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FS71: Don Robertson to Mario Lanza and Edith Lorand.

Records from 1913 to 1956. Hungarian, Trinidadian and Canadian musicians. We have Winifred Atwell- Cross hands boogie, Mario Lanza- Drinking song, Billy Williams- Little Willie’s Woodbines, Mr Herbert Payne- The sunshine of your smile, Nat Gonella- Capri caprice. Frankie Vaughn, Perry Como, Geraldo and Billy Cotton. Joe Petersen- Home on the range, Guy Lomardo- All my love, Blue Hungarian band- The skaters Waltz, Edith Lorand- The woman’s heart, Don Roberton- The happy whistler and with Lou Dinning You’re free to go. And you are but do come back!    

 

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published on July 30, 2021, by

FS70: Florrie Forde to Jack Payne, Milt Shaw and J.C Scatter.

Falsetto voices, Australian and Geordie music hall and more budget record gems. Mr Hatherley Clarke (counter tenor)- Till we meet again, Florian Forde- Love me in the Lancashire way, Robert Woodville- There we are then, Herbert Payne- Blighty, Charlie Collins- Paddy Malone’s Aeroplane, Fred Douglas- On the first dark night of the year, J.C Scatter- Blaydon Races, Randolph Sutton- if you’re really truly in love and I met Sally by the seaside, Alfredo and his band-Cheer up and smile, Radio Melody Boys- There’s happiness ahead, Sam Brown- Dancing with tears in my eyes, Jack Payne- The kid from Spain, Jay Wilbur- Miss Otis regrets and anonymous piano recorded in Biggars recording Studio, Glasgow in the 1950s?   

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published on May 28, 2021, by

FS69: Bob Skyles, Al Dexter, Archie Lewis and Sophie Tucker.

Softly as in a morning sunrise- Harry Parry, What is this thing called love- Tommy Dorsey, vocals by Connie Haines, Fine brown frame Nellie Lutcher, Let’s play love – Bob Skyles, Beautiful dreamer Archie Lewis, Whisper again that you love me-Al Dexter, Ain’t misbehaving – Hutch, Look at ’em doing it- The Original Dixieland Jazz Band(1919), You better watch yourself bub- Nellie Lutcher, The man I love – Sophie Tucker, It don’t count – Harry Parry, Tip toe through the tulips with me- Solemn and Gay, Moonlight Waltz, I’m gonna die with a broken heart and my darling Texas cowgirl – Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets.

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published on May 21, 2021, by

FS68: Sophie Tucker to Nellie Lutcher, George Formby and Hutch

George Formby- When I’m cleaning windows, Oi- Flanagan and Allen, actually that turns into Underneath the arches. Their most famous song. Roy Fox, vocals Buddy Clark The treasure of Sierra Madre. This is the theme song from the Humprey Bogart film. Bob Crosby and Marion Mann with Never knew Heaven could speak and Speak to me of love. Jimmie Rodgers- Everyone’s doing it in Hawaii and Frankie and Johnny. The magnicent Sophie Tucker with Life begins at forty and Nellie Lutcher with Hurry on down. Both delightfully naughty. Jack Hylton, Hoagy Carmichael, George Wettling, Hutch and Italian Samba from Tino Vailati. Johnny Duncan with The last train to San fernado. We finish with a uncharacteristically slow and moody number from Mugsy Spanier- Lonesome Road. One of my favourites from the 100s of records I’ve played on Forgotten Songs.

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published on May 14, 2021, by

FS67: Fats Waller to Tiny Bradshaw, Lulu Ziegler and Eartha Kitt.

No messing about this time round. Another back to back music episode.  Blues in my condition- Cootie Williams, Numbers Boogie- Sugar Chile Robinson, My Alf- Susette Tarri, Wang, Wang Blues- Teresa Brewer, To Menneker- Lulu Ziegler, Forever and ever- Dinah Shore, Bradshaw’s boogie- Tiny Bradshaw, Your feets too big, Dragging my heart around, Shortnin bread- Fats Waller, Down and out blues- Flanagan and Allen, Gin mill blues- Joe Sullivan, Swinging with the accordion man- Bob Skyles and Skyrockets, Prima second e tersza- Roberto Murolo, Earth Kitt- Monotonous, When the sun goes down- Lonnie Donegan and Hal McIntyre- South Bayou shuffle.  

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published on May 7, 2021, by

FS66: Anita O’Day to Lucky Thompson and Billy Banks

Very little chat this time round. Back to back great music. Tex Benneke- St Louis Blues March, Lionel Hampton- The Munson Street breakdown, Lucky Thompson- Just one more chance, Albert Ammons- Boogie Woogie Stomp, Anita O’Day- The lady is a tramp, Harry Parry- Mr five by five, Carl Barriteau- Primrose Hill, Hal McIntyre- Why don’t you fall in love with me, Harlan Lattimore- Chant of the weeds, Bob Crosby- Tin roof blues, Lorrae Desmond- On the waterfront, Harry Parry- Lonesome Road,  Les Paul and Mary Ford- In a lonesome old town, Mugsy Spanier- Lonesome road , Joe Sullivan and Joe Turner- I can’t give you anything but love, Andy Kirk and his clouds of joy- Take those blues away, Billy Banks- Oh Peter and Spider crawl.

