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Henry Hall (2 May 1898–28 October 1989) was a British bandleader.

He played from the 1920s to the 1950s. In 1932 he recorded the song Teddy Bear’s Picnic with his BBC Orchestra. The record gained enormous popularity and has sold over a million copies.

Henry Hall was born in Peckham, south London and served in both the Salvation and British Armies. His early musical career was slow to start but eventually he was engaged by the old London Midland and Scottish Railway to be in charge of the music throughout their then large chain of hotels. This included Gleneagles, where he had formerly led the band. It was from there that the BBC took him in 1932 as successor to Jack Payne as leader of the BBC Dance Orchestra, and from Broadcasting House at 5.15 each week day Henry gathered a huge following. His signature tune was ‘It’s Just the Time for Dancing’ and he usually ended with ‘Here’s to the Next Time’.

In 1937 Hall left the BBC to tour with his band, which comprised many of his BBC band. He toured the halls in Britain and Europe, generating a certain amount of controversy by dropping numbers by Jewish composers while playing in Nazi Berlin.

During the Second World War, Hall played for the troops and after it developed his show business interests becoming something of an agent and producer. His BBC work again blossomed as he hosted “Henry Hall’s Guest Night” on the radio, and later TV, as well as the programme “Face the Music”.


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  • CarolinaAFer

    Alice is dead! (2)

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • dankhus

    This man was amazing.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kurohime

    Alice is dead!

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Tenome15

    Awesome Music

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sithlord1992

    If you go out in the woods today, you'd better not go alone.. It's lovely out in the woods today, but safer to stay at home.. For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain, because today's the day the teddy bear's have their picnic!!! <3 I love this song, really, respect :D

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • theCapitao

    Love hush, hush, hush, here comes the boogie man.

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
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  • Dunja0712

    Wonderful music, I enjoy listening to Henry Hall. :)

    25 Sep 2009 Reply

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