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Hardly anything is known about this band that might have been from Maryland; however the 6 sides they recorded in 1929, were waxed in Richmond (Indiana) according to Rust, or in New York City according to the Redhotjazz website. Personnel included: Bob Alexy , trumpet; Charles Bowers, drums; Lester Brown, clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone; Paul Bunkert, banjo; Jack Jones, bass brass; Art Laney, clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor Saxophone; Floyd Mills, leader and trombone; Lloyd Mills, piano; Hugh Parks, trumpet; Howard Shaffer, clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone.
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Montage from WILD ORCHID, the 1989 romance ~ drama starring Carré Otis, a woman lawyer, who becomes mesmerized by a self-made millionaire, Mickey Rourke, during an encounter in Rio setting off a series of erotic encounters. Music is the beautiful "Orchids In The Moonlight", Xavier Cugat Orchestra Director: Zalman King Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset, Carré Otis |
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Vincent Lopez (1895-1975) was an American bandleader and pianist, leading his own band in New York by 1917. In 1921 his band began broadcasting; he became one of America's most popular bandleaders hrough the 40s. Lopez worked occasionally in feature films, notably The Big Broadcast (1932). He was also one of the very first bandleaders to work in Soundies movie musicals, in 1940. He made additional Soundies in 1944. Noted musicians who played in his band included Artie Shaw, Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Mike Mosiello and Glenn Miller. He also featured singers Keller Sisters and Lynch, Betty Hutton and Marion Hutton. Lopez's longtime drummer was the irreverent Mike Riley, who popularized the novelty hit "The Music Goes Round and Round." In 1941 Lopez's Orchestra began a residency at the Taft Hotel in Manhattan that would last 20 years. This wonderful record was made in 1924.
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This is a pseudonym for Ed Kirkeby. Kirkeby, who is probably best-remembered for being Fats Waller's manager, became a salesman at Columbia in 1916, and the following year he was assistant recording manager. Kirkeby recorded some of the first jazz at Columbia and in 1920 organized the California Ramblers. Within a year, the band was recording regularly throughout the 1920's. Kirkeby started singing on their records in September of 1926. A few months later Kirkeby (using the pseudonym of Ted Wallace) became a leader on a series of records usually utilizing personnel from the Ramblers. After the Ramblers declined, Kirkeby put a greater focus on his own recordings, recording under such names as Ted Wallace, Ed Kirkeby Wallace, Eddie Lloyd and Eddie Loyd. During 1930-32, Kirkeby directed a countless number of studio sessions for ARC although he largely stopped after July 1932. This wonderful side was recorded in 1931. Lead vocal by Elmer Feldkamp; the backing vocal probably is by Ed Kirkeby.
This is said to be a pseudonym for Otto Dobrindt. Otto Dobrindt (1886 in Henkendorf, Western Prussia (presently Hanki, Poland) -1963 in Berlin) was a German bandleader and film composer. Dobrindt began his career as a recording producer for the Carl Lindström Company. In 1925, under different pseudonyms he recorded several of his own dance band and classical productions. He led the „Orchester Otto Dobrindt“ accompanied many UFA film stars in studio recordings., a.o. Lilian Harvey, Willy Fritsch and especially Hans Albers. He also led the Saxophon-Orchester Dobbri. In 1935 he took over the German Broadcasting Orchestra. That same year he wrote the film score for „Alles hört auf mein Kommando“. After WW2 he led the Broadcasting Orchestra of the Berlin Eastern sector, but after the build of the Wall in 1961 he gave up that post. Subsequently he led other orchestras in the GDR, among others the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. This outstanding record was made in 1932. Vocal trio by "Die drei Songs".
Montage of Marilyn Monroe Music is Kiss Me Goodnight~Jack Hylton Orchestra
This appears to be a pseudonym for the California Ramblers. The California Ramblers were a popular and prolific jazz group from the 1920s, that recorded hundreds of songs under many different record labels throughout the 1920s. Three of the members of the band, Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey, and Tommy Dorsey, would go on to front big bands in later decades. The original bandmembers were from Ohio, but chose the name California Ramblers because they thought people would be less inclined to listen to a jazz band from the Midwest. They recorded for nearly every independent label in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., using over 100 unique aliases. This excellent record was made in 1926. Vocal by Irving Kaufman (credited as "Frank Harris").
