Essential 45rpm Records to Slot Into a Pub Jukebox - Record No.0000 Al Bowlly : The Very Thought of You

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Pub Jukebox Record No.0000 : Al Bowlly : "The Very Thought of You" [1934]

This is a perfect soundtrack for that quiet session during Sunday afternoon when the lunchtime crowd have gone home and it'll be a while before the early doors drinkers venture through the pub's door. "The Very Thought of You" remains one of the great songs of the 20th century and has been recorded zillons of times by many major artists. However, this 1934 recording is THE version to treasure. On this record Al Bowlly, crooning sensation of the inter-war years, provides the pitch perfect standard along with the orchestra with whom he performed for a number of years - and it was Ray Noble who composed this benchmark recording. The video here however features a different version from the Pathe Studios with the Russian-born pianist Monia Liter.

The Mozambican-born vocalist had good reason to sing "I see your face in every flower, your eyes in stars above" as he married Marjie Fairless in the same year. This proved to be a more successful marriage - he found his first wife in bed with another man on their wedding day. Now, that could have been the basis for some interesting lyrics and vocal delivery! Arguably the first pop star, Al Bowlly was one of the early crooners who successfully made the transition from 1920's jazz to the early swing movement. He recorded several hundred songs in the 1930's, and tried his luck in Hollywood before returning to London prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. It was in April 1941 that he was killed by a German parachute mine that exploded outside his flat in Duke Street, St. James.

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