The Keynotes

Profile:
British vocal group
The Keynotes made their first recording in April 1948, less than a month after their first broadcast. They were the back-up group to the veteran crooner Sam Browne on his Decca recording of "Heartbreaker", which became a huge hit with its cheery, driving beat. The Keynotes would remain with Decca for eight years, usually backing such top of the pops singers as Denny Dennis ("I'd Give a Million Tomorrows"), Anne Shelton ("Put Your Shoes On, Lucy"), Joy Nichols ("Dreamer's Holiday"), Joan Regan ("This Old House"), Dickie Valentine ("Cleo and Me-o"), and Dave King, the comic turned crooner ("Memories are Made of This"). They even recorded with the Johnston Brothers, which must have been tricky as Johnny Johnston not only formed but led that group, too.
The Keynotes made their first public appearance at Feldman's Swing Club in May 1948, and made their first film appearance shortly after in Melody in the Dark, a minor musical starring the rubber- necked comedian, Ben Wrigley, impressionists Carl Carlisle and Maisie Weldon, with Alan Dean singing solo. Hardly ever off the radio, they were regulars on Band Parade and Melody Time, singing along with Geraldo and his Orchestra.
Johnston made his first contact with commercial entertainment when the Keynotes sang on a Radio Luxembourg Boxing Day Special in 1948, followed later by a 26-week run supporting none other than Gracie Fields in The Wisk Half Hour. Bernard Braden, the Canadian comedian, compered, while they sang to the music of Billy Ternent and his Band. The ex-BBC man John Watt, no less, produced on behalf of Lever Brothers Soap.
By 1950, the Keynotes' composition changed again when Alan Dean left to go solo, and was replaced by Harry "Miss" King, an ex-trombonist from Geraldo's band. Joyce Frazer, who had replaced Pearl Carr, was in turn replaced by a bright young Scots lassie, Jean Campbell. Despite these many changes, the Keynotes were voted the country's top vocal group several times, but destiny in the form of rock 'n' roll would shortly cause their collapse. Meanwhile, however, they had made a handful of successful television appearances, from singing with Patricia Dare in Lady Luck to guesting on the ex-bandleader Jack Payne's series Off the Record.
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The Keynotes Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

The Keynotes - Jingle Bells / The Mistletoe Kiss album art The Keynotes Jingle Bells / The Mistletoe Kiss (Single) London UK 1948 Sell This Version
238 The Keynotes - Underneath The Arches / Side By Side album art Primo Scala's Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes Primo Scala's Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes - Underneath The Arches / Side By Side(Shellac, 10") London Records 238 Europe 1948 Sell This Version
239 The Keynotes - Be Mine / Time Out For Tears album art Anne Shelton With Roy Robertson and His Orchestra, The Keynotes Anne Shelton With Roy Robertson and His Orchestra, The Keynotes - Be Mine / Time Out For Tears(Shellac, 10") London Records 239 UK 1948 Sell This Version
The Keynotes - The Echo Told Me A Lie / I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Cocoanuts album art Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - The Echo Told Me A Lie / I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Cocoanuts London Records US 1949 Sell This Version
356 The Keynotes - Dreaming / Cruising Down The River album art Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes - Dreaming / Cruising Down The River(Shellac, 10") London Records 356 UK 1949 Sell This Version
F.9073 The Keynotes - More Beer! / Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) album art Primo Scala With His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala With His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - More Beer! / Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)(Shellac, 10") Decca F.9073 UK 1949 Sell This Version
The Keynotes - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / The Village Of Christmas Pie album art Primo Scala With His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala With His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / The Village Of Christmas Pie Decca UK 1950 Sell This Version
