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Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd

Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd
Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd

Cover Type: Soft back.

Edition: 1st Edition

Illustrated: Yes

Lew Stone a career in music by Kenith Trodd.  Foreword Steve Race. 1971 1st edition in very good condition. Joyce Stone  Great Britian. Picture card covers. features Lew Stone (conducting), Al Bowlly (at the microphone), Nat Gonella and Alfie Noakes (trumpets), Lew Davis and Joe Ferrie (trombones), Ernest Ritte, Joe Crossman, Jim Easton, Harry Berly (reeds), Eddie Carroll (piano), Tiny Winters (string bass), Bill Harty (drums).
in original dust jacket in very good condition, but stuck to book. As a result the book covers look excellent.
Several photographs and other illustrations. 149pp.
The career of Lew Stone was much reported in the musical press of the 1930's and has been well documented since his death in 1969.
Born in London in 1898, Lew Stone learned music at an early age and became an accomplished pianist. In the 1920's he worked with many important dance bands. Some arrangements attributed(1) to Lew Stone can be heard on particular records by the Savoy Orpheans (1927) and Ray Starita and his Ambassador's Band During 1927-1931 Lew Stone's arrangements for the Bert Ambrose Orch virtually made it the best in Europe Lew continued to work with other bands like Jack Hylton's and Jack Payne's BBC Dance Orchestra, and he also took several top musicians into the studio to make a few recordings that were issued on the Duophone label as 'Lewis Stone and his Orchestra'. Roy Fox's Band opened at the Monseigneur Restaurant in 1931 and Lew Stone took the up the position of pianist and arranger. When Roy Fox became ill in October he was sent off to Switzerland to rest and Lew assumed leadership of the band. The main vocalist at the Monseigneur was the very popular Al Bowlly who had already sang on over 30 recordings.
Lew began to use other band members for vocal refrain and this proved successful particularly when trumpeter Nat Gonella sang 'Oh! Mo'nah'. Sales of the record Decca F.2763 were huge and may have kept Decca in business.
When Roy Fox returned to London in April 1932 he found that his band was the most popular in the city. A contemporary article in the Gramophone magazine describes events.
In 1932 Lew also worked with a studio band and several recordings were issued on the flexible Durium Records featuring vocals by Al Bowlly, Sam Browne and Les Allen. Some of the arrangements on Durium were by Stan Bowsher   
In October 1932, when Roy Fox's contract at the Monseigneur ended, Lew Stone was offered the post of bandleader and this story filled the pages of the music press.
The Tuesday night broadcasts from the Monseigneur established Lew Stone's band as a great favourite with the listening public, who recognised the sheer quality of the music, and the royal clientele attracted an unsurpassed reputation.
The popularity of vocalist Al Bowlly increased, he was a regular on broadcasts, his name was credited on many of the Decca records and he toured with the band including an appearance in front of royalty at the London Palladium
There is a very good Cartoon of Lew Stone's Band with Al Bowlly is at the microphone and the other musicians from the band of 1933 are  Nat Gonella and Alfie Noakes (trumpets), Lew Davis and Joe Ferrie (trombones), Joe Crossman, Jim Easton, Ernest Ritte, Harry Berly (reeds), Eddie Carroll (piano), Harry Sherman (guitar), Tiny Winters (string bass), Bill Harty (drums). Some arrangements were by Phil Cardew, Stan Bowsher, Con Lamprecht.
In 1933 Lew Stone's Monseigneur Band were involved in an interesting competition designed to test the popularity of in Britain of British vs US dance bands. It was run by the 'News Chronicle' newspaper and was based on the sales of specially recorded dance tunes by Lew's band, Jack Hylton's, Guy Lombardo's and Wayne King's. The songs were What More can I Ask? and Can't We Meet Again? .
From late 1931 until 1934 Lew Stone was also musical director for British and Dominion Films, working mostly from Elstree Studios, and later worked with other film companies.
In Nov 1933 Lew Stone transferred his band to the Cafe Anglais and in Feb 1934 started a very successful tour under the Mecca Agency. The band returned to the Monseigneur in Mar 1934 until the Summer when the Monseigneur was sold to become a cinema. Then in Sep 1934 Al Bowlly and Bill Harty left to join Ray Noble in USA.
In June 1938 the band were the first name band to play at Butlins Holiday Camps and in September they were back at The Cafe de Paris and broadcasting regularly from there.
In October Lew Stone became musical director for the Jack Hulbert show "Under Your Hat" which continued into 1939 and featured the Rhythm Brothers (Clive Erard, Jack Trafford, Frank Trafford). His band played at the El Morocco Club, London.
In June 1940 Lew Stone opened at the Dorchester hotel with a seven piece band which he led on the novachord. This band was much praised for its original style. Later Lew also made several records with his jazz group the Stonecrackers which featured Britain's finest soloists. Broadcasting and recording with his large band continued and he toured the country during the rest of the war years. After the war his band resided at various places including The Embassy Club, The Pigalle Restaurant and Oddenino's Restaurant up to 1955. Lew continued to work round the ballrooms and was broadcasting programmes for Music While You Work in the 1960s but latterly was concentrating on his new entertainments agency. At the time of his death in 1969 Lew's music from the 1930's was just beginning to gather a whole new following

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