Bowlly - The First 'Pop Star'
Albert Alick Bowlly was the most famous singer of the 1920s and 30s.
He was famous in
, the Far East,
and in the
before Bing Crosby with whom he competed for a time in the 30s.
During his career he made over 1000 records, which given the
primitive recording techniques in those years was an astonishing
accomplishment. He was called Europe's
Most Popular Crooner, or the Ambassador
of Song. Al Bowlly
was the first singer to use the microphone and amplification to
project his own personality and was hailed by the press as The
all conquering Al Bowlly. He was the first British popular
singer to form a solo variety act, the first to be invited to have a
solo spot on the BBC, and the first to be invited to work in
His original name was not
Bowlly and his father Alexandros Pavlis hailed from the historic island