Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets and Tex Beneke start us off with a flourish. Sadly its the ‘last chance saloon’ for three of the records in this episode. Condition is a little far gone. Theses copies of Frank and James McCravy (Swinging on the golden gate), Leo Reisman (For my sweetheart) and Lucky Millinder (The spider and the fly) will not be joining us again. Mezzrow-Lardiner Quintet play: I ain’t gonna give you none of this jelly roll (1938). Brilliant title. Mezz Mezzrow was an American clarinettist and saxophonist. He was a bit of a character, well known for his cannabis habit and his love of black American culture. Lovely piece of 1930s music from the Henry King Orchestra and Breeze. Next up two artists born in the Bengal region of India – Juthika Roy and Satya Chowdhury. Both had long successful careers on record and film. Juthika Roy’s admirers included Gandhi and Nehru. We go out with the Bessie Smith: Muddy Water, a Mississippi Moan. Recorded in 1927 by The Empress of the Blues. Then the Murphys. Delia Murphy, collector of Irish traditional songs with Three lovely lassies and two from the extraordinary voice of Rose Murphy- The Chee Girl. Gee I wonder what the trouble can be and Busy line. Marvellous one and all.
published on September 23, 2020, by Miles
It’s a right old mix this time round. We start with the familiar and Bob Crosby and his Bob Cats from 1937. Then four from the 1920s. Hal Kemp, the purveyor of ‘soothing, sweet dance music,’ 1928. He sadly died at the age of 36. The Sunshine Boys from 1929. They were brothers Joe and Dan Mooney and they only recorded between 1929 and 1931. The Savoy (Hotel) Havana Band, led by Bert Ralton from 1923 and from1929 Ray Starita and his Ambassador Orchestra. Vocals by Betty Bolton. Bolton was an all round entertainer, actor, singer and a childhood star in World War One. She died at the age of 99 in 2005. Forgotten Songs is all about variety. So up next is Danish Folk Dance and Gujarati film music from 1950. The Barmy Brothers sing ‘Puss, Puss, Puss,’ 1933. Could find nothing out about them. Neither could I about Kirk Stevens and his very 1950s rendition of Forevermore. Emile Vacher was certainly well known. Deemed the creator of ‘Bas Musette.’ Very French accordion music. We go out with two Mugsy Spanier tracks- ‘At the jazz band ball’ and Lonesome Road. Both from 1939. Great and a great trumpet player.
published on September 9, 2020, by Miles
We open with the yodelling cowboy from Chesterfield, Harry Torrani, and My Lancashire yodelling lass. What a tag line, great song too. For the first time of Forgotten Songs we have some Indian music. Manna Dey in Hindi on a 78 pressed in 1963. Next, Dajos Bela goes A round the Volga, Russian music from the late 1920s. Also up are Len Fillis, Len Brennan and the Winter Gardens Dance band, Leroy Anderson, George Guetary, Henri Rene, Earl Grant and the Band waggoners. Lovely track from Smith Ballew from 1930. Smith was an actor, singer and orchestra leader. He was one of the first singing cowboys in the talkies. Elizabeth Pollock was the first impressionist to appear on the BBC in 1933. Unfortunately her impressions here are largely of people who have faded into obscurity. Much better, as there are still some funny lines, is Albert before the means test Albert Burden and Co apply for unemployment benefit. A real time piece. French singer Lucienne Boyer brings definite Gallic charm to the proceedings with In the Smoke. The whole of human life is here, in one form or another!
published on June 24, 2020, by Miles