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Geraldo & His Orchestra 78's

Gerald Walcan Bright, better known as Geraldo (10 August 1904 4 May 1974)

was an English bandleader. He adopted the name "Geraldo" in 1930 to become one of the most popular British dance band leaders of the 1930s with his "sweet music" and his "Gaucho Tango Orchestra". During the 1940s, he modernized his style to continue enjoying great success

Bright was born in London, where he played piano and organ and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He started his career as a pianist playing for silent films.

Geraldo became a major figure on the British entertainment scene for four decades, having fronted just about every kind of ensemble and influenced the successful careers of numerous top singers. For his broadcasts he varied the style of his orchestra quite considerably, and a particular series Tip Top Tunes (employing a full string section alongside the usual dance band) enjoyed great popularity. Several commercial recordings were made, spotlighting the considerable arranging talents of the young Wally Stott (better known in the US as Angela Morley) .

Over the years, most of the UK's top musicians played with Geraldo's orchestra, including Ted Heath, who played first trombone in the orchestra before leaving to form his own band and the guitarist Ken Sykora, later to become a respected radio personality, and trumpeter Freddie Jameson.

In the 1950s he composed the start-up music for Scottish Television. Entitled Scotlandia, it was heard virtually every day for over thirty years at the beginning of programmes.

Geraldo died from a heart attack while on holiday in Switzerland in 1974. In 1993 a new Geraldo Orchestra, directed by trombonist Chris Dean, toured the UK provinces.



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UK Geraldo & Orchestra - A door will open - Parlophone F.2143

Geraldo & Orchestra - A door will open - Parlophone F.2143

7214 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST :    Geraldo  Dick James    Vocal   1.   A door will open ...
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TRANSVAAL / SOUTH AFRICA Geraldo & Orchestra - Bouquet if Roses - Parlophone F.2333

Geraldo & Orchestra - Bouquet if Roses - Parlophone F.2333

# 3648 10  Inch  -  78  RPM  Geraldo & Orchestra    -            ...
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UK Geraldo & Orchestra - Buttons & Bows - Parlophone F.2326

Geraldo & Orchestra - Buttons & Bows - Parlophone F.2326

9237 10  Inch  -  78  RPM    Rare UK  PRESSING   Geraldo & His Orchestra Side  1. ...
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IRELAND Geraldo & Orchestra - Confidentially - HMV IM 1453 Irish

Geraldo & Orchestra - Confidentially - HMV IM 1453 Irish

4704 RARE  78  RPM     -  10  INCH Geraldo Confidentially    {  Eve Boswell ...
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UK Geraldo & Orchestra - I met her on Monday - Parlophone F.1964

Geraldo & Orchestra - I met her on Monday - Parlophone F.1964

9300 10  Inch  -  78  RPM    Rare UK  PRESSING   Geraldo & Orchestra Side ...
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INDIA & DUM DUM Geraldo & Orchestra - Laura - Parlophone MPE.245 India

Geraldo & Orchestra - Laura - Parlophone MPE.245 India

7214 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST :    Geraldo     1.   Laura 2.  I'm beginning to see the light  ...
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UK Geraldo & Orchestra - Lilli Marlene - HMV I.M.1008 Irish

Geraldo & Orchestra - Lilli Marlene - HMV I.M.1008 Irish

5797 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST :  Geraldo & Orchestra   1.  -  Lilli Marlene   { Vocal  Sally...
€25.00

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IRELAND Geraldo & Orchestra - Mamula Moon - HMV IM.1233 Irish

Geraldo & Orchestra - Mamula Moon - HMV IM.1233 Irish

9268 10  Inch  -  78  RPM    Rare Irish  PRESSING   Geraldo & Orchestra   Side ...
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UK Geraldo & Orchestra - Old Uncle Bud - Parlophone F.1954

Geraldo & Orchestra - Old Uncle Bud - Parlophone F.1954

# 3660 10  Inch  -  78  RPM  Geraldo                 ...
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UK Geraldo & Orchestra - Ole Buttermilk Sky - Parlophone F.2201

Geraldo & Orchestra - Ole Buttermilk Sky - Parlophone F.2201

# 7386 10  Inch  -  78  RPM  Geraldo & Orchestra  Side 1.  Ole Buttermilk Sky   Side 2. ...
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