Anne Lenner with Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Orpheans: Her 26 Finest 1932-1941
From the ‘Golden Age of British Dance Music’, that elegant era of the 1930s when couples danced to melodies played by bands led by such as Carroll Gibbons, few of the singers are household names today. But one deserving to be remembered is Anne Lenner, who was among the most popular female vocalists of her time. Sweet and fresh-voiced she was a winning interpreter of songs of all moods, never forcefully bludgeoning her audience but gently charming them. This she did on more than 150 recordings with Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Orpheans, with the pick of them to be enjoyed on this Retrospective. Anne’s pure, silky, typically English voice, sounding with a gentle Mayfair accent, was ideal for presenting the choice melodies of the day. The opening six tracks with Gibbons’ small group, The Boy Friends, include such evergreens as I’ll Never Be The Same or Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. From 1935 to 1941 Anne was the finest and longest-serving of Gibbons’ singers and 20 fine numbers with the Orpheans evoke the sophisticated Savoy atmosphere: All The Things You Are, With A Song In My Heart… stylish nostalgia that can still offer so much pleasure.
“The Retrospective label is the gift that keeps on giving for those of a nostalgic disposition who enjoy sweet music. The first release of 2023 – the first of many, it’s to be hoped – features Anne Lenner on the bandstand with Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Orpheans… In her day, Anne Lenner had everything required for stardom and celebrity, the right looks and right sound, even down to the cut-glass Mayfair accent. Thanks to the Retrospective Label she once again reaches a large audience.” Andrew Liddle, Yorkshire Times [read complete review]