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> FAVORITE NOVELTY SONGS - and favorite version?, What are your favorite novelty songs of the 20s and 30s ?
matto
post Feb 12 2008, 03:20 AM
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What are everyone's favorite novelty songs of the 20s and 30s ?????

Mine is Egyptian Ella

And Ted Lewis produced my favorite version.........."just like jelly on a plate" !


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Ian House
post Feb 12 2008, 05:09 AM
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"Egyptian Ella" by Ted Lewis is just fine ... on that, we agree!

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"Don't Bring Lulu" Billy Murray (1925)

"Breezin' Along With the Breeze" Hoosier Hot Shots (1937)

"Kitty From Kansas City" Rudy Vallee (1937)

"When I'm Cleaning Windows" George Formby (1936)

"Laff It Off" Eddie Cantor (1925)

"My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes" Marion Harris (1931)


Anything by Raymond Scott:

"In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room" Raymond Scott (1939)

"Twilight In Turkey" Raymond Scott (1937)


And, naturally, Miss Lee:

"Animal Crackers" (1926)


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post Feb 12 2008, 05:13 AM
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Mine has always been Paul Whiteman's 1925 version of Ah-Ha!

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post Feb 13 2008, 01:13 AM
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Let me offer a few... I have plenty more but it's a start... tongue.gif

Fred Hall and His Sugar Babies - The Sweetheart Of Six Other Guys

Six Jumping Jacks - Henry's Made A Lady Out Of Lizzie

Warings Pennsyvanians - I Say It's Spinach

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Maybe this is a really stupid question and I am the only one who doesn't know the answer, but here goes...

What exactly is a novelty song? What are the characteristics/definition etc?

Some time ago I saw where some people were discussing novelty songs and so I tried to get this answered. I basically got 3 distinct answers:

1) any silly or funny song
2) any song which is unique or very different than the other popular songs of the day
3) a song which has limited appeal - it is fun to hear a few times but wears out quickly

I'm still not sure that I've gotten the true definition...
Any official word on this from any music scholars out there?

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post Feb 13 2008, 01:29 AM
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I really don't know the answer, but I know a novelty song when I hear it. One thing though, a novelty song is NEVER serious ! laugh.gif

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post Feb 13 2008, 01:43 AM
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I've always thought it was either an amusing song with comical lyrics -OR- a performance that uses unconventional instrumentation or sound effects ... but Matt's right, you know one when you hear one!


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post Feb 13 2008, 12:03 PM
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Here's some of my favorites.

Stumbling -- Billy Murray (1922)

Banana Oil -- Vaughn DeLeath (1925)

Barcelona -- Ben Selvin and his Orchestra (vocal by Irving Kaufman)(1926)

I'm Just Wild About Animal Crackers -- Irving Aaronson and his Commanders (1926)

Crazy Words, Crazy Tune (Vo-do-de-o) -- Irving Aaronson and his Commanders (1927)

Dangerous Nan McGrew -- Helen Kane (1930)


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post Feb 13 2008, 04:14 PM
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My Wife is On a Diet (Eddie Cantor)
I Love Me (Eddie Cantor)
I Fall Down and Go Boom (Eddie Cantor)
Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love (Fanny Brice)
The Little German Band (Al Jolson)
The Broken Record (Betty Boop)
Button Up Your Overcoat by Helen Kane is sort of a novelty song too
Goodbye Broadway, Hello Montreal (Fred Waring)
Egyptian Ella (Ted Lewis-- already mentioned)
Take Your Fingers Out of Your Mouth, I Want a Kiss form You (redone by the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra, not sure who did the original)
My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes (already mentioned)

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post Feb 15 2008, 08:59 AM
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Just added to Jazz-On-Line:

Skirts -- Slatz Randall and his Orchestra (1930)



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post Feb 16 2008, 11:44 PM
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Here's one of my favourites.


I'm Silly, I'm Daffy, It's No Use I'm In Love





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post Mar 9 2008, 05:05 AM
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Henry's Made a Lady out of Lizzie - Cliquot Club Orchestra

My Wife is on a Diet -

Wa Da Da (Everybody's Doin' It Now) - Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys

Got A Great Big Date with a Little Bitty Gal - Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra

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post Mar 14 2008, 06:13 AM
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Here's one from our own Dismuke's Hit of the Week list:

I'll Stand Beneath Your Window Tonight and Whistle -- Aileen Stanley & Billy Murray (1922)
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post Mar 14 2008, 10:26 PM
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Ah-Ha ! ... and many more are already mentioned ... here five funny novelty songs [in German - except the first, which is translated into English] I count to my favourites:

Where Is My Meier ? (Was macht der Meier am Himalaya ?) Eddie Thomas & His Orchestra 1929
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCJTCveKBYM

Gehst mit nach Honolulu, geh' ich auch nach Honolulu - Max Hansen mit Orchesterbegleitung 1928
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrYl1MO1ssM

Benjamin, ich hab' nichts anzuziehen - Max Kuttner mit Orchesterbegleitung 1928
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_U8iHHIBt0

Ja, bei den Hottentotten - Efim Schachmeister mit seinem Jazz-Symphonie-Orchester 1928
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0psJaQNiY

Das ist der Bimini - Fritz Imhoff mit Orchester 1925
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgBwYuhpLJg
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