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Len Goodman - the Dance Band Days

 
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John W



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:32 pm    Post subject: Len Goodman - the Dance Band Days Reply with quote

A new BBCTV 4 docu on the 1920s-1940s dance bands on December 23rd.

I had a little input to this, a long telephone conversation with producer Roger Keech. Two of my colleagues who live down south are 'talking heads' I believe, and a band leader of today that I know gets his band on TV!




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Colin



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good! This kind of programming is the reason i consider BBC4 to be the BBC's best TV channel.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John, this looks like a very enjoyable programme and I like Len Goodman as a presenter.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The programme was very good, though too much to cram into an hour, so there was just not enough music, no complete recordings played, and not enough musicians and singers featured.
They chose bandleaders Ambrose and Jack Hylton to focus on which was justified, but others like Jack Payne and Henry Hall should have had more attention given. The only singer they dwelt on was Al Bowlly, again justified in that he is so much admired today, but for their popularity the 1930s the big name singers were Sam Browne and Denny Dennis, and girls Elsie Carlisle, Evelyn Dall and Vera Lynn none of whom were mentioned.
Enjoyable, I will watch it again. The producer sent me a complimentary DVD.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed the programme very much John and agree that too much was crammed into it. The intro went on a bit too long IMO.

There is such an abundance of film and sound recordings available and a short series would be very welcome in order to include a wider range of musicians and singers. Malcolm Laycock used to play such a lot of enjoyable and interesting dance band records until Bob Shennan and co. put a stop to it Sad . I was always interested in Arthur Lally as he was the uncle of a friend of mine.
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