Friday, June 27, 2008

"Summer Shellac" June 27, 2008

(Week 128)

This felt like a good week to transfer some 78s for an all-shellac RADIOLA! I've programmed selections from a couple of seemingly random piles that nonetheless managed to configure themselves thematically in my playlist. Most of this material has not been on CD, with a few notable exceptions.

Tune in tonight at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL 88.7 FM (with streaming HERE). The program will be uploaded to Live365 soon.

The Sunflower Girl of WBAP (Bessie Coldiron) – You Went Away Too Far (1927) – Columbia 1107-D
Harmony Dance Orch (Arthur Fields, v.) – Wishing and Waiting (1927) – Grey Gull 1441-b
Ipana Troubadors – Wake Up, Chill’un, Wake Up (1929) – Columbia 1779-D
Phil Ohman and Victor Arden and their Orch. – South Wind (1927) – 3481-B
Prince’s Dance Orch (Irving Kaufman, v.) – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1922) – Grey Gull 1141-a
Frisco Syncopators – Pick Me Up and Lay Me Down in Dear Old Dixieland (1921)– Puritan 11116-B
Hall and Ryan – Don’t Bring Lulu (1923) – Grey Gull 2187-a
Cliff Edwards – How She Loves Me is Nobody’s Business (1925) – Perfect 11594
Al Bernard – A Little Something, That’s All (1927) – Grey Gull 2332-b
The Benson Orch of Chicago – Keep On Dancing (1924) – Victor 19470-B
Paul Bolognese and his Orch – The Doll Dance (1927) – Grey Gull 1441-a
Irving Weiss and his Ritz-Carlton Orch – Canadian Capers (1921) – Famous 3090-A
Aileen Stanley-Billy Murray – It Had to Be You (1924) – Victor 19373-B
Gene Austin – Without You, Sweetheart (1928) – Victor 21374-A
Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orch – The One Girl (Hammerstein-Youmans) (1929) – Victor 21931-B
Rudy Wiedoeft – Valse Erica (1919) – Emerson 1043
Al Gallodoro – Summertime (1969) – “A Moment in Time” Golden Rooster Records (2008 release)
Irving Kaufman (w/ Selvin’s Orch) – You Can’t Make a Fool Out of Me (1923) – Vocalion A14731
Bee Kerwin and her Happy Six – No One’s Fool (1921) – Puritan 11092-A
The Benson Orch Chicago – Don’t Bring Me Posies (When it’s Shoesies I that Need) (1922) – Victor 18931-A
Henry Burr – I Know What it Means to Be Lonesome (1919) – Victor 18538-B
Cliff Edwards – The Lonesomest Girl in Town (1925) – Perfect 11594-B
Harmony Dance Orch (Westell Gordon, v.) – Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1927) – Grey Gull 1448-a
George Gordon – City of Dreams (From "Oh, My Dear!") (Wodehouse-Hirsch) (1918) – Emerson 9134
Sid Garry – (I’m a Dreamer) Aren’t We All? (1929) – Perfect 12573-B
Johnny Johnson’s Statler PA’ans – Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me (1928) – Victor 21498-A
International Novelty Orch. – To Die Dreaming (Morir Sonando) (1926) – Victor 21877-B
Rigo’s Hungarian Gypsy Orch – The Last Respects (1919) – Emerson 02025XP
Velvetone Dance Orch – Pack Up Your Sins (and Go to The Devil) (1922) – Cameo 300
Phil Ohman and Victor Arden and their Orch. – At Sundown (1927) – Brunswick 3481-A
The Revelers – The Blue Room (1926) – Victor 20082-B
The Benson Orch of Chicago – Copenhagen (1924) – Victor 19470-A

Sunday, June 22, 2008


UPDATE: Al played brilliantly to a packed house at his birthday celebration. On the way home, we listened to his new CD (of a 1969 performance) and he sounds as good as he did 40 years ago.

On Saturday, June 21, the Sego Cafe (291 Main St., Oneonta, NY) will reopen for one night only: Al Gallodoro will be entertaining guests at from 8pm to 11pm on the occasion of this 95th birthday. Doors open at 7pm. There will be a $9.50 cover charge which includes your first drink. Joining Al will be long-time piano accompanist, JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski, Larry Trott on Bass, and Lou Colone on drums, and other fine guest musicians. Doors will open at 7PM. Appetizers will be available (and of course birthday cake will be served). No reservations accepted, first come, first served.

