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Roseman
post Apr 28 2007, 06:03 PM
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Another terrific job by Eddie as guest contributor for Dismuke's HOTW this week. The 'Extra' features Blossom Seeley. She's a recent discovery for me and being a newbie in this jazz world I'm still get excited when I find a new avenue to go down. And hearing these singers as the primary feature, in lieu of the band, just adds another demension of enjoyment. Eddie mentioned that she made a couple of films, here's a short clip of her in 1927.

Blossom Seeley

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post Apr 28 2007, 06:48 PM
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Wonderful recording.







Note: Some of the videos you see on the right, I had on youtube, and they were the main reason I was suspended because of copyright fringement by Warner Brothers who own the rights to MGM/Movietone revues.
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post Apr 28 2007, 09:57 PM
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Thanks, Don, for a beautiful contribution--loved every note of it! I especially liked their innertwining of the currently popular "bird" songs. She must have known we here on the Dismuke site have been enjoying various themes... More "bird" songs anyone? Follow the Swallow?

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post Apr 28 2007, 10:47 PM
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BIRDS .............
MY BLUEBIRDS ARE BLACKBIRDS NOW ......or is it the other way round.......
WHIPPOORWILL...........ipana troubadours
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
LOVE BIRD
SOME LITTLE BIRD
MY BLUEBIRD WAS CAUGHT IN THE RAIN
THE WEDDING OF THE BIRDS
LETS ALL SING LIKE THE BIRDIES SING.........ben bernie
Cheers and a fond TWEET.....TWEET
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Ian House
post Apr 28 2007, 10:53 PM
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QUOTE(victrolajazz @ Apr 28 2007, 03:57 PM) *
More "bird" songs anyone?
Eddie the Collector


Well, since Blossom, in so many ways, reminds me of Marion Harris ... I think I'll re-post my favorite Marion Harris recording again:

My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes (1931)

And here's the original thread where I posted other bird songs...


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post Apr 28 2007, 11:19 PM
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Ian,

I really like the Marion Harris 'My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes'. Not trying to start another 'Sing Song Girl' like thread, but do you have the lyrics? I can't make out all the words.

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post Apr 28 2007, 11:48 PM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ Apr 28 2007, 05:19 PM) *
Ian,

I really like the Marion Harris 'My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes'. Not trying to start another 'Sing Song Girl' like thread, but do you have the lyrics? I can't make out all the words.

Don...



I don't have the lyrics ... so I'll simply attempt to transcribe them by ear. Perhaps others can confirm or correct my interpretation. Best guess:


This old world is slipping fast,
How much longer can we last,
Have we gone completely off our dome?

With this modernistic stuff,
I'm through, I've had enough,
I'm so worried now since it hit home.

Since making whoopee became all the rage,
It's even got into the old birdcage,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

He used to whistle the Prisoner's Song,
Now he does Snake Hips the whole night long,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

Now there was a time he was satisfied,
To flit among the flowers,
But now, when I let him out, he'll hide,
Up in a tree for hours.

Instead of taking a much needed rest,
He's flying out to some sparrow's nest,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

He has no girlfriend that I'm certain of,
But he thinks: What is this thing called love?
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

Birds of a feather, the old story goes,
But love is something nobody knows,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

Now, maybe he's worried, the little lamb,
He always looks so solemn,
I wonder if he is in a jam,
I'll look in Squawker's column.

He won't eat his birdseed, it's really a sin,
He won't sing a thing without his cup of gin,
And my canary has circles under his eyes!



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For some strange reason, this song was MUCH more popular in the UK than it was here in the US ... Therefore, it's possible that the "Snake Hips" being referred to is actually the British band leader and dancer, Ken Johnson ...?... and not the American, Earl Tucker ... Does anybody know? ... (I think that Tucker was much more famous for the dance routine and Johnson would have only been 17 years old at the time of this recording -was he even dancing professionally at that age?)

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post Apr 29 2007, 12:12 AM
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Thanks Ian,

I couldn't get the word 'dome' and 'Squawkers'. Now it seems to work. Funny how a couple words can interupt one's whole understanding of what's being said. Sorta like reading a paragraph and the right hand side of the page has been trimmed of the last few letters on each line.
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post Apr 29 2007, 12:32 AM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ Apr 28 2007, 06:12 PM) *
Thanks Ian,

I couldn't get the word 'dome' and 'Squawkers'.



Yup, "dome" is slang for "noggin" or "head' , of course ... but the "Squawkers" is a complete guess on my part. I suppose it was some well-known gossip column or something like that back in 1931?? ...


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post Apr 29 2007, 12:41 AM
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No, I think you're correct on the word 'squawkers'. What do birds do?, they chirp and squawk. I think it has reference to an imaginary 'Bird Gossip' column in the bird papers. What a brilliant line by the lyricist. A great sense of humor. laugh.gif laugh.gif

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post Apr 29 2007, 12:55 AM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ Apr 28 2007, 06:41 PM) *
No, I think you're correct on the word 'squawkers'. What do birds do?, they chirp and squawk. I think it has reference to an imaginary 'Bird Gossip' column in the bird papers. What a brillant line by the lyrist. A great sense of humor. laugh.gif laugh.gif



Ha Ha! Right! ... Not to be mean-spirited about it, but birds are SUCH gossipers :-) chirp, chirp, chirp, tweet, tweet, tweet ALL DAY LONG!!

I also love those lyrics ... and Marion's treatment of them. I can never seem to get tired of this recording...

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I think Blossom Seeley sounds like a combination of Marion Harris and Sophie Tucker. If Marion and Sophie were both about to turn a blind corner and then smash into each other, it would result in Blossom Seeley (with, perhaps, a little (not-so) subtle dash of Ethel Merman thrown in as well :-)


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post Apr 29 2007, 01:32 AM
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QUOTE(victrolajazz @ Apr 28 2007, 03:57 PM) *
More "bird" songs anyone? Follow the Swallow?

Eddie the Collector



I found a couple... one is another version of Hello Bluebird, but I thought is was very good.

Vincent Lopez & His Orch Hello Bluebird (v Ks + L) (1926)

And staying with Bluebirds, a Jelly Roll Morton number.

Jelly Roll Morton Hot Peppers F.morton I'm Looking For A Little Bluebird (1930)


Ian, as for the birds gossiping, here's a little anecdote that shows they can have some other human traits too.

This song Hello, Bluebird reminded me of an episode that happened in my backyard several years ago.I had put up a bluebird house with the intent of attracting a nesting pair of bluebirds. Nothing transpired the first spring, but the second year I spotted a handsome male perched on top of the bird house. He waited a few moments and decided he would venture into the house and flew down and entered the small opening and stayed inside for about a minute and then came out and flew away.

It was a couple days later that I spotted him again and this time he had his mate with him. He was perched on limb and she was also in the tree that the birdhouse was fasten to. He stayed his distance and she proceeded to check out the house. She flew in, stayed about 10 seconds and came out and the pair flew away. I thought, oh boy, I'll have some bluebirds nesting soon. I waited for several days and then a few weeks and then I thought, Well they're not coming back. It was only later, that I learned the male scouts out potential nesting spots, but it's the female that makes the finale decision on where the nesting site will be. So, what's new fellows? smile.gif smile.gif

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post Apr 29 2007, 03:41 AM
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QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 28 2007, 06:48 PM) *
This old world is slipping fast,
How much longer can we last,
Have we gone completely off our dome?

With this modernistic stuff,
I'm through, I've had enough,
I'm so worried now since it hit home.

Since making whoopee became all the rage,
It's even gotten to the old birdcage,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

He used to whistle the Prisoner's Song,
Now he does Snake Hips the whole night long,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

Now there was a time he was satisfied,
To flit among the flowers,
But now, when I let him out, he'll hide,
Up in a tree for hours.

Instead of taking a much needed rest,
He's flying out to some sparrow's nest,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

He has no girlfriend that I'm certain of,
But he thinks: What is this thing called love?
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

Birds of a feather, the old story goes,
But love is something nobody knows,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

Now, maybe he's worried, the little lamb,
He always looks so solemn,
I wonder if he is in a jam,
I'll look in Squawker's column.

He won't eat his birdseed, it's really a sin,
He won't sing a thing without his cup of gin,
And my canary has circles under his eyes!
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You know, I've heard 3 different performances of this song and each one has had different lyrics (but with some parts similar or the same). For example, here is it by Al Bowlly with The Waldorfians:

Mister pressman, here's some news
You can print it if you choose
Just to prove the times have changed alot
Though it may sound strange for you
It is absolutely true
You can believe it or not


Since making whoopee became all the rage,
It's even got to the old birdcage,
And my canary has circles under his eyes.

I thought he'd never do anything wrong
Now he does Snake Hips the whole day long,
My canary has circles under his eyes.


His only pals are the yellow lark
and just a tiny sparrow
But I'm afraid when he's in the park
He leaves the straight and narrow


I've raised this bird in a manner so strict
Yet I've a feeling I'm being tricked
Cause my canary has circles under his eyes.


(BTW, I just noticed that there's a link to this song in the thread Ian mantioned earlier...)

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