Category Music

Ragtime moves on to Jazz in 1920’s Britain

Jazz music burst into mainstream Britain in 1919, with the arrival of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.   The popularity of ragtime music in the Edwardian era laid the foundations for the acceptance of this syncopated music and its black (and sometimes white) musicians. During most of the First World War, Dan Kildare and his orchestra […]

The conflicts are over and a new world begins

With the end of the conflict both sides of the Atlantic took a deep breath and moved on.  The third decade of the 20th century- the 1920s – looked exciting.  It would be the decade that marked the beginning of the modern music era. The music recording industry was just beginning to develop and a […]

A new century brings Ragtime to the fore

Ragtime became central to the development of jazz in both America and Britain around the turn of the century.  The term ‘ragtime’ comes from the syncopated or ‘ragged’ rhythm and had its origins in the African-American communities in cities such as St. Louis. One of the first pioneers and composers of ragtime was Ernest Hogan. […]

A story From Ragtime to Rock ‘n’ Roll

I first started pulling the pieces of this story together some 15 or so years ago.  At that time I was a tutor/speaker for the Workers Educational Association (WEA) and, among many other courses I presented, I offered ‘From Ragtime to Rock ‘n’ Roll’.   In due time I moved on, my activities changed and ‘FRT […]

Music on and from the North-Sea

It was on this day – Saturday 28th March 1964 – that Radio Caroline began broadcasting from the middle of the North Sea.  Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was a pirate radio station that never actually became illegal, although after the 1967 Marine Offences Act it became illegal for […]

Buddy Holly’s legacy for us.

Buddy’s funeral was held on Saturday 7th February 1959.  Up to that date the records that had been released in the British charts were: ‘Peggy Sue’ [first entered 6/12/57; 17 weeks in the charts; reached number 6] ‘Listen to Me’ [first entered 14/3/58; 2 weeks in the charts; reached number 16] ‘Rave On’ [first entered […]

Buddy and ‘Peggy Sue’ and others will be remembered.

In my younger days – the 1950’s that is – I was one of those thousands, or maybe millions, of British teenagers who latched on to the US ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ performers. Elvis was my number one with Buddy Holly a close second.  I can remember hearing – and then getting dad to buy – […]