Options Bitslap with KBC: Playlist from August 18, 2009 Options

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Options August 18, 2009: 78s Vol 2

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Artist Track Comments
Happiness Boys  HOW DO YOU DO   Options Billy Jones & Ernest Hair. This was basically their theme song. 
Tex Williams & His Western Caravan  WHO ME?   Options Sollie Paul "Tex" Williams (8/13/17-10/11/85) was a product of Ramsey IL (in the middle of nowhere). He started out with Spade Cooley's Band, but did not get along with Mr Cooley (neither did anyone else) and when he left he took the band with him. That's why the Western Caravan sounds so much like the Cooley Band, with those distinctive twin fiddles (think Allman Brothers with Dickie Betts and Duane Allman). 
Mitchell Ayres Fashions  WOLF SONG   Options Vocals by Meredith Blake and Johnny Bond. Ayres on violin fronted this sort of generic whitebread orchestra (ala Welk and Lombardo). He went on to become the music director for Perry Como on TV. Born in Milwaukee on Xmas Eve in 1910, died 9/5/69 when hit by a car. 
Irving Kauffman  YOU'D BE SURPRISED   Options By virtue of the Murray-Kauffman Act of 1899, virtually every song recorded from 1900-1910 had to include either Billy Murray or Irving Kauffman. Kauffman worked in the Biz for over 60 years, often teaming up with his brothers Jack and Phil (oddly, as the Kauffman Brothers) or with other big stars (like Billy Murray or Al Jolson). Had the habit so bad he even recorded under assumed names as well as in his sleep and for 30 years after his death (though these recording sound sort of muffled...) 
 
Music behind DJ:
Glen Grey & Casa Loma Orchestra 
NO NAME JIVE part 1   Options  
Red Ingle and Natural 7  A: YOU'RE A DOPEY GAL   Options Former Spike Jones frontman and all-around goofball. With either Betsy Gaye or Dorothy Shay. Or neither, who knows? 
Collins and Harlan  THE KID IS CLEVER   Options Arthur Collins and Byron G Harlan were known as the Half-Ton Duo because of their incredible bulk. They did vaudeville routines, ciomic duets and "Coon Songs" (which featured whites only in blackface. Even black performers had to appear in blackface, assuming they were allowed to appear anywhere at all) 
Billy Murray and Aileen Stanley  MAGGIE   Options Aileen was born Maude Elsie Aileen Muggeridge in Chicago and began her stage careeer with her brother Stanley (as Stanley and Aileen). When her brother left the act, she simply reversed the names. Recorded prodigiously throughout the naughties, including many blues recordings under the pseudonym Mamie Jones for the Black Swan Label (which mainly specialized in blues and 'race' recordings). Billy we've already met. 
Ada Jones  O'BRIEN IS LEARNING TO TALK HAWAIIAN   Options Ada was apparently the female version of Billy Murray. 
Bert Harvey  TAKE ME TO THE LAND OF JAZZ   Options According to Wikipedia and Google, this guy never existed. Sorry. 
Billy Murray  TAKE YOUR GIRLIE TO THE MOVIES   Options Movin Pitchers gave a big boost to the cause of whoopee, replaced eventually by the automobile. Remember snuggling up in the balcony with your girlie? Remember balconies? 
Peerless Quartet  SINCE MOTHER GOES TO MOVIE SHOWS   Options Before 1906, they were known as the Columbia Quartet (after the Columbia label, until a contract dispute). Members were: Henry Burr, Albert Campbell, Steve Porter (replaced by Arthur Collins in 1909) and Frank Stanley (died in 1910, replaced by John C Meyers). They remained together loosely until about 1928. 
Spike Jones & His City Clickers  PEOPLE ARE FUNNIER THAN ANYBODY   Options One of Spike's lesser efforts, based on some latin-flavored hit of the day. 
 
Music behind DJ:
Glen Grey & Casa Loma Orchestra 
NO NAME JIVE part 2   Options  
Tin-Eared Tanner and His Back Room Boys  I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO   Options Another incarnation of Gidd Tanner & Skillet Lickers (think Allman Brothers after Dickie Betts). Finding very little info on these guys, which is strange considering they were huge stars (or was it all just a weird dream???) 
Cliff Edwards [Ukulele Ike]  DOWN BEHIND THE COUNTER AT NICK'S   Options Cliff was born in Hannibal, MO in 1896 and made a name for himself jazzing up hits of the day (which were sorely in need of it) as well as a slew of novelty numbers. Single-handedly started the Great Ukulele Infestation of the 20s (which, along with raccoon coats, was blamed for the Other Depression). Of course, best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in 'Pinocchio' as well as one of the Crows in 'Dumbo.' 
Laughing Cal Stewart  CHAUTAUQUA AT PUMPKIN CENTER   Options Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the US (mostly in the rural South, popular in the late 1800s through the 1920s) and featured teachers, musicians, stage performrs and other specialties. It brought entertainment and culture to whole communities that might not have otherwise had a chance (think Boneroo). 
Lord Invader  YANKEE DOLLAR   Options Lord Invader was Rupert Westmore Grant from Trinidad. This is the foillow-up to his biggest hit, "Rum & Coca Cola" which in turn is based on a Martinique folk song "L'Annie Passee" (which was written by fellow Calypsonian Lionel Belasco and later stolen by Morey Amsterdam and turned into a big hit by the Andrews Sisters. Lawsuits ensued). 
Al Dollar and 10 Cent Band  POPEYE THE SAILOR   Options Vocal by Billy Murray. 
Butterbeans & Susie  I WANT A HOT DOG FOR MY ROLL   Options Jodie Edwards & Susie Hawthorne were husband and wife for some 40 years. Butterbeans played the fool to Susie's elegant sophistication. Much of their material was too racy for release by the Okeh label. They were mentors to many early black performers (like Moms Mabley) and despite their recorded bickering were ecstatically happliy married well into their 60s, when death did them part. 
Ada Jones  BEDTIME AT THE ZOO   Options  
Al Bernard  MY DAWG   Options One of the first white performers to do blues numbers, Bernard performed in blackface throughout the 20s. Also known as "the Singing Comedian" he performed many duets with comtemporary stars (Ernie Hair, Jimmy Durante, Verne Dalhart, etc). It wazs Verne Dalhart who persuaded him to record "Hesitation Blues" with the Goofus Five, widely regarded as one of the first Western Swing recordings. 
 
Music behind DJ:
Roth String Quartet 
QUARTET IN G MINOR   Options  
Ethel C Olson  LAUGHING GIRL HAS HER PICTURE TOOK   Options Half of the vaudeville duo the Olson Sisters (with her sister Eleanora - who was 19 years her senior) performed for about 20 years together. She was born in the US of Norwegian parents and they were extremely popular in the US (mostly the midwest). Equally adept at comedy, gospel and popular numbers, they had a very long career of recordings and appearances. 

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