This special evening will also celebrate the release of a new CD, A MOMENT IN TIME, which captures a live performance Al made in Birmingham Alabama in 1969.

Al Gallodoro holds the distinction of of playing more on-the-air live clarinet and saxophone solos than other player in history. Beginning his career at the age of 13, he has played for Vaudeville to Symphonies, Carnegie Hall to small cafes, from Europe's North Sea to New Orleans Jazz Festivals, and even continues the live radio performances he was known for during his long career to this day. And even more amazingly, at 95 he is one of the longest continually performing musicians in the world. As a member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, radio staff orchestras, and playing under the batons of Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski, and more currently, conductor Steven S. Richman, in addition to freelance work, Gallodoro's fine playing, the majority of it taken from live performances, has been included on countless recordings.

Gallodoro's latest CD, A Moment In Time captures a live performance made in 1969, at the Roma Country Club in Birmingham Alabama. A southern flair, credited to Al Gallodoro's Birmingham and New Orleans roots and the Mediterranean influence of his Sicilian heritages gives this live concert a unique spark. At the pinnacle of clarinet and saxophone technique, Gallodoro achieves a seemingly impossible flow of double and triple tonguing, with phrasing that is embellished in a highly ornate, yet understandable style. This melodically dazzling evening on saxophone and clarinet will enchant the listener with its Minute Waltz, jazz standards, as well as ethnic pieces such as the Beer Barrel Polka and When Irish Eyes are Smiling. What particularly stands out is Al's "My Father's Italian Polka", which he never knew the name for, so he has titled it as such, in memory of Antonio Gallodoro. without written music, the melody was passed to Al, then a young child in Birmingham, by his father, himself a clarinet player. The CD will transport the listener right into a steamy southern country club evening.

The CD will be available at the concert and at Al's web-site A Moment in Time was produced by Oneonta based Chmusic Productions, a small local independent production company co-owned by JoAnn Chmielowski and Al Gallodoro, recordings courtesy of Golden Rooster Records. Chmusic Productions has the distinction of producing many of Al Gallodoro's finest older recordings with the expertise of Dryhill Studio's engineer Andris Balins, who specializes in preservation and remastering. Dryhill Studios is also located in Oneonta, New York.

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to witness yet another live Gallodoro performance!

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Duty and Tribute" June 20, 2008

(Week 127)

This RADIOLA! is in observance of my jury summons (and my utter unwillingness to send anyone to the pokey), and in celebration of Al Gallodoro's 95th birthday (as well as Vol. 3 of "The Big Broadcast" CDs). It's all about mixed feelings--but who am I to judge?

Tune in tonight at 8 PM Eastern (7 PM Central) to WHCL (with streaming HERE). At 10 PM, owing to what I'm told is overwhelming popular demand, "Hammond Bacon" will return for a special broadcast.

UPDATE: Though it's not for the faint of heart, you can download the latest installment of Hammond Bacon HERE.