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published on April 24, 2021, by

FS65: Nellie Lutcher, Delia Murphy and Carl Barriteau.

Cupid on the cake, from Jock McDermott and his New Calton Players starts us off. Cake in the title, perfect. Its on a lovely Piccadilly Record label, the label only ran from 1927 to 1931. Our oldest record for a long time is, By the light of the silvery moon.  A 1910 rendition of this classic song by Mr Jack Charman. He sang under at least 25 aliases and was the first artist to record Hinky, Pinky, Parlez vous in 1915. Its a John Bull record label. They sold their records via the ‘Tally man’ systems- they came to your door and tried to persuade to sign up to a contract to buy a series of records. Also up Leslie (Hutch) Hutchinson, an early recording from 1929, Delia Murphy, Frankie Laine, Nat King Cole,  Maurice J Gunsky , Max Bacon and three from the insane Red Ingles, particularly love one of the titles, Git up off the floor Hannah. Duo Norah Blaney and Gwen Farrar sing Ukulele Lady from 1922. They are LGBT icons. Nellie Lutcher is new to me. She influenced Nina Simone, sung, played piano and composed. A cracker of a track from her- He’s a real gone guy. Carl Barriteau was one of many black artists and singers who came to Britain between the wars. Born in Trinidad, raised in Venezuela, he came to London in 1937. He eventually joined Ken (Snake hips) Johnston’s west Indian band. He was playing with them at the Cafe Du Paris in 1941 when a bomb exploded. It killed Johnston and one other member of the the band. Carl went on to record for Decca and died in Australia in 1998. A local note of interest for Forgotten Songs, Carl was either in residence or played frequently at our local dancehall here in Edinburgh, Leith, The Eldorado- between 1949 and 1951. Two from him, vocals by Mae Cooper. Fascinating artists and lives. It’s what Forgotten Songs is all about.

 

 

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published on April 17, 2021, by

FS64: Clara Butt, Stanley Kirkby to Tennessee Ernie & Mantovani

A complete mix of tunes and some chat about 78rpm records. Dame Clara Butt from 1918. The top English contralto of her era. Three jolly tunes from eight inch budget record labels. Don Porto’s Novelty band(Harry Bidgood), Alfredo and his band and Billy Whitlock. Sandy Powell is on a Broadcast budget record too. A very successful northern English comedian from the 1920s to 1960s and a very astute business man. He sold over seven and half million records and refused to take a flat fee for recording, instead he earned a penny a side. That certainly all added up!  Also the prolific English baritone Stanley Kirkby, Turner and Layton, Lorrae Desmond, Roberto Inglez, Ron Goodwin, Tennessee Ernie and Mantovani. We finish with Bob Crosby and Looping the Loop from 1938.

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published on April 10, 2021, by

FS63 Pine Top Smith to Marion Mann and Red Nichols

A particularly upbeat selection of music this time round. Two from Bob Crosby and two Shakespeare sonnets, fabulous vocals from Marion Mann. Two from Bob Skyles and the Skyrockets- Lets play love and My darling Texas cow girl. Elias and his zig zag jive flutes with Tom Hark, the original and a massive world wide hit. Its in the Kwela style, South African penny whistle with a skiffle type beat. Two from Red Nichols. Nat Gonella and Lionel Hampton. Fab 1920s music from The High Hatter, vocals by Frank Luther and Maestro Paul Laval and his Woodmindy Ten. Pioneering jazz guitar and violin from Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti. Fletcher Henderson masquerading as Duke of Harlam and his Flunkies. Talking of maestros- we have the three boogie woogie pianos of Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons. If that wasn’t enough we have the man who produced the first commercial record with the term Boogie Woogie on it, Pine Top Smith. Flipping the side of this Brunswick reissue of a 1928 recording we have Pine Top Smith’s Blues. Smith was a real pioneer but sadly died of gunshot wounds at the age of 25 in 1929. Harry Parry sees us out with the superb Softly as in a morning sunrise. Joyous stuff.

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published on April 3, 2021, by

FS62: Female artists. Gogi Grant to Nina Rae and Ivy Benson

Two from the 1950s to start us off. Australian Lorrae Desmond and from the U.S Gogi Grant. She was named after the RCA A&R man’s favourite restaurant. Lesser known British band singers Majorie Kingsley, Jean Farrar, Mae Cooper and my favourite Doreen Villiers. Jazz vocal and guitar from Mary Osborn, with her trio. Two tradition Scottish songs with female vocals, Esther Yunson with On the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and NIna Rae with Hame of mine. Madeline Green, was the first black female vocalist to be signed by Benny Goodman, she sings here with Earl Hines. Ivy Benson and her girl band were hugely popular during WW2 and into the 1950s. Ivy plays the sax but no credit to the vocalist. 

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published on March 27, 2021, by