Jack Payne and His Band

Jack Payne

John Wesley Vivian "Jack" Payne (22 August 1899 – 4 December 1969) was a British dance music bandleader who established his reputation during the British dance band era of the 1930s.

Payne was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the only son of a music publisher's warehouse manager. While serving in the Royal Flying Corps he played the piano in amateur dance bands. Payne served in the Royal Air Force during World War I, and led dance bands for the troops. Prior to joining the Royal Air Force, he was part of "The Allies" concert party. This voluntary group performed to wounded soldiers convalescing around Birmingham.

He played with visiting American jazz bands at the Birmingham Palais during the early 1920s, including the Southern Rag-a-Jazz Orchestra in 1922, before moving to London in 1925. He played in a ten-piece band which became the house band at London's Hotel Cecil in 1925. This ensemble regularly performed on the BBC in the latter half of the decade. In 1928, Payne became the BBC Director of Dance Music and the leader of the BBC's first official dance band. In 1929 the band was featured in the first ever BBC television broadcast.

In July 1930 a reviewer from The Gramophone magazine wrote:

Jack Payne's Band is public property. It is paid out of the wireless licence fees which you and I supply… as such its one duty is to please the masses. It has to be good musically, it has to entertain, it needn't worry about anything advanced in the way of style, and the last thing it need be is rhythmically hot. I think we must all agree that it does its job well, and that anything it may at times lack in modern rhythmic stylishness is amply compensated by other qualities more important from the public's viewpoint, such as musical ability and versatility.

After leaving the BBC in 1932, when he was succeeded by Henry Hall, he returned to playing hotel venues and took his band on nationwide tours and made a film Say it with Music (1932), followed four years later by Sunshine Ahead. Payne had three successful waltzes - Blue Pacific Moonlight, Underneath the Spanish Stars and Pagan Serenade, which he composed and later published in the 1930s. Payne did some jazz recording, including working with Garland Wilson. He also toured South Africa and France in the 1930s.

Jack Payne's Rex Label, 78rpm Discography

Jack Payne recorded profusely and for many different labels including Imperial and Rex. The following list features his Rex output between 1934 and 1939.

