Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Mother of All Playlists (June 17, 2005)

(Week 2)

During the second week of my quixotic musical adventure, I had a true chance to test my mettle. This, by doing a show twice as long as the first one. I approached the task with delight, but not without the confusion of one only half prepared–or should I say FULLY prepared to do the first HALF of the program? I constructed the second two hours of my playlist on the fly, rummaging through the hundred or so discs I brought with me, and pulling out groupings of selections one mere step ahead of what was on the air.

I offer an explanation, but not an excuse, for the extemporaneous nature of the show. I was on the point of organizing my selections the night before when I heard a terrible noise very close by. An elderly woman well respected in our community had been run over by a drunk driver as she was getting into a car directly across the street from my house. By way of coincidence, the DJ on from 5 until 7 was her Goddaughter, and had arrived at the scene of the accident around 4 am.

What follows is my reconstructed playlist, essentially complete but not necessarily in the same order played. I will include reissue sources for the selections where applicable.

Heigh Ho! Ev’rybody, Heigh Ho! – Charles W. Hamp – Columbia 1792-D
1932 radio transcription – Anson Weeks and his Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra –Hindsight HSR-146 (LP)
Let’s Fly Away
You Do Something to Me
With a Song in My Heart
Who’s Your Little Who-Zis
Dancing on the Ceiling
You’re My Everything
When it’s Sleepy Time Down South (slight edit)
Was That the Human Thing to Do?
Fine and Dandy
Vitalogy – The Lion – Calypso Carnival (Rounder CD 1077)
Body Line – King Radio – Roosevelt in Trinidad (Rounder CD 1142)
Too Botheration – The Growler – Calypsos from Trinidad (Folklyric CD 7004)
Miss Hannah – McKinney’s Cotton Pickers – Doin’ What I Please Don Redman (ASV CD AJA 5110)
Blue Danube Blues – Gene Kardos and his Orchestra – Gene Kardos & Joel Shaw Vol.1 (TOM mb 121-A)
That’s a Plenty – Slim Lamar and his Southerners – Texas & Tennessee Territory Bands (Retrieval RTR 79006)
Blues In My Heart – Benny Carter and his Orchestra – Jazz Portraits CD 14583
Prince of Wails – Bennie Moten’s K.C. Orchestra – The Real Kansas City (Columbia Legacy CK 64855)
Stealin' Apples -- Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra -- A Study in Frustration (Columbia Legacy C3K 57596)
Sweet and Low Down – Lee Wiley – Time on My Hands Lee Wiley (ASV CD AJA 5417)
Am I Blue? – Ethel Waters – Ethel Waters On Stage and Screen 1925-1940 (Sony Music Special Products CD WK 75018)
He’s Funny that Way – Billie Holliday – Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz Vol. 2 (RD 033-2 A5 19477)
Quality Shout – Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders – Jazz in California 1923-1930 (Timeless CBC 1-034 JAZZ)
Dinah (tk. 1) – Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra – Lionel Hampton Tempo and Swing (Bluebird 07863 66039-2)
Sweet Sue – Benny Goodman Quartet – Benny Goodman (Laserlight 15 726)
Rebound – Adrian Rollini and Frankie Victor – Saturday Night Swing Club (Memphis Archive MA 7002)
Add a Little Wiggle – Eddie Lang – Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough 1927-1939 Pioneers of the Jazz Guitar (Retrieval RTR 79015)
Flat Foot Floogie – Slim and Slam – The Groove Juice Special (Columbia Legacy CK 64898)
Solo Hop – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra – Swing Out (Hallmark 300422)
Blue Lou – Benny Carter and his Orchestra – Benny Carter 1933 (Prestige 7643 LP)
Nitwit Serenade – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Benny Goodman 1931-1935 (Timeless CBC 1-065)
Huggable, Kissable You – Walter Cummins – Velvet Tone 1379-V (78)
I Married a Bootlegger’s Daughter – Frank Crumit – Frank Crumit Gay Cabellero (PRO ARTE DIGITAL CDD 3407)
I’m a Night Owl – Cliff Edwards – Art Deco The Crooners (Columbia Legacy C2K 52942)
Sam, the Old Accordion Man – Ruth Etting – Ten Cents a Dance Ruth Etting (ASV AJA 2008)
You Can’t Stop Me From Loving You – Ethel Waters – Ethel Waters 1929-1931 (Classics 721)
Some of These Days – Sophie Tucker (w/Ted Lewis) – Sophie Tucker Jazz Age Hot Mamma (Take Two TT404CD)
Glorianna – Waring’s Pennsylvanians – Fred Waring Memorial Album (Viper’s Nest VN 179)
My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms – Ray Miller – The Chicago Hot Bands (Timeless CBC 1-041 JAZZ)
Ozark Mountain Blues (tk. 1) – The Missourians – Cab Calloway Vol. 1 1929-1930 (Media 7 Masters of Jazz MJCD 105)
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home – Jack Coakley – San Francisco Jazz The Flexo Recordings 1930-1932 (Harlequin HQ CD 25)
Memphis Kick-Up-- Slim Lamar and his Southerners -- Texas & Tennessee Territory Bands (Retrieval RTR 79006)
Blue Skies – Vaughn De Leath – Legendary Entertainers (PRO ARTE DIGITAL CDD 483)
It Was Only a Sun Shower – Annette Hanshaw – Annette Hanshaw The Twenties Sweetheart (Jasmine JASMCD 2542)
Marvelous – Johnny Marvin – Victor 78
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues – Red McKenzie with Benny Goodman – 1934 Bill Dodge All Star Recordings (Circle CLP 111/112)
Georgia on my Mind – Mildred Bailey – Mildred Bailey Vol. 1 (TOM mb 103)
Let’s Try Again – Bing Crosby – The Crooner (Columbia C3K 44229 CK 44305)
Free – Billy Cotton and his Band – Best of the British Dance Bands (AVID AVC 539)
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? – Al Bowlly – Al Bowlly Love Is the Sweetest Thing (Charly CDCD1136)
Woe is Me! – Oscar Rabin and his Romany Band – The Best of the British Dance Bands (Music and Memories MMD 1007)
To-Wa-Bac-A-Wa – Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight – Jazz The World Forgot Vol. 1 (Yazoo 2024)
Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On – Boswell Sisters – The Boswell Sisters (Collectables COL-CD-6461 Sony A-30320)
Shake it and Break it – King Oliver – King Oliver and his Orchestra 1929-1930 (JSP CD 3404)
Decatur Street Tutti – Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces – Jabbo Smith 1929-1938 (Retrieval RTR 79013 JAZZ)
Mama’s Gone, Goodbye – Thelma Terry and her Playboys – The Chicago Hot Bands (Timeless CBC 1-041 JAZZ)
Gonna Get a Girl – The Six Jumping Jacks – Wonderful Nonsense (Take Two TT503CD)
In a Great Big Way – Annette Hanshaw – Annette Hanshaw The Girl Next Door (Take Two TT408CD)
Kitchen Man – Bessie Smith with Eddie Lang – Bessie Smith Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Excelsior EXL-2-5317)
Long Lean Lanky Mama – Ethel Waters – Ethel Waters 1929-1931 (Classics 721)
He Hadn’t Up ‘Til Yesterday – Sophie Tucker – Listen to the Banned (ASV CD AJA5030)
Sweet Sue – Mills Brothers – Four Boys and a Guitar (Columbia Legacy CK 57713)
Wake Up, Chillun, Wake Up! – Ray Starita – Best of the British Dance Bands (AVID AVC 539)

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