Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Getting hairy over Halloween!
Today's slaylist includes Ichabod Crane, from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), and both a mono and stereo version of Witch Doctor, as released on cheapo labels Promenade and Crown. They're the same recording, except that only the mono mix features a sped-up vocal, and then only in the first chorus. I refer to the "oo-ee-oo-ah-ah..." portion, which is sung in falsetto, and over which they obviously intended to dub the sped-up part, but didn't (except that one time). Now, I find it amazing enough to have both a mono and stereo mix of this cut-rate cover version, let alone slightly different mixes, but I speak as someone who has been collecting records for way, way too long. Please keep that in mind.
The two other cheap covers in our list--Little Blue Man and Dinner with Drac--are also Promenade covers, with the first a stereo Crown label release (like Witch Doctor). (I hope you're taking notes.) And there are three re-runs, including Durward Kirby's Crime Doesn't Pay!, and three shellac titles, including Georgie Price's 1923 version of Barney Google. The horse-race portion of the latter is revelatory, being basically the same routine used by Doodles Weaver 25 years later on the Spike Jones recording of William Tell Overture, only minus the Feetlebaum character/punchline. Never know what you'll find when you plop the needle down on an old 78 (old 78s being the most common type).
I'm Normal, of course, was an "answer" to They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! and is nearly as hilarious. "The Emperor" was Bob Hudson, of Hudson and Landry fame. You'll want to dive without delay into this tub of tingling titles:
Click here to hear: Getting Hairy Over Halloween!
SATAN AND THE POLAR BEAR--David Rose Orch., 1957.
LITTLE MONSTER--Baker Sisters, w. Hugo Peretti Orch., 1956.
ICHABOD CRANE--Lawrence Welk Orch.; vocal: Dick Hill, 1949.
WITCH DOCTOR (Stereo)--12 Top Hits (Crown CST-114)
WITCH DOCTOR (Mono)--John Logan (Promenade A-41 4)
DINNER WITH DRAC--John Logan (Promenade A-41 4)
I'M NORMAL--The Emperor (Bob Hudson), 1966.
CINDER FELLER--The Five Fellows (Melloclass 1002)
CRIME DOESN'T PAY!--Durward Kirby w. The Patriots (Davis 999)
BARNEY GOOGLE--Georgie Price (Victor 19066; 1923)
THE LITTLE BLUE MAN--12 Top Hits (Crown CST-114)
IN THE YEAR 2525--The New World
I LOVE ME--Billy Murray (Victor 19066; 1923)
MAGIC EYES--Oriole Orch. (Brunswick 2437; 1923)
WHAT A LOVELY PARTY (Greenfield-Keller)--Buchanan and Greenfield, 1964.