Al Bowlly - Britain's First Pop Star

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19610708Records of the well-loved British singer who was killed in an air raid in 1941 Introduced by Ken Sykora with contributions from

Jack Jackson and Ray Noble

Genome: [hs Bd=19400223]The well-known dance-band singer on gramophone records
012007122820100312Clare Teale presents a series profiling 30s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight.

With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties.

His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War.

After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

But instead, Al's stylish singing and early death have inspired many other musicians, film-makers and writers, including Stanley Kubrick, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Richard E Grant and Richard Thompson.How Al came to Britain and became a recording artist.

Another chance to hear acclaimed jazz singer and Al Bowlly fan, Clare Teal, tell the story of the 1930s singing star.

With popular songs like Love Is The Sweetest Thing and The Very Thought Of You, Al was the first singer to eclipse the popularity of the danceband leaders by emerging from the outskirts of the orchestra to take centre stage.

With film star good looks and a guitar slung over his shoulder he was Britain's first pop star.

His recording career lasted just 14 years but he recorded over 1000 songs that voiced the dreams, aspirations and style of the inter-war years.

The first episode of a four-part series reveals how the Africa-born Al Bowlly travelled across half the world to make his name in London.

Often on the breadline and broke, a chance meeting gives Al his lucky break.

The series features contributions from the likes of playboy Hugh Hefner, Denis Norden, Roy Hudd and archive interviews with dance band stars of the 30s like Ray Noble, Roy Fox, Nat Gonella, Monia Liter and Tiny Winters.

Another chance to hear Clare Teal tell the story of the 1930s singing star.

With film star good looks and a guitar slung over his shoulder he was Britain's first pop star. His recording career lasted just 14 years but he recorded over 1000 songs that voiced the dreams, aspirations and style of the inter-war years.

The first episode of a four-part series reveals how the Africa-born Al Bowlly travelled across half the world to make his name in London. Often on the breadline and broke, a chance meeting gives Al his lucky break. The series features contributions from the likes of playboy Hugh Hefner, Denis Norden, Roy Hudd and archive interviews with dance band stars of the 30s like Ray Noble, Roy Fox, Nat Gonella, Monia Liter and Tiny Winters.

Clare Teale presents a series profiling 30s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties. His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War. After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

1/4. How Al came to Britain and became a recording artist.

New series 1/4. Clare Teal presents a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star, with careers in Berlin and New York as well. The good-looking Bowlly became popular - especially with women - at a time when big bands rather than solo acts dominated popular music. He recorded more than 1,000 songs in a 14-year careerthat yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing, The Very Thought of You, Pennies from Heaven and Moonlight on the Highway, the latter two of which inspired writer Dennis Potter. The series features archive interviews with friends and colleagues who have since died, and 96-year-old Joyce Stone , who is his last living friend. The singer perished in a Blitz explosion in 1941, aged 42. Producer James Hale

022008010420100319Another chance to hear Clare Teal reveal the story behind Britain's first pop star.

The second episode looks at how Al Bowlly made the transition from a theatre queue busker to Britain's favourite vocalist.

With contributions from the likes of Hugh Hefner, Denis Norden, the late actor Ian Carmichael, Roy Hudd and archive interviews with dance band stars of the 30s like Ray Noble, Nat Gonella, Monia Liter and Tiny Winters.

A look at Al and the dance band leaders.

Another chance to hear Clare Teal reveal the story behind Britain's first pop star. The second episode looks at how Al Bowlly made the transition from a theatre queue busker to Britain's favourite vocalist.

Tribute to singer Al Bowlly, described as the voice of the Thirties

Clare Teal presents a series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties. His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War. After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

But instead, Al's stylish singing and early death have inspired many other musicians, film-makers and writers, including Stanley Kubrick, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Richard E Grant and Richard Thompson.

2/4. A look at Al and the dance band leaders.

2/4. Clare Teal continues a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain, where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star. He recorded more than 1,000 songs in a 14-year career that yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing and Pennies from Heaven.

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Al the solo singer and a move to the US.

Clare Teal on 1930s singer Al Bowlly's move to the US.

Al the solo singer and a move to America.

Clare Teal profiles 1930s singer Al Bowlly, first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. Al the solo singer and a move to the US.

3/4. Clare Teal presents a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain, where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star. He recorded more than 1,000 songs in a 14-year career that yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing, The Very Thought of You and Moonlight on the Highway. The series features archive interviews with friends and associates who have since died, and 96-year-old Joyce Stone , who is his last surviving friend.

Bowlly perished in the Blitz in 1941. This chapter looks at his career move to the United States.

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04 LAST2008011820100402Clare Teal presents a series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight.

With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties.

His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War.

After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

But instead, Al's stylish singing and early death have inspired many other musicians, film-makers and writers, including Stanley Kubrick, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Richard E Grant and Richard Thompson.

Clare Teal presents a series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly.

Clare Teal presents the last programme in the series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly.

Britain's First Pop Star

4/4. Clare Teal presents a series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties. His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War. After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

Tribute to singer Al Bowlly, described as the voice of the Thirties

4/4. Clare Teal concludes a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain, where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star. He recorded over 1,000 songs in a 14-year career that yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing, The Very Thought of You and Moonlight on the Highway. The series features archive interviews with friends and associates who have since died, and 96-year-old Joyce Stone , who is his last surviving friend. Bowlly perished in the Blitz in 1941. In this final chapter Bowlly returns to London from America to discover he is no longer Britain's most popular vocalist. But the Second World War would change everything.

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