29 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes


About Various Artists, Eric Coates, Peter Yorke, Robert Farnon and His Orchestra, Robert Farnon, Acquaviva Orchestra, André Kostelanetz and His Orchestra, BBC Variety Orchestra, Charles Shadwell and His Orchestra, Danish State Radio Orchestra, Dolf van der Linden Orchestra, Eric Coates and His Orchestra, Frank Chacksfield Orchestra, Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra & Chorus, George Tzipine and His Orchestra, Hudson Orchestra, London Promenade Orchestra, New Century Orchestra, New Concert Orchestra, Peter Yorke and His Concert Orchestra, The Queen's Hall Light Orchestra, Royal Air Force Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Telecast Orchestra, André Kostelanetz, Charles Shadwell, Charles Williams, Dolf van der Linden, Elliott Mayes, Erich Börschel, Frank Chacksfield, Frederick Curzon, George Tzipine, Jack Leon, Kurt Rehfeld, Sidney Torch, Wally Stott & Walter Collins

Respectfully known as the "king of light music,"Eric Coates was one of England's greatest composers. A prolific writer, Coates wrote pieces for orchestras, chamber groups, and solo pianists. In addition to penning more than 160 ballads, he composed numerous instrumental settings for the poetry of William Shakespeare and other British poets. His many radio themes included the theme of the popular BBC radio show Calling All Workers, which aired four times a day, five days a week. Coates made his orchestral debut in 1911 when his composition "Miniature Suite" was performed by the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra under the direction of Sir Henry Wood. Coates played viola with the orchestra during the premiere. Although he wrote his most enduring tune, "Stonecracker John," in 1909, Coates enjoyed a revival of his popularity in the late '20s when his songs "Birdsongs at Eventide" and "Homeward to You" became major hits. He remained active until shortly before his death in 1957, composing "The Dam Busters March" and "High Flight" for popular early-'50s films. Coates' long career is recalled in an autobiography, Suite in Four Movements, and a biography, In Town Tonight, written by Geoffrey Self. ~ Craig Harris

Hucknall, Nottingham, England
August 27, 1886