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In 1930s Britain, the biggest "pop star" was Henry Hall, leader of the BBC Dance Orchestra, whose daily broadcasts were heard by millions.   Now tunes he made famous are introduced in brand new recordings by Mart Sander and the Swing Swindlers!


playing time: 76.11
direct sale price:  £12.00
audio  sample:  Five Fifteen, BBC (extract)
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Five Fifteen, BBC  (Hall)
It's D'Lovely (Porter)
Avenue of Trees (O'Connor, Craig)
Keep Young and Beautiful (Dubin, Warren)
Too Marvellous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)
Rise 'n' Shine (de Sylva, Youmans)
Love is the Sweetest Thing (Noble)
Concert in the Park (Friend, Franklin)
What a Difference a Day Made (Grever, Adams)
Some Day my Prince will Come (Churchill. Morey)
I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams (Monaco, Burke)
It Looks like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane (Leslie, Burke)
Jeepers Creepers (Mercer, Warren)

By the Sleepy Lagoon (Lawrence, Coates)
Radio Times (Hall)
You grow Sweeter as the Years go By (Mercer)
Yours and Mine (Freed, Brown)
Shuffle off to Buffalo (Dubin, Warren)
I'm Getting Sentimental over You (Washington, Bassman)
Pagan Love Song (Freed, Brown)
Once in a While (Green, Edwards)
Wishing will Make it So (de Sylva)
One Night of Love (Kahn, Schertzinger)
You're getting to be a Habit with Me (Dubin, Warren)
Happy Ending (Mitchell, Pollack)

review extracts: for full reviews click here
"Delicious" - Denby Richards (Musical Opinion)
“it’s all here… all the nuances of the BBC Dance Orchestra on display and all the vocalists in perfect accord with the period. Lovingly played… superbly recorded.” – Peter Green (Big Bands International)
“a wonderful and enchanting glimpse into the past innocence of a by-gone era. The music is delightful on many fronts” – Edward Blanco (
“sound quality is superb and the overall result something of a knockout”- Barry McCanna (Memory Lane)
“a quiet joy…in a state-of-the-art recording” – Ron Burnett (York Evening Press)
“Mart Sander's Swing Swindlers seem to have captured the original style very well… sensitively performed, beautifully recorded tone. [The vocalists’] tone is smooth and diction is perfect. – Peter Edwards (Light Music Society Newsletter)
“golden melodies and lyrics… all will appeal… have a wonderful time discovering them” – Frank Behrens (
“very talented young Estonian Musicians… the rhythm section is a great improvement on the original. To the people who like the Henry Hall style of music, this is a welcome recreation of a very famous orchestra’s work.” - Don Mather (MusicWeb Jazz)