Friday, June 12, 2009

"Rare Bits" June 12, 2009

(Week 165)

This RADIOLA! goes back to shellac--and what shellac! Here are 30 rare and strange delights from recent record auctions, eBay coups, and serendipitous stumblings. Most of this stuff has never been on CD--and never will be on CD. Nonetheless, it has the fresh tanginess of music you've probably never heard before.

Tune in Friday at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL (with direct streaming here). This program will be uploaded to my Live365 station shortly.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jane and Jacques for separately revealing the significance of the title of the first selection, "Dream of the Rarebit Fiend." It turns out to have been an early comic strip by the brilliant Winsor McCay, with further details here and an archive of strips linked below. I don't know how I lived on this planet for so long without knowing of McCay's wonderful creation.

Guido Deiro - Dream of the Rarebit Fiend (1912) - Columbia A 1281
Ken Drake and his Orch - Musical Moments (1937) - Bluebird B 7035 B
Willard Robison (w/Ipana Troubadours) - Wake Up! Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) - Columbia 1779-D
Snooks' Memphis Stompers - One More Time (1931) - Romeo 1647 A
Arnold Frank and his Roger's Cafe Orch (Stan Thompson v) - Rain (1927) - Okeh 40896
Golden Gate Orch (Irving Kaufman, v) - Glorianna (1928) - Perfect 15084
Gloria Swanson - Love (Your Spell is Everywhere) (1929) - Victor 22079 A
George Dewey Washington - The Spell of the Blues (1929) - Columbia 1700 D
Jim Miller-Charlie Farrell - There's a Wah-Wah Gal in Agua Caliente (1930) - Victor 22442 B
Eddie Davis Orch - Hot Lips (1922) - Grey Gull 1120
Harry Denny and his Notre Dame Orch - Dearest (1924) - Autograph mx 267
Mound City Blue Blowers - Blue Blues (1924) - Brunswick 2581 B
Four Hawaiians - Was It a Dream? (1928) - Oriole 1270 A
Johnny Noble and his Hawaiians (Claude Malani feat. v) - Sassy (1929) - Brunswick 80052
Alfredo Brito and his Siboney Orch - Maria, My Own (1931) - Victor 22685 B
Al Bowlly - The Very Thought of You (1934) - “Romantic Voice” (Sunflower SUN 2178)
Charlie Barnet and his Glen Island Casino Orch - Long Ago and Far Away (1936) - Bluebird B 6432 B
Ukulele Hughes - Oh! Boy, What a Girl! (1925) - Vocalion A 15095
Bob Haring and his Orch (Arthur Fields, v) - My Sweetie Turned Me Down (1925) - Cameo 795
Harry Denny and his Notre Dame Orch (Lacava Deeter Koch Raub v) - Fight Song and Hike Song (1924) - Autograph mx 268
Ernest Rogers - Willie, The Chimney Sweeper (1927) - Victor 20502 A
Ed Smalle - Horses (1926) - Brunswick 3147 B
Lyall Bowen and his Philadelphians (Billy Welsh v) - Nothin' on My Mind (1928) - Perfect 14965
Bob and Alf Pearson - Lazy Day (1932) - Broadcast Twelve 3072 B (UK)
Sid Phillips and his Rhythm (Jack Cooper v) - Woe is Me (1936) Rex 8742 B (UK)
Clyde McCoy and his Orch - Roseland Stomp (1936) - Decca 833 B
Gloria Swanson - Serenade (Toselli) (1929) - Victor 22079 A
Frank Mater and his Collegians (Rudy Vallee) - The Song I Love (1928) - Harmony 811 H
Harold “Scrappy” Lambert - Revenge (1928) - Brunswick 4043
Lee Sims - Meditation (1927) - Brunswick 3764 B
BBC Dance Orch (Henry Hall) (Les Allen v) - Experiment (1933) - Columbia CB 663 (UK)
Willie Bryant and his Orch (TW p) - It's Over Because We're Through (1935) - Victor 24858 A


Nick Dragos said...

One of your very best shellac efforts, Andy!

Where you got your hands on a shellac by Snooks' Memphis Stompers
{on Romeo, no less}, I'll never know....and there are absolute gems throughout this broadcast, right up to Harlem's Unofficial Mayor, Willie Bryant, and his theme song to close out....Superb radio!

Andy said...


Thanks! And there's more good stuff on the way. . .


Chester Proudfoot said...

I agree, this was a good one! Except for Gloria Swanson (who might give Evelyn Laye a run for the money in the howling dept.) we enjoyed the live stream piped over our radio.