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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Aug 22 2013, 05:17 PM


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Harmony, a musical about the Comedian Harmonists, with music by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, is scheduled to premiere in Atlanta in September 2013.

They were the subject of a 1997 German movie, released in the United States as The Harmonists. In the film, the actors lip synched in the musical performances to the group's original recordings.

I'm in Atlanta, but I don't think I will be able to see this. Anybody else around here, I hope you will have a look at it. Though for me it is hard to imagine these guys doing Manilow songs. I mean, the music's already been written for 80 years, right, Barry? I just hope they don't put rap music in, like diCaprio's Gatsby.
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Nov 23 2012, 11:04 PM


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A friend of mine is a grand-nephew or some such of Adelaide Howell, who sang in the 30's. She did a stint with the Whiteman band, and possibly did a recording of "Sweetie Pie" with them. She sang with other bands as well. We would like to find recordings by her, if indeed there were any. Does anybody here know of any, or indeed anything else of her career?

(The family archives include a rejection letter from Ozzie Nelson, so we think she didn't sing with him...)
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Jul 5 2012, 04:18 PM


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Hi Lenny, check this link.
It looks like you have Columbia A2938

http://redhotjazz.com/hickman.html
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Dec 21 2011, 04:40 PM


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Here's how I hear the Janet Klein version, FWIW. It sounds like it may have been digitally sped up, making it hard to parse.

You! You keep me living in sin.
You laugh at me, and then
You say that you love me, but I can not see.
You lied to me, didn't care for me.
You say that you were honest and true, dear.
Love! How could anyone ever believe in you?
You denied a chance of loving you,
What could it have been?
You keep me always living in sin.

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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Dec 21 2011, 02:13 PM


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In his blog today, James Lileks postulates that maybe there weren't any pop Christmas songs until the WWII era. I think he may be right. "Rudolph" was penned in 1939, so technically that's the 30's, but it sure has a 40's feel to it, IMO.

I'm thinking that any Christmas music recorded in what you might call "the Dismuke era" were hymns and carols, played more or less reverently. Possibly something along the lines of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra's Savoy Medley might have been done, but I have never encountered any.

So, you experts, what are some of the earliest examples of pop Christmas songs (music & lyrics written before 1939) or jazz pressings of traditional holiday music?
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Dec 21 2011, 01:55 PM


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From the topic title, I thought you might be discussing records like these gems from Rivermont:

http://rivermontrecords.com/bsv2212.html
http://rivermontrecords.com/592.html

New (but faithful) performances of old music, on audiophile quality 78 RPM vinyl.

A tad pricey for me, especially since my only 78 player is a wind-up with a one-pound tone arm...
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Aug 2 2011, 12:38 AM


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I am lucky enough to have a job that lets me listen to streaming internet radio pretty much all day at my desk. There are three streams that I rotate through: Radio Dismuke (of course), Bryan Wright's Soundstage (over at BostonPete), and The1920sNetwork.

All three of these streams play the same genre of music. So I found myself asking (after "is this great or what?"), why rotate among the streams? And the thing is, they're all different. This amazes me when I think about it. I mean, face it, 20s-30s jazz is a pretty narrow niche -- invest in it, because they're not making any more of it. Yet I find very little repetition in the playlist rotations on any of these streams, and almost no overlap between the streams! What I hear on Dismuke, I don't hear on Soundstage, etc.

What's more, I rarely hear anything on any of these streams that I have in my personal record collection. I think there must have been more jazz recorded in those two decades than a person could listen to in a lifetime. (And then, think of all the bands that never got recorded...)

So, when someone uses the expression "...and all that jazz..." remember that they are talking about a tremendous amount of jazz.
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Posted on: Jul 10 2011, 08:15 PM


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It sounds like a saw to me, too, because of the pauses in the phrasing. Kind of hard to do on a theremin. But just to stir the pot a little in favor of theremin, here is the New Leviathan playing what seems to be the exact same arrangement of this song, using a theremin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9lmrgL2rAY
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Posted on: Mar 18 2011, 11:27 PM


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I have an old tape dub of one of Waring's bands, that contains a song called "Rhymes." This song consists of incomplete limericks. We the listeners are supposed to supply the last line, supposedly something so racy it cannot be aired. I believe it was cut in 1928.

For over twenty years I have listened to that song and never been able to complete a single limerick, although I never tried too awfully hard until last week. It became a kind of "I will do this" resolution. The problem is I don't have a dirty mind, and I try to make an innocent punch line to a suggestive set-up, to let the other person think they have the dirty mind. I eventually came up with one, maybe two.

Here are the limericks; do you have any suggestions? Mine are at the bottom.
1.
There once was a girl named Belinda
Who used to doll up by her window.
We'd wait every night,
But she'd turn off the light
... --- ...
2.
There once was a girl from Milwaukee
Who thought she could ride like a jockey.
The first Steeplechase day
She fell on her ace-fay!
... --- ...
3.
There once was a shy farmer's daughter
Who knew things her Ma never taught her.
One day down the lane
Came a man from the train,
... ---...
4.
There once was a band which demanded
Its members should all play left-handed.
When they tried a sonata
It wasn't so "hot-ta"
... --- ...

