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Stroud Haxton and Max Darewski
teamed up in the early 1920s to produce some duets on record for Zonophone. The former had been well known on records before the war, playing violin solos for the Carl Lindstrom Company's group of discs (Jumbo etc).
Darewski was a talented pianist, who died sadly young at the end of this decade.
Among their recordings were:
Zonophone 2292: I'm just wild about Harry, with I Might have Known
Zono 2317: Shadow Man, and Three o'Clock in the Morning
Zono 2336: You tell 'em Ivories, and Snowball Song.
Max also recorded piano soli for the same company.
Talking Machine News reviewed this last record. As it was nearly always positive in its reception of all records submitted, it must have been a surprise to read this, "to tell the truth, we don't think much of this. It may be clever but it doesn't appeal to us. Darewski and Haxton are both fine musicians, but they really should not descend to such frivolities."
Old Gramophone Societies:
The meeting on September 19th 1922 was held at new headquarters at the Co-op Cafe, Hammerton Street.
A trade member gave an Aeolian-Vocalion concert to a well attended meeting. For the first half, he used an Aeolian table grand, ending with a horn model. "The comparison was very interesting and proved the superiority of the powerful horn machine."
Every record was applauded, "the rendering being all that was desired," they included Scenes Pittoresques, Malcolm McEachern with Honour and Arms, Rosing singing Song of the Flea, Carrie Tubb: Songs my Mother sang, Ballet Egyptien first mvt, Lionel Tertis Melody in F, D'Alvarez and Crimi Ai Nostri Monti, D'Alvarez Silent Night, Warwick Evans O Star of Eve, Zampa, and George Baker Tempest of the Heart. The records especially well received were William Tell Overture, Frank Titterton singing Eleanore, and Evelyn Scotney singing A fors e lui.
Harry Bidgood (1898-1957)
is a familiar name to record collectors as a dance band leader.
A Londoner, he studied at The Royal College of Music, making his first stage appearance in 1910 at Canterbury Music Hall.
He became musical director for the Aeolian company in 1925, assigned to make dance recordings on their cheap Aco label, which records were also issued on sister labels. With the launch of the cheap Broadcast label in 1927, he made numerous recordings under his own and many other pseudonyms until the company was taken over by Decca in 1933. At this time he relaunched himself as Primo Scala with his Accordion Band, under which name he made numerous recordings on Decca's cheap label Rex. He also recorded with this band as Don Porto (Eclipse) and Rossini (Crown).
During the 1930s, played for three and a half years at the Piccadilly Hotel, and was also musical director to Columbia (British) films. He played often on radio in shows like Music While You Work and made just one appearance on television.
He was married with three sons, one of whom was killed during the war, serving with the RAF
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