Layton & Johnstone: Bye-Bye Blackbird (Their 28 Finest 1926-1935) | Retrospective RTR4240

Layton & Johnstone: Bye-Bye Blackbird (Their 28 Finest 1926-1935)


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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTR4240

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd February 2014



Layton & Johnstone


Layton & Johnstone


Famous stars of the 20s & 30s, Layton & Johnstone were the most popular of all duettists. Here is the cream of their repertoire.

There was a great vogue for duettists at the piano in the pre-war decades, but top of the list was the redoubtable black American duo of Turner Layton (1894-1978) and Clarence “Tandy” Johnstone (1885- 1953). They teamed up and came to London in 1923, becoming so well-liked that they rapidly developed into immensely popular radio stars, and made a vast number of recordings.

Between 1924 and 1935 it is estimated that they sold over ten million records. After a scandal (Johnstone was cited in the divorce action of a white couple), Johnstone then went back to America, becoming impoverished, while Layton stayed on, enjoying great solo success. In 1993 their story was made into an award-winning radio play 'After You’ve Gone' (with Lenny Henry as Johnstone).

'Bye-Bye, Blackbird' (a special hit for them) is the title of Retrospective’s programme of 28 of Layton & Johnstone’s finest recordings. With Layton playing the slightly stride-influenced piano accompaniment, the pair pleasantly harmonise their way through a good natured selection of the very best popular songs of the 20s and 30s. They give distinctively polished performances of such evergreens as Always, Blue Moon, Charmaine, Little White Lies and I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.

Track Listing:
1. Bye-Bye, Blackbird
2. Always
3. Black Bottom
4. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
5. So Blue
6. Sometimes I’m Happy
7. Charmaine
8. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
9. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
10. Singin’ In The Rain
11. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You
12. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
13. Little White Lies
14. Sunny Days
15. Oh, Donna Clara!
16. Time On My Hands
17. Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
18. I Don’t Know Why – I Just Do
19. I Found A Million-Dollar Baby
20. Love Is The Sweetest Thing
21. Hiawatha’s Lullaby
22. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
23. Under A Blanket Of Blue
24. Louisiana Hayride
25. By A Waterfall
26. Blue Moon
27. Dames
28. Auf Wiederseh’n, My Dear

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