Friday, April 28, 2006

A Durium Beszelölönyv - a new Durium record

the cover


Sometimes you lay eyes on a small news paper message that tells that somewhere in the dark mountain forest in Tanzania a new animal is found. It must be thrilling to do such an discovery. Of course, the species isn't new, it lives in the forrest for ages, but it was never listed - that makes it so special.

Half a year ago I met Ken Swerilas (USA) at the record fair in Wageningen (The Netherlands). He travelled through Europe with his friend hunting for records. He told me he had found a Hungarian durium record in Budapest some days ago. I told him that Durium didn't made records in Hungary and that I had indication that the Hit of the week records were only sold there for some months.

Ken promised to send me a copy of it later.

And he did.

The reverse
The Hungarian durium release exists and it is one of the language courses that were made in London and released in several European countries.

We now have knowledge of an English, a Danish and a Dutch release of this course, that wants to learn French. Ken found one record from such a course made for the Hungarian market. It is called a Durium Beszélölönyv and was released by the Durium Hanglemez Kereskedelmi Kft. in Budapest somewhere in 1932 - 1933

Don't try to pronounce this!!

The 6 records itself are recorded and made in Slough, near London so in fact it is not a new Durium recording as the records are the same as the one in the Danish and English series. The Dutch records have a different label ( Noropa ).

Are new discoveries to be made? Sure. There must has been anItalian Language Course series too, called durium POLIGLOTTA - corsi di conversazione Durium in lingue INGELESE e FRANCESE. Who can show me such a cover?

The information of the record is to be found in my online Durium (GB) discography. Mind that this discography is still under construction, so, it happens that only the first three records are listed - the information of the final three will be published very soon.

Thanks Ken

This information was also posted at my Keep swinging blog spot

Sunday, April 09, 2006

What Hit of the week record is most popular?


Archeophone released two 2CDs filled with Hit of the week recordings.
As I was interested to learn if they are still mentioned in the Most Popular list. ( The first 2CD ( Arch 3002) is still on 5 )) I visited their sites.

Surfing on their website I learned that they now have a voting system to find out what tune is the most popular of each release. The voting list for the first The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings (volume 1) ( Arch 3002) is to be found here and here and the voting list for the second The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 2 ( Arch 3003) here and here .

Please vote and if you like inform me what titles are your choice. As this is a new service from Archeophone they need a lot of votes. Let's have a look at the results within' a few weeks.

This subject has also been published on my Keep swinging web log

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Let's Have Another Cup O' Coffee - Phil Spitalny


A few month ago Jan Hovers, a Dutch record collector, started to enlarge his virtual ware house filled with old records. One of the records he wants to share with you is the 1932 Phil Spitalny Hit of the week recording Let's Have Another Cup O' Coffee.
Thanks to several other collectors a complete transcription of this typical depression song was made. The music was made by Phil Spitalny's Music with the mysterious vocalist Helen Rowland with the Eton Boys as backing group. If you visit Jan's ware house please scroll down to the second item.

English sites if Jan Hovers Warehouse

Een paar maanden geleden begon Jan Hovers aan het verbouwen van zijn virtuele platen pakhuis. Eén van de platen, die hij daarin wil opbergen is de Hit of the week plaat, die uitgegeven werd in april 1932 genaamd Let's Have Another Cup O' Coffee. Het nummer is één van die typische depressie plaatjes en werd gespeeld door Phil Spitalny's Music samen met de Eton Boys en de mysterieuze zangeres Helen Rowland.
Als je de negende etage bezoekt, scroll dan even naar beneden voor de Hit of the week plaat.

Nederlandse pagina's van Jan Hovers pakhuis

The record in the
Hit of the week Discography

Thanks Ted for your additions

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Jean-Christophe Averty - the Hit of the week project

In the late 1990s the French radio producer Jean-Christophe Averty learned that I had made the Hit of the week discography, bought it and started to play in his weekly radio program (Jazz for the Happy Few and later Les Cinglés du Music-Hall) all Hit of the week recordings in chronological order.

This image shows Jean-Christophe Averty ( at a younger age) speaking with Eubie Blake)


The radio programs on France Cultur started March 1998 and stopped ca. May 2002. All (nearly 50) programs ( I mean the section with the one or two Hit of the week recordings) were transferred on cassette tape for me by Ivan Fresart as I couldn't receive France Cultur on my radio. A great job done by a great man living near Brussels (Wavre - Belgium)

These programs were all build up in the same way. Jean-Christophe was discussing the records in a panel with two more people ( a man and a woman) and often he made a comparison with other recordings. He always ended with reading all ( I say ALL - including the matrices, take numbers, composers, text writers, release dates, label information, personnel, etc. etc.) the discographical information I had written into my book, in a hurry, in a kind of English-spoken-by-a-Frenchman and when he reached the point that the record should start playing he stroke a bell to tell you that the recording started. I couldn't understand one word of what he said - although reading my book while he was speaking seemed to help a bit. His English, but also his French was unintelligibleness, not only for me, but also for the French listeners, some collectors told me
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These set of cassettes are now (for me) a valuable item in my Hit of the week collection as it was the first that all Hit of the week records were played in chronological order and maybe it is one of the longest series in jazz music ever made for radio.