Al's first marriage

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Al Bowlly was named by Ray Noble as being “quite a loveable fellow”. That is to say, he had quite a selection of moments with women as was common during the era. One such engagement was Frieda Roberts, a woman who had been introduced to Bowlly by Nat Gonella. The couple met in Lyon’s coffee house, with both feeling an instant connection.

In December 1931, Bowlly married Freda Roberts after a particularly short period of time. But Bowlly discovered his new wife in bed with another man on their wedding night. The couple separated after two weeks, and sought a rapid divorce. After their separation, Frieda was seen dancing with others in clubs where Bowlly performed, much to his dismay.