I have made a series of YouTube playlists documenting the recording career of Maurice Elwin. They are a work in progress and cover 1926-1935 so far. Expect more to come.
While Maurice Elwin recorded a Gramophone Company test as early as 1916, it was in 1926 that he began to make commercially distributed records, especially with Ronnie Munro and Stan Greening’s bands.
In 1927, Elwin recorded with Ronnie Munro, Jack Payne, Ray Starita, Debroy Somers, Will Hurst, Bert and John Firman, Geoffrey Gelder, and Nat Star, among others. He also made solo records under his own name and pseudonyms.
In 1928, Elwin recorded with Bert and John Firman, Ronnie Munro, the Metropole Dance Band, the Metropole Havana Band (which may have been led by Ronnie Munro), Tommy Kinsman, Charles Saxby (an organist), Harry Bidgood, Nat Star, with Sydney Nesbitt in duets — and, of course, solo, under his own name and various pseudonyms.
In 1929, Elwin recorded with John Firman, Sydney Nesbitt (in duets), Nat Star, Paul Clifford, Herman Darewski, Ronnie Munro, Arthur Lally, and of course, solo (under various names).
In 1930, Elwin recorded with Arthur Lally, John Firman, Herman Darewski, Percival Mackey, the Versatile Four, Ray Starita, Van Phillips, Dell’s Casino Dance Band, and the Buckingham String Players, among others, as well as solo.
In 1931, Maurice Elwin recorded with John Firman, Arthur Lally, Ray Starita, George Scott-Wood, Percival Mackey, the River Club Orchestra, Dave Frost, Henry Hall. He also sang duets with Eve Becke and recorded under his own name and various pseudonyms.
This 1932 playlist features Maurice Elwin recording with Henry Hall, Arthur Lally, and Carroll Gibbons. He also sings a duet with Olive Groves.
This playlist includes some of Maurice Elwin’s 1933 recordings with Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans and Jay Wilbur.
This playlist includes Maurice Elwin’s 1934 recordings with Bertini and Jay Wilbur.
By 1935, Elwin was no longer recording dance band records. He recorded under his own name and his various aliases.