Bright and Early
Bright and Early was a cheerful programme of uninterrupted music, rather in the style of Music While You Work, which was broadcast six days a week in the Home Service at 6.30 a.m. for 25 minutes. 

Commencing just after the war,initially as a record programme, it started using studio sessions in May 1947 with a different ensemble every day - light orchestras, dance bands, cinema organists and brass bands had their allocated slots each week.

Popular contributors included Troise and his Banjoliers, Frank Baron and his Sextet and Primo Scala and his Accordion Band

The show continued until September 1958, the last year featuring predominantly BBC staff orchestras. It returned in January 1962, this time on the Light Programme for a full half hour but as a brass band slot on Thursday mornings. Although this delighted many, the BBC received a few complaints from people who preferred to be soothed out of their slumber - one correspondent to 'Radio Times' suggesting that  every note was created 'in the devil's forge'! 

In the Autumn of 1963 the programme reverted to a six days a week format ,once again featuring mostly BBC orchestras. An exhiliarating start to the day, 'Bright and Early' finally bowed out on 1st January 1965.


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Listen to 'Bright and Early'
played by Ronnie Munro and his Sextet
as broadcast on 21st July 1964

BRIGHT AND EARLY
played by Ronnie Munro and his Sextet
on 21st July 1964


Ronnie Munro
Trolley Song
Great Day
Brise de Paris
Medley:
. Jeepers Creepers
. Young and Healthy
. Lullaby of Broadway
Galapagos
Jumping Jiminy
My Ebony Cane
Constantly
Java
Today
Ramona
Bambalina
Never on Sunday
Siboney
Hello Dolly
Brayne
Vincent Youmans
Albert Delroy
Harry Warren



Ronnie Munro
Galento
Ronnie Munro
Seracini
Toussaint
Sparks
Gilbert
Bernard Ebbinghouse
Hadjidakis
Ernesto Lecuona
Jerry Herman

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Listen to 'Bright and Early' played by The Gerald Crossman Players
as broadcast on 20th July 1964.

BRIGHT AND EARLY
played by The Gerald Crossman Players
on 20th July 1964

Sur la Pont D'Avignon
Banda Espagnola
Under the bridges of Paris
Hora Samba
Waltzing Matilda
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (
Sel)
Ici on Parle Francaise
Midnight in Moscow
Pepita
Flanagan and Allen Medley:
. Underneath the Arches
. Hometown
. Side by Side
. Hey Neighbour
. Ring out the Bells
Trad. arr. Gerald Crossman
Gerald Crossman
Vincent Scotto
E.G.Charrosin
Mario Cowan
Gene de Paul
George Scott-Wood
Trad- arr.Kenny Ball
Don Versey

Flanagan
Kennedy, Carr
Harry Woods
Ross Parker
Ross Parker

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Listen to Bright and Early played by Grimethorpe Colliery Band
conducted by George Thompson
as broadcast on 18th April 1963

BRIGHT AND EARLY
Played by Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Conductor George Thompson
on 18th April 1963

March: Fresnoy
Malaguena
Stage Coach
Heykens' Serenade No.1
Ocean Bounce
The Headless Horseman
The Maigret Theme
Just Jane
March: Seventy-Six Trombones
March: Sierrah
Sam D.Wood
Ernesto Lecuona arr. Frank Bryce
Eric Winstone
Jonny Heykens arr. G.MacKenzie
Thornton and Walmsley
Ron Goodwin arr. Geoffrey Brand
Ron Grainer arr. George Thompson
Allan Street
Meredith Wilson
George Thompson

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Listen to Bright and Early played by the Dave Shand Quintet
as broadcast on 8th August 1958

BRIGHT AND EARLY
Played by the Dave Shand Quintet
on 8th August 1958

The Pansy
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Pocketful of Dreams
Little Serenade
Who's Sorry Now
Tom Hark
Chanson d'Amour
The Lady's in love with you
Lullaby of Birdland
My Fair Lady (Selection)
I won't dance

Rendine
McHugh
Heuson
Ferrio
Snyder
Bepape
Shanklin
Kern
Shearing
Loewe
Berlin

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Listen to Bright and Early played by The Billy Mayerl Rhythm Ensemble
as broadcast at 6.33 am on 28th July 1958

Bright and Early at 6.33 am. on 28th July 1958
Played by The Billy Mayerl Rhythm Ensemble

Going for a Ride
Nursery Clock Polka
Bali Hai
Crystal Clear
Villa Villa
Bracken Brew
Love in Bloom
Guatemala Bird
Sidney Torch
Terry Roper
Richard Rodgers
Billy Mayerl
William Hill Bowen
Ed Martin
Robin & Rainger
Ivor Slaney

Bright and Early at 6.30 am. on 13th October 1955
Played by Frank Baron and his Sextet

Good Morning,Good Morning
Dream
John and Julie
The Banjo's Back in Town
Lazy Summer
Under the Linden Tree
Ten Little Kisses
Pussyfoot
The Engagement Waltz
Blue Moonlight
Alabama Jubilee
Song of the Dreamer
Three Galleons
Spring in Montmartre
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
Brown
Mercer
Green
Schuman
Lindsay
Niedt
Jerome
Gilroy
Connor
Norman
Cobb
Curtis
Alguero
Fotine
Seitz

Bright and Early at 6.33 a.m. on 6th February 1958
Played by the BBC Welsh Orchestra conducted by Arwel Hughes

Waves of the Danube
Dream Dance No.3
Duo from Children's Games
Snakes and Ladders
Catalan Sunshine
Time for Romance
Jolly Jillet
The Grenadiers Waltz
Ivanovici
Coleridge-Taylor
Bizet arr. Finck
Binge
Patacano arr. Coles
Rapley
Fenner
Waldteufel

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