angel

12. Great Day

13. Happy Days Are Here Again

14. How Could We Be Wrong

15. I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You

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

17. I'll Keep You In My Heart Always (Adios Muchachos)

18. I'll String Along With You

19. I'm Playing With Fire

20. I'm Saving The Last Waltz For You

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Track List: Blue Skys

1. Hustlin' & Bustlin' For Baby

2. Adeline

3. I Lay Me Down To Sleep

4. I'm One Of The Lads Of Valencia

5. Ridin' Home

6. What Do You Know About Love

7. Little White House

8. When That Man Is Dead And Gone

9. Lover Come Back To Me/Dancing In The Dark

10. After The Sun Kissed The World Goodbye

11. Deep In A Dream

12. Goodnight Sweetheart

13. My Woman

14. All Ashore

15. Any Broken Hearts To Mend

16. Are You Happy

17. Arm In Arm

18. Au Revoir

19. Be Still My Heart

20. Bench In The Park

21. Blue Skies

22. Bubbling Over With Love

23. Chatterbox

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Track List: Wanderer

1. All I Do Is Dream Of You

2. Guilty

3. Stay On The Right Side Of The Road

4. Sweet And Lovely

5. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?

6. Twentieth Century Blues

7. When My Little Pomeranian Met Your Little Pekinese

8. Hold My Hand

9. Pettin' In The Park

10. Wanderer

11. Hang Out The Stars In Indiana

12. Here Lies Love

13. Brighter Than The Sun

14. I've Got To Sing A Torch Song

15. On A Steamer Coming Over

16. Snuggled On Your Shoulder

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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: Greatest Hits

1. If Anything Happened To You

2. On The Sentimental Side

3. Thanks

4. Love, You Funny Thing

5. East Come, Easy Go

6. Heartaches

7. Were You Sincere

8. Ooh! That Kiss

9. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

10. I Found You

11. Night And Day

12. That's Me Without You

13. I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You

14. Everything I Have Is Yours

15. You're My Everything

16. Happy-Go-Lucky You And Broken Hearted Me

17. Got A Date With An Angel

18. I'm Thru With Love

19. The Very Thought Of You

20. Love In Bloom

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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: The Very Thought Of You

1. Time On My Hands

2. Goodnight Sweetheart

3. Sweet And Lovely

4. Pied Piper Of Hamelin

5. By The Fireside

6. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

7. How Could We Be Wrong

8. Weep No More My Baby

9. Love Locked Out

10. You Ought To See Sally On Sunday

11. One Morning In May

12. The Very Thought Of You (with The Ray Noble Orchestra)

13. Isle Of Capri

14. Blue Hawaii

15. In My Little Red Book

16. Penny Serenade

17. They Say

18. South Of The Border

19. Over The Rainbow

20. Somewhere In France With You

21. When You Wish Upon A Star

22. Who's Taking You Home Tonight

23. Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

24. It Was A Lover And His Lass

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Track List: Centenary Celebrations

1. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

2. Dark Eyes

3. Careless

4. Goodnight Sweetheart

5. Over The Rainbow

6. Moon Love

7. Close Your Eyes

8. When You Wear Your Sunday Blue

9. A Man And His Dream

10. What Do You Know About Love

11. Marie

12. You're As Pretty As A Picture

13. Romany

14. Small Town

15. Dreaming

16. A Little Rain Must Fall

17. Give Me My Ranch

18. I'm Madly In Love With You

19. I Miss You In The Morning

20. It Was A Lover And His Lass

21. Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

22. Au Revoir But Not Goodbye

23. South Of The Border

24. Bella Bambina

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Track List: 25 Classic Songs

1. Goodnight Sweetheart

2. Love Is The Sweetest Thing

3. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking_

4. The Very Thought Of You

5. Guilty

6. Isle Of Capri

7. All I Do Is Dream Of You

8. Hold My Hand

9. Time On My Hands

10. I'll String Along With You

11. Sweet And Lovely

12. We've Got The Moon And Sixpence

13. My Hat's On The Side Of My Head

14. Lying In The Hay

15. Close Your Eyes

16. Thanks

17. One Morning In May

18. Sailing On The Robert E. Lee

19. You Ought To See Sally On Monday

20. When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart

21. Remember Me

22. Over My Shoulder

23. Wanderer

24. I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind

25. You're Driving Me Crazy

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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: Big Bands Of The 30's

1. Isle Of Capri

2. Time On My Hands

3. I'll Be Good Because Of You

4. I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind

5. Sweet And Lovely

6. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking

7. Close Your Eyes

8. You Ought To See Sally On Sunday

9. Over My Shoulder

10. One Morning In May

11. When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart

12. You're Driving Me Crazy

13. Remember Me

14. Wanderer

15. Goodnight Sweetheart

16. Wagon Wheels

17. I'll String Along With You

18. Guilty

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Reminds me of my childhood
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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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