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Album Review

Choosing an Al Bowlly compilation to rate above all the others is a difficult proposition, since the fine British big band singer recorded thousands of titles and his CD compilations tend to be either exhaustively complete series or scattershot single discs. The Pearl Flapper compilation Just a Bowl of Cherries is slightly scattershot, but it was excellently compiled and it includes many examples of Bowlly at his best. Fronting orchestras led by Roy Fox or Ray Noble between 1930 and 1934, Bowlly illustrates his early mastery of microphone technology to express a range of emotions without needing to shout; exemplars of this style abound, led by the giddy affection he expresses during "Rain on the Roof," the elegant valentine "Goodnight, Vienna," and an ebullient "Smile, Darn You, Smile."


Born: January 07, 1899 in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '30s

The most popular vocalist in Britain during the 1930s, Al Bowlly showcased a range of material unsurpassed by any contemporary other than Bing Crosby. He was also a true international recording artist: born in Mozambique to Greek and Lebanese parents, he was raised in Johannesburg, but gained his musical experience singing for a dance band led by Jimmy Liquime in India and Singapore during the mid-'20s. Just one year after his 1927 debut recording date in Berlin, Bowlly arrived in London for the...
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