Here are 10 things you should know about Colin Clive, born 121 years ago today. His life and career were tragically brief, but his legacy lingers.
We were sorry to learn of the passing at 103 of the wonderful Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart. She was an icon of the Second World War, bringing inspiration and hope to millions with her records and live performances for the troops.
We’ll be featuring Dame Vera’s lovely music all day today, so be sure to tune in.
The wonderful Dame Vera Lynn was born 101 years ago today.
Here are 10 things you should know about Dame Vera Lynn…
The terrific Al Bowlly was born 120 years ago today. One of the first of the crooners, Bowlly left a great legacy, despite having his life cut short as a civilian casualty during World War II.
Here are 10 things you should know about Al Bowlly…
In this week’s Snapshot in Prose, we convene with Ray Noble‘s favorite vocalist (and one of ours, too), Mr. Al Bowlly. We learn that Bowlly had a fledgling career as a barber before he became a professional singer and that he grew up not in England, as we’d always thought, but in Johannesburg, South Africa. Join us for this 1935 tête-à-tête with Mr. Bowlly.
“They’re the only kind of songs I like to sing,” said the popular Al when we cornered him in Radio City’s luxurious Rainbow Room. “Of course, I often have to sing other types but I can’t put my heart into anything without a touch of romance.”
Albert Bowlly, who is currently appearing with Ray Noble at New York’s swanky Rainbow Room, 65 stories above the clatter and clamor of Manhattan, and can be heard over a coast-to-coast hook-up several times a week, was born on a farm near Johannesburg, South Africa, about thirty years ago.