Al Bowlly and Anona Winn - Where Are You (Girl of My Dreams)


by Lorna

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With Ray Noble & the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra.
Recorded 20th July 1932.
HMV B-6220.


How's that for a hot instrumental breakout after Anona Winn (nee Wilkins, 1904-1994) has sung her part? It's as if the NMDO has had enough sentimentality for one day! This vocal duet co-written by Bing Crosby, Irving Bibo and Paul McVey was recorded in London by Al and Anona with Ray Noble's NMDO on the same day as their other duet "Please don't mention it". No doubt for the sake of variety, HMV issued take 2 of "Where are you?" (Matrix: OB-2369-2) on B-6220, where it was coupled with Al's solo "Why Be So Unkind To Me?", also recorded the same day. (technical information largely culled from Barry McCanna's contribution to the "Bowlly" Yahoogroup dated 27 February 2007). Incidentally, does anyone have a copy of Anona's "No One Believes I'm a Mermaid" (recorded November 1934)? It's supposed to be wonderful...
By TigerTimpani Last year
Anona Winn was Australian but lived most of her 90 years in England (1934-94). She acted and sang but is mostly remembered for being everpresent on radio broadcasts of panel games, quizzes and talk shows. I prefer her singing on this beautiful record.
By fatsfan71 6 years ago
Lorna, this was so pretty and I too have never heard of Anona Winn. She had a beautiful voice.
By Ginny Karyn (gigi129) 6 years ago
Never heard this before. Just wonderful!
By phred001 6 years ago
Never heard of Anona Winn or this song before,Thanks Lorna,I enjoyed it.
By Lou 6 years ago