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02 March 2012

Turn On The Heat

Turn on the heat for the hemisphere in winter! The team of Buddy De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson had a huge string of hits during their 1925-1930 collaboration, beginning with the George White's Scandals Of 1925. While most of these songs will be familiar to many people, this set includes several versions by popular British performers. One internet critic complains about not including this song or that, or passing over Annette Hanshaw for the British versions. However, I think it's good to hear other interpretations, and in any case it is very easy to find plenty of Hanshaw's material for those who are sticklers. From Answers.com, "The songs by the trio of De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson were characterized by jazz‐inspired rhythms and simple, upbeat lyrics. The shows, all hits, included George White's Scandals of 1925, 1926, and 1928 (introducing “Birth of the Blues,” “Black Bottom,” and “Lucky Day”), Good News! (1927), Manhattan Mary (1927), Hold Everything (1928), Follow Thru (1929), and Flying High (1930). After the team split, Henderson and Brown wrote George White's Scandals of 1931, Hot‐Cha! (1932), and Strike Me Pink (1933). Henderson had little luck on his own, but Brown found some success with Calling All Stars (1934) and Yokel Boy (1939) with other composers. De Sylva had the most fruitful career, producing and/or co‐writing such shows as Take a Chance (1932), Du Barry Was a Lady (1939), Louisiana Purchase (1940), and Panama Hattie (1940). One historian has described the work of De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson as possessing a “distinctive vernacular touch - lowdown in rhythm, piquant in love.” Enjoy. +


01. Black Bottom - Bert Firman's Dance Orchestra
02. Good News - George Olsen and His Music
03. Varsity Drag - Zelma O'Neal
04. You're The Cream In My Coffee - Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
05. I'm On The Crest Of A Wave - Harry Richman
06. Sonny Boy - Al Jolson
07. It All Depends On You - Phyllis Dare with The Gaiety Theatre Orchestra
08. Button Up Your Overcoat - Jack Hylton and His Orchestra (v. Sam Browne)
09. I Want To Be Bad - Helen Kane
10. You Wouldn't Fool Me Would You? - Annette Hanshaw
11. I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We All? - Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
12. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You - Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
13. Turn On The Heat - Lloyd Keating and His Music (v. Sammy Fain)
14. Little Pal - Al Jolson
15. Never Swat A Fly - The Blue Jays (Harry Hudson's Orchestra)
16. Don't Tell Her What Happened To Me - Boswell Sisters
17. If You Haven't Got Love - Gloria Swanson
18. You Try Somebody Else - Russ Columbo
19. One More Time - Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra


Campbie™ said...

Thanks as per usual

mel said...

Turn On The Heat is from the film Sunny Side Up (1929). I love this song and have a few versions of it. Strange that it never became really popular. This one with Lloyd Keating is excellent but the vocal by Sam Browne with Jack Hylton is imho better than Sammy Fain.

This is a great album, Chester; thanks very much for sharing.

Hoyle Osborne said...

Great stuff! Sure, I know what's great and important about Gershwin's work in the 20s, and I revere Irving Berlin. But if I were asked to name to quintessential songwriter of the 20s, it'd have to be DeSylva, Brown & Henderson.
As long as I've listened to, studied, and performed this music, there's always something "new" to discover. The previously-undiscovered gem for me this time is Bing's "One More Time." I need to learn that one.