Gramophone Time

Music is a great way of helping to care for older people and support those with dementia. Music can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories … and reach parts of the brain that other forms of communication cannot.

Many of you may have people in your care with fond memories of family gramophones and the music of the era.

With this in mind, we have produced a series of ‘Gramophone Time‘ short clips introduced by community musician Stuart Jebbitt.

In these clips, Stuart fires up his Gramophone and plays some original 78s, introducing the music of the era, alongside images and facts relating to the songs, artists and time period, designed to bring back memories and start conversations.

Songs and artists include The Goons, Jimmy Durante, Tommy Steele, Gracie Fields and Rosemary Clooney – and you’ll immediately recognise some of the classic and old favourite songs like ‘How Much Is That Doggy In The Window” and “Mambo Italiano.”

Some of you may already know Stuart, as he regularly visits and plays in local residential care homes.

Working with local residential care homes and care providers, we hope to reach as many people as possible with our Gramophone Time playlist. It would be hugely appreciated if you can help us to spread the word to your networks. If you know of any people or organisations who might welcome this content, please pass on this information and help us to share this page link:

We hope you enjoy the Gramophone Time series and that it might be a useful tool for communication, engagement or just pure entertainment!

Gramophone Time Episode One

Gramophone Time Episode Two

Gramophone Time Episode Three

Gramophone Time Episode Four

Gramophone Time Episode Five

Gramophone Time Episode Six

Gramophone Time Episode Seven

Gramophone Time Episode Eight

Gramophone Time Episode Nine

Gramophone Time Episode Ten

The Gramophone Hour

Originally broadcast as a live stream from 1st May 2020, enjoy a 70 minute broadcast of Stuart spinning some 78s on the Gramophone in support of Coda Music Trust.

Click Here For The Gramophone Hour


In addition to the Gramophone Time series, we are now launching a new Dansette Time series where Stuart will be moving from 78rpm to 45rpm and playing 7″ singles on his reproduction Dansette, starting with Billy Fury.

These will all be added to the Gramophone Time playlist on YouTube as they are released and you can have a sneak peek of the first one if you visit Coda’s YouTube ‘Gramophone Time’ Playlist and subscribe to our YouTube channel click here 


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“Whilst finding a cure or effective form of prevention is of course a major area of research, we concurrently need to explore opportunities for managing all forms of dementia, and ensuring the highest possible levels of wellbeing for the people affected. When delivered effectively, music gives carers and loved ones an avenue through which to sustain relationships and share experiences and can help to minimise the often-upsetting symptoms of dementia such as agitation, anxiety and depression. Moreover, it can help to improve a person’s wellbeing and quality of life.”
Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive, The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK). An independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.