This appears to be a pseudonym for Arthur Lally, used on the British issues made by the company that marketed the 'Hit Of The Week' discs in the USA. Lally's orchestra is one of those almost totally British dance bands of the early 1930s. Like Harry Bidgood's, Arthur Rosebury's, Jay Wilbur's, Jack Leon's or the long string of others, Arthur Lally's orchestra was a magnificent, highest class dance band. Arthur Lally was a saxophonist and he was present on records predominantly on Decca label and sometimes under aliases (Decca-Dents, The Rhythm Maniacs). This brilliant side was recorded in 1932. Vocal by Sam Browne.
Despite the very French-sounding name, Jacques Renard was born in Kiev, Russia (I have been unable to find a date), as Jakob Stavinski. He was raised, however, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and trained as a classical violinist. Rather than joining a symphony orchestra, he formed his own dance band and became popular in the Boston area towards the end of the 1920s. His success on local Boston radio stations soon lead to his playing on national radio networks, fronting a number of radio house bands during the 1930s. His recordings during the late 1920s are often labelled as Jacques Renard and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra. The Cocoanut Grove was a popular nightclub in Boston. On 28 November, 1942, fire swept through the nightclub, killing 492 of those who were present and injuring many more. This wonderful record was made in 1931. The vocal is by Frank Munn.
This band, led by Louis Katzman, is hardly known today. It should be noted Katzman performed under many pseudonyms like Biltmore Club Orch. (ca. 1929); Brunswick Salon Orchestra (ca. 1931); The Castillians. (1927-1934); Jazz-O-Harmonists; Louis Katzman Colonial Orch. (ca. 1929); Louis Katzman Concert Orch. (ca. 1930); Louis Katzman Brunswick Orch. (ca. 1929); Whitall's Anglo-Persians Orch. (ca. 1927-1930); Louis Katzman and His Orch. (Mostly 1934). This record was made in 1930. The lovely vocal is by Harold 'Scrappy' Lambert.
At 20 Isham Jones (1894-1956) formed his own band and played for dances in Michigan towns. In 1923, he took his band to London where he played at the Kit-Cat Club . Prior to that tour, he had played at the Lincoln, McAlpin and Commodore hotels in NYC. In 1927, Benny Goodman joined Jones' band, then playing at the Million Dollar Rainbow Gardens in Chicago. The recording of Carmichael's "Star Dust" in 1931 helped establish the song. Also, during that year, Jones composed "You're Just a Dream Come True", becoming the theme song for the band. Jones wrote more than 200 songs, of which 40 or more became hits! One of the last bands led by Jones in 1936 was known as the Isham Jones Juniors. They recorded for Decca and later became the first band led by Woody Herman. Later in his life Jones concentrated on songwriting. This excellent record was made in 1933. Vocal by Eddie Stone.
Al Goodman (1890 in Nikopol, Russian Empire, presently Ukraine - 1972 in New York City, New York) was a conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist. Graduate of the Baltimore City College and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, musician in a nickelodeon, and chorus boy in one of the Milton Aborn's operettas, Al Goodman was first introduced to musical comedy by the late Earl Carroll who persuaded him to collaborate in producing his musical, So Long Letty. This success, followed by the hit, “Sinbad”, which he produced with Al Jolson, led to positions as orchestra conductor for many Broadway productions including the highly successful Flyin’ High, The Student Prince, and Blossom Time. In all, during this period of his career, Goodman directed over 150 first-night performances and became one of the Great White Way's most popular conductors. He was in such demand that it was not uncommon for him to conduct the orchestra of a show for the first few performances, and then hand the baton over to another while he prepared for a new production. In addition to his assignments as one of RCA Victor's most talented conductors, Goodman was kept busy directing the music for various radio network shows including Palmolive Beauty Box Theater (1935-1937), Your Hit Parade (1935-1938) and the Fred Allen Show (1945-1949)and his pet program, The Prudential Family. During television's early years, Al Goodman was tapped to supervise and conduct the music for NBC's variety showcase Colgate Comedy Hour programs done from New York City. Goodman wrote some memorable songs such as "When Hearts Are Young", "Call of Love" and "Twilight". He also worked on several musicals such as The Band Wagon, Good News and Ziegfeld Follies. As for the present record, it was made in 1929. Although the vocalist is uncredited, thanks to information kindly provided by phredl, I could finally identify him as Eddie Thomas.
