06 May 2009

Somewhere at Sea


On this day in 1936, Somewhere At Sea, written by Henry Hall, was recorded with Dan Donovan on vocals. Cunard White Star had asked Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra to sail aboard the Queen Mary on her maiden voyage in late May. To mark the occasion, the bandleader wrote what became the signature song of the brand new liner. Though Dan Donovan is the voice immortalized in the recording, it was Frances Day who sang it on the ship's maiden voyage.

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