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Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Jack Hylton sings ‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ (1928)

From nightingales to nightclubs in another musical interlude: Jack Hylton sings ‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ in this recording from 1928. Rising to fame on the back of the dance craze that followed the Great War, Hylton became one of the best known band leaders of the 1920s. His orchestra continued to tour and record into the 1940s.

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One comment on “Jack Hylton sings ‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ (1928)

  1. Elizabeth Eva Leach
    September 7, 2013

    Popular music performing its usual socially conservative work in its usual seductive fashion. “Hey, workers — no need to strike for better wages because the best things in life are free! Dance (and forget your chains)!”

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