My Darling Friends and Visitors, Please enjoy a visit to Magical Venezia and a montage from David Lean's romantic Masterpiece, "Summertime", starring Katherine Hepburn and Rosanno Brazzi. SUMMERTIME~~~~1955 Katharine Hepburn stars as Jane Hudson, an Ohio secretary on the verge of spinsterhood. Carefully saving her money, Jane takes an extended trip to Venice, half hoping to find the romance that has always eluded her. Luck of luck, she meets handsome Renato Di Rossi (Rossano Brazzi), who sweeps her off her feet. Jane's flight on Cloud Nine comes to a flaming crash when she learns that Renato is married and the father of a large family. Picking herself up and dusting herself off, Jane is determined to keep her romance alive, and hang the consequences. She ultimately does what's best for everyone, and heads back to Ohio, wistfully clutching to the memory of the happiest summer of life. Gorgeously color-photographed on location by Jack Hildyard, Summertime was an adaptation of (and vast improvement upon) Arthur Laurents' play The Time of the Cuckoo. ~ Hal Erickson
McEnelly was very popular in the 1910's and 1920's. He formed his first band in Milford, Massachusetts in 1902. In the years that followed, McEnelly's "Singing" Orchestra became a local favorite and traveled throughout New England. By 1917, the band regularly played at Riverside Park in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the early 1920s, McEnelly's Orchestra broadcast regularly. Between 1925 and 1929, the band recorded twenty-one sides for Victor. With the onset of the Great Depression, McEnelly's recording career ended, but he continued to lead his band until failing health forced him to retire in 1942. In his later years, McEnelly worked as a violin teacher and piano tuner until his death in 1958. This brilliant record was made in 1928. Besides several unknown instrumentists, the band's personnel included F. Carle at the piano, W. Kauppi on cornet, W.C. Kihulein and H. Greene on trombone as well as E. J. McEnelly and C. Farrell on violin.
This band, led by Jack Albin, had a long term engagement at New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania during the early 1930s. Although Albin was quite popular, very little is known of him today. He did record extensively for many labels. This brilliant song was recorded in 1930, and the vocalist is Paul Hagan. The latter recorded with several bands including those of Ben Bernie, the Bill Moore's Syncopators and Fred Culley and his Royal York Hotel Orchestra. Nevertheless, I found no biographical information about him, neither any portrait.
Miss Marilyn Monroe calls to mind the bouquet of a fireworks display, eliciting from her awed spectators an open-mouthed chorus of ohs and ahs ...” - Cecil Beaton, June 1956 In 1956, when she entered the suite of the Ambassador Hotel in New York City, to meet with Cecil Beaton, it was without the girlish pin-up attitude the public was used to seeing in her photos. She was sexy, yes, but sophisticated, too. Playful, yes, but with a new sheen and class. Child-like, yes, but combined with a mature style. A year or two previous, people may have laughed at the notion of a photographer of Beaton’s stature being matched with Marilyn Monroe. But on the day they spent together, with their beloved camera between them, they created magic. Marilyn arrived to Beaton’s suite with only a simple black dress and a white puffy evening gown. Ed Pfizenmaier, Beaton’s assistant, said that Marilyn took care of her own make-up “which most people, they can’t believe it nowadays ... she came just by herself, with these two little dresses and ... it was as simple as that.” Beaton added a few props: an artificial Bluebird, flowers, and scarves. He provided the unique backgrounds, as he’d actually redecorated the suite himself in what he called a “Japanese Nouveau art manner”. Beaton himself described Marilyn’s method as subject of the session: “The initial shyness over, excitement has now gotten the better of her. She romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps onto the sofa. She puts a flower stem in her mouth, puffing on a daisy as though it were a cigarette. It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It may end in tears.” His diary entry read: “She was the greatest fun.” Pfizenmaier said “I found her just a delight to work with, we just had a magnificent time. Music is "Say It Isn't So", Lou Brig Orchestra, vocal, Al Jolson from a 1948 radio show.
