Al Bowlly

Al Bowlly

Birth
Maputo, Maputo Capital City, Mozambique
Death 17 Apr 1941 (aged 42)
St James, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Hanwell, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 9578014 · View Source
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Popular British singer born Albert Allick Bowlly in what is now Maputo in Mozambique. He was often compared to the great Bing Crosby although Al Bowlly very much had his own style. In the early 1920's he joined the band of Edgar Adler on a tour of Rhodesia, East Africa, India, Malaya, and Java. It was here that he left the band following a brawl with Adeler on stage. During the late 20's he worked with the Jimmy Lequime Orchestra before joining Edgar again in Germany. He maked his first vocal recording in July with Arthur Briggs Savoy Syncopators with "Song of the Wanderer". He later made his first solo recording "Blue Skies" on 18th August, 1928. In July 1928 Bowlly came to London to join Fred Elizalde, although they would disband in 1930 with Bowlly reduced to busking. Over the next decade Bowlly went on to work with the likes of Ray Noble's New Mayfair Dance Orchestra, Roy Fox and his Band, Lew Stone's Band, Radio City Rhythm Makers and Geraldo. The outbreak of the Second World War curtailed most band work and in 1940 he formed "The Radio Stars with Two Guitars" with ex-Nat Gonella singer/guitarist Jimmy Mesene. Their last date was at the Rex Theatre in High Wycombe. After the show, Al returned to London to see his doctor as his throat had been troubling him (he'd previously had surgery in the States). He returned to his flat in Dukes Court, Piccadilly as London was suffering one of its heaviest air raids. Instead of taking cover in the air raid shelter, Al was sitting up in bed reading a cowboy book. Outside, a German bomb came silently down and exploded in the street outside Al's window. After the "all-clear" had been signalled, the caretaker made his rounds to see that everyone was all right. When he entered Al's apartment, he found him dead in bed, killed outright by the blast from the bomb. Al Bowlly's work is often heard to day. He can be heard singing "Midnight, the Stars and You" and "It's All Forgotten Now" on Stanley Kubrick's classic "The Shining"(1980) and the title song for the BBC comedy series "Goodnight Sweetheart".

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 9578014
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Al Bowlly (7 Jan 1899–17 Apr 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9578014, citing Hanwell Cemetery, Hanwell, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .