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10 May 2010

But The Fair Señorita Doesn't Seem To Care


As I attempt to bring the monthly post count back up to a respectable consistency, I offer up some Allan Jones for the discerning ear. Even though I'm a huge fan of classic films, I only first heard the infectious Donkey Serenade a few years ago in an RCA collection of 1930s music (which is in the queue to be posted soon). I don't really go much for the more operatic style in general, but sometimes one cannot help it. Jones had a terrific voice, and could act well enough to get the lead in Showboat opposite Irene Dunne. Comedy fans might recognize him opposite the Marx Brothers in A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races. As irrelevant tangents sometimes lead, future posts will include the soundtracks from the Marx Brothers films, as well as a Jerome Kern tribute that includes some vocals by Irene Dunne. Someday. Anyway, this post was supposed to be about Jones, whose immense talent reportedly caused Nelson Eddy to get most of the former's footage cut from the Eddy/MacDonald film Rose Marie in 1936. If true, I wish he had not succeeded, but at least we can still listen to Jones' music. I have no Nelson Eddy in my collection though. Enjoy. +

Tracks

1. Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody [From the Great Ziegfeld]
2. Everything's Been Done Before [From Reckless]
3. Alone [From a Night at the Opera] - Kitty Carlisle Hart, Allan Jones
4. Cosi Cosa [From a Night at the Opera]
5. Make Believe [From Show Boat] - Irene Dunne, Allan Jones
6. I Have the Room Above Her [From Show Boat] - Irene Dunne, Allan Jones
7. You Are Love [From Show Boat] - Irene Dunne, Allan Jones
8. Blue Venetian Waters [From a Day at the Races]
9. Tomorrow Is Another Day [From a Day at the Races]
10. Woman's Kiss [From the Firefly] - Allan Jones, Jeanette MacDonald
11. Donkey Serenade [From the Firefly]
12. Giannina Mia [From the Firefly]
13. Sympathy [From the Firefly] - Allan Jones, Jeanette MacDonald
14. Donkey Serenade/Giannina Mia (Reprise) [From the Firefly] - Allan Jones, Jeanette MacDonald
15. First Thing in the Morning [From Everybody Sing]
16. Down on Melody Farm/Quartet from Rigoletto [From Everybody Sing] - Judy Garland, Allan Jones
17. One I Love [From Everybody Sing]
18. Show Must Go On [From Everybody Sing]
19. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life [From the Great Victor Herbert] - Allan Jones, Mary Martin
20. There Once Was an Owl [From the Great Victor Herbert] - Allan Jones, Mary Martin
21. Thine Alone [From the Great Victor Herbert] - Allan Jones, Mary Martin
22. Wonderful Dreams/All for You [From the Great Victor Herbert] - Allan Jones, Mary Martin
23. Someday [From the Great Victor Herbert]
24. I'm Falling in Love With Someone [From Naughty Marietta]
25. Falling in Love With Love [From the Boys from Syracuse]
26. Who Are You? [From the Boys from Syracuse]
27. Sweethearts [From Sweethearts]

8 comments:

Campbie™ said...

I could very be be wrong but was not Alan Jones the father of Jack Jones?

Chester Proudfoot said...

He was indeed.

bajazzo said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful Allan Jones collection, Chester.

Now if only you could find a similar album of Arthur Tracy records...nessubl

Cee said...

Nelson Eddy did not have that kind of power at MGM to have anyone's scenes cut; it was only his second movie and Louie B. Mayer could not stand him. I think Allan's scenes were probably cut because they weren't important to the plot and probably to save time. Most importantly though, Nelson was not the kind of person who would prevent another singer from advancing their career. He has been known to help and encourage all aspiring singers.
~Cee

Chester Proudfoot said...

Cee, my source was Wiki which at times requires skepticism and a large grain of salt. But given that Eddy was already a name for his singing, and Hollywood + egos being what they are, it at least sounds plausible. On the other hand, it's equally plausible that Jones' bits were cut for other reasons. For example, Lena Horne's movie parts were easily cut out of prints that showed in the South (so as not to offend the racists) without affecting the film plot one iota. At the end of the day though, I'd rather believe that Eddy was a nice guy.

Bajazzo, I'm going to keep my eyes open for a Tracy LP but I never did pick up a cd. I really wish I had though.

Anonymous said...

sorry first oof all my english is very bad I'm always looking at your beautiful music
Ican download Allan Jones but I cannot unpack it because I have to fil in a secret word and that I don´t know
please can you help me
thanks

Chester Proudfoot said...

The secret word is in the lefthand column on the blog in the FYI.

Anonymous said...

thank you very much for the secret word now I can get also Al Jolson
and also thanks for the music