Options Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison: Playlist from November 13, 2007 Options

The Old Codger: playing 78 RPM records like they're going out of style!

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Options November 13, 2007: Thomas Wolfe on the Codger (1926): "a nervous ugly man, swollen with petty tyranny"

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Artist Track
Helen Kane  That's My Weakness Now   Options
Willie "The Lion" Smith and His Cubs  Honeymoonin' on a Dime   Options
Art Gentry and His Orchestra  Three Little Fishes   Options
The Revelers  Dinah   Options
The Happiness Boys  A Gay Caballero   Options
Sophie Tucker  It's Human Nature to Complain   Options
"Tennessee" Ernie Ford  Philadelphia Lawyer   Options
The Brox Sisters  I'm Lonely Without You   Options
Cab Calloway and His Orchestra  Papa's in Bed With His Britches On   Options
Tex Williams  With Men Who Know Tobacco Best, It's Women Two to One   Options
Alma Gluck  Lo, Here the Gentle Lark   Options
Geeshie Wiley  Skinny Legs Blues   Options
Boyd Raeburn and His Orchestra  Boyd Meets Stravinsky   Options
Butterbeans and Susie  If You Can't Bring It, You've Got to Send It   Options

Listener comments!

  Tue. 11/13/07 7:06pm paul:

yay! old codger rules!!!
  Tue. 11/13/07 7:10pm Uncle Mert:

All this talk about NEW AGE music. It's about time we had some OLD AGE music. Codge may be crazy but he ain't no goddamn fool.
  Tue. 11/13/07 7:56pm Taylor Jessen:

Boyd just burned my barn.
  Sat. 11/17/07 6:37am Roy S:

did Mac get his dollar trolly deposit back?

about time you had your own show
  Fri. 11/23/07 11:57am Adam:

Helen Kane sounds an awful lot like Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl.
  Fri. 11/23/07 3:45pm Albert Cheswick Hardley:

"The ravishing of the maiden Ophelia"

We once had a lodger, and he was so old
That he was a Codger, or so I am told.
My grandfather Roger to Codger he sold
A rusty old saw and a sack of fool's gold.

When my sister Ophelia the Codger she saw
She pounced on the see-saw, for such was the law.
The law says a see-saw will save from the claw
Of a Codger a maiden who fears ma and pa.

For her bles-sed old ma knows a Codger will dodge
Her entreaties to save her from losing her bra
And its contents. "Ophelia," croaked Codger, come, draw
Near my nonsense. I feel ya, Come soak in my spa."

(ancient folk song collected by E. C. Grobb, Professor of Folklore, Indiana Univ., as sung by Homer Hooch, a rudabaga farmer in Skunksplatt Hollow, W, Va., Jan. 13, 1959. Used by permission.)

N.B. May I suggest singing to the melody of Erin-go-bragh.
  Tue. 12/4/07 8:31pm Patrick:

The more I listen to WFMU (and I'm in New Orleans!) the more I WANT to listen. First MAC, now the Old Codger. Can there be more?? Hmm. New Jersey. Home of broadcasting and 78edness. What's not to like?
  Tue. 12/4/07 8:46pm Patrick:

By the way, Adam, Helen Kane sounding like Mae Questral resulted in a lawsuit by Kane saying that Questral's voice of Betty Boop was a theft of her singing persona. She lost the suit and never achieved her prior level of success.
  Sat. 11/12/11 4:36pm May:

It was Mae Questal who sounded like Helen Kane, not the other way around. Helen was the original. The Fleischers deliberately modeled Betty Boop after her, as well as Clara Bow. As Patrick says, Helen sued them but she lost. A real travesty.
  Fri. 5/18/12 2:44pm BoopBoopyDoop:

Mae Questel won a Helen Kane look and soundalike contest and was given a contract. Max Fleischer saw Mae's routine and hired her as the voice of Betty Boop. Betty Boop first appeared in Dizzy Dishes as a French Poodle caricature of Helen Kane.

Helen Kane had many impersonators, Mae was one of them. Clara Bow had nothing to do with the first part of Betty's creation in Dizzy Dishes, due to the fact that Betty was a complete caricature of Kane. Dizzy Dishes was a cartoon about Out of work Actors, Kane had not long been dropped by Paramount, so it was a reference to her, but people loved the cartoon character so they continued onwards with her.
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