A scarce sequential run of 162 total issues (lacking Nos. 80, 88, and 95 of Popular Music and No. 18 of Modern Melodies), each issue approx. 12-20 pp., of the 1920's British sheet music serials advertising "full words and music" or "complete song & dance hits" in each issue, composers include Horatio Nicholls, Herman Darewski, Irving Berlin, and Joseph George Gilbert, and featuring songs made popular by Miss Dorothy Ward, Miss Florrie Forde, Nora Bayes, the Paramount Six, the Versatile Three, Ernie Mayne, Wee Georgie Wood, Fred Barnes, Gilbert Childs, Miss Daisy Woods, Vincent Lopez, Dollie & Billie, and many others. Scattered illustrations. Some yellowing and brittleness due to age, minor soiling, minor foxing in a few places. 4to. Orig. wrpps. London (The Amalgamated Press) 1924-27. Sold together with five issues of the second series of Popular Music and Dancing Weekly (Nos. 2, 6, 7, 8, and 31, 1934-35) and two issues of the follow-up publication Popular Music and Film Song Weekly (Vol. I, Nos. 1 and 3 from 1937).
The majority of the songs in Popular Music and Dancing Weekly are dance music and comic songs, in keeping with the popular trends of the time. There are many fox trots, waltzes, ballads, charlestons, and one-steps. The 1920s interest in Orientalism is also reflected in these issues, with song titles such as "Sheba", "Old King Tut", "Cairo", "If I Had the Lamp of Aladdin", "Tsing", "Afghanistan", "Oriental Love Dreams", "Fo-Tu-San", "Shanghai", "Sahara", "Maid of Thibet", and others. Very scarce; as of March 2018, WorldCat locates only two holdings in North America of Popular Music and Dancing Weekly and none of Modern Melodies. Book ID: 48873