Oral history of jazz in Britain

Chilton, Charles (2 of 5). Oral history of Jazz in Britain

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    BBC, Radio broadcasting - Great Britain

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    Charles Chilton's home, West Hampstead.

  • Interviewees

    Chilton, Charles, 1917- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Godbolt, Jim, 1922- (speaker, male)

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    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

  • Abstract

    Chilton's parents both killed in World War 1. Reared by grandmother. Christmas 1932. Fan of radio, made own sets. (Benny Green born in neighbouring Cleveland Street). Savoy Orphans. Building the BBC (1932). Wrote a letter to Reg Hills, Chief Commissioner. Interview with Miss Freeman. War orphans and ex-servicemen encouraged in recruitment. Messenger boy in "back numbers" department. Kenneth Bowker Andrews. Messenger boys usually employed only to age 17. Moved to Gramophone Library. Brother of K. Bowker Andrews in charge. Rates if of pay in BBC radio.

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    This interview includes information about Chilton's BBC career, and the story of the first BBC broadcast to include jazz. Also includes information about Chilton's non-jazz work, e.g. the writing of 'Journey into space'.

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