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Golden Age of Radio

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Golden Age of Radio
Golden Age of Radio


Acknowledging the heyday of BBC Radio, this compilation is a celebration in song and spoken word broadcasts of the time. From the early 1920s right through to the early 70s, there was only one official radio broadcaster in Britain - the BBC, which would grow into probably the single biggest cultural influence of the 20th century. This memory-packed CD recalls the years when radio really was king.

For a populace battered by the Depression, BBC radio opened up whole new avenues of pleasure, solace and diversion. Thanks in part to the BBC, World War II was in many ways the most musical war in history, and gathered here are some of the songs and performances that helped to win it - the homesick soldier's lament, "Ma I Miss Your Apple Pie", from Billy Cotton; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth with Ivor Novello's poignant "We'll Gather Lilacs". This was a time when radio programmes were rich in reassurance, optimism, determination and sheer good-heartedness, whether represented by Ambrose's vocalist Anne Shelton singing the RAF favourite "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" or by the morale boosting speeches of Winston Churchill himself. A golden age of radio indeed...


  1. Name
  2. This is London Calling (Spoken Word)
  3. Ambrose and his Orchestra & Anne Shelton - Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
  4. The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill - Churchill Wartime Speech: Unconditional Surrender
  5. George Formby - Serves You Right (You Shouldn't Have Joined)
  6. War Time Public Service Broadcast: Massingham Waters (Spoken Word)
  7. Billy Cotton and his Band & Alan Breeze - Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie
  8. Geraldo and his Orchestra & Dorothy Carless - I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
  9. Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton & The Modernaires - Chattanooga Choo Choo
  10. Deanna Durbin - Love is All
  11. Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth - We'll Gather Lilacs (Now That You're Home Once More)
  12. Spike Jones and his City Slickers - Cocktails for Two
  13. Flanagan and Allen - Down Forget-Me-Not Lane
  14. The Ink Spots - Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)
  15. Quentin Reynolds - War Time Radio Broadcast: The Bombing Of London
  16. Bing Crosby & John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra - Moonlight Becomes You
  17. Harry James and his Orchestra - You Made Me Love You
  18. Doris Day & Les Brown and his Orchestra - My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
  19. Glenn Miller and his Orchestra - In the Mood
  20. Nat Gonella and his New Georgians & Roy Dexter - We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)
  21. Vera Lynn - Be Like the Kettle and Sing
  22. Joe Loss and his Orchestra - At the Woodchopper's Ball
  23. Fred Astaire - Change Partners
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