Melton (1904-1961) was popular in the 20's and early 30's who later began a career as an operatic singer when tenor voices went out of style in popular music. He received vocal instruction from Gaetano de Luca in Nashville from 1923 to 1927 before moving to New York where he studied with Beniamino Gigli's teacher, Enrico Rosati. Melton also worked in dance bands, playing saxophone in a college jazz ensemble and performing with Francis Craig's Orchestra in Atlanta in 1926. The following year, he began singing on New York radio. He joined "Roxy's Gang", a cabaret group led by S. R. Rothafel, who worked with the Sieberling Singers. He worked for Victor with The Revelers and for Columbia Records with the same group (as The Singing Sophomores). He also appeared in several movies. Melton's operatic singing career took off in 1938. in the 1950s he continued making records, singing in nightclubs, appearing on television and collecting rare automobiles. This lovely record (unfortunately in worn shape) was made in 1929.
Surprisingly, unlike most recordings under this denomination, this is not a side by Bob Haring, but by Victor Young And His Orchestra. Victor Young (1899-1956) was an American composer, arranger, violinist and conductor, who began as a classical composer and concert violinist but swithched to popular music when he joined Isham Jones' orchestra. He studied the piano with Isidor Philipp of the Paris Conservatory. In the mid-1930s he moved to Hollywood. As a recording artist he waxed a lot of popular dance tunes but also played with many famous jazzmen. On radio, he was the musical director of Harvest of Stars. He was musical director for many of Bing Crosby's recordings. He received 22 Academy Award nominations for his work in film, twice being nominated four times in a single year, but he did not win during his lifetime. He received his only Oscar posthumously for his score of Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). The vocal on this lovely 1931 record is by a vocal trio including Phil Dewey, Frank Luther and Jack Parker.
Chick Endor (né Charles Knapton Jr.) was a cabaret and revue artist, a crooner who was very popular in New York and London in the late '20s and early '30s. Nevertheless, hardly any biographical information is available. According to The Milwaukee Sentinel he died on September 1st, 1941, aged only 47, "(...) in a Miami Beach hospital, after a long illness. For many years he teamed on the stage with Charles Farrell. The pair toured the world and gave a command performance before King George V in London. (...)". This brilliant record was made in 1929. The uncredited studio orchestra was led by Leonard Joy.
My Darling Friends and Visitors, When I heard this story, I had to create a video for GEORGE CLOONEY. Apparently Boating While Sexy can get you into hot water: George Clooney has been reported to Venice police for allegedly operating a water taxi without the proper licenses. Italian newspaper La Nuova Venezia reported earlier this week that Clooney, who was in town promoting his latest movie, "Gravity," at the Venice Film Festival, was spotted driving a speedboat on the Venice Lagoon Tuesday, an event that was heavily photographed by the paparazzi. But while the charming actor was busy smiling and waving for the cameras, local lawyer Mario D'Elia contacted the authorities, wondering if Clooney was legally authorized to operate the boat. D'Elia confirmed that he was the tipster, telling newspaper Corriere del Veneto, "I asked the authorities to go to the Hotel Cipriani to see if Clooney has a nautical license." The paper noted that even if Clooney was licensed, he still would have needed a permit to operate a water taxi, and that it would be the owner of the speedboat who would be liable if Clooney was in the wrong. Clooney joked about piloting the boat during a VFF press conference earlier in the week, telling reporters it was the most dangerous thing he'd ever done. Music is Schone Gigolo, Just a Gigolo....Daniele Serra 1929