Significant Songs (206)

Midnight, The Stars, and You.

I was still in my teens when I became a fan of Al Bowlly. The 1930s crooner really hit the spot for me, and still does. I have featured his songs before on this blog, and make no excuses for another one. In my mind, this was my era, and my music. In the middle of the flower-power generation, this is what I was listening to. And a lifetime later, I am still listening to it.

This lesser-known song of his was always a big favourite of mine, and it was recently revived, in an unexpected fashion.

As long ago as 1934, Al recorded this version with the Ray Noble Orchestra. The popular singer was killed in London during the Blitz, in 1941. So his stellar career was short-lived, but no less valuable, as far as I am concerned. You either get him, or you don’t. And if you don’t, dear reader, then I think that is your loss.

I was recently amazed to be sent this song by special online friend. We had connected over similar tastes in music and films, and were exchanging favourite tracks. Imagine my delight when she sent me this, considering it to also be one of her best-loved songs. That made it doubly significant for me.

30 thoughts on “Significant Songs (206)

  1. I think we chatted about this before. My daughter loves Al Bowly and this song is her favorite. (She has been on the search for a 78 rpm record she can afford for years.) I love how music is such a lovely thread that has the potential to connect us with one another. Beautiful song, indeed.

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    1. We did, Maggie. I remember you telling me about your daughter.
      For me to find that an online friend loved exactly the same sort of music as me was very touching indeed.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    2. Al does seem to connect a lot of people through his beautiful recordings I’ve noticed! I really resonate with “In my mind, this was my era, and my music.” Al is of my Granddad’s generation ( born in 1899 the same year as Al), and here’s me born in 1968 yet the music of the 30s, Al’s especially feels like my era. Listening to his recordings feels like home. His voice is perfection. He’s my favourite singer of all time.

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      1. My grandad was also born in 1899. (He died in 1965) I was born in 1952, and discovered the whole genre of ‘Vintage Jazz’ when I was very young, as my dad worked in the record industry from 1960. Al Bowlly, Arthur Tracy, The Rhythm Boys (Early Crosby), and many more.
        Thanks for adding your own story about Al.
        Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. My Granddad passed in the early 1980s. My Dad would take me to visit Granddad of a Saturday morning. He lived in a 1920s semi that had stopped in time at the 1930s more or less- he had a small fridge but his kitchen had a larder and the old white butler sink! His house was full of old stuff like clocks and radios ( that didn’t work), magazines, piles of old letters, books etc. The house still had the original wiring and the Bakelite light switches! I hadn’t heard of Al and the dance band scene then as I was only a child, but how I wish I’d known of them as I would’ve asked Granddad did he remember them. I think there’s something special about loving music from our grandparents’ era. Best wishes to you too Pete!

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