The Keynotes - The Saturday Waltz / Mockin' Bird Hill album art Primo Scala With His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala With His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - The Saturday Waltz / Mockin' Bird Hill Decca UK 1951 Sell This Version
The Keynotes - Wanted album art Bobbie Britton And The Keynotes Bobbie Britton And The Keynotes - Wanted (Single) Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
45-F 10693 The Keynotes Scotland The Brave(7") Decca 45-F 10693 UK 1954 Sell This Version
F-45-10302 The Keynotes - A Dime And A Dollar album art The Keynotes A Dime And A Dollar(7", Single) Decca F-45-10302 UK 1954 Sell This Version
D 18 223 The Keynotes - Relax-Ay-Voo / Steam Heat album art The Keynotes Relax-Ay-Voo / Steam Heat(7", Single) Decca D 18 223 Germany 1955 Sell This Version
The Keynotes - You Can't Be True To Two / A Little Bit Independent album art Dave King (5) With The Roland Shaw Orchestra And The Keynotes Dave King (5) With The Roland Shaw Orchestra And The Keynotes - You Can't Be True To Two / A Little Bit Independent (Single) Decca UK 1956 Sell This Version
The Keynotes - The Birds And The Bees album art Dave King (5) And The Keynotes With The Roland Shaw Orchestra Dave King (5) And The Keynotes With The Roland Shaw Orchestra - The Birds And The Bees (Single) Decca UK 1956 Sell This Version
DFE.6449 The Keynotes - Scotland Forever album art The Keynotes & The Stargazers The Keynotes & The Stargazers - Scotland Forever(7", EP) Decca DFE.6449 UK 1957 Sell This Version
DFE 6385 The Keynotes - Memories Are Made Of This album art Dave King (5) With The Keynotes And The Roland Shaw Orchestra Dave King (5) With The Keynotes And The Roland Shaw Orchestra - Memories Are Made Of This(7", EP) Decca DFE 6385 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45101 The Keynotes - Palisades Park / Sing Me A Song Of Romance  album art The Keynotes Palisades Park / Sing Me A Song Of Romance (7") Paree 45101 US 1965 Sell This Version
F.9032 The Keynotes - The Pussycat Song / Bounce-y Bounce-y Ball-y album art Joy Nichols And Benny Lee With Stanley Black And His Blacksmiths With The Keynotes Joy Nichols And Benny Lee With Stanley Black And His Blacksmiths With The Keynotes - The Pussycat Song / Bounce-y Bounce-y Ball-y(Shellac, 10") Decca F.9032 UK Unknown Sell This Version
The Keynotes - The Windmill Song (Daar Bij Die Molen) / In A Shady Nook By A Babbling Brook album art Primo Scala's Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes Primo Scala's Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes - The Windmill Song (Daar Bij Die Molen) / In A Shady Nook By A Babbling Brook Decca UK Unknown Sell This Version
The Keynotes - More Beer! / Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile, Smile, Smile) album art Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Orchestra* With The Keynotes - More Beer! / Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile, Smile, Smile) London Records Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
The Keynotes - The Village Band / Jolly Brothers album art Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - The Village Band / Jolly Brothers Decca Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
408 The Keynotes - Johnny Get Your Girl / If You Ever Fall In Love Again album art Anne Shelton, The Keynotes, Roy Robertson and His Orchestra, The Wardour Singers Anne Shelton, The Keynotes, Roy Robertson and His Orchestra, The Wardour Singers - Johnny Get Your Girl / If You Ever Fall In Love Again(Shellac, 10") London Records 408 UK Unknown Sell This Version
M 32623 The Keynotes - Dreaming / Show Me The Way To Go Home album art Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - Dreaming / Show Me The Way To Go Home(Shellac, 10") Decca M 32623 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
45929 The Keynotes - Love Me Forever / Whisper While You Waltz album art Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes Primo Scala And His Banjo And Accordion Band* With The Keynotes - Love Me Forever / Whisper While You Waltz(7", Single) London Records 45929 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-929 Primo Scala With His Banjo & Accordion Band, The Keynotes Primo Scala With His Banjo & Accordion Band, The Keynotes - Love Me Forever / Whisper While You Waltz(7", Single) London Records 45-929 UK Unknown Sell This Version