Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Where did you found your ... Hit - 1 ?

Most Hit of the week and other Durium records have a history. They appear sometimes unexpected in our lives.

Dingo ( John D.) sent me his story:

It must be about 10 years since I last acquired any 78s. On Sunday I took a load of garden rubbish down to the local council 'tip' where I spotted a 20"x30" sheet of plywood with ten '78s' affixed with small bolts through their centre holes. I don't know how long they'd been standing in the open but all are well weathered.
The disc which has me curious has a black label with gold printing proclaiming it as Favorite Record Serial N. 347a (and 347b). Both sides are by a Mr. Harry Bluff - the 'a' side is titled "The Towel Man" with what I take to be the matrix number, 1-67195, both printed on the label and pressed into the shellac between the end of the groove and the label. There's no run
out. Also in the shellac is the number 5770-t. ......... Other items in this find include two Little Marvels, a 6" and a 5.25", a 5" Eclipse aluminium Personal Record, a 9.5" Durium (EN-44), a 4" Durium Junior (5044) a 6" Mimosa, a 9" Crown and a 7" Victory.

Congratulations finding this great treasure, John !!

To help John identify his Duriums here's the info:


DURIUM EN-44

DURIUM DANCE BAND: Fred Douglas vo
Recorded London, c Dec. 1932
E-1123-A-B LET'S ALL BE FAIRIES COMEDY FOX TROT ALGY MORE – FD vo


TOASTS COMEDY FOX TROT LESLIE SARONY – FD vo


There is an announcement between the two numbers:
(Between)
You have just heard "LET’S ALL BE FAIRIES” We will now play “TOASTS”

durium EN-44:Although this record is labeled as the DURIUM DANCE BAND it is in fact a vocal record. That’s the reason this record has not been included in Brian Rust British Dance Band Discography. The vocalist is Fred Douglas. This record was the last known record from the durium EN-series. It might be published around March 1933, although other sources say it was recorded around March 1933.



DURIUM JUNIOR 5014:

….FROM UNCLE TOM: ?Harry Hemsley ( or ?Frank Luther vo )
Recorded London, c 1932
E-5014 A B - ? vo A MESSAGE TO THE YOUNG FOLKS FROM UNCLE TOM

A spoken announcement:
(E) Have you enjoyed this? Well, why not hear some more? You can obtain a set of three of these records in a picture-book from your newsagent or bookstall. There are six or more different nurseryrhymes in each book. Price only sixpence. Also don’t forget forget to order your Durium self-changing dance-record each week from the same place, price one shilling. It plays on any gramophone with any needle.


A round 4" promo for the NURSERY RHYME BOOKS (E-5018 till E-5023). Mind that the name DURIUM JUNIOR is printed in capitals, but different then the American DURIUM JUNIOR // On the record nursery rhymes (according to the drawings on the reverse) Sing a Song Of Sixpence / Mary Had a Little Lamb followed by a sales talk for the DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLK Nursery Rhymes Set. There are records with a blank reverse and records with some pictures as on the next series. Also the labels of the two versions seem slightly different. Mind that the name UNCLE TOM was used for Frank Luther on the DURIUM MOTHER GOOSE series and that the serie this record refers to is sung by Harry Hemsley. The titles sung on the record are the same as the DURIUM MOTHER GOOSE Part 5 record (5076-B) sung by Uncle Tom.

All Hit of the week - Durium records are listed in my discographies. The
online Hit of the week-Durium discographies are still under construction, but large parts have been finished.


2 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Zwarg said...

If this is indeed a London recording (which it seems to be from the matrix number, comparing it with other issues), the speaker cannot be Frank Luther, who was US-based and AFAIK never recorded in Britain. Hemsley on the other hand was a British music-hall comedian who did children's records for other London-based companies as well.

May 16, 2006  
Blogger Durium said...

There seem to be some confussion about the reverse of the DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS 5014.

Well there are different reverses published. In my paper version of the Durium Advertisement and Custom Records Discography ( I don't have the time to publish all three discographies on the internet within a reasonable time scedule) I wrote about this record: A round 4" promo for the NURSERY RHYME BOOKS (E-5018 till E-5023). Mind that the name DURIUM JUNIOR is printed in capitals, but different then the American DURIUM JUNIOR // On the record nursery rhymes (according to the drawings on the reverse) Sing a Song Of Sixpence / Mary Had a Little Lamb followed by a sales talk for the DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLK Nursery Rhymes Set. There are records with a blank reverse and records with some pictures as on the next series. Also the labels of the two versions seem slightly different. Mind that the name UNCLE TOM was used for Frank Luther on the DURIUM MOTHER GOOSE series and that the series this record refers to is sung by Harry Hemsley. The titles sung on the record are the same as the DURIUM MOTHER GOOSE Part 5 record (5076-B) sung by Uncle Tom.

I printed the part about the different reverses in black , so your copy has one of the reverses from the series. Mind that the 5014 is a promo for the complete series.
The series is:
By HARRY HEMSLEY: Harry Hemsley vo - childlike vo with Novelty Accompany
Recorded London, c 1932
E 5018 C Jack and Jill / Old King Cole / Girls and Boys come out to play - HH vo
DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS Part 1 5018
E-5019 A C Ride A Cock Horse / Little Bo-Peep / Hey Diddle Diddle - HH vo
DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS Part 4 5019
E-5020 B C Where are You Going To My Pretty Maid / Old Mother Hubbard / Pussy Cat - HH vo
DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS Part 5 5020
E-5021 A Little Miss Muffet / Ding Dong Bell / Tom, Tom the Piper's Son - HH vo
DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS Part II (sic) 5021
E-5022 B Sing a Song of Sixpence / Pat a Cake - HH vo
DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS Part 3 5022
E-5023 A Here We Go Gathering Nuts & May/ Dickory Dock / Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - HH vo
DURIUM FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS Part 6 5023

These are round 4" records sold in two illustrated envelopes. Each set of three costing 6d. On the reverse of each record pictures to illustrate the songs. // Mind that there exist two records with the matrix E 5023.

Keep swinging

Durium

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