Friday, January 30, 2009

"Eddie Lang Rarities" January 30, 2009

(Week 150)

For this RADIOLA! I am indebted to Mr. Ray Mitchell of the UK, author of Feeling My Way: A Discography of the Recordings of Eddie Lang 1923-1933. Mr. Mitchell has generously provided me the majority of the recordings featured on tonight's program, most of which are transfers from his rare originals. In fact, this theme will be continued next week with more of his selections and a few of my own.

Tune in tonight at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL, with streaming HERE. This show will be uploaded to my Live365 station this weekend.

We Three (The Red Heads) – Get a Load of This (1926) – Rarities EP-6
Frances King – She’s Got It (1927) – Okeh 40854
Ipana Troubadors – Wake Up! Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) – Columbia 1779-D
Charlie Kerr’s Orch. – Open Your Heart (1923) – Edison 51265
Art Kahn – Sometimes I’m Happy (1927) – Parlophone (UK) E 5936
Vaughn DeLeath – Vo-Do-Do-De-O Blues (1927) – Okeh 40844
Charles W. Hamp – A Year From Today (1929) – Okeh 41343
Lee Morse and her Blue Grass Boys – Where the Shy Little Violets Grow (1928) – Columbia 1716-D
Reis and Dunn – I Wanna Count Sheep Where the Lazy Daisies Grow (1932) – Harmony 1413-H
Jack Pettis and his Pets – Spanish Dream (1928) – Victor 21559
Mississippi Maulers – Don’t Mess Around With Me (1928) – Columbia 1545-D
Peggy English – High-High-High Up In the Hills (1927) – Oriole (UK) 2001
Peggy English – How Long Must I Wait For You? (1927) – Oriole (UK) 2001
Eddie Lang and Carl Kress – Feeling My Way (Take A) (1932) – Brunswick Test
Venuti and Lang – The Wild Cat (Take 1) (1928) – Bluebird B-10280
Bobby Gregory – Who Threw Mush in Grandpa’s Whiskers? (1929) – Okeh 45471
Bing Crosby and Co. – Please (1932) – Victor Movie Promo (for The Big Broadcast)
Lou Gold and his Orch – Broken Hearted (1926) – Perfect 14730
Norman Clark – Sleepy Time Gal (1925) – Vocalion 15142
Irving Kaufman – Who-oo? You-oo, That’s Who! (1927) – Harmony 440-H
Charles Kaley – Muddy Water (1927) – Columbia 886-D
Beth Challis – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) (1928) – Okeh 41164
Hawaiian Novelty Trio – Huggable, Kissable You (1929) – Parlophone (UK) E6211
Johnny Sylvester and his Orch – St. Louis Blues (1927) – Gennett 6099
Russell Douglas – What Do I Care What Somebody Said? (1927) – Okeh 40801
Seger Ellis Embassy Orch – Am I Blue? (1929) – Vitaphone Soundtrack
Vaughn DeLeath – I’ll Never Ask For More (1928) – Parlophone (UK) E6157 (Unissued in US)
Noel Taylor (IK) – The Beggar (1927) – Okeh 40958
Eddie Lang and his Orch – Walking the Dog (1929) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8047 (Okeh test)
Seger Ellis – Don’t Be Like That (1928) – Okeh 41160
Annette Hanshaw – Ho Hum! (1931) – Clarion 5327-C
Jack Miller – Auf Wiedersehn, My Dear (1931) – Clarion 5464-G

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Among today's emails I received the following notice:


Three years ago, disc jocky
[sic]/producer/historian/educator Phil Schaap opened a gift shop in the Jazz At Lincoln Center complex at 60th & Broadway in Manhattan. He quickly developed it into a unique shop with autographed CDs and books (many of them out of print), rare LPs, beautifully framed 78s signed by JALC director Wynton Marsalis and Lithographs by Christopher Paluso signed by either the artist or musicians associated with the subject. Alas, in the tradition of American business, Schaap's successful and unique shop has been replaced by a Borders kiosk, leaving Phil and his ever mounting collection of of jazz wonders out in the street. But True Blue Music has come to the rescue, offering over 70 of Phil's collectables at present and adding more all the time. If you click on Phil Schaap Jazz Store on the left side of the home page, the first round of items will reveal themselves to you. Supplies on all the unique items is limited.

Among the "jazz wonders" for sale are two signed 78 RPM records:

Coleman Hawkins - Stuffy - $300
STUFFY framed 78 by Coleman Hawkins' Orchestra (Capital 205 February 23, 1945 ORIGINAL ISSUE). In a 17" x 22" flat black frame with a black mat. Signed by Wynton Marsalis. Only one!

Earl Hines - Rosetta (signed by Hines!) - $2,250
ROSETTA framed 78 - Earl Hines & His Orch. (Decca 3517-A from the 78 album Decca 182, September 12, 1934, RARE CANADIAN ISSUE) In a 17" x 22" flat black frame with a black mat. Signed by EARL FATHA HINES. Only one!

I realize I've been missing the boat here, big time. While foolishly producing RADIOLA! at my own expense over the past three years or so, I could have been raking in big bucks by hawking memorabilia to fans of the show.

In the spirit of blatant hucksterism, I offer the following:

Paul Whiteman - Kinky Kids' Parade - $300
This copy of "Kinky Kids' Parade" (recorded August 15, 1925) is the one I've owned since childhood. It's in solid G (well, maybe G-) condition, owing to repeated playing with the same steel needle by two generations of my ancestors. After removing it from the cabinet of my great-grandmother's Victrola XI, I'll sign it and frame it with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Steel Needle - $30
This is the same steel needle which was used to play the above record dozens of times (as far as you know). Sold with Certificate of Authenticity.

