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Charles King - When Love Comes In the Moonlight

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Although I posted a wonderful version of this song before by Jackie Taylor's orchestra (, this rendition is so different and equally beautiful in its own right I decided to share this one as well. Charles King (not to be mistaken for the homonymous contemporary actor, born 1895 and deceased in 1957), 1886-1944) was a vaudeville and Broadway actor who also starred in several movies. He starred as the leading actor in the hit MGM movie, The Broadway Melody (1929), the first all-talking film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. By 1908, King had begun acting on the Broadway stage; his first known role came in the revue The Mimic World. In the 1910s his most frequent partner was Elizabeth Brice with whom he appeared in The Slim Princess, A Winsome Widow, Watch Your Step and Miss 1917. King continued to appear in many major Broadway successes during the 1920s, including George White's Scandals (1921 edition), Little Nellie Kelly, Keep Kool, Hit the Deck and Present Arms, before turning his attention to Hollywood and the nascent genre of film musicals. Between January 1911 and April 1930 Charles King made a series of commercial recordings for Victor, Columbia and Brunswick including several of his stage and film hits. A total of 26 recordings were issued, 12 of them duets with Elizabeth Brice. In late 1928, like many of his musical theatre colleagues, Charles King journeyed to Hollywood to begin appearing in films. His feature-film debut, The Broadway Melody, was an immense hit for MGM in 1929 and featured him singing the title song and "You Were Meant for Me", two significant song hits the same year. King introduced such other hits as "Orange Blossom Time" in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) and "Happy Days Are Here Again" in Chasing Rainbows (1930), but could not sustain the initial momentum of his film popularity as musicals oversaturated the market, many failed at the box office and studios ended their contracts with musical performers. By the end of 1930, he had returned to the Broadway stage where he would spend the remainder of his career. Charles King died in London in 1944 from pneumonia, aged 57, while on a USO tour. This lovely performance was recorded in 1930. Mr. King was accompanied by Earl Bennett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra. Unfortunately, as is the case with quite a few Brunswick pressings, this disc was very worn. I did my very best to keep an acceptable sound balance.