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‘Parisomania'? Jack Hylton and the French connection.

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  • Deborah Mawer
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of the Royal Musical Association
Issue number2
Number of pages48
Pages (from-to)270-317
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Like many figures in popular music, the British dance bandleader and entrepreneur Jack Hylton (1892-1965) has been largely forgotten. Through concert tours of France and nostalgic recordings with Chevalier, Hylton forged a connection which peaked at the Paris Opéra. Despite his large French-related repertory, which included ‘jazz’ arrangements of Stravinsky’s Mavra, Ravel’s Boléro and chansons, his American-influenced style was ultimately international. If his obsession justified the quip of ‘Parisomania’, there was reason in his madness.