On listening to the trad bands after decades of ignoring theme I found that I still enjoyed the top tier bands – especially Chris Barber’s.
But I also enjoyed one of the second tier bands enormously (Alex Welsh’s). What about the Dance Bands of the 20s and 30s: is there a second tier outfit that particularly appeals? Ho yuss: I give you Alfredo’s Band.
We begin with their 1927 Mean To Me. Caperworthy, eh?
I don’t know much about Alfredo save that his name was Alf Gill. On to 1928 with The Varsity Drag. Jazzy, eh?
More from 28: Crazy Rhythm. Do I like it? Not ‘alf.
And so to ’29, Virginia.
The same year’s Am I Blue. (I admit it – I have a great weakness for this song.)
We end with their 1930 recording of what might well be Irving Berlin’s finest: Puttin’ on the Ritz.
If that lot didn’t get you moving you must have assumed room