Saturday, 18 August 2012


Tickety's Tip Top Tunes

Last week I promised that I would do an Al Bowlly tune. Well it was looking a little iffy at first, as I knew for certain that I had no sheet music featuring Al on the cover. At this point I was entering panic mode, thinking that my collection was Bowlly-less! But fear not, dear chums, for I went to another place in the TBT collections room (aka bedroom) where I keep the rather large sheet music, and sure enough (thank heavens) I found a piece that he did sing!

Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever come across a sheet with his picture on. I’m guessing, though I might be wrong, that this may be because he was just a singer in a band. On the whole, the band leaders were the main attraction and the singers played second fiddle (other instruments are available), therefore the band leaders were the guys featured on the sheet. Of course this doesn’t mean the singers went totally unnoticed!

Here is an example of how a 78 record label would read...
(if you care to know)
(From the film……)
(Hart and Rodgers)
Ray Noble and his Orchestra
(Vocal refrain by Al Bowlly)
Quite strange really, but today more people are likely to know who Al is (well I hope that they do) and would probably say…. “Ray Noble?....Lew Stone who?.... Roy Fox?... Never heard of them” and then look at me in great puzzlement. (I know, people already give me puzzling looks!)

 Anyway enough of my waffling

To the sheet...

I'm afraid that because it was too big for my scanner I had to stitch it, hence the bowed look! (silly stitching programme)
She is lovely though, and its no wonder that the fella fell in love with her on the Isle of Capri...

and to the tune...

So did you like Al's version?
Anyone fancy a Tango?
(obviously not with me- two left feet!)


Your Tupney xxx


  1. Your choices in vintage music are always so enjoyable. I really do think you'd make for a marvelous vintage radio station DJ, if such a job were to be had.

    Wishing you a beautiful, relaxing weekend, dear gal!
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Lovely, these music sheets have some marvellous pictures. I do love Al!

  3. will listen when I get home. Funny the way they used to put the singers last! I think this might've changed in the 40s as some of my 40s records have Frank Sinatra where the orchestra would be. Have you heard Ray Noble himself speak, what a wonder voice!

  4. This is one of my absolute favourites!!


Ta very much for your messages folks!

Tickety Boo Tupney xxx

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