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  1940s

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This decade begins with a 19 month period of closure! The reason for this is doubtless war-related though I'm still pursuing the details.

The domination of the highly popular jazz / swing & big bands continued throughout the forties in Dunfermline.

Saturday 28th February 1942 saw a competition launched to write a waltz-timed chorus around the famous Ballroom slogan 'Dance & Be Gay The KB Way' for a prize of 1/2 guinea (ten shillings and sixpence - 10/6).

A talent contest, known as I.D.C. (Impersonations. Dancing. Crooning) was launched on Monday 20th July 1942. The winner was determined by public vote from 12 finalists on the 15th July 1942 for a cash prize, predating The X-Factor by some 63 years!

The Ballroom's popularity was self-evident as on Saturday 8th May 1943 the management apologised in a local newspaper for turning patrons away, asking them to accept the 'House Full' sign.

 

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Residencies

Resident bands worked very hard at this time as these residencies were for six nights a week with only Sunday nights off!

From

To

Headline Act

Remarks

Wednesday
30-July-1941
Friday
06-Nov-1942
Billy Collis & His Band 
Saturday
07-Nov-1942
Friday
16-April-1943
Billy Collis' Swingsters 
Saturday
17-April-1943
Friday
28-May-1943
Jack Richardson's Sextette"Rhythm is their business"
Saturday
29-April-1943
Friday
26-Nov-1943
Jack Richardson's Stellar Sextette"They Bring Rhythm with 'em"
Saturday
27-Nov-1943
Friday
24-Mar-1944
Jack Richardson's Popular Players 
Saturday
25-Mar-1944
Friday
30-Nov-1945
Jack Richardson's Stellar Sextette 
Saturday
01-Dec-1945
Saturday
28-Dec-1946
Fred Orr & His Band 
Monday
30-Dec-1946
Saturday
31-Dec-1949
The Topnotchers 

 

Single Performances

Date

Headline Act

Support Acts

Remarks

Friday
29-Aug-1941
Cherry GrantBilly Collis & His Band 
Monday
03-Aug-1942
The Three Jacks Jazz group featuring the Hawaiian steel guitar
Wednesday
04-Nov-1942
Eddie Cox & The Woodchoppers 'England's most versatile bandleader' with Roy Dexter & Jean Inglis
(Tickets 4/-)
Wednesday
11-Nov-1942
Johnny Claes & His Clae Pigeons with Billie Campbell Billy Collis' Swingsters 
Saturday
17-July-1943
Cherry GrantJack Richardson's Stellar Sextette 


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