Victor Silvester's Strings For Dancing – FB 3425
- 78 RPM
Silvester OBE (25 February
1900 – 14 August 1978) was an English dancer, author, musician and
bandleader from the British dance band era. He was a significant figure in
the development of ballroom dance during the first half of the 20th century,
and his records sold 75 million copies from the 1930s through to the 1980s.
Silvester was born the
second son of a vicar in Wembley, Middlesex. He was educated at Ardingly
College, St. John's School, Leatherhead and John Lyon School, Harrow, from
all of which he absconded. In September 1916 he enlisted in the British Army
during the First World War and served as a private in the Argyll and
Sutherland Highlanders. He lied about his age to the recruiting authorities,
stating this as 20 when in fact he was only 16. He took part in the Battle of
Arras in April/May 1917, and also was a member of five execution squads,
where deserters, some no doubt suffering from shell-shock, were shot.