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In the earliest decades of the twentieth century when recording was in its infancy, before dance music and jazz were commonplace and when cinema was silent and radio was new, but as yet untried as a commercial medium, the recording companies found a most profitable growth area in what we have since broadly labelled ‘salon’, or more specifically ‘Palm Court’. The ubiquitous background music of select nightspots, restaurants and hotel lounges, at such plush venues it was played to entertain the Edwardian equivalent of 21st-century ‘couch potatoes’, but in contrast to ‘elevator music’ and other modern equivalents it was live, not canned. A long-lost night world of accordions and plangent violins, its daytime backup was a boom industry that kept both writers and players busy. Directly mirroring public taste it also provided popular ensembles with regular work in recording studios where output was as prolific as it was diversified.



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