Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Hovels in the Air" October 19, 2012

(Week 334)

This RADIOLA! just can't seem to dream big.

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Tom Moore (Irving Kaufman) - Wait Till The Sun Shines Again (1925) - Silvertone 2697 B
Horace Henderson and his Orch - I'm Rhythm Crazy Now (1933) - Decca 18171 B
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779-D
The Troubadours (Sam Lanin) (Scrappy Lambert v) - Someday You'll Say “O.K.” (1927) - Lincoln 2683
International Novelty Orch - Only a Rose (1925) - Victor 19901 B
McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble (1928) - RCA Victor 40 0114 A
Frank Ferera's Hawaiians (Walter Neff v) - Charmaine (1928) - Perfect 11260
Bessie Smith - Just Lost Your Head (1926) - Columbia 35674
Dixie Jazz Band (A Schubert) (Jack Kaufman v) - She's My Sweet Patootie (1929) - Oriole 1476 B
The Happy Six - Dolly (I Love You) (Intro: You're The Only Girl Who Made Me Cry) (1920) - Columbia A3330
Paul Biese and his Novelty Orch - Harem Life (1919) - Victor 18654 B
Vincent Rizzo and his Hotel Sylvania Orch of Philadelphia - Believe Me (1924) - Okeh 40135 B
Arthur Fields - The Lonesomest Girl In Town (1925) - Silvertone 2697 A
Dolly Kay - Cry Baby Blues (1921) - Columbia A3502
Wendell Hall - Comfortin' Gal (1924) - Victor 19270 B
Baby Soda - Whinin' Boy (2011) - Live at Radegast
Annie and the Hedonists - Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (2012) - Women Be Wise
El Cota - Black and White Rag (1911) - Columbia A1116
Van Eps Quartette - Buddha My Own (1919) - Okeh 4087 B
The Westerners (Lanin) (Frank Bessinger v) - I'm Tellin' The Birds Tellin' The Bees How I Love You (1926) - Harmony 297 H
Roy Collins' Dance Orch (Billy James) (Leroy Montesano v) - Ever Since I Met That Girl (1928) - Oriole 1252 B
White City Jazzers - Talking Picture Lou (1930) - Madison 5058 B
The Chocolate Dandies - Dee Blues (1930) - Columbia 36008
The Four Aces - Under a Texas Moon (1930) - Velvet Tone 2101 V
Will Osborne and his Orch - Let Me Call You Mine (1934) - Perfect 15960 B
Bessie Smith - Gimme a Pigfoot (1933) - Columbia 37574
Joe Venuti and his Blue Six - Sweet Lorraine (1933) - Decca 18167 A
Dorsey Brothers Orch - By Heck (1933) - Columbia 36065
Horace Henderson and his Orch (Henry Allen v) - Ol' Man River (1933) - Decca 18172 B
Anne Jamison (w Victor Young's Orch) - Looking For a Boy (1939) - Decca 2876 B
Bing Crosby (w Dorsey Bros Orch) - Without a Word of Warning (1935) - Decca 548 A
Johnny Marvin - I'm a Dreamer Aren't We All? (1929) - Victor 22148 A


Anonymous said...

I gotta leave a comment, since you do so much, say so much, but not a peep from the peeps. I know there's a weekly party, not partying weakly, of course, with gin in hand and maybe peanuts, and if lucky, a couple of coconuts nearly... ponying up to listen to your wealth of musical madness each week. Such as I...

So a comment, besides the kudo's wit a pose, which is checking the playlist... I see two NOVELTY orchestras...

International Novelty Orch - Only a Rose (1925) - Victor 19901 B

Paul Biese and his Novelty Orch - Harem Life (1919) - Victor 18654 B

Since you are the master of the masters and shellacs, what was the idea - the then-current meaning of the term Novelty Orchestra?
Not just an orchestra doing a Novelty Tune, I am hoping.

Take it, Jackson!

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Andy said...

Thanks! That's a good question.

I think "Novelty" in some cases was a fairly meaningless label designation. It tends to make me think of bands using accordions and xylophones or marimbas, though in this week's playlist that is most definitely not the case. It could easily mean any dance band music that is not symphonic and not quite jazz.

The International Novelty Orchestra on Victor was a house band that offered of waltzes and tangos and fox trot versions of operetta and show selections--actually almost any kind of dance music in the early electric era. Saxophonist Paul Biese dropped the "Novelty" in early 1920, for some reason.

Harry Reser, on the other hand, specialized in novelty tunes and almost never used the "novelty orchestra" designation. Neither did Fred "Sugar" Hall.

In a way it's almost like asking "What is Jazz?" The answer, of course, is that you know it when you hear it. Or not.

I appreciate your kind comments and that you're not a robot. (These automatons are ruining it for the rest of us.)

Many thanks again,