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Albert Allick Bowlly (7 January 1898 – 17 April 1941) was a Mozambican-born South African/British vocalist and jazz guitarist, who was popular during the 1930s in Britain.

His most popular songs include “Midnight, the Stars and You”, “Goodnight, Sweetheart”, “Close Your Eyes”, “The Very Thought of You”, “Guilty”, “Love Is the Sweetest Thing” and the only English version of “Dark Eyes” by Adalgiso Ferraris as “Black Eyes” with words of Albert Mellor.

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In 1927 Bowlly finally made it to Europe and made up with Edgar Adeler in Berlin. He made his first vocal record, a cover version of “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin. It was recorded with Adeler on piano and Al on Hawaiian guitar. 

During his lifetime, Al recorded more than 1,000 songs.

“Sometimes when he had turned in a good performance on a song like The Very Thought of You, which has a lyric as sincere as I can make it, I’ve seen him turn away from the microphone with tears in his eyes”

– Ray Noble