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Charlie Kunz 78's

Charles "Charlie" Kunz (August 18, 1896 – March 16, 1958) was an American-born British musician popular during the British dance band era.

Kunz was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1896, the only son of a master baker who played the French horn. He made his debut aged six and made his first appearance as a prodigy aged seven. During World War I he led his own resident band, while working in a munitions factory.

He came to England in 1922 as a pianist in a small dance band. He was to remain here until his death from a heart attack in 1958. He is buried in Streatham Vale Cemetery. He was such a distinctive and popular pianist that he abandoned his orchestra to concentrate on his piano playing, both at music hall venues and on the BBC. Two of Britain's most famous female vocalists were with his orchestra in the 1930s; Vera Lynn and Welsh songstress Dorothy Squires. His best known crooner was George Barclay.

Kunz was the pianist in a dance band which was led by the drummer, Ed Krick. The band came to London in 1921 to play a residency in the London Trocadero. The band returned without Kunz to Pennsylvania after a successful run at the 'Troc' and, until 1998, still got together for sessions for retirement homes, renamed as 'The B Flats'.

His debut as a soloist came in 1934 at the Holborn Empire. The same year saw the beginning of what was to become a continuous output of solo records of "Charlie Kunz Medleys". His signature tune was Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie, and his closing theme was Pink Elephants.[1]

Kunz's rhythmic piano style remains unique, a relaxed flowing interpretation of popular melodies played with subtle soft and loud accents, a style which he called "melody and rhythm with expression".



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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - CALL ME MADAME - DECCA

CHARLIE KUNZ - CALL ME MADAME - DECCA

#  176 CHARLIE  KUNZ    A .   CALL  ME  MADAME   Pt 1  B.   Pt 2     DECCA  F 9889         UK    PRESSING DISC  CONDITION      N-  STUNNING ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - ILL SEE YOU IN DREAMS - DECCA

CHARLIE KUNZ - ILL SEE YOU IN DREAMS - DECCA

#165 CHARLIE  KUNZ   A .   SEE  YOU  IN  MY  DREAMS   Pt 1  B.     Pt...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - IRVING BERLIN WALTZ - DECCA

CHARLIE KUNZ - IRVING BERLIN WALTZ - DECCA

#164 CHARLIE  KUNZ   A .   IRVING  BERLIN  WALTZ   Pt 1  B.     Pt 2  DECCA  F.10113  UK         PRESSING  DISC  CONDITION      E LABELS   E+...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - PIANO MEDLEY No 8 - DECCA F 6496

CHARLIE KUNZ - PIANO MEDLEY No 8 - DECCA F 6496

1105 CHARLIE  KUNZ MEDLEY  No 8 MEDLEY  No 8 DECCA     RECORDS    F 6496 ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 1 - REX 8453 UK PRESSING

CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 1 - REX 8453 UK PRESSING

# 1870   6463 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST :    Charlie Kunz   1.   Piano Medley No. R. 1 2.  Pt. 2 ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 12 - REX 8686 UK PRESSING

CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 12 - REX 8686 UK PRESSING

#1869 UK   PRESSING REX  8686 SIDE  A  PIANO  MEDLEY  No 12   Pt 1  CHARLIE  KUNZ SIDE  B  Pt  2 DISC   E    GRADE LABELS  N MINT SLEEVE  COMPANY ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 13 - REX 8726 UK PRESSING

CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 13 - REX 8726 UK PRESSING

1868  & 5877 UK   PRESSING REX  8726   CHARLIE  KUNZ SIDE  A  PIANO  MEDLEY ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 14 - REX 8747 UK PRESSING

CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 14 - REX 8747 UK PRESSING

1862 UK   PRESSING REX  88747   CHARLIE  KUNZ SIDE  A  PIANO  MEDLEY  No 14   Pt 1SIDE  B  Pt  2 DISC   E    GRADE LABELS  N MINT SLEEVE  COMPANY ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 20 - REX 8839 UK PRESSING

CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 20 - REX 8839 UK PRESSING

# 1872 UK   PRESSING REX  8887   CHARLIE  KUNZ SIDE  A  PIANO  MEDLEY  No 20   Pt 1SIDE  B  Pt  2 DISC   E +   GRADE LABELS  N MINT SLEEVE  COMPANY ...
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UK CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 22 - REX 8908 UK PRESSING

CHARLIE KUNZ - MEDLEY 22 - REX 8908 UK PRESSING

#1399  & 5880   CHARLIE  KUNZ   PIANO  MEDLEY  A .   Pt 1  B.   Pt 2 REX ...
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