Carpal Tunnel Kid - Non-Plugged - $800
"Non-Plugged" is the CD of novelty songs I produced and sold a few years ago on eBay. It is highly useful for chasing stray cats from your yard and it will effectively repel vermin from your crawlspace. Being the last of the original run it is now OUT OF PRINT. Though the cheap CD-R and crude paper label peg it as genuine, it is signed and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Record sleeve - $200
This is a genuine 10" record sleeve from the 78 RPM era, crafted with brown paper and printed with the name of a record label (my choice). It will be carefully signed with a vintage fountain pen, and it is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Certificate of Authenticity - $150
This is a blank Certificate of Authenticity, signed by me. Fill it out and frame it with any 78 RPM record to increase its value exponentially. (Trust me on this.) The Certificate of Authenticity comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Two of a Kind" January 23, 2009

(Week 149)

For this RADIOLA! I have the able assistance of a co-host, Chris Walters, who here shares some of his favorite recordings. As it turns out, they're some of my favorites as well. Tune in Friday night at 8 PM to WHCL, with streaming HERE. I'll upload the program to my Live365 station this weekend.

Paul Tremaine and his Aristocrats – Four-Four Rhythm (1929) – Yazoo 2024
Bunny Berigan and his Boys (Chick Bullock, v) – Melody From the Sky (1936) – Mosaic Box Set
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch – Wake Up Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) – Collector’s Classics COCD-12
Clarence Williams Blue Five – Wild Cat Blues (1923) – The Sidney Bechet Story
Fess Williams’ Royal Flush Orch – I’m Feelin’ Devilish (1930) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8041
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five – Put ‘Em Down Blues (1927) – Columbia CK 44422
Ben Pollack and his Orch – Sentimental Baby (1928) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8016
Fats Waller and his Buddies – Lookin’ Good But Feelin’ Bad (1929) – JSP 928A
Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang – Sorry (1927) – Columbia CK 46175
Chicago Rhythm Kings w/Frank Teschemacher – Jazz Me Blues (1928) – Gold Sound DCD 772/2
McKenzie-Condon’s Chicagoans – Back In Your Own Backyard (1944) – 1944 Transcriptions (Jazzology)
Red Norvo – In a Mist (1933) – (Columbia) Portrait Masters RK 44118
Willie “The Lion” Smith – Fading Star (1939) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5272
James P. Johnson – Liza (1942) – Smithsonian SF CD 40812
Emmett Miller and his Georgia Crackers – Take Your Tomorrow (1928) – Columbia CK 66999
George Van Eps – Tea For Two (1940s) – George Van Eps/Eddie Miller/Stanley Wrightsman (Jump CD)
Golden Gate Orchestra – Delirium (1927) – Timeless CBC 1-090
Mills Blue Rhythm Band – The Growl (1932) – Rhythm Spasm (Hep CD)
Joe Venuti/Russ Morgan – Red Velvet (1935) – Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti: The New York Sessions (JSP)
Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces – Decatur Street Tutti (1929) – Retrieval RTR 79013
Original Memphis Five – Last Night on the Back Porch (1923) – Retrieval CD
Joe Robichaux and his N.O. Rhythm Boys – Foot Scuffle (1933) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8057
Matty Matlock’s Paducah Patrol – Lazy River (1950s) – And They Called it Dixieland (Collectables CD)
Bobby Hackett – Rose of the Rio Grande – Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions (Disc 5)
Ben Selvin and his Orch – Breezin’ Along (1925) – Timeless CBC 1-089
Jean Goldkette and his Orch – That’s Just My Way of Forgetting You (1928) – Timeless CBC 1-084
Carl Kress – Sutton Mutton (1939) – Retrieval RTR 79015
Teddy Wilson and his Orch (Billie Holiday, v) – Foolin’ Myself (1937) – Lady Day 1933-1944 (Columbia)
PeeWee Russell – Ja-Da (1967) -- Oliver Nelson: Argo, Verve & Impulse Big Band Sessions (Mosaic)
Billy Butterfield and his Orch – They Can’t Take That Away From Me (1945) – Capitol BD-10
Spike Hughes and his Negro Orch – Pastorale (1933) – Retrieval RTR 79005
California Ramblers – Show Me The Way to Go Home (1925) – Timeless CBC 1-053

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


RADIOLA! will be broadcast this Friday at 8 PM Eastern on WHCL (with streaming here). This is the program I planned to do December 19, complete with co-host. I'll record the show, of course, for my Live365 stream.

Friday, January 09, 2009


Some of my loyal listeners are impatiently starting to inquire when RADIOLA! will be on WHCL again. The most definite answer I can give is that the show is Live365 only until late February. That being the case, I'll try to refresh the playlist at least once a week by adding one or two "classics" or other items of interest.

As Shackleton said (under weather conditions similar to these), "I may be some time."

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


The April 11, 1912 issue of Life magazine features the following cartoon panel, "The Master of the House" (featured as part of the center spread, "Frieze for a Bachelor's Apartment" by A.B.Walker):

I immediately found myself wondering if a 17-year-old James Thurber had seen the cartoon, only to have it lodge in his subconscious until the 1930s, when he drew this famous image:

Thurber's "House and Woman" is the better drawing, of course. He takes the idea to a brilliant level of surrealism. But it is the same idea.

Then again, I sometimes find my own spongy gray computer dislodging remembered bits that seem so much like my own inspirations. And I can't draw worth a damn.

ADDENDUM: In the first image, there seems to be another giant woman behind the door. It complicates the panel, and leads to too much speculation about the narrative. As Thurber knew, simple dread is enough.