It’s Time to Say Goodnight (m. Henry Hall, w. Kate Gibson) published in 1934
A comment on a recording posted at YouTube, My Thanks To You (Newell, Gay) featuring Steve Conway accompanied by an orchestra directed by Roberto Inglez, recorded on 2 March 1950, says:
After WW2 Radio Luxembourg used Steve’s ‘My Prayer At The End Of The Day’ to end the English transmission replacing Al Bowlly’s ‘It’s Time To Say Goodnight’ both lovely songs.
In the station’s history there were at least two subsequent instances of one of these two songs replacing the other as the closedown tune. First, in 1961 the Conway recording was replaced for a period lasting roughly two years by a new recording of It’s Time to Say Goodnight by Connie Francis (more on this below). Second, in the final moments of the Radio Luxembourg English service, due to an unexplained mix-up, Conway’s At the End of the Day was played as the parting song instead of the original Bowlly recording of It’s Time to Say Goodnight as had been planned and announced. The inadvertent switch is noted in the Wikipedia article’s summary of “The end”:
The end eventually came for 208 at 3 am GMT on 1 January 1992 (or 30 December 1991, depending on source), with the last record played on AM being Van Morrison’s “In the Days Before Rock and Roll” (chosen mainly because of its mention of the radio station), before “At the End of the Day” (one of their closedown songs) was played heading into the top of the hour (even though DJ Jeff Graham had said that they were going to play the original closedown tune, “It’s Time To Say Goodnight”).
The footnote leads to a brief exchange of comments at The Radio Luxembourg Forum in which it is agreed that the “wrong” closedown or sign-off song was played at the conclusion of the final broadcast, and a few possible reasons for the switch are suggested.
After having displaced Bowlly’s It’s Time to Say Goodnight sometime “after WW2″ as the regular closedown recording, Steve Conway’s At the End of the Day was itself supplanted for a while by a fresh cover of the Hall-Gibson song recorded by Connie Francis at Abbey Road Studios in 1961. On a page of the Stephan Konrad website Radio Luxembourg 208 © containing a list of six closedown recordings used during various periods of the station’s history, with all but the Bowlly recording available for listening in an MP3 player at the top, he notes in reference to the Connie Francis recording,
Due to [station manager] Geoffrey Everitt‘s Idea, this Version replaced the Closedown-Song by Steve Conway. Read more about that in Alan Bailey’s Book. (see below) I also have a long Version of this Song, an[d] a so called Outtake in which Connie stops singing.
The Wikipedia Connie Francis profile says,
From mid-1961 to mid-1963, Radio Luxembourg closed each day’s broadcasts with “It’s Time to Say Goodnight”, a song Francis had recorded especially for this purpose and which was never officially released until 1996.
Henry Hall and The BBC Dance Orchestra, vocal: Les Allen — 1934?
Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly — recorded on 16 February 1934 in London; issued in the UK as the B-side of Have a Heart, HMV B-6459, and as HMV EA-1347 in Australia.
Bert Weedon and his Music For Dancing — issued in May 1959 on the Top Rank (UK) label as the B-side of Charmaine (m. Erno Rapee, w. Lew Pollack), JAR 123; produced by Tony Hatch
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Connie Francis — recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1961
I may include other recordings of the song as I find them. If I find them. A couple of possible covers are listed below. Each of these artists released a recording of a song titled It’s Time to Say Goodnight, but it is uncertain whether the titles represent the Henry Hall waltz.
Max Bygraves on the album Sing Along with Max, 1971
Bryan Smith and the Dixieland Seven on the LP An Invitation to Bryan Smith’s Party, 1979 (medley with The Last Waltz)