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Roseman
post Mar 29 2007, 07:11 PM
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One doesn't think of Elvis and music from the 1920's as having much in common. But here's something that may surprise you.

Elvis 1960

Henry Burr 1927

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post Mar 31 2007, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ Mar 29 2007, 12:11 PM) *
One doesn't think of Elvis and music from the 1920's as having much in common. But here's something that may surprise you.

Elvis 1960

Henry Burr 1927

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Here's another couple that may surprise you. laugh.gif

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Ian House
post Mar 31 2007, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE(bob @ Mar 31 2007, 01:25 PM) *
Here's another couple that may surprise you. laugh.gif



And yet another pairing separated in time:

My Blue Heaven by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1927)

My Blue Heaven by The Sophisticatos (1974)


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post Mar 31 2007, 09:19 PM
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And how about three cocktails for two:

Cocktails For Two -by Duke Ellington (1934)

And then 23 years later...

Cocktails For Two -by Tony Randall and the Steve Allen ensemble (1957)

And then 17 years later...

Cocktails For Two -by Tony Randall and the Sophisticatos (1974)


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post Mar 31 2007, 10:04 PM
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Here's another version of Are You Lonesome Tonight? This one is by Vaughn De Leath. Don't have a date for this one. It's on Edison with matrix 11734-B.

Also, the Elvis version was one of his many No. 1 hits. It was also a favorite that he sang many times during his touring days and TV specials.

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post Mar 31 2007, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ Mar 31 2007, 05:04 PM) *
Here's another version of Are You Lonesome Tonight? This one is by Vaughn De Leath. Don't have a date for this one. It's on Edison with matrix 11734-B.

Vaughn DeLeath recorded the song twice in 1927 - this is the first version - a piano solo with her. Later she recorded it with the help of the Colonial Club Orchestra. I believe that this second recording of it was the most popular version anyone made of it in the 1920s. Sorry - I don't have a link for that one...

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post Mar 31 2007, 11:17 PM
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[quote name='Ian House' date='Mar 31 2007, 02:19 PM' post='5729']
And how about three cocktails for two:

Cocktails For Two -by Tony Randall and the Steve Allen ensemble (1957)

Say Ian

In this video doesn't the first guy on the left look like Don Knotts?

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post Mar 31 2007, 11:47 PM
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QUOTE(bob @ Mar 31 2007, 05:17 PM) *


In this video doesn't the first guy on the left look like Don Knotts?






There's a good explanation for the uncanny resemblance Bob ... That IS Don Knotts! :-) His first big break on TV came with his appearances on the Steve Allen Show -primarily by playing a character known as "the nervous man" ...


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post Apr 1 2007, 07:04 PM
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Here's a song that was later recorded by Connie Francis, as well as by the likes of Harry James and Glenn Miller along the way.

Who's Sorry Now -- Isham Jones and His Orchestra (1923)

I'm also a country music fan and I've noticed that some of the songs that people today consider country music are actually the old standards from 1920s and 30s.

Lovesick Blues -- Emmett Miller with the Georgia Crackers (1929)

Lovesick Blues -- Hank Williams (circa 1951)

Many people today will recognize this tune as a George Strait song:

Right or Wrong -- Emmett Miller with the Georgia Crackers (1929)

I would love to hear somebody like George Strait do a version of Al Jolson's Here I Am. The song lends itself very well to a country interpretation.

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post Apr 1 2007, 08:43 PM
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QUOTE(Victor C. Brunswick @ Apr 1 2007, 01:04 PM) *
I'm also a country music fan and I've noticed that some of the songs that people today consider country music are actually the old standards from 1920s and 30s.


Hey Victor,

I too like country music. Sometimes we get caught up in all this jazz stuff and fail to realize that country music was as popular or even more so during those dark days of the great depression. The music was honest and true and attached itself to the heart strings of the populace. The lyrics of the songs reflected what was really felt and being lived out.

The American Experience on PBS recently showcased a documentary on the Carter Family. These musical pioneers had a profound influence on both country and folk music that was to follow.

I also found this interesting reading about Ralph Peer. One who saw (and greatly benefitted from) the advantages of copyright royalties. Here's a quote from the closing notes: 'The songs that earned only a few hundred dollars a year in royalties at the time of A.P.'s death, are now among the most valuable copyrights in all American music'.


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post Apr 1 2007, 08:57 PM
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How about four cocktails for two. Lets see who is first to tell me who is doing the vocal. Hint. Her real initials are JS.
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post Apr 1 2007, 10:02 PM
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QUOTE(bob @ Apr 1 2007, 02:57 PM) *
Her real initials are JS.




Um, that sounds like Jo Stafford to me ....?


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post Apr 1 2007, 10:08 PM
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Hehe,

Actually Bob, before somebody else calls me on it ... Don't be too impressed. I'm just a cheatin' scoundrel -the answer was scrolling across the top of the Real Player window :-)


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post Apr 1 2007, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 1 2007, 03:08 PM) *
Hehe,

Actually Bob, before somebody else calls me on it ... Don't be too impressed. I'm just a cheatin' scoundrel -the answer was scrolling across the top of the Real Player window :-)


Yea, I forgot about RealPlayer doing that. Jo recorded these Cds. "Jonathan And Darlene's Greatest Hits" using the name Darlene Edwards. It takes a lot of talent to be able to sing off key on purpose. These are two fun CD's to listen to. Check them out on Amazon.

Jonathan and Darlene's Greatest Hits

Two extremely talented performers: singer, Jo Stafford and her husband/pianist/arranger/conductor, Paul Weston evidentally used to entertain at parties by performing as the UNtalented Jonathan and Darlene Edwards. Their "act" became so popular that recordings had to be made. Everyone knows that there are 8 notes in a scale from Do up again to Do. Not for Darlene. I have a feeling there are 23 notes in her scale and not many of them sound 'right' to normal ears. And her sense of rhythm? Whoa! Jonathan, of course, is right there next to her pumping away at his piano adding more notes & flourishes than the composer actually wrote. Some of the songs on this hysterical album were unknown to me ("You're Blase")and others are famous, such as Cole Porter's "I Love Paris." Every song is done in a version you'll never hear anywhere else....or maybe, if you're really unlucky you will hear your own Darlene and Jonathan whenever friends of yours sit down to entertain you. Perhaps you could give those friends a copy of this album and they'll never play and sing again. This very, very funny CD also comes with a clever interview featuring the Edwards couple, themselves. Here is an example: when asked about recording "Stayin' Alive," Darlene comments, "...I was just trying to get through that song. I didn't really have enough time to let my vocal talents come through because there were an awful lot of words."


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post Apr 1 2007, 11:04 PM
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Mystery solved! That explains why she was delivering such an awful vocal in the Steve Allen video clip above. I thought it was just a "bad day at work" ... but that was her gimmick.


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