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"Boston Belles", (259kb):
The year is 1894.
Red Nichols' Redheads. written by Healy, Kahal & McHugh. Recorded Sept. 16, 1927 in New York by Pathe Actuelle. The 'Red Heads' later were called 'Red Nichols and his Five Pennies'. Don't look for any bass in the Red Heads' music. There were no bass instruments used.
"I'm More Than Satisfied", (466kb):
Vocal version by The Original Memphis Five. Recorded: July 13, 1929 in New York for Vocalion.
"I'm More Than Satisfied", (648kb):
Instrumental version by The Chicago Loopers. Recorded October of 1927 in New York by Pathe-Actuelle.
Jean Goldkette's Orch. with "Dinah." Composed by Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young & Harry Akst. Recorded: Jan. 28, 1926 in New York City. (Victor 19947)
"In The Good Old Summer Time", (194kb):
William Redmond singing. Edison recording in 1902. In 1904, Edison staked his claim for 'all orchestra, all the time'. "The use of piano for accompanying songs has now become a thing of the past with the making of Edison Gold Moulded Records. Occasionally it may be found necessary on account of the peculiar composition of a song to have it sung with piano accompaniment, but such occasions will be rare. The use of an orchestra or band for accompaniments makes a Record of unusual richness and brilliancy, and adds greatly to its value. To have a full-sized orchestra or band play simply the accompaniment to a singer means much in the way of expense and trouble, but neither expense nor trouble will be allowed to stand in the way of more emphatically emphasizing the superiority of Edison Gold Moulded Records."
"Big Boy, They Can't Do That", (279kb):
Clarence "Pinetop" Smith on the piano. Recorded: Chicago, IL, USA. Jan. 15, 1929 (Vocalion 1256).
"You're Like A Ray Of Sunshine", (734kb):
Ray Miller's Black & White Melody Boys. Recorded: May 12, 1922 in New York, NY. (Columbia label).
"Sensation Rag", (1.04MB):
1919 Edison Diamond Disc Matrix number: 6544-C-3-1. The All Star Trio - F. Wheeler Wadsworth on alto saxophone, George Hamilton Green on xylophone, and Victor Arden on piano. During 1919-'20, this trio recorded for the Edison, Pathé, Okeh, Aeolian-Vocalion, Emerson, and Victor labels.
1923, Mitchell's Jazz Kings. recorded April, 1923 in Paris, France for Pathe.
"Under The Moon", (658kb):
1928. Fred Elizalde and his Anglo American Band. Recorded January 15, 1928 in London, England for HMV (His Master's Voice).
"Bells"/"Tell Me, Little Gypsy", (356kb). The Joseph C. Smith Orch. Medley from 1920 Ziegfield Follies and recorded Aug. 3, 1920 in New York for Victor.
"After You've Gone", (499kb). Masters Hawaiians and recorded in New York City July 6, 1933 for Bluebird. (Bluebird B-5121, Matrix 76412-1
"Milenberg Joys", (723kb). Busse's Buzzards (henry Busse). written by Jelly Roll Morton and recorded Sept. 14, 1925 in New York for Victor. (Victor 19782)
"Deep Elm (You Tell 'Em I'm Blue) ", (605kb). Henry Busse with his "Busse's Buzzards" (A group out of the Paul Whiteman Orch.). Written by William R. Clay and Willard Robison. It was recorded July 9, 1925 in Camden, New Jersey for Victor. (Victor 19727)
"Hot Lips", (284kb). Bailey's Lucky Seven. Rec'd: August 17, 1922 in New York for Gennett. (Gennett 4935)
"Crooning", (786kb). Benson Orchestra of Chicago. Rec'd: April 12, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois for Victor.
"Dallas", (347kb). Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra. Rec'd: Oct. 7, 1918 in New York, NY for Columbia. (Columbia A2663).
"Heat Wave", (555kb). Sol K. Bright (Sr) Orch.
"Keep A-Going", (882kb). Andy Tipaldi's Orch. Song was from show 'Helen of Troy'. Written by Byron Gay and recorded in Montral Canada in May of 1924 for HMV. (HMV 216454)
"Dallas Rag", (672kb). 'The Dallas String Band' from 1927. This group, an early Texas country band, has been called 'the only black string band in history".
