Although the 2nd World War began with Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939, the United States did not fully enter the war until after the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, on 7th December 1941. The 1940 and 1941 conflict in Europe had received help and support from the USA […]
The years 1939 & 1940 are difficult to really put together in our story. Britain was at war – the USA stood out of it. On 31st August in Britain many civilians were evacuated from London while, in the USA, Bing Crosby was the leading figure of the ‘Crooner’ sound and was on his way […]
The British Prime Minister; a German Chancellor and a USA Ambassador in the background while we listen to music!
We now read and write today in the year 2018 – but for today I want to take you back 80 years to the year 1938 and see what was happening in Britain. On 17th January 1938 Joseph P Kennedy had been appointed United States Ambassador to the UK while, on 20th February, Anthony Eden […]
For a great many the 1930s were remembered for mass unemployment with unemployment in Britain at the start of 1933 at 22.8%. However, by January 1936 it had eased to 13.9% and in 1938 it was down to around 10%. There was still a semi-permanent depression area in the North of England, Scotland and South […]
Roy Fox, an American-born British dance band leader, was born in Denver, Colorado on 25th October 25 1901. His period of greatest popularity was in England during the British dance band era of the 1930s. Roy and his musician sister Vera were raised in Hollywood in a Salvation Army family. Roy had begun playing a […]
One of the pioneers of the raucous, rapid-fire, eight-to-the-bar piano style described as ‘BOOGIE’ was Jimmy Yancey. Born in Chicago in 1896 he worked in vaudeville as a singer and tap dancer – starting at the age of 6 – before taking up the piano in 1915. Although he did not make a recording until […]
There had been mass unemployment in the 1920s in Britain with most of the decade it hovered between 10% and 12% unemployed. However that was nothing to the early 1930s when the economy was struck by depression. By the start of 1933 Britain’s unemployment was 22.8% but over the following years unemployment fell substantially and […]