  • Rex 8121 Jack Payne and His Band Wagon Wheels F690 Apr1934 
  • Rex 8121 Jack Payne and His Band Coffee in the Morning and Kisses in the Night F691 Apr1934 
  • Rex 8122 Jack Payne and His Band Over on the Sunny Side F692 Apr1934 
  • Rex 8122 Jack Payne and His Band No more Heartaches No more Tears F693 Apr1934 
  • Rex 8123 Jack Payne and His Band Other Days Seln Pt 1 6542 Apr1934 
  • Rex 8123 Jack Payne and His Band Other Days Seln Pt 2 6543 Apr1934 
  • Rex 8140 Jack Payne and His Band Cherie F719 May1934 
  • Rex 8140 Jack Payne and His Band I'm a Failure F720 May1934 
  • Rex 8147 Jack Payne and His Band Let's Fall in Love F723 May1934 
  • Rex 8147 Jack Payne and His Band One Morning in May F724 May1934 
  • Rex 8149 Jack Payne and His Band In Other Words We're Through F721 May1934 
  • Rex 8149 Jack Payne and His Band If F722 May1934 
  • Rex 8164 Jack Payne and His Band Going Hollywood Seln Pt 1 F694 1934 
  • Rex 8164 Jack Payne and His Band Going Hollywood Seln Pt 2 F695 1934 
  • Rex 8165 Jack Payne and His Band When a Soldier's On Parade F774 1934 
  • Rex 8165 Jack Payne and His Band When the Mighty Organ plays F775 1934 
  • Rex 8166 Jack Payne and His Band Oh Suzanne F776 1934 
  • Rex 8166 Jack Payne and His Band TRUE F777 1934 
  • Rex 8178 Jack Payne and His Band Jack Payne Memories Pt 1 6317 1934 
  • Rex 8178 Jack Payne and His Band Jack Payne Memories Pt 2 6318 1934 
  • Rex 8179 Jack Payne and His Band Lazy Rhythm F696 1934 
  • Rex 8179 Jack Payne and His Band Tiger Rag F731 1934 
  • Rex 8204 Jack Payne and His Band The Very Thought of You F836 Jul1934 
  • Rex 8204 Jack Payne and His Band A Place in Your Heart F837 Jul1934 
  • Rex 8205 Jack Payne and His Band Little Man you've had a Busy Day F838 Jul1934 
  • Rex 8205 Jack Payne and His Band Moon Country F839 Jul1934 
  • Rex 8218 Jack Payne and His Band Sweethearts of Yesterday Pt 1 F840 1934 
  • Rex 8218 Jack Payne and His Band Sweethearts of Yesterday Pt 2 F841 1934 
  • Rex 8227 Jack Payne and His Band When you've got a little Springtime in your Heart F778 1934 
  • Rex 8227 Jack Payne and His Band Over My Shoulder F779 1934 
  • Rex 8239 Jack Payne and His Band Stay a little closer to me F884 1934 
  • Rex 8239 Jack Payne and His Band Memories of the hours spent with you F885 1934 
  • Rex 8240 Jack Payne and His Band The Breeze F886 1934 
  • Rex 8240 Jack Payne and His Band I never had a Chance F887 1934 
  • Rex 8260 Jack Payne and His Band All I do is Dream of You F888 1934 
  • Rex 8260 Jack Payne and His Band Ill Wind F889 1934 
  • Rex 8261 Jack Payne and His Band I'll string along with you F929 1934 
  • Rex 8261 Jack Payne and His Band Little Valley in the Mountains F930 1934 
  • Rex 8262 Jack Payne and His Band A little Church around the Corner F931 1934 
  • Rex 8262 Jack Payne and His Band Tune In F932 1934 
  • Rex 8274 Jack Payne and His Band With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming F933 1934 
  • Rex 8274 Jack Payne and His Band The Prize Waltz F934 1934 
  • Rex 8287 Jack Payne and His Band For All We Know F963 1934 
  • Rex 8287 Jack Payne and His Band Where the Mountains Meet the Sea F964 1934 
  • Rex 8288 Jack Payne and His Band Isle of Capri F965 1934 
  • Rex 8288 Jack Payne and His Band Shadows on the Pavement F966 1934 
  • Rex 8299 Jack Payne and His Band Jack Payne Memories No2 Pt 1 F967 1934 
  • Rex 8299 Jack Payne and His Band Jack Payne Memories No2 Pt 2 F968 1934 
  • Rex 8300 Jack Payne and His Band All I do is dream of You F888 1934 
  • Rex 8300 Jack Payne and His Band A little Church around the Corner F931 1934 
  • Rex 8329 Jack Payne and His Band Who made little Boy Blue F1020 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8329 Jack Payne and His Band Let's make Love F1021 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8330 Jack Payne and His Band Smoke gets in your Eyes F1022 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8330 Jack Payne and His Band Heat Wave F1023 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8331 Jack Payne and His Band Tina F1024 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8331 Jack Payne and His Band My Song for You F1025 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8336 Rex Review Of 1934 Jack Payne introduces Famous Rex Artists Pt 1 F1038 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8336 Rex Review Of 1934 Jack Payne introduces Famous Rex Artists Pt 2 F1039 Dec1934 
  • Rex 8349 Jack Payne and His Band And the Big Bad Wolf was Dead F1060 1935 
