“Don’t Say Goodbye”


Imperial 2457

“Don’t Say Goodbye”
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra; Pat O’Malley, vocal
1932 ( Decca F 3213 mx GB 5022)
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra – Don’t Say Goodbye]

“You Just You”
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra; Olive Groves, vocal
1932 ( Decca F 3213 mx GB 5019)
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra – You Just You]

“Your Eyes”
Jay Wilbur And His Band; Les Allen, vocal
1931 ( Imperial 2457 mx 5675)
Jay Wilbur And His Band – Your Eyes]

“It Would Be Wonderful”
Jay Wilbur And His Band; Les Allen, vocal
1931 ( Imperial 2457 mx 5676)
Jay Wilbur And His Band – It Would Be Wonderful]

Unlike today when most big time musical acts tend to write and perform their own music, during the 1920s through 1940s decades most of the popular dance bands played from a similar repertoire of songs.   Popular tunes at the time tended to originate from either the large Tin Pan Alley type music publishing houses or from works written for the musical theatre or motion pictures.

Yesterday’s update featured a light opera company performing selections from the 1931 British version of the operetta The White Horse Inn.    This update is a follow up featuring popular versions of  songs from the same production performed by two prominent British dance bands.   Two of the songs presented here “Don’t Say Goodbye” and “You And You” were not featured on yesterday’s medley recording.

Unfortunately, I do not have as much access to discographical information about British recordings as I do American ones and, as a result, I have been able to locate the vocal credit for only one of the recordings, “Don’t Say Goodbye.”   If anyone reading this has access to vocal information for the rest of the recordings, please feel free to share it by posting a comment.  I am especially curious as to the name of the singer on “You Just You.”

Update:  Added missing vocal credits on all “You And You” plus the two Jay Wilbur sides.   Thank you to Harold A for the comment providing the relevant Brian Rust discographical information.


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9 Responses to “Don’t Say Goodbye”

  1. Roseman says:

    Could it be Ennis Parkes (Mrs. Jack Hylton)? Ennis was his first wife and a band performer as well. Even though the marriage didn’t work out there seems to be some mutual collaboration in their musical world.

    Evergreen Eve (1928) with Ennis as volcalist sounds very much like the vocalist on You Just You.

  2. dismuke says:

    Thanks for the suggestion here. I finally got a chance to listen to the recording you linked to. Listening to it makes me suspect that you might be correct on this.

    • Limden says:

      Seven more recordings with Mrs Jack Hylton as vocalist can be found at http://www.petefaint.co.uk/jackhylton/streamingmrs.html . Any use for comparison purposes?

      • Limden says:

        …and something else, I think both “Don’t Say Goodbye” and “You Just You” came from “Wild Violets” which I saw on stage many years ago – but perhaps there was a bit of sharing going on. If I have the time (2 hours) I’ll view an entire production of White Horse Inn in German at . No problem if you don’t understand German as it’s sub-titled…….

        …..In French!

        • Limden says:

          …. and Max Raabe appears, on a bicycle!

        • dismuke says:

          Wow Limden, thanks for the link. I had visited that website a few years ago and had forgotten about it. And that is definitely the problem with movies – finding the block of time to sit down and actually watch them. And I am looking forward to checking out some of the 78 rpms posted on the page too.

          • Limden says:

            That French website is a bit “iffy”, sometimes working, sometimes not. There’s an all-French performance of “White Horse Inn” offered too but it’s so weird I lost patience with it!

  3. Harold A. says:

    The vocalist on “You Just You” is Olive Groves; both of the Hylton sides were recorded on 13 Oct. 1932. The vocalist on both Wilbur sides is Les Allen; they were recorded 2 May 1931.

    Information from “British Dance Bands on Record 1911-1945” by Brian Rust & Sandy Forbes.

    • dismuke says:

      Harold A – thank you so very much for providing this information. I have updated the posting accordingly. I have Rust’s American Dance Band Discography and his Jazz Records. But I don’t have his British dance band discography – it is on my want list for sure.

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