Bing Crosby – Just One More Chance (1931) – Master Classics MCS 8070-2
Jack Pettis’ Pets – A Bag of Blues (1929) – Rivermont BSW-1145
Ipana Troubadors – Wake Up, Chill’un, Wake Up (1929) – Columbia 1779-D
Miff Mole’s Molers – I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling (1929) – Living Era CD AJA 5632
Annette Hanshaw – In a Great Big Way (1929) – Take Two TT408CD
Pletcher’s Eli Prom Trotters – That’s Where You’re Wrong (1930) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8055
Emmett Miller – Take Your Tomorrow (1928) – Columbia/Legacy CK 66999
The Western Brothers – The People Upstairs (1932) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5308
Joe Sanders and his Orch – Weary (1935) – Rivermont BSW-1145
Dorsey Brothers’ Orch – Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe (1933) – Hep CD 1005
Earl Hines and his Orch – Have You Ever Felt That Way? (1929) – Frog DGF55
Isham Jones and his Orch – Junk Man (1934) – Living Era CD AJA 5320
Whispering Jack Smith – That’s My Weakness Now (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5372
Hannah Williams – Get Happy (1933) – Soundtrack of “The Audition”
Bessie Smith – Do Your Duty (1933) – Excelsior EXL-2-5317
Al Gallodoro – Nola (1946) – Golden Rooster “Infinite Gallodoro”
Al Gallodoro w/ The Beau Hunks – Chicago (1999) – Basta 30-9092-2 “Out of Nowhere”
Bennie Moten’s K.C. Orch – Thick Lip Stomp (1926) – Frog DGF29
Gus Arnheim and his Orch – Back in Your Own Backyard (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5234
Paul Whiteman and his Orch – Sweet and Low Down (1925) – Naxos 8.120628
Willie “The Lion” Smith – Fading Star (1939) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5272
Greta Keller – They Can’t That Away From Me (1937) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5193
Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys – Robins and Roses (1936) – Hep CD 1085
Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson – You’re Blase (1932) – Prism Leisure PLATCD 172
Red McKenzie w/The Spirits of Rhythm – As Long as I Live (1934) – Retrieval RTR 79004
Teddy Wilson and his Orch – You Turned the Tables on Me (1936) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5090
Peggy Hill – Was I? (1932) – Rivermont BSW-1145
Ruth Etting – Guilty (1931) – Living Era CD AJS-2012/2
Russ Columbo – Prisoner of Love (1931) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5234
Jimmy Dorsey and his Orch – What’s the Reason I’m Not Pleasin’ You (1937) – Living Era CD AJA 5599
Flanagan and Allen – Free (1937) – Prism Leisure PLATCD 172
Layton and Johnstone – Auf Wiederseh’n, My Dear (1932) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5182

Friday, June 13, 2008

"Dicta" June 13, 2008

(Week 126)

This RADIOLA! explores categorical statements made by incontrovertible authorities: songwriters. (We beg to differ, but then we always do.) Tune in tonight at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL 88.7 FM (with streaming HERE). The show will be uploaded to my Live365 station this weekend--of that you can be certain.

Six Jumping Jacks – Positively-Absolutely (1927) – The Old Masters mb128
Oscar Rabin and his Band (Beryl Davis, v.) – Could Be (1939) – Music & Memories MMD1007
Ipana Troubadors – Wake Up, Chill’un, Wake Up (1929) – Columbia 1779-D
George Olsen and his Music – The Best Things In Life Are Free (1927) – Living Era CD AJA5388
Tom Dorsey and his Novelty Orch – You Can’t Cheat a Cheater (1929) – Jazz Oracle BDW8005
Vincent Lopez and his Orch – Everything’s Made For Love (1927) – ASV Living Era CD AJA5002
Lee Morse – There Must Be a Silver Lining (1928) – Jasmine JASCD 646/2
Maurice Chevalier – It’s a Great Life (If You Don’t Weaken) (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA5016
Sophie Tucker – Take Off Your Mask and Be Yourself (1929) – Take Two TT404CD
Ted Weems and his Orch – Highways are Happy Ways (1927) – Collectors’ Choice CCM-174-2
Chic Nelson’s Collegians – Ya Gotta Know How to Love (1926) – Rivermont BSW-1143
Herb Wiedoeft and his Orch – Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella (1928) – The Old Masters mb122
The Tiger – Money is King (1935) – Arhoolie Folklyric CD 7004
Lord Beginner and Atilla the Hun – Women Are Good and Women Are Bad (1935) – Rounder CD1141
Hoagy Carmichael – Hong Kong Blues (1938) – Legacy JK 64640
Coon-Sanders’ Nighthawks – Who Wouldn’t Be Jealous of You? (1928) – The Old Masters mb113
Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks – Charleston is the Best Dance After All (1993) – Stomp Off CD1260
Clementine Smith – Nobody Knows What a Red Head Mama Can Do (1924) – Memphis Archive MA7017
Irving Kaufman (w/Bailey’s Lucky Seven) – Yes! We Have No Bananas (1923) – Archeophone 5504
Broadway Bellhops – There Ain’t No Land Like Dixieland to Me (1927) – Columbia CK 45450
Louis Armstrong and his Orch – When You’re Smiling (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5195
Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings (Eva Taylor, v.) – You’ve Got to Be Modernistic (1929) – Frog DGF17
Claude Hopkins and his Orch – Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town (1935) – Hep CD 1049
Bessie Smith – A Good Man is Hard to Find (1927) – Excelsior EXL-2-5317
Vaughn DeLeath – There’s Ain’t No Sweet Man (1928) – Living Era CD AJA5468
Ramona Davies – The Heart is Quicker than the Eye (1936) – The Old Masters mb116
Orlando and his Gleneagles Orch (EDall) – Love is Good For Anything that Ails You (1937) MMD 1007
Duke Ellington and his Orch (Ivie Anderson, v.) – It Don’t Mean a Thing (1932) – ASV CD AJA 5420
Jimmie Lunceford and his Orch – Tain’t What You Do (1939) – Proper P1599
Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson – Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries (1931) – ASL Living Era CD AJA 5190
Paul Robeson – It Ain’t Necessarily So (1938) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5276
Rudy Vallee and his CT Yankees – As Time Goes By (1931) – Sony Music Special Projects A2 23671

