Bert Ambrose, was perhaps more qualified than any of his fellow Britons to direct a British band in the fashionable, accepted, demanded, American style-he had trained in New York as a young violinist and had led a band in the Palais Royal, on New York’s Broadway, up to the time an American violinist named Paul Whiteman and his band replaced him-yet apart from a few unremarkable records in 1923, he made none until just after opening at the May Fair Hotel in London on March 28th, 1927. The original personnel was almost all American; but by the autumn of 1928, only banioist Joe Brannelly and trumpeter Sylvester Ahola were American. The very day the ?rst track on this record was made saw the entry into Ambrose’s band of a third young American, clarinetist and multi-saxophonist Danny Polo, from Clinton, Indiana. Between them, Ahola and Polo brought to the Ambrose band just that touch of American know-how that distinguished it from the others; spare a Word in praise of the mellow,- silky voice of Lou Abelardo, the singer on eleven of these numbers. He was an American who arrived in London in the. summer of 1929, remained for nearly two years, then returned to the States, where he made a few more records with rather indifferent bands, and vanished. Dark-haired, moustachioed and handsome, his gentle voice must make him, half a century later, a strong contender for the claim to being the ?rst dance-band crooner, certainly in England! His Ambrose replacement was Londoner Sam Browne, an exemplary vocalist with excellent diction and a good sense of musicianship, whose career spanned two full decades and more. It will be seen that almost all the songs in this album are from now rare ?lms or stage productions.