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Classic tracks and forgotten gems from the 1920s, 30s and 40s

The Archive is a celebration of masterpieces and forgotten gems from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

The Archive is a celebration of masterpieces and forgotten gems from the 1920's,30's and 40's . Recordings which saw the great stars of popular music and instrumentalists of the day stepping up to the microphone and perform exactly what we hear today with no way of correcting errors or eccentricities. In this programme we enjoy tracks from The Boswell Sisters, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby and the unique sounds of Whispering Jack Smith from this archive as Russell Davies opens up that glorious hinterland of older music, incidentally playable now in far better sound quality than was available at the time.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Peggy Lee

    It's A Good Day

    • I Get Ideas.
    • 7.
  • Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Blue Five

    Jig Saw Puzzle Blues

    • The New York Sessions.
    • 21.
  • Peter Dawson

    The Floral Dance

    • The Floral Dance - His 49 Finest.
    • 1.
  • Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers

    Doctor Jazz

    • 80th Anniversary Vol 1917-1929.
    • 6.
  • Vera Lynn

    We'll Meet Again

    • The Forces Sweetheart.
    • 1.
  • Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots

    Cow-Cow Boogie

    • Two Sides Of Ella.
    • 5.
  • The Boswell Sisters

    The Object Of My Affection

    • The Boswell Collection.
    • 8.
  • Quintette due Hot Club de France

    Limehouse Blues

    • Restrospective 1934-53.
  • Phil Harris

    The Thing

    • Hits Of The 1950s - Music Music Music.
    • 20.
  • Bing Crosby

    Home Cookin'

    • Bing Crosby - The Collection.
    • 15.
  • Fats Waller

    A Handful of Keys

    • The Complete Recorded Works Vol 2.
    • 1.
  • “Whispering” Jack Smith


    • Looking On The Bright Side.
    • 5.
  • Sven Asmussen Sekstet

    Ring Dem Bells

    • Phenonenal Fiddler.
    • 1.
  • Bunny Berigan

    I Can't Get Started

    • Decade of Hits - The 30s.
    • 2.