Those Were The Days
A programme of old time dance music which ran from 1943 until 1976. Harry Davidson and his Orchestra provided the music and the studio audience were invited to dance to the Boston Two-step, The Palais Glide, The Veleta and The Empress Tango, and countless other dances.

The various old-time dance societies were well represented in the studio audience, thus ensuring a high standard of performance - rather important, as the sound of people falling over each other, followed by expletives would not have been desirable on the air!  

Complete with a master of ceremonies, this delightful programme of light music really evoked the charm of an earlier age. Harry Davidson continued as M.D. until declining health forced his retirement in 1966.  He died early in 1967 by which time the music was in the hands of Sidney Davey and his Orchestra. Sidney had held the position of pianist, chief arranger and deputy conductor of Harry Davidson's orchestra for many years and was the obvious successor. The programme ended with Sidney's retirement in 1976.

There were other radio programmes featuring old -time dance music during this period, noteably 'Time for Old Time' with Sidney Bowman  and his orchestra and 'Take Your Partners'  featuring the Sydney Thompson Old-time orchestra and, from 1976, the Bryan Smith orchestra was a popular ingredient of 'Radio Two Ballroom'.


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Listen to 'Those Were The Days' played by Harry Davidson and his Orchstra
as broadcast on 6th. October 1962.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Saturday 6th October 1962: 6.45 - 7.30pm
Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
Guest Artist: Arthur Richards (baritone)
Introduced by Ivan Samson
Master of Ceremonies, Charles Crathorn
Produced by Frederic Bayco for John Tylee

La Militaire: Down Windsor Way
Destiny Waltz: Original Music
Barn Dance: By Heck!
Saunter Regalia: Vilia (The Merry Widow)
Victorian Gavotte: Dresden Romance
Interlude Tarantella: Covent Garden (London Suite)
Songs:
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The Wandering Player
.
Who Were You with Last Night?
Boston Twostep: Peacock Patrol
First and Second Figures of the Tango Quadrilles:
.
Majanah
.
Mamma Mia
Progressive Waltz: Romance in Waltztime
.
In the Twi-twi-twilight
.
Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland
.
For Old Time's Sake
Dinkie Onestep: Tunes from No, No, Nanette
Arnold Steck
Sydney Baynes, arr. Sidney Davey
S.R.Henry
Franz Lehár, arr. Sidney Davey
May Hodgson
Eric Coates

Alan Murray
Fred Godfey and Mark Sheridan
Peter Barrington, arr. Cyril Watters
Arr. Sidney Davey
Juan Llossas
Caminola
Arr. David Caryll



Vincent Youmans

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Listen to 'Those Were The Days' played by Harry Davidson and his Orchstra
as broadcast on 24th. November 1962.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Home Service: Saturday 24 November 1962: 7.00 – 7.30 p.m.
Harry Davidson and His Orchestra
Introduced by Ivan Samson
Master of Ceremonies, Charles Crathorn
Produced by James Dufour

Flirtation Twostep: Party Time Medley:
. Back Again to Happy-Go-Lucky Days
. Make it a Party
. Best of Friends
Waltz: Kay Rudd Waltzes:
. Miracle of Love
. Oh, Wishing Star
. Roses from Venice
Moonlight Saunter: Moonlight and Roses
Georgella Blues: Mountain Greenery
Interlude: Nautical Interlude (based on "A Roving" and "Billy Boy")
Lola Tango: Tango for Tina
General Excuse-Me Waltz: Medley:
. Together
. While We danced at the Mardi Gras
. So Blue
. I’ll Always be in Love with You
Boston Twostep: Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay
Arr. Roy Green



Arr. Leon Young



Lemare, arr. Leon Young
Richard Rodgers
Ernest Tomlinson
Guy Desslyn
Arr. Roy Green




Will Cobb and John Flynn, arr. H.M. Higgs

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Listen to 'Those Were The Days' played by Harry Davidson and his Orchstra
as broadcast on 6th. July 1963.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Saturday 6th July 1963
Harry Davidson and His Orchestra
Introduced by James Dale
Master of ceremonies, Charles Crathorn
Produced by Andrew Gold

Waltz: Ivor Novello Waltzes:
.
Music in May
. Fold Your Wings
. Waltz of My Heart
. Some Day My Heart Will Awake
Imperial Twostep: Imperial Echoes
First and Second Figures of the Tango Quadrilles: Manjanah; Mama Mia
On Leave Foxtrot: Hors d’Oeuvres
Interlude: Opening Number: Pineapple Poll (based on Gilbert and Sullivan Melodies)

Starlight Saunter: The Way You Look Tonight
Pride of Erin Waltz: Pride of Erin:
. That’s an Irish Lullaby
. Sweet Molly O’Morgan
. When Irish Eyes are Smiling
. My Wild Irish Rose
. The Rose of Tralee
. Sweet Rosie O’Grady
The Gay Gordons: A Hundred Pipers (Medley)
Arr. Pat Pattinson




Arnold Safroni, arr. Cyril Watters
Arr. Sidney Davey

David Comer
Charles Mackerras
Jerome Kern
Arr. Keith Papworth






Arr. George Record (Harry Davidson)

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Listen to 'Those Were The Days' played by Harry Davidson and his Orchstra
as broadcast on 21st. September 1963.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Saturday 21 September 1963: 6.45 – 7.30 p.m
Harry Davidson and His Orchestra
Guest Artist: Gerald Stern
Introduced by Rex Palmer
Master of Ceremonies, Charles Crathorn
Produced by Andrew Gold

Military Twostep: The Flying Fortress
Waltz: Autumn in Venice
Ideal Schottische: Toby’s Walk
Saunter Regalia: A Tree in the Meadow
Interlude: Overture: Plymouth Hoe
Songs:
. Nirvana
. Daisy Bell
Fifth Figure of the Lancers: The Marching Lancers
Hesitation Waltz: Robbins Waltz Medley:
No One but You
Cara Mia
Dream, Dream, Dream
Tango Magenta: Lovely Doris
Mayfair Quickstep: Medley:
. The Breakaway
. Dinner at Eight
. One, Two, Button your Shoe
Boston Twostep: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Erwin Van Cortland, arr. Roy Green
Kenneth Baynes
Ernest Ponticelli
Billy Reid, arr. Roy Green
John Ansell

Stephen Adams
Harry Dacre
Arr. Aubrey Winter
Arr. Leon Young



Lee Morris
Arr. Roy Green



John Bratton, arr. Sidney Davey

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