Al Bowlly

Al Bowlly and the Great British Bands

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Although his career was short (he was killed in the German bombings of London in 1941), Al Bowlly was widely considered the greatest British big band singer of the 1930s, holding about the same place that Billy Eckstine occupies in the American pantheon of the same era. This 22-track compilation covers all of Bowlly's abbreviated career, excluding his small group sessions.

Bowlly worked with most of the great British dance orchestras of the 1930s, but his finest work was done with the Ray Noble and Lew Stone bands, and those classic sessions are at the heart of this set. Bowlly was at his best singing ballads, with the melodramatic "Hurt" and the sentimental "The Girl in the Alice Blue Dress" among the top of his lesser-known gems. Bowlly was equally handy with a novelty like the supremely silly "Is I In Love? I Is!"

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:04
2 3:27
3 3:03
4
2:43
5
feat: Ray Noble
3:15
6 3:08
7 2:56
8 3:06
9 3:27
10 3:23
11
feat: Ray Noble
3:18
12 3:07
13 2:46
14 3:21
15 3:30
16
3:21
17
3:11
18 3:35
19 3:15
20 2:49
21 2:46
22
2:43
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