So, the image hasn't anything to do with the subject of this post, but it's never a bad time to promote the latest "Big Broadcast" collection. I was hoping to find the sheet music to "Little Spanish Dancer," or a nice shot of Sam Browne, who'll be singing it here (and tonight). No luck. At least nothing sufficiently pixel dense to post.
It took me some years to get hip to British dance bands. Longer to wise up to their vocalists beyond Al Bowlly. Sam Browne, whose birthday is being saluted on "The Big Broadcast," made over 2000 recordings. He started with the Jack Hylton band, but spent over a dozen years with Ambrose & His Orchestra. My guess is that he didn't do a many "solo" sides as Bowlly, at least I haven't found many. Here's one, "Little Spanish Dancer."