Possibilities:
1. So we never saw what she changed into.
4. And it wasn't long 'til they disbanded.

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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Feb 26 2011, 04:46 PM


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QUOTE (Flapper Girl @ Feb 22 2011, 02:09 PM) *
Good for you, Wagner von Drupen-Sachs. The banjo is probably the only true American instrument. Do you play the five string with a bit of finger picking?

Flapper Girl, you have divined my intentions perzackly.

O, I know what you are thinking, that the five stringed banjo is not suitable for jazz, and there is a large body of thought in support of your thesis, including the work of Harry Reser and Eddie Peabody, to name two.

But I use the "Professor Thumbstring 'Incorrect' Method For Playing The Banjo In 'Ragged' Time Without A Master (Including Techniques For 'Tin Pan Alley' Tunes And Other Slang Music)."

By mastering this Method I expect to become quite wealthy.
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Feb 15 2011, 08:31 PM


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Laughland, I believe you've got it, thanks a million billion.

Gregory, I am a banjoist, of course I like that kind of thing, and lots worse! smile.gif

Of course I like the Marjorie White & Frank Albertson version too, but this one hits me where I live...
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Posted on: Feb 15 2011, 12:30 AM


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You are right on the money and as quick as lightning!

Thank you ever so. It's funny I didn't remember it from "Just Imagine," but it's in the presentation I think. This one I heard on Dismuke, I don't know who it was, but he sounded like he didn't want to hurt a fly anyway, and this was a good excuse.

I will try to learn to play it on my banjo.
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Feb 14 2011, 04:44 PM


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I heard a real cute song this past weekend (Feb 12 or 13) on Dismuke. But I couldn't get to the screen in time to see the playlist.
It seemed to be a crooner with a uke, and the gist of his song was that from now on, he would never kill an insect or other pest, because it too might be in love "just the way that I am, with you."

Does anybody know that song, or have a clue to it?
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Wagner von Drupe...
Posted on: Dec 29 2010, 12:03 AM


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Okay, so I hear music coming from my 18 year old son's bedroom. It sounds like he's listening to Radio Dismuke. This is very odd for him. He likes music, but not "old" music. Or at least he doesn't want to like it, or know that he likes it. So I investigate.

It turns out this is a soundtrack CD from the computer game "Bioshock 2." What! It features Annette Hanshaw, Kay Kyser, Fats Waller, Django Rheinhardt, Benny Goodman, Noel Coward, Eddie Duchin, etc. You can get it from Amazon.

Very odd, feeling that such a violent shoot-em-up game introduces the boy to "my" music.
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Posted on: Dec 27 2010, 08:07 PM


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Get Out & Get Under The Moon.
(Helen Kane, Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman & others)
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Posted on: Dec 24 2010, 11:30 PM


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I always wondered about "I've Never Seen a Straight Banana" recorded by Fred Waring and others. There don't seem to be enough puns in there to make it naughty, but if it isn't, then what is it? Just a weak attempt at being naughty?
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Posted on: Dec 21 2010, 02:14 PM


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This movie came out in 1999, but I just discovered it. Maybe it has been discussed here. It's called "Man of the Century." It's a little "indie" film. It's about an archetypal 1920's newspaper man somehow caught in the present day. It's never explained how or why, and if you're a stickler for continuity or even plausibility, give it a miss. But take it as offered, and it's a load of fun. I felt like it was describing the kind of guy I was trying to be (1920'sa anachronism) when I was that age.
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Posted on: Dec 8 2010, 12:33 PM


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Oh, one more thing (I hate to keep barging in like this): I am "pretty sure" that all these recordings are P.D. by now, and that it would be perfectly okay to make dupes. But I am not 100%, and don't know how I would find out. I'd hate to get Dismuke in trouble for promoting illegal file sharing. It is a puzzlement...
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Posted on: Dec 8 2010, 12:18 AM


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A follow-up to my previous reply, while I await validation from brother Dismuke. I guess I have to prove I'm not a spammer. The LP is Sunbeam MFC-4, and has portraits of Lindbergh and Clara Bow on the front. It contains 16 gems from his Great 1927-1929 period, including the whacky "Mine," "Get 'em In a Rumble Seat," and "Turn on the Heat" (which by great luck I also have on a 78). Since I dubbed from LP to mp3, I added a little surface noise of my own. I played this album a LOT. Sure miss the Sunbeam label.
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Posted on: Dec 6 2010, 07:33 PM


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I get mine mostly from Boston Pete, and the 1920's Radio Network. Also GoldRadio.net All these stream continuously, great if you have a standalone internet radio device.
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Posted on: Dec 6 2010, 07:06 PM


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Hi Lenny, I have this LP. His work from the 1920's.
I don't have a CD or cover art scan of it, but I did dub it onto MP3 files.
I would jump in and email the files but my yahoo account takes about 10 minutes per song.
Best way might be to burn a CD and snail mail it.
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