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The Age of the Wireless

Barry Humphries's selection includes Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra performing Radio Times and musical comedians Norman Long and Stanelli in an ode to the BBC licence fee.

Barry Humphries celebrates the age of the wireless and aims to transport listeners to a bygone era with a selection of vintage recordings by artists, who were once star names, but who are today rarely, if ever, heard on air. The show opens with Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra performing the song 'Radio Times' (a copy of the sheet music for which was issued with the 1934 Christmas edition of the magazine of the same name). Also musical comedians Norman Long and Stanelli perform an ode to the BBC Licence Fee with the song 'All For Ten Shillings A Year'.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • HENRY HALL AND HIS DANCE ORCHESTRA

    RADIO TIMES

    • PENNIES FROM HEAVEN.
    • BBC.
    • BBC CD-2008.
  • Anne Lenner

    EAST OF THE SUN

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 1.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC 11.
  • Marjorie Stedeford & Six Swingers

    Stardust

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 1.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC 11.
  • Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra

    HERE'S TO THE NEXT TIME

    • FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF BRITISH DANCE BANDS.
    • WORLD RECORD CLUB.
    • SH 140.
  • Bing Crosby

    THERE'LL BE A HOT TIME IN THE TOWN OF BERLIN

    • Don't Fence Me In - 22 Number One Hits.
    • Castle Pulse.
    • PLS CD 381.
  • Harold Arlen

    THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

    • HAROLD ARLEN SINGS SWEET AND LOW.
    • LIVING ERA.
    • CD AJA 5603.
  • MILLS, JOHN & FRANCES DAY

    A LITTLE WHITE ROOM

    • REVUE 1930-1940.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • PMC-7154.
  • Randolph Sutton

    IN THE BUSHES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN

    • IN THE BUSHES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN.
    • IMPERIAL.
    • 2683.
  • Albert Whelan

    WHISTLING BOWERY BOY

    • MUSIC HALL TO VARIETY.
    • WORLD RECORD CLUB.
    • SH 145.
  • Hutch

    TAKE THE WORLD EXACTLY AS YOU FIND IT

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 1.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC11.
  • Horace Kenney, James Lomas & Jess Sweet

    THE CHANNEL SWIMMER

    • VINTAGE BRITISH COMEDY - VOL. 2.
    • FASTFORWARD.
    • FFCS012.
  • Red Nichols

    THEY ALL LAUGHED

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 4.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC31.
  • Charlie Higgins

    CHARLIE'S SAXOPHONE

    • VINTAGE BRITISH COMEDY VOL. 3.
    • FASTFORWARD.
    • FFCD013.
  • George Formby Snr

    LOOKING FOR MUGS ON THE STRAND

    • GEORGE FORMBY SENIOR & JUNIOR A CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK.
    • ASV/LIVING ERA.
    • AJA 5003.
  • George Formby Snr

    I PARTED MY HAIR IN THE MIDDLE

    • I PARTED MY HAIR IN THE MIDDLE.
    • ZONOPHONE.
    • 1336.
  • George Formby Snr

    LOOKING FOR MUGS ON THE STRAND

    • GEORGE FORMBY SENIOR & JUNIOR A CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK.
    • ASV/LIVING ERA.
    • AJA 5003.
  • Greta Keller

    SO LITTLE TIME

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 3.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC 25.
  • Al Bowlly

    FROM ME TO YOU

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 1.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC 11.
  • Mischa Spoliansky

    The Idol of Paris - music for the film

    • DEDICATION.
    • COLUMBIA.
    • D.X. 1458.
  • Max Hansen

    EINMAL MOCHT ICH KEINE SORGEN HABEN

    • MY SONG FOR YOU - MISCHA SPOLIANSKY.
    • EDEL RECORDS, GERMANY.
    • 10014592TLR.
  • Jan Kiepura

    MY SONG FOR YOU

    • MY SONG FOR YOU.
    • EDEL RECORDS, GERMANY.
    • 10014592TLR.
  • Georgette Dee

    WENN DEINE KUSSE

    • LIVE IM SCHILLER THEATER.
    • VIELLIEB RECORDS.
    • 001.
  • Hildegarde & RAY SINATRA ORCHESTRA

    I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN

    • SO RARE - VOLUME 3.
    • BILARM MUSIC.
    • BAC 25.

Broadcasts

  • Wed 20 Jan 2016 22:00
  • Tue 13 Sep 2016 22:00