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JIMMY MESENE - The Sweetest Sweetheart Of All

Jimmy received many plaudits for his vocal spot during The Georgians stage shows. His voice almost operatic at times - and instantly recognisable. Come the war Gonella disbanded The Georgians. Jimmy teamed up with Al Bowlly as a double-act. They were billed as “The Radio Stars with Two Guitars”. 5 of their recordings are featured here - including the 2 sides from their last session in April 1941. Just over two weeks after this session, Al Bowlly was killed in the Blitz. Jimmy made his last recording with Mantovani a in March 1946.

Deep Purple (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): The Sweetest Sweeetheart Of All (with Harold Hood (accordion & piano)): Old Pal Of Mine (with Harold Hood (accordion)): Sophistcated Lady (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): Make-Believe Island / The Woodpecker Song (with Al Bowlly): Lonely Troubadour (Harold Hood (accordion)): Donkey Serenade (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): The Greatest Mistake Of My Life (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): On the Bridge Of Sighs (Harold Hood (accordion)): Make Love With A Guitar / When I Dream Of Home (with Al Bowlly): It’s The Talk Of The Town (with George Glover & His Orchestra): Afterglow (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): South Of The Border (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): Down And Out Blues (with Harold Hood (accordion & piano)): Waterlilies In The Moonlight (Harold Hood (accordion)): I’m Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight / I Haven’t Time To be A Millionaire): - with Al Bowlly): Solitude (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): Broken Hearted Clown (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): Lullaby Of The Volga (with Nat Gonella & His Georgians): You Made Me Care (with orchestra conducted by Sidney Bright): Nicky The Greek (Has Gone) (with Al Bowlly): It Costs So Little (Billy Thorburn’s ‘The Organ, The Dance Band and Me’): Rancho Serenade (with Mantovani & His Orchestra): When That Man Is Dead And Gone (with Al Bowlly and Pat Dodd (piano)): Let The Curtain Come Down (with orchestra conducted by Sidney Bright).

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