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This was one of Reser's many pseudonyms. During the 20's and 30's, Reser not only played in a number of bands, but also led his own bands using an amazing number of pseudonyms. His bands recorded an incredible number of tunes in a variety of styles, but the pop tunes and novelty songs appealed to a wider audience, and are also among his best recordings. Harry Reser often arranged many of the songs that the bands recorded. Like in this video, many of the better songs feature Tom Stacks, who was also the drummer on many of these sessions, although he was not the vocalist on this side. His voice has been described as having "a built-in grin". Another highlight of these recordings are Reser's banjo solos which show amazing clarity and technique, with a little jazz influence tossed in. The band most associated with Harry Reser was the The Clicquot Club Eskimos. This group was heard weekly on NBC radio network from 1925 to 1935 and brought Reser a degree of fame. This great record was made in 1927. Vocal by Vaughn De Leath (née Leonore Vonderlieth, 1894 - 1943), who was a famous female radio jazz singer who gained popularity in the 1920s and became known as "The Original Radio Girl" and "First Lady of Radio". She was also one of the early crooners. De Leath's vocals ranged from soprano to deep contralto and easily adapted to the Jazz and radio age in the 1920s. She had performed on the New York stage in the early to mid 1920s, but radio became her first love. In 1922 she began recording on different labels, including Edison Records. In 1928, she appeared on an experimental television broadcast and later became a special guest for the debut broadcast of Voice of Firestone Radio Hour. Her obituary in the New York Times incorrectly said she was 42 when she died, but she was actually 48. Prior to her death, she had considerable financial difficulty, complicated by the drinking problem which contributed to her early death.