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Morning Music
During its 20 year reign on BBC radio, 'Morning Music' probably gave more air-time to light music than any other programme. It started in November 1945, broadcast between 7.15 and 7.50 a.m every day except Sunday on the Home Service and was an important vehicle for the many light music combinations on the air, which included major recording artists such as Mantovani, Charles Williams and Sidney Torch. Dance bands such as those of Lew Stone and Felix King also contributed as did all of the BBC's Staff light orchestras. The programme had brief announcements and time checks every ten minutes.

In 1949 the programme moved to a later slot - between 8.15 and 9.00a.m. again using a mixture of theatre orchestras such as Harold Collins, speciality orchestras formed essentially for radio such as those of Louis Voss and Anton, plus large recording orchestras under the direction of the likes of Ron Goodwin, Frank Chacksfield, Norrie Paramor etc.  

1957 saw a major overhaul of BBC schedules and 'Morning Music' transferred to the Light Programme, running from 7.00 to 9.00 a.m.  and consisted of unannounced studio-recorded instrumental music from three or four contrasting orchestras or ensembles every day.  The programme varied in length over the years and by January 1965 was running from 5.30 to 9.00 a.m and utilising over 35 musical combinations each week!. For clarity it should be pointed out that at certain times during the early sixties, similar styled programmes such  as 'On Your Way',  'Melody On the Move', 'On with the Bands' and 'The Bands Play On'  occupied the last  section  of this marathon and at certain times the day opened with the 30 minute programme 'Bright and Early'. 

But from January 1965 it was three and a half hours of 'Morning Music' - undoubtedly the longest daily programme on radio . In October 1965 the programme was re-named 'Breakfast Special' - added ingredients being a presenter and vocalists on record,thus reducing the need for so many studio orchestras.

It continued until 1972 when it was replaced by the 'Terry Wogan Show'  which used records to the exclusion of studio recorded music and must have come as a severe blow to the studio musicians for whom breakfast time radio had for so long represented a major part of their livelihood. 


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Listen to Morning Music played by The BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra, conductor David Curry
as broadcast at 6.34am on 13th January 1962.

MORNING MUSIC at 6.34am to 7.15am. on 13th January 1962
played by the BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra
Leader: David Adams, Conductor: David Curry

March: Viennese Ladies
Waltz Medley:
. Dancing with tears in my eyes
. Together
. Charmaine
Jig: The Kinnegad Slashers
The Man from Madrid
The Dancers of El Paso
Selection: The Desert Song
Waltz: Ask Papa
Hornpipe: Flowers of Antrim
Lady Chatterbox
Bella Bella Maria
C'est Magnifique
Green Turtle
Reel: The Mooncoin Reel
Selection: The Music Man
Franz Lehar
arr.Bell
Dubin, Burke
De Silva/Brown /Henderson
Pollack
Trad: arr. David Curry
Tony Osborne
Harold Geller
S.Romberg arr. Higgs
W.Morressy arr.Piercy
Trad: arr. David Curry
J.Seal/C.Burchall
G.Winkler
Cole Porter
Cecil Norman
Trad: arr. David Curry
Meredith Wilson arr. Rapley

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Listen to 'Morning Music' played by Jack Leon and his Orchestra
as broadcast on 30th September 1954 at 8:20am.

MORNING MUSIC
Home Service 30th September 1954 at 8.20am.
played by Jack Leon and his Orchestra

Blaze of Glory
Love's Dream After the Ball

Selection: Hans Christian Anderson
Marionette in Mayfair
La Ronde
Tin Pan Alley Tunes:
. Someone Else's Roses
. Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer
. The Story of Tina
. Tennessee Wig Walk
Mexican Hat Dance
Song of Songs
Rip Van Twinkle
Selection: The Love Parade
Abe Holzmann
Alphons Czibulka
Frank Loesser
Guy Desslyn
Oscar Straus

Carson
Al Hoffman
Katrivanou
Cy Coleman
Trad. arr. Ronald Hanmer
Moya
David Nelson (Tommy Reilly)
Victor Schertzinger

MORNING MUSIC at 8.15am. on 8th August 1952
played by
The Regent Orchestra
Conductor: John Thorpe

Seventeen Come Sunday
(from the Folk Song Suite)
Elfinette
Overture: Susanna's Secret
Prelude to a Memory
Morning Glory
Demoiselle Chic
Nautical Fantasy
In the Shade of the Palms
Cascade
The Last of the Dandies
Intermezzo No.2
(from The Jewels of the Madonna)
Londonderry Air
The Red Sombrero

Vaughan Williams
Jansen
Wolf-Ferrari
Frank Chacksfield
Wynford Reynolds
Percy Fletcher
Cyril Watters
Reginald King
Frederic Curzon
Tony Lowry

Wolf-Ferrari
Trad. arr. Coles
Ronald Binge

MORNING MUSIC on Saturday 22nd. October 1960 from 6.34am. to 8.15am
BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra
Conductor: David Curry
Louis Voss and his Kursaal Orchestra
Edward Rubach and the Novelairs

N.I.L.O
March: With the British Colours
Waltz: The Grenadiers

LOUIS VOSS
El Novillero
Paris Palace Hotel
Budgerigar Polka

NOVELAIRS
Winter Sunshine
Laura

N.I.L.O
Sergeant Cahill's Favourite
Selection: The Vagabond King

NOVELAIRS
Canzone d'amore
Georgian Rumba
Zsa Zsa

LOUIS VOSS
Blue Mantilla
Horse and Buggy
Plantation Mood

N.I.L.O
Spanish Violins
Mr. Lucky

NOVELAIRS
Selection: Irving Berlin Melodies
. The Piccolino
. Isn't it a lovely day
. The song is ended
. We saw the sea

LOUIS VOSS
Frasquita Serenade
Happiness Ahead
Valse du Diable
Majorca

NOVELAIRS
John Gilpin's Ride
Daybreak

N.I.L.O
Yakity Yak
Selection: Free as Air
. The Man from the Mainland
. Free as Air
Set tune: Madame Bonaparte

NOVELAIRS
Phil the Fluter's Ball
Pizzicato Waltz
Pop Gun Parade

N.I.L.O
Medley: Singing in the Rain
. You are my lucky star
. All I do is dream of you
. Singing in the rain
The Governor's Reel

LOUIS VOSS
Theme from 'The Threepenny Opera'
The Happy Mountaineer
Bella Venezia


Von Blon
Waldteufel


Edward Rubach
Paul Durand
Harry Dexter


G. Melachrino
David Raksin


Trad. arr. Curry
Rudolf Friml


Chas. Kalman
Ivor Slaney
David Wolfsthal


Manilla
Leroy Anderson
Reginald King


H. Zacharias
Henry Mancini arr. T. Fones


Irving Berlin






Franz Lehar
Louis Voss
Charley Bazin
Louis Gaste


Matyas Seiber
Ferde Grofe


Reg Wale Arr. R.Jones
Julian Slade


Trad.arr.Curry


Trad.arr. Hope
G. Boulanger
Frank Perkins


arr. Bolton



David Curry


Weill/Brecht
Hans Schlapfer
Roger Barsotti


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