Alan Dell created and hosted his half-hour Dance Band Days shows in 1969, featuring British dance bands of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, initially on BBC Radio 1, but shortly thereafter moving to the more suitable Radio 2. He continued to broadcast on Monday evenings until shortly before his death in 1995, when Malcolm Laycock took over the programme.
These programmes were recorded off-air from FM broadcasts, and originate from my own and others’ archive tapes. Most of the shows are complete and dated, but regrettably a few are cut off either at the beginning or the end due to the vagaries of automatic recording timers of the day, and some were taped without noting the broadcast date.
This is an ongoing project to present as many of Alan Dell’s shows as possible: if you can help with recordings that aren’t on this website, or if you have complete shows for those which are incomplete, please do get in touch!
While every effort has been made to remove any extraneous FM interference, inevitably some remains on occasion.
Please note that these are intended for personal enjoyment only and may not be sold or copied for profit. Copyright remains with the BBC.