Victor Silvester's Strings For Dancing - FB 3490 - 78 RPM

Victor Marlborough 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.

Once his age was discovered, he was immediately withdrawn from the front and sent back to the military base at Etaples. After two weeks he was transferred to the First British Ambulance Unit For Italy. On 4 September 1917 at Sella di Dol near San Gabriele, while acting as a stretcher bearer to evacuate wounded Italian servicemen during a heavy bombardment by the Austrians and Germans, he was injured in the leg by a shell burst but refused medical treatment until the other wounded had been attended to. For his gallantry on this occasion he was awarded the Italian Bronze Medal of Military Valour in a decree by the Italian Minister of War dated 30 November 1917. In a letter to Silvester's parents dated 20 September 1917, his Commandant in the First British Ambulance Unit, the noted historian G.M. Trevelyan, wrote: "He is certainly one who will be deservedly loved wherever he goes in life, and he is besides made of sterling stuff." After the war he studied at Worcester College, Oxford for a year. He decided to resume a military career when he was offered a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, but he quickly decided it was not for him. He also studied music at Trinity College, London, having already had private piano lessons as a child.

Record Details


Victor Silvester's Strings For Dancing - FB 3490


Victor Silvester




Silvester & Wilson


Western Instrumental





Made In



Columbia Gramophone Co. Ltd.

Serial No

FB 3490

Side One

·         Diamantina-Tango

Side Two  

·         Twilight In Buenos Aires-Tango



10 Inches


78 RPM

Record Condition


Cover Condition


Artist - 1 Victor Silvester
Instrument - 1 Strings
Lyrics - 1 Silvester
Lyrics - 2 Wilson
Record Details
Genre Western Instrumental
Label Columbia
Language English
Size 10 Inches
Speed 78 RPM
Side1 - Song1 Diamantina-Tango
Side2 - Song1 Twilight In Buenos Aires-Tango

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Victor Silvester's Strings For Dancing - FB 3490 - 78 RPM

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