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> American Yodeling, (As opposed to Swiss Yodeling, I guess!)
Craig D
post May 24 2007, 02:13 PM
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I just came across this compilation but have yet to hear it. Sounds promising. Anybody here familiar with it? I guess I'm looking for a "yay" or "nay."

Here's a description from an on-line source:

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Despite the title, the focus of this release from the German label Trikont is on American music from the 30's & 40's. You don't hear yodeling much these days, but apparently it was huge at one time. The man most responsible for popularizing yodeling in the US, Jimmie Rodgers, is represented here by a rarity, 'Standin' On The Corner (Blue Yodel #9)', a collaboration with Lil and Louis Armstrong on piano and trumpet. Fans of American roots music will be familiar with a lot of the performers, like The Delmore Brothers, Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Roy Rogers, the Carter Family, and Sons of the Pioneers. Just as much fun, though, are the selections from artists who are not so well-known today, like the DeZurik Sisters, Goebel Reeves (the Texas Drifter), Lottie Kimbrough & Winston Holmes, the Mississippi Shieks, Tampa Red, the Guidry Brothers and on and on. The disc has 26 great tracks, from the almost creepy hillbilly lovesick yodeling of J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers to the smooth as silk yodeling of Patsy Montana, making this a worthy collection.

1. Yodeling' Mountaineer - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
2. Gonna Quit My Rowdy Ways - The Callahan Brothers
3. Arizona Yodeler - The DeZurik Sisters
4. My Clinch Mountain Home - The Carter Family
5. Devil's Great Grandson - The Sons of the Pioneers
6. Cowboy Night Herd Song - Roy Rogers
7. Worried Devil Blues - Tampa Red
8. Will There Be Any Yodelers in Heaven? - The Girls of the Golden West
9. Nasty Swing - Cliff Carlisle
10. Yodeling Mule - Three Tobacco Tags
11. Lost Lover Blues - Winston Holmes, Lottie Kimbrough
12. Yodelin' Teacher - Goebel Reeves (The Texas Drifter)
13. Lonesome Yodel Blues - The Delmore Brothers
14. Valse de Marriage - The Guidry Brothers
15. Lovesick Blues - Emmett Miller
16. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - Patsy Montana
17. My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby - Wilf Carter
18. Mule Skinner Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
19. Rockin' Yodel - The Leake County Revelers
20. Yodeling Fiddling Blues - Mississippi Sheiks
21. Standin' on the Corner [Blue Yodel No. 9] - Jimmie Rodgers
22. Sauerkraut - Riley Puckett
23. Yodeling Radio Joe - Red Foley
24. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
25. You Got to Go to Work - Rex Griffin
26. Sleep, Baby, Sleep - George P. Watson


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Ian House
post May 24 2007, 06:37 PM
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Craig,

This is a great thread topic, and one that is very much a companion thread to our recent discussion about Jazz Age whistling. I find that folks either LOVE yodeling -or HATE it! I belong to the former camp. I find yodeling, like whistling, to be a wonderful embellishment which can truly compliment and enhance a standard vocal. Until recently, I always thought that yodeling was strictly a scat expression that was detached from a lyric line. And, I thought that a lyric line, when performed with a falsetto trill, was known as a "warble" ... but the dictionary definition of "yodeling" is more inclusive:

from dictionary.com:

1.to sing with frequent changes from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again, in the manner of Swiss and Tyrolean mountaineers.2.to call or shout in a similar fashion. –noun 3.a song, refrain, etc., so sung. 4.a call or shout so uttered.

So, a yodel is not strictly an utterance but it can also be a song.

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That sure seems like an impressive list of yodelers on your CD playlist there ... Without doing a full and comprehensive search for all the names, I found the Emmett Miller recording of "Lovesick Blues" on RHJ.

Also, not included in that playlist- there was a female Jazz vocalist in the 20's by the name of Lee Morse who was widely known for her yodeling. Before I learned the actual definition of the term, "yodeling" , I classified this artist as a "warbler" who frequently accented her soprano register with a collection of various trills, yelps and scat-like chirping sounds before descending down again through an octave or two. Her recording of "Susiana" from 1928 provides a typical treatment of her "yodeling" (warbling?) tendencies.



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post May 24 2007, 07:45 PM
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I've always associated american yodeling with country and western music. And the king yodeler is/was Elton Britt. Listen to his Chime Bells and you'll understand why.


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Ian House
post May 24 2007, 07:56 PM
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YES Don!

Now, THAT'S yodeling :-) Very impressive ... and distinctively different from a simple trill or a warble. Great example...

You know, does Elton sound a little like Cliff Edwards when he's not in the yodel?

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Also, I'd like to welcome Don's new avatar to the board. Welcome!


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post May 24 2007, 08:30 PM
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"STANDIN' ON THE CORNER (Blue Yodel #9)" ... Jimmie Rodgers - Vocal/Guitar; Louis Armstrong - Cornet; Lil Armstrong - Piano .... 1930


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post May 24 2007, 10:09 PM
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Hey Craig,

I like your avatar. Is that a true likeness?

There is definitely a distinction between American yodeling and Swiss yodeling. The Von Trapp Family Singers were well known for their unique musical talents. Not only did they yodel but they yodeled in harmony. Such beautiful sounds. They were also masters of the recorder, something you hardly hear anymore.

I visited the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont in the ‘60’s. While browsing through the gift shop and selecting a couple of their albums, Maria herself appeared in full Austrian dress. Her husband had died by that time, as well as one of her children and I don’t believe they were touring any longer. I understand the remaining members sometimes got together for special celebrations during the Christmas season or other such occasions.

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post May 24 2007, 10:33 PM
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Hey Flapper,

Your mention of the Von Trapp family made me think of the yodeling song 'The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound Of Music. So I went looking and here's a cute presentation by The Muppets and Julie Andrews.

Also, by coincidence, I found this by the Andrew Sisters with Bing yodeling backup.

Enjoy.

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post May 24 2007, 11:49 PM
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If you like yodeling and want to get to know one of the present day masters check out Kerry Christensen. Kerry's Web Site I met him back in 2000 at the Arizona Opry where he was preforming. There are many samples of the different kinds of yodeling to listen
to. Be sure to listen to the
The Chicken Yodel on the CD. My favorite. laugh.gif

tongue.gif Enjoy Bob


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post May 25 2007, 03:09 AM
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QUOTE(MJJ @ May 24 2007, 02:30 PM) *


Here's a recreation with Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash

Blue Yodel No. 9
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post May 25 2007, 12:00 PM
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Here another swiss yodeling refrain by Paul Whiteman and his Ocrhestra (08 Dec 1925)

I MISS MY SWISS

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Craig D
post May 25 2007, 09:46 PM
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QUOTE(Flapper Girl @ May 24 2007, 06:09 PM) *
Hey Craig,

I like your avatar. Is that a true likeness?

Flapper


Sadly, yes.

And your's..?

Craig D.

P.S. Thanks! (...I think!)


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post May 25 2007, 10:23 PM
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Craig,

In answer to your question - the "do", no - the glasses, yes. That old Flapper in my avatar is my alter ego, Aunt Clarissa.

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