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09 August 2010

Let's Misbehave

Apologies for the lack of new posts, but work has been picking up of late. Good for the pockets, bad for the blog. On the other hand, I've been working on cleaning up more Chick Bullock tunes, and ripping some LPs which should be available soon as well ... As is normal for me, I go backwards in my musical exploration. I first picked up the 30s Volume 1, which I really enjoyed (and will post). So why not try the 20s? (even though there's no apostrophe!) I have loved My Blue Heaven since the first time I heard it, and have several versions of the tune. Gene Austin is still the best. With only 20 tracks, it's hard to select the best of an entire decade, especially from the Roaring Twenties. But the producers did very well here, I think. If nothing else, this cd stoked my curiosity and propelled me to pick up many records from the era. It's all good. (oh, and Rapidshare seems to have smoothed things out for the time being, so until my subscription ends I'll be using that) Enjoy. +


1. Let's Misbehave - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
2. My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin
3. Collegiate - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians
4. Alice Blue Gown - Edith Day
5. Little Orphan Annie - The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks
6. Lucky Lindy - Nat Shilkret & His Orchestra
7. Varsity Drag - George Olsen & His Music
8. Do Do Do - Gertrude Lawrence
9. Whispering - Paul Whiteman Orchestra
10. I Wanna Be Loved by You - Helen Kane
11. Black Bottom - Johnny Hamp
12. Makin' Whoopee - Eddie Cantor
13. Charleston - Paul Whiteman Orchestra
14. Prisoner's Song - Vernon Dalhart
15. My Pretty Girl - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
16. My Man - Fanny Brice
17. Black and Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
18. Louise - Maurice Chevalier
19. If I Had a Talking Picture of You - Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders
20. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin, Paul Whiteman Orchestra


Campbie™ said...

Another Gem !!
Thanks from Montreal

Shango said...

Nice compilation. Thanks for your work despite unfortunate work!

vilstef said...

I'm a big fan of 20's pop and jazz and this is a really fine collection.

I think a big reason lots of folks don't get 20's music is it's dance music done to rhythms which don't parse for modern dancers. And id doesn't always work that well for folks who do ballroom dancing either-the rhythm sections had work to do.

kibafang said...

I'm transported back to the early 50's watching TV late into the night babysitting my brothers while mom and dad were out dancing. Etched into my grey matter are the images and sounds of these recordings. Chester you are the time machine.

Chester Proudfoot said...

Glad you all like this one. Vilstef, I think you're on to something. This old great music was made for dancing and the dance hall was where many heard the music. Now we mainly listen to music on the radio or an ipod. My wife complains about not being able to go out dancing, mainly 'cuz I can't dance for my supper. But the "dance" music out there these days hardly qualifies as music, much less dance music. Not so oddly though, when we went to a gala which had free swing lessons - I got it. Or at least my feet did.

Joe said...

Hi - Great Blog!! I wanted to ask for your help since you seem to know a lot about this kind of music. I am looking for songs by vocalist Fran Frey, who I have just discovered singing a neat version of "Puddin Head Jones" on youtube (which I can't find anywhere save for that terrible quality version on youtube) - trouble is he seems to never be listed as the artist - instead being buried under a "vocal refrain by Fran Frey" blurb. Can you direct me to which CD's have him on them? Maybe even one that has his version of Puddin Head Jones?? Thanks from a new 30-something 20's swing fan!

Chester Proudfoot said...

Thanks, Joe. I recommend going to the Worldsrecords.com website. Put "Fran Frey" in the search box, select "general," and it brings up 6 or 7 cds that have Frey vocals. I can't recall which track off hand, but Frey does at least one vocal on the Bunny Berigan Sideman cd that is elsewhere in this blog. Once you have the names of the other cds, you might check out allmusic.com to see more info (if it's available). You could also search allmusic.com for Puddin' Head Jones, and it should bring up some results.

I've purchased cds from Worlds Records for several years, and they are a great place to pick up a lot of this music.

barak said...

Thank you very much.
Do you have Cab Calloway's new box This Is Hep? It may be the first album to give a good overview of his entire career (I mean from 1930-47).
All his other albums focus either on his early records or on his later.

Chester Proudfoot said...

Barak, alas I haven't bought a new jazz cd in ages now. I'm curious to see what they're including (and excluding). 1930-47 is a long span to cover, which is why I liked the Classics Chronological series concept.

Anton said...


This is certainly a great compilation that I bought a few years back and that now is absolutely out of print. It includes some very nice material: of course, there's the expected (and magnificent) original version of "My Blue Heaven" by Gene Austin, and "I Wanna Be Loved by You" by the ineffable Helen Kane. But there are also some more obscure tracks like Irving Aaronson's version of "Let's Misbehave," my all-time favorite version of this witty classic, as well as Johnny Hamp's superb "If I Had a Talking Picture of You." Great stuff, and certainly too bad that the whole Nipper series is out of print.

Greetings from Memphis,


P.S.: I have always had a hard time considering Vernon Dalhart's "The Prisoner's Song" as a country record; his voice and style is more pop than country to my ears, and in fact, Dalhart even recorded light opera and operetta. Of course, it is true that genres in the twenties were quite flexible and not clearly defined. What do you think?

Chester Proudfoot said...

Hola, Anton. Johnny Hamp is one of my favorites in general.

Although it's been quite a while since I listened to other Dalhart material, I think you could classify at least one of his styles as country. I don't know if I'd call The Prisoner Song 'pop,' but pop certainly is a problem with country music in general. Gene Austin could fall into either category as well. Pop sells more records, so there may be an inherent tendancy to lean in that direction.

It's like calling every pre-WWII record "jazz" when a lot of it was pure, unadulterated pop. Although Chick Bullock sang some jazz and played with great jazz musicians, by 1936 most of his output was nothing but pop as well.

Dario said...

Se cayo :(

Chester Proudfoot said...

The link is updated.

Es actualizado de nuevo.