"What's Your Hurry?", (646kb). Kaplan's Melodists. from an old, acoustically recorded Edison Diamond Disc that was recorded in 1923. (Edison Diamond Disc 51060-L) Dave Kaplan was a studio arranger and director for Edison. Dave was the director of Kaplan's Melodists. In 1926 Dave became the regular pianist for Billy Jones & Ernest Hare, The Happiness Boys.
"I Ain't Got Nobody", (801kb). The Carelton-Coon Memphis Nighthawks. Rec'd : Chicago on Christmas Day 1927 by Victor. (Victor 20975)
"I Never Knew What A Girl Could Do", (703kb). New Orleans Rhythm Kings Rec'd: Jan. 23, 1925 in New Orleans, LA, USA, for Okeh. (Okeh 40422) Composer: Elmer Schoebel.
"No No Nora", (666kb). Bailey's Lucky Seven. (A group organized by bandleader Sam Lanin.) Rec'd: August 13, 1923 in New York for Gennett. (Gennett 5232)
"Blue Baby", (708kb). Fred Elizalde's Anglo American Band. Rec'd: July 1928 in London, England for HMV.
"Is It True What They Say About Dixie", (4kb). The Natchez Caliope. (Here's a small photograph showing a lady at the keyboard of a Steam Calliope, on the Mississippi River Steamboat SS Natchez.(photo source unknown). And, here's close-up photo (courtesy Mr. Wm. Foley Jr.) of Mr. William Foley in 1925, at the keyboard of the Steam Calliope on the paddlewheeler "SS Idylwild", - probably then steaming on the Ohio River. (this photo was taken at Memphis, TN, ca. 1916. Photo courtesy Belle of Louisville Operating Board. --For some interesting information on the Idlewild, see: Official Web Site for the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. Definition: "Calliope" - a keyboard musical instrument resembling an organ and consisting of a series of whistles sounded by steam or compressed air (named for Kalliope, the Greek goddess of music.)
"Seven Or Eleven", (1.07mb). Andy Tipaldi's Melody Kings Dance Orch., recorded for His Master's Voice in Montreal in 1923 and released in August of that year by the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Co. (HMV 216413)It was also released by Victor Records in 1924. Tune: Walter Donaldson.
"Pretty Girl", (536kb), The New Yorkers. Recorded Feb. 21, 1928 in Berlin, Deutschland for Tri-Ergon. (Tri-Ergon 5135) Composed by Danny Polo (Clarinet & Sax) & Dave Tough (Drums),
"El Rado Scuffle", (587kb). Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orch. Rec'd: Feb. 3, 1930 in Chicago for Vocalion.
"After You've Gone", (543kb). Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers.Recorded Oct. 8, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois for Brunswick. (Brunswick 3568). Written by Creamer & Layton.
"Sod Buster's Dream", (526kb). Tiny Parham and his Musicians. (Tiny wrote the tune.) Rec'd: Oct. 25, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois for Victor.
"Who Broke The Lock?", (546kb). Vance Dixon and His Pencils. The name of the vocalist is "Papa Too Sweet". (North Americans may see the humor. In the 1930-'40s, The Dixon Company (no relation to Vance) was a popular brand of pencils.)
Whistling Rufus"", (430kb). Vess Ossman banjo solo. Thought to have been recorded on or about 1899.
"The Bee's Knees", (534kb). Bailey's Lucky Seven. A group organized by band-agent Sam Lanin for Gennett label recordings (there never was a "Bailey", it was just a name used for recording.). This group (basically the the Original Memphis Five augmented with an additional cornet player) recorded well over a hundred sides for Gennett in five years (from October 1921 until late 1926).
"St. Louis Blues", (581kb).W. C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band (the composers own band.) Recorded In January of 1922 in New York City for Paramount. (Parmount 20098) According to ASCAP, this was the most recorded song of the first half of the 20th Century, out done only by Franz Shubert's "Silent Night".
