Jack Hylton and His Orchestra-On Your Toes
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Jack Hylton and His Orchestra - On Your Toes

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I uploaded the "mystery" Hylton recording previously, and that reminded me of this absolutely fantastic Jack Hylton swing record made in January of 1937. The show "On Your Toes" had been a hit on Broadway in 1936 starring dance phenomenon Ray Bolger (in 1939 becoming hugely popular as the scare crow in "The Wizard of Oz"), and the show's hit tunes "On Your Toes" and "There's a Small Hotel" by Rodgers and Hart were of course played by all the major dance bands. I have heard many versions of "On Your Toes", but this one I just can't get out of my head. The vocal chorus in this tune is sung by the Hylton "Swingtette".

By the way, Jack Hylton only recorded 26 titles in 1937 since he was busy touring with this marvelous orchestra. I wish I could have heard him live back then.

HMV was also recording marvellously at that time, only the pressings were not so good, since they all had what many record collectors call the "HMV crackle". Luckily, sophisticated sound restoration algorithms nowadays allow us to remove this crackle while still preserving the original sound faithfully.

Please enjoy with me the beautiful room Jack Hylton's orchestra was recorded in, and this wonderfully swingy title. You should see me swing in my chair (and not rock...)
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