Various (see description) - Broadcasts All Star Non-Stop Variety Record (1932)





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Published on Jun 10, 2012

A few labels put out these records that were basically adverts and promotion for the artists recording on their labels. This one is from Broadcast and runs as follows;

Bobbie Comber - intro
G.H. Eliot - Idaho
Charlie Higgins - With Me Gloves In Me 'And
Mellow & Rich - Silver Threads Amongst the Gold
Harry Bidgood and His Broadcasters - Oh It's All The Same To Me
Carson Robison & His Pioneers - Oh Susanna
Peggy Cochrane - Pekinese Parade
George van Dusen - Mountain High
Sandy Powell - Jobs / Lets All Go Into The Workhouse
God Save The King (George V)

Bobbie Comber (born 8 January 1890 in Bury, Lancashire -- died 15 April 1942 in Wales) was a British actor who released a few comic song records, often with a sea theme such as Barnacle Bill.

G. H. Elliott (1882--1962) was a British music hall singer and dancer. He was born George Henry Elliott in Rochdale, Lancashire in 1882. Known as the "Chocolate Coloured Coon", he came on stage with a painted black face but dressed entirely in white. He had a white top hat, a white tail-coat which came down well below the knees, white gloves, white tie or cravat, white trousers, white shoes and a white cane. After a number of years treading the boards he rose to top of the bill. He was influenced by Eugene Stratton who also used to black up and he sang some of Stratton's songs particularly Lily of Laguna which he sang in tribute to his hero. Among the songs particularly associated with him are Idaho, I Used To Sigh For The Silvery Moon and Sue, Sue, Sue. He appeared in one film only Music Hall (1934) although it is a repeated misconception that a blackface singer who performed his (formerly Eugene Stratton's) song "Lily of Laguna" in Those Were the Days (1934 film) was him. He made several appearances in television variety shows and was the subject of This is Your Life on British television in 1957. He appeared in three Royal Variety Performances, in 1925, 1948 and 1958. He made over 100 records, his first on a wax cylinder and his last in 1960. G. H. Elliott retired to Rottingdean, Brighton where he lived in a cottage he named "Silvery Moon" after his song "I Used to Sigh for the Silvery Moon". He is buried in the churchyard of St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean and his gravestone shows a stage with curtains drawn back. It bears the words: "The last curtain call for G H Elliott The Chocolate Coloured Coon who passed peacefully away 19 November 1962.

Charlie Higgins gives us a chorus of his popular variety song With Me Gloves In Me 'And.

I don't have any information on the act Mellow & Rich, who appear to be standard singers, the song Silver Threads has been performed by many singers. First copyrighted in 1873, was an extremely popular song in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today it is a standard of barbershop quartet singing. The lyrics are by Eben E. Rexford, and the music by Hart Pease Danks.

Henry Bidgood (1898 -- November 15, 1957) known as "Harry" was an English composer, dance band leader and musical director for films. Harry Bidgood was a popular bandmaster who provided music for many artists. He also led several bands including His Broadcasters, as here, and also his Rhythym Rascals. He also notable recorded as Primo Scala and his Accordion Band. Born in London the son of composer Thomas Bidgood. He studied at The Royal College of Music. Over the course of 20 years he would frequently broadcast on the BBC. Bidgood was also the musical director for numerous films including several George Formby films.

Carson Jay Robison (August 4, 1890(1890-08-04) - March 24, 1957(1957-03-24)) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although his impact is generally forgotten today, he played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances. He was also known as Charles Robison and sometimes composed under the pseudonym Carlos B. McAfee. He came over to Britain to record a number of 78s for the Broadcast label in the early 30s. He also wrote the lyrics (with music by Frank Luther) for Barnacle Bill the Sailor, the track that compere Bobbie Comber was best known for.

Peggy Cochrane (unknown birth, died in Streatham in 1988) was a popular British pianist and singer. She features in a few British films of the 30s including Radio Parade of 1935. She had a syncopated style at the piano.

George van Dusen was a very popular yodeller in the 30s, when yodelling was something of a popular fad. He was born Thomas Harrington in the East End of London in the early 1900s. His had a bit of a revival in 1988 when "It's Party Time Again" was reissued.

Sandy Powell (30 January 1900 - 26 June 1982) was an English comedian best known for his radio work of the 1930s and for his catchphrase Can You Hear Me, Mother?

God Save The King - King George V was on the throne in 1932 (King from 1910 - 1936).

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