"Sam, The Old Accordian Man", (590kb). Sam Lanin's Dance Orchestra in 1926. Vocal by Irving Kaufman. Released under the Domino label. (Domino 3883)
"Lazy Daddy", (446kb), The Jazz Harmonizers", a name used by the Wolverines when they weren't making a recording for Gennett. Rec'd: Sept. 18, 1924. Here's the Claxton Label. Musicians: Bix (c/p); George Brunies (tb); Jimmy Hartwell (cl); George Johnson (ts); Dick Voynow (p); Bob Gillette (bj); Min Leibrook (bb); Vic Moore (d). Following the first 2-bar break by Johnson, Brunies plays 32 bars on trombone mouthpiece. The piano accompaniment is by Bix.
"You're Like A Ray Of Sunshine", (523kb). Ray Miller's Black and White Melody Boys. (Introducing: "Every Little Miss" and "Sittin' Pretty" --from "Lefty Pepper"). Written by Janssen and rec'd: May 12, 1922, New York, NY for Columbia. In spite of the band's name, they were all white. Musicians that passed through the band's ranks at one time or another were: Tom Brown-Trombone, Mike Cirina-Violin, Bernard Daly-Clarinet/Alto Saxophone, Louis Epstein-Tuba or Sousaphone/Bass Saxophone, Billy Fazioli-Piano, Gus Lazaro-Banjo, Ray Miller-Drums/Director, Earl Oliver -Trumpet, Phil Saxe-Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone/Vocal, Jim Welton-Clarinet/Alto Sax.
"Snookum", (495kb). The Halfway House Orch. rec'd: April 13, 1926, in New Orleans, LA, USA, (Columbia 1041D).Orchestra was named after the Halfway House dancehall located halfway between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. The group was led by Abbie Brunies, brother of George Brunies.
"I Need Some Pettin", (501kb). The Wolverine Orch. Written by Gus Kahn, Ted Fiorito & Robert King. Rec'd: June 20, 1924 by Gennett in Richmond, Indiana. (Gennett 20062-A) The Label, looked like this.
"If I Didn't Have You", (423kb). The Halfway House Orch. with vocal refrain. Written by Glyn Lea Long rec'd Dec. 17, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana for Columbia.
"Too Busy!", (659kb). Harry Reser's Clicquot Club Eskimos (a banjo orchestra with Tom Stacks vocal in duet). Written by Cohn & Miller, recorded 6-14-1928 in New York, NY, for Columbia. Clicquot (pronounced "Klee-Ko") was the fictional name of the Eskimo Boy that was pictured on the 'Clicquot Club' company's advertising. The Clicquot Club radio program was on the air from 1925 to 1935, and the bandsmen wore eskimo suits when playing live before the studio audience.
"I'm Knee Deep In Daisies (and Head Over Heels in Love)", (447kb). George Olsen and His Music with vocal refrain. Rec'd: Victor Talking Machine Co. 19761-A
"Tia Juana", (463kb). Wolverine Orch. Rec'd: Oct. 8, 1924 for Gennett (Starr Piano Co.) in New York, NY. Here's the Label. At that time the Wolverine Orchestra consisted of: Bix Beiderbeck(c/p); Jimmy Hartwell (cl); George Johnson (ts); Dick Voynow(p); Bob Gillette (bj); Min Leibrook (bb); Vic Moore (d). Notice that Gennett didn't correctly spell Gene Rodemich's name.
"Pussy Cat Rag", (530kb). The Halfway House Orch. written by Albert Brunies, Charlie Cordilla & Mackie Marcour. Recorded 1-22-1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana for Okeh. (We apologize for the poor sound. The record was badly used, and our digital audio engineers couldn't do much with it.) This record, Barataria on one side and Pussy Cat Rag on the other side, was the last one recorded by Leon Roppolo (Clarinet and Alto Sax). In 1925 he went insane and was confined to a mental institution for the majority of his life, but continued to play and organized a band in the institution. He was released briefly in the early 1940s and played a few gigs in New Orleans before going back to the institution where he died in 1943.
"Barataria", (494kb). The Halfway House Orch. rec'd: Jan. 22, 1925, in New Orleans, LA. Leon Roppolo (Clarinet and Alto Sax) fans may be interested to know that this was the last recording he made.
