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Surprisingly few pictures exist of pre-war and immediate post-war entertainers on stage in Jersey, probably because publicity pictures tended to be taken in outdoor locations and, long before the age of the smart phone, those attending performances did not have cameras with them, particularly not equipped with a flash. So this picture, taken at the Plaza ballroom in the late 1940s, of Jack Dale and his band, is particularly welcome. Jack Dale was a clarinet/saxophone player from Birmingham who played as a member of Benny Loban and his Music Weavers on the 1930 recording of L'imagine
Cliff Richard performed in the island on a number of occasions, most notably in 1980, when Westley Grove Methodist Church was packed for a concert
The Band of the Island of Jersey

Two ladies' ensembles

This picture of Marjorie and her band was taken in about 1930. They probably played a somewhat different genre of music from the sextet below
Jersey group Friends in 1971 or '72. Paul Dwyer, Dave Cabeldu, Lummy and Eddie Edwards
Hank and Dave Dakota were brothers Terry and David Bourke, who performed as a duo in the early 1960s after previously being part of a larger ensemble, Hank Terry and the Mainliners
Members of the Jersey Musical Union arrive at Dinard Airport for a French tour
A large crowd greeted the arrival of a French military band in 1906 as part of the entente cordiale initiative which started two years earlier with the signing of a treaty between the UK and France


Sisters-in-law Valerie (1936, Willesden, London, England) and Elaine Murtagh (1940, County Cork, Eire) originally performed as the Avon Sisters. After being discovered singing at the 1958 BBC Radio Exhibition, they signed to UK Columbia Records where they recorded with producer Norrie Paramor. Their debut was Which Witch Doctor‚ with the Mudlarks, and their debut solo release was a cover version of Jerri O - both songs failed to chart. They added Ray Adams, who was born in Jersey in 1938, whom they spotted singing with Nat Gonella's Band, and then changed their name to the Avons. Their first single under the new name, a cover version of Paul Evans' Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat‚ in 1959, gave them their only UK Top 20 chart entry.
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