Wednesday, September 19, 2007
78 City, U.S.A.!--The Humphrey Bogart Rhumba; Hooray, Hooray, I'm Goin' Away; more!
Be careful what you joke about, I always say. No sooner do I post about Rudy capturing the long-handled duster ("Look What the Cat Dragged In"), the cats up and decide to drag in something considerably less amusing. When I encountered it on the back porch, it was several seconds before I knew what I was looking at. It was dead, for sure--but what was it?
The raccoon head gave the species away. Otherwise, I could have been looking at a half-eaten chicken. Yup, a semi-consumed raccoon. Something the coyotes left behind? More likely, feels Bev, road kill dragged in by our little darlings. Isn't that special?
I'll spare you the pictures I took (to document the event for Bev without having to save the carcass. Yuck). I'm hoping its demise was quick.
On that cheery note, let's move to the latest folder o' shellac--seventeen titles, this time. Three or four of these selections survived the years in very good shape--the rest, not as much so. But every file is more than listenable, thanks to my fanatical devotion to the cause of audio rescue.
Let's see.... Hambone is a cheesy Tops label cover of the Frankie Laine/Jo Stafford version of the tune, with bits copied from Red Saunders' original. The portion near the end that sounds like a needle jump? A needle jump.
The two Whiteman sides are pre-Bix Beiderbecke. So, who's the soloist on Side by Side? Red Nichols, that's who. Bing Crosby and Al Rinker duet on the first track, and Bing is back as a member of the Rhythm Boys for the second. (I've always wanted to type, "Bing is back as a member of the Rhythm Boys for the second." )
Hooray, Hooray, I'm Goin' Away (which Jerry Samuels must have heard as a kid) is from my moderately worn 78 copy, so expect some hiss and crackle mixed in with the gunshots, sirens, and manic laughter. (Well, I exaggerate a little.)
North Carolinian fiddler Don Richardson--who was featured in our last post--is back with Old Zip Coon. Incredible fiddle playing, fine sound quality for the day (it's there, underneath the hiss), and excellent piano accompaniment by... someone. Not sure who. I don't think he's mentioned on the label.
This link will take you to a Box.net folder. Do not be alarmed--though I've switched to 4Shared.com as my paid service, I still have a free account at Box. Link: 78 City, U.S.A.!
(Or should it be 78s City, U.S.A.?)
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You--Spike Jones and His City Slickers, 1947.
Pretty Lips (Donaldson-Straight)--Paul Whiteman Orch., feat. Bing Crosby and Al Rinker, 1927.
Side by Side--Paul Whiteman Orch., feat. the Rhythm Boys, 1927.
By the Light of the Stars--Jim Miller and Charlie Farrell--guitar and mandola, 1925.
The King Isn't King Anymore (Leslie-Monaco)--Same, 1925.
Liebestraum (Liszt, Arr: Russ Carlson)--Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, 1936.
Sweethearts on Parade--Guy Lombardo and His R.C., feat. Carmen Lombardo, 1936.
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls--Elizabeth Wheeler, 1909.
Hooray, Hooray, I'm Goin' Away (Skylar)--Beatric Kay with Mitch Aryres Orch., 1947.
I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover--Jean Goldkette Orch., feat. Billy Murray, 1927.
Yankee Rose (Holden-Frankl)--Jean Goldkette and His Orch., 1927.
Down in Old Havana Town (Arr: Grofe)--Paul Whiteman Orch., feat. Austin Young, 1928.
Hambone (Saunders)--Bud Roman and Mimi Martel, w. Hal Lomen Orch.
The Blacksmith Blues--Nancy Brookes, w. Hal Lomen Orch.
The Humphrey Bogart Rhumba--Freddy Martin and His Orch., feat. The Martin Men, 1949.
There's a Boatman on the Volga (Arr: Grofe)--Paul Whiteman Orch., feat. Gladys Rice, 1926.
Old Zip Coon--Don Richardson, violin, 1916.