  • Rex 8349 Jack Payne and His Band Ha Cha Cha F1061 1935 
  • Rex 8350 Jack Payne and His Band What a little Moonlight can do F1062 1935 
  • Rex 8350 Jack Payne and His Band Don't you cry when we say Goodbye F1063 1935 
  • Rex 8351 Jack Payne and His Band I only have eyes for you F1064 1935 
  • Rex 8351 Jack Payne and His Band That's the way I like to hear you talk F1065 1935 
  • Rex 8392 Jack Payne and His Band An Earful of Music F1146 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8392 Jack Payne and His Band When My Ship comes In F1147 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8393 Jack Payne and His Band Wish Me Good Luck F1148 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8393 Jack Payne and His Band The Moon was Yellow F1149 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8405 Jack Payne and His Band Pop goes Your Heart F1150 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8405 Jack Payne and His Band Happiness Ahead F1151 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8421 Jack Payne and His Band I think I can F1190 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8421 Jack Payne and His Band One Good Tune deserves another F1191 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8422 Jack Payne and His Band Old Bohemian Town F1192 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8422 Jack Payne and His Band There's a Body on the Line F1193 Mar1935 
  • Rex 8437 Jack Payne and His Band Maybe I'm Wrong Again F1194 Apr1935 
  • Rex 8437 Jack Payne and His Band Back to those Happy Days F1195 Apr1935 
  • Rex 8438 Jack Payne and His Band Song of the Trees F1212 Apr1935 
  • Rex 8438 Jack Payne and His Band Home Again F1213 Apr1935 
  • Rex 8452 Jack Payne and His Band Soon Maybe Not Tomorrow F1210 1935 
  • Rex 8452 Jack Payne and His Band It's Easy to Remember F1211 1935 
  • Rex 8455 Jack Payne and His Band Jubilee Celebration Seln A Cavalcade of Popular Tunes (1910 - 1935) Pt 1 F1214 Apr1935 
  • Rex 8455 Jack Payne and His Band Jubilee Celebration Seln A Cavalcade of Popular Tunes (1910 - 1935) Pt 2 F1215 Apr1935 
  • Rex 8483 Jack Payne and His Band I'm Popeye the Sailor Man F1280 1935 
  • Rex 8483 Jack Payne and His Band My Dance F1281 1935 
  • Rex 8484 Jack Payne and His Band Medley of Irish Airs Pt 1 F1282 1935 
  • Rex 8484 Jack Payne and His Band Medley of Irish Airs Pt 2 F1283 1935 
  • Rex 8496 Jack Payne and His Band My Heart is an Open Book F1284 Jun1935 
  • Rex 8496 Jack Payne and His Band Let Me Sing You to Sleep with a Love Song F1285 Jun1935 
  • Rex 8508 Jack Payne and His Band Mr and Mrs is the Name F1314 1935 
  • Rex 8508 Jack Payne and His Band For Me For You F1315 1935 
  • Rex 8509 Jack Payne and His Band Dancing in a Dream F1316 1935 
  • Rex 8509 Jack Payne and His Band Friends F1317 1935 
  • Rex 8510 Jack Payne and His Band Marie Louise F1318 1935 
  • Rex 8510 Jack Payne and His Band The Guards Parade F1319 1935 
  • Rex 8543 Jack Payne and His Band Call Me Sweetheart F1394 Aug1935 
  • Rex 8543 Jack Payne and His Band Where the Arches used to be F1395 Aug1935 
  • Rex 8544 Jack Payne and His Band The Oregon Trail F1396 Aug1935 
  • Rex 8544 Jack Payne and His Band The Good Green Acres of Home F1397 Aug1935 
  • Rex 8545 Jack Payne and His Band Anything Goes F1398 Aug1935 
  • Rex 8545 Jack Payne and His Band All through the Night F1399 Aug1935 
  • Rex 8579 Jack Payne and His Band Mickey's Son and Daughter F1455 1935 
  • Rex 8579 Jack Payne and His Band The Wheel of the Wagon is broken F1456 1935 
  • Rex 8580 Jack Payne and His Band Wanna go back to Honolulu F1457 1935 
  • Rex 8580 Jack Payne and His Band Lovely Liza Lee F1458 1935 
  • Rex 8608 Jack Payne and His Band Why Stars come out at Night F1506 1935 
  • Rex 8608 Jack Payne and His Band I wished on the Moon F1507 1935 
  • Rex 8609 Jack Payne and His Band East of the Sun F1508 1935 
  • Rex 8609 Jack Payne and His Band Whenever I think of You F1509 1935 
  • Rex 8622 Jack Payne and His Band The Rose in her Hair F1510 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8622 Jack Payne and His Band Lulu's Back in Town F1511 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8638 Jack Payne and His Band Did you ever have a feeling you're Flying F1459 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8638 Jack Payne and His Band One Way Street F1460 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8657 Jack Payne and His Band You can't do that there 'ere F1601 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8657 Jack Payne and His Band A Thick Thick Fog in London F1602 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8658 Jack Payne and His Band Car of Dreams F1603 Jan1936 
