Lew Stone and His Band recorded the song "A Sailboat In The Moonlight" with the singer Sam Costa for the Decca label on August 20, 1937. The personnel included Alfie Noakes and Chick Smith on trumpet, Eric Breeze and Joe Ferrie on trombone, Joe Crossman, Ernest Ritte, Bill Apps, and Don Barrigo on reeds, Bobby McGee on piano, Sam Gelsley on guitar, Arthur Maden on string bass and Jock Jacobson on drums.
Stone was a jazz pianist, bassist, cellist, arranger, and dance band leader who led one of the most popular bands in England in the 1930s. He was also the musical director of British and Dominion Films for several years that decade.
The song "A Sailboat in the Moonlight" was written by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb and was first recorded by Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra the same year as Stone. It has been covered by other artists, including Guy Lombardo, Sonny Stitt and Dick Robertson.
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