HAPPY 116th BIRTHDAY, SAM BROWNE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAM BROWNE!

Sam Browne (March 26, 1898-March 2, 1972) was an English dance band singer in the 1920s-1940s, most famous for his collaboration with Ambrose and His Orchestra and a frequent recording and touring partner of Elsie Carlisle (1931-1936). He made over 2,000 recordings. In addition to working with Ambrose, he was famous for singing with the orchestras of Jack Hylton, Alfredo, Bertini, Harry Bidgood, Harry Hudson, and Lew Stone. He continued to record into the 1950s.

Sam Browne
Sam Browne

Elsie Carlisle in “Pennies from Heaven”

I wonder how many people first encountered Elsie Carlisle’s music through the 1978 Dennis Potter BBC television series Pennies from Heaven (or through the 1981 movie based on it)?

This clip has Cheryl Campbell miming “You’ve Got Me Crying Again”:

Dennis Potter's 'Pennies From Heaven' – 'You've Got Me Crying Again'

Dennis Potter’s ‘Pennies From Heaven’ – ‘You’ve Got Me Crying Again’

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And here is Bob Hoskins miming “The Clouds Will Soon Roll By” (the Ambrose version):

Dennis Potter's 'Pennies From Heaven' – 'The Clouds Will Soon Roll By'

Dennis Potter’s ‘Pennies From Heaven’ – ‘The Clouds Will Soon Roll By’

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“Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade” Side 2 (1935)

“Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade” continues on side two with Elsie Carlisle singing Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do?” There are also other songs of the ’20s and ’30s sung by Sam Browne and the Rhythm Sisters.

AMBROSE`S JUBILEE CAVALCADE – Countinued – EMBASSY CLUB LONDON

Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade, Continued – Embassy Club, London

Video by Gernot Klawunn (YouTube)