Al Bowlly

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20071228

Britain's First Pop Star.

Clare Teale presents a series profiling 30s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties. His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War. After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

But instead, Al's stylish singing and early death have inspired many other musicians, film-makers and writers, including Stanley Kubrick, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Richard E Grant and Richard Thompson.

1/4. How Al came to Britain and became a recording artist.

20080104

Britain's First Pop Star

Clare Teal presents a series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties. His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War. After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

But instead, Al's stylish singing and early death have inspired many other musicians, film-makers and writers, including Stanley Kubrick, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Richard E Grant and Richard Thompson.

2/4. A look at Al and the dance band leaders.

20080118

Britain's First Pop Star

4/4. Clare Teal presents a series profiling 1930s singer Al Bowlly, the first to step out from behind the band and into the spotlight. With anecdotes about his fascinating life, and playing some of his huge catalogue of songs, the series recreates the dance band era.

Bowlly was the voice of the Thirties. His iconic recordings of Pennies from Heaven, The Very Thought of You and Goodnight Sweetheart reflected the dreams, aspirations and style of the decade leading up to the Second World War. After his death during the London Blitz of 1941, his name could have easily slipped into obscurity.

But instead, Al's stylish singing and early death have inspired many other musicians, film-makers and writers, including Stanley Kubrick, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Richard E Grant and Richard Thompson.

01Britain's First Pop Star
01Britain's First Pop Star

02Britain's First Pop Star
02Britain's First Pop Star

0320080111

Al the solo singer and a move to America.

03Britain's First Pop Star
03Britain's First Pop Star

04Britain's First Pop Star
04Britain's First Pop Star