Dorothy made her recording debut in 1936 with When The Poppies Bloom Again, recorded on 6th December of that year. The following August she recorded three more songs with Reidís Accordion Band Ė Kiss Me Goodnight, Sweet Heartache and Moon At Sea. Other recordings that Dorothy made with Reid during 1937 and 1938 included Moonlight On The Waterfall, Whistling Gypsy Waltz, Are You Sincere? and Little Drummer Boy. Dorothy also sang with Reid and his orchestra in the film Saturday Night Revue.
However it was in the
mid-1940s that the Reid/Squires partnership finally began to reap rich
rewards. With the advent of World War II the Reid/Squires musical
partnership had been brought to a temporary halt, and there were no new
recordings from the team between the summer of 1938 and the spring of
1945. The first of many hits
that Billy Reid composed for Dorothy was Coming Home, recorded on 1st
May 1945, which was released just before VE Day.
The song captured the sentiments of many of the homesick and
shell-shocked soldiers who were returning home to their families, and
Coming Home quickly became popular both on the radio and on record.
Among the other hit
recordings that Dorothy and Billy Reid also introduced were The Gypsy
(recorded in July 1945), followed by Iíll Close My Eyes (also in 1945),
A Tree In The Meadow and Motherís Day (both 1948).
Their many other hits included Itís A Pity To Say Goodnight, In
All The World, Safe In My Arms, Danger Ahead, Yes! Iíll Be Here and
Coming Home. Dorothy and
Billy Reid topped variety bills as ďThe Composer And The VoiceĒ.
Their working partnership also developed into a passionate if
somewhat volatile personal relationship Ė Reid was some 12 years older
than Dorothy, and a married man. They
however lived together between 1939 and 1951.
Billy Reid had already
captured the imagination of the nationís popular music fans before the
Second World War with songs like When The Rose Of Tralee Met Danny Boy,
but there can be no doubting that his partnership with Dorothy Squires
propelled their respective careers to new heights.
Dorothy herself went on to have success in the United States,
appearing regularly in cabaret although she was deprived of big record
sales via the fact that many of the top American artists of the era,
including Al Jolson, The Ink Spots, Margaret Whiting, Dinah Shore and
Eddie Fisher covered Billy Reidís great songs.
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