Saturday, September 30, 2006

Italian durium leaflet

Thanks to Jerry Priessen I received this 1933 durium leaflet to promote the "new" Italian durium label.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Betty Boop

The cardboard Hit of the week records were released between 1930 ad the summer of 1932 in the US. In Europe they were sold in bargain shops or as part of a series, like the socalled Veckans SKIVA. Veckans SKIVA means Weekly disc in Swedish. These colourful covers were a kind of magazine with info about the record inside and about showbusiness and film in general. The US covers were less fancy then the Veckans SKIVA

Thanks to Doug Benson, who pointed me on this great cover, I can show you one covering the Hit of the week F-3-4, one of the last ones released in the US.
This one was released too in Scandinavia on 16th of June 1932 as Veckans SKIVA nº 36.

These Hit of the weeks were advertised in the US as TWO BIG "HITS" as they contained two complete tunes on one side of the record.

Each times whe I hear this great tune I wonder if Phil Spitalny used the original arrangements of the signature tune of the cartoon. I've found a Betty Boop cartoon to show you how a Betty Boop cartoon looked like in 1932. It's Betty Boop M.D. from the 2nd September 1932.

Betty Boop M.D. ( Sep 1932)

PHIL SPITALNY'S MUSIC Vocal by BEN ALLEY: Phil Spitalny dir., ? Sam Hermans xyl, Charlie Magnante acc, Ben Alley vo, ETON BOYS vo4: (Jack Day bariton, Earl Smith 1st Tenor, Art Gentry 2nd Tenor, Chas. Day bass)
Recorded New York City, Jun. 1932
1214 C LULLABY OF THE LEAVES (Canción de las Hojas) Young Petkere - BA vo ( HOW F-3-4) ( as vs. nº 36)
BETTY BOOP Fox Trots Heyman Green - EB vo4 ( HOW F-3-4 ) (as vs. nº 36)

source: Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert (2006)

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Monday, September 25, 2006


Thanks to Jerry Priessen from Amsterdam ( The Netherlands) I got a bunch of pre war Italian Durium records. I had never felt, smelled or tasted one, so it is good to have it around.

Thanks Jerry for your help.

This is one of the items. The music, played by the Grande Orchestra di Valzer, is pure classical music. There are a few things to say about the record that I find remarkable.

First about the paper used. Normally Durium records are made of light brown cardboard covered with a surface of dark brown Durium acetate. This Italian one is made of black cardboard, thinner then the ordinary Durium cardboard and the Durium surface is black.
Other Durium cardboard records, with the same DVRIVM "LA VOCE DELL'IMPERO" label have the ordinary light brown cardboard layer, also DVRIVM "LA VOCE DELL' IMPERO" T-163 has the normal light brown layer.

The DVRIVM "LA VOCE DELL'IMPERO" T 164 has a sub-matrix number 36 A, a series of matrices also used in other, non Italian durium records. This series of sub-numbers need some research.

This record seems to have been recorded ca. 1936.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Veckans skiva

The cardboard Hit of the week record, released in the US between 1930 and 1932 in a weekly edition was also shipped to Europe. In Europe they were sold as Hit of the weeks or as Sefonos or Sefono related labels in France. In Scandinavia they were sold as Veckans SKIVA. Veckans SKIVA means weekly disc.
The weekly series of disc contained US Hit of the weeks, English duriums and at the end of its being Danish tunes as SUPER duriums. There have been released more then 100 items. Veckans SKIVAs contain the original labeled record, but has a Swedish, magazine like cover.

Thanks to Fredrik Tersmeden from Sweden I can show you more details of one of these releases, the Veckans SKIVA nr. 35. As I don't read or write Swedish I copied his information to share with you.

PAGE 1: [to the right of the photo] Stina Karlsson - “All of Sweden’s Bångbro-Stina” returns this week with two new recordings. [at bottom] This issue: New Swedish accordion record! “Lull – lull – lull” [untranslatable nonsense] one-step and a sailor’s waltz “Some time perhaps accidentally” [the latter title a very free translation…]

[contains a “review” of the record itself by “critic” Fred Ben (certainly a pseudonym), an announcement that Eduard Hladisch has been in London conducting the Durium concert orchestra for some Swedish recordings and an article predicting which will be the most popular tango melodies during the winter of 1932 and spring of 1933]

[top left] Every Friday new melodies [top middle] Durium – the first self-changing record presents [top right] Have you all issues released? [left and right of the “label hole”: the lyrics of the two songs and beneath them some short notes on present films and other entertainment news] [beneath the “label hole”] The second Swedish accordion record by the virtuosos Albin Fernström and Bångbro-Stina. Herbert Lanners [a pseudonym for Herbert Landgren] is responsible for the vocal refrains. [bottom] Next issue: Lullaby of the leaves / Betty Boop – two foxtrots in the “Exclusive dance records” series

[top] Hitherto the following melodies have appeared on Veckans Skiva [beneath follows a complete list of issues 1-34; in the right corner the name of the printing company.

Some additional information:

Stina Karlsson (1909-1982; known as “Bångbro-Stina” after Bångbro, the place she came from) was a popular female accordionist, active mainly in the 1930s and 1940s. She made 18 records for various companies, always playing duets with Albin Fernström. Live she usually performed with an accordion quartet.

Eduard Hladisch (1890-1968) was an Austrian-born composer, arranger, conductor and violin-player who from 1924 onwards worked in Sweden. His working fields included recordings, movies, radio, revues and other stage performances and he was much in demand.

Thanks Fredrik for sharing this great cover with us. I posted it at the online Durium (GB) Discography . This online discography is growing slowly.

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Je kunt daar ook een Nederlandse vertaling vinden.