Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Nick Lucas

Dominic Lucanese was born in 1897 Newark N.J. (USA) and became an entertainer from the 1920s up to the 1970s. He sold 84 miljoen records during the 1920s and 1930s and became a popular artist. His name on stage was Nick Lucas, and he called himself The Crooning Troubadour.

He started his carreer in 1917 playing in vaudeville in clubs in and around New York City and became a member of the Russo-Fiorito Orchestra. He became famous because of the film The Gold Diggers of Broadway late 1920s in which he sung
Tip Toe Through The Tulips.

I heard about Nick Lucas, because he made two recordings for Hit of the week, now 75 years ago, in January 1932.

These cardboard records were sold in news stand and each Thursday the people could buy a new "Hit"of the week for US $ 0.15. Nick Lucas recorded two tunes for Durium ( = Hit of the week) ; An Evening In Caroline and All Of Me.
This is Robby Kline, then eight years old, who had to do a presentation at his school and told his class mates about the card board record and the US musical heritage. Here he shows one of the two Hit of the week recordings made by Nick Lucas. Early 1932s Durium ( the firm who released the Hit of the week records) printed an artist picture on the reverse of some of its releases, like this one of Nick Lucas. It is now a collectors item.
During the 1930s and 1940s Nick lived in Hollywood and played in all kinds of small films and had his own dance orchestra. In 1974 he sung the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby. He passed away in 1982 in Colorado Springs.

I found a Snader Transcription of Nick Lucas playing the guitar in a way I lovbe to play a guitar too. Enjoy him in the 1951 version of Walking My Baby Back Home.

This contribution was also posted at the Keep swinging web log.

Keep swinging

Hans Koert


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