Jack Hylton And His Orchestra ‎– Life Begins At Oxford Circus / Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes

His Master's Voice ‎– BA 527
Shellac, 10"

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A Life Begins At Oxford Circus
Written-By – H. Nicholls*
B Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes
Written-By – Mr. Billy Hill*, Mrs. Billy Hill*

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: NCB
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): OEA1815
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): OEA1816


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September 7, 2016
It's very precise to note this about the tunes, which were cut in London:
"Life Begins At Oxford Circus" (matrix OEA-1815) was cut 2 times, one on March 12 of 1935 which went rejected & the other on March 20 of 1935, which went finally issued on british HMV BD-142.
"Put An Old Pair Of Shoes" (matrix OEA-1816) was cut 3 times, one on March 12 of 1935, the 2nd time on March 15 of 1935 & the last one on March 20 of 1935, which was the one that went issued on british HMV BD-142, as it happened with "Life Begins At Oxford Circus".

The personnel for both sides was made up of:
Jack Hylton dir: Jack Raine, Philippe Brun, George Swift (tp), Les Carew, Eric Breexe (tb), Dave Shand, Benny Daniels (cl,as), Freddie Schweitzer (cl,ts), Jim Easton (cl,bars), Jack Farrell, Eddie Hooper, Maurice Loban, Dick Willows (vln), Billy Munn (p,arr), Sonny Farrar (bjo,g,v), Brian Lee (g,v), André de Vekey (sb), Gilbert Webster (d), Ken(neth) Tucker (v) & Billy Ternent (arr).
Tucker, Lee & Farrar are the vocal trio on "Put On An Old Pair Of Shoes" while the entire band sings on "Life Begins At Oxford Circus", which was arranged by Billy Ternent.

This is an austrian pressing of both matrixes.

Information regarding the recordings taken from my copy of Rust-Forbes's book "British Dance Bands On Record, 1911-1945" (2nd edition published on 1989) & information regarding the origin of this pressing comes from "Ethnic and Vernacular Music, 1898-1960: A Resource and Guide to Recordings" by Paul Vernon, which i consulted online on Google Books, although the copy posted there has preview only.