Life Without Love is one of a number of key recordings by pioneering Australian jazz and swing musician Frank Coughlan and his Trocadero Orchestra. The song is a foxtrot, one of the new vogue-style modern dances that were highly popular in the social dance halls, or palais, of the 1930s. Coughlan led the house ‘palais’ band at the Trocadero in Sydney from its inception in 1936. The band's formation coincided with the arrival of swing music in Australia, which they played alongside commercial favourites, traditional and Dixieland jazz. Coughlan remained at the Trocadero until 1942, at which point he was drafted for service during the Second World War.