Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

Humphrey Lyttelton presents a series exploring the world of the early British bandleaders.

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Humphrey Lyttelton explores the world of British band leaders of the 1920s and '30s.

Jazz musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton explores the world of British band leaders of the 1920s and '30s. From November 2005.

In the 1920s and 30s, names like Ambrose, Lew Stone and Ray Noble ruled the music scene.

The programme reveals how these bandleaders lived life to the full during the golden age of the Dance Band.

With contributions from Rosemary Squires and Stanley Black; plus rare recordings of the bandleaders in conversation.

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Humphrey Lyttelton explores the world of British dance band leaders in the 1940s.

Jazz musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton explores the world of British dance band leaders in the 1940s. From November 2005.

As the 1930s drew to a close, the Bandleaders were huge radio stars.

They earned large sums of money, enjoyed residencies at top London venues and were selling thousands of records.

But at the dawn of a new decade, they would have to confront some enormous challenges in order to survive.

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Humphrey Lyttelton explores the troubled world of British band leaders after 1945.

Jazz musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton explores the troubled world of British band leaders after 1945. From November 2005.

After the Second World War, times were changing.

Many bandleaders had lost their musicians to the ranks of the armed services, vocalists were becoming the new celebrities and the advent of television would take people away from the dancehalls.

By the mid fifties many bandleaders had managed to adapt to these changes, but that was before a man from Michigan by the name of Bill Haley, and others of his ilk, arrived from America to throw them their greatest challenge yet.