  • Rex 8658 Jack Payne and His Band Carry On London F1604 Jan1936 
  • Rex 8666 Jack Payne and His Band Aladdin A Potted Pantomime Pt 1 F1612 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8666 Jack Payne and His Band Aladdin A Potted Pantomime Pt 2 F1613 Dec1935 
  • Rex 8668 Jack Payne and His Band Has anybody seen my little Pussy Cat F1632 Jan1936 
  • Rex 8668 Jack Payne and His Band Jack in the Box F1633 Jan1936 
  • Rex 8693 Jack Payne and His Band The Darling of the Guards F1680 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8693 Jack Payne and His Band Lights Out F1681 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8694 Jack Payne and His Band The Broken Record F1682 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8694 Jack Payne and His Band My Shadow's where my Sweetheart used to be F1683 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8706 Jack Payne and His Band Broadway Melody of 1936 Pt 1 F1636 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8706 Jack Payne and His Band Broadway Melody of 1936 Pt 2 F1637 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8707 Jack Payne and His Band Everything stops for Tea F1634 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8707 Jack Payne and His Band From One Minute to Another F1635 Feb1936 
  • Rex 8721 Jack Payne and His Band Some Other Time F1718 1936 
  • Rex 8721 Jack Payne and His Band Rhythm of My Nursery Rhymes F1719 1936 
  • Rex 8738 Jack Payne and His Band With All My Heart F1720 1936 
  • Rex 8738 Jack Payne and His Band When April comes Again F1721 1936 
  • Rex 8751 Jack Payne and His Band Alone F1750 1936 
  • Rex 8751 Jack Payne and His Band The Star and the Rose F1751 1936 
  • Rex 8752 Jack Payne and His Band Where there's You there's Me F1752 1936 
  • Rex 8752 Jack Payne and His Band Rhythm of the Sea F1753 1936 
  • Rex 8800 Jack Payne and His Band Sunshine Ahead F1605 1936 
  • Rex 8800 Jack Payne and His Band All Jolly Pirates F1606 1936 
  • Rex 8857 Jack Payne and His Band There's a New World F1960 1936 
  • Rex 8857 Jack Payne and His Band Free F1961 1936 
  • Rex 8858 Jack Payne and His Band O Kay for Sound F1962 1936 
  • Rex 8858 Jack Payne and His Band The Fleet's in Port Again F1963 1936 
  • Rex 8874 Jack Payne and His Band When the Poppies bloom again F1978 and F2023 1936 
  • Rex 8874 Jack Payne and His Band Everybody Dance F1979 1936 
  • Rex 8875 Jack Payne and His Band Military Man F1950 1936 
  • Rex 8875 Jack Payne and His Band When I'm with You F1951 1936 
  • Rex 8876 Jack Payne and His Band This'll make you Whistle F1948 1936 
  • Rex 8876 Jack Payne and His Band There isn't any limit to my love F1949 1936 
  • Rex 8886 Jack Payne and His Band Peter's Pop keeps a Lollipop Shop F1980 1936 
  • Rex 8886 Jack Payne and His Band The Cuban Cabby F1981 1936 
  • Rex 8899 Jack Payne and His Band Nun Tuff and Sun Tuff F2024 1936 
  • Rex 8899 Jack Payne and His Band Until the real thing comes along F2025 1936 
  • Rex 8900 Jack Payne and His Band The Juba F2026 1936 
  • Rex 8900 Jack Payne and His Band Organ Grinder's Swing F2027 1936 
  • Rex 8931 Jack Payne and His Band Pick Yourself Up F2080 Dec1936 
  • Rex 8931 Jack Payne and His Band Never Gonna Dance F2081 Dec1936 
  • Rex 8932 Jack Payne and His Band Does your Heart beat for Me F2086 Dec1936 
  • Rex 8932 Jack Payne and His Band A Rendezvous with a Dream F2087 Dec1936 
  • Rex 9233 Jack Payne and His Band The Village Band 6393 1938 
  • Rex 9233 Jack Payne and His Band Sweethearts of Yesterday F840 1938 
  • Rex 9339 Jack Payne and His Band Lazy Rhythm F696 Aug1938 
  • Rex 9339 Jack Payne and His Band Tiger Rag F731 Aug1938 
  • Rex 9647 Jack Payne and His Band The Darling of the Guards F1680 Oct1939

Other Jack Payne resources on the 78rpm Collectors' Community:

  1. Podcast (See Podcast No.1 - featuring amongst others, Jack Payne)
  2. Say It With Music - 3 inch, 78rpm Imperial C124, Jack Payne promotional record (Label Scan)
  3. Turn On The Music - Jack Payne And His B.B.C. Dance Orchestra - Columbia CB 397 (Video)
  4. My Baby Just Cares For Me - Jack Payne And His B.B.C Dance Orchestra - Columbia CB 154 Rec.1930 (Video)
  5. Jack Payne and His Band on Imperial (Music Samples - Public Domain)
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