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It’s Jack Hylton Week

March 21, 2010

Jack Hylton and His Orchestra in 1926. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
The Wedding of the Painted Doll

Recorded in 1929

America had Paul Whiteman to civilize its jazz. England had Jack Hylton, whose massive band rivaled Whiteman’s in size and ambition. As Whiteman did, Hylton hired arrangers (notably Billy Ternent) who pushed the limits of dance music, twisting it toward light classical. But it’s probably fair to say that, for average popular songs, Hylton’s band relied more on hugeness than on cleverness.

Here, to introduce Jack Hylton, is “The Wedding of the Painted Doll,” a novelty from The Broadway Melody that makes good use of the Hylton orchestra’s distinctive sound. Like the song, the band is pompous, jazzy, and sweet all at once.


From → Hot Dance

One Comment
  1. Jon permalink

    Is there a story behind the picture?

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