HENRY HALL (The 30’s)

The following is the first attempt to list all known recordings from BBC broadcasts featuring Henry Hall which exist in one form or another, in variable sound condition. Please send additions to me, Peter Wallace british-dance-bands@hotmail.com

VARIETY PROGRAMME from the London Palladium. THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA dir by HENRY HALL 2nd August 1934 Announcer: Henry Hall (BBC Sound Archive ?)

MEDLEY : HORSES CARRY TAILS – v.Chorus; ?? ; STORMY WEATHER; CANADIAN CAPERS.

HH: "And Now we’d like to play for you Memphis By Morning"

MEMPHIS BY MORNING – v. Les Allen + two

HH: "Now a popular tune for you, it’s called Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day.(applause) It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Miss Kitty Masters"

LITTLE MAN, YOU’VE HAD A BUSY DAY –v. Kitty Masters

RADIOLYMPIA - THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL, ~August 1934

introductory medley includes IT'S JUST THE TIME FOR DANCING

Henry Hall announces the band will play MEMPHIS BY MORNING

Note: you can listen to sound clips from the Radiolympia 1934.

THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL autumn(?) 1934 Announcer-Henry Hall

I SAW STARS – v.Dan Donovan

Henry Hall: "I Saw Stars played to you by the BBC Dance Orchestra directed by Henry Hall"

DREAMING A DREAM – v.Dan Donovan

WHEN I TOLD THE VILLAGE BELLE – v.Dan Donovan

THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA dir by HENRY HALL (Wednesday 29th January,1936 ?)

DONEGAL CRADLE SONG

*THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL. Guest – Johnny Mercer

Tuesday, 4th August, 1936 Announcer: Henry Hall (Regional Programme 9.30-10pm)

IT’S JUST THE TIME FOR DANCING

KEEP A TWINKLE IN YOU EYE – v.George Elrick

IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS- v.The Three Sisters

I’M BUILDING UP TO AN AWFUL LETDOWN – v. Johnny Mercer

LOST – v. Bert Yarlett

EENY MEENY MINEY MO – v. Vivienne Brooks

LAZYBONES – v.Dan Donovan

GOODY GOODY – v. Johnny Mercer & The Three Sisters

DREAM AWHILE – v. Dan Donovan

I’M AN OLD COWHAND – v.Johnny Mercer

YOUR HEART AND MINE –v.Elizabeth Scott

*THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Saturday 26th September 1936 (Henry Hall’s Hour . Regional Programme 10.30-11.30pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

THIS’LL MAKE YOU WHISTLE –v. Dan Donovan

SOUTH SEA ISLAND MAGIC –v. Dan Donovan

SALT WATER –v. Choir inc. Dan Donovan

STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY

THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Saturday 24th October 1936 (Henry Hall’s Hour. Regional Programme 10.25-11.30pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

BYE BYE BABY (first 6 bars only)

SING ME A SWING SONG –v. George Elrick

* THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Saturday 21st November 1936 (Henry Hall’s Hour. Regional Programme 10.30-11.30pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

IT’S JUST THE TIME FOR DANCING Opening announcement by Oliver Wakefield

IT HAD TO BE YOU

THE FAIRY ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE – v.The Three Sisters

SERENADE IN THE NIGHT (first 8 bars only)

Guests- Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr. Henry Hall chats to Kennedy and Carr over the music.

MEDLEY: THE TEDDY BEARS PICNIC; ISLE OF CAPRI; PLAY TO ME GYPSY; RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET; AT THE CAFÉ CONTINENTAL; WITHOUT THAT CERTAIN THING; DINNER FOR ONE,PLEASE JAMES.

THE GENERAL’S FAST ASLEEP – v.Dan Donovan

MISTY ISLANDS OF THE HIGHLANDS- v.Michael Carr

WHY DID SHE FALL FOR THE LEADER OF THE BAND?

OKAY FOR SOUND – v.George Elrick

DID YOUR MOTHER COME FROM IRELAND? –v.Michael Carr

* THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Saturday 7th November, 1936 (Henry Hall’s Hour. Regional Programme 10.30-11.30pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

SERENADE IN THE NIGHT – v. Dan Donovan

*THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Thursday 12th November 1936 (Regional Programme 6-7pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

THREE(BRASS)BELLS

*THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Saturday 19th December 1936 (Henry Hall’s Hour. Regional Programme 10.25-11.30pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

WHEN DID YOU LEAVE HEAVEN? – v.Choir

* THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA directed by HENRY HALL

Saturday 16th January 1937 (Henry Hall’s Hour. Regional Programme.10.30-11.30pm)

Announcer: Henry Hall

THE BALKAN PRINCESS

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I THANK YOU –v.Oliver Wakefield & Dan Donovan

(reprise) FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I THANK YOU – v.Dan Donovan

HENRY HALL’S MUSIC MAKERS

Broadcast/ Rehearsal recordings of Midnight Music from early 1937 (?) exist. They were to have been issued on Henry Hall’s Hour Vol.3 Details not to hand.

HENRY HALL AND HIS DANCE ORCHESTRA

Wednesday 11th August 1937 (5-6pm) Announcer: Henry Hall

IT’S JUST THE TIME FOR DANCING

THE GIRL FROM CUBA

ROLL ME HOME DEEP WATER-v. Bob Mallin & Chorus

FOR YOU – v.Leslie Douglas

SWEET HEARTACHE – v.Bernard Hunter

**TOODLE-OO

ONE IN A MILLLION – v. Anita Riddell

A SAILBOAT IN THE MOONLIGHT

**THEY ALL LAUGHED – v. Leslie Douglas

THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME – v. Leslie Douglas

SLAP THAT BASS – v. Leslie Douglas

HARLEM

PRAIRIE ROMEO -.v Bob Mallin

CHINA DOLL (arr.Albert Marland)

**FIFTY MILLION ROBINS CAN’T BE WRONG – v. Anita Riddell

CARELESSLY – v. Bernard Hunter

WAKE UP AND LIVE

DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE –v. Leslie Douglas

CARAVAN

IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN IN CHERRY BLOSSOM LANE –v. Bernard Hunter

HERE’S TO THE NEXT TIME

This broadcast was to have been issued as Henry Hall’s Hour Vol.4.

The items marked ** were included in Alan Dell’s Dance Band Days programme on 25th October,1993(BBC Radio 2)

HENRY HALL AND HIS ORCHESTRA From the Concert Hall, Empire Exhibition, Glasgow

Wednesday 13th July 1938 (Regional Programme 9.45-10.23pm)

IT’S JUST THE TIME FOR DANCING

MEDLEY FROM SNOW WHITE

CHURCH MOUSE ON A SPREE

YOU’RE A SWEETHEART

ECCENTRIC

GEE GEE

SAYS MY HEART

KING FOR A DAY

LOVE WALKED IN

Time Signal

IF IT RAINS, WHO CARES?

I LOVE TO WHISTLE

HEAVEN IN THE PINES

SWINGING IN BETWEEN

HERE’S TO THE NEXT TIME

It has been suggested that this programme, or part thereof, exists in one form or another, but it may be sheer speculation.

 

THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA dir.by HENRY HALL (date unknown)

HERE’S TO THE NEXT TIME

Henry Hall announces over his signature tune: "Just to remind you, that we’ll have the pleasure of playing to you again tomorrow evening at 7.30. Goodbye everyone, goodbye".


reproduced from the files of the British dance bands yahoo group with the permission of Peter Wallace

this page first published by John Wright, 9 July 2001
last update 19 July 2001vintage@r2ok.co.uk

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