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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".
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.
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.
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.
Strictly nothing is known about this British band that only recorded one single disc in 1928. Only the vocalist Eddie Grossbart is identifiable. Whoever is playing, these are excellent musicians anyway.
Unfortunately, I found no information at all about this excellent 1920s dance and jazz band, sometimes credited as Mike Markel, Markels on other occasions. Visual material (photos, publicity, sheet music...) was equally unavailable. This excellent record was made in 1926. Vocal by Arthur Hall.
This fabulous, but short-lived band was a group from Savannah. The orchestra broke up in 1928 after playing for two weeks in Brooklyn at the Rosemont Ballroom. Pianist Alonzo Ross was the leader, but a special mention deserves Robert Cloud. Although sadly forgotten today, he was an outstanding" saxophonist, pianist bandleader, composer and arranger. Active in the late 1920s and the early 1930s, he was often credited with leading his own group, and at other times as a sideman in groups with such diverse names as the Georgia Jumpers, The QRS Boys, The Grand Central Red Cap Quartet, and last but not least the Ross De Luxe Syncopaters. This record was made in 1927. The vocalist is Margret Miller.
Unfortunately I could hardly find any information about this bandleader who led several orchestras like Sam Robbins' Baltimoreans, Sam Robbins & His Hotel McAllpin Orchestra. Any additional information is welcomed. This is one of the sides he recorded in the mid-thirties, more particularly 1934. The vocalist is Robbins himself.
Carl Fenton Orchestra was a Brunswick studio band through the 20s. The name was invented by Brunswick music director "Gus" Haenschen. Later, the name was taken by violinist Rudy Greenberg. The earliest songs recorded in 1919. Brunswick Records released many "Carl Fenton" records, with various line-ups of musicians. The band was typically led by Haenschen in the studio, but was led by studio musician/conductor Reuben "Rudy" Greenberg during their occasional concerts. Around the time that Haenschen left Brunswick Records in mid-1927, Greenberg purchased the rights to the Carl Fenton name. From 1928-1930 Greenberg was musical director for Gennett Records, where he recorded as "Carl Fenton’s New Yorkers". In 1932, Greenberg had his name legally changed to Carl Fenton. He continued to work as a music director for radio and theaters till his death in 1942. Fenton died in 1980. This great record was made in 1930, with an uncredited vocalist, who might be Les Reis.
This rather obscure orchestra, led by Irvin Talbot is hardly known today, and extremely little data are available. Nevertheless, this is an excellent record waxed in 1931, featuring a vocal by Frank Parker (né Ciccio, 1903-1999), who was was an American singer and television personality. Frank Parker began his singing career as a tenor in 1926 and appeared with Harry Horlick's orchestra in 1933. He was a regular on radio and television in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s with personalities including Jack Benny, George Burns and Arthur Godfrey. He was the host of the 1950s TV show Bride and Groom and a panelist on The Masquerade Party. The 1950s saw Parker become a member of the Little Godfreys cast of singers on Arthur Godfrey Time and Arthur Godfrey And His Friends until around 1956. He also appeared in several movies including Romance in the Rain (1934), Sweet Surrender (1935) and Paris Follies of 1956.
Athos C. (Ace) Brigode (1893-1960) was a US dance band leader, who was especially popular in the 20s. His band started 1921 as Ace Brigode & His 10 Virginians, and was later renamed Ace Brigode & His 14 Virginians; this name stuck although the band varied between 9 to 19 members. The band played in "Collegiate Hot" style that to many people exemplifies the music of the "Roaring 20s". The most noted musician who played with Brigode was trombonist Abe Lincoln. Brigode hosted the White Rose Gasoline Show on radio, featuring his band. Brigode himself played violin and clarinet, but mostly acted as master of ceremonies. The band toured widely around the States. Brigode kept the band current with newer style arrangements in to the early swing music era, before disbanding the group in 1945. After this Ace Brigode worked as promotions manager for Cleveland, Ohio's Chippewa Lake Park, and did TV commercial voice work. This excellent record was made in 1925.