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Memory Lane magazine

This is the site on the Internet of Memory Lane magazine dedicated to the music of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. In particular the British dance bands (e.g. Ambrose, Jack Hylton, Lew Stone),   swing bands (e.g. Ted Heath, Geraldo) and their stars (e.g. Nat Gonella, George Chisholm) and vocalists (e.g. Sam Browne, Al Bowlly). Memory Lane also covers American bands and singers of the era and related genres such as jazz and variety.

Memory Lane is now well established, having been founded in 1968 and having produced nearly 200 editions which have been sent world-wide. It is edited by Ray Pallett and published quarterly. This web site tells you all about Memory Lane, provides a selection of past articles and explains how to get it. Click on the links above and those below to explore the musical world of Memory Lane.

Memory Lane is published in the United kingdom from: Memory Lane, P O Box 1939, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3UH, England. Click the yellow link to subscribe to Memory Lane and you will get our Special Offer - an 18-month subscription covering 6 issues for the price of a normal subscription covering 4 issues.

Existing subscribers to Memory Lane can renew their subscription by clicking the yellow link. This is particularly convenient for subscribers outside the United Kingdom as you can simply pay using your credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

Our music

Listen to a weekly “broadcast” of English dance bands by clicking this yellow link.

Our CD and publications

Memory Lane also has its own record label for CD releases and publishes various books - click on the yellow link to our On-Line Shop (or use the link at the top of this page) for details of what’s on offer. Details of Back Catalogue Page also accessed from our On-Line Shop.

Our events

Our next event is our Guided Walk on 13th May 2017 in Central London identifying the places where dance bands used to play. Click on the yellow link to EVENTS for more details and to obtain tickets.

Al Bowlly

Memory Lane also incorporates the Al Bowlly Circle and every edition includes features on Britain’s favourite 1930s vocalist. Click the link to “Al Bowlly” above to take you to pages all about Al including his biography and discography.

To subscribe to Memory Lane, renew your subscription or buy one of our publications or CDs, follow the link above to our On-Line Shop. To find our next event, follow the link above to Events. Or click on the yellow rectangular links wherever they appear.

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Our Latest Edition

The latest 60-page edition of Memory Lane, Winter 2016 (publication date: 8th November 2016) is pictured here. Featured in this issue are Bert Firman and his Brothers, Carroll Gibbons, Ambrose, Studio Serendipity (about Small Queen’s Hall, Petty France and Abbey Road), Larry Brennan, George Melly, Teddy Powell and Dance Bands in Glasgow. Plus our regular feature  Caught In The Web (a review of the on-line news). Additionally, there are CD and DVD reviews, readers’ letters and plenty more. As usual this issue is profusely illustrated. You can receive this issue and future editions by subscribing HERE.

Past Articles and Special Features

A selection of articles from previous editions of Memory Lane. The latest addition to this section is an exclusive Reginald Foresythe Discography by Terry Brown.

Memory Lane Indexes

For a full index of all articles and photographs covered in previous editions. After accessing the indexes (which are on an external web site), use the back button to return here.

Writing for Memory Lane

Memory Lane is always seeking articles, etc. for publication. Please follow this link for Guidance.

Contacts and Links

Please follow this link if you wish to contact Memory Lane and for details of related web sites.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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All about Memory Lane

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“They Called Him Al” by Ray Pallett is the new biography of Al Bowlly.

Published in May 2010, They Called Him Al, has a foreword by Roy Hudd after which the Al Bowlly story is told with much new information and many new pictures. 

This follows research over many years and the result is an updated and amplified story of Al Bowlly which makes this book the most comprehensive account of Al’s life yet. 

They Called Him Al includes:

***Full biography;

***A full alphabetical Discography    including title, accompaniment, date, where recorded, matrix & take details, label & catalogue number plus additional miscellaneous information;

***Assessment of Al’s voice and artistry;

*** review of Al in the media since his death;

***A virtual tour around Al Bowlly’s London;

***A review and listing of all Al Bowlly films; 

***Some frequently asked questions;

***The stories of the bandleaders  with whom Al

      Bowlly sung. 

Plus much more!


They Called Him Al  is a quality produced book with over 400 pages and measures 6” X 9”.

It is published in the USA by: BearManor Media, PO Box 1129  Duncan, Oklahoma 73534-1129.  See

The ISBN is: 978-1-59393-526-9.  

It is available from our On-Line Shop, Publications Department. Author-signed copies available.  

It is also currently listed on,, Barnes & Noble and other on-line sellers.  

Some previous Memory Lane covers are pictured, below.