Friday, June 06, 2008

"A Question of Paternity" June 6, 2008

(Week 125)

And that question is "Where's Poppa?" Tune in tonight at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL (with streaming HERE) as we sift clues. Identity parade, anyone?

The show will be uploaded to my Live365 station this weekend.

Spirits of Rhythm – My Old Man (1933) – Retrieval RTR 79004
Benny Meroff and his Orch. – I’m Wondering Who (1927) – Columbia CK45450
Ipana Troubadors – Wake Up, Chill’un, Wake Up (1929) – Columbia 1779-D
Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Orch. – Papa’s Got The Jim-Jams (1927) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8002
Bill Carlsen and his Orch. – You Forgot Your Gloves (1931) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8049
Eddie Lang’s Orch. (Mildred Bailey, v.) – What Kind o’ Man is You? (1929) – TOM mb103
Sophie Tucker (w/ Rega Orch.) – Papa Better Watch Your Step (1923) – Take Two TT404CD
Lee Morse and her Bluegrass Boys – Poor Papa (1926) – Jasmine JASCD 646
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five – Come Back, Sweet Papa (1926) – Columbia CK 44049
George Olsen and his Orch. – Who? (1925) – Living Era CD AJA 5388
Hoagy Carmichael and his Orch. – Papa’s Gone Bye-Bye Blues (1930) – JSP CD 918B
Miff Mole and his Molers – Wild Oat Joe (1928) – Living Era CD AJA 5632
Sam Manning – Bouncing Baby Boy (1928) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8029
The Lion – Send Your Children to the Orphan Home (1936) – Arhoolie Folklyric CD 7004
The Growler – Calypso Behind the Wall (1938) – Rounder CD 1141
Gracie Fields – Walter, Walter (Lead Me to the Altar) (1938) – Naxos 8.120503
Mantovani and his Orch. George Barclay, v. – Where Are You? (1937) – Music & Memories MMD1007
Wilbur Sweatman’s Original Jazz Band – Think of Me, Little Daddy (1920) – Jazz Oracle BDW8046/2
Lucille Hegamin – Papa, Papa (1923) – Memphis Archive MA7017
Ben Selvin and his Orch. – Loud Speakin’ Papa (1925) – Timeless CBC 1-089
Ruben Reeves and his River Boys – Papa Skag Stomp (1928) – Timeless CBC 1-046
Earl Hines and his Orch. – Good Little, Bad Little You (take 3) (1929) – Frog DGF55
Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings – Papa De Da Da (1931) – Quadromania 222495-444/2 (tr.18)
Harry Richman – Thank Your Father (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5026
Annette Hanshaw – Daddy, Won’t You Please Come Home? (1929) – Take Two TT408CD
Boswell Sisters – Was That the Human Thing to Do? (1932) – Collectables COL-CD-6461
Bessie Tucker – Better Boot That Thing (1929) – Bluebird 66065-2
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas (1930) – Columbia CK46996
Fletcher Henderson and his Orch. – Somebody Loves Me (1930) – Columbia C3K 57596
Benny Goodman and his Orch. (Mildred Bailey, v.) – Ol’ Pappy (1934) – Timeless CBC 1-065
Louis Prima and his N.O. Gang – Chasing Shadows (1935) – JSP CD 339
Paul Robeson – Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day (1934) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5184