Goofus Five - Nothin' Does-Does Like It Used To Do-Do-Do

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According to Brian Rust, "the Goofus Five struck a neat balance between commercial dance music and what might be termed thorough-going jazz. (...) Back in 1924, Ed Kirkeby, the manager of the prestigious American dance band known as the California Ramblers, decided that a quintet of the band within the band would be an excellent novelty, especially for playing popular tunes of the day for dancers who preferred their music with a strong jazz flavour. So it came about that the Little Ramblers were formed; but like the parent band, they recorded only on Columbia. Finding their music was a success, Kirkeby secured contracts with other record companies under the name of the Five Birmingham Babies, and on Okeh as the Goofus Five." The most famous members were A. Rollini, I. Brodsky, H. Weil and T. Felline. This 1927 session however features Jack Russin on piano. The vocal is by Sadie Green, a pseudonym of Beth Challis.

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Thanks Lou; I was happy to find for the first time a photo of Beth Challis indeed. I guess those Peggy Johnsons issues include some great renditions?
Par kspm0220s il y a 4 ans
It was nice to see a photo of Beth Challis.I have four records by her on Victor+Buff Bluebird as "Peggy Johnson and Her Orchestra"
Par Lou il y a 4 ans
That's an interesting remark BB which I'm unable to answer. We desperately need Fred here! If only he showed up again.
Par kspm0220s il y a 4 ans
Nice mix of pop nonsense and jazz by this classy group. I wonder if Beth Challis was any relation to Bill Challis, one of Paul Whiteman's arrangers?
Par Boston Blackie il y a 4 ans
Thank you once more for this appreciative comment Walter; most appreciated.
Par kspm0220s il y a 4 ans
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