This playlist is pretty all-over-the-place, even by this blog's standards. All-over-the-place is good, Leethinks.
The Polkateers' Village Polka features laughing breaks straight from Spike Jones, while Spike Jones' version of Memories Are Made of This features barking breaks straight from The Singing Dogs. (I've always wanted to type "barking breaks straight from the Singing Dogs.") We'll assume that Spike used the same tape-splicing technique as Carl Weismann--though I could swear I saw a photo someplace of Jones waving a baton in front of a group of dogs. Maybe they were lip-synching to the recording.
I have no idea what I just typed.
Bob La Mont's Dim Dim the Lights is a pretty decent cover of the Bill Haley hit--very big-bandish in the manner of the Waldorf Music Hall tracks I recently put up. And "Bob La Mont" (with a space between La and Mont) yields two Google matches. "Lewis Everette's Orchestra" brings up zero. A famous record, obviously. I had to do some fancy MAGIX work to get the thing not to sound distant and muffled.
Hercules, as sung by Vaughn Monroe, is from the Steve Reeves movie. So says the label, anyway, though I sure as heck don't remember hearing it in the titles. Maybe they were going to include it but changed their mind, figuring the movie was campy enough without it. Monroe took a lot of grief (from Spike Jones and others) for his from-the-throat singing style, but notice how clearly and smoothly he articulates the awkward Hercules lyrics. "And he battled a herd of man-eating mares and he scattered them far and wide," for example. Give the man some credit.
Erksine Hawkins' After Hours (written Avery Parrish, who plays piano on this) is the daddy of Johnny Otis' Midnight in the Barrelhouse and Bill Doggett's Honky Tonk, along with scores of other relaxed, smokey, slow-swing blues numbers. (I've always wanted to type.... Never mind.) You might notice the famous Hucklebuck stop-time riff, which shows up near the beginning and quickly departs. I'm tempted to call After Hours ahead of its time, though, in reality, its imitators were simply behind theirs.
Village Polka--The Polkateers. (Step aside, Spike Jones.)
Marcella--Castelles (1954). (Early R&R was known for its amateurish lyrics. I have no idea why.)
Hercules (Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick)--Vaughn Monroe with Norman Leyden Orch. and Chorus, 1959.
Baby I Do Love You (Leonard Grainger-Pepper Davis)--The Galens, 1963.
Love Bells (Keith Colley-Charlotte O'Hara)--The Galens, 1963.
Cash on the Barrel Head (Ira and Charley Louvin)--The Louvin Brothers, 1956.
Dim Dim the Lights--Bob La Mont with Lewis Everette's Orchestra. (From Gateway Top Tune 1104.)
Bells of St. Mary--Lee Andrews and the Hearts, 1954.
Hiawatha (Bob Davie)--Budd McCoy, 1959. (Produced by Charles Grean.)
Memories Are Made of This (Gilkyson-Dehr-Miller)--Spike Jones and His City Slickers; Vocal by Gil Bernal and Ole Svenson's Canine 9; 1956.
Say You're Mine (Bass-Tate-Edwards-Stigler)--Lillian Brooks with Lew Douglas Orch., 1958.
Peyton Place (Yuffy-Bass-Tate)--Lillian Brooks with Lew Douglas Orch., 195 .
Dead Skunk (In the Middle of the Road) (Loudon Wainwright)--Little Jimmy Dickens, 1973.
Daybreak (Grofe-Adamson)--Frank Sinatra with Sy Oliver Orch., 1961.
After Hours (Parrish)--Erskine Hawkins and His Orch., with Avery Parrish, piano; 1940.
Have a great Saturday!