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Every Night Something Atrocious - the squaddies interpretation of those initials was, in some cases, pretty near the mark. There were many entertainers to whom ENSA was a lifeline. All the major stars visited the theatres of war to give the troops a show, ENSA itself, with Geraldo supervising the musical side, gave many post-war stars their first experience. Among these, Tommy Cooper, Jimmy Edwards, and the lesser lights who made a steady living in show business owed much to the organisation. Trumpet star Syd Lawrence just one of the musicians who had their beginnings in troop shows. ENSA could fill a book - and probably has - but these recordings highlight one particular aspect of its work - the radio broadcasts to servicemen all over the world. Here are real pieces of history, available to be heard for the first time since the 1940ís. These programmes featured the civilian bands of Henry Hall, Geraldo and Bob Farnon along with, on this compilation, the Blue Rockets Dance Orchestra from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. In their entirety, the broadcasts presented so many of the top musicians, vocalists and Kenneth and George Western in some light relief for the "cads".

CD1 HENRY HALL & HIS ORCH - Break For Music: Homeward Bound (voc. KEN GREEN): On The Bridge Of Avignon (voc. EVA BEYNON): The Dreamer (voc. EVA BEYNON): Paducah (voc. PADDY OíNEIL): A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (voc. PETER MURAY): An English Man Spoke In Grosvenor Square (voc. FRANCES DAY): Another Headache (voc. FRANCES DAY): Iím Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (voc. EVA BEYNON & CURLY MANN): Soldier Boy (voc. KEN GREEN) GERALDO & HIS ORCH ñ Over To You: Iím Ridiní For A Fall (voc. JOHNNY GREEN): I Cover The Waterfront (voc. DOROTHY CARLESS): MacNamaraís Band (voc. JOHNNY GREEN & ENSEMBLE): Hey Good Lookiní (voc. DOREEN VILLIERS): She Does It All For Me (WESTERN BROTHERS): A Fine Old British Gentleman / The Foreman Of Our Factory (WESTERN BROTHERS): No Other Love (voc. LEN CAMBER): Ragtime Cowboy Joe (voc. DOROTHY CARLESS & JOHNNY GREEN): Concerto For Cozy (Drums ñ MAURICE BURMAN) ROC BLUE ROCKETS DANCE ORCH ñ Top Of The List: Donít Sweetheart Me (voc. GEORGE MELACHRINO): A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (voc. BERYL DAVIS): Bim Bam Boom: Long Ago And Far Away (voc. BERYL DAVIS): Let Me Love You Tonight (voc. GEORGE MELACHRINO)

CD2 BOB FARNON & HIS ORCH - Journey Into Melody: Begin The Beguine: All Through The Day (voc. DICK JAMES): What Is This Thing Called Love: The Nearness Of You (voc. CAROLE CARR): Oh Susannah: Love Walked In: The Stars Will Remember (voc. DICK JAMES): Getting Nowhere (voc. CAROLE CARR): South American Way: LOU PREAGER & HIS ORCH ñ Break For Music: Sweet Rosie OíGrady: I Heard You Cried Last Night (voc. EDNA KAYE & PAUL RICH): Mairzy Doats And Dozy Doats (voc. PAUL RICH): Donít Give Me Love (voc. MAUDIE EDWARDS): Is My Baby Blue Tonight (voc. MAUDIE EDWARDS): We Donít Know Where Weíre Going (voc. MAUDIE EDWARDS): Shoo Shoo Baby (voc. EDNA KAYE): Watcha Know Joe (voc. EDNA KAYE) / Donít Ask Me Why (voc. PAUL RICH) / Whistling In The Light (voc. EDNA KAYE) / Hey Good Lookiní (voc. PAUL RICH) ROC BLUE ROCKETS DANCE ORCH ñ Top Of The List: Holiday For Strings: I Got It Bad And That Ainít Good (voc. BERYL DAVIS): Donít Say That Nobody Loves You: Sweet As A Song (voc. BERYL DAVIS): In Times Like These (voc. BERYL DAVIS).

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