Savoy Havana Band

The Savoy Havana Band was a British dance band of the 1920s. It was resident at the Savoy Hotel, London, between 1921 and 1927.

The band was formed by the American saxophonist Bert Ralton in 1921. Originally there were six players including Ralton. It was later increased to ten players. From 1924 it was led by the English violinist Reginald Batten. Both the Savoy Havana Band and their colleagues the Savoy Orpheans were under the management of Wilfred de Mornys.

Among the players was a young American saxophonist, Rudy Vallée, whose attempts to become a vocalist were discouraged by his fellow-players. Another member of the ensemble was the pianist Billy Mayerl. On 15 June 1925, alongside the Orpheans, the band played in the first British performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Gershwin himself on piano. The performance was broadcast live by the BBC.

The owner of the Savoy Hotel, Rupert D'Oyly Carte, called the original Savoy Havana Band and the Savoy Orpheans "probably the best-known bands in Europe." When de Morny's contractual arrangement with the Savoy Hotel company ended on 31 December 1927, the band went on tour, and disbanded in 1930.

They appeared in the 1930 film After Many Years.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 71467 10-in. approximately 1921 The co-optimists : Coal black mammy : Fox trot New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71489 10-in. 11/03/1921 Let's dance through life (Avec le sourire) New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71547 10-in. 12/28/1921 J'en ai marre (I'm fed up) : Fox trot New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71548 10-in. 12/28/1921 Conchita : Andalusian fox trot New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71553 10-in. 12/30/1921 Jazz band partout : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71554 10-in. approximately 1922 Play that "Song of India" again : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71576 10-in. approximately 1922 Billets doux : One step Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71577 10-in. 01/26/1922 Hugs and kisses : Fox trot New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71606 10-in. 02/23/1922 In old Granada : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71607 10-in. 02/23/1922 Say, Persianna, say : Oriental fox trot New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71647 10-in. 04/05/1922 All that I need is you : Fox trot New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71648 10-in. 04/05/1922 Confidence : Waltz New York Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71784 10-in. 07/12/1922 Tippy canoe : Waltz Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71785 10-in. 07/12/1922 Roaming : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71896 10-in. 09/18/1922 Dearie, if you knew : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71897 10-in. 09/18/1922 Eleanore : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71902 10-in. 9/19/1922 The cabaret girl : Dancing time, fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71903 10-in. 09/19/1922 Phi-Phi : Phi-Phi, one-step Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71945 10-in. 10/13/1922 Forget me not : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71946 10-in. 10/13/1922 Kitten on the keys : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71977 10-in. 10/25/1922 Tampa Bay Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 71993 10-in. 10/30/1922 Ta bouche—Ca c'est une chose : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 73002 10-in. 11/02/1922 Swanee smiles : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 73003 10-in. 11/02/1922 Three o'clock in the morning : Waltz Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
Columbia 73037 10-in. 11/17/1922 Yankee Doodle blues : Fox trot Savoy Havana Band Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Savoy Havana Band," accessed December 8, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353839.

Savoy Havana Band. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353839.

"Savoy Havana Band." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 8 December 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353839

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