"I've Never Seen A Straight Banana", (329kb). The Jazz Pilots (Harry Reser band) with Tom Stacks (their drummer) doing the vocalizing. words and music: Edward Platt. Okeh Electric record number 40771.
"The Monkey Doodle Oooo", (421kb). The Jazz Pilots (A Harry Reser band) w/Tom Stacks (their drummer) doing the vocalizing. composed by Kalmar and Ruby, for the Marx Brothers film 'The Cocoanuts'.
"Let's Misbehave", (536 kb):
Recorded in 1929 by Irving Aaronson and His Commanders, with vocal by Phil Saxe. Words and Music by Cole Porter. Aaronson and his Commanders were synonymous with the hot spirit of the 1920s 'Jazz Age'.
"Hello Central Give Me No Man's Land", (553 kb):
Al Jolson sings this World War I tune.
"Hot Time (In the Old Town Tonight)". (354 kb):
(composed: Theodore A. Metz and Joe Hayden - 1896), Sung by Dan W. Quinn. Another one of the fine tunes that originated in Babe Connor's brothel (St.Louis). It originally told of a negro who had lost his lady love. Later it became a marching song (with somewhat different lyrics) in the Spanish-American War, and also, Teddy Roosevelt made it the official song for his Rough Riders.
K-K-K-KATY, (562 kb): Here's the lyric as sung by Billy Murray. The song was composed by Geoffrey O'Hara.
"Oh Dem Golden Slippers", (652 kb):
Sung by Harry C. Brown.
"On The Banks Of The Wabash (Far Away)", (589 kb):
Composer Paul Dresser's 1899 hit, sung here by Henry Burr in 1916.
"Second Hand Rose", (502 kb):
Sung by Fanny Brice, - just one of her big hits. Later a big hit for Barbra Streissand too. (composers: James F. Hanley and Grant Clarke in 1921)
"Singing In The Rain", (604 kb):
Played by the Gus Arnheim Orchestra.
"Would You Rather Be A Colonel", (441 kb):
Sung by Arthur Fields ca. 1918.
"Cover Me Up With Sunshine (And Feather My Nest With Love)", (558 kb):
The Jean Goldkette Orchestra. Vocal refrain by Frank Bessinger (Tune: Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson ). Recorded: Oct. 15, 1926 Victor 20588-B
"East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)", (403 kb):
Chick Bullock vocalizing in 1936.
"Sunday", (473 kb):
The Jean Goldkette Orchestra with the 'Keller Sisters and Lynch" vocalizing, in 1926. Certainly one of the quintessential 'Roaring 20s" songs, complete with Vo-Do-De-Oh-Dos and all.
"Wabash Blues", (362 kb):
The Benson Orchestra of Chicago under the direction of Roy Bargy. Recorded: Victor 18820-B (Composer: Fred Meinken).
"Fair Co-Ed", (326 kb):
Frank Farrel and His Greenwich Village Inn Orchestra, with vocal refrain. Recorded: Diva 2542-G Matrix 144950 (Composers: Axt. Mendoa and Bryan).
"'Deed I Do", (342 kb):
The Al Lentz Dance Orchestra (Composer: W. Hirsch).
"Texas Tommy Swing", (288 kb):
The year is 1912, and the American Quartet is singing this big hit song that was composed in 1911 by Sid Brown and Val Harris, for the Ziegfeld Follies, 1911 edition. The American Quartet singers were Billy Murray (lead tenor), John Beiling (high tenor), Steve Porter (baritone), and William F. Hooley (bass).
"I Need Someone To Love", (352 kb):
The "Bar Harbor Society Orchestra" with vocal refrain, recorded: 1926. The orchestra was still another pseudonym for the Ben Selvin orchestra. The tune was co-composed by another bandleader, George Olsen, with his pianist, Eddie Kilfeather, and his singer/alto-saxist Fran Frey.
"Nashville Nightingale", (463 kb):
"If I Could Be With You", (488 kb):
Ruth Etting warbling.
"I've Got You Under My Skin", (630 kb):
Frank Sinatra singing this old Torch.
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