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This label appeared from the early to mid 1930s, in an 8 inch series, but also, like the example on the right, in a ten inch size.
The label drew its repertoire from the Sterno records of that period.
This one of Balloons, was a recording by The Merry Music Makers, who prove to be none other than Sidney Lipton's Band.
It dates from 1933.
Leila Megane (1891–1960)
was best known for her recording of Elgar's Sea Pictures.
As a young Welsh girl, she had won the Contralto Prize at the Eisteddfod, enabling her to study in Paris under the great Jean de Reske.
Her singing career began in France at the Opera Comique, and then in various provincial French opera houses, and then on to La Scala in Milan.
She made her London debut at Covent Garden in Massanet's Therese.
She was married to composer T Osborne Roberts.
She retired from the concert stage in 1945, and died at Efail Newydd, Caernarvonshore on January 2nd 1960.
Her recordings for HMV included:
D674 and D675 Sea Pictures.
E289 David of the White Rock/ The Little Thatched Cottage.
E403 Dear Wales/ The Village Spring*.
Other recordings included:
D657 Agnus Dei/ He Shall Feed His Flock.
D787 A Summer Night/ Land of Hope and Glory.
D973 Amour Viens Aider (from Samson and Delilah)/ Songs of Egypt (Bantock).
E266 Y Nefoedd / My Little Welsh Home (in English)
E361 Isabel/ 'Twas in the Merry Month of May*.
E396 Death and the Maiden/ Dream in the Twilight.
E484 Ar Hyd y Nos / My Little Welsh Home
Note* songs composed by her husband, who also arranged many of the songs in Welsh
Variety Acts Who Made 78's Still Going -
From The Stage trade journal, April 18th 1957
The Vaudeville Golfing Society told of an exciting finish to the 1956 Jewel and Warris Coronation, Leslie Sarony, acting president, winning by 2 and 1 over Jack Hodges, "anyone who can beat Jack Hodges is playing good golf." In another event at Hayston, Captain Bob Pearson was the winner with a nett 81. The society also celebrated its 21st anniversary at the Park Lane Hotel. Bob and Alf Pearson took the joint chair. Bob was on form declaring "marriage was an ideal before and an ordeal after and if ever I've been worried or depressed, my wife is always at my side- causing it." Dickie Henderson compered the floor show, he'd been learning French he said, such as Louis Cinq which meant Lew Grade couldn't swim. "The greatest party maker of them all," Leslie Sarony sang numbers including You Can't Get Along Without Friends.
Johnnie Ray had his fourth opening at the London Palladium, "an ideal crowd pleaser and the girls' delight. He pushes his hair back and they scream. He whips the mike off the stand, squatting down and springing erect and they swoon. They throw flowers and gifts onto the stage."
After his appearance the previous week at the Manchester Palace, he stated, "I am still young and have no intention of turning my back on a profession
that has proved so rewarding."
Controversy in Manchester when magistrates refused to license the Vipers Skiffle Group at Belle Vue on Sunday May 5th. In a classic line the magistrate had to ask, "what is skiffle?" Wally Whyton, Vipers' leader, stated, "well this is our week, on top of this the BBC have banned our recording of Maggie May because it happens to be an old soldiers' song we cleaned up."
Raymond Newell had made another radio appearance on Those Were the Days on April 13th. He had sung an oldie, "If Those Lips Could Only Speak."
Betty Smith whose group started recording in 1957, was reported to be just back from a tour of Germany alongside Jimmy Edwards. They had had "hit" dates recently at such towns as Guildford, Purley and Luton. This particular week Betty was playing a tenor sax solo in the BBC Festival of Jazz.
Veteran musical comedy star Marie Burke, who sadly made but a few 78s, was on stage in The Singing Wood at The Citizens' Glasgow, opening on April 15th. A critic praised her "regal quality and gentle tenderness which switches with dramatic effect to vengeance when she reveals her true self in the third act."
Among the front page trade cards of veterans are noted GH Elliott (C/o Archie Parnell & Co) and Ethel Revnell (Gerard Heath Agency)
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