Al Bowlly

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Vocals
Tags: jazz 30s oldies crooner 1930s british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Albert Alick Bowlly, 7 January 1899, Lourenco Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique, d. 17 April 1941, London, England. Son of a Greek father and Lebanese mother, Bowlly was brought up in Johannesburg, South Africa. After studying the banjo and guitar, he joined Edgar Adeler’s band in 1923 and toured South Africa and India before moving to Calcutta and Singapore as featured vocalist with Jimmy Liquime’s band. Bowlly’s first recordings were made in Berlin during 1927-28, with various groups including Arthur Briggs’ Savoy Syncopaters, George Carhart’s New Yorkers and Fred Bird’s Salon Symphonic Jazz Band. Bowlly arrived in London in 1928, working with Fred Elizalde at the Savoy Hotel, before becoming freelance. Between 1930 and 1933 he recorded nearly 700 songs, the most notable being with Ray Noble’s New Mayfair Dance Orchestra and the band of Roy Fox. He sang with Fox at the Monseigneur Restaurant and stayed with the band when it was...

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