Reading List

Here's everything I've used in the book. Not exhaustive, I don't suppose, but it should get you started if you want to read around the subject! There's some great books here...


Ades, David; Bickerdyke, Percy; Holmes, Eric, This England's Book Of British Dance Bands. Cheltenham: This England Books, 1999

Beardsley, Robert & Leech-Wilkinson, Daniel, A Brief History Of Recording To Ca. 1950, <>

Bickerdyke, Percy And Arthur Jackson, Dance Band Days: Jack Hylton, This England, Winter, 1992

Briggs, Asa, The History Of Broadcasting In The United Kingdom: Volume I: The Birth Of Broadcasting, Oxford: OUP, 1995

Carew, Les, How Are The Mighty..?, Nostalgia, Vol.10 No.40, October 1990

Chapman, Gary, Welcome To The Cabaret, The Jazz Age, <http://www.>

Chilton, John, Who’s Who Of British Jazz: 2nd Edition, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, June 2004.

Colin, Sid, And The Bands Played On, London: Elm Tree Books, 1977

Craft, Robert, Ed.  Selected Letters And Diaries Of Vera And Igor Stravinsky: Dearest Bubushkin, London: Thames And Hudson, 1985

Dherbier, Yann-Price, Audrey Hepburn: A Life In Pictures, London: Anova Books, 2007

Dregni, Michael, Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, Oxford: OUP, 2006

Faint, Peter, Jack Hylton, His Life in Music, unpublished MPhil thesis, University of Lancaster, 1999

Fenton, Alasdair, Jax Bax, RSVP, April 1966

Godbolt, Jim, A History Of Jazz In Britain 1919-50, Northway Publications, 2005

Goodman, Arnold, Tell Them I’m On My Way, London: Chapmans, 1993

Hayes, Chris, Leader Of The Band, Blackpool: Lancastrian Transport, 1994

Holloway, Stanley, Wiv A Little Bit O’ Luck, London: Frewin, 1967

Jackson, Jeffrey H., Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris, Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, July 2003

Kernfeld, Barry, Ed. The New Grove Dictionary Of Jazz, London: Macmillan, 1988

Kershaw, Baz (et al) ‪The Cambridge History Of British Theatre, Volume 3, Cambridge University Press, 2004

Kilburn, Michael, London’s Theatres, London: New Holland Publishers, 2002

Kirkwood, Pat, The Time Of My Life, Robert Hale Ltd., 1999

Laurence, Dan H., Ed., Shaw's Music – The Complete Music Criticism Of Bernard Shaw, Volume 3. London: The Bodley Head, 1989

Lipton Farris, Celia, My Three Lives, Irc Promotions, Inc., 2008

Logan, Pamela W., Jack Hylton Presents, London: BFI, 1995

Lubenow, William C., Liberal Intellectuals And Public Culture In Modern Britain, 1815-1914: Making Words Flesh, Boydell & Brewer, 2010

Lynn, Vera, Vocal Refrain, London: W.H.Allen, 1975

Mccarthy, Albert, The Dance Band Era, London: Hamlyn, 1971

Martland, Peter, Recording History The British Record Industry 1888-1931. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press, 2013

Mellor, Geoff J., The Northern Music Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Frank Graham, 1970

Muir, Frank, A Kentish Lad, London: Random House, 2012,

Owen, Maureen, The Crazy Gang – A Personal Reminiscence, London: Weidenfeld And Nicolson, 1986

Parker, John, Who’s Who In The Theatre: A Biographical Record of the Contemporary Stage, Twelfth Edition, London: Pitman, 1956

Parsonage, Catherine, The Evolution Of Jazz In Britain 1880-1935, London: Ashgate, 2005

Parsonage, Catherine, A Critical Reassessment Of The Reception Of Early Jazz In Britain. Popular Music, 22(3), 2003

Pertwee, Bill, Pertwee’s Promenades and Pierrots, London: Westbridge Books, 1979

Riesenfeld, Hugo, “New Forms For Old Noises”, League Of Composers Review [Modern Music] 1 (June 1924)

Rust, Brian And Sandy Forbes, British Dance Bands On Record, 1911-1945 and Supplement, 2nd Rev. Ed., Harrow: General Gramophone, 1989

Rust, Brian, The Dance Bands, Shepperton: Ian Allen, 1972

Schuller, Gunther, Early Jazz: Its Roots And Musical Development, New York: OUP, 1968

Stravinsky, Igor And Robert Craft, Expositions And Developments, London: Faber, 1962

Stravinsky, Igor And Robert Craft, Selected Correspondence Volume II, London: Faber, 1984

Taruskin, Richard, Stravinsky And The Russian Traditions Volume II, Oxford: OUP, 1996

Tracy, Sheila, Talking Swing, Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1997

Tucker, Mark, Ed., The Duke Ellington Reader, New York: OUP, 1993

Vedey, Julian, Band Leaders, London: Rockliff, 1950

Walker, Ted, The “Queen’s” Dance Orchestra, Storyville 15, London: Storyville Publications And Co. February-March 1968

White, E.W., Stravinsky, London: Faber, 1966

Whitehouse, Edmund, London Lights: A History Of West End Musicals, Cheltenham: This England Books, 2005

Williams, John, Miss Shirley Bassey, London: Quercus, 2010

Willis, Ted, Evening All, London: Macmillan, 1991

Radio Programmes

Clarke, Tony, The Band That Jack Built, BBC Light Programme, September 14th, 1965

Dell, Alan, The Golden Age Of British Dance Bands, BBC Radio Two, 1972

Fenton, Alasdair, Jack’s Back, BBC Radio Blackburn, October 13th, 1971

Race, Steve, The Jack Hylton Story, BBC Radio Two, February/March 1994

Richards, Jeffrey, Salvaging Jack Hylton, August 7th, 2004


Jack Hylton Archive, Lancaster University, Lancaster

National Jazz Archive, Loughton Central Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex

Jack Hylton Archive, V&A Museum, London

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond

EMI Archive Trust, Hayes, Middlesex